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Monday, August 15, 2016

Catch-up coffee Monday: August 15, 2016

News by Lindsay M.

Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s weekly news feature, Catch-up coffee Monday. Each Monday we will bring you the best news from the previous week that you may have missed. Grab the biggest mug you’ve got, fill it with your favourite brew, and catch up with us (and our favourite news anchor, Dee Dee)!

Final Fantasy XV rumoured to be delayed three months

We do not usually report on rumours here at DDnet, but this one seems substantiated enough that it warrants a mention. GameStop employees are reporting that they have received instructions on changing the release date on Final Fantasy XV standees. The previous release date — 09.30.16 — is being replaced with 11.29.16, nearly two full months later. The change was originally reported by Gamenesia and Kotaku claims to have confirmed the rumour as well, stating that Square Enix has "briefed some people at [GameStop’s] corporate level” and that a “second, non-retail source familiar with the game” also confirmed the change of date. Game delays aren’t uncommon these days, and I for one would much rather see a delay and a fully complete game than an earlier release that is buggy and broken.

Now that we’ve crushed your FF-loving soul, here’s some good news...

Square Enix released information pertaining to Final Fantasy XV’s Season Pass and DLC this week. The Digital Premium Edition of the game, as well as a stand-alone Season Pass, are now available for preorder on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Digital Premium Edition includes the base game as well as the Season Pass. There are six pieces of DLC expected for the game (all names are working titles): Booster Pack, Episode Gladio, Holiday Pack, Episode Ignis, Episode Prompto, and Expansion Pack. This list is exciting, as it shows that Noctis’ friends will be getting some screen time of their own. Pre-ordering on either console will get you a Masamune (weapon), 16-Bit Buddies and Platinum Laviathan Recolours, an Angler Set, and a Camera Kit. PlayStation 4 players will also get two themes and a digital mini soundtrack, whereas Xbox One users will receive two Noctis avatar costumes (one male, one female) and a Carbuncle pet prop.

Next Ace Attorney title release date announced

No objections here, as the upcoming Ace Attorney title is mere weeks away! Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice will be available as a digital download for 3DS on September 8. I’m super excited that Ema Skye will return to the game, bringing her forensic investigation skills to the table and opening the game’s world up further by allowing the player to take part in new ways: search for fingerprints, examine objects, and take a 360-degree look at a crime scene to find new evidence. The above trailer shows off each character’s ability that can be utilized, so check it out now!

Nordic Games reincorporates to become THQ Nordic

Nordic Games is great. It bought a number of the now-defunct THQ’s IPs, such as Darksiders and Red Faction. Now, the formerly low-profile publisher is becoming a company that pops up in my news feed on a regular basis. Pierre-Yves praised Nordic’s remaster of Darksiders 2, and with its success in the bag Nordic is moving forward with a Darksiders remaster. Because the company is continuing with some of THQ’s key brands, it is incorporating the name into its own title, becoming THQ Nordic. While it will continue to publish IPs, THQ Nordic will also put more of a focus on the THQ titles in its portfolio.

Does any of this news tickle your fancy or make you steaming mad? Let us know in the comments! And meet us again next week for a new edition of Catch-up coffee Monday.

- Lindsay M.
News Editor

Catch-up coffee Monday: August 15, 2016
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