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PlayStation VR sales figures revealed in exec’s interview

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PlayStation VR has sold 915,000 units to consumers since it launched in October, reports The New York Times, coming close to an internal goal Sony set of pushing 1 million units within the hardware's first six months of availability. The Times led its story about virtual reality's consumer appeal with that figure, getting it from Andrew House, the chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment worldwide. Moreover, House indicated that even if no more than 10 percent of PlayStation 4's installation base buy PlayStation VR, he would be "very happy." The statements are intriguing because practically no one in the video games industry talks raw sales figures, much less their expectations for them, unless it’s really good news. Sony has been glad to talk about the sales performance of...

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Shadow of Mordor sequel hinted at in retail listing

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Something called Middle-earth: Shadow of War has appeared on Target's online store for pre-order, possibly leaking out a sequel (or successor) to 2014's critically acclaimed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The listing shows a launch date of Aug. 22. Two links, one for PlayStation 4 and one for Xbox One (shown), were still active as of 11:30 a.m. ET on Sunday. Industry sleuth Wario64 was alerted to it on a tipster and reported it first over Twitter. Polygon has reached out to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for a comment on what's going on here. There are product pages for the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, developed by Monolith, launched in September 2014 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One (and later on PS3 and Xbox 360). Middle-earth:...

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Video game releases for March 2017

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Here are some of the big video game releases for the month of March 2017. Be sure to check out the list we put together of our most anticipated games of 2017 and subscribe to Polygon's YouTube channel for tons of gaming videos. Also, here are the free games you get with your Xbox Live Gold subscription this month. Additionally, here's what is coming to your favorite video streaming services and here's what is leaving in March. What are you looking forward to playing? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments. Note: This is not a comprehensive list of releases and only games with specific dates are listed below. Some games are announced for March but have no firm release date. Mar. 3: Nintendo Switch — Nintendo's newest hardware is a console/portable hybrid...

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Twitch lets you change your username now

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Twitch has made good on its community's most frequent request: Changing one's username. Whether the original one you chose now sucks, or you want to make it consistent with a gamertag on some other service, the choice is yours. The feature was announced yesterday afternoon and immediately went live. The option is found in the Profile Settings page of one's Twitch account. An option to change the username is highlighted beside the existing one. That said, streamers who are concerned about maintaining their statistics should be sure export them prior to changing the name. The Twitch blog noted that in testing out the feature, Twitch discovered that some streamers lost access to their stats. Twitch also pointed out that outdated URLs will not redirect to new account names. So anyone...

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Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer is in Mass Effect: Andromeda

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Natalie Dormer, veteran of Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games and Elementary, will play an important role in Mass Effect: Andromeda — as the first person you meet in the galaxy of Andromeda. Dormer’s character is an Asari doctor who goes by the name Lexi T’Perro, and she is the first person to greet the Andromeda’s lead when they wake from the 600 years of cryosleep that got them through the journey to a new galaxy. “Having Lexi, sort of, almost wake you up from your 600-year sleep, and being that first friendly face that you meet ... it was very important that we treat that character in a way that you would find interest in them but also find some compassion as well,” creative director Mac Walters says of the character in one of two videos BioWare released on T’Perro and Dormer today....

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Resident Evil 7’s next DLC stars Chris Redfield

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Resident Evil 7 biohazard players will get to spend some time with a familiar face in the game’s next downloadable add-on. Chris Redfield, one of two playable main characters in the original Resident Evil and many of its sequels, will be featured in a new episode titled Not A Hero. Not A Hero will be released for free sometime this spring, Capcom confirmed today. “Who or what is he chasing? Find out soon in this separate story,” Capcom teased in a tweet. [Note: The following contains spoilers for Resident Evil 7.] Resident Evil fans who finished Resident Evil 7 are well aware that Chris makes a cameo in that game, though his brief appearance was shrouded in mystery. In fact, when Chris shows up at the end of the game, he identifies himself simply as “Redfield.” Given the indication that...

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Overwatch’s defining characteristic is its location

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Blizzard has taken its players and fans to many strange players. They've visited the fantasy lands of Azeroth, StarCraft's alien-infested outer space and the gothic underworld of Diablo. But for the famed company, one of its biggest challenges yet was setting a game on Earth. Speaking at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas today, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan explained why the team wanted to make a game set on Earth, and why the prospect was so daunting. As previously chronicled on Polygon, Overwatch was born from the disaster of failed MMO project Titan. A rump Titan team was tasked with coming up with a new game concept. In the “despair” and “dark situation” of Titan's cancellation, Kaplan said the team was naturally drawn to "a bright and hopeful world." They wanted to create a...

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Rocket League Original Minis toys expanding with light-up cars (update)

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Rocket League’s upcoming pull-back racers from Zag Toys’ Original Minis aren’t the only toys in the works. Those 12 cars will soon be joined by a line of light-up cars, Zag Toys told Polygon at Toy Fair New York today. The light-up toy cars will feature LEDs for the vehicles’ headlights, as you would expect. But since Rocket League is a game about jet-fueled battle cars, these toys will also illuminate at the back — with a “cloud” of rocket exhaust. Zag Toys plans to release the light-up cars this summer, after the spring debut of the pull-back racers. For both lines of toys, the initial rollout of cars will just be a start. While Zag wouldn’t let us take photos at Toy Fair because the vehicles were pre-production prototypes, the non-final retail box for the toys featured a “Series 1”...

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Is this Overwatch’s next hero?

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Blizzard Entertainment appears to be ramping up to a reveal of a new hero for Overwatch, posting an “interview” with a previously unseen character: 11-year-old robotics and artificial intelligence prodigy Efi Oladele, a native of Numbani. The interview with Efi was posted on the Overwatch website under the Atlas News byline, the same byline used to provide early details or background on the game’s other characters, including Sombra and Soldier: 76. While it seems unlikely that an 11-year-old would be the game’s next hero — pulling off sick headshots as Widowmaker on a little kid might just feel weird — it’s Efi’s expertise in building things that may point to who (or what) is coming to Overwatch next. From the interview: How did you get into robots and artificial intelligence? Well,...

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Rocket League Original Minis toys expanding with light-up cars

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Rocket League’s upcoming pull-back racers from Zag Toys’ Original Minis aren’t the only toys in the works. Those 12 cars will soon be joined by a line of light-up cars, Zag Toys told Polygon at Toy Fair New York today. The light-up toy cars will feature LEDs for the vehicles’ headlights, as you would expect. But since Rocket League is a game about jet-fueled battle cars, these toys will also illuminate at the back — with a “cloud” of rocket exhaust. Zag Toys plans to release the light-up cars this summer, after the spring debut of the pull-back racers. For both lines of toys, the initial rollout of cars will just be a start. While Zag wouldn’t let us take photos at Toy Fair because the vehicles were pre-production prototypes, the non-final retail box for the toys featured a “Series 1”...

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