Square Enix Talks About Embracing “Games As A Service” Model

Back in May, Square Enix management said the video game industry is heading towards the “games as a service” model, at the time stating that the Final Fantasy publisher “will approach game design with a mind to generate recurring revenue streams.” Now, Square Enix president Yousuke Matsuda has doubled down on those comments, saying in a new note to shareholders that the games as a service model is the way forward.
“Gone are the days in which single-player games were of primary status and multiplayer games secondary,” Matsuda said (via @Nibellion). “Lately, multiplayer games have taken the lead, and it is standard for games to be designed for long-term play.”
Games as a service is not a new concept, and it's a term that is defined differently depending on which company you're looking at. For Square Enix, games as a service means a game that “place[s] a strong emphasis on longer-term user engagement.”
Square Enix will continue to make games that fit this description. The idea ..

Check Out Doom Running On Nintendo Switch

Doom appearing on the Nintendo Switch was one of the highlights of the most recent Nintendo Direct. We managed to get some quality time with this acclaimed shooter using Switch's portable screen setup. Note that we played this non-final build on a Switch debug unit, so the frame rate and performance is subject to change. We also encountered some sound glitches during our direct-line audio recording due to the nature of the debug.
Doom looks to be one of the bloodier games for the Switch as we were assured the gore will not be toned down for the Nintendo console. It's also supported by all the original version's post-release content. That includes the suite of multiplayer maps and modes, which will be offered as an optional free download at launch. Doom on Switch is scheduled for release Holiday 2017.

Overwatch Free Weekend: Here’s Exactly When It Starts On PS4, Xbox One, And PC

The Overwatch free weekend is starting soon on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. If you want to play exactly when it starts, Blizzard has announced the specific start-times for the major regions around the world. The free weekend begins at 11 AM PT on September 22, and you can see how that translates to where you live in the image below.
DON'T FORGET: You can play Overwatch FREE on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One starting tomorrow at 11AM PT!
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— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) September 21, 2017The Overwatch free weekend gives players access to all of the game's 25 heroes and 16 maps in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. You'll also be able to earn Loot Boxes, level up, and unlock customization options; you can carry over all of this progress should you decide to purchase the game following its free trial.
PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold are required on console. Those who intend to pl..

Nintendo Switch Deal Includes System And Mario + Rabbids For $340

Since launch, the Nintendo Switch has been hard to come by, and that may not change soon. It's uncommon to see it in stock, but not only can you pick one up right now in the US, you can do so with a discounted copy of one of its best games for a limited time.
Over on Ebay, highly rated seller antonline is offering a bundle with a Switch with gray Joy-Cons and a copy of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle for $340. Provided you're interested in the game, that's $20 cheaper than you would pay to get them individually (assuming you can actually find a Switch to purchase). Considering there haven't been many deals on the Switch or its games, this is a particularly good deal.
As such, you may want to act quickly if you're interested–we don't know how many are in stock or how long the deal will last for. Free shipping is also available.
Nintendo recently affirmed that there could be shortages of Switch heading into this holiday. Meanwhile, Mario + Rabbids has alrea..

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Dev Threatens Epic Over Fortnite’s Similar New Mode

Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene invented the battle royale game mode long before he turned it into a standalone game with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. But for all of the battle royale mods and games that exist, PUBG has been far more successful: The game has smashed all-time records on Steam and enjoyed a meteoric rise, with no end in sight. As you'd expect, other companies are looking to capitalize on the interest in PUBG, but the game's developer is unhappy with the particular approach Epic Games is taking with a new mode in Fortnite.
Epic announced earlier this month that it was releasing a new battle royale-style game mode for its upcoming free-to-play game, Fortnite. It made no attempt to hide its obvious inspiration, naming the mode Battle Royale and stating in a blog post, “We love battle royale games like PUBG and thought Fortnite would make a great foundation for our own version.” After initially opening it only to those who purchased the early access version, ..

Star Trek: Discovery Release Date, How And Where To Watch With CBS All Access Online

The next installment in the Star Trek franchise is coming to a television near you on Sunday, September 24. However, watching the entire first season won't be as simple as flipping on your television to CBS, as the new series will be part of its new streaming service, CBS All Access. Here is everything you need to know in order to watch the new show. If you're looking for more details about the show's story and timeline, check out Star Trek Discovery: Everything You Need To Know.
The First Episode Will Air On CBSEveryone with a television–as long as you have a service to get channels, like cable or an antenna–will be able to watch the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery. The first episode of the series will air on CBS on Sunday, September 24 at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT. However, it could be delayed as it's following 60 Minutes as well as an NFL game. In addition, you will be able to stream the show live and on-demand through CBS All Access.
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Pokemon Ultra Sun And Moon’s Latest Trailer Shows Off New Surfing Game And Photo Mode

Nintendo has released a new trailer for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the next pair of Pokemon games on the way to 3DS. The video showcases a few of the new features players will find in the upcoming titles, including an expanded photo mode and the ability to surf between islands.
In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, players will have access to an all-new Ride Pokemon ability, Mantine Surf. You can ride atop the manta Pokemon and manually surf between the different islands of the Alola region. While surfing, you'll also be able to perform a variety of tricks and earn a high score. You can see some screenshots of Mantine Surf below.
Additionally, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon introduce a mode called Alola Photo Club. With this feature, players can take photos with their Pokemon and decorate them with a number of different frames and stickers. You can then share the photos you take with other players.
The trailer also confirmed that island Trials are returning in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, bu..

PUBG Dev Threatens “Further Action” As It Takes Issue With “Similarities” In Fortnite’s New Mode

Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene invented the battle royale game mode long before he turned it into a standalone game with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. But for all of the battle royale mods and games that exist, PUBG has been far more successful: The game has smashed all-time records on Steam and enjoyed a meteoric rise, with no end in sight. As you'd expect, other companies are looking to capitalize on the interest in PUBG, but the game's developer is unhappy with the particular approach Epic Games is taking with a new mode in Fortnite.
Epic announced earlier this month that it was releasing a new battle royale-style game mode for its upcoming free-to-play game, Fortnite. It made no attempt to hide its obvious inspiration, naming the mode Battle Royale and stating in a blog post, “We love battle royale games like PUBG and thought Fortnite would make a great foundation for our own version.” After initially opening it only to those who purchased the early access version, ..

Nazi-Hunting TV Drama On The Way From Get Out’s Jordan Peele

Comedian, actor, and director Jordan Peele is working on a new TV show about Nazi hunters in the 1970s. It has been reported that Peele, best known the Comedy Central's sketch show Key & Peele and this year's horror hit Get Out, will develop and produce the series, titled The Hunt.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this is the first project from a development deal that Peele signed with Sonar Entertainment earlier this year. The site states that The Hunt will tell the true story of “a diverse band of Nazi hunters in 1970s America as they set out on a quest for revenge and justice–tracking and killing hundreds of Nazis who, with the unconscionable help of the U.S. government, escaped justice and embedded themselves in American society.”
Although no network is yet attached to the show, THR says that the project is already attracting interest from potential broadcasters.
Peele wrote and starred in five season of Key & Peele, alongside comedy partner Keegan-Michael Key, and t..