ICYMI for September 12

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Greetings once again, newshounds. Fall is setting in at the home office, which means pumpkin beer and loads of game releases on the horizon.

NHL 15 Comes with Less on Current-Gen

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of NHL 15 aren’t as feature-packed as their previous-gen counterparts. During a press event, producer Sean Ramjagsingh revealed that new hurdles with development meant some features would be delayed. But don’t worry, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, available now, will have all the features.

Microsoft is Mining for Gold

Reports are surfacing that Microsoft is deep into negotiations to purchase Mojang, the creator of the beloved homesteading simulation, Minecraft. The deal is reported to be over $2 billion. If the deal goes through, it would be a huge coup for Microsoft. Would we then see an end to Minecraft on Sony’s consoles?

Ray Rice Out of Madden

The ongoing Ray Rice saga has snagged headlines this past week and not surprisingly, EA has announced that they will remove the disgraced football player from Madden 15 via an update next week. Though he’ll definitely be scrubbed from the main roster, the tailback may linger in Career and Ultimate Team modes, though I wouldn’t count him sticking around much longer there either.

Many Hands Make Stout Work

Stone Brewing Co. has released a new collaborative brew that resembles Mexican hot chocolate. The mocha stout is based on this year’s winning recipe at the Stone Homebrew Competition & American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Rally, submitted by Chris Banker, and was brewed with Cervecería Insurgente, a Tijuana-based craft brewer. You can find this latest addition to Stone’s roster in 22-ounce battles, but you might have to search far and wide, as this brew is a limited release.

New 3DS XL Models Coming

Looks like North America is getting three new 3DS XL models later this year. One version will be red and blue and will commemorate the release of Super Smash Bros. Gamers can also expect to find a model designed to resemble an NES controller and a model that will coincide with the release of Persona Q, due to release on November 25. All 3 models will retail for $199.99, but you can find the NES and Persona Q editions only at GameStop.

A Long Destiny

Gamespot’s resident streamers knuckled down and burned through Destiny’s campaign, reportedly taking them 16 hours to complete. This involved sticking only to the main story and not running off on Crucible missions, chasing bounties, or going after Vanguard or Strike Quests. Activision has said that there’s a lot to Destiny and that players can expect to be in the game a very long time.

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