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Forget PS4 and Xbox cameras, NBA 2K17 will allow you to scan your face using your phone

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As hoops fans patiently await the arrival of NBA 2K17 on September 20 (or September 16 for those who preordered), developer 2K Sports has dropped major news about a new and exciting feature that will take basketball’s video game darling to unprecedented heights.

For the first time ever, NBA 2K17 will allow gamers to scan their own faces into the game using a smartphone app. Forget about creating a random with a generic face, this is as good as it gets until VR arrives, and players find themselves playing pick-up ball in a Lakers uniform against virtual LeBron James.

Also: Goodbye and good riddance to using a console camera or that depth-sensing Intel camera that’s only available on a minority of laptops. We always thought that the pursuit of the best version of our faces should start with a smartphone sporting a top-notch selfie camera, rather than a tethered console accessory that isn’t designed for narcissistic tendencies.

The free MyNBA2K17 companion app will be available on Android and iOS devices starting September 8, giving users ample time to play around with the feature before tip-off. But c

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reating a person’s likeness isn’t the only thing the app is meant to accomplish; MyNBA2K17 also includes a mobile card game and a virtual closet that houses gear for console or PC avatars, and using it can earn players digital currency for NBA 2K17.

Face-scanning was introduced in NBA 2K15 but required a PlayStation camera or an Xbox One Kinect camera to use. A year in development didn’t do it any good, as the feature was panned by the NBA 2K16 community. Interestingly, EA’s NBA Live 16 featured a similar face-importing process, but it relied on smartphone cameras for creating cyberfaces.

NBA 2K17 will be released on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.

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Source: Forbes

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Honkai: Star Rail to launch on April 26

All aboard the Astral Express

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HoYoverse has announced April 26 as the official release date of upcoming space fantasy RPG Honkai: Star Rail.

The brand-new title will be available on the Epic Games Store, PC, Android, and iOS. The PlayStation version is currently under development.

Honkai: Star Rail takes gamers to a journey of the unknown. It has fantasy elements, myths, and legends integrated into a space sci-fi story. It will adapt an intuitive turn-based combat system as players explore a vast universe filled with cultures, landscape, and scenery.

The main storyline revolves around protagonist Stellaron, who travels the galaxy from the Herta Space Station to know the truth behind the Cancer of All Worlds.

Players will eventually encounter Jarilo-VI, where numerous dangers and conflicts are frozen beneath the snow, and silkpunk flagship Xianzhou Luofu where immortality gets introduced.

To get everyone ready, the Boarding Preparation Special Program is available to watch below.

The informative video aids players on how to make the most out of Star Rail Passes and Stellar Jade, as well as behind the scenes stories of the game.

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Mobile Legends welcomes ITZY as ambassadors

Join the Harmonia stage now

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Collaborations are nothing new for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, having partnered with some of the biggest franchises and brands worldwide like Star Wars, Transformers, and more.

This time, the 5-on-5 MOBA is getting K-POP sensation ITZY to join its ALLSTAR MLBB Harmonia stage as global ambassadors. It will be the first time Mobile Legends is working alongside Korean artists as it has released an ALLSTAR-themed map called Harmonia.

To celebrate the collaboration, players may acquire exclusive ALLSTAR rewards and four brand-new hero skins upon logging in.

Be the superstar

Launching on March 31, the Purify Harmonia event will allow users to get exclusive ALLSTAR rewards amounting up to 1,999 diamonds, such as:

  • Emotes
  • ALLSTAR avatar border Shine!
  • Atomic Pop
  • Atomic Pop Spawn Effect

The four hero skins to be released periodically are the following:

  • Miya “Atomic Pop”
  • Eudora “Atomic Pop”
  • Rafaela “Seraphic Selfie”
  • Hanabi “Moonlit Ninja”

There will also be exclusive in-game ALLSTAR music tracks for players to listen to. The event will last until April 23, so there’s a lot of time to get going.

ITZY

ITZY is a five-member group composed of Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna. They debuted in 2019 with the single “Dalla Dalla”. The group has 42 music show trophies, along with 23 awards and counting.

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Ubisoft pulls out of E3 2023

Will hold its own event

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This is an important year for the annual E3 conference. After missing the past few years due to the pandemic, the gaming extravaganza is finally returning to an in-person event in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly looking like a triumphant return to the big stage. In the months leading up to the event, several brands have reportedly pulled out from the event in favor of their own exclusive events. Today, it’s time to add Ubisoft to that list.

In a statement issued to VGC, Ubisoft has confirmed that it will not participate in the upcoming E3 2023. Instead, the company will hold its own Ubisoft Forward Live event on June 12, also in Los Angeles.

It’s an important year for Ubisoft. The publisher is slated to release Assassin’s Creed Mirage later this year. The upcoming title will reportedly pivot the series back to its stealth-focused roots. Meanwhile, the franchise also announced Assassin’s Creed Codename Red, an upcoming title set in feudal Japan, which has been a hotly anticipated setting since the franchise’s inception.

While Ubisoft has historically supported E3 in the past, this year marks the first departure from the main floor. However, the publisher is following in the footsteps of its contemporaries in the industry. Nintendo, Sony, and Xbox are also pulling out from the conference to hold their own events in the area.

SEE ALSO: Sony, Xbox, Nintendo are skipping E3 2023

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