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Rapid-Fire: ‘Destiny 2’ Release Date Confirmed; ‘Persona 5’ DLC Unveiled

Rapid-Fire is Goomba Stomp’s weekly Playstation news column, wrapping up all of the Sony stories that you need to know about. This week, Destiny 2 receives a release date, The Witcher franchise surpassed an incredible milestone, Atlus revealed Persona 5’s DLC, and more.

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Rapid-Fire is Goomba Stomp’s weekly Playstation news column, wrapping up all of the Sony stories that you need to know about. This week, Destiny 2 receives a release date, The Witcher franchise surpassed an incredible milestone, Atlus revealed Persona 5’s DLC, and more.

Bungie Announces Destiny 2‘s Official Release Date

After the poster leak of last week hinting at a possible date for Destiny 2’s release, Bungie has announced that the sequel will be coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC on September 8, 2017.

The company has also confirmed that there will be a beta coming this summer, a rumor that began circulating after the reveal of one of the leaked posters. The game is available for pre-order now. Anyone electing to pre-order Destiny 2 will be granted early access to the beta.

Bungie made these announcements via a reveal trailer, which can be viewed here. Although it didn’t show any actual gameplay from the sequel, fans won’t have to wait long for it. Bungie will host a live stream on May 18 to showcase the action of Destiny 2.

For the first time, PC gamers can jump into the action, as the original Destiny was only available on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. Timed exclusive content has been announced for PlayStation 4 through Fall 2018, with more details to come this summer.

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Destiny 2 is set for a September 2017 release. (Credit: Playstation)

An expansion pass will be sold separately as well as with the digital deluxe edition of Destiny 2, giving dedicated Guardians access to the game’s two planned major expansions. These will bring “brand new story missions, cooperative activities, competitive multiplayer, and a wealth of new weapons, armor, and gear.”

A Destiny 2 collector’s edition is also in the works, alongside a limited physical edition.

Activision released a statement regarding the sequel’s story, giving us a sneak peek into what to expect this fall:

“Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force, led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion. He has stripped the city’s Guardians of their power, and forced the survivors to flee. You will venture to mysterious, unexplored worlds of our solar system to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities. To defeat the Red Legion and confront Ghaul, you must reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim our home.”

The Witcher Series Passes Massive Sales Milestone

The Witcher franchise has hit another remarkable milestone, with sales of The Witcher, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt surpassing 25 million units, according to a new statement from developer CD Projekt.

The company’s 2016 financial report gave more insight into exactly how successful The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been, with it citing over 1 billion PLN (or over $250 million USD) in revenue from the base game and expansion packs Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was a critical and commercial success, selling six million units in its first six weeks and winning multiple awards. Gwent, a card game based on the series, will be coming later this year, expanding The Witcher universe even further.

Bioware Addresses Mass Effect: Andromeda Criticism

The studio behind Mass Effect: Andromeda has officially responded to fan feedback regarding the RPG, from the positive responses to critiques of the game’s facial animations and character models.

In a tweet, the team behind the game said they’ve been paying attention to player reactions and will be revealing their next steps in improving Mass Effect: Andromeda on April 4th.

“It’s been a week since we officially launched Mass Effect: Andromeda worldwide, and we couldn’t be more excited that our fans are finally experiencing everything we’ve worked so hard to create,” said Bioware. “We’ve received quite a bit of feedback, some of it positive and some of it critical.”

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Players of Mass Effect: Andromeda have heavily criticized the game’s facial animations. (Credit: GamesRadar)

“That feedback is an important part of our ongoing support of the game, and we can’t wait to share more of our immediate plans with you on Tuesday, April 4th.”

Until then, Bioware encourages fans to continue providing them with feedback as they are “working around the clock” to make the game even better.

Atlus Reveals Plans for Persona 5 DLC

With Persona 5’s launch being just around the corner, developer Atlus revealed the upcoming plans for the Japanese role-playing game’s DLC.

Atlus previously announced that the Japanese audio track would be released for free at launch. In addition, a number of costumes and music from other Atlus titles will be available in the coming months, including those from the rest of the Persona franchise, Catherine, and other games in the Shin Megami Tensei universe.

A full review of Persona 5’s in-game DLC can be found below:

April 4

  • Persona 5 Japanese Audio Track – Free
  • Persona 5 Healing Item Set – Free
  • Persona 5 Skill Card Set – Free
  • Persona 5 New Difficulty Level: Challenge – Free

April 11

  • Persona 4 Costume & Music Set – $6.99
  • Persona 3 Costume & Music Set – $6.99
  • Orpheus & Orpheus Picaro Persona Set – $2.99
  • Izanagi & Izanagi Picaro Persona Set – $2.99
  • Persona 5 Regular Clothes & School Uniforms Costume Set – Free

April 18

  • Persona 2 Costume & Music Set – $6.99
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona Costume & Music Set – $6.99
  • Shin Megami Tensei if… Costume & Music Set – $6.99
  • Thanatos & Thanatos Picaro Persona Set – $2.99
  • Magatsu Izanagi $ Magatsu Izanagi Picaro Persona Set – $2.99
  • Kaguya & Kaguya Picaro Persona Set – $2.99
  • Phantom Thieves Logo Morgana Car Sticker – Free
  • Persona 20th Anniversary Logo Morgana Car Sticker – Free

April 25

  • Persona 4: Dancing All Night Costume & Music Set – $6.99
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Costume & Music Set – $6.99
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV Costume & Music Set – $6.99
  • Ariadne & Ariadne Picaro Persona Set – $2.99
  • Asterius & Asterius Picaro Persona Set – $2.99
  • Tsukiyomi & Tsukiyomi Picaro Persona Set – $2.99
  • Persona 5 Swimsuit Costume Set – Free

May 2

  • Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha Costume & Music Set – $6.99
  • Catherine Costume & Music Set – $6.99
  • Messiah & Messiah Picaro Persona Set – $2.99

June 6

  • Persona 5 Maid & Butler Costume Set – Free

July 11

  • Persona 5 Christmas Costume Set – Free

Themes and avatars highlighting the main characters of Persona 5 will also be coming to PS3 and PS4. Persona 5 is coming to PS3 and PS4 on April 4, 2017.

The Fast and the Furious DLC Coming to Rocket League

New content is on the way for Psyonix’s multiplayer hit with a The Fast and the Furious tie-in for fans of the long-running movie franchise.

Players will be able to take the wheel of Dominic Toretto’s Dodge Ice Charger on April 4, according to an announcement from Psyonix. The Charger will be available for $1.99.

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The Charger is the most recent in a line of vehicles making the jump from the silver screen to Rocket League. (Credit: GameSpot)

The DLC, which will also include six decals for the vehicle, arrives just ahead of The Fast and the Furious’s April 14 theatrical release.

Jeremy Dunham, Psyonix’s vice president, spoke to IGN about Rocket League’s history with movie tie-ins, saying many at the movie studios are fans of the game.

“It’s been our biggest ally is the fact that all of the studios we’ve dealt with do play our game and are fans of it and they like it,” Dunham said.

Though they are certainly fans of specific franchises, the team has no set list of deals they are actively pursuing.

Notable Releases for the Week*

Anoxemia

PS4 — Digital

AnoxemiaAnoxemia is a story-driven exploration game that puts you in control of the scientist Dr. Bailey and his operations drone, ATMA. Search the ocean floor as you discover and extract samples from the bowels of the underwater caves.

APB: Reloaded

PS4 — Digital (Out 3/31)

APB ReloadedAnarchy. Justice. In the world of APB, it’s your choice: live on the edge of the law or enforce it. Hit the streets as a licensed vigilante or hardened criminal in the crime-ravaged metropolis of San Paro where shootouts, car-chases, robbery, and vandalism are all in a day’s work.

Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 2 (PS2 Classic)

PS4 — Digital (Out 3/27)

Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 2This compilation contains some of SNK fan’s favorite titles from the Real Bout Fatal Fury series. Real Bout Fatal Fury is the only Fatal Fury title with bounds, and characters who are pushed out of bounds lose the round in a comical way, which can lead to unexpected comebacks.

Fated: The Silent Oath

PS VR — Digital

Fated: The Silent OathSet in the mythical age of Vikings, Fated: The Silent Oath tells a tale of courage and sacrifice where an everyday father and husband must do the impossible to save his family from the destruction of the world at the hands of giants of old.

Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life: Special Edition (PS2 Classic)

PS4 — Digital (Out 3/29)

Harvest Moon: A Wonderful LifeA lifetime of farming takes on new meaning in Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition. Besides planting crops, raising animals, and rebuilding your father’s farm, you’ll make friends in Forget-Me-Not Valley, find your future bride, and hopefully cultivate a happy family!

Has Been Heroes

PS4 — Digital

Has Been HeroesEmbark on an epic journey with the Has-Been Heroes, a group of legendary champions once celebrated throughout the kingdom — almost forgotten until the King has one more quest, the most epic of them all: to take the twin princesses to school!

Heroes of the Monkey Tavern

PS4 — Digital

Heroes of the Monkey TavernAfter countless days and nights celebrating within the infamous Monkey Tavern, our team of adventurers have spent every last penny. Their fates, however, are about to change…

Horse Racing 2016

PS4 — Digital

Horse Racing 2016Horse Racing 2016 is a game for everyone. Feel the thrill of a real racing championship. Hours and hours of play will keep you coming back for more.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix

PS4 — Digital, Retail

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 RemixKingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix is an HD remastered collection of 6 unforgettable Kingdom Hearts experiences available for the first time on PS4.

Korix

PS VR — Digital

KorixKorix places you deep in space, fighting for your race’s survival after your homeworld is destroyed. With nothing left to lose, you are put in the role of commander, with the sole mission of taking the fight back to the enemy. Build up your defences, capture resources, and build your own army to exact revenge.

MLB The Show 17

PS4 — Digital, Retail

MLB The Show 17MLB The Show 17 delivers the most authentic and personal baseball gaming experience on console. This year The Show offers exciting gameplay improvements and a greater ability to personalize your baseball experience.

Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call

PS4 — Digital

Nightmares from the Deep 2When Sarah Black, curator at the Caribbean Naval Museum, receives a package from a mysterious messenger, she is unwittingly drawn into an ancient conflict. Inside the package she finds an artifact, and instantly assailants descend on the museum to rob her. The artifact is stolen. Sarah lowers her head in disbelief as she realizes that again she is falling headfirst into a nightmare from the deep.

Old Time Hockey

PS4 — Digital

Old Time HockeyAggressive hockey is back in town! Experience hockey the way it was meant to be played in this old school arcade style hockey game where blood on the ice is just another day at the rink.

Punch Club

PS4 — Digital (Out 3/31)

Punch ClubTrain hard, find love, deliver pizza, punch crocodiles, fight and rank up in leagues. Welcome to Punch Club, the Boxing Management Tycoon where you choose your own path, and find out who murdered your father

R.B.I. Baseball 17

PS4 — Digital

RBI Baseball '17R.B.I. Baseball 2017 returns with fast paced, high-octane, pick-up-and-play baseball action. Take control of your game with reactive pitching and batting for in-the-moment decisions. R.B.I. 2017 is packed with 30 authentic ballparks, advanced stat tracking, season game sims, and roster updates throughout the year.

Rain World

PS4 — Digital

Rain WorldYou are a slugcat. The world around you is full of danger, and you must face it — alone. Separated from your family in a devastating flood, you must hunt for food and shelter between terrifying torrential downpours that threaten to drown all life.

Salt and Sanctuary

PS Vita — Digital

Salt and SanctuaryA doomed sailor is shipwrecked on an uncharted island. In fog-shrouded valleys, shambling figures begin to stir. Salt and Sanctuary seamlessly combines fast, brutal, and complex 2D combat with richly developed RPG mechanics.

SkyKeepers

PS4 — Digital (Out 3/31)

SkyKeepersSkyKeepers is a 2D action platformer following the journey of village chief Tangi, as he desperately fights to reclaim both his world and life. Seamlessly chain together various attacks and combos, launching foes skyward.

Snake Pass

PS4 — Digital

Snake PassAs Noodle the snake, slither, wriggle, curl, coil, and climb your way to the top of Haven Tor in this one-of-a-kind puzzle adventure from award winning independent studio Sumo Digital.

Vikings – Wolves of Midgard

PS4 — Digital, Retail

Vikings Wolves of MidgardVikings — Wolves of Midgard takes you to the Shores of Midgard, a world based upon the mythology and history of the Vikings — with a fantasy twist. Battle the terrifying beasts of Ragnarok as you strive to survive the growing cold that threatens to end all life.

We Are The Dwarves

PS4 — Digital

We Are The DwarvesThe Dwarven stars are slowly dying — putting the race at the edge of extinction. Deliverance is poised upon three Dwarven astronauts who are sent on an expedition to find a new star in the depths of the Endless Stone.

Wonder Boy Returns

PS4 — Digital (Out 3/30)

Wonder Boy ReturnsA classic action masterpiece arcade game Wonder Boy has been remade in HD! Food is important for a primitive man! Collect all food before your health gets depleted, defeat all enemies, avoid all obstacles, and head over to save Tina!

Sara Winegardner is a lifelong gamer and aspiring journalist currently based in Washington, DC. Being fed a steady diet of Pokemon, Final Fantasy, and MMORPGs since she can remember, Sara will play just about anything, even if it means grinding for hours on end. Her childhood dream is to walk the E3 floor at least once.

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Soundtrack Gets a Vinyl Release

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While we don’t publish music news or music reviews here at Goomba Stomp, we are huge fans of vinyl and since we cover film, we figured this announcement would interest some of our readers.

Back in 2017, Jordan Peele’s Get Out topped our list of the best films of 2017 and while the year isn’t yet over, there’s a good chance his follow-up Us, will land somewhere on our best of the year list as well. There are many reasons why we love Peele’s ambitious sophomore film including for the suspense, cinematography, performances, and direction, but one thing that doesn’t get enough praise is the soundtrack by Michael Abels. And if you like us, love the original score, you’re going to love this bit of news.

After giving his Get Out soundtrack a vinyl release last year, Jordan Peele is now doing the same for the soundtrack to Us.

WaxWork Records announced the news earlier today and if you’re planning on buying a copy, you don’t have to wait since it is now available to purchase through the label’s website.

The soundtrack, which received a digital release earlier this year, features composer Michael Abels’ score, in addition to songs from Janelle Monáe, Minnie Ripperton and the “Tethered Mix” of Luniz’s “I Got 5 on It” that appeared in the film’s first trailer. The album artwork was created by illustrator Edward Kinsella and features an interactive die-cut mirror board back cover, a heavyweight art print and an exclusive essay from UCLA Professor, scholar, and activist Shana L. Redmond Ph.D.

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Trailer for the Twisted Dark Comedy thriller ‘Villains’

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Alter has released the first poster and the official trailer for Villains, the upcoming dark comedy thriller which stars Bill Skarsgård (IT) and Maika Monroe (It Follows) as a couple who rob a gas station and scores enough cash to start a new life in Florida. Unfortunately for them, their getaway plans turn upside down and the young couple end up stumbling on much more than they bargained for.

Villains hits theaters on September 20th and was written and directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. In addition to Skarsgard and Monroe, the movie also stars Jeffrey Donovan and Kyra Sedgwick. It’s co-produced by Bron Studios, Star Thrower Entertainment, Creative Wealth Media Finance, and The Realm Films. You can watch the trailer for Villains below.

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Beanie Babies: The Collectables with Heart

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For our Toys We Love Spotlight, I’m looking at one of my personal favourites: Beanie Babies. I had collected so many of these growing up, and households worldwide in the 90s and early 2000s were sure to have at least one Beanie Baby in their possession (was it even the 90s if they didn’t?). These plushie companions were cute, cuddly, and collectable, so it’s not a surprise that the Beanie Babies craze swept the globe, forcing parents and toy collectors everywhere to dig into their wallets.


Beanie Babies had a few aspects to them that made them stand out from your average plushie. Firstly, they did not have as much stuffing as most soft toys. Whilst some thought that this made them look cheap, it also made them light, posable, and gave them a realistic feel and look. The bear Beanie Babies were particularly good to pose, and this set them apart from run-of-the-mill teddy bears. Another element that made Beanie Babies more unique was their special tag. Each toy had a tag attached which had the toy’s name, date of birth, and a quotation etched inside. The former was something that could have been a risky choice, as although it wasn’t completely taking away the child’s choice of name — there was nothing stopping them from just calling their Beanie whatever they wanted — a pre-selected name can be difficult to sell, as kids can often take great pride and pleasure in naming their toys.

It was a great success, however, and worked as a nice finishing touch for the Beanie Babies, adding a dash of personality and flair (something much needed in the often critically over-saturated soft toy market), as well as making each Beanie Baby feel like their own creature with their own little stories. Adding to that was the wide variety of animals that were available, such as Tiny the Chihuahua, Pegasus the Unicorn or Swampy the Alligator. This means that the desires of each individual child or enthusiastic collector could be catered to (I myself favoured the dogs and bears).

The puppies were my Beanie Baby of choice. They were all such good boys and girls.

The Beanie Babies also had their own way of tackling difficult issues in society, showing them to kids through the guise of a soft toy. I’ll give you an example through my own experience: I had a Beanie Baby that (as odd as it may sound) gave me more of an understanding of the horrors of September 11th. Weird, right? Allow me to explain. I was only just nine years old on that now-historical day when the twin towers in New York were attacked and so many innocent people lost their lives. I had come home from school (it was afternoon time here in the UK when it happened), and I remember my mum watching it on television in complete shock. She had watched the whole thing whilst I’d been at school.

I didn’t really understand what was happening to be honest. Even when I was watching the repeats of the plane crashing into the side of the tower, I was somewhat oblivious the gravity of the situation (though as a nine year old child, I suppose I could be forgiven for that). The news continued to report the tragedy for a long time, and my school held assemblies to discuss the matter. I knew people had died, and that made me very sad, but I remember thinking that people died all the time, so why was this one incident reported on so much? About a month or so after, TY released three Beanie Babies as a tribute to those lost during 9/11. One of these was a Dalmatian Beanie Baby called Rescue, and I wanted him the moment I saw him, not really knowing the true nature of his purpose. My mum obliged happily, knowing what he represented. I remember taking my little Dalmatian with the red collar and American flag on his leg home and reading his tag. It read:

To honor our heroes
who lost their lives in the
national catastrophe that
took place on September 11, 2001.
We mourn for them and express our
deepest sympathy to their families.
God Bless America

Rescue the Dalmatian was joined by America the Bear and Courage the German Shepherd. The Beanies were a set of three released to honor those who perished in the tragedy of 9/11.

I found Rescue in my room recently, and the memories flooded back to me upon reading it again. I remember looking into all the acts of heroism and bravery after reading Rescue’s tag, and that’s when the situation really hit home to me. I looked into the stories of firefighters and first responders and those who had died, as well as all the search-and-rescue dogs attempting to save people among the chaos. As a child, it can be hard to see past your immediate opinion and truly consider the sheer weight of a situation, but with Rescue’s help, I was able to see just how this event was indeed very different to anything I had ever seen before, and how serious it was. It was the first time I felt like I was thinking like a grown up. I looked at the world differently from then on — obviously as I got older, but also from my ability to think harder and search deeper. Honestly, I don’t know if I would have even bothered if it wasn’t for Rescue reminding me of exactly how much was lost on that day.

Rescue, perhaps the goodest and bravest boy of them all.

Beanie babies will forever be ingrained in culture. They are still bought, sold and collected even now and will remain a timeless staple of most of our childhoods. They certainly are for me. Especially you Rescue, the bravest firefighting Dalmatian the world has ever known.

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‘Shenmue III’ Gamescom Trailer Details a Day in the Life of Ryo

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The original Shenmue games pioneered the open world genre, in part through their inclusion of many different minigames and side activities. The Kickstarter-funded Shenmue III looks to continue that legacy, as developer Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver have debuted a new trailer at Gamescom 2019 entitled “A Day in Shenmue.”

The developers provided the following description of the trailer via their latest Kickstarter update: “Exploring the town, playing minigames and battling! We hope it feels just how a Shenmue day should!” Sure enough, the footage showcases the series protagonist Ryo participating in a number of minigames, such as a boxing game and a pachinko machine. The end of the trailer also includes a good look at the series’ signature kung fu combat.

Beyond the new trailer, the Kickstarter update also noted that Yu Suzuki, the famed creator of Shenmue, will be present at Gamescom for autograph signings.

After numerous delays, Shenmue III will finally launch on November 19, 2019 for PS4 and PC via the Epic Games Store.

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‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Ramps Up Its Roster With The Kombat Pack

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Our favourite brutal and bloody fighting game series Mortal Kombat is back with a new announcement surrounding brand new characters that will be joining the fight in the latest instalment of the franchise, Mortal Kombat 11.

During Gamescom 2019, Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios introduced the Kombat Pack via an official reveal trailer. The Kombat Pack will feature six new fighters who will be introduced to the game over the next six months. Shang Tsung and Nightwolf are the latest additions who have already been released but the trailer also shows off four new and exciting additions to the world of Mortal Kombat.

The first up will be the Terminator T-800 who will be released on October 8th 2019 to coincide with the October release of the next Terminator film, Terminator: Dark Fate.  The trailer shows that the character model features the likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger rather than just going for the Terminator style metallic endoskeleton. This is an interesting choice that leads to an incredibly impressive character model of Arnie. I’m really hoping that he will start to decay into his metal form as he is beaten down in the game but only time will tell.

The next release will be well known Mortal Kombat character Sindel, whose appearance fans have been waiting for after she was confirmed to be coming to the game in late May. Sindel will join the fight on November 26th, 2019.

The next character is another interesting one: DC comics top villain Joker. Joker is a pop culture icon who is no stranger to fighting games so his inclusion isn’t that much of a surprise. His physical appearance is somewhat unexpected however. He seems quite young and dashing, not what is typically expected when one thinks of the Joker. It is always fun to see unique interpretations of well known characters so hopefully the Joker will not disappoint when he becomes playable. This won’t be for a while though as he isn’t slated for release until January 28th, 2020.

The final character from the Kombat Pack will be Spawn from Todd McFarlane’s comic book of the same name. McFarlane already suggested that Spawn would be joining the game way back in December 2018 before Mortal Kombat 11 was even released, so this one isn’t much of surprise. The release date for Spawn is the furthest, coming to the game on March 17th,2020.

One fighter not mentioned is Ash from the Evil Dead, who has been being teased for sometime.His lack of inclusion here doesn’t rule him out of the game just yet. Here’s hoping that on top of the Kombat Pack, we will also get a few extra fighters here and there over the next few months.

The Kombat Pack will be $39.99 (those who purchased the premium edition of the game for $99.99 will have access to this content once it becomes available) to get all six fighters, one-week early access and various skins and gear sets. The DLC fighters as well as the skins and gear will all be available for anyone to purchase following the one –week period of early access.

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