Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Yakuza Remastered Collection Announced

Sega released long-requested games from Yakuza franchise for PS4 in a bundle titled Yakuza Remastered Collection.

For long, players have been requesting developer/publisher Sega to release remastered versions of their fan-favorite crime fiction games from Yakuza series for international market, which are already out in Japan individually.

Today, Sega has officially released Yakuza Remastered Collection for PlayStation 4 that includes Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 and Yakuza 5. Other than major graphical improvement, previously removed content are being added to this compilation.

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Yakuza Remastered Collection Announced

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Witness the Dragon of the Dojima return to action in a newly released announcement trailer from Sega.




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Among this trio of games, only Yakuza 3 is currently available for download on PS store and by 2020, the rest two will roll out. Yakuza 4 will be added to collection on October 29 and then by February 11, 2020, Yakuza 5 will join as well.

Whereas original games used to run in 720p and 30 FPS, remastered titles will be running on 1080p and 60 FPS. Sega has also emphasized on re-localization by reviewing and revising new English scripts that even has some parts rewritten.

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Yakuza Remastered Collection Day 1 Edition

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Whatever piece of contents was excluded in original releases is now added once more for proper completion of the anthology, which includes a number of mini-games like bowling, karaoke, mahjong and shogi as well as few sub-stories.

Sega has planned a physical version release of Yakuza Remastered Collection on same day when Yakuza 5 will be unlocked. This package will be a two-disc set for all three games in a red collectible case featuring Kiryu's dragon tattoo on it.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

For Honor Standard Edition Free on Uplay Now

Class-based melee action game For Honor: Standard Edition for PC is free to download on Uplay until August 27.

Last year in August, developer/publisher Ubisoft offered a free copy of their 2017 third-person action game For Honor on Steam digital outlet and was listed in monthly games lineup for Xbox Live Gold, during its seventh season of content.

Most recently, PC version of the title was given out on Epic Games Store as part of their weekly free games giveaway and now you can head over to Uplay to grab a free copy of its Standard Edition before August 27, 6 AM PT/9 AM EDT.

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For Honor Standard Edition Free on Uplay Now

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All you have to do is to claim it on Ubisoft store with a free Uplay account and then proceed to checkout. Standard Edition allows you access into story-driven campaign and seven multiplayer modes to play online as part of its base game.

Once added, it will be yours to keep forever with your game library and so, you should hurry up until this offer is still on the table. Players can also earn in-game currency, Steel to purchase additional new heroes or cosmetic items.

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Earlier this year, both PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus have offered the game for their members. So, here is another chance at become a valiant Knight or an honorable Samurai in medieval era without costing a single dime.

For Honor is currently in its third year and is usually sold for $39.99 in other digital storefronts for PC or consoles. Thus, a freebie offer on base content of this combat-focused action game is definitely a great deal for newcomers.

Death Stranding Introduces Deadman and Mama

Celebrated game director Hideo Kojima showed up at Gamescom 2019 to show off more footage of upcoming Death Stranding.

On opening night live of Gamescom 2019, many big-name announcements were made but part of what made it extra special was video game icon Hideo Kojima showed up with some new video for upcoming action game Death Stranding.

Though his original plan was to show some clips on Tokyo Game Show later this year but when his very good friend and host of the event, Geoff Keighley requested him for a brief showcase, Kojima felt generous enough to give us a few.

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Death Stranding Introduces Deadman and Mama

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Our first takeaway from Gamescom event is a character spotlight for Mama, revealing her part in Bridges.




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Lead character Sam Bridges comes to some sort of a secret facility of Bridges and he notices small BT (Beached Thing) like footsteps. He attempts to hold his breath but then a woman comes forward telling him not to worry about it.

They hear a baby cry and she then carry the barely visible child into her arms out of void, which makes him go whoa! Mama proceeds to explain that it was actually her daughter who is connected to her by an umbilical cord.

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Since this child was born on the other side (presumably Hades) and not with her on material world, she really cannot leave this place and so, she made a base around her because unlike other BTs, this baby is only connected with Mama.

This is likely to be a first encounter between Mama and Sam, who has come to meet her for something, which may not be a delivery. His reason to come here might be similar to why he gave Heartman a visit in an early trailer.

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Then here is an introduction of Bridge Baby that is described to Sam by another Bridges affiliate, Deadman.




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Sam enters a room inside one of facility Bridges looking for Deadman with his Bridge Baby pod was showing "Crucial" alert and he instructs to remove it to connect it to a nearby incubator before eventually revealing himself on screen.

He explains how they can return the BB to its mother's womb to relieve the baby from stress and it sounds like he only sees them as instruments. They are connecting it to a brain-dead still mother located in ICU of capital North City.

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To establish a connection between the world of the dead and BB, a still mother's womb is required, therefore linking to this baby gives people an ability to sense presence of BTs that are close by, an essential part of survival of course.

As he explains further about how these incubators work to simulate a stress-free environment for Bridge Baby, he goes behind it and it seems like Deadman is a mere projection of some sort, therefore bearing such odd moniker.

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Finally, there is a short gameplay video showing Sam is on a mission doing delivery and meeting a special character.




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Titled "Ludens Fan", the trailer starts off with protagonist Sam Bridges taking a nap and woke up to urinate before heading to work. He takes a leak moving left and right but no matter where the camera is moved, his penis will not be shown.

When he is done managing his pee and completely empty for good, a big mushroom grows on that place and more people peeing on the same spot will trigger something good apparently but nothing on that is either hinted or shown.

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Then some actual gameplay ensues with Sam scanning his surroundings before going ahead before using a ladder for traversal. He reaches to a post-apocalyptic bunker on top of a hillside and activates a delivery terminal to hand over cargo.

Then the titular "Ludens Fan" character shows up in hologram, which turns out to be a special guest appearance by Geoff Keighley himself. Sam would come across more people like him who lives isolation and is known as "preppers".

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Bidding him farewell, Sam proceeds to return only to fall of a small cliff when he was not looking and this made the baby start crying. He quickly gets back to his feet and started to calm it down before it gets too stressed.

Compared to what we saw on earlier clips where Sam is either getting viciously swarmed by group of BT entities or crossing paths with terrorist Higgs who would send his monstrous pet after him, this video is pretty light hearted.

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Kojima has showed up at Gamescom event after five years and for that very reason, he flew to Germany to get on stage and interact with fans even though his upcoming anticipated title is currently in a crucial point of development phase.

Death Stranding is scheduled to arrive on November 8, 2019 for PlayStation 4 and is available for pre-order. Although it was initially marketed as a PS4-exclusive title, several recent indications suggest it may even see a PC release at one point.

Little Nightmares 2 Announced

Gamescom 2019 reveals 2017 indie puzzle-platformer sequel Little Nightmares II is coming in 2020.

In 2017, indie puzzle-platformer horror adventure title Little Nightmares from developer Tarsier Studios and publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment see debut on major platforms with critical-acclaim, which warrants for a follow-up game.

It is during Gamescom 2019 opening night live today, that its much-anticipated sequel has finally been announced officially as Little Nightmares II is coming to Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at some point in 2020.

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Little Nightmares 2 Announced

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An ominous trailer clip is released to herald the return of a nightmarish series in a brand-new installment.




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LNII follows story of a new character named Mono, a young boy who will be joined by original protagonist Six. These two will journey to a Signal Tower that has distorted their surrounding world with its humming transmission.

As Mono set out to discover some dark secrets, his yellow raincoat wearing friend will serve as an AI companion. Both of these kids are tied to story and cooperation is essential in a yet to reveal gameplay mechanics.

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Given how Little Nightmares had players confined within indoor environments and then a lot of venturing to outdoor locations happening in sequel, it is easy to assume that LNII is likely to be bigger than the Maw from first game.

When you are going through a hostile area and come across some menacing enemies, stealth is a best approach for survival. Of course, there are some combat mechanics but they are mostly for self-defense purpose and to save Six.

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The announcement trailer is more of a teaser that invites us to step into its same old creepy and dark atmosphere once again. Other than that, it doesn't reveal much to audience in terms of plot premise or gameplay features.

Little Nightmares II senior narrative designer, Dave Mervik stated to include an extra layer of complexity to puzzle solving and enemy encounters and we still have a lot to learn about the game until it finally launches next year.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Gears 5 Campaign and Horde Mode Revealed

The Coalition revealed campaign story and wave-based Horde mode for Gears 5 at opening night live of Gamescom 2019.

In a few weeks, upcoming third-person shooter game Gears 5 from developer studio The Coalition and publisher Xbox Game Studios will see worldwide launch on September 10, 2019 for PC via Steam and Xbox One platforms.

Back in at E3 2019, development team promised to reveal Horde mode during Gamescom 2019 and today, much more are coming. Since story of the game is focused on protagonist Kait Diaz, what better way to start without campaign trailer?

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Gears 5 Campaign and Horde Mode Revealed

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Gears 5 story campaign trailer shows Kait going through personal dark secret and a dangerous threat upon them.




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For long, Kait has been struggling to understand her mysterious connection with their enemy and so, she took on a personal journey to Sera. As she already is haunted by a dark vision, her squad struggles to fight oncoming Swarms.

Another terrifying enemy called Swarm Leeches shows up in full-appearance to display their ability to chew through metal armor. "Head like a Hole" by Nine Inch Nails play in background score while Kait having flashback to dark past.

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As promised by developers earlier, Horde mode saw official reveal today during Gamescom 2019 event.




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Iconic multiplayer mode from Gears of War series, Horde is back and it has evolved for better by focusing onto a character-based gameplay mechanics that offers unique legacy, personality, play style and progression for each one.

This five-player mode features Ultimate abilities for each playable-character such as JD calling for air strikes, Kait can use a cloak to go beyond enemy lines and take them out or X-ray vision that lets Fahz see targets through walls.

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Horde mode will require you to use all of these abilities to survive and even allows you play as flying support bot, Jack. Playing with him is unlike any other Gears heroes since he doesn't need any cover and can heal players nearby.

Also, he can make enemies fight each other by using his ability to hijack one of them and that makes him really useful in battle. Newly added Power Taps mechanic will let players to move around bases for power and rewards.

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Then in a surprise addition, Halo: Reach character pack is unveiled to debut valiant Spartans into world of Gears.




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From Xbox briefing event at E3 2019, we learned that Gears 5 will be having a crossover with upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate live-action movie but for Coalition studio head Rod Ferguson, that simply wasn't big enough for upcoming title.

So, he decided to call in for Halo: Reach from another fan-favorite game franchise of Microsoft Studios to join them in their upcoming Locust hunt. Spartans Emile-A239 and Kat-B320 from Noble Team are joining Gears heroes in battle soon.

Halo: Reach Comes to Gears 5

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Both Emile and Kat will have their very own Ultimate abilities in Horde mode just like any other playable characters. Players can also access them in other available modes of the upcoming cover-based shooter, including Escape.

Halo: Reach character pack comes exclusively with Ultimate Edition of the game or a subscription to Game Pass Ultimate. This might not be the exact crossover that Xbox players have asked for but are getting anyways.

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There are a wide range of Reach-themed cosmetics like skin, banner, blood Spray, mark and even weapon set for Jack. A recent collaboration with clothing line A Bathing Ape brings more exclusive items such as Red Camo banner and Moonface mark.

Dropping on September 6, Gears 5 x AAPE Customization pack will feature character skin for Kait Diaz that comes in Blue Camo hoodie, Black Camo weapon set and other cosmetics like AAPE banner, blood Spray and Moonface mark.

Gears 5 x AAPE Customization Pack

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Showing up on biggest gaming show in Europe, Rod Ferguson has received honorable "Best Xbox One Game" award on behalf of everyone from Coalition development team for Gears 5 at Gamescom 2019 opening night live.

Of course you can jump in four days earlier than global release on September 10 with a membership of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or just by purchasing a copy of Gears 5 Ultimate Edition to join your squad from September 6, 2019.

Streets of Rage 4 Introduces Cherry Hunter

At Gamescom 2019, a third playable character Cherry Hunter is introduced for Streets of Rage 4 by developer DotEmu.

Back in August 2018, official announcement for upcoming side-scrolling beat 'em up game Streets of Rage 4 was made by developer DotEmu, Guard Crush Games and Lizardcube with a brand-new trailer and some gameplay bits.

Two fan-favorite series regular ex-cop Axel Stone and police detective Blaze Fielding are confirmed for SoR4. A third and newly added playable character named Cherry Hunter is introduced lately at Gamescom 2019 in a new clip.

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Streets of Rage 4 Introduces Cherry Hunter

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Take a look at debut trailer for Cherry Hunter, joining brawling streets alongside Axel and Blaze from Gamescom 2019.




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Aside from Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding from original Streets of Rage, two additional playable characters were on vaguely teased on background silhouette of PAX East 2019 gameplay teaser video that anyone can miss pretty easily.

Newest SoR4 recruit is a guitar-playing fighter Cherry Hunter, daughter of Adam Hunter from first SoR game. She is a street-level brawler with love for music, who took some lesson in self-defense from her father and Axel.

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Guitar-Wielding Warrior

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Cherry wields an electric guitar that she uses to perform slide through or shock her enemies with guitar strum. She has some similarities in her moves with her mentor Axel and though her punches may not hit hard, she is fast.

Despite being a young warrior, Cherry Hunter is an interesting playable fighter that brings variety into gameplay experience. We are likely to get another reveal very soon from silhouette tease who will probably be a "powerhouse" character.

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A Street-Level Brawler

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After gaining "cult classic" status in side-scrolling beat 'em up genre from fans, Streets of Rage series has been on hiatus for more than two decades until original developer/publisher of the franchise Sega decided to bring it back.

Although Streets of Rage 4 has not received an official launch date from Dotemu just yet but its release platforms are recently revealed to be Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which came out exactly as early predictions.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2v2 Mode Alpha Announced

PS4 players can test your skills in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare free Alpha for Gunfight Mode from August 23 without PS Plus.

Ahead of opening night live at Gamescom 2019, upcoming first-person shooter game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare from developer Infinity Ward and publisher by Activision announced to have an exciting reveal on multiplayer.

More action from intense new 2v2 mode Gunfight is coming soon to a free Alpha for players on PlayStation 4 from August 23 to 25. PS4 owner with an internet connection can jump right in without requiring a PS Plus subscription.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2v2 Mode Alpha Announced

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Gamescom 2019 unveils a brand-new trailer focused on Gunfight mode of upcoming Alpha program for CoD: MW.




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Prepare yourself and a partner on PS4 console for an entire weekend of 2v2 that kick starts very soon. You will be given access to five close-quarter maps to fight another duo team that includes newest addition of Docks and Speedball.

Each team of two players will enter a fight to win five rounds with random weapons at hand from a wide range of loadouts. You never know whether you are going to get a scoped shotgun or will end up with a pistol until you get them.

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Whatever you are handed out to, you will be wise to act quickly and work on your reflexes with any given firearms. Good thing is, enemy team is also given the same loadout and that can also make things a bit unpredictable at times.

Gunfight Mode pushes you to adapt into unpredictable loadouts in each match to survive 2v2 maps. It is a simplistic approach to Multiplayer experience of Modern Warfare, which is far more complicated with weapon customization.

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Those looking forward to enter Multiplayer Beta will have to wait until September 12 and it comes to PS4 first. PC and Xbox One players can join in from September 19 before an Open Beta arrives on September 21 for all platforms.

Modern Warfare sub-series heading towards a soft-reboot in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which is currently scheduled to release worldwide on October 25, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with cross-play support.

Nintendo Indie World Showcase August 2019

Check out an awesome lineup of indie games heading to Nintendo Switch in latest Indie World Showcase live-stream.

With the rise of Nintendo Switch handheld console in recent years following its 2017 launch, many indie games with great potential are finding a new audience to reach out to and that essentially has helped them to grow exponentially.

Though Nintendo mostly focuses on major upcoming releases and big-name anticipated Switch ports during their Nintendo Direct presentation, this time they decided to go with indie games and is introducing Indie World Showcase.

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Nintendo Indie World Showcase August 2019

Here are official announcements for some of indie games that are coming to Switch later this year on in 2020.




Risk of Rain 2
First title that kicks-off the presentation is an upcoming third-person shooter Risk of Rain 2 with rogue-like gameplay elements and an interesting setting that comes from developer Hopoo Games and publisher Gearbox Publishing.

Heading to Switch this summer, there will be 10 playable characters at launch that you can pick from to enjoy playing with up to four person. Similar to its predecessor, you venture out various levels, collect loot, kill aliens and repeat.

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Risk of Rain 2 Comes to Nintendo Switch

Eastward
A single player adventure ride that centers on a mysterious white haired little girl named Sam in a post-apocalyptic world. Eastward is created by developer Pixpil and publisher Chucklefish, coming to Switch platform in 2020.

In order to find true origin of Sam, player character John goes out of his way and embarks a journey into a hostile world. Although it has a retro vibe, it is beautifully-detailed instead of entirely adapting a pixilated graphics style.

Torchlight II
Announcement for Switch version of action role-playing game Torchlight II came months ago and now a release date is revealed for September 3, 2019. Also coming is exclusive in-game pet; a pink unicorn and yapper to keep you company.

Explore a dynamic open-world created by developer/publisher Runic Games that comes with a new game plus mode. Hack and slash your way into this fan-favorite dungeon crawler to slay monsters and earn loot alone or with up to four friends.

Although almost every other game is trying their best to get a Switch version out for the platform these days, long-time Xbox console exclusive Ori and the Blind Forest is one particular game that took the literal cake here for us.

Indie World Showcase live-stream for Nintendo Switch sure was packed with surprises and some already known confirmations and boy, does this lineup looks packed! So, was it as exciting for you as it was for us? If so, then what was it?

Friday, August 16, 2019

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Gears Fan Giveaway

The Coalition and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to arrange Ultimate Gears Fan giveaway only for fans with U.S.

We are now less than a month away from debut of upcoming third-person shooter game Gears 5 on September 10, 2019 for PC and Xbox One via Xbox Play Anywhere but members of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate can start from September 6.

Ahead of its launch, developer The Coalition offers Ultimate Gears Fan giveaway for fans in association with Game Pass Ultimate. One lucky winner from U.S. will meet their development team in Vancouver for hands-on gameplay experience.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Gears Fan Giveaway

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Then grand prize winner of the giveaway contest will receive Collector's Edition Jack Drone, Chips Ahoy cookies, Gears of War-themed merchandise, Rockstar energy drinks and limited-edition Gears 5 Xbox One X bundle worth $499.

This console package comes with Ultimate Edition download of the game, Kait Diaz limited edition Xbox wireless controller and more. If you are interested to try our luck to win those goodies, then join in for Gears Quest right now.

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All you have to do is complete any achievements from any Gears of War title from Xbox Game Pass library between August 14 and September 2 to enter and being a member of Game Pass Ultimate subscription service is a must to participate.

If you don't have membership to Game Pass Ultimate and want to catch up with your squad 4 days early before release, then sign up today for a monthly low price of just $1 now or just purchase Gears 5 Ultimate Edition for $79.99 only.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes PC and PS4 Release Date

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes to return for PC and PS4 release this October as a Complete Edition.

After debuting for Nintendo Switch console back in January 2019, action-adventure hack and slash game Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes was officially announced for PC via Steam and PlayStation 4 at MomoCon 2019 in May.

An assassin and unlikely hero Travis Touchdown will return on above-mentioned platforms with his signature beam katana on October 17, 2019, effectively leaving a timed Switch-exclusivity nine months after its original launch.

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Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes PC and PS4 Release Date

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A brand-new trailer showcases gameplay bits and featured digital content for the game when it arrives later this year.




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Both PS4 and Steam version are coming in a bundle titled as Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition that includes the base game and two post-launch DLCs, Black Dandelion and Bubblegum Fatale.

Additional content includes new chapters, exclusive skills, playable characters and much more. Already available on digital storefronts for a price of $39.99, you can receive a 10% discount by placing your pre-order before release.

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A spin-off title of No More Heroes franchise, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes ports are being handled by Marvelous Inc. and Xseed Games while Grasshopper Manufacture remained on their role as developer.

A mainline follow-up sequel No More Heroes III was announced by director/producer Goichi Suda and Nintendo back at E3 2019 press event that currently has an expected release window set for 2020 on Nintendo Switch.

Halo Infinite Creative Director Exits 343 Industries

Tim Longo, creative director for upcoming first-person shooter title Halo Infinite leaves 343 Industries this week.

It has taken fifteen years for first-person shooter franchise Halo to return with a mainline sequel that is Halo Infinite, revealed back in E3 2018 and that teaser trailer was followed by another one during Xbox press briefing at E3 2019.

Currently scheduled for release window of fall 2020, developer 343 Industries is seeing a sudden leadership shakeup only a year before planned launch as creative director of the game, Tim Longo leaves studio this week.

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Halo Infinite Creative Director Exits 343 Industries

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Longo is an industry veteran who worked for Crystal Dynamics and Lucas Arts, being involved in games like Jedi Knight and Republic Commando. He also acted as creative director for Halo 5: Guardians during his stint on 343 Industries.

Following his departure, Chris Lee is going to lead ongoing production of the project forward with its original creative vision in mind as studio head. Also, this sudden change of leadership will not have any effect on the game release date.

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Microsoft has released an official statement on this recent change and what it means for Infinite development team.

Roles and responsibilities of various team members regularly evolve to meet the needs of a game, throughout development. We have recently had two changes to the Halo Infinite development team. Our Executive Producer, Mary Olson will now take charge of the Campaign team on Halo Infinite as the Lead Producer, utilizing her many years of experience at 343 to help craft a great campaign for fans. Additionally, Tim Longo has recently departed our team and we are truly thankful for his many contributions to our games, our studio and the Halo universe. We wish Tim nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

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Upcoming Halo game is going to be a launch title for Project Scarlett, which is being developed using new Slipspace Engine and to bring back everyone's favorite four-player split-screen gameplay while not featuring any battle royale mode.

Regardless of Microsoft's assures, fans have reasons to be concerned seeing a huge leadership shakeup at this point of development, especially because success of Halo Infinite will somewhat determine future of Xbox brand in gaming industry.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hyper Light Drifter and Mutant Year Zero Free on Epic Games Store Now

This week, Epic Games Store offers both Hyper Light Drifter and Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden for free.

Ever so consecutive with their running free games giveaway program, Epic Games has decided to brought over two new titles to offer anyone and everyone without a charge on their digital distribution outlet Epic Games Store.

This week, fans of Epic Store freebie games are getting their hands on PC version of Hyper Light Drifter and Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, both having to garner a very positive feedback from players upon initial release.

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Hyper Light Drifter and Mutant Year Zero Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Comes as a fusion of titles like Diablo and Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, 2D action role-playing game Hyper Light Drifter is rendered in 16 it-style pixilated graphics and follows an easy to get in but difficult to master approach.

You assume the role of a Drifter character that wields technology of a forgotten past and keeps battling scary monsters. His primary weapon of choice is an energy sword, which charges ammo for guns whenever he strikes enemies with it.

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Then developer The Bearded Ladies and publisher Funcom joins the party with their latest turn-based tactical role-playing title Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, set around survivors of a global nuclear war and became mutants.

You go in with a party of three mutant scavenger characters known as Stalkers to represent Ark, a last settlement of civilization and freely explore wasteland of Zone to gather resources among Ghouls or hostile humans of the old world.

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Now without delaying, head over to EGS before August 22, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT and then claim a copy of both of these giveaway titles for PC platform with just a free account to have them in your online library of collection forever.

Next week, Epic Games Store will be giving out award-winning 2012 indie puzzle-platform Fez from developer Polytron Corporation and publisher Trapdoor, which will stay up for grabs on their storefront for a whole week.