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New Injustice 2 Premier Skins Revealed Ahead Of Release

An early copy of Injustice 2 appears to have made it into the hands of a fan, who has now shared images of some Premier skins included in the upcoming fighting game.

Player Bruno del Villar shared the images on Twitter (via EventHubs). He’s posted a total of six, which he says are all that he can see in-game currently. Not all six are new–creative director Ed Boon just shared an image of the Reverse-Flash skin on Twitter himself–but it does seem to be the first time we’re getting a look at least a few (specifically, the Cheetah one and another for Flash).

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Premier skins change not just a character’s appearance, but also their dialogue. Unfortunately, videos weren’t shared for any of the six.

There isn’t much longer to wait before we get our hands on the game, as it launches for PS4 and Xbox One on May 16. A new trailer provides an overview of what to expect from the game, and there’s been no shortage of news surrounding the game. With the game’s full roster revealed, we’ve gotten a preview of the first three DLC characters, which include Sub-Zero.

GS News Update: Overwatch Anniversary Event Seemingly Confirmed

An Overwatch Game of the Year Edition is reportedly on the way, too.

Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Cutscene-Only Weapon Is Now In The Game

Among other things, Mass Effect: Andromeda‘s latest patch adds a weapon that could previously only be seen in cutscenes.

The X5 Ghost assault rifle had been, until now, inaccessible in Andromeda itself. BioWare revealed last month that it “was an early idea” that simply ended up as a prop, not a usable weapon. Lead designer Ian Frazier did note at the time, “That said, several folks seem interested in it, so we’re investigating the possibility of turning the prop into a usable gun for a future patch.”

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While not a hard promise, BioWare has made good on that. GameSpot has verified the weapon now exists in-game, as pictured above. It can be researched from the Milky Way weapons category.

Andromeda’s new patch also makes major balance changes on the multiplayer side and improves cinematic scenes, particularly those in the early portion of the game.

Aside from the release of an update, yesterday was an eventful day for developer BioWare Montreal. A report suggested that the Mass Effect series has been put on hiatus and that staffing changes were underway, with some developers moving over to EA Motive and others now working on BioWare’s new IP. EA has since confirmed the staffing changes and clarified that there hasn’t been any downsizing. It has not addressed the status of Mass Effect.

Free Mystery PC Game Available On GMG For A Limited Time

The digital games store Green Man Gaming is giving all customers a free PC game to celebrate the seven-year anniversary of its launch.

The free game varies from person to person, but they appear to be all indie titles, with many people tweeting out that they got the game Three Dead Zed. Other people received Huntsman: The Orphanage, Corporate Lifestyle Simulator, Reverse Crawl, and Spin Rush, to name just a few.

Free game at GMG using code FREEGIFT. I got “Three Dead Zed.” https://t.co/2G1xYlvx00
Drop your keys in this tweet if you want to give away pic.twitter.com/i7ZdnWi8BT

— Wario64 (@Wario64) May 11, 2017

The free birthday offer is listed here and costs $5, but can be redeemed for free by using the promo code FREEGIFT at checkout.

GMG is known for its surprise discounts. Also to celebrate its birthday, the site is offering 50% off the Game of the Year Edition of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for $10 until tomorrow. A new deal will be revealed then, and another each day for the next five days.

You can get an additional 20% off that same game by using the promo code 7YEARS at checkout.

GMG sells games digitally in 190 countries, and last year, it began selling PlayStation 4 games in addition to PC, PS3, and Nintendo 3DS titles.

Who the Hell is Cheetah? Injustice 2 Character Backstory

Cheetah or Barbara Ann Minerva is a character in Injustice 2. What is Cheetah’s backstory and why does she hate Wonder Woman?

Grab A Free Copy Of Dungeon Keeper-Style Game Dungeons 2 Right Now

While the Dungeon Keeper franchise itself hasn’t been given much love in recent years, other series have endeavored to keep its spirit alive. That includes the simply named Dungeons series, the most recent entry of which can be yours for free right now.

The Humble Store is currently giving away copies of Dungeons 2, which normally costs $30, to all users. You’ll need a free Humble Store account in order to claim it, but doing so will net you a key to unlock the game on Steam. This offer is available until Saturday, May 13, at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET. The key must be redeemed by May 27 at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET.

Like Dungeon Keeper, Dungeons 2 reverses the standard hero-and-bad-guy setup, putting you in the role of a dungeon lord who needs to keep heroes out of his lair. In addition to designing a trap-filled dungeon, Dungeons 2 allows you to visit the surface for a sort of real-time-strategy game where you take the fight to the good guys. However, as our Dungeons 2 review notes, that RTS element is one of the weaker aspects of the game.

This isn’t the only free offer out there right now. Amazon Prime members can pick up a copy of Oxenfree, while Green Man Gaming is handing out a free mystery game to all users.

Next Free Amazon/Twitch Prime Game Now Available

Another free game is now available to subscribers of Amazon Prime, the benefits of which include access to Twitch Prime.

Twitch Prime members regularly receive free games for PC. The latest of these is Oxenfree, the excellent atmospheric adventure game released last year. As with other recent Prime freebies, this is only for a very limited time–you’ll need to claim your copy by May 15.

To do so, head over to this page on Twitch and add the game to your account. With that done, open the Twitch desktop app (or download it here if you don’t already have it) and you’ll be able to download and play the game with no restrictions.

In GameSpot’s Oxenfree review, we awarded the game an 8/10, praising its well-written dialogue and story.

Other recent free Twitch Prime games have included Kentucky Route Zero and Breach & Clear.

Hitman Livestream

Rob and Jake celebrate the good times of Hitman in news of Square Enix trying to sell off IO Interactive.

Overwatch Anniversary Event Seemingly Confirmed

Overwatch is rumored to be kicking off a new event soon to celebrate its one-year anniversary, but it may also be getting a Game of the Year Edition.

Existing players of the game will be most interested in the prospect of a new event. Dataminers recently uncovered indications of one in a recent PTR patch, and the Overwatch Twitter account seemingly confirmed it in the most uneventful way possible. In response to a question about when the anniversary event begins, it said, “No timing details yet.”

Meanwhile, TrueAchievements reports that it’s discovered an Xbox Store listing for a Game of the Year Edition of Overwatch, with an accompanying release date of May 23. According to the description, it would come with the game, 10 loot boxes, skins for five characters (the same five from the Origins Edition), the Baby Winston pet in World of Warcraft, Tracer as a playable character in Heroes of the Storm, and more. Although the listing was for Xbox One, this would presumably also be available on PS4 and PC.

A price for this wasn’t included, nor do we know if any of this information was intended as a placeholder. But the prospect of a Game of the Year Edition doesn’t come as a major surprise; it certainly won plenty of awards last year, including GameSpot’s Game of the Year.

In less than a year, Overwatch became Activision Blizzard’s eighth billion-dollar franchise. Its recent Uprising event posted some huge numbers, and we know more content and features are on the way.

We’ll report back as Blizzard announces official details.

Future Of Hitman Uncertain As Dev IO Interactive Put Up For Sale By Square Enix

Square Enix has announced intentions to divest ownership of IO Interactive, the Danish studio behind the Hitman series.

In a statement to its investors, the Japanese publisher reported what it described as an “extraordinary” $42 million loss for the financial year ending March 31, 2017. This is a result of the company’s decision to to narrow its focus on key franchises and studios.

“To maximize player satisfaction as well as market potential going forward, we are focusing our resources and energies on key franchises and studios,” it said in the statement. “As a result, the company has regrettably decided to withdraw from the business of [IO Interactive], a wholly‐owned subsidiary and a Danish corporation, as of March 31, 2017.

“This decision has resulted in booking of the extraordinary loss amounting to 4,898 million yen, including disposition of the content production account related to the business and impairment loss of intangible assets, in the financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017.”

The statement indicates that the loss comes not only from its decision to offload IO Interactive, but also cease production on its ongoing projects, which likely includes more Hitman episodes. Square Enix went on to state it has begun discussions with new investors that could potentially purchase IO Interactive.

“Whilst there can be no guarantees that the negotiations will be concluded successfully, they are being explored since this is in the best interests of our shareholders, the studio and the industry as a whole.”

The wording doesn’t provide any assurance on the future of IO Interactive if a new investor isn’t secured, though it could mean the studio is closed and its staff displaced. Furthermore, it’s unclear whether the sale of IO Interactive would also include intellectual properties for any of the games it has developed.

In August of last year, IO Interactive said it was planning to release two more seasons worth of Hitman content. However, splitting the property from its developer could mean this never comes to fruition. Of course, it could also be that a new investor is able to negotiate the purchase of the property along with the studio.

The news comes as a shock, given the positive response to Hitman and the excitement for more of it. Additionally, IO Interactive recently rebranded itself and moved to a new studio in Copenhagen.

For it’s part, IO Interactive indicated it is staying focused on developing games amidst the uncertainty.

@NEOkeitaro Thanks for tweeting us. There’s a lot going on right now and we’ll have more to say at a later point. For now, back to making games.

— Io-Interactive (@IOInteractive) May 11, 2017

Square Enix became IO Interactive’s parent company when it acquired Eidos Interactive in 2009. In addition to Hitman, the studio is known for developing the Kane & Lynch series, as well as underrated action-adventure game Mini Ninjas. A job listing spotted in February also indicated IO Interactive was working on a new IP.

This news comes as part of Square Enix’s announcement of its financial results for the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2017. Despite what you might assume given the IO Interactive news, Square Enix enjoyed record net sales (up 20% year-over-year) and operating income (up 20.3%). This was attributed in part to the release of big games like Final Fantasy XV and the PS4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider, as well as “strong download sales of previously released catalogue titles.”

This story has been updated with additional details regarding Square Enix’s financials.