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The Game Awards 2018 is coming up in just a few weeks, and it's expected to be packed with more announcements than any previous show. Of course, as the name of the event indicates, the focus of The Game Awards is to honor the best video games from 2018. With that in mind, host and creator Geoff Keighley just revealed all the categories and nominees up for awards.

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The ultra-lucrative holiday season is upon us, and that means video game publishers are about to start rolling out some major savings to entice fans to open up their wallets. You can expect sales to begin popping up across the industry soon, but one of the more intriguing deals has already been revealed by Microsoft.

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One month ago, we reported via Kotaku's Jason Schreier that Microsoft was planning to add to their ever-expanding list of acquired publishers by spending big on Obsidian Entertainment. Unsurprisingly, this turned out to be true, and Microsoft made the acquisition official during X018. This turned out to be only half of the story, however, as Microsoft announced another acquisition during the show.

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The troubled development of Final Fantasy XV continues, even two years after launch. Square Enix's RPG began its development cycle as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but after several years in development and a change of graphics engines, Hajime Tabata took over development and it was reborn as Final Fantasy XV. One controversial delay later, it would finally hit store shelves, but now Square Enix has more bad news for fans.

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As millions around the world enjoy the Old West in Red Dead Redemption 2, developer Rockstar is now celebrating an incredible milestone for one of their other popular games. Over five years after it made its debut, Grand Theft Auto V still frequents the monthly top-sellers list, continuing to push millions of copies every quarter. All those sales really stack up over time, and the evergreen title has now officially eclipsed the 100 million mark.

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Celeste is one of the most impressive and critically acclaimed games of 2018, and it made our list of must-have indies on Switch and must-see speedruns of SGDQ. If you're like us and you just can't get enough of this challenging platformer, you'll be happy to know that developer Matt Thorson (the titular developer behind the Matt Makes Games studio) seems to be hinting at future content.

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Fortnite is one of the most popular games in the world right now, and developer Epic Games is using that status to attract some impressive partners. Earlier this year, Epic teamed up with Disney and the Marvel Cinematic Universe to bring Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet to the game. Next, they'll be shifting gears from superheroes to sports by partnering with the National Football League.

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In celebration of BlizzCon, the Overwatch team released a brand new short centering around everyone's favorite anachronistic cyborg cowboy, Jesse McCree. Set in the Old West-themed map Route 66, the new short introduces not just one, but two heroes coming to Overwatch in the near future.

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One of the most fun-looking announcements of 2018 for me has been the reveal for Team Sonic Racing. I'm not a die-hard Sonic fan or anything, but I'll be damned if Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed isn't one of the most enjoyable kart racers on the market. It's not exactly in the same vein as the Mario Kart games, but it holds its own pretty well due to its competitive and cooperative nature. That's why this particular news is a bit of a letdown: because we'll have to wait until May to get our hands on it.

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In the past couple of years, we've seen a lot of crazy collector's editions for AAA titles. From that Dying Light bundle that included a real zombie-proof shelter to the million dollar Saints Row IV special edition that included space travel and a Lamborghini, you can really see how much major marketing teams are stepping up their game. Devil May Cry 5 is no exception, and their special edition is nothing to scoff at.

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In just three months, Resident Evil 2 will be reborn on modern hardware, giving fans old and new alike the chance to experience the horror of Raccoon City in HD. Whether you're playing as Leon or Claire, you'll be able to kill zombies in style thanks to an assortment of alternate costumes for the game's various characters. Capcom has been showing off these new looks in a series of videos, and they also recently highlighted the game's "Noir filter."

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Capcom gave the long-running Resident Evil franchise something of a fresh start with the back-to-roots survival-horror gameplay of Resident Evil VII, and the results were impressive. Now they're taking VII's game engine and using it to revisit one of the most popular classic entries in the franchise: Resident Evil 2. How will the development team go about creating something fresh that is still true to the feel of the original? Producer Tsuyoshi Kanda addressed this topic in a recent interview.

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Here's how weird things have gotten with the AAA video game market these days: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 made half a billion dollars in its first 72 hours on the market, and investors are unhappy. While $500 million is an insane amount of money, and certainly more than most games make in their opening weekend, it actually marks a bit of a decline for the Black Ops brand, and the result is a 7% drop in Activision stock today.

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Finally, we have a bit of good news relating to the recent Telltale closure saga. With the studio's closure, the fate of the remaining half of The Walking Dead: The Final Season hung in the balance, though the studio has been working to find a studio to finish it. All those efforts have paid off, as Skybound Games announced this weekend that they had reached a deal with Telltale to finish the two unreleased episodes.

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My Hero Academia just made a huge splash at the box office with its first feature film, and soon it's heading to the realm of video games as well. My Hero: One's Justice is already out in Japan, and in a few weeks it'll be available in the West as well. The anime fighting game boasts an extensive roster of playable heroes and villains, and that roster will continue to grow as more DLC characters are revealed.

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