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The Callisto Protocol Will Get New Game Plus, Hardcore Mode, Story Content, And More As DLC

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The Callisto Protocol, Glen Schofield's spiritual successor to his Dead Space series, is finally out and to celebrate the day, Striking Distance Studios has released a content plan detailing six months of DLC for the game. 

As previously announced, The Callisto Protocol's season pass DLC will feature brand-new death animations, presumably to be featured in the game's new story content. According to this new content timeline, that additional story is expected to release sometime next summer. Before that, though, all players will receive New Game+ and a Hardcore Mode while season pass owners will also get the outer way skin collection, the contagion bundle, the riot bundle, and the aforementioned story content. 

Six months of content coming to The Callisto Protocol beginning Feb 7, 2023, with a free update of Hardcore Mode and New Game+. More details for this and the Season Pass coming soon. pic.twitter.com/43mLjK93IP

— The Callisto Protocol (@CallistoTheGame) December 1, 2022

As you can see, the content stream begins in February and seemingly ends during the summer of next year. In the meantime, read our thoughts on the game in Game Informer's review of The Callisto Protocol and then watch this 83-question rapid-fire interview with The Callisto Protocol's director

Are you playing The Callisto Protocol today? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 2 December 2022 | 1:06 pm

Monster Hunter Rise Hits PlayStation And Xbox Next Month

Monster Hunter Rise is embarking on a new hunt on PlayStation and Xbox consoles in January. Its recent expansion, Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, will follow suit sometime next Spring. 

The latest entry in the uber-popular series comes to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on January 20. It will also be available on Xbox Game Pass for console, PC, and cloud at launch. The current-gen versions specifically boast 4K resolution, 60 FPS gameplay, and 3D audio, among other customizable options. However, a disclaimer on a new trailer states that 3D Audio will come to the Xbox One version in a Spring update. The PS5 port also supports DualSense haptic feedback for ranged and shielded weapons. The game is priced at $39.99 across all platforms. 

Monster Hunter Rise first launched in March 2021 for Switch before migrating to PC in January of this year. Sunbreak made its way to both platforms this past June. In addition to this news, Capcom reveals that Rise has sold over 11 million units since its launch. 

To learn more, check out our reviews for Monster Hunter Rise here and the Sunbreak expansion here.

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 10:43 pm

Neon White Arrives On PlayStation Later This Month

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Neon White is finally making its way to PlayStation consoles, roughly six months after the game's initial release on Switch and PC. 

Publisher Annapurna Interactive and developer Angel Matrix announced this news today, revealing that Neon White hits PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on December 13. This fast-paced, speedrunning FPS is well worth your time if you haven't played it yet and you can find out why in Game Informer's Neon White review

"Neon White is a lightning fast single-player speedrunning FPS where players sacrifice their guns for godlike parkour moves," a press release reads. "Assume the role of White, an assassin handpicked from Hell, and compete with other demon slayers for a shot at redemption and a chance to live permanently in Heaven. The game utilizes a unique card-based weapon system, bite sized hand-designed levels, and a breakneck soundtrack by Machine Girl to turn players into speedrunning freaks. 

"As players unravel Heaven's mysteries, they will discover the other demon slayers are more familiar than they first appear, and through the visual novel inspired story, they learn it's never too late to seek forgiveness." 

Check out this new trailer released today for the game's upcoming PlayStation debut: 

For more, read this feature about how a Neon White level is made and then find out why it's one of the top 10 games on Switch

Are you going to check out Neon White on PlayStation? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 8:43 pm

Assassin's Creed Valhalla And Destiny 2 Crossover Cosmetics Revealed

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Ubisoft and Bungie have revealed that crossover cosmetics are coming to both Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Destiny 2. 

The items will drop into both respective games next week on December 6 and it's then that you'll be able to purchase these themed cosmetics from the Assassin's Creed in-game store and the Eververse store in Destiny 2. As for what to expect, the image below includes some looks: 

However, that doesn't seem to feature all of the cosmetics we can expect to see. If you don't feel like waiting until next week to see what makes its way to Assassin's Creed Valhalla, you can check out MAK Moderator's video (as spotted by Forbes) on YouTube below: 

What's interesting is that MAK Moderator's video also features some Monster Hunter-themed cosmetics, meaning there's likely a collaboration with that series set to be announced soon as well. 

"Assassin's Creed Valhalla players can purchase a Destiny 2-themed character pack, which includes armor sets, swords, a scout skin, and a mount skin," Ubisoft's announcement reads. "Players can also grab a weapons pack which includes four unique spins on Destiny's iconic subclasses, each with their own gameplay perks and custom effects. As Destiny 2 begins its next season on December 6, players will be able to visit the Eververse store to get their hands on an Assassin's Creed-themed ship, Sparrow, Ghost, and finisher cosmetics, as well as three armor ornament sets." 

For more, read Game Informer's review of Destiny 2: The Witch Queen and then read our review of Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Are you excited about these collaborations? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 8:17 pm

Frictional Games Announces Amnesia: The Bunker, A New Sandbox Open-World Horror Game

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Frictional Games, the studio behind the Amnesia series and Soma, has revealed Amnesia: The Bunker, a new sandbox open-world horror game.

The Bunker will come to PlayStation and Xbox consoles, as well as PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store, sometime in 2023. Frictional says that The Bunker equips players "with high levels of freedom to impact gameplay, choosing their playstyle as they explore at will this semi-open world." The game has hardly any scripted events, Frictional says, resulting in constant tension by way of an ever-present threat. 

Check out the Amnesia: The Bunker reveal trailer below

"Amnesia: The Bunker will feature a new kind of horror survival adventure that incorporates emergent gameplay and sandbox elements into the mix," a press release reads. "Players will be in total control of their moment-to-moment decisions. Armed with a revolver gun and a noisy dynamo flashlight, players will walk the course of an ill-lighted WW1 bunker on the shoes of a French soldier troubled by his amnesia and hunted by an otherworldly creature.

"Amnesia: The Bunker will test players' cleverness, courage, and ability to keep cool under pressure to make quick problem-solving decisions. There are multiple available solutions to each task, puzzle, and approach to the game's obstacles; it's up to you to decide your moves."

 

The game features a semi-open world that encourages players to explore and experiment in an effort to overcome the terrors lurking about, Frictional says. Here are some of the game's key features, straight from the developer: 

The last Amnesia game released was Amnesia: Rebirth, and you can read our thoughts on it here. Be sure to read Game Informer's Soma review, too, for our thoughts on another of Frictional Games' horror titles. 

Are you going to check out Amnesia: The Bunker next year? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 6:00 pm

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Patch Arrives With Bug Fixes, Nintendo Apologizes For Game's Performance

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Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet hit Switch just a few weeks ago on November 18 and while the game excels at a lot, it struggles on the technical side. Various glitches, bugs, and frame rate drops are present throughout a lot of the game, something we noted in our review, and fans have been vocal about their dissatisfaction with this aspect of their Paldean journeys. It seems Nintendo is taking these frustrations to heart in a rare admission in the latest update for the game. 

The company tweeted last night that a new software update of Scarlet and Violet was going live today alongside the following: "We take the feedback from players seriously, and will continue to work on improvements to the games." 

Nintendo further addresses these issues in the actual patch notes for the update too, stating that it is "aware that players may encounter issues that affect the game's performance." 

"Our goal is always to give players a positive experience with our games, and we apologize for the inconvenience," the patch notes read. "We take the feedback from players seriously and are working on improvements to the games." 

As for the update, which is Version 1.1.0, here's what you can expect: 

As you can see, despite Nintendo's admission for the game's issues, the patch notes are still quite vague as it relates to bug fixes. Hopefully there's quite a few fixes, though. 

For more about the games, read Game Informer's Pokemon Scarlet and Violet review and then read about how Scarlet and Violet achieved the best launch weekend sales in Nintendo history

Have you been experiencing performance issues in Scarlet and Violet? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 2:25 pm

Check Out The Combat Styles And Weaponry Of Like A Dragon: Ishin In New Trailer

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Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios has released a new trailer for Like A Dragon: Ishin and it features a look at the various combat styles and weaponry we'll be using in the game. 

For the uninitiated, Ishin is a from-the-ground-up remake of a Yakuza spinoff released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 back in 2014. However, this spinoff never made its way to the West so when Ishin hits PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in February, it will be the first time a lot of players will be able to play this game. To get prepared, RGG Studios has released a brand new trailer detailing some of the combat and associated mechanics present in the game. 

Check out the Like A Dragon: Ishin combat trailer for yourself below

"In 1860s Kyo, a solemn samurai's fight for justice stands to change the course of Japan's history forever," a press release reads. "Draw your blade and join the revolution in this heated historical adventure." 

Players who preorder the Digital Deluxe Edition of Like A Dragon: Ishin will receive early access to the game starting February 17 (the standard release date is February 21) and the following in-game items: 

 

For more about the game, watch the Like a Dragon: Ishin reveal trailer and then watch this five-minute trailer released back in September. Be sure to read our list of upcoming remakes, which includes Ishin, after that. 

Like A Dragon: Ishin hits PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 21, 2023. 

Are you excited to check out Like A Dragon: Ishin next year? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 2:00 pm

Street Fighter 6: Second Closed Beta To Begin Later This Month And You Can Register For It Now

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Capcom has announced that the second closed beta test for Street Fighter 6 will begin later this month and you can register for a chance to check the game out during it right now. 

This second beta will officially begin on December 16 and run through December 19 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC via Steam, and it will feature cross-play across all three platforms. As for what's available, Capcom lists ranked matches, casual matches, battle hub matches, open tournaments, extreme battle, the game center, and Street Fighter 6's training mode. 

If you'd like to sign up to potentially participate in this second closed beta, you can do so here. It's important to note, though, that completing Capcom's application process does not guarantee you selection for the beta. Selection is handled via a lottery system, according to Capcom, and not a first-come, first-served basis. You'll need to have a registered Capcom ID to even apply and it must be linked to your platform account so be sure to do that first thing. Other than that, good luck getting in! The response to the first closed beta for Street Fighter 6 a few weeks ago was quite positive so it sounds like this second beta is going to be a great time as well. 

In the meantime, be sure to check out Game Informer's Street Fighter 6 cover hub for all kinds of exclusive information and videos about the game. Here's a taste of what you can find there: 

Are you applying to be in this second closed beta? Let us know who you're most excited to try out in the comments below!

Posted on 1 December 2022 | 1:08 pm

Final Fantasy 16 Producer To Appear At The Game Awards As Release Date Speculation Ramps Up

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Final Fantasy XVI has received a few trailers throughout the year, and it's set to hit PlayStation 5 and PC sometime next summer. But an exact release date is still unknown. However, in recent weeks, speculation about a release date reveal has begun to ramp up, with many predicting a FFXVI appearance at The Game Awards next month. 

Today, the official TGA Twitter account added fuel to that fire by revealing that FFXVI producer Naoki Yoshida, who we interviewed about the game earlier this summer, will be a presenter at the show this year. Plus, he's being welcomed to give "a very special live presentation." What that means remains unknown, but all signs point to something to do with FFXVI. Perhaps he'll be playing the game live, or maybe The Game Awards orchestra will do an arrangement from the title. Regardless, many are speculating that it's during The Game Awards, specifically Yoshida's segment, that we'll finally receive the FFXVI release date. 

Next Thursday, #TheGameAwards is humbled to welcome Naoki Yoshida, producer of @finalfantasyxvi to the show for a very special live presentation!

Watch the free global livestream at https://t.co/Cp7TpQ7uC3 starting at 7:30p ET/4:30p PT. pic.twitter.com/Tb4gp2ZWts

— The Game Awards (@thegameawards) November 30, 2022

What's more, though, is that FFXVI was recently rated in Brazil, as reported by Video Games Chronicle. As expected, considering the game is set to be rated Mature here, the Sistema de Classificação Indicativa Brasileiro determined that FFXVI is "not recommended for children under 16" as a result of the game's "sexual content, sensitive issues, and violence," according to VGC. This rating doesn't technically officially mean anything, but ratings typically point to a sooner-than-later release. However, Square Enix says FFXVI is coming in the summer of 2023, so soon might be relative here. Perhaps it will be released right at the start of summer, but it could release later, like in August even. Only time will tell. 

Nonetheless, Yoshida said back in April that FFXVI is nearing the end of development, so it seems The Game Awards might be kicking off the game's ramp-up to release. In the meantime, watch the latest "Ambition" FFXVI trailer and then check out our interview with Yoshida about Eikons, boss fights, and when we'll see more

Are you excited for Final Fantasy XVI? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 30 November 2022 | 5:41 pm

Sonic Frontiers 2023 Roadmap Includes Free Updates That Add Modes, Skins, And Playable Characters

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When Sonic Frontiers came out at the start of November, it received one of the better receptions from fans and critics of any 3D Sonic the Hedgehog title. In my review, I praised many elements of Sonic Team's first "open-zone" attempt, but my main takeaway was, "I can’t wait to see how Sonic Team iterates on this formula in future entries." While those future entries are likely years away, the developer today gave us a glimpse into how it plans to expand Sonic Frontiers throughout 2023 through a content roadmap.

The Sonic Frontiers 2023 content shows off a series of future content updates to the game. The three updates will roll out to players of Sonic Frontiers over the course of 2023 at no additional cost. While no timeline is given, it's probably safe to assume that Update 2 will hit sometime around June 2023, given that June is the anniversary of the franchise and one of the key parts of that update is simply listed as "Sonic's Birthday," though there's no indication of what that means.

However, before that all kicks off, players can expect a free Holiday Cheer Suit DLC (pictured above) for Sonic to sport as he runs through the Starfall Islands. That free DLC arrives on December 21.

You can see the full 2023 roadmap below.

Update 1

Update 2

Update 3

Update 3 appears as though it will be most substantial as it not only promises new story elements, but also additional playable characters. While it's not confirmed, the image sure seems to hint that those playable characters will be Tails, Knuckles, and Amy, though those character images could certainly be more closely tied to the story aspect of that update. However, I'm also excited to see the new Challenge Mode in Update 1, and the Open Zone Challenge and new Koco of Update 2.

Sonic Frontiers arrived on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on November 8. You can read our review here, or check out the game in action on both Xbox Series X and Switch through an episode of New Gameplay Today.

Posted on 30 November 2022 | 5:00 pm

Goodbye Volcano High Gets New Trailer And Now Arrives Next Summer

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Narrative dinosaur adventure Goodbye Volcano High has awakened from dormancy with a new gameplay trailer and a 2023 release window. The title, unveiled in June 2020 as one of the first PlayStation 5 titles, will now arrive sometime next summer.

Goodbye Volcano High is a choice-driven teenage coming-of-age story starring Fang, a high school student, aspiring musician, and if you didn’t notice, a pterosaur. Alongside their bandmate Trish and other friends, the dino teens are faced with making the most of their final days together. Developer KO-OP describes the narrative as a tale of “personal growth, acceptance, and the power of community.” A new teaser trailer provides the first look at gameplay, showing off the dialogue interface and rhythm mechanics. 

KO-OP initially planned to release Goodbye Volcano High in 2021. However, last August, the small team pushed the launch into 2022 due to COVID-related development challenges and the decision to reboot the game’s narrative. The game still didn’t make a peep throughout 2022, and KO-OP says this latest delay stems from continued challenges related to the pandemic and the game’s large scope relative to the team’s size. For example, KO-OP states that over 6,000 voice lines have been recorded on top of completing a significant amount of “bespoke” animations. 

Goodbye Volcano High is slated to launch on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam.

Posted on 30 November 2022 | 3:13 pm

PlayStation Plus December 2022 Lineup Includes Mass Effect Legendary Edition And More

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This month's PlayStation Plus free games lineup consists of Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Biomutant, and a brand new platform fighter called Divine Knockout. 

Because Mass Effect Legendary Edition includes three games, this month's lineup technically consists of five games: Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, and the other two aforementioned games.

Here's what PlayStation has to say about each game: 

Biomutant | PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4

"Mix melee, shooting and mutant ability action in this open-world, post-apocalyptic kung-fu fable RPG. A plague is ruining the land and the Tree-of-Life is bleeding death from its roots. The Tribes stand divided. Explore a world in turmoil and define its fate – will you be its savior or lead it to an even darker destiny? Re-code your genetic structure to change the way you look and play, Mix and match parts to create your own unique slash, crush and pierce melee weapons, revolvers, rifles, shotguns and more. The PS5 version features native 4K and HDR support and three different graphics modes. "

Divine Knockout: Founder's Edition | PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4

"Launching directly into PlayStation Plus, this third-person platform fighter adds a whole new dimension to the genre. Damage enemies to make them vulnerable, then smash them out of the arena in a unique, third-person perspective. Choose from one of 10 playable gods to hurl boulders as Hercules or wield Mjolnir as Thor. Then battle across diverse arenas with their own mechanics to master. Play 3v3 Arcade mode with friends to explore a variety of game modes, or duke it out in hardcore 1v1 and 2v2 Duels. DKO features cross-play and cross-progression. This Founder’s Edition unlocks DKO and bonus content for the game, plus a DKO-inspired skin in Smite."

Mass Effect Legendary Edition | PlayStation 4 

"Relive the legend of Commander Shepard in the highly acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy with the Mass Effect Legendary Edition. Includes single-player base content and over 40 DLC from Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 games, including promo weapons, armours and packs — remastered and optimized for 4K Ultra HD. Experience an amazingly rich and detailed universe where your decisions have profound consequences on the action and the outcome."

All of these games will be available to add to your library starting December 6. In the meantime, be sure to add last month's games – Nioh 2, Lego Harry Potter Collection, and Heavenly Bodies – to your collection before December 5. PlayStation also notes that if you redeem, download, and play titles from December's upcoming lineup, you'll get 50 points in its PlayStation Stars loyalty program. 

Which of these games are you most excited to check out? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 30 November 2022 | 5:16 am

Latest Super Mario Bros. Movie Trailer Showcases Peach And Donkey Kong

Nintendo and animation studio Illumination shared the latest trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie today. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto was on hand to introduce the new trailer; Anya Taylor-Joy (who is playing Princess Peach) and Seth Rogan (who voices Donkey Kong) also shared selfie videos of themselves sharing their contractually obligated excitement about participating in the film.

The trailer showed more of the Mushroom Kingdom and primarily focused on Donkey Kong and Princess Peach. We also heard more from Chris Pratt's Mario, Charlie Day's Luigi, and Jack Black's Bowser (who explicitly refers to Mario as being a human). The trailer shows Mario training, fighting Donkey Kong, driving a kart on a rainbow road, traveling with Peach, and there was also one quick moment where we saw the human world.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie arrives in theaters on April 7, 2023. You can see our live reaction to the trailer below.


Posted on 29 November 2022 | 10:21 pm

Overwatch 2 Season 2: New Map, Battle Pass, Holiday Events, And More Revealed

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Season 2 of Overwatch 2 will begin next week on December 6 and the season update brings a new hero to the game alongside a new map, battle pass, holiday cosmetics, and much more. 

This news comes by way of a new Overwatch 2 Season 2 trailer released today, which you can view below, alongside a new blog post from Blizzard. In the trailer, we get a look at the new tank hero joining the roster, Ramattra, as well as the new Shambali escort map going into the game's regular rotation alongside returning favorites. Plus, we see Junker Queen's new Mythic skin available in the new battle pass as well as a look at some of the holiday skins from upcoming holiday events. 

Check out the Season 2 trailer for yourself below: 

"With a new season comes a new map pool," Blizzard's blog post reads. "Along with our newest map, Shambali Monastery, players can anticipate the return of a fan-favorite, Rialto, and the most epic place on earth, Blizzard World. We'll be visiting Oasis and Nepal at different times of the day and rotating out Hollywood and Watchpoint: Gibraltar. As a reminder, all off-rotation maps will continue to be available in custom games." 

 

Blizzard says the theme of Season 2 is Greek mythology, which explains why the Mythic skin in the battle pass is Zeus Junker Queen. This skin will include new customizations, weapon models, voice lines, and special effects. A Legendary Poseidon Ramattra skin and a Legendary Hades Pharah skin can be earned in the battle pass as well. 

"These heroes and several others will be imbued with awesome god-like powers in our new Battle for Olympus game mode," Blizzard's blog post reads. "This new limited-time event will start on January 5 and last until January 19."

Blizzard is also bringing back two holiday events: Winter Wonderland and Lunar New Year. Each event this season, including Battle for Olympus, will have a skin as a reward you can earn by playing and completing challenges, including the Epic Ice Queen Brigitte, Legendary Winged Victory Mercy, and Legendary Kkachi Echo skins. You can also earn Season 2 "goodies" by watching Overwatch 2 streamers on Twitch. There's even a Legendary Ramattra skin up for grabs this season through Twitch viewing, Blizzard says. 

 

Season 2 also brings a few balance changes to Overwatch 2. Blizzard says it is focusing on the lethality of Sojourn's Rail Gun at distance for Season 2 in an effort to encourage players to "make use of Sojourn's high mobility to close the distance for the more devastating right-clicks." Doomfist is receiving "significant changes that better support his role as the team's front line while still maintaining the playstyle core to his Hero identity." Overall, Blizzard says you can expect adjustments for Ana, Bastion, Junker Queen, Kiriko, Mercy, and Symmetra when the Season 2 update is released on December 6. 

For additional information about Season 2, such as new "catch up hero challenges," be sure to read Blizzard's full blog post. For more, read Game Informer's Overwatch 2 review. 

Are you hopping into Season 2 of Overwatch 2? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 29 November 2022 | 8:38 pm

Gotham Knights Update Adds 4-Player Heroic Assault And 2-Player Showdown Modes Today

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Before the release of Gotham Knights, Warner Bros. Games Montreal revealed that following the game's launch, four-player co-op, a heavily requested feature by fans, would be added in the form of a new mode called Heroic Assault. That mode, as well as a new two-player mode called Showdown, are both live now in Gotham Knights thanks to a new update. 

The base campaign of Gotham Knights allows for two-player co-op play, but getting all four of the knights together wasn't possible. That's still the case while playing through the game's story, but the new online cooperative Heroic Assault mode, which tasks players with defeating enemies and completing challenges across 30 floors, supports four-player play. 

You can get a look at what to expect in the new trailer below: 

As you can see, Starro, who will look familiar to those that watched last year's The Suicide Squad, is the main villain at play here in Heroic Assault. But this alien is not alone – Man-Bat is under their control, so players will need to take down this villain as well. 

Today's update also includes a new mode called Showdown, which will give up to two players the chance to face off against enemies from the base game in a new way. 

"Showdown is a two-player online co-op mode where players can confront supercharged versions of the game's main DC villains, including Mr. Freeze, Harley Quinn, Clayface, and Talia al Ghul," a press release reads. "Defeating these bosses in Showdown will earn players legendary gear blueprints and unique suit and Batcycle colorways for every enemy overcome." 

Today's update is free, giving all players access to both Heroic Assault and Showdown. However, in order to access Heroic Assault, you'll need to reach Case File 05 in the base game. For Showdown, each villain will be available in this mode after you defeat them in the game's campaign. 

While the update is downloading, read our thoughts on the game in Game Informer's Gotham Knights review and then check out this story about how DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn wants to connect the DC cinematic universe across movies, TV shows, and games

Are you jumping back into Gotham Knights to check out Heroic Assault and Showdown? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 29 November 2022 | 5:04 pm

The Witcher 1 Remake Will Be Open-World, CDPR Says

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Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red has revealed that its upcoming remake of The Witcher will be open-world. 

This news comes by way of a quarterly financial call held yesterday by the company in which CDPR briefly touched on this remake being handled by developer Fool's Theory, as reported by VG247.  While not much was revealed, CDPR did reveal in the slide pictured below that Codename: Canis Majoris, which we now know to be The Witcher Remake, will be a "story-driven, single player open-world RPG" and a "modern reimagining of 2007's The Witcher."

This might come as a surprise because that 2007 game wasn't open-world and instead took players through small hub-like levels in the city of Vizima. 

Unfortunatley, this slide is essentially all that was revealed in regards to The Witcher Remake. It might be a while before we learn more about this remake, too, considering that CDPR told fans to "please be patient" because "it's gonna be a while until we can share more details" when the company announced this game last month

The Witcher Remake is just one of multiple projects in the works at CDPR. Last month, the company revealed it was developing a brand new Cyberpunk game, multiple new Witcher games (including this remake), and even a new IP under the codename "Hadar." 

[Source: VG247]

Are you excited that The Witcher Remake will be open-world or do you wish it was more like the original? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 29 November 2022 | 1:20 pm

Starship Troopers: Extermination Is A 12-Player Co-Op FPS Coming Next Year

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Developer Offworld Industries, the studio behind Squad, has revealed Starship Troopers: Extermination, a new 12-player cooperative FPS coming to Steam Early Access next year. 

Offworld is making Extermination in collaboration with Sony Pictures Consumer Products and in the game, players will engage in squad-based FPS combat to exterminate the arachnid threat fans of the 1997 film will know really well. Those squads will need to work together in order to complete objectives, acquire resources necessary to continue the fight, build and defend a base of operations, and ultimately, escape to the one extraction point as a team. 

Check out the Starship Troopers: Extermination reveal trailer for yourself below

"Starship Troopers: Extermination puts players on the far-off front lines in an all-out assault against the Arachnid menace," a press release for the announcement reads. "Squad up as a Trooper in the Deep Space Vanguard, an elite Special Forces group within the Mobile Infantry. And get ready to stomp some Bug because no Trooper will ever stand alone as they line up sholder-to-shoulder with their fellow Vanguards – trusty Morita Assault Rifles in hand – to battle against hordes of bloodthirsty insectoid aliens on the hostile surface of the planet Valaka." 

Check out these Starship Troopers: Extermination screenshots for a look at what to expect on Valaka

 

Here are some Starship Troopers: Extermination key features straight from Offworld: 

Extermination joins a growing list of games based on this film, like this year's Starship Troopers – Terran Command on PC. While waiting for Extermination to hit Steam Early Access next year, check out Game Informer's list of the top 10 shooters to play right now

Are you going to check out Starship Troopers: Extermination next year? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 28 November 2022 | 7:12 pm

New Sonic Frontiers Patch Brings Bug Fixes And Additional Optimization To The Game

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Sega released Sonic Frontiers earlier this month and while fans have been finding plenty of fun in this new open world-ish take on the blue blur, they've also been running into some bugs. Fortunately, Sega is releasing a new Sonic Frontiers patch on all platforms to address some of these bugs and bring additional optimization to the game. 

This news comes by way of a new tweet from the official Japanese Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account that reveals update 1.10 "fixes an issue where the boss would sometimes disappear when retrying the boss battle on Chronos Island," as reported by Video Games Chronicle. This update is already live on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 and is expected to begin rolling out to other platforms very soon. 

Other fixes in the 1.10 patch include fixing the Chaos Island map to display properly after clearing the island, fixing crashing bugs and audio issues, adding UI improvements, optimizing stability and performance, and more, according to Update Crazy, as noted by VGC

While waiting for the patch to download, read Game Informer's Sonic Frontiers review and then check out our top 10 tips to help you build momentum in the game. 

[Source: Video Games Chronicle]

Have you been playing Sonic Frontiers? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below!

Posted on 28 November 2022 | 1:43 pm

DC Studios CEO James Gunn Wants DCU To Connect Across Film, TV, And Games

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Warner Bros. Discovery revealed last month that it had hired Peter Safran and Marvel Studios alum and director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Suicide Squad, Peacemaker) to lead as co-CEOs of DC Studios, as reported by Variety. Since then, Gunn has been fielding questions about DC Studios, the DCU's future, and what his plans are as a new lead within DC's entertainment output. 

When asked on Twitter yesterday if he and Safran are "planning to give more DC characters TV shows that'll add to the story for the DCEU," Gunn responded, "Yes, most definitely, the DCU will be connected across film and TV (and animation)." In a follow-up tweet, another user asked is there are plans to connect games to this larger DCU canon as well, to which Gunn simply responded, "Yes." 

Yes.

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 27, 2022

It's an interesting response and idea, especially given that it seems clear Warner Bros. Discovery wants its DCU to become something more akin to Marvel Studios' MCU. However, MCU plans don't include video games because Marvel's video game efforts through partners such as Insomniac Games (Marvel's Spider-Man), Crystal Dynamics (Marvel's Avengers), and others do not connect in any way.

In fact, Marvel Games vice president and creative director Bill Roseman said back in September that it's important that each studios' Marvel game is not connected to the rest as it allows for narrative freedom said studio might not get otherwise.

This is one area DC could differ greatly from Marvel and who knows, perhaps it's the creative edge DC needs to catch up to the MCU. Only time will tell. 

In the meantime, check out our thoughts on the latest DC game in Game Informer's Gotham Knights review. Read our list of the top 10 superhero games of all time after that. 

Do you like the idea of games connecting to the DCU or do you prefer Marvel's approach to video games? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 28 November 2022 | 1:11 pm

Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Achieve Best Launch Weekend Sales In Nintendo History

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet sold more than 10 million combined units over its launch weekend, claiming the top spot for most three-day launch weekend software sales in Nintendo's history. The number, which includes physical and downloadable copies as reported by Nintendo, already places Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in the top 15 best-selling Nintendo Switch titles of all time. In this three-day number, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have already outpaced lifetime sales of games such as Splatoon 3, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Nintendo Switch Sports, and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury.

The current overall best-selling Nintendo Switch title is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which has sold just over 48 million units as of the end of September. As of this writing, the Pokémon franchise occupies 3 of the top 10 slots of lifetime Nintendo Switch software sales, with Let's Go, Pikachu and Eevee at number 10, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl at number 8, and Sword and Shield at number 5. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet need to sell just under 5 million more combined copies to crack into the top 10. To date, the Nintendo Switch has sold over 114 million units.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet represent the first time players are able to explore a fully open-world environment in a mainline Pokémon RPG. While critics praised various aspects of the newest games in the series, the technical performance has been universally panned. However, despite those concerns, Game Freak, The Pokémon Company, and Nintendo clearly have another massive hit on their hands. You can read our full review of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet here.

Posted on 24 November 2022 | 4:36 am

Fire Emblem Trailer Explains Engage Rings, Then Summons Byleth and Corrin

Alear from Fire Emblem Engage has a ring on his left hand.

A new Fire Emblem Engage trailer has detailed how players can summon "Emblems," characters from past Fire Emblem games. Units will be able to equip Engage Rings to gain the ability to gain the power of a hero, like Marth or Byleth. When units equip the rings, they become synced with the Emblems, boosting their stats and giving them access to new, Emblem-specific skills. Based on the demonstration in the trailer, this will make a massive difference in a unit’s power level.

Units can also “Engage” with the Emblems, fusing into a new form even more powerful than a synced form. In addition to gaining access to special weapons, the player can use Engage Skills: unique abilities that harken back to the Emblems’ original games. For example, since Byleth was a teacher in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, one of his abilities allows him to teach nearby units, boosting their stats. Meanwhile, Corrin can use an ability called Dragon Vein, which alters the terrain in the same way she was able to in Fire Emblem Fates.

In total, the trailer showed off six Emblems: Marth (Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon), Sigurd (Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War), Celica (Fire Emblem Gaiden/Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia), Lyn (Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade), Corrin (Fire Emblem Fates), and Byleth (Fire Emblem: Three Houses). Additionally, a trailer from last week features glimpses of Ike and Lucina, and then mentions 12 rings, implying that Engage will feature more Emblems at launch.

Fire Emblem Engage was announced at a Nintendo Direct back in September. The initial trailer revealed that Alear, the game’s protagonist, is the Divine Dragon, a descendant of a royal family of Dragons that defeated the Fell Dragon many years ago. We’ll know the full story and more when the game launches on January 20, 2023.

Posted on 23 November 2022 | 4:34 pm

Here's How To Play Fortnite's Chapter 3 Finale 'Fracture' Event

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Epic Games recently announced that Fornite's Chapter 3 would come to a close in December and now, with under two weeks to go until its end, the studio has released new details about how to participate in the Fracture finale. Plus, the team has a few more goodies for players to earn in the final days of Chapter 3. 

Whether you squad up with up to three more players or play solo, the fate of the battle island is in your hands, according to Epic. While it's still unclear exactly what we'll be doing December 3, we do know how to actually participate now. 

Joining The Fortnite Fracture Event

Epic Games says Fracture is a one-time only, in-game event that begins on Saturday, December 3 at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET. Thirty minutes prior to the event's start, a new "Fracture" playlist will go live and you can join this at that time until 1:40 p.m./4:40 p.m. ET – after that, the playlist will be closed. 

The Fracture event supports parties of up to four players. If you're not queing into the event with some friends but would like to squad up with someone, you can emote with players during the event to form one. The last thing to note is that replays of the event will not be available so take whatever measures you need to save your gameplay if you're looking to do that. 

Epic Games has also announced the Toasty Roast Emote, its ode to Chapter 3. 

"To commemorate the beginning of the end, everyone who logs into Fortnite from December 2, 6 a.m. PT/9 a.m. ET, to December 4 at 11:45 p.m. PT/2:45 a.m. ET, will receive the Toasty Roast Emote. "

Chapter 3's not quite over yet – Avian Ambush Week is now live and runs through November 29. Loot-holding chickens will be multiplied, taking over the surrounding wildlife, according to Epic. You can complete chicken-themed quests for XP as well as bonus goals that will give you level up tokens. 

"After Avian Ambush Week, Bargain Bin Week will begin," a blog post reads. "From 9 a.m. ET on November 29 to 3 p.m. on December 3, character goods and services will be deeply discounted, giving you more for your bars. As with Avian Ambush Week, complete special quests for XP, plus bonus goals for Level Up Tokens." 

In the leadup to Chapter 3's finale, be sure to wrap up any loose ends you might have including open quests, the Season 4 battle pass, and more.

Are you jumping into the Fortnite Chapter 3 Fracture finale event? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 22 November 2022 | 2:02 pm

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Third Wave Of DLC Adds Merry Mountain And Peach Gardens Next Month

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Update, 11/21/22:

Nintendo announced in September that Wave 3 of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Booster Course DLC was coming this holiday season and now, the company has revealed we'll be getting eight tracks on December 7. Check out the Wave 3 trailer in the tweet below: 

Start your engines! Wave 3 of the #MarioKart 8 Deluxe - Booster Course Pass arrives 12/7! Available for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members at no additional cost, or on its own as paid DLC. pic.twitter.com/lbhHsbpf7L

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) November 21, 2022

As you can see, Wave 3 features some returning classics from prior Mario Kart releases as well as a few from Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo's mobile take on the series. Here's what to expect in this new wave next month: 

Rock Cup

Moon Cup

When Wave 3 launches December 7, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will feature 24 additional tracks, with another 24 still to come. Each wave consists of eight tracks and Nintendo is set to release six waves of DLC courses in total, with the final wave hitting the game before the end of 2023. 

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We're rapidly approaching the midway point for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's Booster Course Pass content. With two of the six promised waves of new courses already out, Nintendo has begun teasing what players can expect with the third wave, which is due out this holiday season. During today's Nintendo Direct, we learned the first two courses coming in the third eight-course wave of new tracks.

Fittingly, the first course we learned about for Wave 3 of the Booster Course Pass is Merry Mountain. This holiday-themed track first made its debut in Mario Kart Tour in 2020 as part of the Winter Tour. Meanwhile, for those looking for something not holiday-themed, Nintendo is also bringing Peach Gardens, a track that first appeared in Mario Kart DS in 2005.

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Wave 1 brought fan favorites like Coconut Mall (Wii), Choco Mountain (N64), and Sky Garden (GBA), while Wave 2 gave us access to tracks like Kalimari Desert (N64), Mario Circuit 3 (SNES), and Mushroom Gorge (Wii). Each wave has also given us two tracks from Mario Kart Tour, with Wave 2 also including an all-new course in Sky-High Sundae. 

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass Wave 3 is scheduled to arrive this holiday season. 

Posted on 21 November 2022 | 2:38 pm

Atari Mania Is Like WarioWare With Atari Games | New Gameplay Today

Atari Mania New Gameplay Today

In today's installment of New Gameplay Today, your hosts Wesley LeBlanc and Kyle Hilliard discuss Atari Mania, the new Atari microgame collection that plays like WarioWare. The two take you through the game's opening, showcasing what exactly you do in this Atari museum as its sole caretaker, from sweeping away dust to killing bugs and more. 

The two also discuss how presenting Atari games as a WarioWare-like microgame collection is the perfect way to showcase these classic titles. It doesn't hurt that the museum experience in the game gives players the chance to admire high-quality screens of classic Atari game box art, game manuals, and more. Check it out for yourself in the Atari Mania New Gameplay Today below

For more previews of some of the biggest games of 2022 and beyond, be sure to head over to our YouTube page for NGTs about Save Room, Pokemon Scarlet, Resident Evil Village: Shadows of RosePersona 5 Royal on SwitchScornLEGO BricktalesGod of War RagnarokMario + Rabbids Sparks of HopeSaturnaliaBetrayal at Club Low, and more.

Posted on 18 November 2022 | 8:41 pm

Sonic Designer Yuji Naka Arrested For Alleged Insider Trading

Legendary Sonic designer and Balan Wonderworld director Yuji Naka has been arrested in Tokyo in connection to an insider trading investigation involving the reveal of a Dragon Quest game. 

According to the Japanese news outlet FNN, the last 24 hours saw ex-Square Enix employee Taisuke Sazaki and his friend Fumiaki Suzuki arrested on suspicion for insider trading. In 2020, developer Aiming had been set to announce its mobile game Dragon Quest Tact, and Sazaki and Suzuki are alleged to have known details about the game before it was publicly revealed. The pair reportedly purchased a combined 162,000 shares of Aiming for roughly 47.2 million yen (or over $335,000) in advance with the intent of profiting on a potentially higher stock price stemming from Tact’s announcement. 

Yuji Naka is now suspected of being involved in this scandal as well. He is accused of purchasing 10,000 shares worth 2.8 million yen (roughly $20,000) in Aiming for the same purpose of profiting from Tact’s reveal. Naka was apprehended by Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, and the investigation is ongoing. It’s currently unknown if the suspects still own their shares or if they already sold them.  

This is the second major controversy Naka has found himself involved with this year. In April, Naka publicly blasted Square Enix on Twitter over his removal as director from Balan Wonderworld prior to its release, blaming Square for the game’s critical failure. This outburst came after the conclusion of a lawsuit he’d previously filed against the publisher. Naka is best known as the lead programmer behind the original Sonic the Hedgehog games for Sega Genesis and Nights into Dreams. 

[Source: FNN]

Posted on 18 November 2022 | 6:25 pm

Reader Discussion: Which Starter Are You Choosing In Pokémon Scarlet And Violet?

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Starters

Each time we start up a new mainline Pokémon game, we begin our journey with a choice. Sometimes it's an easy one. Sometimes it's agonizing. But regardless of where on that spectrum each generation lands for you, the general choice remains the same: grass, water, or fire. Thanks to the rock-paper-scissors nature of the types on offer, no one option is, by definition, superior. For Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, those types are represented through Sprigatito, Quaxly, and Fuecoco.

Now that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are officially out in the wild, we want to know which starter you're rolling with. While you're at it, which factors go into making your decision? Do you always choose that type? Did you research what the final evolutions look like? Or do you just go with your gut based on how they look and behave?

Let us know if you're kicking off your Paldea region adventure with Sprigatito, Quaxly, or Fuecoco in the comments below!

Posted on 18 November 2022 | 5:30 pm

New Splinter Cell Remake Concept Art And Details Revealed In Anniversary Video

Ubisoft celebrated Spinter Cell’s 20th anniversary by releasing a new video reflecting on the series and discussing its upcoming remake. The video revealed some details on the project’s status as well as some early images. 

The Splinter Cell remake was first announced last December, but we’ve known very little about it other than it’s being rebuilt from scratch in Snowdrop Engine (used to make The Division, Mario + Rabbids games). In the video, the team states the experience will be identical to the 2002 title but it wants to implement improvements and features introduced in later Splinter Cell titles as well as smooth some rough edges. For example, the team wants to give players more opportunities to de-escalate situations when things go awry instead of getting an instant Game Over. 

The dev team also shares that the project is still in the early prototyping phase. As such, the studio will be going dark “for a while” to focus on making the game, so it will likely be a good while before we hear anything substantial about the remake again. In the meantime, you can take a look at the gallery of new concept images shared during the presentation below. 

 

Splinter Cell doesn’t have a release window or announced platforms. This remake is only one of many on the horizon, and you can keep up with all of them by checking our big list of upcoming video game remakes.

Posted on 17 November 2022 | 6:28 pm

Trinity Fusion Is A Promising Upcoming Futuristic Action-Roguelite And Its First Beta Begins Today

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Trinity Fusion is an upcoming futuristic sci-fi action-roguelite that looks great, and its first closed beta begins today. 

Developer Angry Mob Games announced today that you can sign up for the beta right now, which will run through November 24. If you don't make it into this round of playtesting, don't worry – you might get an invite to access the second closed beta beginning December 6. It will run until December 13. Before signing up, though, check out the Trinity Fusion reveal trailer below: 

As you can see, Trinity Fusion looks like a fun and stylish take on the ever-growing roguelite genre, bringing some Strider vibes with a dash of Trine in there too. 

"Set across three shattered versions of the game's world, Trinity Fusion casts players in the role of the Hitchhiker, a cross-dimensional traveler physically linked to her three parallel selves," a press release about the game reads. "In order to forestall the total destruction of the multiverse, she must band together with her alternate identities to fuse together their different realities and keep their timelines from collapsing in on one another.

"Each of the three realities comes not only with its own unique challenges, but also a unique version of the Hitchhiker, complete with her own weapons and abilities. Deploy equipment that afflicts enemies with status effects, deal heavy bursts of damage at a distance with ranged weapons, or brawl up close with blades and hammers – each style of attack brings you closer to reversing the doom of the multiverse." 

Here are some additional Trinity Fusion highlights from Angry Mob Games: 

You can sign up for the Trinity Fusion closed betas here

Posted on 17 November 2022 | 3:17 pm

Update: The Next Dark Pictures Game Is A Sci-Fi Horror Called Directive 8020

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Update, 11/17/2022:

Earlier this year, Supermassive Games filed multiple trademarks for new games that many predicted were part of its Dark Pictures anthology series. One of those games was Directive 8020 and now, with the latest anthology game, The Devil In Me, out tomorrow, it's been confirmed that Directive 8020 is up next. It will be the Season 2 premiere of The Dark Pictures series. 

This news comes by way of GameTrailers, who spotted the teaser trailer for Directive 8020 as part of The Devil In Me's release, keeping in tradition with the latest game teasing the next game, as reported by Destructoid.

Check out the teaser trailer for The Dark Pictures: Directive 8020 for yourself below

As you can see, Directive 8020 will be the series' first forray into sci-fi horror, and it seems this game is heading into Alien territory. Destructoid notes that Directive 8020 is a real directive used by NASA issued for "biological contamination control for outbound and inbound planetary spacecraft." That gives us a pretty good idea of what we're dealing with in this game, it seems. Only time will tell for sure, though. There's no release date for Directive 8020 and considering it's the start of Season 2, the wait could be longer than the wait between Season 1 releases. 

If you're looking for a horror fix in the meantime, The Dark Pictures Season 1 finale, The Devil In Me, is out tomorrow on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 

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Supermassive Games began its anthology horror series, The Dark Pictures, in 2019 with Man of Medan, and since then, it’s released a new entry every year. Little Hope was released in 2020, and last year, the studio put out House of Ashes. 

The Devil In Me is up to bat next, and that game will serve as the season finale of The Dark Pictures’ first season. The fifth game in the series, Switchback, was semi-revealed through a trademark filing by Supermassive Games. Now, the next five games have been revealed in the same manner. 

What’s interesting is that Supermassive Games has long referred to The Dark Pictures as an eight-game series. These five new trademarks bring the total up to 10. Perhaps Season 2 is a six-game season, or perhaps, a third season is in the works. Only Supermassive Games knows. For now, we have a pretty good idea of what the next five games after Switchback will be, thanks to a new trademark filing spotted by Twitter user The Marmolade, as reported by Gematsu:

And here’s a slideshow featuring images of each trademarked logo: 

 

For most of these, it’s tough to piece together exactly what the game is about, which makes sense considering all we know is the possible names. However, some are easier than others. For example, Directive 8020 seems to hint towards a futuristic sci-fi horror game. The Craven Man might be similar to The Wicker Man, or maybe even Jeepers Creepers. 

It might be a while before we learn what each is, so in the meantime, check out our thoughts on the series thus far in Game Informer’s Man of Medan review, Little Hope review, and House of Ashes review

[Source: Gematsu]

What do you think these Dark Pictures games will turn out to be? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 17 November 2022 | 2:00 pm

Volition To Become Part Of Gearbox After Saints Row Failed To Meet Expectations

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Saints Row, a reboot for the series, was released back in August and while some players were happy with the end result, others were not. And now, due to Saints Row failing to meet the full expectations of Embracer Group, developer Volition will become part of Gearbox Entertainment. 

This news comes by way of Video Games Chronicle, which reports that Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors discussed this transition in a statement released alongside the company's second-quarter earning results. 

"The reception of Saints Row did not meet the full expectations and left the fanbase partially polarized," Wingefores said in the statement. "The game development studio, Volition, has been working hard to improve the player experience. Financially, Saints Row has performed in line with management expectations in the quarter. Going forward, Volition will transition to become part of Gearbox which has all the tools, including an experienced management team in the US, to create future success at Volition."

Wingefors notes that this is the first time the company has performed an "internal group transfer where we transfer a major studio between operative groups," but says that "it is not necessarily the last." 

Saints Row currently sits at 61 on Metacritic (for the PlayStation 5 version), with a user score of 2.1. Game Informer gave the game an 8.5 out of 10 in its review and you can read what we liked about Saints Row here

[Source: Video Games Chronicle]

Did you play Saints Row? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments below!

Posted on 17 November 2022 | 1:17 pm

Dead Island 2 Delayed To April

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Dead Island 2 has been delayed to April. 

Originally due out on February 3, this upcoming zombie romp will now hit PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, and PC on April 28. It's a delay of roughly 12 weeks, which isn't too much longer considering fans have been waiting close to a decade for this sequel. As for why developer Dambuster Studios and publisher Deep Silver have delayed Dead Island 2, the team wants more time to ensure the game is the best it can be at launch. 

Here's the full statement on the delay: 

"We have some important news ot share, so let's rip that band aid off straight away. We are delaying Dead Island 2 – the new release date will be April 28, 2023. The irony of delaying Dead Island is not lost on us, and we are as disappointed as you undoubtedly are. The delay is just 12 short weeks and development is on the final straight now: we're going to take the time we need to make sure we can launch a game we're proud to launch. For those of you who've been waiting for years, thank you for hanging in there with us.  "In the meantime, we will be releasing an exciting new trailer and gameplay at the Dead Island 2 showcase which will premiere on December 6 on our Twitch and YouTube channels as well as on the Dead Island website." 

While waiting to learn more about the game next month, watch the Dead Island 2 re-reveal trailer from earlier this summer and then watch our exclusive interview with the devs about the game's procedurally generated gore system

Are you excited for Dead Island 2? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 17 November 2022 | 12:51 pm

Pokémon TCG Live App Now Available In Beta Worldwide

Pokémon TCG Live

The long-awaited Pokémon Trading Card Game Live app is now available in beta worldwide on PC and mobile devices after a staggered rollout last month. The successor to the now-defunct Pokémon Trading Card Game Online game has been in the works since its reveal last September. 

For fans of the previous mobile game, TCG Live aims to offer a more polished, robust digital card game experience. You can collect cards either by scanning code cards or purchasing booster packs with digital currency earned in-game by completing quests and working through battle passes.

Players represent themselves with a customizable avatar and can challenge players to matches across the globe. It also sports a much sleeker presentation. Essentially, TCG Live is positioned as the Pokémon equivalent of modern card game apps such as Magic: The Gathering Arena and Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel. Check out the original teaser trailer below.

Since the game is in beta, expect updates to roll out over the coming weeks/months. Pokémon TCG Live can be played on iOS, Android, and is downloadable on PC.

Posted on 16 November 2022 | 8:10 pm

MultiVersus Season 2 Now Live With New Map, Battle Pass, And Upcoming Character Teases

MultiVersus Season 2 details new characters stages maps

MultiVersus Season 2 has begun and it brings with it a new map, a brand new battle pass, improved network latency, and a tease about characters set to join the roster. 

Developer Player First Games has detailed what to expect in Season 2 of MultiVersus and it looks to be packing quite the punch. Following the inclusion of Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith from Rick and Morty near the end of Season 1, it seems classic cartoon character Marvin the Martian will be next to join the roster. 

"New roster additions are incredibly exciting, so we figured we'd give you a bit of a tease of one of the new characters who will be joining the MVS roster in Season 2," a blog post about the new season reads. "Hailing from planet Mars and sent to destroy Earth with his Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator, Marvin the Martian will soon be making his way back to MultiVersus, in yet another fruitless attempt to claim victory. We'll have more information about Marvin and his kit soon, so hang in there." 

Season 2 of MultiVersus also brings with it a new map. Based on HBO's Game of Thrones series, fans of the show will immediately recognize the iconic throne room of King's Landing, complete with "all the hazards and pitfalls you'd come to expect from the land of Westeros." This map will feature a new remix of the Game of Thrones theme song, "composed with multiple sections that can transition dynamically depending on what mayhem is taking place in the match." 

Player First Games says network and latency improvements to the game are live with Season 2. 

"We recently implemented multi-path network traffic acceleration to improve stability and latency, which will lead to a much improved online experience for players worldwide," the blog reads. 

The new Season 2 battle pass includes new badges, icons/profile icons, banners, and taunts to unlock. It also features new character variants on the free and premium battle pass track, including Baker Street Tom and Astronaut Velma. New ringouts include the Toxic Explosion and the Lava Breath. 

For more about MultiVersus, including a recap of what you might have missed in Season 1, head to Player First Games' blog post

Are you hopping into Season 2 of MultiVersus? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 16 November 2022 | 1:16 pm

Prepare For Pokémon Scarlet And Violet With This New Overview Trailer

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet launch overview trailer new gameplay

Nintendo and Game Freak have released an overview trailer for Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, showcasing more than five minutes of new footage. 

Hot on the heels of the official release of Pokémon's ninth gen this Friday, this overview trailer will get you prepared for your upcoming journey through Paldea. Veteran trainers will recognize a lot of what the trailer is breaking down, like how your journey begins by picking a starter, but this overview trailer also breaks down a lot of the new things happening in these games. This includes the fact that you can tackle the gyms in any order, freely explore Paldea, and infiltrate the Team Star bases scattered around the region. 

Check out the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet overview trailer for yourself below:

As you can see, this trailer is packed with lots of new looks at characters we'll meet in Paldea, new Pokémon to catch and party up with, and more. 

For more about the game, read Game Informer's hands-on preview with Pokémon Scarlet or watch our video about it here. Check out these new details about the first Tera Raid battle, an early-purchase Pikachu, and more after that and then read about Greavard, a new ghost-type dog in the games

Are you picking up Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet this Friday? Let us know and why in the comments below!

Posted on 15 November 2022 | 3:11 pm

The Winter Soldier And Cloning Lab Omega-Level Threat Hit Marvel's Avengers Later This Month

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Crystal Dynamics has revealed that the Winter Soldier hero and the Omega-Level Cloning Lab threat will hit Marvel's Avengers later this month. 

More specifically, both this new hero and this endgame raid-like experience will be available when Update 2.7 goes live on November 29. This update will also include "ongoing revisions and tuning to heroes that [the studio] started in 2.6." 

"This Omega-Level Threat is a new endgame challenge headlined by a climactic confrontation with the deranged genius to end the danger once and for all," a blog post reads. "The Lab is a challenging AIM base that players will navigate before facing off one last time against MODOK in a grand multiplayer fight. MODOK has developed new tactics since players confronted him in San Francisco, and is designed to test our heroes in this new four-against-one fight.

"As an OLT, Cloning Lab is designed to push a team of four high-level heroes, though it will be of similar accessible length to our previous OLT, Family Reunion. Cloning Lab requires Power Level 175 to enter [and] will reward both new gear and higher-level gear than ever before, with the power-level cap increasing to 185." 

Update 2.7 will also bring James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes' Winter Soldier to the game, voiced by Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, Lego Marvel's Avengers). 

"He adds to the roster an almost purely assault-focused hero focused on dealing damage to his enemies in a variety of ways," the blog post reads. "Players will find multiple different builds and playstyles to embody that character fantasy, from the ranged marksman to an expert hand-to-hand combatant, to the deadly super-soldier. While echoes of Bucky's past training partners like Captain America and Black Widow can be seen in some of his move-set, he has made them his own and combined them with skills that flow from his Winter Soldier indoctrination and his cybernetic enhancements." 

Crystal Dynamics says players will find new animations, a new full skill-tree, and heroic abilities of his own when they enter a mission as the Winter Soldier. This hero will also have his own heroic mission chain that "sees the Avengers help him regain his confidence in his capacity for good and deal with the trauma inflicted on him by his captors." Completing this mission chain will reward players with Bucky's iconic outfit. The studio will reveal more about Update 2.7, including Winter Soldier's backstory, first looks at Cloning Lab, and outfit reveals closer to the November 29 launch. 

For more, be sure to read the full Update 2.7 blog post and then read Game Informer's Marvel's Avengers review

Are you jumping back into Marvel's Avengers to check out Update 2.7? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 15 November 2022 | 2:50 pm

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare II Was, Unsurprisingly, The Best Selling Game Of October In US

October 2022 NPD Modern Warfare II Gotham Knights sales

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, Infinity Ward's latest game in the franchise, was the best-selling game of October in the U.S. It was followed by Warner Bros Montreal's Gotham Knights, EA's FIFA 23, Madden NFL 23, and NHL 23. 

This news comes from Mat Piscatella, the executive director of The NPD Group, which is a video game market analyst and research company that tracks trends, spending, and more. Piscatella releases a best-sellers list (baesd on dollar sales) for each month of the year and the latest list is for October 2022. Here's the full top 20: 

US NPD PREMIUM GAMES - October 2022 Top 20 Sellers pic.twitter.com/50X5a09uIa

— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) November 14, 2022

As you can see, 8 of the top 20 games were released in October, with Modern Warfare II taking the top spot, making it the 15th Call of Duty game to be the best-selling game of its release month in a row. Modern Warfare II's launch already catapaulted it to the second spot on the list of the top 20 best-selling games of the entire year, second only to From Software's Elden Ring. Here are the top 10 best-selling games of 2022 so far in the U.S.: 

  1. Elden Ring
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
  3. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  4. Madden NFL 23
  5. Pokemon Legends: Arceus
  6. Horizon Forbidden West
  7. MLB: The Show 23
  8. Fifa 23
  9. Call of Duty: Vanguard 
  10. Gran Turismo 7

You can check out the full top 20 of that list here. You can also check out the top 10 best-selling for Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox in Piscatella's full Twitter thread as well. 

Elsewhere in The NPD Group's October 2022 report, players spent $4.3 billion on video game content, hardware, and accessories last month, which is about what they spent this time last year as well. Year-to-date spending on video games has fallen 7% overall compared to this point in the year in 2021, down to $42.7 billion. Video game hardware sales fell 10% last month compared to October 2021, too, down to $424 million. Piscatella says "double-digit percentage dollar sales growth for both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles was offset by declines on other platforms." 

PlayStation 5 was October's best-selling hardware both in terms of units sold and total dollar sales, with Xbox coming in second for both measures. Finally, video game accessory spending has declined 8% compared to a year ago, down to $148 million. The PS5 Midnight Black DualSense controller was the best-selling accessory of the month. 

For more information, be sure to check out Piscatella's full thread on Twitter

Did you pick up Call of Duty this year? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below!

Posted on 15 November 2022 | 2:20 pm

PlayStation Plus: 20 More Games Now Available For Premium And Extra Subscribers

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PlayStation Plus Premium and Extra members now have access to an additional 20 games live in the game catalog starting today including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a bunch of Kingdom Hearts titles, multiple Ratchet & Clank games, and more. 

PlayStation revealed these 20 games last week and as expected, all of them are now available to play through specific PlayStation Plus subscriptions as of today. Here's a look at all 20 games: 

And that's this month's lineup. What do you think of the games added to PlayStation Plus today? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 15 November 2022 | 1:41 pm

Xbox Head Phil Spencer Has No Issue Making 'Longer Term Commitment' To Call Of Duty On PlayStation

Call of Duty PlayStation Xbox Phil Spencer Activision Blizzard acquisition longer contract

Xbox head Phil Spencer has revealed that he has no issue crafting a longer-term commitment to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles that both Sony and regulators would agree with. 

He told The Verge this in a new interview where he also revealed that no part of Microsoft's ongoing acquisition of Activision Blizzard is about pulling the rug from underneath PlayStation's plans; it's just that the two parties can't write a contract that says explicitly Call of Duty will be on PlayStation "forever." 

"It's not about at some point I pull the rug underneath PlayStation 7's legs, and it's 'ahaha you just didn't write the contract long enough,'" Spencer told The Verge. "There's no contract that could be written that says forever." 

Unable to write a forever contract, Spencer told the publication he has no problem creating a longer-term commitment to satisfy Sony's concerns. 

"This idea that we would write a contract that says the word 'forever' in it, I think, is a little bit silly, but to make a longer-term commitment that Sony would be comfortable with, regulators would be comfortable with, I have no issue with that at all," Spencer said. 

As The Verge notes, the concern over Call of Duty comes from Spencer stating that Microsoft intends "to honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation." PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan revealed that this contract would only keep Call of Duty on the platform for three more years. He called this "inadequate on many levels," citing that it "failed to take account of the impact on our gamers." 

It seems Spencer is open to finding a solution. Here's more of what he told The Verge

"Native Call of Duty on PlayStation, not linked to them having to carry Game Pass, not streaming. If they want a streaming version of Call of Duty, we could do that as well, just like we do on our own consoles.  There's nothing behind my back. It is the Call of Duty Modern Warfare II doing great on PlayStation, doing great on Xbox. The next game, the next, next, next, next, next [game]. Native on the platform, not having to subscribe to Game Pass. Sony does not have to take Game Pass on their platform to make that happen.  There's nothing hidden. We want to continue to ship Call of Duty on PlayStation without any kind of weird 'aha I figured out the gotcha' as Phil said 'our intent.' I understand some people's concerns on this, and I'm just trying to be as clear as I can be."

All of this follows news from last month where Spencer said Microsoft intends to put Call of Duty games on PlayStation as long as a PlayStation platform exists. As Microsoft and Sony continue talking with regulators about this acquisition, arguing for their respective parties, it's clear that Call of Duty and its place in the future ecosystem are a big sticking point. Assuming regulators give this acquisition the clearance it needs, Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard is expected to close in the first half of 2023. 

[Source: The Verge]

Posted on 15 November 2022 | 1:11 pm

The Full List of the 2022 Game Awards Nominees

During a live event streamed this morning, Geoff Keighley and the team behind the Game Awards revealed their nominees for the 2022 awards season, including their six picks for Game of the Year. The show will take place in person at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, but will also be streamed online for free on Thursday, December 8 at 7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT. If you'd like to vote, you can do so on the Game Awards' official website or discord server. You can find the full list of nominees below:

 

GAME OF THE YEAR

A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)

Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)

God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)

Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)

Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)

 

BEST GAME DIRECTION

Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)

God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)

Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)

Immortality (Half Mermaid)

Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)

 

BEST NARRATIVE

A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)

Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)

God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)

Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)

Immortality (Half Mermaid)

 

BEST ART DIRECTION

Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)

God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)

Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)

Scorn (Ebb Software/Kepler Interactive)

Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)

 

BEST SCORE AND MUSIC

Olivier Deriviere, A Plague Tale: Requiem

Tsukasa Saitoh, Elden Ring

Bear McCreary, God of War Ragnarök

Two Feathers, Metal: Hellsinger

Yasunori Mitsuda, Xenoblade Chronicles 3

 

BEST AUDIO DESIGN

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward/Activision)

Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)

God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)

Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony/SIE)

Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)

 

BEST PERFORMANCE

Ashly Burch, Horizon Forbidden West

Charlotte McBurney, A Plague Tale: Requiem

Christopher Judge, God of War Ragnarök

Manon Gage, Immortality

Sunny Suljic, God of War Ragnarök

 

GAMES FOR IMPACT

A Memoir Blue (Cloisters Interactive/Annapurna)

As Dusk Falls (Interior Night/Xbox Game Studios)

Citizen Sleeper (Jump Over The Age/Fellow Traveller)

Endling - Extinction is Forever (Herobeat Studios/HandyGames)

Hindsight (Team Hindsight/Annapurna)

I Was a Teenage Exocolonist (Northway Games/Finji)

 

BEST ONGOING GAME

Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)

Destiny 2 (Bungie)

Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)

Fortnite (Epic Games)

Genshin Impact (HoYoverse)

 

BEST INDIE

Cult of the Lamb (Massive Monster / Devolver Digital)

Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna)

Sifu (Sloclap)

Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)

Tunic (Tunic Team/Finji)

 

BEST DEBUT INDIE

Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna Interactive)

Norco (Geography of Robots/Raw Fury)

Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)

Tunic (Tunic Team/Finji)

Vampire Survivors (poncle)

 

BEST COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)

Destiny 2 (Bungie)

Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)

Fortnite (Epic Games)

No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

 

BEST MOBILE

Apex Legends Mobile (Lightspeed & Quantum/Respawn/EA)

Diablo Immortal (Blizzard/NetEase)

Genshin Impact (HoYovese)

Marvel Snap (Second Dinner Studios/Nuverse)

Tower of Fantasy (Hotta Studio/Perfect World/Level Infinite)

 

BEST VR/AR

After the Fall (Vertigo Games)

Among Us VR (Schell Games/InnerSloth)

Bonelab (Stress Level Zero)

Moss: Book II (Polyarc)

Red Matter 2 (Vertical Robot)

 

BEST ACTION

Bayonetta 3 (Platinum Games/Nintendo)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward/Activision)

Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna)

Sifu (Sloclap)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (Tribute Games/Dotemu)

 

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE

A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)

God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)

Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)

Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)

Tunic (Tunic Team/Finji)

 

BEST ROLE-PLAYING

Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)

Live a Live (Square Enix/Nintendo)

Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Game Freak/Nintendo/TPCI)

Triangle Strategy (Artdink/Square Enix)

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)

 

BEST FIGHTING

DNF Duel (Arc System Works/EIGHTING/NEOPLE/NEXON)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R (CyberConnect 2 Co. Ltd/Bandai Namco)

The King of Fighters XV (SNK/Plaion)

MultiVersus (Player First Games/WB Games)

Sifu (Sloclap)

 

BEST FAMILY

Kirby and the Forgotten Land (HAL Laboratory / Nintendo)

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Traveller’s Tales/WB Games)

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Ubisoft Milan/Paris/Ubisoft)

Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Splatoon 3 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

 

BEST SIM/STRATEGY

Dune: Spice Wars (Shiro Games/Funcom)

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Ubisoft Milan/Paris/Ubisoft)

Total War: Warhammer III (Creative Assembly/Sega)

Two Point Campus (Two Point Studios/Sega)

Victoria 3 (Paradox Development Studio/Paradox Interactive)

 

BEST SPORTS/RACING

F1 22 (Codemasters/EA Sports)

FIFA 23 (EA Vancouver/Romania/EA Sports)

NBA 2K23 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)

Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony Digital/SIE)

OlliOlli World (Roll 7/Private Division)

 

BEST MULTIPLAYER

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward/Activision)

MultiVersus (Player First Games/WB Games)

Overwatch 2 (Blizzard)

Splatoon 3 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (Tribute Games/Dotemu)

 

MOST ANTICIPATED

Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix)

Hogwarts Legacy (Avalanche Software/WB Games)

Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)

Starfield (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)

 

CONTENT CREATOR OF THE YEAR

Karl Jacobs

Ludwig

Nibellion

Nobru

QTCinderella

 

BEST ADAPTATION

Arcane: League of Legends (Fortiche/Riot Games/Netflix)

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (Studio Trigger/CD Projekt, Netflix)

The Cuphead Show! (Studio MDHR/King Features Syndicate/Netflix)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Sammy Group/Paramount Pictures)

Uncharted  (PlayStation Productions/Sony Pictures)

 

INNOVATION IN ACCESSIBILITY

As Dusk Falls (Interior Night/Xbox Game Studios)

God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)

Return to Monkey Island (Terrible Toybox/Devolver Digital)

The Last Of Us Part I (Naughty Dog/SIE)

The Quarry (Supermassive Games/2K)

 

BEST ESPORTS GAME

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)

Dota 2 (Valve)

League of Legends (Riot Games)

Rocket League (Psyonix)

Valorant (Riot Games)

 

BEST ESPORTS ATHLETE

Jeong "Chovy" Ji-hoon  (Gen.G, LOL)

Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok (T1, LOL)

Finn "karrigan" Andersen ( (FaZe Clan - CS:GO)

Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev (Natus Vincere, CS:GO)

Jacob “Yay” Whiteaker (Cloud9, Valorant)

 

BEST ESPORTS TEAM

DarkZero Esports (Apex Legends)

FaZe Clan (CS:GO)

Gen.G (League of Legends)

LA Thieves (Call of Duty)

LOUD (Valorant)

 

BEST ESPORTS COACH

Andrii "B1ad3" Horodenskyi  (Natus Vincere, CS:GO)

Matheus “bzkA” Tarasconi (LOUD, Valorant)

Erik “d00mbr0s” Sandgren (FPX, Valorant)

Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström (FaZe Clan, CS:GO)

Go "Score" Dong-bin (Gen.G, LOL)

 

BEST ESPORTS EVENT

EVO 2022

2022 League of Legends World Championship

PGL Major Antwerp 2022

The 2022 Mid-Season Invitational

Valorant Champions 2022

Which game do you think should be Game of the Year? Let us know in the comments!

Posted on 14 November 2022 | 5:39 pm

Update: The Witcher 3's New-Gen Update Arrives Next Month

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt New-Gen Update Release Date

Update, 11/14/22

CD Projekt Red has revealed that the new-gen update, or "next-gen update" as the studio calls it, for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, will be released on December 14. That's one month away from today. As for what to expect, CDPR didn't reveal much else, but the studio will be going into more detail and revealing new-gen gameplay in a stream next week. This update will hit PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, and it will be free to everyone who already owns the game.

The next-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming on December 14th, free for everyone who already owns the game.

For more details and gameplay reveal, tune in to REDstreams next week on https://t.co/IpFERTohi9. pic.twitter.com/fg3yfGeNih

— The Witcher (@witchergame) November 14, 2022

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Update, 5/19/22: 

The delayed new-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released in Q4 of 2022. 

Back in April, CD Projekt Red announced that it had taken the development of a new-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in-house and that as a result of this shift, the update had been essentially indefinitely delayed. Following reports that the delay was in "development hell," CDPR put out a notice that this was not the case and now we know that the new-gen update will be released sometime in the final three months of this year. 

Let's make this 7th anniversary even better, shall we?

We're delighted to share that the Next Gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is planned to release in Q4 2022.

See you on the Path, witchers! pic.twitter.com/2wQbxMP4zh

— The Witcher (@witchergame) May 19, 2022
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Original Story, 4/14/22:

Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red announced last week that its new-gen update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, originally set to release in Q2 of 2022, was delayed “until further notice.”

As for why, the studio said it was moving the upgrade’s development in-house and evaluating the scope of the update. However, many took “until further notice” as a not-so-great sign that the update was in trouble, especially in light of CDPR revealing that it’s no longer using an outside studio to handle the update and instead doing it in-house. Some reports referred to the delay as an “indefinite delay,” which often comes with the implication of “development hell.” 

In a new investors call, though, CDPR senior vice president of business development Michał Nowakowski explained that the delay is not in development hell. 

“I’ve been looking at the headlines that popped up here and there over the internet, and I’ve seen one that really drew my attention, which is, ‘Wicher 3 next-gen delayed indefinitely,’ which sounds like the game is in some sort of development hell,” Nowakowski said, as reported by PC Gamer. “I want to state this is not the fact. There’s been a lot of insinuations that we’re going to launch, like, June next year or something like that. That’s completely not the case.

“Everything we’re saying is, we have taken the development of the game in-house. That game is going to be finished in-house. We’re evaluating our time, that requies a bit of investigation. That’s all we’re saying. Nobody’s saying the game is delayed [with] some monumental time gap ahead of us. That’s as much as I can say about Witcher next-gen, but I really want to emphasize that fact.” 

PC Gamer reports that later in the investors call, Nowakowski told investors that “not many” developers are working on the new-gen update, estimating around 15 with additional external support staff, seemingly indicating that the update is closer to being done that not. 

“Taking over this project will not affect the development of our next game,” he said. 

For more, read about the Witcher 3 new-gen update delay and then check out this story about how The Witcher 3 has sold more than 40 million copies. Read about CDPR’s announcement of a new Witcher game that’s going to be made in Unreal Engine 5 after that. 

[Source: PC Gamer]

Are you excited to play a new-gen version of The Witcher 3? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 14 November 2022 | 3:37 pm

Fortnite: Chapter 3 Will End Next Month, Finale Event Announced

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The end of Fortnite Chapter 3 is upon us as Epic Games has revealed that its finale event will take place next month. 

More specifically, the finale event will take place on December 3 at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET. This news was revealed through a title card teased at the end of the Fortnite Champion Series, which took place over the weekend, as reported by Eurogamer. You can see the title card at the top of this story, if you're curious. 

Unfortunately, that's all that Epic Games teased in terms of the end of Fortnite's Fracture era. As for what's in store for Chapter 4 or what this finale event might play like, that remains unknown. Fortunately, we don't have to wait too much longer, though, because the event begins in just a few weeks. 

If it's anything like previous Fortnite chapter finales, then expect huge PvE battles across the island, plenty of spectacle, an exciting conclusion, and of course, some downtime as the game prepares to launch the next chapter. 

[Source: Eurogamer]

Are you tuning into the finale event for Fortnite Chapter 3? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 14 November 2022 | 1:12 pm

Save Room | New Gameplay Today

Save Room wears its inspiration on its sleeve from the moment you hit start and a deep, scary voice announces that you're playing "Save Room!" It takes a singular idea from Resident Evil 4 – organizing your briefcase of weapons – and expands it into a dedicated puzzle game. Join Marcus Stewart and Kyle Hilliard as they play through a few of the puzzles now that the game has made its way to consoles.

For more previews of some of the biggest games of 2022 and beyond, be sure to head over to our YouTube page for NGTs about Sonic Frontiers, Persona 5 Royal on SwitchScornLEGO BricktalesGod of War RagnarokMario + Rabbids Sparks of HopeSaturnaliaBetrayal at Club Low, and more.

Posted on 11 November 2022 | 8:31 pm

Control 2 In ‘Concept Stage’ As Remedy Announces Development Deal With 505 Games

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Remedy Entertainment has announced a new deal with publisher 505 Games to co-develop and market Control 2. The news also provided insight into the sequel's development status. 

According to a press release, Control 2 (once known as Codename Heron) is currently in the concept phase, being built in Remedy’s proprietary Northlight engine. The game will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. Remedy will publish the PC version while 505 will handle the game’s console releases. Control 2 has no release window, but Remedy did release a piece of concept art, posted below. 

The press release also states that Control 2’s development budget initially sat at 50 million euros. Remedy and 505 will equally split marketing and development costs, as well as revenue generated by its release. Remedy retains full ownership of the Control IP, however. The press release also reveals that the first Control has sold over 3 million copies since launching in 2019. 

“We are excited to deepen our cooperation with Remedy and continue the success story of Control together,” say Rami and Raffi Galante, co-CEOs of Digital Bros Group/505 Games. “... Control is the biggest investment 505 Games has ever made, so it has a special place in our hearts. We are grateful to the whole player community that has made Control such a long-lasting and loved game, and are even more excited to bring out Control 2.”

This announcement was first teased last June, when Remedy and 505 revealed plans for new triple-A Control experiences. That same update revealed an upcoming multiplayer spin-off title known as Project Condor. Earlier this year, Remedy also struck a deal with Rockstar to develop remakes of Max Payne 1 and 2

Posted on 11 November 2022 | 6:47 pm

Batman Voice Actor Kevin Conroy Passes Away At 66

Kevin Conroy, the legendary voice actor behind Batman and Bruce Wayne in Batman: The Animated Series, the Batman Arkham trilogy of games, and numerous other projects, has died. He was 66.

The news broke this morning with BTAS co-star Diane Pershing, who voiced Poison Ivy, posting on Facebook that Conroy had passed yesterday from an illness, later identified as cancer. Warner Bros. has since confirmed the news. 

"Very sad news: our beloved voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, died yesterday," Pershing writes. "He's been ill for a while but he really put in a lot of time at the cons, to the joy of all of his fans. He will be sorely missed not just by the cast of the series but by his legion of fans all over the world ... RIP, friend."

Conroy’s acting career spanned decades across stage, TV, and film, with numerous credits dating back to the late 1970s. For a generation of comic book fans, his breakout role would be his portrayal of Bruce Wayne/Batman in 1992’s critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series. He would continue to voice Batman in subsequent series and films within the DC Animated Universe, including The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond, Superman: The Animated Series, Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. Conroy also appeared as a live-action version of Bruce Wayne in the Arrowverse series, Batwoman.  

“Kevin was a brilliant actor,” says Joker actor Mark Hamill in a press release from Warner Bros. “For several generations, he has been the definitive Batman. It was one of those perfect scenarios where they got the exact right guy for the exact right part, and the world was better for it. His rhythms and subtleties, tones and delivery – that all also helped inform my performance. He was the ideal partner – it was such a complementary, creative experience. I couldn’t have done it without him. He will always be my Batman.”

In video games, Conroy would lend his voice to the Dark Knight in several Batman titles, including the Injustice series and, perhaps most famously, Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham trilogy. He most recently voiced Batman in the Warner Bros. fighting game, MultiVersus. 

Conroy is survived by his husband Vaughn C. Williams, sister Trisha Conroy, and brother Tom Conroy. Game Informer offers our condolences to Conroy’s family and friends. 

Posted on 11 November 2022 | 5:07 pm

Watch Current And Former Game Informer Editors Contribute To Extra Life

Extra Life is this weekend! Although Game Informer won’t be hosting a dedicated stream this year, several editors, past and present, will join the great folks at MinnMax to contribute to its fundraiser!

The festivities kick off on Saturday, November 12, at 12 p.m. Central. Local Game Informer staff and alumni, along with other special guests, will join the MinnMax crew in person for hours of wacky game-playing and shenanigans with the goal of raising $40,000 for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

How To Donate

You can donate to MinnMax’s Extra Life campaign here. Donating any amount can earn you a free game code for your system of choice! Additionally, every hour of the stream will have two auctions for prizes such as issues of Game Informer Gold, physical game bundles, collectibles, apparel, and even a guest spot on our All Things Nintendo podcast! 

Streaming Schedule

12pm Central - Super Smash Bros Ultimate

1pm Central - Switch Multiplayer Games

2pm Central - Nintendo Land

4pm Central - Jackbox Party Pack

6pm Central - Local Multiplayer PC

8pm Central - Mary Kate and Ashley Crush Course

10pm Central - Taboo

11pm Central - NES Remix/Bomberman

12am Central - Gamecube Multiplayer Games

2am Central - RiffTrax: The Game

4am Central- Dreams

5am Central - Driver: San Francisco

6am Central - Perfect Dark

7am Central - League of Pain

We hope you’ll tune in and have a great time for a great cause. For the kids! 

Posted on 11 November 2022 | 3:51 pm

New Dragon Age: Absolution Trailer Reveals December Premiere Date

Dragon Age: Absolution is coming to Netflix on December 9. A new trailer provides a deeper look into the adult animated series' premise and new heroes. 

The story centers on Miriam, an elven mercenary and former slave tasked with stealing a powerful and dangerous artifact. When the heist goes awry, the situation escalates into a larger fight for survival for Miriam and her friends. Set in Tevinter, the show features an original cast of heroes and, potentially, some old favorites (the characters at 0:45 look a lot like Cassandra and Leliana). Check out the trailer below. 

First announced during Netflix Geeked Week in June, Dragon Age: Absolution’s cast includes Kimberly Brooks (Miriam), Matthew Mercer (Fairbanks), Ashly Burch (Qwydion), Phil Lamarr (Roland), and Josh Keaton (Rezaren). The series consists of six 30-minute episodes. 

Though steeped in Dragon Age lore, it remains to be seen if the show has any connection to the upcoming Dragon Age: Dreadwolf. Absolution is far from the only video game adaptation Netflix has in the works. The CG-animated Sonic Prime also premieres in December. The streaming giant also announced a live-action Gears of War movie and its own animated series. 

Posted on 10 November 2022 | 8:31 pm

Google Has Begun Issuing Stadia Refunds

Google Stadia refunds

With Stadia’s impending shutdown in January, Google has begun fulfilling its promise of issuing refunds to its customers. The process started yesterday, and Google has posted an FAQ breaking down how it works. 

As previously announced, Google is refunding all software purchases through the Stadia Store (such as games, DLC, in-game currency, and current pre-orders) and hardware purchases made through the Google Store; physical store purchases cannot be refunded. Eligible hardware includes:

Stadia Pro subscriptions will not be refunded, but members can play their Pro titles until the shutdown. However, those who purchased a subscription on or after September 29, 2022, and were charged for it will have that money returned. 

Refunds will be issued to the form of payment used to make the purchase. If that account is no longer available, Google will send an email with instructions for setting up an alternative method of receiving the refund.

Users may have already received an email notifying them of their refund status. Although payments are now being issued, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get yours today or this week. This will be a gradual rollout that will continue up until January 18. There's no way of knowing when you'll receive your refund, so eligible users should keep an eye on their inbox and bank account over the coming days or weeks. 

Posted on 10 November 2022 | 5:01 am

Everything Shown During Nintendo’s November 2022 Indie World Showcase

Nintendo’s latest Indie World Showcase has come and gone. Sure, Hollow Knight: Silksong didn’t appear for the umpteenth time in a row, but that doesn’t mean there weren't other titles worth putting on your radar. If you missed the festivities, this recap summarizes some of the bigger, newly revealed games heading to Switch before wrapping up with a quick recap of smaller game updates.

Once Upon a Jester

Release: Today

Launching later today, this humorous-looking tale stars two best friends plotting to steal a royal diamond. The only way to do that: join an improv theater troupe. Players travel across the kingdom on a quest to outperform other acts by performing improvised musical theater where no two shows are alike. What can go wrong? Depending on your choices, a whole lot, but at least it’ll probably be funny.

Sports Story

Release: December

After years of waiting, the follow-up to Golf Story is finally coming to Switch sometime next month. Unlike its predecessor, this role-playing adventure now features multiple sports, including fishing, soccer, and tennis. But if you played Golf Story, you know the game is much more than an athletic showcase. Make friends, battle enemies, travel the globe in search of knowledge, and even engage in espionage in this wacky genre-bending epic.

Aka

Release: December 15

Play as a red panda in this cozy open-world simulator inspired by ‘90s animated films. As the retired warrior Aka, you’ll farm, craft, and relax on an island paradise in order to achieve inner peace. Side quests rope in more purpose-driven players, such as helping villagers and freeing the ghosts of your past. 

A Space for the Unbound

Release: January 19

Set in rural Indonesia during the ‘90s, this slice-of-life adventure centers on a relationship between two high school sweethearts. Oh, and one of them has the power to read minds. When their small town is threatened by supernatural occurrences, it's up to the pair of them to get to the bottom of it while also learning more about each other.

Oni: Road to be the Mightiest Oni

Release: March 9

Simultaneously control a vengeful demon warrior and his spirit companion on a quest to reclaim your pride. This single-player game tasks you with slaying enemies as the warrior, then absorbing their souls as the spirit. An open-world hosts a variety of powerful supernatural enemies, some so powerful that fleeing instead of fighting actually benefits your stats.

Goodbye World

Release: Spring 2023

Goodbye World’s story spotlights the struggles of indie game development while featuring two styles of play. Part narrative adventure, you’ll experience the story of two young game designers struggling to make ends meet. The other half is a Game Boy-inspired puzzle-platformer played by one of the protagonists. You can find out how these disparate styles come together when Goodbye World comes to Switch and PC next Spring.

Pepper Grinder

Release: 2023

This action-platformer stars a shipwrecked treasure hunter wielding a gigantic drill. You drill through walls and the earth itself to recover lost treasure. You can upgrade the drill with new abilities used to access more areas, and the grinding through levels and enemies looks like a blast.

Botany Manor

Release: 2023

In this first-person game, you play a retired 19th-century botanist solving plant puzzles in and around a grand mansion. Doing so involves finding the best spots to grow certain plants while learning about yourself by uncovering clues and inspecting objects.

Quick Hits

Here’s a quick list of games that had smaller appearances. Some are existing indies making their way to Switch, while others received release windows for the first time. 

A Little to the Left - This cozy puzzler features over 70 organization puzzles all about tidying up spaces with visual and logic puzzles. It’s out now on PC (read our positive review here), and it comes to Switch … later today!

Blanc - A fawn and a fox join forces in this black and white co-op adventure on February 14. 

Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly - Brew another cup in this visual novel sequel sometime next Spring. 

Curse of the Sea Rats - The hand-drawn action “Ratoidvania” plunders Switch in early 2023.

Desta: The Memories Between - this emotionally charged turn-based dodgeball adventure by the maker of Monument Valley heads to Switch early next year after releasing for mobile devices via Netflix earlier this year. 

Curse of the Sea Rats

Dordogne - This French watercolor painted time-traveling journey of grief and reflection lands next Spring. 

Have a Nice Death - The grim reaper action roguelite, currently playable in Steam Early Access, is coming to Switch on March 22. 

Inscryption - One of 2021’s most acclaimed and mysterious titles finally deals a new hand on Switch on December 1. 

Rogue Legacy 2 - The roguelike sequel is coming to Switch later today and includes the Fabled Heroes update. 

Storyteller - Mix and match characters and props to build your own fairytales in this unique puzzle game on March 23. 

World of Horror

Venba - A strikingly colorful narrative cooking game about an Indian family’s immigration to Canada serves up an emotional story in Spring 2023. 

Wobbledogs Console Edition - This bizarre 3D pet simulator arrived in March and will bring its physics-based sandbox to Switch next year. 

World of Horror - Currrently in PC Early Access, this turn-based roguelite draws influence from the works of Junji Ito and H.P. Lovecraft. It heads to Switch next summer. 

WrestleQuest - Oh yeah! This pro wrestling and JRPG-inspired adventure steps into the ring sometime next May. 

What's your favorite announcement out of Indie World? Which games are you looking forward to playing the most? Let us know in the comments!

Posted on 9 November 2022 | 5:30 pm

The Street Fighter 6 Digital Issue Is Now Live

If you subscribe to the digital edition of Game Informer, you can now learn all about Street Fighter 6. Following the cover reveal, our digital issue is now live to subscribers on web browsers, iPad/iPhone, and Android devices. Individual issues will be available for purchase this afternoon.

You can download the apps to view the issue by following this link. All of these digital options are included in a PowerUp Rewards Membership.

Posted on 8 November 2022 | 7:20 pm

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Trailer Details New Pokémon, Early-Purchase Pikachu, and the First Tera Raid Battle.

Pencil sketches of Great Tusk and Iron Treads in an old book.

A wild Pokémon trailer appeared! This new look at Pokémon Scarlet and Violet was mostly focused on Ed Sheeran’s new Pokémon single “Celestial,” but it also included a few Big Nuggets of information we learned for the first time. The most significant reveal is a glimpse at two new creatures, called Great Tusk and Iron Treads. At first glance, they look a lot like Donphan (a Pokémon that has been confirmed for the new games), but it’s unclear how they’re related. They could be new regional forms, evolutions, or something entirely new.

Iron Treads. Great Tusk.

The trailer also showed a sneak peek at the Scarlet Book and Violet Book, two tomes detailed further on Pokémon’s official website. They’re records from an old expedition and have notes and drawings of old Pokémon, including the new Donphan-esque creatures revealed today. Great Tusk appears in the Scarlet book, while Iron Treads appears in the Violet book. Whichever book is present in your copy of the game, it will be carried around by Arven, one of the player’s companions.

The end of the trailer also revealed two last-minute additions. First, players that purchase the games before February 28, 2023 can receive a Pikachu with a flying Tera Type. Second, Scarlet and Violet players with save data from other Pokémon games will receive custom cases for their Rotom phones. You can see all the compatible games below.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will offer new phone casesfor players with save data from Let's Go Eevee and Let's Go Pikachu, Sword and Shield, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and Legends Arceus.

Finally, we learned that the first Tera Raid Battle event, the Eevee Spotlight, will run from Thursday, November 24, to Sunday, November 27, 2022. These are special Raid battles that you can participate in with other players, locally or online. In this instance, Eevee will appear more often, giving players a chance to catch one with their preferred Tera Type.

This trailer is the latest in a long road of the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet pre-launch rollout. We’ve seen reveals for a bunch of new Pokémon like Greavard, Bellibolt, Wigglet, and most recently Gimmighoul. We’ve also seen trailers breaking down everything trainers can do in Paldea’s three-pronged adventure format. And before all of that, we had our big Scarlet and Violet preview where we flew out to try the game for ourselves.

Posted on 8 November 2022 | 3:15 pm