Mass Effect: Andromeda Details a Few New Squadmates

Mass Effect: Andromeda is less than two months away, and – following the release of the latest cinematic trailer – we’re beginning to see more information about the team you’ll be leading in the game.

In a new “Andromeda Initiative” video on the Mass Effect website, Cora Harper, second in command under original Pathfinder Alec Ryder, introduces us to some of the team. Harper herself is a biotic, and takes charge of the team’s ground missions. She has apparently served with Asari commandos, meaning we may see her as the bridge between the human team and their alien allies.

Her character assessment in the video says that “if warranted” she’ll succeed Alec Ryder as Pathfinder. Given we know that either his son or daughter actually take on that role, it’s a mystery what’ll happen to keep Cora ...

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Mass Effect: Andromeda to Feature Weapon Naming and Crafting

Mass Effect: Andromeda will introduce a new feature to the series: weapon naming and crafting.

The game’s lead designer Ian S. Frazier confirmed the feature on Twitter while also revealing melee weapons, like a Krogan-style hammer, can also be named and crafted. Melee Weapons will have a specific slot in your loadout similar to guns.

BioWare’s other major RPG series, Dragon Age, has had weapon crafting including the latest entry, 2014′s Dragon Age: Inquisition.

PRO TIP: In MEA, you can craft your own krogan-style hammer and name it GRABTHAR’S HAMMER.

That one’s free, folks. #space

— Ian S. Frazier (@tibermoon) January 17, 2017

Mass Effect: Andromeda launches March 21 in North America and March 23 internationally for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC...

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Hideo Kojima Addresses His Time with Konami

Hideo Kojima commented on his inspirations, Kojima Productions, and his time with his former employer Konami. In a statement given to us during our visit to the opening of the new Kojima Productions studio space, the Metal Gear/PT/Death Stranding creator had this to say:

“The me that stands here now is the product of the past 53 years of my life. Everything I experienced over 53 years; movies I’ve seen, books I’ve read, music I’ve listened to, games I’ve played, people I’ve met and the 30 years spent in this industry, have formed who I am. Not one of these things has been without purpose, including my experience creating games at Konami. I’m embarking on a new challenge with a fresh slate, but I intend to keep pushing the creative envelope until the day I die...

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Death Stranding: Guillermo del Toro on His Role in Hideo Kojima's Next Game

Don’t expect director Guillermo del Toro to have a big role in the production of Death Stranding. Though the game features a reunion between del Toro and friend/fellow P.T. director Hideo Kojima, it turns out that del Toro’s contribution is solely as an actor this time around.

That’s what we learned during a recent phone interview with del Toro, as he was clear that the game itself sprung solely from the mind of Kojima. “I’m involved as a character. Kojima-san called me and said, ‘I want you to be a character in the game,’ and I said, ‘Gladly.’ He’s discussed his ideas so I could understand the character, but other than that I’m not involved, creatively, at all.”

Del Toro continued, “This is entirely Kojima-san’s game. I think it’s gonna be a fantastic game, 100%...

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The Full List of 2017 Oscar Nominations Revealed

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards have been announced, and La La Land is leading the pack with 14 salutes under its belt, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Song.

That number means La La Land is now on level pegging with All About Eve and Titanic, who until now have jointly held the record of the most nominated films at the Oscars. La La Land can also now lift the title of most nominated musical, having beaten Mary Poppins’ 13 nods at the 37th Academy Awards in 1965.

Meryl Streep has also had her name inked into the history books as the most nominated performer in Oscar history, having scooped a salute for her lead role in Florence Foster Jenkins

Elsewhere on the list, Arrival has received 7 nominations, Moonlight 7, Hacksaw Ridge 5, and Manchester By The Se...

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Oscars: Jimmy Kimmel to Host 2017 Academy Awards

Following his hosting stint at this year’s 68th Primetime Emmys, Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the 2017 Academy Awards.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kimmel’s selection will soon be announced by the show’s producers, Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd. Though, Kimmel already confirmed the news on Twitter.

For Kimmel, this will be the first time hosting the Oscars after headlining the Primetime Emmys twice, in 2016 and 2012.

ABC, which is home to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, recently struck a new deal to broadcast the Oscars until 2028, affording the network more creative input on the show, like picking a host, The Hollywood Reporter explained. The Academy still has the final say, according to THR.

Despite Kimmel receiving mostly positive reviews for hosting the Emmys, the show was only able to...

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Persona 5, Yakuza 0 Not Coming to Nintendo Switch

While SEGA and Atlus have plans to support Nintendo Switch, Persona 5 and Yakuza 0 will remain exclusive to PlayStation platforms.

In a post on Twitter, Atlus USA and SEGA of America PR manager John Hardin confirmed that Persona 5 and Yakuza 0 won’t be ported to Nintendo Switch or PC. “Persona 5 platforms: PS3, PS4. Yakuza 0 platforms: PS4. THAT’S. IT. No Switch. No PC,” he said.

Following Nintendo’s announcement of Switch, both SEGA and Atlus confirmed plans to support the console. Last year, SEGA announced that an “epic” title from Sonic Colors and Generations team is headed to the platform in 2017.

For more on third-party support for Nintendo Switch, check out IGN’s detailed look at which titles from Nintendo’s list of confirmed partners are likely headed to Switch.

Alex Osborn is a...

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Overwatch Teases 'Year of the Rooster' Event

Overwatch has teased something called ‘Year of the Rooster’, which looks to be a Chinese New Year event.

The tease depicts Mei, a character of Chinese origin, in a variation of traditional Chinese clothing. As spotted by NeoGaf, Overwatch’s Korean Twitter account also appears to have revealed a new skin for D.Va.

Overwatch Teases 'Year of the Rooster' Event

There is no word yet on what the event will entail, with Blizzard teasing details on January 24th in North America and Europe, and January 25th in Australia.

Overwatch recently wrapped up its holiday event, and introduced new control map Oasis. Director of Overwatch Jeff Kaplan will deliver the keynote speech at the 2017 DICE Summit, titled “Overwatch: How Blizzard Created a Hopeful Vision of the Future”.

Overwatch was IGN’s Game of the Year for 2016.

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Power Rangers: Bryan Cranston on Why He Said Yes to Playing Zordon

There was surprise by many when Bryan Cranston was announced as the actor playing Zordon in the new Power Rangers movie a few months ago – even as some big Power Rangers fans knew that Cranston’s history with the franchise goes back to the beginning.

I spoke to Cranston at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour today, where he was promoting Season 2 of his animated series SuperMansion, and he explained how he came to appear in the new film.

“Haim Saban called,” Cranston explained, naming the producer who co-created the Power Rangers and owns the franchise (having re-acquired the property after Disney owned it for a few years)...

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Nintendo Switch Price and Release Date Revealed

Nintendo Switch will launch globally on March 3, 2017 for $299.99 USD and 29,980 yen. This announcement came during Nintendo’s Switch Presentation.

For context, PlayStation 4 currently starts at $299, PlayStation 4 Pro starts at $399, and Xbox One starts at $249.

Nintendo’s Wii U launched back in November 2012, with two separate SKUs that cost $299 and $349 respectively. Likewise, the Nintendo 3DS launched back in early 2011 for $299. For a full look at how Switch’s price stacks up historically, take a look at our feature comparing what consoles cost at launch over the past 35 years.

Nintendo NX was officially revealed as Nintendo Switch during a video released back in October. For more on the upcoming console, check out our list of every Switch game confirmed so far.

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