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Sphero BB-8 Star Wars Droid Coming Friday? App Shows Up Momentarily on The App Store

For a few moments, the BB-8 app that controls the new toy from Sphero showed up on the App Store. But now it’s gone. Another mistake by a developer, forgetting to set the go live date I’d guess.

But it does give us a glimpse of the actual BB-8 developed by Sphero. It’s rumored that the toy, that comes in two versions, a remote control version and and app-enabled version, will appear on store shelves this Friday (Force Friday). We’ll see.

This will be the must have gift for your Star Wars fans this year. So grab one early if you want it. And let me know if you need my address.

Interesting via 9to5Mac:

Will the next Apple TV support Games and Controllers? All signs point to yes.

Could the App Store for Apple TV finally be here? Seems like the noise surrounding it has risen to a fever pitch just before the Apple event next week. 9to5Mac seems to think it’s a sure thing. They have outlined the plans for an App Store, games, and support for bluetooth controllers (like those already supported on iOS).

We hope it’s true, finally, that this is happening. I’ve seen how good Android gaming can be on a NVIDIA Shield Android TV (it’s my main console now). With the support of the App Store developers, non-consoles or unconsoles like the Apple TV may really take off. 9to5Mac is expecting the updated Apple TV to be $149-199. We’ll see next week.

Via 9to5Mac

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All the Recent Updates that are Fit to Print

Each week Touch Arcade does a rundown of all the past week’s biggest iOS game updates. Highlights this time around include Sonic the Hedgehog coming to Angry Birds Epic, Gideon from Advanced Warfare coming to Call of Duty: Heroes, and more.

Via Touch Arcade

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Seasonal Ranked Gameplay Coming to Vainglory

Vainglory will have seasonal ranked gameplay starting in October.

Essentially, Vainglory will divide the calendar year into quarters and players will be able to earn exclusive rewards and achievements for playing within the season. At the conclusion of each season, player ranks associated with seasonal play will assumedly reset, new achievements/awards will be offered, and the cycle begins anew.

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New Screens and Details for Minecraft: Story Mode

Minecraft has a story to tell, courtesy of Telltale Games. More info about the game has come to light thanks to PAX.

As for the star-studded cast I mentioned earlier, that will include Patton Oswalt as male Jesse, Catherine Taber as female Jesse, Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Billy West, and Paul Reubens aka Pee-wee Herman!

Via Touch Arcade

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Final Fantasy: Record Keeper is Doing a FF14 Event in September

Square Enix has announced a crossover event between Final Fantasy: Record Keeper and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will occur in September. From the press release:

Next month, players will be transported to the realm of Eorzea, where the story of FFXIV unfolds, and will get a chance to play as two characters from the underground organization, The Scions of the Seventh Dawn. This limited-time event, titled “Flames of Vengeance,” is a collaboration between the teams at Square Enix and DeNA in celebration of the second anniversary of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm of Reborn.

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Minecraft: PE 0.12 Update is Getting Closer

The beta season for Minecraft: Pocket Edition 0.12 is seemingly over, which means we should be seeing the update hit the App Store soon.

If you don’t know anything about the 0.12 update, MCPE is about to get a huge overhaul as it’s gradually brought to parity with the PC version.
We’ll get the Nether, Nether portals, Nether fortresses, Sprinting, Sneaking, Hunger, revamped touch controls, potions and brewing stands, enchanting, rain and snow, controller support, cross-play with the Windows 10 edition of the game, and much, much more.

Via Touch Arcade

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10 New iOS Games Launching Tonight

Touch Arcade has the rundown on the big games launching tonight on iOS. There’s lots of good-looking stuff across a variety of genres, but not much you might have heard of before. Except Ski Safari 2, which will be excellent if it’s anything like its predecessor. Anyway, click ahead to see what’s coming out at 11 p.m. EST.

Via Touch Arcade

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Konami Will Be Pulling Many Of its Games From the App Store

Brace yourselves: A Konami mobile game cull is coming. It might be temporary, but nothing’s set in stone.

While most developers and publishers are pretty good about updating their big releases, it’s inevitable for swaths of games to get pulled after an iOS update causes them to stop working, never to be seen again. If we’re lucky, the publishers let us know ahead of time what’s going to get pulled, so that we can make our peace with the fact that they’re still in our backlogged piles, waiting to be played. Well, the first big pull announcement is here, and it belongs to none other than Konami, who made (and apologized for) statements recently about putting greater support behind mobile.

Via Touch Arcade

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FBI Gets Involved With Alleged Theft of Machine Zone’s Trade Secrets

Free-to-play is serious business. An employee of Machine Zone, the developers behind the highly successful free mobile title Game of War: Fire Age was arrested for alleged theft of trade secrets.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Jing Zeng, who worked as the firm’s director of global infrastructure, was intercepted by FBI agents as he tried to board a plane to Beijing. A federal criminal complaint alleges that Zeng was trying to make off with information on the behavior of the game’s millions of users, stolen from one of Machine Zone’s internal databases.

Via The Verge

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Rovio to Cut Another 260 Jobs

The developers of Angry Birds continue to slim down by slashing 260 jobs.

The cuts will have an impact on every part of Rovio’s organisation, except for the Angry Birds movie currently in production in North America. With 260 fewer people to pay, the company will then restructure around three “primary business areas”: games, media and consumer products.

Via Gamesindustry

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Amazon App Store Goes Underground – Giving Away $10,000+ in Apps and Games to Android Users

Amazon has struggled getting their App Store and games on non-Kindle devices. Due to rules in Google Play they can’t offer their App Store on the Google Play store. But now they have an incentive to make it more enticing for users to go through the process of installing the Amazon App Store and download apps — $10,000+ in free games and apps.

Amazon is doing this by partnering with developers and paying a per-minute usage fee to the developers. Amazon makes it clear that users don’t pay anything, they foot the bill. If you have an Android device, seems like a no-brainer.

Head to Amazon Underground to get started.

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Magic: The Gathering – Puzzle Quest Coming this Fall

Fans of collectible card games and/or match-3 RPGs will be excited to hear that a new game that mixes the two ideas together is heading to the App Store this fall. From Touch Arcade:

While the original Puzzle Quest and its sequel are bonafide classics, the more recent spinoffs Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] and Adventure Time Puzzle Quest [Free] have somewhat alienated long-time fans of the series. Not that the recent games are bad, but they’re highly social, highly free to play games aimed at the casual market, whereas the original games were something that appealed more to the core gaming group. It seems like with the Magic IP on board there’s potential to make the ultimate, super deep fantasy RPG matching game crossover, but more than likely it’ll be just like the last couple of games with a Magic skin.

Via Touch Arcade

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Metal Gear Solid V to Get a Day-One Companion App

Konami announced today that it will release a companion app for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain the same day the game releases, September 1. What will it do? Here’s Pocket Gamer:

The map connects to Snake’s iDroid (the best of both worlds!)l and can show the in-game map on your phone or tablet. You’ll see more of the map on your device than you can in game.

The app also lets you to listen to all records and music that you obtain as you progress through the game. The app will work with PS3, PS4, and Xbox One, meaning Xbox 360 and PC fans are a bit boned.

Via Pocket Gamer

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A Level Editor is Coming to Badland

If you’ve ever found yourself playing Badland and thought to yourself, “I could totally make these levels,” then you’re in luck, because an editor is coming to the game. And the beta starts today. From Touch Arcade:

Frogmind says the level editor is actually a polished-up version of the same one they used to create official levels for the game, so essentially everything in Badland was built using the same editor, which means the possibilities should be pretty endless. In order to publish a created level you’ll need to be able to beat it, and you’ll be able to browse through, play and rate other peoples’ creations as well. User-created levels can be sorted by rating, difficulty, and length and each week Frogmind will pick one special level to be added to a new “Eternal Day” that will be available on the main menu for all to access.

Via Touch Arcade

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Content From The Banner Saga Now in Kingdom Rush Origins

Ask and ye shall sometimes receive. Jim Squires from Gamezebo suggested via Twitter that a crossover between The Banner Saga and Kingdom Rush Origins would be cool. It appears Ironhide Game Studio and Stoic Studio agreed.

Effective immediately, Kingdom Rush Origins players will be able to access a new secondary hero in the second level of the game’s latest update: Bolverk the Varl. Bolverk had a small role in The Banner Saga, but (we’ve been told) may see some more screen time in the game’s impending sequel.

Via Gamezebo

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Scott Cawthon Outlines Future of Five Nights at Freddy’s

Scott Cawthon revealed what’s next for everyone’s favorite animatronic nightmare fest, Five Nights at Freddy’s 4.

According to Cawthon, some of the plans are more certain than others since he’s still working on the update as we speak. If you are one of those who’ve beaten Night 6, the update will add all kinds of fun stuff in your extras menu, including a challenge menu, a cheat menu, and a twist on a familiar minigame, which means that those who can beat the challenges will have access to a new set of stars to earn. The preceding additions are going to be released for certain.

Via Touch Arcade

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Hearthstone’s Grand Tournament is Now Live

Hear ye, hear ye! Hearthstone’s Grand Tournament is now open!

The update is out now. Card packs can be purchased individually or in discounted bundles from the in-game Shop for gold or real-world currency. You can also win The Grand Tournament card packs as rewards in Arena Mode, or craft cards using Arcane Dust.

Via Pocket Gamer

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“ClashCon” Celebrates Clash of Clans This Fall

Supercell recently talked about the reasons why Clash of Clans has been enduringly popular over the past weeks and months. It also revealed “ClashCon,” a celebration of all things Clash of Clans that will be happening in October.

Supercell has also recently announced that in celebration of the game’s third birthday, the company will hold its first ever convention, ClashCon, that aims to unite players from all over the world. The Con will take place October 24, 2015 in Helsinki, Finland, Supercell’s base of operation. The company has promised that ClashCon will surprise Clash of Clans players but didn’t disclose any more about that.

Via Touch Arcade

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Pokemon Shuffle Hits iOS and Android in Japan

Pokemon Shuffle, the free-to-play puzzle / battling game currently exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS, recently hit the Japanese App Store and Google Play. An English-language release probably isn’t far behind, pika.

This is not Nintendo’s entry in the world of mobile, however. The Pokemon Company isn’t fully owned by Nintendo and has made plenty of iOS apps already. Nintendo’s first mobile game with DeNA will be announced this year.

Via Pocket Gamer

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The Deer God Comes to iOS on September 3

Do you have what it takes to be the Prince of the Forest? You’ll get to find out on September 3, when The Deer God comes to iOS.

So far The Deer God has gotten kind of a mixed response on Steam, with some people really clicking with the game and some just plain not liking it. For what it’s worth, I went hands-on with the mobile version of the game back at GDC in March, and I really, really enjoyed what I saw then.

Via Touch Arcade

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