Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Next DLC Fighter Is From ARMS

The first character in the second Fighters Pass for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been announced and it will be a fighter from ARMS, though we don’t know exactly which one. The most recent DLC character to be announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which was an unpopular choice with a lot of fans.

Masahiro Sakurai revealed during the Byleth announcement that a second Fighters Pass was on the way, which would contain six DLC fighters. The last of the six characters is planned to be released by the end of 2021, so fans weren’t expecting any new announcements regarding DLC fighters just yet, with many expecting the first to happen at E3 (or whatever digital event Nintendo will host in place of E3, now that the event has been canceled).

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Nintendo has shadow-dropped a Mini Direct on its YouTube channel and it was revealed that the first character of the second Fighters Pass will come from ARMS. The exact character wasn’t stated, only that they will come from ARMS. This character will be revealed and released in June. The narrator of the Direct makes a joke about needing to extend the development of the character (in the same way that ARMS characters extend their arms), but this is likely connected to Sakurai’s comments about delaying DLC due to the coronavirus.

The choice of an ARMS character will likely be an unpopular one with fans, possibly more so than Byleth. Many fans were expecting an ARMS representative in the base version of the game, but the inclusion of Spring Man as an Assist Trophy seemed to put that idea to rest. The fact that ARMS is a fighting game and an early title for the Switch means that it has already diminished in the memory of many fans, especially with the popularity of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the system, so it feels pointless to waste one of the last Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC slots on a character from the game.

There are many Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fans who want Sora or Geno to appear as a DLC character in the game, yet these are seeming more distant by the second. If Nintendo wants people to pay for a second Fighters Pass for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, then it probably should have started with a more appealing character.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now for Nintendo Switch. The second Fighters Pass containing the ARMS character is available to purchase now. The ARMS character will be revealed and released in June.

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Don’t Expect GTA 6 Release Date News Soon, Grand Theft Auto Fans

Don’t Expect GTA 6 Release Date News Soon, Grand Theft Auto Fans

Rumors of Grand Theft Auto 6‘s announcement and release date being revealed by Rockstar today appear to be far off-target. Grand Theft Auto 6 is the supposed sequel to Grand Theft Auto V, which released a whole seven years ago in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Grand Theft Auto games provide vast open worlds and lengthy campaigns that satirize life in the United States and the American Dream. While the games have never escaped controversy for their depictions of crime, sex, and drugs, they consistently top both best seller’s lists and end-of-the-year awards. With such a long wait from the last GTA game and nearly two years out from the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, fans have been waiting with bated breath for any news about the inevitable new Grand Theft Auto game.

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Eagle-eyed fans have been pointing out possible references and teasers for the supposed announcement that eventually led some to believe that Rockstar would reveal something today, March 25th. A tax report indicated that a new GTA was in development, and a stock report speculated a 2021 release on the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Other hints, such as unlisted videos uploaded to Rockstar’s YouTube account, fueled the rumor mill’s fire which was only made more intense by the some alleged leaks posted to 4chan that also claimed an end-of-March announcement. A Reddit user who had previously leaked Red Dead Redemption 2 echoed these leaks, including the rumor that GTA 6 was heading to Vice City, based on Miami, Florida.

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However, Kotaku’s Jason Schreier has poured cold water on these rumors on Twitter. While it seems likely that Rockstar would have posted something by now if today truly was the announcement date, Schreier, a trusted source for the video games industry, squashed the notion that anything would be revealed this month. Schreier also weighed in on a separate rumor that GTA 6 would be a timed PlayStation exclusive, dismissing it as “nonsense.” It should be noted that Schreier is not an official representative for Rockstar or parent company Take-Two, but given his reputation as an inside source having penned a book on video game development, and the lack of credibility for the alleged leaks, it seems a GTA 6 announcement will come after the month’s end at least.

Some fans were so confident of today’s date holding something special for Rockstar fans that a countdown timer was created; the timer now simply reads “EXPIRED“. Though players will likely have to wait at least a week, probably more, there does seem to be preparation for the sequel on Rockstar’s part, with several domains related to GTA 6 being updated this week.

It’s nearly impossible that Grand Theft Auto V ends up being the series finale with no word from Rockstar, and the tax report and domain updates seem to indicate something happening behind the scenes, not to mention that Take-Two currently has no release planned for the upcoming console generation shift. Fans have been satiated during this drought between titles by the ever-expanding and evolving GTA Online, but surely the world will be seeing a first look at Grand Theft Auto VI soon… just not this month.

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Source: Jason Schreier/Twitter

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Is Revealing Its Players Evil Tendencies

Alyx VR Tech Already Being Used Creatively By Players

It has only been a couple of days since Half-Life: Alyx released, but fans are already finding incredibly creative ways to use Valve’s VR technology. Yesterday, for example, a teacher taught his geometry class from within Half-Life: Alyx since schools have been shut down. The 17 minute video can be watched on YouTube and already has over 200,000 views.

Fans have been waiting for a continuation of the Half-Life series for many years. Instead of getting Half-Life 3 like everyone wanted, Valve has instead decided to release Half-Life: Alyx. This is not to say that Alyx isn’t exciting, as fans have already begun enjoying the impressive VR title. To even play the ambitious game players will have ensure that they have top-of-the-line PC specs. This is mostly because Half-Life: Alyx is really pushing the limits on what VR is capable of and shows off gameplay that has never been seen before in a VR title.

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According to PC Gamer, Charles Coomber of San Diego had to find a new way to teach his students while schools have been shut down. Rather than just using an app like Zoom or Skype, Coomber decided to instead record himself teaching the lesson from within the world of Half-Life: Alyx. Coomber managed to track down markers, an eraser, and a surface to write on. From there, the teacher was able to write on the “board” and teach geometry to his 7th grade students.

The video quickly garnered thousands of views and people were amazed at Coomber’s use of Valve’s Half-Life Alyx VR technology. Many viewers were probably slightly disappointed that Coomber didn’t do anything but teach throughout the video, however, viewers who managed to sit through the entire lesson were rewarded with a quick tour through Alyx’s apartment, as Coomber walked around to show off a few of the game’s basic features.

It is amazing how many people have found creative ways to experiment with Half-Life: Alyx already, so soon after the game’s release. As time goes on it will be interesting to see just what all people have discovered during their time with the game. With more than 13 years since the last Half-Life release, many were concerned that Alyx wouldn’t be able to live up to the hype surrounding it. After the last two days, though, it seems like Half-Life: Alyx is going to be a massive success, at least for those lucky people who already have (or are planning on getting) a VR system.

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Source: PC Gamer

Rockstar Updates GTA 6 Websites Ahead Of Rumored March Announcement

It’s Not Final Fantasy Tactics, But Square’s New Mobile Game Is Close Enough

Square Enix isn’t releasing a new Final Fantasy Tactics game outright, but War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is close – and it’s free, making it an appealing title to try out and see if it scratches the itch so many fans have had for years. Final Fantasy Tactics is one of the most beloved entries into the franchise, even if it isn’t considered a “proper” mainline entry, and the fact that fans have been without a proper sequel since its release has been a consistent sticking point for consumers.

For Square, the Final Fantasy brand has been expanding onto the mobile platform slowly, gaining some traction with titles like Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, which was the beneficiary of some major crossover events and subsequent success in Japan. That game never really broke into western markets the same way other titles, like Fate: Grand Order, have, but it’s indicative of where Square is most willing to experiment with the Final Fantasy franchise. While a console sequel isn’t even confirmed yet and Final Fantasy XIV continues to chug along as the best MMORPG around today, Square Enix’s mobile titles have been given some more flexibility to experiment.

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That’s where War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius comes in, a Final Fantasy Tactics-inspired game that is a spin-off of the Brave Exvius title. While it isn’t advertised as a Final Fantasy Tactics spiritual successor, War of the Visions is exactly that, straight down to the camera angles and flow of battle in the free-to-play game. Even the story hits on the same sort of politically charged commentary that made Final Fantasy Tactics a compelling journey beyond just its nearly-flawless tactical combat.

Obviously, as a mobile game, War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius changes some elements of the formula that made Final Fantasy Tactics such a compelling title. There are characters to roll for as a system loop to keep players coming back, for instance, and a lot more planned for content. With that said, however, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as new characters means more tactical options – and the game is already proving it will have crossover support, as Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers‘ Y’shtola is being given out for free as part of launch celebrations.

While it’s not a new Final Fantasy Tactics, it’s at the very least something that can satisfy that same sort of gameplay loop, and given that War of the Visions is still wrapped in a Final Fantasy package, it’s likely to be a hit with fans. Mobile games continue to be major drivers for developer planning, too, so if a game that’s an awful lot like Final Fantasy Tactics suddenly begins to outperform expectation, there’s a decent chance Square Enix might be more inclined to listen to requests for sequels in the future.

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War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is out now on iOS and Android mobile devices.

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