Smite's Next Character Can Transform Into Any God on the Map

As part of its annual Hi-Rez Expo event this week, Smite developer Hi-Rez Studios has announced the game’s next character, the first from the Celtic pantheon.

Smite’s new character is named The Morrigan, and she’s a Mage with a particularly interesting Ultimate. Changeling allows her to transform into any other character in the current game session, be it an ally or an enemy. This copies their stats and items, and it allows her to use all of their abilities–including their Ultimate–for the duration of the effect. Not everything is carried over; The Morrigan still has her own Relics, and the rank of her own abilities determines the rank of the copied ones.

Her other abilities are less radical but have the makings of an interesting character all the same. Deadly Aspects summons allies to her side and then allows her to damage and stun enemies in front of her. Dark Omen shoots an attack in a line, dealing damage and applying an omen to them for a “short time.” This causes them to take additional damage when hit by an ally’s ability. Finally, Confusion causes The Morrigan to stealth and gain movement speed, and it creates a clone that runs toward a target location. It doesn’t deal any damage and disappears with a single hit.

While the need to team up to best use Dark Omen is noteworthy, it’s not unprecedented; Aphrodite operates in a similar way. The Morrigan’s Ultimate is what truly sets her apart. The concept had come up before, according to Hi-Rez, only for it to be dismissed.

“It was immediately shot down by our lead programmers we’ve had before, because the game is really not built to do something like this,” Smite lead designer AJ Walker told GameSpot in an interview. “Our core architecture fights this in a lot of ways. So, we brought it up again, we had some new staff on the team, and I started talking about it really early with my lead programmer, and he was like, ‘Yeah, we can probably look into it.’

“Every time, I was like, ‘Just start working on it, let’s see how it goes. We can always have a backup plan; we can pick a different Ult; we have some other ideas. But let me know how it’s going.’ And he was making big steps every time I checked in with him! He was like, ‘It’s actually working really well! There are a few UI things and other things that are a bit strange…’ He’s just amazing. He finished it off actually with an all-nighter on Tuesday, to really get down the last few of her difficult bugs. It’s one of those things that’s been around for a really long time, initially shot down, but we gave ourselves a really big amount of planning time, and we surprised ourselves.”

Smite's Next Character Can Transform Into Any God on the Map

As for the challenge of balancing such a character, Hi-Rez isn’t under the delusion that she’ll be perfect coming out of the gate.

“That challenge is just beginning,” Walker explained. “We rely a lot on our players–people play the game and we get a lot more information. I would not assert that she is perfectly balanced yet. I would say that we’ve tried our best. We’ve made a lot of tweaks to how the Ultimate works–its cooldown and things–to make it more fair, but we’re really going to see how powerful it really is once the players get it in their hands.

“I anticipate that she’s going to have a big difference in her potential based on skill level, so at competitive she’ll probably be really overpowered–at first, until we get some things worked out. But in the average player’s hands, I don’t think she’s going to be too scarily powerful. So that challenge is still on the way.”

The Morrigan doesn’t have a release date yet, but she’ll arrive “soon” as part of the 3.25 update. Hi-Rez has also announced other upcoming additions and changes or Smite, including a new Clash map. Meanwhile, the company revealed a new game and launched the closed beta for spinoff Smite Tactics.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda PC Requirements Being Revealed Next Month

Following the announcement of Mass Effect: Andromeda‘s release date this week, BioWare today revealed when it may announce the game’s PC requirements and further detail its multiplayer mode.

BioWare GM Aaryn Flynn said on Twitter today (via DualShockers) that the developer will reveal the PC requirements, “Probably closer to launch. Sometime in February I think.”

As for when BioWare will talk more about Andromeda’s multiplayer mode, Flynn said, “soon.”

Mass Effect: Andromeda’s release date has finally been confirmed as March 21 in North America and March 23 in Europe. The confirmation follows months of speculation and leaks.

In another news, a fresh batch of screenshots have emerged, while a new trailer was published during CES this week.

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Every Game Release Date in 2017

This year is packed with some of the biggest new games to play, including heavy hitters like Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Persona 5, and much more. To help you keep track of everything coming out, we’ve compiled the release dates of all the games confirmed to come out in 2017 so far.

Check them all out below, and be sure to revisit this page often as we update it with release date changes or release dates for newly announced games coming this year. You can also reference our feature on the game release dates of 2016.

January

Every Game Release Date in 2017
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Game Platform Release Date
Milkmaid of the Milky Way PC, Mac, iOS January 5
Hopiko PC, Mac, Linux January 6
Ladykiller in a Bind PC, Mac, Linux January 9
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone PS4 January 10
Criminal Girls: Invite Only PC January 11
Pit People (Early Access) Xbox One, PC January 13
Rise & Shine Xbox One, PC January 13
Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea PSVita January 17
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star PS4, PS Vita January 17
2064: Read Only Memories PS4 January 17
The Flame in the Flood PS4 January 17
Gravity Rush 2 PS4 January 20
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King 3DS January 20
Urban Empire PC January 20
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue PS4 January 24
Motoracer 4 PS4, Xbox One January 24
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard PS4, Xbox One, PC January 24
Tales of Berseria PS4, PC January 24
Yakuza 0 PS4 January 24
Memoranda PC, Mac, Linux January 25
The Wardrobe PC, Mac, Linux January 26
Disgaea 2 PC January 30
Double Dragon IV PS4, PC January 30
Conan: Exiles PC January 31
Constructor HD PS4, Xbox One, PC January 31
Digimon World: Next Order PS4 January 31
Divide PS4 January 31
Hitman: The Complete First Season PS4, Xbox One, PC January 31
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Mega Battle Xbox One, PS4, PC January TBA

February

Every Game Release Date in 2017
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Game Platform Release Date
A House of Many Doors PC February 3
Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World 3DS February 3
Xenon Valkyrie PC February 3
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book PC February 7
Nights of Azure PC February 7
Splasher PC February 7
Nioh PS4 February 9
De-formers PS4, Xbox One, PC February 14
For Honor PS4, Xbox One, PC February 14
Sniper Elite 4 PS4, Xbox One, PC February 14
Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf (Early Access) PC February 16
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk PS4, Xbox One, PC February 21
Halo Wars 2 Xbox One, PC February 21
Ys Origin PS4, PS Vita February 21
Eternal Return PC February 24
Lego Worlds PS4, Xbox One, PC February 24
Horizon: Zero Dawn PS4 February 28
Torment: Tides of Numenera PS4, Xbox One, PC February 28
Night in the Woods PS4, Xbox One, PC February TBA

March

Every Game Release Date in 2017
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Game Platform Release Date
Nier: Automata PS4 March 7
One Sole Purpose PC March 7
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands PS4, Xbox One, PC March 7
Star Trek: Bridge Crew Oculus Rift, PSVR, HTC Vive March 14
Styx: Shards of Darkness PS4 March 14
Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash PS4 March 16
Mass Effect: Andromeda PS4, Xbox One, PC March 21
Troll & I PS4, Xbox One, PC March 21
Battle for Orion 2 PC March 23
The End of an Age: Fading Remnants PC March 23
Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey PS4, Xbox One March 28
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX PS4 March 28
MLB The Show 17 PS4 March 28
Danganronpa 1•2 Reload PS4 March 31
Outcast: Second Contact PS4, Xbox One, PC March TBA
Overload PS4, Xbox One, PC March TBA
Routine PC March TBA

April

Every Game Release Date in 2017
Persona 5
Game Platform Release Date
Domina PC April 3
Persona 5 PS4, PS3 April 4
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 PS4, Xbox One, PC April 4
Ira PC, Mac April 5
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition PS4, Xbox One, PC April 7
Don’t Think Twice Oculus Rift, HTC Vive April 10
Yooka-Laylee PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac April 11
Calm Waters PC, Mac April 13
The Silver Case PS4 April 18
Dragon Quest Heroes II PS4 April 25
Super Red-Hot Hero PC April 28

May

Every Game Release Date in 2017
Birthdays: The Beginning
Game Platform Release Date
Birthdays: The Beginning PS4, PC May 9
Battalion 1944 PS4, Xbox One, PC May TBA
Rime PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC May TBA

Big Games Confirmed for 2017

Below you can find a list of the biggest games that don’t have explicit release dates but are confirmed to release sometime this year. There are also games listed that we expect to launch in 2017. We’ll be moving each of these games into the release date sections above as soon as their official dates are announced.

Game Platform
Ace Combat 7 PS4
Boundless PS4, PC
Crackdown 3 Xbox One, PC
Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy PS4
Cuphead Xbox One, PC
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony PS4, PS Vita
Death’s Gambit PS4, Xbox One, PC
Divinity: Original Sin II PC
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age PS4
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, iOS, Android
Gran Turismo Sport PS4
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice PS4, PC
Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite PS4, Xbox One, PC
Metal Gear Survive PS4, Xbox One, PC
Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PS4
Nidhogg 2 PS4, PC, Mac
Nex Machina PS4
Outlast 2 PS4, Xbox One, PC
Prey PS4, Xbox One, PC
Pyre PS4, PC
Red Dead Redemption 2 PS4, Xbox One
Scalebound Xbox One, PC
Sea of Thieves Xbox One, PC
Shenmue III PS4, PC
Sonic Mania PS4, Xbox One, PC
South Park: The Fractured But Whole PS4, Xbox One, PC
Strafe PC, Mac
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wii U, Switch
Thimbleweed Park PC, Mac, Linux
What Remains of Edith Finch PS4, PC
Yakuza Kiwami PS4
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Disney’s 2017 Movie Preview Includes Star Wars: Episode 8 Logo and Thor: Ragnarok Photo

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Disney has quite a blockbuster year planned for the silver screen, headlined by Star Wars: Episode VIII, Thor: Ragnarok and Beauty and the Beast.

The studio kicked off the new year by unveiling new photos and logos for its 2017 movie line-up. There’s the logo for Episode VIII, along with a behind-the-scenes photo for Thor: Ragnarok in the photo gallery below.

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PSA: Amazon Prime members get a 20% discount on all pre-orders and new games during its first week of release. That means that you can put in a pre-order for the new Mass Effect, which is due to enter our orbit in late March, and pay only $48, not the full $60. This discount is good on collector’s editions as well. Don’t want to pre-order? No worries, you’ve got a full two weeks after release to place your order, which is plenty of time to cruise on over to IGN and read our review of the game. Don’t have Amazon Prime? Sign up for a free 30-day trial – if you cancel before the trial ends over you won’t pay a dime for it.

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There’s Already a Steep Discount on Steep!

Forgive the pun, I couldn’t resist, but Ubisoft’s new icy extreme sports game Steep is by all accounts good (we gave it a 7.9, check out the video review below for more), and it’s currently down to $40, which is the best discount I’ve seen.

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Watch Local Channels in HD With This $16 Antenna

Use code JVQNT9WG to get this high range, HD antenna for only $16. Depending on the signal in your area, you’ll be able to watch network TV like Fox, NBC, CBS, and others in 1080p with no monthly bill. You’ll be happy you have it when the Oscars or the Super Bowl are on! I bought one months ago and finally set it up when the Olympics were on, and it worked perfectly!

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Clear Your Podcast Queue in The Shower With This Waterproof Bluetooth Shower

Use code 5EBIIXFV to get this waterproof bluetooth speaker for only $16 – it comes complete with a a suction cup to stick it to the wall, and it even functions as a speaker phone, so you can pick a call while you’re bathing if you really want to be a weirdo!

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Remember Polaroid? It Made an HD Action Cam for Only $60!

Polaroids Cube action cam is weatherproof, shoots in 1080p and 720p, and received a 4-star review from PCMag. It’s also totally adorable, but that’s neither here nor there.

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You Could Definitely Use Five Micro-USB Cables for $4

Use code AUKEYCBD I’ve never seen a 5-pack of these good quality Aukey cables go for less! Use them to charge an Android device, your PS4 controllers, or anything with USB-C.

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Black Friday Pricing Is Back for This Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Bundle

If you’re looking for the lowest priced Xbox One S around, this is it. This Xbox One S bundle with a copy of Battlefield 1 is currently just $250, a solid $50 discount from its usual $300 price.

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Please Don’t Pay Full Price for PS Plus

…you simply don’t need to, not when Amazon will email you a code for a year of Plus for $50, a $10 discount on Sony’s $60 MSRP.

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Hadouken! Ryu and Other Amiibo Are Just Under $5

If you’re looking to round out your Amiibo collection, or perhaps you’d just like to have Ryu, Waluigi, or a couple of Kongs chilling on your desk, Amazon is practically giving away a few Amiibo figures today.

 

These Four-Star Bluetooth Headphones Are Perfect The Gym, And They’ve Never Been Cheaper

These JLab Audio Epic Bluetooth headphones earned a 4-star review from PCMag. They typically go for around $70, but they’re currently just $60, which is the best price I’ve seen.

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The LOTR Game No One Knew They Wanted is Down to $15

No one expected we would be getting a Lord of the Rings game great enough to merit a 9.3 review, 12 whole years after the trilogy hit theaters. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor turned out to be one of 2015’s most pleasant surprises, and I’m still shocked we’ve yet hear about sequel, or see another game copy its devious Nemesis system.

If you somehow missed this one, add the GOTY edition your keep for $15 on PS4.

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Save $250 on a 55-inch 4K HDR TV

Update: One of Samsung’s highest-end 4K sets is now down to $750, compared to an average of $876.

Dell currently has the lowest price I’ve ever seen for this 55-inch 4K TV with HDR. Amazon currently sells $798, and the best price it’s ever listed is $598, but Dell currently has it for just $550. This a hot TV deal and I would get on it, fast!

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Rent Any Movie for $1

You read that right, I said any movie! Use code MOVIE99 (pick the movie you want, then right below the “Rent Movie” button, click on “More Purchase Options” and click “Redeem a gift card or promotion code” to enter the code). This code is only good once per account, so use it up before it expires on January 23rd. Remember, once you rent a movie you have 30 days to watch it, so take advantage before the offer expires.

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Before it’s a Movie, Read About The 1980’s Throwdown Between Nintendo and Sega

There’s a reason Seth Rogen has the rights to make Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation into a movie: it’s fantastic story of corporate rivalry and intrigue, set against an awesomely eighties background. It’s The Social Network for the early years of the video game industry and it can be yours to read on Kindle for only $2 (paperback copies are usually around $8. That’s the cheapest it’s ever been and remember, you can read Kindle books on any phone, laptop, or tablet, just download the Kindle app.

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Catch Three Pokémon Blu-rays for the Lowest Price Available

I remember buying a bootleg VHS of Pokémon: The First Movie from my local comic book store. It was in Japanese with English subtitles, and cost me nearly a month’s worth of allowance, but it made me the coolest kid at my lunch table for weeks. Now, all that glory and more can be yours at a fraction of the price.

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These Electric Toothbrushes Are So Much Cheaper Than a Cavity

Two of Sonicare’s electric toothbrushes are pretty darn cheap right now. Even if you’re cavity free with you’re manual brush, an electric will certainly save you some time and effort!

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Charge Your Phone on the Go With These Discounted Car Chargers

That first Aukey charger is great for any phone, and I love how low profile it is (you’ll hardly notice it in your car). The other two are larger, but let you charge up to 3 devices, and they have Quick Charge, which benefits newer Android devices.

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Stop Fiddling With Your Phone While You Drive!

Here’s a new year’s resolution for you: be safer with your phone in your car! Keep GPS directions right in view and Siri in convenient shouting range while you drive. You’ve got three options below, and I would personally recommend the CD slot holder, especially if you can’t remember the last time you popped a disc in there.

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Get Two Dry Bags for $8 and Keep Your Phone Safe All Year Long

These Mpow dry bags aren’t the kind of thing you’ll want to pop your iPhone or Samsung into everyday, but if you’re going to the beach, the pool, or anybody of water/ source of obnoxious, glass-scratching grit, you can safe yourself a ton of grief and possibly hundreds of dollars by sealing it up in a dry bag. It even floats should your phone end up walking the plank!

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Get A Whole Weight Rack out of These Bowflex Dumbbells

Here’s the lowest price I’ve ever seen for this pair of adjustable Bowflex dumbbells, which start at 5lbs and go all the way up to 52.5lbs. They’re not cheap at $236, but compare the cost 9and size!) of these to an entire weight rack and you’ll see the benefit.

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Steep $40

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst $20

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Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness $19.61

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Grand Kingdom (Vita) $21

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Breaking Bad: The Complete Series $50

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