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Shiny Pokemon 2DS Bundle
Nintendo has announced two retailer-exclusive Pokemon X/Y 2DS Bundles that will be launching this Friday, December 6. Target gets the Pokemon X bundle with a red 2DS for $149.99, while Toys R Us will offer the Pokemon Y bundle with a blue 2DS for the same price. Neither bundle will include physical copies of Pokemon X and Y, instead the games will be installed on the portable's SD card.
Am I annoyed that the colors are backwards? Yes. Pokemon X should come with the blue 2DS and vice versa. Alas, it's still a decent deal.
Tales of Anticipation
On the official Japanese site for the Tales of series, Namco Bandai has announced that it will be showing of the next Tales of game on December 12. According to a translation by Siliconera, the reveal will be done during a NicoNico stream at 7 PM Japan time. That's 5 AM if you're on the East Coast like me, and 2 AM on the West Coast.
Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 Are Hiding
Square Enix is showing off eight titles at the Shueisha's Jump Festa '14 taking place in Japan from December 21-22. Unfortunately, these eight games won't include Final Fantasy XV or Kingdom Hearts 3. Instead, attendees can see or play:
- Dragon Quest X: Version 2 for Wii, Wii U, and PC (trailer only)
- Bravely Default: For the Sequel for 3DS (trailer only)
- Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster for PS3 and Vita (playable demo and trailer)
- Dragon Warrior Monsters 2 for 3DS (playable demo and trailer)
- Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call for 3DS (playable demo and trailer)
- Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix for PS3 (playable demo and trailer)
- Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King for iOS and Android (playable demo and trailer)
- Final Fantasy 6 for iOS and Android (trailer only)
In this week's issue Jump, Square Enix also announced Bravely Second, the sequel to Bravely Default. Siliconera obtained an image of the Jump article from a Japanese fan on Twitter. A release date was not given, but we won't get the first game until February 7, 2014, so the wait for its successor will be a long one.
Just Cause 3 is Coming?
Just Cause and Mad Max developer Avalanche Studios release a developer video today, showing its team on site in a Costa Rican rainforest. The art team is on location to gather reference material for a game, and since Mad Max takes place in a desert wasteland, this has to be for Just Cause 3, right? The video's description says "some of the skies" capture in Costa Rica will be used in Mad Max, but what about the rest of the jungle? Listen to that Just Cause-style music and see how many times they mention the game. It's coming, my friends!
"In the Just Cause games we're in a tropical paradise," said associate art director Andreas Oberg. "And one really important component of tropical paradises is beaches and water. However, water is one of the most complicated things to simulate in most movies and computer games. So for that reason, yesterday, we were down at the beach and we were recording the water in super slow motion. We really care about recreating the most amazing nature that you've ever seen in any game."
Avalanche Studios will also be sponsoring the Toucan Rescue Ranch in Costa Rica, because when you have money, you should do awesome things with it.
Valve Joins the Linux Foundation
Valve's all-new Steam OS is bringing a great deal of hope to Linux gamers everywhere, and now the company has joined the Linux Foundation.
"Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming. Through these efforts, we hope to contribute tools for developers building new experiences on Linux, compel hardware manufacturers to prioritize support for Linux, and ultimately deliver an elegant and open platform for Linux users," said Mike Sartain of Valve.
Arma III Campaign Preparing Second Operation
Bohemia Interactive has announced that the second compaign episode for Arma III will be released on January 21, 2014. Arma III's campaign is split into three episodes: Survive, Adapt, and Win.
"While the first part of the campaign focused on the basics of infantry combat, this second 'Adapt' episode plays with the other cool features of Arma 3's sandbox", said Jaroslav Kasny, Playable Content Lead for Arma 3. "Players will find more open and unorthodox scenarios, and with the help of guerrilla warfare, set out to defeat a much stronger enemy."
Bohemia will be releasing the new sandbox content for the game ahead of the episode launch. This December 11 release will include three new vehicles and some new weapons.