Female playable characters in Call of Duty games have become the norm. As more women enter into combat roles in the armed services, it only makes sense that games taking place in the near and distant future would include them. It's how things are and how they should be, but what about games set in the past? Should developers take a less historically accurate approach to games set in the early 1900s for the sake of including women in roles they traditionally wouldn't fill?
Of course they should, who the fuck cares it's a video game. That was my exact response when I saw Michael Condrey of Sledgehammer Games confirming female characters will be playable in the Call of Duty: WWII's multiplayer mode, and I'm somebody who paid attention in history class and knows of the contribution women made to the war effort in countries other than the United States.
The launch of Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition went better than the team here at Beamdog could have ever hoped.
From our oh-so subtle “Plan Escape” teaser to launch day, we saw only a few hiccups and many, many Planescape fans excited to experience the story of the Nameless One again. We’re continuing to see an incredible number of players saying they’re exploring the world of Planescape for the first time, and we couldn’t be more pleased to hear it.
Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition has become our most successfully reviewed game yet. We’re seeing 9/10 from reviewers for the desktop version, and even better scores for PST:EE on tablets. Unscored reviews from sites like Rock Paper Shotgun, PC Gamer, and Kotaku have all said that PST:EE is absolutely the way to visit Sigil.
So what’s next for Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition?
Mobile players may have noticed a 3.04 release shortly after launch which fixed a crashing issue affecting French, German, and Polish versions of the game.
The team is already hard at work on a 3.1 patch for PST:EE which will include a number of bug fixes, feature requests, and polish items. We expect it will take a few weeks to finish and test the patch and a full list of patch notes will be available here on the Beamblog when we release. In the meantime, our community and QA teams will continue to gather feedback and bug reports.
We’ve heard many fans asking for Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition to be localized into Russian, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, and other languages. The team is looking into options, however we currently don’t have anything to share on that front.
In other studio news, our longtime Project Lead, Alex Tomovic, has decided to step away from the gaming industry to take a lofty, high-profile position in corporate IT management. Alex’s leadership on Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, and Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition will be missed, however we wish him the best and hope to see him as a fan of Beamdog’s future projects. Congratulations on the new job Alex!
Watch for more news on what’s next with Beamdog, the upcoming Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition 3.1 patch, and a future blog series on the making of PST:EE in the weeks ahead. We’ve got a lot to share about what's ahead and we’re excited to have all of our fans along for the ride.
In a recent interview with Nintendo Everything, Saber Interactive’s CEO Matthew Karch confirmed that Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn will be coming to the Nintendo Switch.
News on Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn has been relatively quiet within the last couple years. The game was originally featured on Indiegogo in 2014 and received $458,000 of support from 1339 backers. At that time, the game had received enough funds to ensure that it would receive a Wii U version. With news of the game coming to Switch however, it’s uncertain whether or not it will still come to the last-gen Nintendo console.
The last time the public saw Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn was at The Game Awards in 2015 when a new trailer was released. Since then, things have been quiet outside of a few developer updates on the game’s Indiegogo and Facebook pages. Among these last few updates include confirmation that the game is now playable front to back as well as affirming that Shaquille himself has finished all of his voice-over work.
Now, developer 343 Industries has shed some further light on the subject. In its latest weekly blog post, the studio started off by reminding fans that the next Halo game is still under wraps. "It's important to note that there's a lot of speculation and assumptions being made out there--the next major Halo game hasn't even been announced let alone any details about what the story may entail."
The statement continues: "Rest assured that while the studio has received feedback that players wanted to see more of Master Chief in Halo 5, that's far from the only learnings the team has taken to heart."
343 is "absolutely aware" of the feedback about the "disconnects between the game's marketing vs. what transpired in-game." Halo 5's marketing was dramatic and eye-catching, positioning Master Chief as the perceived bad guy. The story didn't exactly deliver in the way some fans wanted.
Hey! Remember 1994? 1998? Remember the times all the way back in 2010? Those were the days. This episode, Andre gets lost in translation, Anthoney makes things awkward and Joe sets the resolution a little high. We're coming at you live, though you'll hear us on tape delay, The Kings are back on EvilAvatar with the sixty-first episode of the 4205 Cast podcast and this week The Kings discuss the recurring phenomenon of nostalgia.
This week on the 4205 Cast - Everything Old is Old Again
In a bit of a revisit of Episode 6, we discuss the current trend of remaking and porting older titles to current generations, as well as the development of games that purposely try and hit the nostalgia button.
Also we have our third Spoiler Warning about Breath Of The Wild. Full game spoilers, be warned!
With the system now discontinued, Nintendo has revealed that it has shipped 2.3 million NES Classic Editions around the world since its launch last November.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime shared the figure with Time (and Nintendo subsequently confirmed it with GameSpot). This is a sell-in figure, which accounts for the number of units shipped to retailers, as opposed to sell-through numbers that only track units actually purchased by consumers. That said, given the incredible popularity of the system, there's likely little distinction between the two in this case.
This figure is up from the 1.5 million that Nintendo announced at the beginning of February. Since then, demand has remained unsatisfied. And that's not about to change, as the company announced earlier this month that it was discontinuing the system worldwide. It provided no reasoning for the move at the time, but Fils-Aime offered some insight to Time.
Regarding the supply issues, he said the Classic Edition was only intended as "a product for last holiday," noting that Nintendo "added shipments and extended the product for as long as we could to meet more of that consumer demand."
He also cited logistics as a factor in the decision to move on from the system, saying, "Even with that extraordinary level of performance, we understand that people are frustrated about not being able to find the system, and for that we really do apologize. But from our perspective, it's important to recognize where our future is and the key areas that we need to drive. We've got a lot going on right now and we don't have unlimited resources."
Dim the lights and grab your safety blankets: we are excited to announce the release date for Perception, a first-person psychological horror game that thrusts players into the role of a blind woman named Cassie who depends on her ultra-sensitive hearing to solve an ancient mystery. Plagued by nightmares that lead her to a haunted New England estate, Cassie must use her wits to remain hidden and outmaneuver a malevolent force that threatens her life. Perception was crafted by the folks at The Deep End Games (Staffed with veterans of the AAA threats, BioShock and Dead Space) and released by publisher Feardemic; the game launches simultaneously on Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4 on May 30, 2017.
Just when you thought you already had enough attractive handheld consoles, Ninty does it again and of course it's ridiculously easy on the eyes. The brand new, err New 2DS XL is a slick design with all of the fun of the 3DS but without that expensive extra dimension and it's out on July 28. Going back to a clamshell design to accommodate the bigger 3DS XL sized screens, it comes with amiibo support and the C-stick currently only found on the New Nintendo 3DS.
Our first official gameplay trailer for DiRT 4 has landed! Want to see more of the breadth, excitement and challenge that DiRT 4 will throw at players? Just take a look at this.
The new trailer features the absolute banger ‘Instigators’, by Grace Potter - one of the songs from the amazing in-game soundtrack that has been created for DiRT 4 in an exclusive partnership with Globe, Universal Music UK’s in-house sync team.
The agreement with Globe will see over 40 licensed tracks appear throughout the game, matching DiRT’s unique style and tone, and includes exclusive tracks from artists such as The Amazons, Sigma, Freak and Pretty Vicious alongside tracks from The Chemical Brothers, Disclosure, Queens Of The Stone Age and Bastille.
Today, Ubisoft announced that For Honor Season Two, Shadow and Might, will launch simultaneously across all platforms on May 16th. Shadow and Might will bring new content to For Honor including two additional heroes, two extra maps, new customisation items and gameplay updates. Maps and gameplay updates will be free for all players at the start of Season Two. New heroes, the lethal Shinobi and the fierce Centurion, will be available for free immediately for Season Pass holders on May 16th, while all other players will be able to unlock them with their in-game Steel on May 23rd.
In the war between the three deadly factions, Knights, Vikings and Samurai, two new Heroes enter the battlefield:
• Shinobi (Samurai Assassin) – The Shinobi are silent warriors able to move with a dancer’s grace and kill with precision thanks to a lifetime of disciplined training. They wield the traditional Japanese Kusarigama.
• Centurion (Knight Hybrid) – The Centurion sees the battlefield like a chessboard. Equipped with the reliable standard issue gladius, Centurions can bypass enemy defenses through strategic close-quarters combat.
The two new maps, Forge and Temple Garden, will expand upon the selection of multiplayer battlefields. Additionally, Season Two will introduce a new level of gear rarity – Epic gear – that will increase the maximum gear score along with a balancing overhaul for the entire gear stats system.
Coinciding with the end of Season One, a new title update (Update 1.06) was released on Windows PC to improve network stability while introducing new gameplay changes and hero balancing. The update is planned to release on consoles very shortly. For Honor will continue to be supported post-launch with additional content and consistent gameplay balancing updates.
Developed by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with other Ubisoft studios* For Honor offers an engaging campaign and thrilling multiplayer modes. Players embody warriors of the three Great Factions, the bold Knights, the brutal Vikings and the deadly Samurai, fighting to the death on intense and believable melee battlefields. The Art of Battle, the game’s innovative combat system that puts players in total control of their warriors, allows them to utilise the unique skills and combat style of each hero to vanquish all enemies who stand in their way.
Prey’s launch date is just around the corner. With a console demo releasing today and the full game available next Friday, things are about to be out-of-this-world.
Try Prey for yourself with the Opening Hour, available now! As previously mentioned, you can check out the first hour – or more, depending on how you play – of Morgan Yu’s first day on the job. (Spoiler: It doesn’t go too well.) Before Prey’s May 5 release, kick off your journey through Talos I and fight the alien invasion that’s threatening all of humanity. The Prey Demo: Opening Hour is available worldwide today for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
You do not have to fight alone! Battle over Hanamura, ancient home of the Shimada clan, with Genji and D.Va while you experience a world of new content in our game-redefining update we’re calling Heroes of the Storm 2.0. It’s a whole new era for Heroes, and we can’t wait to see you in the Nexus!
Greetings, PlayStation Nation! The free PS Plus games for May are upon us, and we have something special for everyone. This month we have Tales from the Borderlands and Abzu on PS4.
First up: Tales from the Borderlands, a five-part episodic series from the experts at Telltale Games. Set in the unforgiving world of Pandora after the events of Borderlands 2, follow the journey of Rhys and Fiona as they are thrown together to recover a fortune they both believe is theirs.
From there, put your feet (Flippers?) up and relax with Abzu. Immerse yourself in an ocean full of life and wonder. Feeling stressed? This is the relief you’re looking for.
Tales from the Borderlands, PS4
Blood Knights, PS3
Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants, PS3
Laser Disco Defenders, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
The Horizon Festival and Hot Wheels have teamed up to create the ultimate playground for cars! Located off the coast of Australia, this chain of islands is here to make your Hot Wheels fantasies come to life with loops, corkscrews, boost pads, high bank turns, half-pipes, insane jumps - and even mechanical dinosaurs! Use the new Stunt Swap feature to modify stunt track sections and dare your friends to try them. Race ten new cars including Hot Wheels icons like the Twin Mill and Boneshaker. Discover a new hidden barn find car, earn new Xbox Live achievements, and more.
M. Night Shyamalan has announced Glass a sequel to Unbreakable and Split.
“Finished the new script,” the writer-director wrote online. “It’s taken 17 years but I can finally answer the #1 question I get, ‘Are you making a f#&@ing sequel to Unbreakable or what?’ My new film is the sequel to Unbreakable AND Split. It was always my dream to have both films collide in this third film.”
Shyamalan went on to confirm that Bruce Willis will return as David Dunn along with James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb and his multiple identities, Anya Taylor-Joy will return as Casey Cooke, and Samuel L. Jackson is back as Elijah Price, aka Mr. Glass, for the feature film.
Over two years in the making, Sledgehammer Games delivers a gritty, personal experience in the setting of the largest worldwide conflict in history to a new gaming generation in Call of Duty®: WWII. Play through the story of ordinary men turned soldiers in the 1st Infantry Division as they fight to preserve freedom in the face of tyranny. Call of Duty: WWII delivers fast-paced, boots-on-ground combat through iconic locations in the European Theater.
Today is the day Sniper Ghost Warrior fans around the world have been waiting for. Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 officially launches today globally on Windows PC, Xbox One, and on PlayStation 4 systems.
Go behind enemy lines to help the resistance and discover what has happened to Jonathan North’s younger brother, Robert. With three sprawling open-world maps set in the country of Georgia, it’s up to the player how he or she would like to approach each mission. Will you snipe from afar, creep in the shadows, or go in guns blazing? Only by perfecting all three tiers will you become a true Sniper Ghost Warrior.
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 tells the story of brotherhood, faith and betrayal in the most complete sniper experience ever. Take the role of an American sniper named Jonathan North, who is dropped into enemy territory in northern Georgia, nearby Russian borders. Explore large open-world maps with dynamic weather and a day and night cycle that actually impacts play and decisions. Customize weapon equipment, accessories, vehicles and a drone, and utilize the three pillars of gameplay to your liking: Sniper, Ghost and Warrior.
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 launches today on the PlayStation 4 system and Xbox One for £54.99, and on Windows PC for £39.99.
Night Trap - The original live-action video game classic is back after 25 years for PS4
Night Trap tells the story of five teenage girls spending the weekend at the Martin home. As a member of the Special Control Attack Team, your job is to monitor the home and protect the girls using an intricate system of cameras and traps as it is being invaded by vampires.
PlayStation Universe cites a quote from next month’s OPM issue, in which the magazine states that their sources tell them “that after work is finished on Halo Wars 2, a new Alien game may start development over at Alien Isolation dev Creative Assembly.”
Alien Isolation was received pretty well on release, and even though Sega was disappointed with the games’ sales, Creative Assembly’s Tim Heaton hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a sequel.
The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales found 20-year-old Adam Mudd guilty after he admitted to creating a malware program designed to perform "distributed denial of service" (DDoS) attacks on computer networks. Mudd's Titanium Stresser malware is thought to have caused 1.7 million cyber attacks since its creation in 2013.
Mudd sold the malware under a pseudonym, accumulating nearly $400,000 from his 112,000 registered users. Included in the estimated 666,000 IP addresses that have been attacked by Titanium Stresser are several high-profile gaming companies, such as Microsoft's Xbox Live services, Minecraft, and the MMORPG Runescape. The DDoS attacks from Titanium Stresser overloaded these companies' networks with too much data, interrupting their connection to the Internet and leaving them unable to process user requests.
In an effort to make the sentence a strong deterrent to future cyber criminals, the judge sentenced Mudd to two years of jail, which will be served in a young offenders' institution.
What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of strange tales about a family in Washington state.
As Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she's the last one in her family left alive. Each story you find lets you experience the life of a new family member on the day of their death, with stories ranging from the distant past to the present day.
The gameplay and tone of the stories are as varied as the Finches themselves. The only constants are that each is played from a first-person perspective and that each story ends with that family member's death.
Ultimately, it's a game about what it feels like to be humbled and astonished by the vast and unknowable world around us.
Created by Giant Sparrow, the team behind the first-person painting game The Unfinished Swan.
Zen Studios, creator of hit digital titles like CastleStorm and Pinball FX2, is delighted to reveal that Infinite Minigolf, the highly anticipated follow-up to Planet Minigolf, is coming to consoles. Currently available on PCs through Steam Early Access, Infinite Minigolf players will be able to craft their own course creations and experience tons of customization options on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch this spring! Additionally, the PC version of the game and the upcoming PlayStation 4 versions will feature VR gameplay, allowing you to create, customize, and play your courses in exciting virtual reality!
“Zen Studios released Planet Minigolf on PlayStation Network back in 2010 and players are still enjoying that game today. The community has been very vocal over the years, sharing their ideas for a new game, and they gave us more than enough new ideas to come back and develop a minigolf game for this console generation,” said Tamas Balog, Head of Studio at Zen Studios. “The team has spent a lot of time developing better tools for players to make their own content – which was the number one request from players. If you enjoy minigolf as well as creating and sharing your own content, Infinite Minigolf was designed for you.”
Using the robust toolset contained in the course editor, players are the creators, and can showcase their creative abilities to players all over the world! Players will place course tiles and a vast assortment of gameplay objects into beautifully crafted environments as they create amazing minigolf courses.
Players can participate in 8-player online multiplayer matchups, local multiplayer matchups, and a variety of fun single player modes. Unlock a huge selection of cool minigolf gear, discover fun powerups that elevate minigolf gameplay to new levels of excitement.
The PlayStation 4 and Steam versions support PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive respectively, so players can experience the world of Infinite Minigolf in stunning VR, allowing environments to spring to life in exciting ways, making for the definitive VR golf experience. Build your creations and tour them in stunning VR!
Infinite Minigolf features incredibly accurate ball physics, in addition to dazzling graphics and detailed environments, each with a distinct visual theme and gameplay features.
Infinite Minigolf will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, and Nintendo Switch this spring. For more details on Infinite Minigolf check out infiniteminigolf.com.
Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…
London, 1814. The entire city has turned out for the biggest Frost Fair in decades! But beneath the frozen Thames, revelers are disappearing, snatched through the ice. Pulled into the depths where a terrifying monster lurks. Will the Doctor and Bill stop the slaughter before they too are dragged into the icy waters?
By default, Bomberman R's launch code operated at a full 1080p at 30fps in docked mode while dropping to 720p at 30fps when in portable mode. We updated our copy to version 1.3, jumped into a battle and quickly discovered that the game has indeed been updated to run at 60 frames per second. Between the more responsive controls and faster frame-rate, it simply feels better to play.
So how did the team manage to push a 30fps Unity game up to 60fps on the Switch? Simple - the compromise shifted from frame-rate to resolution. When docked, Super Bomberman R drops from a native 1080p in its original form to 720p with the new patch in place. That's a large drop in clarity, but in our opinion, the smoother gameplay more than makes up for it. The compromises continue in portable mode, where the older code's native 720p dips down to 960x540 instead. The loss in clarity is certainly evident but again, the extra fluidity pays dividends here.
This isn't the full story, however. When playing the game's story mode, the original 1080p output is retained but the frame-rate cap is removed. As a result, the story mode now runs with a less stable, but overall higher level of performance, averaging around 45fps now. It's not optimal but without discussing the game with its developers, it's impossible to know if the more detailed story mode could hit 60fps at 720p.
In response to a forum thread discussing the frequency of new map releases, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan revealed that three standard maps are in development and are "past the initial playtesting phase." He added, "While something could always change, all three of those are looking likely for a release this year."
Kaplan also noted that three "non-standard" maps are in development, but he didn't comment on how far along they are or whether we'll see any of them this year. These maps aren't intended for Quick Play or Competitive Play, which could mean they're intended for Arcade modes, as was the case with the Arena mode-only Ecopoint Antarctica.
Finally, in very nonspecific fashion, he teased, "We also have a few other experiments going on."
Once the carefree youngest scion of the Shimada clan, Genji was cut down by his own brother for refusing to take part in their illegal ventures. Grafted into a cyborg body by Overwatch, Genji now walks his own path in the Nexus as our newest assassin Hero and one who fights for what’s right, no matter the cost!
The prologue trailer of the upcoming Sci-fi/Fantasy RPG ELEX recounts the events leading up to the point where players will be thrown into a world controlled by a substance called Elex.
“Magalan… Home to a civilization of millions… until a comet hit. Earthquakes shattered the cities. Firestorms swept the planet. And as Magalan fell into darkness, the survivors faced a world that was unrecognizable…”
If the teaser is to be believed, Legacy will see the return of Tony Stark as Iron Man and Bruce Banner as Hulk, while Thor Odinson will apparently be reclaiming his hammer Mjolnir. The art also shows the return of classic costumes for Ant-Man, Scarlet Witch, Daredevil and Captain America (though we have to wonder if Steve Rogers will still be wearing the Captain America costume at that point).
Legacy will officially begin this fall with a 50-page, one-shot special called Marvel Legacy #1. This issue will reunite Thor: God of Thunder creative team Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic as the duo lay the groundwork for what's to come in the Marvel Universe and chronicle the return of a major character.
“The Marvel Legacy initiative is a celebration of everything that makes Marvel the best in fiction and it’s a signifier of a new era for Marvel Comics,” said Quesada in Marvel's press release. “It’s a loving look at the heart of Marvel as we embrace our roots and move enthusiastically forward with all the Marvel characters you know and love starring in the biggest, boldest, best Marvel stories. All of which kicks off with the giant Marvel Legacy special.”
From there, Legacy will see many Marvel titles revert to their classic numbering, though Marvel didn't reveal which specific books will be undergoing that shift. But regardless, the goal is for every new and existing series to offer readers a fresh jumping-on point as Legacy begins.
Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition Ignites Into Retail Stores for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
Leading interactive entertainment developer and publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe has released Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and PC to retail stores. Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition gives players the complete Dark Souls III experience, bundling the critically acclaimed Dark Souls III together with both downloadable expansions; Ashes of Ariandel and The Ringed City into one incredible package for £44.99 on consoles and for £39.99 on PC.
Reborn as ash, players must make their way across the kingdom of Lothric in search of the risen Lords who have abandoned their duties to keep the age of fire continuing as the once powerful fire begins to fade. Players will traverse a multitude of lands including murky swamps, dank dungeons, opulent castles, and rickety shantytowns, a painted land, and the eventual end of the world, across their journey. A large cast of non-playable characters will be on hand to assist players with new spells, items and weapons to help overcome some of the most challenging bosses and fearsome foes in the Dark Souls series.
With the release of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III just one week away, Relic Entertainment and SEGA Europe are pleased to release the Fragments of War trailer. On April 27, the planet Acheron will emerge from the warp, bringing with it the mysterious Spear of Khaine – the powerful weapon that sets Dawn of War III in motion, drawing three familiar faces ever closer to their intertwined fates.
Through its haunting narration, the trailer surfaces the defining features of the story’s core heroes – Gabriel Angelos of the Space Marines, Farseer Macha of the Eldar, and Gorgutz ‘Ead’unter of the Orks. But as each shard twists, doubt is cast over whether those features will propel them to power, or see them left bloodied in defeat.
Dawn of War III’s story will unfold across 17 single-player missions, challenging players to command epic heroes, assemble huge armies, and wage war across a range of hostile environments. In Multiplayer, the scale of battle will hit its peak as players unleash towering war machines and screen-shaking super abilities to defeat their foes.
Dawn of War III’s Multiplayer Open Beta opens at 10AM PST today, and runs until 10AM PST on Monday, April 24th. Pit colossal armies of Space Marines, Eldar and Orks against your foes in chaotic, over-the-top fights to the finish. Join now at www.dawnofwar.com/beta .
Top 10 Things to Know About Sniper Ghost Warrior 3. Use These Tips Before Deploying Into the Republic of Georgia. As seen in the video, there are plenty of ways to play the game that cover a variety of styles. Control and modify the drone, equip a wide variety of arsenal, interrogate enemies, and explore three large open-world maps filled with hidden secrets and dangerous threats – you being the most dangerous threat of them all.
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 launches on the PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One and Windows PC on April 25, 2017.
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May is shaping up to feed your appetite for adventure, combat, and mystery with four community-acclaimed games — two Xbox One and two Xbox 360 games that can be played through Backward Compatibility — to add to your Xbox library.
On Xbox One, the transformative world of Giana in Giana Sisters: Twisted Dream’s – Director’s Cut will be available May 1 – 31, followed by the co-op adventure Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris on May 16 – June 15, the hit sequel to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Then on Xbox 360, and Xbox One through Backward Compatibility, we have a pair of great Star Wars games for you to enjoy. Starting with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II and the return of Darth Vader’s Secret Apprentice on May 1 – 15, followed by LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga and the opportunity to play through all six classic Star Wars movies in LEGO!
All games will be available for a limited time only as part of Games with Gold, so get Xbox Live Gold today to get in on the action!
• Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut ($14.99): Available May 1 – 31 on Xbox One
• Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris ($19.99): Available May 16 – June 15 on Xbox One
• Star Wars: The Force Unleased II ($19.99): Available May 1 – 15 on Xbox 360 & Xbox One
• LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga ($19.99): Available May 16 – 31 on Xbox 360 & Xbox One
Twelve years after discovering her mother’s suicide, 17-year-old CLARE SHANNON (Joey King) is bullied in high school, embarrassed by her manic, hoarder father JONATHAN (Ryan Phillippe) and ignored by her longtime crush. All that changes when her father comes home with an old music box whose inscription promises to grant its owner seven wishes.
While Clare is initially skeptical of this magic box, she can’t help but be seduced by its dark powers, and is thrilled as her life radically improves with each wish. Clare finally has the life she’s always wanted and everything seems perfect - until the people closest to her begin dying in violent and elaborate ways after each wish. Clare realizes that she must get rid of the box, but finds herself unable and unwilling to part with her new-and-improved life - leading her down a dark and dangerous path.
Succumb to corruption and let the darkness take hold. A twisted new journey into the depths of the human mind and its unfathomable secrets, Outlast 2 is available April 25th for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
As journalists, you and your wife have a reputation for taking risks and digging into the stories no one else dares to touch, but this time you may have gone too far. Your investigation of a seemingly impossible murder has lead you deep into the Arizona desert, and into a darkness so wicked that no light could ever shine upon it.
No conflict is ever black and white. But once the dust has settled, the victors get to decide who was right and who was wrong. Who is good and who is evil. Human nature pushes us to extremes of violence and depravity, which we then justify by divine inspiration and a promise of paradise to come. Horror rises from desperation and blind faith. Outlast 2 will test your faith, pushing players to a place where going mad is the only sane thing to do.
Outlast 2 is available today via digital distributors worldwide including Steam, GOG.com, PlayStation Store, and the Xbox Store. Also available today is Outlast Trinity; a retail edition collecting the entire series of Outlast, Outlast: Whistleblower, and Outlast 2.
The truth is out there, and soon, new episodes of “The X-Files” will be, too.
Fox announced late on Thursday that 10 more episodes of the show, about two F.B.I. agents who gravitate toward the unexplained, would air in the 2017-18 television season. Production is set to begin this summer.
Fox did not announce details of the show’s plot but said that its two stars, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who play the agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, would appear.
“The mythical tale of the Monkey King is a story that continues to captivate global audiences,” said Michael Carrington, head of children’s at ABC Television. “We can’t wait for fans to see this new series that features the heroes they love, and we are just as excited to introduce this re-imagined magical and exciting world to a whole new generation of viewers.”
Told in ten 30-minute episodes, the story follows a teenage girl and a trio of fallen gods as they embark on a perilous journey to end a demonic reign of chaos and restore balance to their world. It stars includes Chai Hansen, Luciane Buchanan, Josh Thomson and Emilie Cocquerel.
Gerard Johnstone is lead director on the series, with Jacquelin Perske heading a writing team that includes Craig Irvin and Samantha Strauss. Irvin will also direct some episodes.
“The Legend of Monkey” is an Australian-New Zealand co-production for ABC Australia, TVNZ and Netflix, with key investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW, Fulcrum Media Finance and the New Zealand Screen Production Grant.
Last week, Bandai Namco teased a new RPG project, and today the company has revealed it's a console title named Code Vein.
The game takes place in the future where vampires called revenants balance their formidable abilities with the danger of becoming one of The Lost – ghouls drained of their humanity.
Code Vein is a "story-driven connected dungeon experience," where you choose a partner that complements your combat style. Weapons (such as bayonets, axes, and spears) have their own abilities, and these combine with Blood Veil attacks, which are fueled by the blood of your enemies.
Bandai Namco is saying Code Vein is coming to "major home consoles" in 2018.
Deck13's upcoming hardcore Action-RPG The Surge comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on May 16, 2017. Today’s Combat Trailer challenges you to survive the deadly CREO facility, making use of The Surge’s fast, technical combat system.
As showcased in the Target, Loot & Equip Trailer, make use of vertical and horizontal attacks, as well as strike power, to target and dismember specific limbs, so you can loot what you cut. Looting upgrades for your exo-suit is key to progression, and surviving challenging physically based combat situations is a matter of skill.
Positioning and speed are vital, so make use of your exo-enhanced dodges, blocks, ducks and jumps to avoid attacks while managing stamina, ensuring you’re always in the right place to strike the limb you want, or to avoid a potentially damning blow. The rules of combat apply to both you, and your enemy : get hit in an unarmored limb, and you’ll go down faster. Take advantage of the enemy’s weaknesses while balancing your own, and you’ll walk away with his strengths.
But you’re not alone. Throughout your journey you’ll be assisted by your industrial drone, with abilities once used for CREO’s industrial needs now manipulated into a fighting machine. Shield yourself, or Burn, knock down, pull, and blast enemies at your will as you continue to fight in melee.
Galena is a healer and a warrior, skilled in both giving and taking life. Raised in the Dreamlands, where she faces off against Champions from across the waking world in twisted Arenas, Galena is a force to be reckoned with. Watch the Unholy Paladin dole out divine punishment in the latest Quake Champions profile trailer.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III Multiplayer Analysis
The team behind the upcoming real-time strategy epic Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III is readying for battle with a Multiplayer Open Beta running this weekend from April 21-24th. Over the four days, players will pit colossal armies of Space Marines, Eldar and Orks against one another in chaotic, over-the-top fights to the finish that will push their battlefield strategies to the limit.
To help players prepare for the conflict ahead, Relic Entertainment has released video of a sprawling 3 vs 3 multiplayer match with developer commentary. As the action unfolds, Game Director Philippe Boulle and Game Designer Carolina Mastretta highlight the hits and misses of the match, surfacing helpful tips and tricks for new and veteran players alike. For more, read our starter tips here.
Players can sign up to experience Dawn of War III for themselves by registering for the Multiplayer Open Beta at dawnofwar.com/beta. Dawn of War III releases on April 27, 2017.