The playable demo of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire arrives Tuesday, October 21, but it will--for whatever reason--not be freely available on the 3DS eShop. To download it, you'll need to first obtain a code to download this "Special Demo Version" of the game through one of several ways.
Some of these methods guarantee you a code (provided supplies last), like buying certain games on the eShop, while others are pretty much banking on luck. Curiously for a demo of a pair of games that launch in November, some of these options won't present themselves until November (or December, in one case).
Courtesy of Nintendo's website, here are your six ways of securing a code:
Unfortunately, there weren't any specifics offered regarding which movie theaters or retailers would offer the demo codes. The company said it would announce locations for the mall tour "soon."
We do know that demo players will get access to "exclusive scenarios in the Hoenn region," the setting for Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire and their respective remakes. Certain progress can be transferred from the demo version to the full games, launching November 21. This includes certain items and a Mega-Evolved version of a "familiar" Pokemon.
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Though Rock Band 4 is not currently in development, developer Harmonix reminds gamers in a new interview that it controls the future direction of the series by virtue of owning the IP, and teased that the music game franchise will return "when the time is right."
In an interview with Forbes, Harmonix PR boss Nick Chester said he is often asked, "Where is Rock Band 4?" and "When are you bringing it back?" These questions have even come from GameStop managers, he said, which might suggest that, "If people are hearing that at retail, maybe there's something going on. Maybe people are ready for it again."
If Harmonix were to make another Rock Band, fans would certainly hope that their existing Rock Band plastic instruments would be compatible with the new game. Though there could be compatibility issues given the jump from last-generation consoles to current-generation machines, Chester said Harmonix would do "everything in our power" to make it work.
Also in the interview, Chester reveals that "hundreds of thousands" of people still play Rock Band games every month. This is despite the fact that Harmonix has stopped supporting the most recent core game, Rock Band 3, with new DLC and even pulled the plug on the Rock Band Network.
"We love Rock Band, it's in the company's DNA," Chester said. "We own the IP. And when the time's right we will absolutely come back to it. There's a whole bunch of factors to take into consideration before jumping in that pool again, but there's a desire for it, absolutely."
The most recent Rock Band game was Rock Band Blitz, which was released in 2012 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. At PAX East in April, Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos teased that the studio had "grand plans" to revive the Rock Band series for current-generation consoles. However, the company quickly clarified that it only had ideas for a new game, pointing out that Rock Band 4 was not actually in the works.
For its part, Activision has also talked about bringing the Guitar Hero franchise back someday.
Though Harmonix isn't making a new Rock Band game right away, the studio is certainly keeping busy. Tomorrow, Harmonix will release Fantasia: Music Evolved for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, while the studio continues to work on a new Amplitude game for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. In addition, Harmonix's free-to-play PC shooter called Chroma remains in development, and the studio recently signed a publishing deal with indie publisher Tilting Point for new, music-based mobile games. On top of that, there is Harmonix VR, a music project for Samsung Gear VR.
What would you like to see from a new Rock Band game? Let us know in the comments.
Not long it was teased that the Dead Rising movie might include an appearance by series mainstay Frank West, Legendary Pictures has announced comedian Rob Riggle will play the role of West in the film.
Legendary today announced four additions to the cast of Dead Rising: Watchtower today, the most notable of which is Riggle. The former Daily Show correspondent (and US Marine Corps Reserve officer) has appeared in a number of movies and TV shows, ranging from 21 Jump Street to Arrested Development.
The other new cast members include Harley Morenstein (best known for his work on YouTube channel Epic Meal Time), Keegan Connor Tracey (Bates Motel, Final Destination 2), and Aleks Paunovic (This Means War). Paunovic plays biker gang leader Logan; Morenstein plays Pyro, Logan's second-in-command; and Tracey plays a journalist named Jordan.
Other, previously announced actors include Dennis Haysbert, Jesse Metcalfe, Virginia Madsen, and Meghan Ory.
Today's announcement also offered a brief outline of the story, which centers around--what else--a zombie outbreak. When the government's vaccine fails, the four lead characters try to avoid becoming infected while investigating the outbreak, which may be the government's doing.
Watchtower was first announced this summer as a full-length digital movie. Rather than release in theaters, it'll debut on Sony's Crackle streaming service before heading to DVD and video-on-demand services. Director Zach Lipovsky, who recently described the movie as "Indiana Jones with zombies," has said the movie takes place between Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 3.
Watchtower does not yet have a release date, but filming is underway.
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Halo fans--particularly those with slow Internet connections or data caps--weren't pleased with last week's news that an update available at launch for The Master Chief Collection weighs in at a whopping 20 GB. Offering a second disc "would have been easier in a lot of ways," according to 343 Industries' Frank O'Connor, but doing so "would completely wreck the functionality and experience of the unified interface."
O'Connor made these comments in a series of posts over the weekend on NeoGAF, where he defended 343's decision to offer the hefty day-one update we learned about on Friday. He described it not as being a patch, but "content" that is primarily geared towards the game's multiplayer modes.
"The game is designed to run as a single, unified product; digital is seamless obviously, but we also wanted disc users to have the same experience, without swapping discs," he said about the 20 GB download. "Since the bulk of it is MP or MP-related, the logic is sound. There will ALSO be a [title update] in there, but that in itself is a tiny fraction of the content."
To help matters, those who buy the game digitally will be able to preload this content along with the base game. He also reassured players that they'll be able to play through all four campaigns (and watch their respective cutscenes) and play "a good chunk of MP custom games" without getting the update.
But even with that being the case, this is an unfortunate situation, and O'Connor didn't shy away from acknowledging that. "Do I understand the inconvenience and annoyance for some users? Of course. I'm not going to blow smoke or ignore it," he said. "For some folks it will be straight up annoying and I both apologize unreservedly for the irritance, and hope that the package and the way it works more than makes up for it."
He also noted that he has "pretty lame Internet" and uses Wi-Fi, but hasn't run into problems himself--"my installation and immediate play were all pretty buttery," he said. Of course, take this with a grain of salt, as it's coming from someone who works on the game.
"We realize that this isn't ideal for everyone, but it's the path to the smoothest eventual experience," he added.
The Master Chief Collection, which consists of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4, launches on November 11.
Sony has launched a new live-action PlayStation 4 commercial showing off regular people becoming professional basketball players, action heroes, and space-traveling warriors.
The video is called "Friendly Competition." PlayStation marketing executive Guy Longworth says the new video is meant to emphasize the feeling you get when playing games with friends.
"There's something special about grabbing your PS4 controller, sitting down with a friend, and starting up a game," he said in a post on the PlayStation Blog. "Whether side-by-side on the couch or online, there's nothing quite like getting ready for some real competitive or cooperative gaming."
Given that the commercial was produced by Sony, you might expect it to feature only PlayStation games, but that is not the case, as the titles on display are NBA 2K15, Far Cry 4, and Destiny. These are all multiplatform games, though they do each have special content or features (The Stage for NBA 2K15; free co-op trials for Far Cry 4; multiplayer map for Destiny) that are exclusive to Sony platforms, at least for a period of time.
In the case of Destiny, Sony even says that it is treating the Bungie-developed title like a first-party game.
The PS4 celebrates its first birthday next month. The system has sold more than 10 million systems worldwide as of August, which is beyond Sony's expectations for the console. Most recently, the NPD Group announced last week that the PS4 maintained its lead over the Xbox One in the United States during September.