Mortal Kombat 11’s Next DLC Characters May Have Been Leaked

The rumor mill regarding Mortal Kombat 11 DLC has been very active again in recent times, and the activity continues with potential hits at three new DLC characters to be added eventually.

Three of the most often rumored DLC fighters include Ash Williams of the Evil Dead series and what would be returning Mortal Kombat characters Sheeva and Fujin. Consequently, recent discoveries in the game’s files imply that these fighters will be coming to Mortal Kombat 11 at some point in time.

These files were discovered by Twitter user thethiny who posted to Twitter stating that the game files for Ash Williams, Sheeva, and Fujin have been added back into the game with the recent Spawn update. This is following their brief disappearance from the game’s files, causing worry among Evil Dead fans. The tweet from thethiny can be seen below posted to a Reddit page for Mortal Kombat leaks.

Since there has been no official announcement from Warner Bros. or anyone affiliated with the Mortal Kombat series, it would be best to take this with a grain of salt. This said, thethiny regularly tweets related content to Mortal Kombat 11, so they may well be putting out strong information. Yet, it has also been proven that game files may not be the best indicators of what’s to come anyway, especially as indicated by a recent instance where an image of a Nintendo Switch controller was found in Red Dead Redemption 2‘s game files.

However, given the constant leaks related to Ash Williams’ addition to Mortal Kombat 11, it continues to appear more and more likely that the famous horror movie character will be coming to the game. Rumors of his addition extend back into 2019. He is currently featured in Dead by Daylight, though his addition to Mortal Kombat 11 would certainly add a different flavor.

Sheeva and Fujin are otherwise very sensible additions to Mortal Kombat 11. Given their place in previous Mortal Kombat entries, their return would round out the expansive roster. Hopefully, we will find out who the next batch of fighters is soon enough, as well as when they will be added to Mortal Kombat 11.

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Next Week's Epic Free Games Include An Indie Classic

Publishers and storefronts have been offering a ton of free games recently to help people combat the boredom of being stuck inside, and the Epic Games Store is continuing to give away free games on a weekly basis as well. This week, Epic users can snag three more free games–World War Z, Figment, and Tormenter x Punisher–but the company also revealed the two free games coming up next. Starting April 2 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET, Gone Home and Hob will be free to claim on the Epic store. To claim any Epic free games, you just need a free account.

Gone Home is a first-person exploration game where you play as a woman who’s just returned home after spending a year abroad. Despite expecting your family to be there to welcome you, you quickly discover no one is home, and you must explore the empty house to discover what has happened. The beginning of Gone Home is eerie, but this is no horror game; instead, it’s a deeply personal story about a family’s struggles and heartache. While Gone Home was derisively called a “walking simulator” by some when it released in 2013, the genre has since blossomed, with Gone Home paving the way for other acclaimed narrative adventures like What Remains of Edith Finch, Firewatch, and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. If you’re a fan of these games, you shouldn’t miss out on Gone Home, which earned a superb 9.5/10 in GameSpot’s Gone Home review.

“Gone Home gives you a house to explore, and as you do so, that house slowly reveals to you the story of the people who live there,” wrote critic Carolyn Petit. “That story is intimate and honest and beautiful, and the active way in which you piece that story together, coming to understand the Greenbriar family through the things you find as you investigate their house, makes Gone Home one of the most captivating story-driven games in the medium’s history.”

In addition, Epic users will be able to claim Hob, a suspenseful action-adventure game from the studio behind Torchlight I and II. Hob’s story unfolds without text or dialogue, requiring you to explore the world and interact with the strange lifeforms on it to learn more about what’s going on. The world of Hob is in disarray, and you soon discover the entire planet is in danger. Hob involves puzzle-solving and combat, using unique mechanical glove-arm abilities to punch, grapple, and warp around. While GameSpot hasn’t reviewed Hob, the game has maintained a Very Positive rating on Steam with over 2,800 reviews, so it’s worth grabbing while free.

If you’re looking for more things to do while stuck inside, check out our full list of all the free games you can claim right now. Plus, see more of the best games, TV, and movies to play while you’re social distancing.

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The next Rainbow Six Siege limited-time mode might be a cooperative heist

Get your crew ready for the job.

Rainbow Six Siege has had several limited-time events that add fun and unique game modes for players to enjoy. But one Rainbow Six Siege player may have discovered the next limited-time mode, which might allow players to work together to crack safes on a familiar map.

Roly Noly is a credible source who’s leaked Rainbow Six Siege information in the past. Earlier today, he tweeted a clip of a new game mode known as “Gang Destruction Event.”

The clip shows the old version of Hereford Base but with no visuals and environmental changes. The map features paintings and statues that give it a wealthy manor aesthetic, which may tie into the game mode’s theme.

The map features a couple of safes that players need to capture and have their own unique custom animations. Roly Noly also said the mode seems to be a three-player co-op game, so players may need to work together to crack the safes while dealing with bots.

One of the biggest features of the game mode is that every floor on the map is reportedly completely destructible. Players can shoot through and create holes in floors in normal matches, but there are usually metal bars that prevent players from falling. These are reportedly removed in this game mode, which would add a new and unique way of dealing with enemies and possibly navigating the map.

Ubisoft hasn’t officially confirmed any new limited-time modes or another rework of Hereford Base, so it’s unclear when (or if) this mode will be released.

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The next gen console wars are off to a very boring start – Reader’s Feature

A reader is frustrated that the PlayStation 5 was first teased almost a year ago and yet Sony still hasn’t showed it or its games in public.

I know I’m not the only one that was bored to tears by the PlayStation 5 reveal this week, because social media has been complaining about it endlessly. And while that quickly got out of hand, as it always does, the truth is it was a very odd way to introduce people to your exciting new console: a man with the most irritating voice ever talking very slowly about technobabble, with not so much as a screenshot to show what he was going on about.

I know that this was originally a talk intended for an audience of developers but that means nothing when it was promoted and hosted on the main PlayStation websites as a first step on the ‘Road to PS5’. It was slow, boring, and didn’t tell ordinary people anything they wanted to know. The only interesting thing I found out was after the fact, when everyone was comparing the specs and it turned out Xbox Series X was much more powerful.

Microsoft has been a lot more active than Sony so far but have mostly revealed only the same kind of information: tech specs and descriptions of how the Xbox Series X will work but not what any of it will actually look like in terms of games. Sensibly, they’ve kept all this to blogs so far, so there’s no way you can be disappointed by it or have to sit through an hour-long lecture. But it’s still not interesting.

Everyone’s excited about the prospect of the next gen in general but all we’re actually getting is people describing things like fast loading times and 3D audio. That’s almost funny it’s so boring. Imagine if instead of those emotion engine Final Fantasy demos for PlayStation 2 or the Killzone demo for PlayStation 3 we had a 20 minute lecture about loading, with a guy telling us it would change the way games are designed but never once showing how via an actual game.

Show, don’t tell, is such a simple, well known concept that it’s almost unbelievable that both companies are carrying on like this. That five seconds of Hellblade 2 that Microsoft showed off last December was so much more interesting and exciting than anything else that’s happened in the last 12 months. And it has almost been 12 months.

Sony’s article in Wired, in which they wouldn’t even say it was called the PlayStation 5, was last April, which is the point at which the next gen console wars technically began, I’d say. And it’s been the world’s most boring roller coaster ever since.

Those mind-blowing demos will, presumably, come at some point but it’s been almost a year! The very simple solution to this is to just saying nothing until you’ve got something to show. What has Sony gained by announcing so early? Nothing but put people buying off a new PlayStation 4 and getting others mildly annoyed that they’re dragging it all out so long.

And it may be dragged out even further now that physical unveil events are impossible and production of the consoles themselves may have been so affected by the coronavirus that it gets delayed till next year. That’s not Sony or Microsoft’s fault but announcing them too early, with no plan to show anything of importance for over a year is. When you have nothing to say, you should say nothing.

By reader Badgerman

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Games Inbox: Will the next gen consoles be out this year?

The Tuesday Inbox looks at the positives of video games today, as one reader plans to go on holiday with the Nintendo PlayStation.

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Mass slippage
So I guess Sony and Microsoft must be at the point where they’re going to have to make a decision pretty soon as to whether the new consoles are actually coming out this year or not. I know Sony said they still were but that was a few weeks ago and I’m not sure I believed them then anyway. Microsoft hasn’t even really hinted at a delay but they’ve got the same problems with Chinese manufacturers, whether they admit it or not.

At this point what do we reckon the chances are? Better than 50/50? I’m not so sure. Delaying the new James Bond film for half a year was a big step I feel and I’m sure lots of other entertainment companies must be looking at that for a clue as to what to do. I think Black Widow is the next big film after that, which doesn’t seem to be delayed yet, but if it does I think we’re going to see mass slippage from everyone.

The irony is that video games are the perfect thing to do while you keep you ‘self-isolate’ and yet we’re currently in a massive games drought. The problem with launching new consoles is you need to have the hype going for a good six months, at least beforehand, and Sony in particular has basically done nothing so far and we’re eight months, tops, out from the probable release date.

Some hard decisions coming up and I’m really not sure which way it’s going to go.

Hot summer
So Sony has a pretty great line-up for this summer: Persona 5 Royal, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Predator: Hunting Grounds, Marvel’s Iron Man VR, The Last Of Us Part 2, and Ghost Of Tsushima. I mean, that’s even better than I thought it was before I sat down to write this email!

Seriously, that’s better than any Christmas line-up they’ve ever had for the PlayStation 4, which is kind odd. Obviously the idea is to get them all out before the PlayStation 5 launches and then advertise them all working with backwards compatibility. Nice plan, but of course that was all before the coronavirus, so who knows what’ll happen now.

But the fact that they haven’t tried to push Ghost Of Tsushima back to sometime nearer to Christmas makes me think that they are still counting on the PlayStation 5 coming out for Christmas. Bit of a gamble seeing as how the news is going at the moment but I guess we’ll see. And I guess we’ll have plenty to play, finally, in the meantime.

It’s true, all of it
Well, that Warzone reveal for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare was as big a mess as I’ve ever seen. As far as I can see every single leak and rumour was true, dating back well into last year. They even managed to have a leak the day before of everything, although I think that was just due to YouTuber stupidity.

Ever notice how these kind of leaks only ever happen with Western companies? Hardly anything ever leaks out from Japan and never on this kind of scale. People are upset at the lack of news from Nintendo but if they had the same set-up as Activision we would’ve known about everything from last year.

With Call Of Duty it’s probably because they’ve got three separate studios and there’s currently all the fallout about who’s making this year’s game. That’s why I bet the stuff about Modern Warfare 2 Remastered is probably true. Although I’m surprised they didn’t try and get the whole trilogy done before they rebooted. It’s be a bit odd when reboot Modern Warfare 2 comes out in two year’s time.
Jamie Dougal

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Spiritual sequels
So let me get this straight: mobile phones get the seminal Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night before the Switch does? What is Konami these days but a miserable pile of lousy decisions!

I just realised that last year saw the release of not only a Hideo Kojima production that echoed the Metal Gear Solids in madcap spirit and refined stealth gameplay, with the meditative and memorable Death Stranding, but also an excellent spiritual successor to Symphony Of The Night with Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night, and a wildly successful homage to Contra with Blazing Chrome.

Therefore, 2019 shall from now on be known as the year other developers and publishers did what Konami couldn’t/wouldn’t!
Galvanized Gamer

No rush
Interesting to hear there might be a new Elder Scrolls on the horizon but it’s a very far away horizon.

2025 would make… 14 years since the last one? Sure, there’s been Elder Scrolls Online but I’ve no interest in perpetual online games.

I can applaud them not rushing these games out every year but this kind of wait is ridiculous – they have definitely left the proverbial money on the table.

At this rate I’ll be near the grave by the time part 7 is released.

GC: Elder Scrolls 6 was announced two years ago at E3, so that element of the story isn’t new. You could argue the 2025 release date isn’t either, as that was the sort of time frame implied at the time.

Next gen prediction
I find the response by some people to the current games drought by some people very odd. They’re acting like someone’s just insulted their mother, just by pointing out there aren’t any new games out at the moment. The guy grudgingly admitting this was a ‘mini drought’ was the one that got me (when has there ever been a drought longer than this?!) but some seem to be denying it entirely or making up strange explanations for why Nintendo isn’t doing anything either.

Especially combined with the coronavirus I think it’s pretty obviously just bad luck and poor timing but the important lesson, I think, is that it shows how few big budget games are being made nowadays. When they all come out when they’re supposed to there isn’t a problem but when they get delayed, especially a few at once, suddenly we get these huge gaps in the schedules.

The thing is, this probably isn’t the last time this is going to happen. Even if there’s no delays games are going to get even more expensive next gen which means even fewer to go around. It’s a huge opportunity for indie developers. Although given how they’ve completely failed to take advantage of the last four months I’m not sure that’s going to work out either.

Museum artefact
I would absolutely go to a museum with 800 vintage coin-ops in it. Heck, I’d probably organise a holiday to America to be able to go. So very glad to hear that the guy that bought the Nintendo PlayStation is going to let other people see it.

But does anyone else feel weirdly disappointed it didn’t make more money? Doesn’t make any sense, I know, but I would’ve really liked it if it had gone for £2 million or thereabouts. Kind of cements how important it is. If I was rich I definitely would’ve wanted it.

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Making lemonade
I’m a glass half empty person but even I’m surprised by some of the pessimism shown due to the current triple-A games drought. So, I’ve been thinking of some of the positives about the current state of gaming.

Mobile gaming didn’t kill console gaming like it was predicted to at the start of this gen. Even though mobile gaming does now generate over half of the total revenue for gaming it hasn’t put console gaming to the sword. In fact, with over 100 million PlayStation 4 sold, 50 million and still going strong Switch’s sold, and about 45 – 50 million Xbox One’s sold console hardware is very popular indeed.

Japanese gaming has its identity back. How long ago was it now, five years? Japanese gaming was in the mire, seen as lagging technically behind the West and pandering to it by making its games more western. Now it’s a complete turnaround. Capcom, From Software, Platinum Games, and a resurgent Nintendo are all smashing it and have put Japanese gaming back at the fore front of gaming culture where it belongs.

Digital distribution has allowed indie and triple-A indie games to flourish. Just over 10 years ago the only real financial model for developers was triple-A retail releases. Games were not questioned on their play time duration for being too short but accused of bloat to pad the game out to justify its full price retail tag. So many games are released outside of the triple-A now and often they are more unconventional as the reduced production costs means risk is lessened, so you can get games like Outer Wilds and Hellblade.

Console gaming is pretty consumer friendly these days. Cross-platform play is now within reach for all titles, as Sony finally had to relent. PS Now and Game Pass both now offer excellent value. Going into the next gen backwards compatibility is seen as a major marketing feature, so no starting from scratch. I have 200 PlayStation 4 games and a PlayStation VR that will work on the PlayStation 5, hopefully with performance boosts.

Aggressive monetisation of gaming and escalating triple-A budgets meaning fewer triple-A titles are a concern. I’ve no interest in Candy Crush Saga or League Of Legends but the truth is they are way more popular than Dark Souls and most console games. It sucks no triple-A game has been released for four months but I don’t know, it genuinely seems to me right now console gaming is doing well.

Inbox also-rans
Has anyone else seen the new programme Game Changer: Inside the Video Game Wars? It’s on catchup on the History Channel from Oscar-winning director Daniel Junge.

I love Picross too but I hate Phoenix Wright, that leaves me in a very difficult position for Murder By Numbers.

This week’s Hot Topic
Last week was the 20th anniversary of the PlayStation 2’s first release, so for this weekend’s Inbox we want to hear your memories of Sony’s second console.

Did you own a PlayStation 2 at the time and if so what did you think of it? What games did you own and play, and which were your favourites? Have you played any of them recently and how do you think they hold up?

What do you think is the legacy of the PlayStation 2 and what should it be best remembered for? How would you rate it compared to other PlayStation consoles and do you think it deserves to be the best-selling format of all time?

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The Next Marvel Mobile Game Is An Open-World RPG Called Future Revolution

You can call upon a Marvel superhero for almost any type of game on mobile, be it matching colored blocks or battling villains through turn-based combat. At this year’s PAX East convention, Marvel held a mystery panel that revealed Marvel: Future Revolution, the company’s first open-world role-playing game for mobile. The game is in development at Netmarble, the studio behind the successful mobile action/RPG Marvel: Future Fight.

At PAX, Marvel showed off a number of videos that give a brief look into the world, combat, heroes, and villains. As you can see directly below, combat is handled from a close-over-the-shoulder viewpoint. The action appears to deliver a mix of hand-to-hand combat with special abilities, but we don’t know how players initiate these moves yet, or even handle movement within the sprawling worlds.

Future Revolution’s story kicks off with numerous Earths coming together to form a new “Primary Earth.” You’ll suit up as an agent for the newly formed “Omega Flight” team to take on villains that pose a threat to the Primary Earth. This epic tales of numerous worlds colliding is penned by Marvel Comics scribe Marc Sumerak.

The trailers below give you an idea of what to expect from the art style, as well as a look at four heroes and a few villains. So far, Netmarble and Marvel have announced Captain Marvel, Captain America, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange as heroes, and Red Skull, Baron Mordo, M.O.D.O.K., Yellowjacket, Green Goblin, and Red Goblin as villains.

The final trailer gives you a look at some of the worlds and details you’ll find along the way. The game looks wildly ambitious, which shouldn’t be surprising, given many of the Marvel titles on mobile are overflowing with characters, deliver outstanding visuals, and are played by millions of people.

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Next Week's Epic Games Store Free Games Revealed

The latest Epic Games Store freebie, InnerSpace, is available to claim now, but you can also start looking forward to next week’s offerings. Another two-game free week starts March 5, with real-time strategy game Offworld Trading Company and platforming roguelike Gonner up for grabs.

Released in 2016, Offworld Trading Company is an RTS set on Mars. Unlike most popular strategy games, you aren’t guiding units into battle, you’re helming one of four trading companies that seeks to colonize Mars and control all of the newly inhabited planet’s resources. It’s much faster paced than your average strategy game, too, which makes the race for resources a constantly entertaining and unpredictable ride.

The unique strategy game earned a 9/10 in GameSpot’s Offworld Trading Company review. “Offworld is a revelation. It’s almost unparalleled in the genre. Each and every game is thrilling. Every moment is a challenge. And the brutality of the free market ensures that you can never rest on your laurels, less you be quashed by the invisible hand,” Daniel Starkey wrote.

The second free game, Gonner, is also fast-paced, but it couldn’t be more different than Offworld Trading Company. Gonner is a challenging roguelike platformer with procedurally generated environments and serious Downwell vibes. You play as Ikk, a blob creature who is on a journey to find Sally, who is both Ikk’s only friend and a land-bound whale.

Epic announced earlier this year that it would continue its free games program through 2020. To grab one or two free PC games each week, all you need to do is create a free Epic account. Claimed freebies will stay in your library forever. While you wait for Offworld Trading Company and Gonner to be free, don’t forget to snag InnerSpace, which is available until March 5.

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