Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Crafting

Monster Hunter Generations’ Styles detailed, displayed in trailer

Monster Hunter Generations (3DS) Styles Details Announcement - Screenshot 1

Monster Hunter Generations’ new Styles mechanics have been demonstrated in a new trailer and screenshots. Styles allow access to different Hunter Arts—chargeable skills and power-ups—and come in four forms: Adept, Aerial, Guild, and Striker. Adept offers additional blocking and dodging options based on the equipped weapon; Aerial adds a new jumping ability so that players can attack from above, and have more chances to mount and knock down monsters; Guild reverts to Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate-style gameplay for all weapons; and Striker is all about building up powerful attacks. PAX attendees will get a chance to check the game out for themselves in four-player co-op sessions at Capcom’s Booth (#3117).

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3DS

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book LE detailed

Atelier Sophie The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PS4) LE Announcement - Screenshot 1

NIS has announced that Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book Limited Edition is now available for pre-order. The PS4 craft-heavy role-playing game will be available as a $99.99 limited edition that includes a copy of the game, a 48-page hardcover art book, a 2-disc soundtrack with a total of 38 tracks, a 40”x26” cloth poster, five 5”x7” mini art prints, and a collector’s box. Check below for a full shot of the set along with some new screenshots.

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PlayStation 4 News

Monster Hunter Generations launching this summer for 3DS

Monster Hunter Generations (3DS) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Monster Hunter X will be coming stateside this summer as Monster Hunter Generations. The game features callbacks to previous entries with popular areas and monsters returning in an updated form to fit with the new content. As a hunter, players seek out and take down giant beasts, earning Zenny and gathering the resources necessary to craft better armor and weapons. Amidst the hunting trips, four villages also need to be protected from new threats known as the Fated Four. There is a greater emphasis on customization this time around, with Styles and Hunter Arts. Unique playstyles can be molded by choosing moves from four different combat Styles, while Hunter Arts add new skills and power-ups. In Prowler Mode, players get to play as a Felyne for the first time, complete with unique quests.

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MS acquires MinecraftEdu, announces Minecraft: Education Edition

Minecraft Education Edition (PC) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Microsoft is expanding Minecraft’s presence in education with the acquisition of MinecraftEdu. The version, specifically built for classrooms, is being enhanced, renamed, and re-released as Minecraft: Education Edition. The announcement notes that an advisory board of educators is going to assist in the evolution of the product, and that a free trial will be available worldwide this summer. A new site is launching as well, which will feature lesson plans and other resources, including Minecraft Mentors, a program that will allow those who are about to introduce the title to their classroom the chance to reach out to experienced educators.

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PC News

Console versions of Minecraft get new items, mobs, fixes, and more

Minecraft Console Edition (PS3, PS4 Xbox 360, Xbox One) Update Announcement - Screenshot 1

The console edition of Minecraft received a significant update today. In addition to a number of tweaks to enchanting, fishing, crafting, etc., the patch also brings with it dozens of new pieces of content. Over 30 items, 20-plus blocks, five mobs, and nine biomes are included in the patch. A new tutorial has also been created to acclimate players to all of the additions and changes. The sizable list of everything patch 1.8.8 features is available below.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Holiday Skins Pack brings the jolly to Minecraft Windows 10, Pocket

Minecraft (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) Christmas Skins Announcement - Screenshot 2

Mojang and Microsoft are kicking off the holidays with the Holiday Skins Pack for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta and Minecraft: Pocket Edition. Skins include Father Christmas, Santa Claus, a Red Nose, and more. Check out the full list below. The pack is $1.99, while two skins, Jumper and Warm Wooly, are free. Teams from both studios will also be getting in the spirit this Friday when they host a livestream, starting at noon, at Mojang’s official Youtube channel.

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Android, Apple Handheld, PC News

Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town on Wii U Virtual Console

Harvest Moon More Friends of Mineral Town (GBA, Wii U) Virtual Console Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Natsume has released Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town on the Wii U Virtual Console. The Game Boy Advance title is a follow-up to Back to Nature that includes new events, features, and mini-games. As a new arrival in a small town, players take on the task of turning their dilapidated farm around by planting and harvesting crops and raising animals. Along the way, they are able to meet and befriend the local townsfolk, and if all goes well, even get married and start a family.

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Legacy System News, Wii U

Minecraft: Console Edition gets Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack

Minecraft (PC, PS3, Xbox 360) Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack Announcement - Screenshot 1

Minecraft: Console Editions are getting a touch of the force today with the Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack. The $2.99 download includes more than 50 character skins from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Check below to see the full list of skins.

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DLC

The Arland Atelier Trilogy announced, launching October 13 for PS3

The Arland Atelier Trilogy (PS3) Announcement - Screenshot 12

NIS has announced that they will be releasing a three pack of the crafting-centric role-playing series Atelier, The Arland Atelier Trilogy. The set will be a physical-only, single-disc release for PS3 and include Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland, Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland, and Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland. This is the second trilogy pack announced from NIS, with the first, The Disgaea Triple Play Collection, hitting store shelves next week.

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PlayStation 3 News

Minecraft Console Edition gets Greek Mythology Mashup Pack

Minecraft Console Edition - Greek Mythology Mashup Pack (Xbox 360, Xbox One) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Minecraft players can add a touch of ancient Hellas to their worlds today. The Greek Mythology Mashup Pack for Minecraft Console Editions bestows the blessings of Ares, Artemis, Athena, Hades, Poseidon, Zeus and more, as well as adds custom textures, a new interface, 39 unique skills, and an orchestral score by Gareth Coker. Over three dozen gods are included in the pack, check below for the full list.

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DLC, Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News