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Overwatch presents a new hero

It seems that Overwatch doesn´t give up on the struggle for maintaining a good position in the already-crowded competitive first-person shooter market. Adding more content to the game seems to be the chosen path and Activision Blizzard has announced that a new character will join the ranks of the international task force. It´s been not too long since Brigitte and Ashe made their apparition and now it´s the turn of Baptiste.

Baptiste is an offensive support character that will boost the performance of his teammates with his gadgets. He is a combat medic from Haiti that originally was a member of a military group called The Caribbean coalition, but his abilities caught the attention of Talon and he was recruited to bolster the ranks of the organization. After a while, he realized that the type of activities that Talon was immersed in were not his cup of tea, and he decided to leave them. That led to a manhunt where Baptiste had to deal with several Talon agents, so going back to the organization is not an option anymore, even if he changed his mind.


Nothing has been revealed from Baptiste’s skills but we expect that he will be hitting the public test realm in a few days, so if you want to take a look at his skill set before he comes to live server you should do it there. we expect him to have decent offensive capabilities while being able to support his allies with heals, being sort of a DPS-support hybrid able to fulfill both roles in any given situation, what would give you a lot of flexibility and tactical options.

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Devotion removed from Steam, Red Candles Games issued a statement

Devotion removed from Steam

Released last February 19, Devotion got positive reviews and hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch. It’s safe to say that Devotion got the traction upon the release. But not long after that, Devotion faced criticisms from Chinese players due to a piece of art that according to them is mocking their president, Xi Jinping. Due to that, their game was the victim of a massive review-bombing campaign and now it only has 40{c4f60b86d58bd0bb42d7d202d81274380459a85a5d81d139dd8bd0c48cc6a02e} of positive reviews. The negative reviews are also affecting Detention (Devotion’s predecessor) that is now down to only 30{c4f60b86d58bd0bb42d7d202d81274380459a85a5d81d139dd8bd0c48cc6a02e} positive reviews.

Devotion’s Art material in question

This issue is nothing new since memes of Winnie the Pooh mocking Jinping has been around the Internet for a while. In fact, the movie Christopher Robin was banned in China last year because of a similar reason.

Devotion’s developer, Red Candle Games first addressed the issue and released a statement last February 23rd. They claimed that it was a placeholder that was taken down and replaced since the evening of February 21st and that they were taking full responsibility for the incident. They also emphasized that this is purely by accident and that it’s never their intention to harm any individual’s integrity.

Seemingly discontented with their previous explanation, Red Candle Games posted a follow-up statement the next day. They apologized to the players and said that the art material was released without the knowledge of everyone in the team. They only became aware of its existence when a player privately reported what’s written on the art material. They immediately took action and replaced the art material within an hour.

Their explanations went to the deaf ears of angry fans. The developer’s Weibo account has been shut down, Devotion’s Steam store page is now nowhere to be found, and players wouldn’t be able to buy it anymore. All of the Devotion’s related content have been removed from their YouTube channel as well.

Three hours after the removal, Red Candles released another statement. In their About the Store Page, they said that the removal was due to technical issues and it won’t be up on Steam until a complete QA check is done. No new developments have been released yet so let’s all wait for further announcements as to when Devotion is coming back.


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Brilliant Puzzler ‘Snakebird Primer’ Now Available on iOS

Snakebird (Free) from Noumenon Games became a critical hit when it originally launched on Steam back in 2015, and then the following year they brought that hit to mobile with an experience that almost felt like it was meant for the touchscreen in the first place. Snakebird has you controlling one or more of the eponymous snakebird abominations of nature and moving them segment by segment through a variety of levels. Your goal is to collect all the fruit pieces and then make it to the swirling rainbow goal, but the catch is that every piece of fruit that you eat makes your snakebird grow one segment longer, just like the classic Snake that was built into our Nokia phones twenty years ago. It’s an absolutely brilliant puzzler, one that we loved in our review of the iOS version back in 2016, but one big criticism of the game was that it got awfully difficult in the later parts of the game. Some folks love that sort of bash-your-head-into-a-wall-difficulty, but some folks find it a turn off. For those in the latter group, Noumenon Games has created Snakebird Primer ($7.99), which utilizes the mechanics of the original game but presents them in a whole new set of levels that were designed to be easier than those of the first Snakebird.

When Snakebird Primer was originally announced earlier this month, it was pegged for a February 18th release. However, Noumenon clarified on their Twitter account that that release date was only confirmed for the Steam version of the game, and that Snakebird Primer was still working its way through the approval processes of the other various digital storefronts out there and would likely hit a bit later than that. In a weird quirk, the Apple TV version of Snakebird Primer did launch right around the 18th, but the game was actually meant to be fully Universal on iOS. Well finally today that existing Apple TV app has been updated with Universal iPhone and iPad support, which means you can buy it once and play it on all three of those devices.

As the name indicates, Snakebird Primer is designed to prepare people with the skills necessary to complete those really difficult challenges in the original game. Not that it’s not a fantastic game all on its own, because it absolutely is with more than 70 brand new levels, and anything that can introduce a wider audience of people to the fantastic world of Snakebird is an easy recommendation for me. But, should you finish Primer and crave more, the original Snakebird is there for you. I just am holding out hope Noumenon will update it with full screen support for the latest iOS devices, which it currently lacks. Until that time though I’ll happily be working my way through Snakebird Primer, and you should be too, and in the meantime you can find more discussion and impressions about the game in our forums.

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Rockstar Updates ‘Bully: Anniversary Edition’ with Support for Newest iOS Devices

Here’s some exciting news: Late last week Rockstar Games updated Bully: Anniversary Edition ($6.99) with full screen support for all the latest iOS devices. Why is that exciting? Well you may recall that we’ve been patiently waiting for Rockstar to update their iOS games with modern device support, and they actually kicked that initiative off back in May of last year with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas ($6.99). I kind of figured that would set off a chain reaction of all their games getting similar updates around the same time. I was wrong. Their next game to receive a full screen update was Max Payne Mobile ($2.99), but it didn’t come until more than five months later in mid-October. The next one to follow that was Grant Theft Auto: Vice City ($4.99), which was updated just a couple of weeks ago. So that’s what’s exciting to me, is that the Bully update comes rather quickly on the heels of the Vice City update. Maybe that means we won’t be forced to wait such long stretches between updates for the remaining Rockstar iOS library?

Whatever the case, I’m extremely happy that Bully has finally received a full screen update. It was one of the Rockstar titles I’d been hoping for the most, and is truly one of the most unique games of the PS2-era open-world sandbox games. Don’t get me wrong, crime and shenanigans in Grand Theft Auto is a blast as well, but in Bully you’re actually playing as a student going to school and the simulation is quite faithful. You still have a ton of open world to explore and lots of different activities to partake in, but everything is framed around you being a teenager in school and having to actually do things like attend classes on time and not be out on the streets after curfew. It’s surprisingly fun, and you can read all about our thoughts on Bully: Anniversary Edition in our original review and our Game of the Week write up from when the game came out on iOS back in late 2016. As for which Rockstar game I have my fingers crossed to receive an update next? Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars ($4.99). Bring it on.

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New Features of Xbox Insiders coming this spring

Xbox Insider new features this Spring

Microsoft revealed the new features that are coming to Xbox Insiders and likely Xbox One users in the near future. Xbox has been around for a long time and no major changes have been added to its system yet. However, there has been a considerable number of fixes made to assure that Xbox users will have a better playing experience. Microsoft is aiming to provide quality play for its users and decided to address the feedback and complaints that they’ve been getting. you cna check the new features coming this Spring right below.

Changes to come to Xbox Insiders

According to Microsoft, users will now able to access quest programs in their dashboard and browse all their quests from My Profile. Aside from streamlining Xbox Game Pass Quests, Microsoft is also streamlining the messages by adding a Message Request feature so that user can add and see their friends’ messages and ignore messages from people they don’t know.

Xbox Insider new Message Request feature

The difficulty of using the virtual keyboard will be addressed in the new Xbox as they are testing out a mini virtual keyboard option that allows faster typing without taking up much space. Another change is the addition of an option to restart the console in the Power Center. You can access this by quickly pressing down the Xbox button on the controller to bring out the Power Center. You no longer have to navigate within the system tab to restart your console.

Xbox, restart option [/caption]

Next thing is the way in which you uninstall games when you need more space. As for now, you get rid of games by going to your collection and then choosing the game you want to remove. But in the new Xbox feature, you will be sent to a page with suggested titles that you can uninstall. Once selected the installation you have previously chosen will start automatically.

Last but certainly one of the best additions is that Microsoft announced that they will update the Xbox media remote so that users can put it in their favorite media app and jump to it directly.

All these features will soon be available to Xbox Insiders users and maybe, after some tweaking, they will also be available for Xbox One users.

Summary of Changes

  • Streamlined Xbox Game Pass Quests
  • Adding a Message Request feature
  • Mini Virtual Keyboard
  • Restart Button in the Power Center
  • Improved Uninstall Process
  • Programmable button in Xbox Media Remote

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Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Marvel Future Fight’, ‘Phantasy Star Classics’, ‘PUBG Mobile’, ‘Siralim 2’, and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It’s time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. This week features a lot of games I used to play a lot getting some interesting new updates. We’ve got cool new additions to a variety of games, and a couple of slightly odd crossovers. Well, I’ll let you all have a look and decide what you think. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let’s go for it!

Phantasy Star Classics, Free

What can I say? Some weeks I like to get my favorite update of the week out of the way quickly, and this is one of them. The Phantasy Star 2 app got a sweet update this week that added Phantasy Star 3 and Phantasy Star 4, available to play for free with ad support or in special upgraded ad-free versions if you buy IAPs. I think it was my first year at TouchArcade where I openly wished I could play Phantasy Star 4, one of the best RPGs of the 16-bit era, on my iPhone, and now here we are. Enjoy that coveted UMMSotW award, SEGA.

Siralim 2 (Monster Taming RPG), $4.99

Okay yes, Siralim 3 is out there and it’s getting regular updates, but don’t forget good ol’ Siralim 2. It got an update in the last week that has some nice stuff in it. There’s now support for MFi gamepads, improved touch controls, support for Turbo Mode in boss battles, support for iPhone X family screen sizes, and more. Yes, even bug fixes and optimizations! It’s a good excuse to fire up Siralim 2 again when you’re taking breaks from Siralim 3.

MARVEL Future Fight, Free

The latest Marvel movie is going to be out very soon, and that naturally means that Marvel’s various mobile games are getting ready. In the case of Future Fight, that means three brand-new characters. The new additions include Nick Fury, who somehow wasn’t in the game already, Minn-Erva, because Kree names are often cute like that, and Korath, because sometimes they’re not. Naturally, they’re all sporting costumes inspired by the movie alongside their comic book looks. Captain Marvel also has a new uniform available to make her look a little more Brie-esque. Finally, there’s a new legendary battle available based on the movie.

SEGA Heroes: Match-3 RPG Quest, Free

It’s time for the next SEGA franchise to join the SEGA Heroes, and it’s… The House of the Dead? Sure, why not? So far, we’ve just got Dr. Roy Curien, but I’m sure we’ll soon be able to make a certain someone suffer like G did. You can also find Dr. Curien as an opponent in Survival Mode. Also new in this update are Playgrounds being made a part of the regular rotation. You can pick up some gold and, perhaps more importantly, some valuable advice in each new Playground. Toss in some bug fixes and that’s the update.

Homescapes, Free

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Fortnite, Season 8: what’s coming?

A new season is about to start in Fortnite, and Epic Games has decided to share a bit of information about it on the AMA that was organized last Friday on Reddit. Users were able to ask questions to several developers.

From the huge number of questions they answered, you can get an idea of what´s coming and what is definitely not coming to the game on Season 8. The first thing to note is that you can already forget about seeing double shotguns and planes in the game for a while. They are willing to add a new single-occupancy vehicle, but they didn’t give any hint about what it could be. Maybe it´s something like the hoverboard? We will have to wait until the new season starts on Thursday to find out more on that matter. Improvements to the sounds and better visuals that make characters easier to spot are on the “to do” list too.

Fortnite- Hoverboard

But what really shook the hive and got all players speculating through the weekend was the answer of an Epic Games producer when he was asked if they were thinking of new mechanics like respawning.

“We’ve been considering this mechanic for a while and have been exploring it. Want to make sure we give it the time it needs and fully understand its impact on the game as a whole. Look for further updates during Season 8.”

Boom! Respawning in a Battle Royale game? That goes in the opposite direction of what a BR should be. If they really implement something like that, wouldn´t Fortnite stop having exactly the type of gameplay that has made it so popular to become something else? This answer has been received with mixed feelings on the player base and has been the main theme for all the discussions about the game through the weekend. We have known today that Fortnite’s revenues have dropped by 50{c4f60b86d58bd0bb42d7d202d81274380459a85a5d81d139dd8bd0c48cc6a02e} on all platforms during the last month, and it would be very easy to say that it could have been partially caused for the apparition of Apex Legends in the market. Maybe that´s the reason for Epic Games to consider such an unexpected and drastic change to the core mechanics of Fortnite.

Reasons aside, we will have to wait a little longer before we know the whole list of changes coming to the game with Season 8 and what kind of impact they will have on Fortnite. Until that happens, we will keep you updated with any news.

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Is This the Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy? – The TouchArcade Show #389

Heyyyyyyyyyyyy everybody, if you’re into the weird off topic tangents on the TouchArcade Show, this is going to be a podcast for you as we do a deep-dive into startup ideas surrounding just skipping ordering Doordash and instead just paying a similar gig economy service to come destroy your toilet. It might be the next billion dollar business, so don’t steal this idea. Anyway, this week’s podcast is filled with a recap of all the news of the week including some GDC speculation on what Google has been up to, some absurd drama in the Fortnite world, and much, much more. We also hit a bit on me leaving TouchArcade, which I announced on Twitter earlier today.

That might have something to do with the toilet destruction startup. Maybe. Anyway, it’s a good episode!

Don’t forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to We read ’em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below… And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we’re talking about. Backers can view the most recent video episodes of the TouchArcade show by clicking here. Be sure you’re logged in to see the latest content. For everyone else who is curious, you can check out our public patreon posts to see older episodes of the video podcast. If you like what you see, consider becoming a TouchArcade Patreon backer.

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‘Arena of Valor’ News: Veres, Yena, And Tel’Annas Reforged

The last few weeks of Arena of Valor has felt like treading old ground with returning skins for older characters. This week is anything but.

Other than the reappearance of the coveted Idol Liliana skin, this week’s roundup is entirely new content. We have a cool new hero to play around with, another to speculate on, a Valor Series underdog to root for, and perhaps the greatest skin intro since Steel Heart Maloch.

As the YouTube personalities are saying more often these days; let’s just jump into it.

Veres Is Here – And She’s A Prickly One

Veres splash art

Weeks after we first expected her to release, Veres has finally arrived in Athanor. Seen as a force to be reckoned with in Taiwan, Reddit users joked about how complaints will likely fill up the website once the weekend is out. Judging by the spotlight video put out by Tencent on Twitter, however, the chance of that happening is probably pretty high.

So who, or what, is Veres, anyway? A woman who’s about to make your life hell, that’s who. Veres made waves early this year when splash art of her alternate Grand Larceny skin spilled out. It depicted the character pinning infamous assassin Quillen to the ground, automatically painting her as the answer to the community’s screams to nerf Quillen’s cloak + burst toolset.

In practice, Veres commands a mysterious barbed chain whip that floats around her body. Her passive allows her to strike anyone in a donut AOE similar to Sephera’s stun after every 4th strike. Paired with some fairly long-range abilities, she’s a burst warrior with a surprisingly long reach that won’t let up so long as she keeps landing hits.

Time will tell how she’ll shake up the meta, but expect to see her in your matches this weekend; and perhaps even in this week’s Valor Series competition. As is the norm, Veres can be bought with Gold and Vouchers.

Yena Debuts In Taiwan

Just as the West inches closer to matching the Taiwanese Arena of Valor hero roster, Garena/Tencent thrusts another onto their fans across the pond. Yena, another Warrior hero, has begun to appear in more and more YouTube videos, and just like Veres, she’s bringing a unique weapon to the game – an oversized chakram that can be split into two curved blades, giving Yena the ability to modify her attacks similar to Liliana’s fox form.

When separated, Yena delivers strikes with her twin blades by sliding across small sections of the battlefield and can toss another blade out that stays in place similar to Fennik’s ultimate. Her own ultimate is what connected or disconnects her blades back into the completed chakram form. Whichever way you go, Yena delivers a whirlwind AOE strike in the process.

With the blades reattached, Yena’s first two abilities are altered, with her first becoming a charged frontal shockwave and her second becoming a short barrage of strong attacks as she pushes her target away.

We have no idea when Yena might make the trip to the Western version of the game, but don’t expect her until D’arcy, Cephany, Errol, and Hayate have come over first. Of course, Tencent could mix up the schedule a little. It’s happened before.

Idol Liliana

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As Expected ‘Phantasy Star 3’ and ‘Phantasy Star 4’ Have Been Added to SEGA Forever

As we figured would be the case after the teasing that SEGA did earlier this week, the existing Phantasty Star 2 app on the App Store has now been renamed Phantasy Star Classics (Free) and has been updated to include both Phantasy Star 3 and Phantasy Star 4 in addition to Phantasy Star 2. As someone who is constantly lost in a sea of app icons on my device, I really appreciate the recent trend SEGA Forever has been taking by combining multiple releases into a single app. That was how they released Shining Force Classics (Free) last fall, and they similarly updated the original Golden Axe app to become Golden Axe Classics (Free) that adds both Golden Axe 2 and 3 into a single app. Might Street of Rage be next!?

As with previous SEGA Forever releases, you can play these game in their entireity for free with the only burden being advertisements, which are present on title and pause screens and will pop-up between play sessions, and you’ll also need to watch a video ad in order to save your game. Those ads can be permanently removed for $1.99 for each game or as a bundle for all three Phantasy Star games for $4.99. As opposed to some of SEGA’s more action-oriented games which can be fiddly with virtual buttons, the Phantasy Star games actually play extremely well on the touchscreen, and being a SEGA Forever game you’ll also get some minor bonuses like screen filters and a rewind feature. It’s most certainly worth checking out these classics for free now that they’re part of the Phantasy Star Classics collection.

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