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Everyone by now is at least remotely familiar with the indie phenomenon Minecraft. Though Minecraft is available on PCs and mobile devices, the only home console the game has been available on has been Xbox 360 for quite some time. This is due to an exclusivity deal developer Mojang has with Microsoft, but as revealed in a recent interview, that all could change sometime soon. Jens Bergensten, lead designer of Minecraft: Pocket Edition, had this to say:

Microsoft has an exclusivity deal for consoles. When it runs out we’ll consider Minecraft for PlayStation, but Wii U is very unlikely.

Though the language here doesn't imply that this contract will end any time soon, the fact that they're discussing the contract's end is certainly telling. This quote, however, got me wondering exactly which console Bergensten was referring to as "PlayStation" and why the Wii U is such an unlikely candidate, and it turns out that the situation may not be so simple with the Wii U. Head past the jump to read more.

You all, no doubt, know PETA by now—the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA has been known to publicly attack media and games, such as Mario's tanooki suit or Pokémon Black and White Versions, rather than rallying against corporations who actually mistreat living, breathing creatures as opposed to their fictional counterparts.

This time, PETA is taking their complaints to the high seas in protest of whaling in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

"Whaling—that is, shooting whales with harpoons and leaving them to struggle for an hour or more before they die or are hacked apart while they are still alive—may seem like something out of the history books, but this bloody industry still goes on today in the face of international condemnation, and it’s disgraceful for any game to glorify it. PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals—not games that promote hurting and killing them." — PETA

The complete oversight in comprehension, however, is what upsets me about this call to action. In depicting whaling in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Ubisoft is by no means trying to glorify the harpooning and subsequent abandonment of animals and revive the practice in modern day. Instead of encouraging gamers to go out and hunt whales, Ubisoft is trying to paint a historically accurate picture of the times in which to place fictional scenarios, and in my mind, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag has had the curtain lifted today and despite some early leaks we have learned a heck of a lot about the experience today. For starters, it will be coming to all available consoles including the PlayStation 4, which will feature some exclusive content (which is par for the course) and enhanced visuals over the PS3, 360, and Wii U versions of the game. However, knowing what platforms it comes on is far from what all of you are wanting to hear about right?  Right, so head inside to get the full scoop.

Getting tired of the cheesy Wii U puns yet? Me too... and yet, I still can't resist the urge to use them whenever I have the chance. How bizarre.

Anyway, Mass Effect 3's penultimate DLC, Reckoning, arrived February 26th for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC (February 27th for the PS3 in Europe). As a multiplayer DLC pack, it includes a host of new characters, weapons, and mods. Characters include the Geth Juggernaut, Female Turian Raptor, Talon Mercenary, and Alliance Infiltration Unit. Weapons include the Geth Spitfire Assault Rifle, Venom Shotgun, and Lancer Assault Rifle, and new equipment and weapon mods include the Geth Scanner and Assault Rifle Ultralight Materials. To find out more (including why the DLC isn't for U), hit the jump.

Here we are a full day before the big reveal and we are already unveiling the world premier trailer for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. I admit that I wasn't looking forward to the high seas pirate adventure, but after seeing some of the story setup I must admit I am intrigued. Sure, likely none of what we see is actual gameplay, but that doesn't matter this early in the game. Fact remains, it looks fantastic and like another must buy for me later this year. It is slated for PC, 360, PS3, Wii U, and next-generation systems.

Today, CDProjekt confirmed the final installment in The Witcher series would make its way to the PS4 in a press release. They also gave us 14 more screenshots to show off the wonderful world they are constructing in a 100 hour romp that is sure to thrill us for much of 2014. The screenshots are likely from the PC version of the game, but they are stunning to say the least. In a few cases it appears the lens flair is a bit off, but it will likely be cleaned up by the time the game releases. Either way, it's definitely something to marvel at.


We are going to be flooded with new information come Monday for the next iteration of Assassin's Creed, but that doesn't mean some crafty people haven't already uncovered some details thanks to a page that was discovered on the official website. Unfortunately, Ubisoft has since rectified the problem, but we have the above screenshot testifying to its existence. The biggest news to be gleaned from the page since the Trailer wasn't working is that the release date is October 29th, and it plans to also release on next-gen consoles. 

Of course, many have been speculating that most of this years "biggest" titles could be on both current and next-gen consoles, which does make upgrading to the next console definitely not seem as imminent. The real question is how long this trend continues. With rising developer costs and an already established fan base, is possible we could see cross-generational games for another couple years?

It also speaks volumes that some people aren't ready to move on. As much as developers like Ubisoft clamor for a new generation, they aren't completely jumping ship either. It has yet to be seen if consumers are ready for a new generation, but so far the developers seem unwilling to drop support in favor of a new console outside of the Wii U, where none of the new games outside of possibly Just Dance will appear on the old Wii console. Oh, we also have a piece of new art to show you as well.

Ubisoft has officially confirmed Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag with the release of the first piece of official box art. It's immediately noticeable that it contains references to Pirates, which confirms pretty much every rumor that has been circulating for weeks. Ubisoft also confirmed an "official" unveiling of the game Monday morning, around 7am CST. Naturally, we will be here to bring you all the latest details about the next AC adventure.

Are you excited? This is the quickest turn around for a numbered venture in the series yet. It is now slated for the Wii U, Xbox 360, PC, and PS3. The rest of the box art is after the jump

Tomb Raider is scoring well, with an 88 on Metacritic. For what seems like the first time in a decade, Lara Croft is actually worth talking about as more than a silly Angelina Jolie movie, even if I did enjoy them. The fact remains, while this isn't the classic Tomb Raider we know and love, it is indeed a good game. For a reboot, that's really saying something since it's hard to ever bring back any franchise, let alone add some fundamental changes to the established formula along the way. The new trailer attempts to bring out the survivor in me, and I admit it's gotten me more excited for the game than maybe I should be. Several people have pointed out flaws in the game, but for whatever is wrong with it... it just does so much so well that it's hard to really keep this game down. Lara Croft, you might finally have won me over.


Many of you readers may remember Cryamore, an indie game developed by a team of well-versed developers who took to Kickstarter to fund their project. After requiring only $60,000, the team ended up  with $242k, which means fans will see many new items, features, and most importantly, the game will be released on all home consoles.

But what exactly is Cryamore? The Kickstarter page has the answer.

"Imagine the barebones gameplay of Zelda, mixed with atmospheric elements from Metroid, action done in the style of Secret of Mana, the excitement of figuring out what element to use like Megaman, hand-drawn storybook backdrops like Legend of Mana, with comedic tones and a thriving in-game clock system like Brave Fencer Musashi; that's Cryamore in a nutshell."

But there is so much more. Head past the jump for a quick synopsis of the gameplay, and head to the Kickstarter page for all the in-depth information you can find about this exciting adventure.

Kotaku recently had the chance to interview creative director Johnathan Morin about Ubisoft's upcoming Watch Dogs. Knowing that the game is coming out on just about every available console, editor Evan Narcisse was concerned that some console owners would see a different experience than others. When asked specifically whether PlayStation 3 owners would feel out-shined by the game's PlayStation 4 counterpart, this is what Morin had to say:

"No, I don't think so. I think it's more… I mean, of course, new machine means new tools and means an extension of the original vision. So, PlayStation 4 will be great for Watch Dogs. That being said, I firmly believe that creating a game experience starts with what you want to do and achieve as a team. It has nothing to do with tools. The tools are there to facilitate certain things. So the same experience is there on the PS3 and other consoles. Players will have the same enjoyment; they will not feel any letdown."

It's good to know that no one type of player will feel any drastic differences in the game. It's always nice to hear that developers are trying to offer the same experience across the board. Now the question remains whether or not this mindset will translate to in-game content. Do you think Watch Dogs will feature console-exclusive bonus missions?

If you'd like to read the full interview, click here.

Ever wondered what a team of dedicated Minecraft players united by one online server and a love of Super Mario 64 can do? Maybe they could successfully recreate every single area of the game? That's too hard, you say? Well, think again.

A team of Minecraft players have banded together on one server and dedicated themselves to accurately recreating every area of Super Mario 64. It's amazing what people can do given the proper tools and motivation. Head past the jump to check out all the amazing screenshots of their hard work.

Back at the Tokyo Game Show in 2012 Square announced a Kingdom Hearts game for the PC and it's finally been given an official name, Kingdom Hearts X [Chi] (Pronounced like Key/Ki).

Kingdom Hearts X is a PC Browser game, and while it's only announced for Japan right now, those who get a first edition copy of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX will receive a series of bonuses for the browser game. Bonuses include a Sora R+ card for battle, 20,000 Munny for synthesis, and 4,000 Card Draw Points. Anyone who buys Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX from the online store is given a Riku R+ card, x10 Potions, and x10 Ethers.

While the concept of a browser based Kingdom Hearts game really irks me in the wrong way, who knows? It could be one of the must-play games this year. However, it should be noted that Kingdom Hearts X is still a Japan only title and has not been confirmed for other countries. Hopefully Square provides more details soon.

BioShock Infinite is among the most anticipated games of 2013. Taking the BioShock franchise in an entirely new direction from the series' roots. Containing several similar elements and gameplay concepts from its two predecessors, BioShock Infinite is neither a prequel nor sequel to the original two BioShock titles, but remains a strong entry in the franchise.

In BioShock Infinite, players control Booker DeWitt in the air city of Columbia. Though the game takes place in 1912, there are several futuristic elements of the game that make the experience incredibly unique. Head past the jump to see three new gorgeous screenshots from BioShock Infinite and be sure to consider picking it up when it launches on March 26th.

When the Toki Tori 2 team reached out to us it was a bit of a surprise. It's not that we haven't had prebuild copies of games before, or that we don't attend press events to provide previews. It's just a rarity to see a company reach out to lesser known entities to build interest for their game.

Toki Tori 2 arrives next month on the Nintendo Wii U eShop and we were fortunate enough to spend roughly an hour and a half with a preview (alpha) build of the game so we can give you all the nitty gritty on what to expect come next month.