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‘LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ leaks

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Updated (6: 14 a.m.): Warner Bros. Interactive and Lucasfilm have now officially announced LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The original story continues below.


LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is heading our way in June, according to an apparently inadvertent listing on Xbox.com and a leaked trailer (below).

The news obviously shouldn’t come as a surprise. However, neither Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment nor developer TT Games had revealed the project was in the works. Expect official world later this morning, as Warner Bros. had tipped off media outlets that it would make a “massive announcement” today.

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‘Star Wars Battlefront’ has already shipped 13 million copies

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Electronic Arts announced Thursday that it has already shipped more than 13 million copies of Star Wars Battlefront since the game’s launch in mid-November, exceeding expectations.

The publisher initially projected 9 million to 10 million copies, but later raised its forecast to 13 million copies by March. Note that those are games shipped to retailers, not necessarily purchased by consumers, but it’s an impressive feat nonetheless.

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Capcom to debut ‘Attack on Titan’ arcade game

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Capcom has announced it will showcase its new Attack on Titan arcade game next month at Japan Amusement Expo, ahead of a winter 2016 launch.

Called Attack on Titan: Team Battle, the four-player co-op allows gamers to use the 3D Maneuver Gear from Hajime Isayama’s hit manga and the subsequent anime to kill the ravenous giants. According to Gematsu, there’s also a single-player mode, although it’s probably not nearly as fun.

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‘Famous Detective Pikachu’ is basically ‘Sherlock’ meets ‘Pokémon’

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As fun and inspirational as Pokémon‘s Super Bowl spot is, it’s nothing compared to the sheer awesomeness of this trailer for Nintendo’s Famous Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Partnership.

You see, it depicts a Pikachu donning Sherlock Holmes’ signature deerstalker and teaming with a young boy to solve crimes. What’s more, this fuzzy little pocket monster talks in full sentences.

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Overkill’s ‘Walking Dead’ first-person shooter delayed until 2017

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Starbreeze Studios has quietly shuffled the release of Overkill’s The Walking Dead first-person shooter game from this year to the second half of 2017.

The news arrived in a press release touting a $40 million investment in the company by South Korean publisher Smilegate. Starbreeze suggests the delay will allow The Walking Dead to launch simultaneously in Asian markets through the Smilegate platform.

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Original Ghostbusters are back in new ‘LEGO Dimensions’ trailer

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Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore strap on their proton packs in the new Ghostbusters trailer for LEGO Dimensions.

The Ghostbusters expansion pack for the toy-to-life game from WB Games and TT Games arrives today alongside the DC Comics Team Pack, featuring The Joker, Harley Quinn, The Joker’s Chopper and Quinn-mobile, and the Back to the Future and Doctor Who Fun Packs, containing Doc Brown and the Travelling Time Train, and a Cyberman and Dalek.

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‘Dragon Ball Fusion Project’ RPG announced for Nintendo 3DS

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Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced a new Dragon Ball role-playing game for Nintendo 3DS, targeted for release later this year in Japan. It’s billed as “Dragon Ball’s first fusion RPG on 3DS.”

Unveiled in the March issue of Shueisha’s V Jump magazine, Dragon Ball Fusion Project is teased as having “unlimited possibilities.” A magazine illustration depicts a fusion between Goku and Broly, as well rough designs for other characters, accompanied by the text, “The emergency plan starts now. You will create your own Fusion Warrior!”

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‘Star Wars’ awakens to $1 billion in video game sales

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The influence of the record-shattering juggernaut Star Wars: The Force Awakens has extended beyond the box office and toy aisles to video games.

Citing industry analysts, Fortune reports Star Wars games generated more than $1 billion in sales this year, led by Star Wars Battlefront, which has sold an estimated 12 million copies since its launch in mid-November.

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Dark Horse’s ‘World of Warcraft: Chronicle’ gets new book trailer, release date

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Dark Horse Comics and Blizzard Entertainment have set a release date for their new World of Warcraft trilogy, World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1. When the project was initialy announcedChronicle was set to debut in November of this year. Now Dark Horse and Blizzard are splitting to the book into three volumes, the first of which debuts March 15, 2016. Continue Reading »

‘Metal Gear’s’ Kojima forms new studio, partners with Sony

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The months-long rift between Hideo Kojima and Konami seemingly came to an end Tuesday with news that the Metal Gear creator has officially left the publisher and started his own independent studio. The first title from the new Kojima Productions will be released exclusively on PlayStation 4.

Kojima made the announcement alongside Andrew House, president and global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, in a video released last night.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ poster debuts for ‘Disney Infinity’

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Amid the frenzy for the film, Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm have debuted the poster for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Play Set, which arrives Friday for Disney Infinity 3.0.

The third Star Wars play set for the hit toy-to-life video game, following Rise Against the Empire and Twilight of the Republic, Star Wars: The Force Awakens features as playable characters Finn, Rey, Poe Dameron and, yes, Kylo Ren.

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Shaq is back in the game teaser for ‘Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn’

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Proving once and for all that the fabled sequel to the 1994 fighting game isn’t merely a myth, Shaquille O’Neal last night unveiled the teaser trailer for Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn during The Game Awards.

“Oh, I’m kicking everybody’s ass,” the former NBA star says at the end of the teaser.

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WB Games Montreal is developing two new DC Comics titles

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WB Games Montreal, the studio behind 2013’s Batman: Arkham Origins, is developing not one but two new titles based on DC Comics.

The news was revealed Monday in job listings for the big-budget titles “focused on expanding the DC Comics universe in the interactive space.” However, there are no details beyond that, opening the door to wild speculation.

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Yes, you’ll be able to play as Levi in the ‘Attack on Titan’ game

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Koei Tecmo has added Levi Ackerman and Hange Zoë to the growing list of playable characters for its Attack on Titan action game. Considering that the abrasive Levi is probably the most popular character in the hit manga and anime, it would only be surprising if he weren’t playable.

They’ll join such previously announced playable characters as Eren, Mikasa, Sasha, Conny, Armin, Annie Leonhart, Reiner Braun and Bertolt Hoover. The voice actors from the anime series will reprise their roles for the video game.

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‘Arkham Knight’ update trailer teases ‘Batman v Superman’ Batmobile

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released a trailer highlighting the next series of add-ons for the blockbuster Batman: Arkham Knight, which includes the Batsuit and Batmobile from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The 2016 Batman v Superman Batmobile Pack will be available for download beginning today for Season Pass holders, along with “Catwoman’s Revenge,” which allows players to take control of Catwoman in a story set after the events of Arkham Knight, and “Flip a Coin,” which allows them to play as Robin as he attempts to take down Two-Face’s money-laundering operation.

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