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“No Threat” Found at Ubisoft Montreal

The offices of Ubisoft Montreal became the center of attention on Friday afternoon as a suggested hostage situation was in progress. However, Montreal police found no threat at the building.

Canadian news program TVA Nouvelles, citing unidentified sources, reported that an investigation had determined that the 911 call that precipitated the police response was a “hoax”.

Citing the Montreal police, Le Journal de Montréal reported that the call was made from inside the building, which houses businesses such as a daycare center in addition to Ubisoft Montreal’s offices. A correspondent for TVA Nouvelles reported that the call was made at approximately 1 p.m., and that the caller threatened to blow up the building if they were not paid a ransom of more than $2 million.

Ubisoft Montreal is, among other things, the lead developer on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which launched this week.

Source: Polygon

Monster Hunter Rise Merchandise Revealed

Capcom has revealed upcoming merchandise for Monster Hunter Rise and it includes 2 types of carry cases, acryl charms and plushies. All of these will be available on the 26th of March 2021, when Monster Hunter Rise releases.

The “Supply Box” carrying case has enough room to store the entire Nintendo Switch console, along with charging Dock and controller. It will cost ¥4200, around £30 / €34 / $40.

A smaller carrying case will also be available for the Nintendo Switch lite. This one will cost ¥2800, or about £20 / €23 / $27.

The available charms will cost ¥650 (about £5 / €5 / or $6) individually and ¥9,100 (about £66 / €74 / $87) for the set of fourteen. Consumers will be able to carry charms of their favorite weapons from Monster Hunter Rise with these stylish acrylic charms.

Finally, three new plushies of the Palamute, Palico and Magnamalo. These will cost ¥2500 (about £18 / €20 / $24).

Source: Siliconera, Gamer

Nintendo’s New Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch Has a Language Error, and Has Already Been Hacked

So, the new Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch released today, and it is filled with loads of cool features. One of them is a ‘Mario Drawing’ song that, while vocalised in English, also displays lyrics in a number of different languages. And there’s an error with that.

According to Nintendo:

“We would like to inform you about an error with one of the digital clock’s 35 little touches in the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. system.

Unfortunately, the ‘Mario Drawing’ song (vocalised in English only) that can be accessed by holding the A button, displays an incorrect language’s set of lyrics if German, French, Italian or Spanish is selected from the title screen. English, Dutch and Japanese languages remain unaffected.”

The other bit of news is that while it’s only just been out, the Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch has already been hacked.

Hacker stacksmashing has been busy trying to see what makes this device tick:

Of note is that the device loads a Super Mario Bros. NES ROM into the RAM. Meaning someone might be able to figure out how other ROMs could be added in the future. 👀

Source: Nintendo Life

Zarude Distribution Has Started

Tieing in with the release of the new Trading Card Game Set, Vivid Voltage, which features Zarude, serial codes are being distributed which allow you to finally obtain this mythical pokemon.

From today till the 13th of December 2020 you’ll be able to obtain the serial code, which can be redeemed until the 31st of March 2021.

  • UK – GAME Stores (where open), GAME Online store soon
  • Germany – Gamestop – In-Store now, Online from December 1st
  • Austria, Switzerland – Gamestop – In-Store now
  • Belgium, Netherlands – GameMania – Sign up on their website, codes sent out every Friday
  • France – Micromania – Sign up on their website to get a code
  • Portugal – FNAC Stores

Source: Serebii

New Details Atelier Ryza 2 and Season Pass

Koei Tecmo Europe and developer Gust Studios have shared more details on the upcoming Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, which will launch on the 29th of January 2021.

Joining Ryza on her adventure is the adorable and enigmatic creature known as Fi. Ryza and Fi become increasingly close throughout their journey, with the bond between the two deepening as they begin to live together. As Fi continues to grow, Ryza realizes that the creature possesses a mysterious power. Ryza eventually brings Fi to explore the ancient ruins, and when Fi behaves like it wants to go deeper into the unknown darkness, the party discovers a glowing crystal that seems to hold deeper meaning to Ryza’s new best friend.

While exploring the ruins, Ryza and Fi run into Empel and Lila, who initially helped guide Ryza in her adventures three years ago. In fact, Empel is the one who taught Ryza alchemy, while Lila remains one of the fiercest female warriors in the land. The pair continue their search for “something” special in the ruins. Could their search also help Ryza and Fi learn the secrets of the lost legends?

In addition to the expanded character roster, Ryza will also be aided on her adventure by her Puni companions. These blob-like creatures can be sent on gathering trips, and will now even be able to level up, making it easier to discover rare items to pass along to Ryza. Ryza can then use these items to decorate inside her atelier, and by changing things like the wall or floor, Ryza will be able to influence certain special effects, including the likeliness of having sunny weather.

Alongside the limited physical edition there’s also going to be a Digital Deluxe and Ultimate Editions.

The Digital Deluxe Edition features the base game along with additional costumes and gathering spots, including the Kurken Island Gathering Tour, Another Style Costume Set, the Summer Memories Costume Set, the Helpful Items Set, and the All You Need! Gem Pack. 

The Ultimate Edition features everything included inside the Digital Deluxe Edition as well as the Atelier Ryza 2: Season Pass and a special Season Pass bonus Ryza costume.

The Season Pass includes 12 upcoming DLC packs which will feature swimsuit costumes, recipe expansion packs, the additional area of Keldorah Castle, the high-difficulty area of Flame Sun Island, and the Gust Extra BGM Pack.

Source: Nintendo Life

The onion Kingdom awaits as Overcooked! All You Can Eat launches on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5

Team17 and Ghost Town Games have announced Overcooked! All You Can Eat, the definitive edition of the award-winning Overcooked!, series has launched on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. Overcooked! All You Can Eat plates up over 200 levels of culinary chaos, including built-from-the-ground-up remakes of every original level from Overcooked! and Overcooked! 2 – and every downloadable content previously released for both titles – alongside an exclusive new adventure; The Peckish Rises, which adds seven new levels and three new chefs into the mix.

Every kitchen runs in 4K at 60 frames per second, with levels from the original Overcooked! playable online for the first time in the series, and cross-play multiplayer also being added as part of a free post-launch update. With more than 80 chefs to choose from, players will be able to cook up a storm as everything from a robot to an axolotl – with brand new colour options also available.

So that all chefs feel welcome in the Overcooked! kitchens, Overcooked! All You Can Eat will also include new accessibility options and an assist mode that adds features to increase level times; boost scores awarded for each meal; lengthen recipe times, and the ability to turn off order expiration. The accessibility options also include an option to enable dyslexia friendly text, a scalable user interface, and colour-blind friendly chef indicators.

Overcooked! All You Can Eat Key Features:

  • Every mouthful: Includes every piece of Overcooked! and Overcooked! 2 content, remastered and available in 60 frames per second in 4K resolution
  • Exclusive new kitchens & cooks: New levels, new chefs, and additional skins for every single chef – all exclusive to Overcooked! All You Can Eat
  • Trophies/Achievements: Brand new trophy and achievement sets for players to unlock
  • Cooking for all: Accessibility options and a new assist mode opens the game to more players than ever before
  • Multiple multiplayer courses: Levels originally from Overcooked! are playable with online multiplayer support for the very first time, with every Overcooked! All You Can Eat kitchen also featuring cross-play functionality in a post-launch update!

Overcooked! All You Can Eat will also be available in a physical edition for both next-generation consoles later this year.

Die by the Blade – First In-Depth Gameplay Video

We’ve previously reported on the Die by the Blade Kickstarter, and with the Kickstarter drawing to a close we have our first look at the gameplay mechanics.

Publisher Grindstone and developers Triple Hill Interactive and Toko Midori have released a brand new gameplay walkthrough video of their upcoming one-hit-kill sword fighting game Die by the Blade. The ten minute video, hosted by Peter Adamondy, development lead at Triple Hill Interactive, provides fans with the opportunity to take a deeper look into the game and combat mechanics including stances, movement, attacks and blocking. 

“During the Kickstarter campaign, we have had many questions from the backers and community about how the combat and one-hit-kill system will work.” Said Peter Adamondy, development lead at Triple Hill Interactive. “We wanted to give our community the opportunity to see how the game is progressing and to update them on our development plans. Instead of writing a blog we decided to record some gameplay directly from our recent pre-alpha build so they can actually visualise the combat mechanics for themselves”. 

Following the announcement that the initial Kickstarter funding target has been reached, the team also announced that the stretch goals are now live on the Kickstarter page. The first goal activated will be the addition of deadly ranged weapons to add to the arsenal of swords available for players to choose. Each character will have a special ranged weapon that can be used once in each round. Players will be able to block this with their sword, but timing will be crucial. The Kickstarter campaign will finish on 13th November so there is still a chance for fans to back the game and help shape the future development of this long awaited homage to classic sword fighting games. 

Drawing inspiration from legendary combat games like Bushido Blade and Way of the Samurai, Die by the Blade is a one-hit-kill sword fighting action game where players must take up their weapons and face off against deadly opponents. Choose your character, select your blade and engage in 1 vs 1 combat where the slightest mistake could seal your fate. Become a master of your craft and fight to the death with other players in tense, fast paced multiplayer matches or slash through tough AI enemies in the thrilling single player campaign.

Die by the Blade is being developed by developers Triple Hill Interactive and Toko Midori published by Grindstone and is scheduled for a 2021 release for PC and Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo consoles. Fans can wishlist the game on Steam by visiting the official page here 

EU Gets Physical Release of Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch

While the US and Australia had to contend with a digital release, or cases with a download code, or looks like the EU will be getting the game on cartridge.

Amazon UK has a new listing for Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (Nintendo Switch) and mentions that the box contains a Nintendo Switch cartridge.

This edition will include Mortal Kombat 11, Kombat Pack 1, Aftermath Expansion, and Kombat Pack 2. Release is scheduled for the 17th of November 2020.

Source: Nintendo Life