The final chance for teams to qualify for the IEM Katowice 2019 Major begins on January 16th when the CIS and EU Minors begin. The top two teams from the European, CIS, Americas, and Asian Minors will qualify for the New Challengers stage of the IEM Katowice Major.
Following the Minors, the four teams that place third in their respective brackets will compete head to head in a last chance play-in match where the two winners will advance to the New Challengers stage. Watch the matches live on ESL’s pair of Twitch channels, here and here.
The full Minors schedule can be found below:
CIS: January 16th – 20th
EU: January 16th – 20th
Americas: January 22nd – 26th
Asia: January 22nd – 26th
Minor Play-in: January 27th
Detailed information on the Minors, including format adjustments and Play-in matches, can be found on IEM’s blog.
After its surprise debut at the 2018 Game Awards, fans have been waiting for more Mortal Kombat 11 details to get over here. NetherRealm formally took the wraps off of the new fighting game with a livestream keynote, starting with the reveal of its first official gameplay trailer.
The video, which you can watch above, shows off a variety of veteran Mortal Kombat characters battling it out. In addition to Raiden and Scorpion–both of whom were featured during the Game Awards trailer–we got our first look at Liu Kang, Baraka, Sub-Zero, Sonya, and the returning Skarlet, who was a DLC character for Mortal Kombat 9. And in true Mortal Kombat fashion, we got to see plenty of gruesome fatalities.
During the keynote, NetherRealm confirmed that there will be different variations of fighters, and players will be able to customize these with different costume pieces, intros, and more. We had previously heard about custom character variations, which was a logical progression from Injustice 2. We also knew MK 11 would mark the return of “Klassic” fighters; during the Game Awards trailer, we saw two Scorpions battling against Raiden. Fans suspected that could signal some time travel or multi-verse implications.
Mortal Kombat 11 launches for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch on April 23. A beta is planned for March on PS4 and Xbox One ahead of its launch. Players who reserve the title will also get a bonus fighter: Shao Kahn. Check out our pre-order guide for more details.
Giga Wrecker Alt is coming to consoles later this year.
Giga Wrecker, a 2017 Steam platformer by Pokemon developer Game Freak, is officially coming to consoles. Publisher Rising Star Games has confirmed it is bringing the title to PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch later this year under the moniker Giga Wrecker Alt, and it’ll include additional content and other console-exclusive features.
Among other things, Game Freak has added 20 new puzzle stages to Alt. Rising Star says the game will also introduce a new companion character “to assist players with the game’s increasingly challenging puzzles,” as well as a much more formidable Iron Man mode, in which players take five times as much damage as normal. You can take a look at the announcement trailer below.
Giga Wrecker is set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been ravaged by an army of invading robots. Players take on the role of Reika, a young girl who is given a power known as ARCHE, which allows her to control debris. Players will need to use this ability in order to navigate the world and solve environmental puzzles, manipulating rubble into different shapes to create makeshift platforms, weapons, and other objects.
We first heard that Giga Wrecker could be coming to consoles last week, when a rating for the game appeared on the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee. Rising Star hasn’t announced a release date yet, but the title is slated to launch digitally for all three consoles later in 2019. Limited Run Games will also distribute physical copies of Giga Wrecker Alt for PS4 and Switch.
Giga Wrecker isn’t the only title coming from Game Freak. The studio is also developing a “core” Pokemon RPG for Switch, which is slated to release sometime this year. On top of that, the developer is working on a non-Pokemon RPG for the hybrid console tentatively known as Town.