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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Winter Festival Grand Prix Begins December 12th, 2019

Better put some chains on those tires

Crashing through the snow, in a decked out Nitro Sleigh – your favorite Bandicoot is back and filled with holiday cheer in the Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Winter Festival Grand Prix! Beginning December 12, the Winter Festival Grand Prix features an all-new track, Gingerbread Joyride, as well as new characters, karts, pit stop items and a very special Spyro skin that’s sure to bring you holiday cheer.

Get ready to race in high-octane holiday style with these cool features:

NEW TRACK: Dash through a holiday scene like no other in Gingerbread Joyride! From the warm, welcoming hues of the gingerbread village to the cool, idyllic scenery of the winter wonderland, this track is sure to fire up some cheer as you cruise past your competition!

NEW CHARACTERS: Rilla Roo and Yaya Panda enter the festivities, as well as a brand new character, Hasty - - a high-flying Moose based on an infamous cut character from CTR lore. But wait, this just in! Your favorite broadcasting duo Chick n Stew aren’t just sitting in the booth any longer - - they’ll also be clucking it up and down the track in this special Grand Prix season!

NEW KARTS: Plow through the competition with the Snowplower, leave other racers salivating with the Candy Cone, and finally take the reins in the ultimate holiday machine with the Nitro Sleigh!

PIT STOP ITEMS: A Reindeer Crash Skin, Pajama Skins for Baby Crash and Coco, scrumptious Pastry wheels, holiday-themed paint jobs and stickers - - there’s no shortage of new swag to celebrate the season! But wait until you see the skin to stand above them all - - Winter Guardian Spyro.

NITRO-GAUGE CHALLENGES & REWARDS: Polar in an ugly sweater, Hasty in a slick ski-suit, and so much more, complete challenges to earn these and other new rewards in the Winter Festival Nitro Gauge.

CHAMPION KART AND DECAL: Finish in the top 5% of the Grand Prix leaderboards and win the Champion Kart and Winter Festival signature decal!

The Winter Festival Grand Prix is bringing the joy early! This Grand Prix season is set to go live on December 12.

Henry Cavill reveals who he mains in Overwatch

He's ready for your hate

Henry Cavill may be super excited about playing the role of Geralt in Netflix's Witcher series, but it turns out he's a fan of other games as well. Cavill recently revealed that he's into Overwatch, and plays as a rather divisive character.

"So I played Overwatch, and I got back into it just this year, and the character who I had initially picked, who is like a -- no one picks it, cause it's quite hard to play, and it's a Support character, and now everyone hates this character, because of whatever updates they had. Symmetra, everyone hates me."

Overwatch director shows interest in the series going beyond games

Overwatch, the telenovela

An Overwatch sequel is in the works, and obviously, that's going to pack in all sorts of new experiences, characters, and more. With that said, could there be aspirations for the Overwatch franchise beyond the video game scene? EDGE asked Overwatch director Jeff Caplan about any possible off-shoots for the series, to which he said this.

“We’ve always thought of Overwatch as a universe, not a single game. The original game was the first expression of Overwatch, but we dream of what other forms of media could feature Overwatch. Movies? An animated series? What other game types would everyone love to see in the Overwatch universe? We hope that the characters of Overwatch exist far into the future and are expressed in ways that we can’t even imagine today.”

Game Informer Video - Overwatch's Push Mode

Andrew Reiner joins Jeff Cork and Leo Vader to show gameplay of a new mode coming to Overwatch and Overwatch 2.

Believe it or not, a Diablo game almost released for the Game Boy

Diablown away

Diablo is a long-running franchise for Activision Blizzard, and is certainly loved by millions of fans around the world. It took quite some time for Nintendo fans to get a taste of Diablo via Diablo III on Switch, but it turns out we almost had a chance to go hands-on with an exclusive Diablo game back in the Game Boy days.

As crazy as it seems, there was actually a Diablo title in development for the Game Boy. This would be a game tailor-made for the Game Boy, looking to give Nintendo fans a taste of Diablo's grand adventures on a bite-sized scale. Unfortunately, after a number of months, the call came from higher-up to can the project, as Blizzard had never released a game on cartridge before, and they were worried about a number of factors.

If you want to read more about what the project offered, and how it came to an end, make sure to check out the feature here.

It took a lot of convincing to get Blizzard to merge Overwatch 1 and 2

All together now

Blizzard is handling things for Overwatch 2 in a way that's very different from how the industry usually operates. All of Overwatch 2's content will be made available to those who have the first game, and the player bases for each title will be merged together. No matter whether you have Overwatch 1 or 2, you'll be able to experience all content. Just how in the world did that come about? Overwatch technical director John LaFleur explained in an interview with Kotaku.

"It's very challenging because the industry has done things the same way for so long. And so it's hard to get people, push them out of their comfort zone and say, hey I think we could do it a better way.

The way that I try convince people, I try to tell them if we do what's right by the players, they will be happy, we we will have a better game, and we will end up in a better place in the long run. Rather than having this short sighted thinking that's usually driven by anxiety of 'the only way to get players to play Overwatch 2 is to cut off all the Overwatch 1 players and starve them out and force them to come over and, you know, make that game just sort of die on the vine.

That in my opinion is not the right way. I always try to come at things from a player-first standpoint. What do I want as a player? And I'm really lucky I work with a lot of awesome people who are willing to take big risks, and look at things differently and go, hey we can really influence this to be different."

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

The Art of Spyro: Reignited Trilogy book set for release July 2020

Book it!

Want a deeper look at the Spyro Reignited Trilogy and how it came to be? The Art of Spyro: Reignited Trilogy book might be up your alley. Check out details on what the book has to offer below.

In 2018 Toys for Bob Studios thrilled fans worldwide by releasing Spyro™ Reignited™ Trilogy, a faithful remaster encompassing all three titles from the beloved Spyro™ trilogy introduced in 1998. The Art of Spyro™ is a meticulously crafted compendium filled with in-depth behind-the-scenes content, insightful quotes from top illustrators in the industry, anecdotes from the game developers, and a dazzling assortment of incredible concept art, some of which has never been seen by the public. It is a must-have for art lovers, gamers, fans… and the fun-loving adventurer in all of us.

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment (July 21, 2020)
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 11 x 10 inches

Preorder the book here

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled and the Call of Duty Endowment team up to bring fans a new kart for a good cause

Racing for a good cause

Get ready to jet across the track, Crash™ Team Racers!

Activision is proud to present the Firehawk, a special Kart in Crash™ Team Racing Nitro-Fueled that is modeled after a classic military plane. Put your favorite Crash Bandicoot™ racer in the captain’s seat and soar across the finish line with this unique in-game item.

As the first “plane” to make its way to CTR Nitro-Fueled, not only does the Firehawk look fly on the racetrack, it also supports a great cause: The Call of Duty Endowment, whose logo is featured prominently near the plane’s tail.

As of today, players in the U.S. and U.K. will be able to purchase the Firehawk kart directly from the PlayStation™Store, the Microsoft® Store, or the Nintendo eShop, and 100% of proceeds received by Activision for this special item will go directly to funding non-profits that place veterans in the US and UK into high quality civilian jobs. This item will be available up until $1 million USD has been raised for the cause.

Decked out in fighter-jet green, the Firehawk is a must-have kart to add to your collection!

Numskull releasing Spyro-themed holiday sweater

What happened to Halloween?!

Numskull is feeling the festive spirit early this year and is incredibly proud to reveal its brand-new range of official Christmas sweaters for 2019, based on your favourite video games, TV shows, films, and comic books – available to order starting today!

Featuring new designs based on Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Batman, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Xbox, Spyro the Dragon, Marvel, and more, Numskull has applied its world-famous touch to a whole host of beloved pop culture icons.

These new designs compliment the current range of hugely popular, high-quality knitted official sweaters, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, PlayStation, Street Fighter, PAC-MAN, and many more – with fan-favourites restocked for Xmas 2019!

Grab your sweater here

Spyro Reignited Trilogy's retail relese requires an 8.7 GB download

Spyro no!

Well gang, the news is in. After much speculation, we now know for sure that the physical version of Spyro Reignited Trilogy requires a download. This has been confirmed by a user on Reddit who has access to the game. While the back of the box says you'll need at least 10 GB, the file download itself is 8.7 GB. This comes from the Euro version of the game, and we already suspected the North American version would require a download as well.

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