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Fort Condor should be a mobile game

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Fort Condor is a mini-game side quest featured in Final Fantasy VII Remake INTERGrade — INTERMission Episode Yuffie. It features players attacking and defending… Erm… forts that look like condors using various units.

Here’s how Fort Condor works 

It’s a 1v1 battle and each person has a board. Each board is unique and contains various units that you can drop on the battlefield.

A player can have multiple boards. In the game, you’re able to check your opponent’s board so you can switch your board to something that may be more effective against that board.

Boards also usually have some materia equipped that you can use once during battle. Each materia behaves a little differently from how they do in the main game. For instance, the cure materia heals units in a certain area of the battlefield instead of applying directly to the units.

The units on the board provide different things and are associated with different colors. The colors are Blue, Red, and Green. There’s a rock-paper-scissors element to it:

  • Blue beats Red
  • Red beats Green
  • Green beats Blue

Each unit has a corresponding ATB cost. Just like the regular battles. The more damage you deal or take, the faster the ATB gauge fills.

The base units take about two or three ATB gauges before they can be deployed. Meanwhile, the heavier damage dealing or higher defense units take five to seven ATB gauges before they can be deployed.

The fun part is figuring out which units to deploy and whether to deploy more base units now to make sure you can keep attacking, or to wait it out a little bit to unleash more devastating units.

Here’s a guide to the best units by game8 in case you really want to get deep into it.

Each match lasts for only three minutes. If the game is close, it goes into a sudden death mode where it then becomes a race to destroy the forts.

We weren’t able to record our own match but here’s one we found on YouTube

Why it’ll work as a mobile game

Mobile games, at least the one this writer tends to enjoy, are the type that you can play in the middle of a day to catch your breath from work or whatever it is that keeps you preoccupied.

The three-minute single match is perfect for something like this. But Square Enix can mix it up by making it a best two out of three game — like how some fighting games do it.

Additionally, they can incorporate a gacha element by being able to pull different boards, units, and materia.

Kyrie is one of the characters you’ll play Fort Condor with

In the game, the units are only Shinra soldiers and robots. But imagine if you’re able to pull main characters like Cloud, Tifa, or Barrett and maybe even Sephiroth, into the game to really turn the tide in a battle.

This wasn’t announced in their planned releases, but maybe Square Enix should really look into this as a potential mobile game that even non-fans of the Final Fantasy VII franchise can enjoy.

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Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard for nearly US$ 70B

Massive acquisition

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Here’s a move no one saw coming. Microsoft has just acquired gaming company Activision Blizzard for a whopping US$ 68.7 billion in an all-cash transaction.

This means every studio and every game under Activision Blizzard now belongs to Microsoft. These include the creators of popular franchises like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Crash Bandicoot, and more.

The acquisition will make Microsoft the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent and Sony.

Bobby Kotick, who has been embroiled in several issues concerning company culture will remain as CEO of Activision Blizzard. Once the deal formally closes, he and his team will report to Phil Spencer, CEO, Microsoft Gaming.

Exclusives?

The initial statement release stated that the Microsfot will continue to be present in the platforms that Activision Blizzard has established communities in. This could have allayed fears that the acquired titles will now be exclusive to Microsoft and Xbox. However, this line is no longer present and has been replaced with statements from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Phil Spencer.

“Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms,” said Satya Nadella.

“Together we will build a future where people can play the games they want, virtually anywhere they want,” said Spencer.

Game Pass

The acquisition bodes well for Microsoft’s Game Pass. It already boasts of hundreds, if not thousands of gaming titles as well as over 25 million users.

The acquisition will add some parts of  Activision Blizzard’s nearly 400 million monthly active players in 190 countries. It will make Game Pass one of the most compelling and diverse lineups of gaming content in the industry.

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My Hero Academia is getting a battle royale game

In closed beta right now

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Image source: Gematsu

Just when you thought the battle royale craze was over, a new contender has approached. Capitalizing on one of the most popular anime series in modern history, Bandai Namco is launching a battle royale based on My Hero Academia. My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble is currently undergoing a beta test now.

Officially teased by Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine (spotted by Gematsu), the upcoming battle royale game will come to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. Like other battle royales in the genre, the game will be free-to-play.

Image source: Gematsu

However, instead of an all-out brawl between dozens and dozens of players, the game will only feature 24 players in a single round. Though Bandai Namco has not announced a launch date for the battle royale, a closed beta announcement means things are rolling smoothly. It might not take long before an open beta and an eventual launch happens.

My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble makes sense as a spin-off of the popular anime series. Put simply, My Hero Academia takes place in a world where superpowers are commonplace. It’s easy to see how a battle royale based on the anime can work especially with different powers acting as a way to eliminate opponents.

Curiously enough, the game is coming out in older console generations, rather than the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X/S.

SEE ALSO: FF7 series launches new PS5 update, mobile battle royale

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Microsoft has stopped making all Xbox One consoles

To focus on Xbox Series X/S

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Despite the global shortage, the gaming world is steadily moving towards next generation dominance. Both Sony and Microsoft want gamers to use either the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X/S exclusively. However, the ongoing problem is preventing gamers from switching. To help with the shortages, Microsoft is discontinuing all Xbox One consoles.

This has been a slow death for the previous Xbox generation. Back in 2020, Microsoft stopped producing the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition to pave the way for the then-launching Xbox Series X/S. That was only part of the equation. Gamers could still get other variants of the Xbox One series. Of course, that ends now.

Microsoft has stopped producing new units of all Xbox One consoles. If you want to purchase an older Xbox, you’ll have to rely on existing stock.

According to a statement sent to The Verge, the company pushed through with the decision to focus its production more on the still-scant Xbox Series X/S. With enough luck, the move might help the shortage. Both the new Xbox and the PlayStation 5 still notoriously sell out seconds after new stock is announced.

Ironically, Sony is trying the opposite strategy. Because of the ongoing shortages, the PlayStation maker is instead manufacturing more PlayStation 4 units this year, ideally to fill in the lacking PlayStation 5 stock.

Which strategy will prevail? At this point, no one is. Both consoles are still missing from stores despite overwhelming demand.

SEE ALSO: Xbox creates a SpongeBob-themed Xbox Series X

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