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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Resident Evil 2 Remake Celebrates First Anniversary

Capcom is celebrating first anniversary for Resident Evil 2 Remake by sharing key-moments of game development.

Only a year ago, survival horror genre got its long-due remake of an original PlayStation classic title Resident Evil 2 by Japanese developer/publisher Capcom on all major platforms with amazing reception after years of fan pledging.

A zombie-ridden Raccoon City was built from ground up for protagonists Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield to step in. Familiar menacing faces like Mr. X. and a mutated William Birkin made their most-anticipated return as well.

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Resident Evil 2 Remake Celebrates First Anniversary

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Now these days, almost every other fan-favorite game is being remade and we are even getting a Resident Evil 3 Remake in months but RE2 will always be one of the finest examples of how a studio should approach things for such projects.

From official announcement by Capcom to its first trailer reveal on E3 2018, enthusiasm for this 1998 classic from fans has been immense. Going back to a redesigned RPD Police Station was a major trip to nostalgia lane for many players.

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On one year anniversary of the game, art director Satoshi Takamatsu, composer Shusaku Uchiyama, director Kazunori Kadoi and producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi sat together recalling memorable moments from development.

Always been hearing from players of a remake, entire dev team struggled to figure out where to begin groundwork for reinventing an all-time classic like Resident Evil 2 and that time finally came a few years later when they were ready.

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Survival Horror Resurrected

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It even took some time for Capcom to come up with their "We Do It" announcement back in August 2015 as soon as they got this project greenlit because of their excitement and a relevantly small team begins development immediately.

As soon as they had their eyes on initial visuals of how gameplay will work with a shooting test on zombies and how their limbs can be taken off with precise gunshots, director Kazunori knew that this new design is special and would work.

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A Greenhorn Rookie

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Since a legion of players worldwide has already been devotees of original RE2, their biggest challenge in working was to stay true to its fundamental aspects while keeping things fresh and not to fail short on people's general expectation.

Art director Satoshi Takamatsu looks back at redesigning iconic characters as rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy, who made his series debut. His look, police outfit and other accessories are touched up, leaving shoulder pads behind this time.

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Redone From Scratch

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In case for college student Claire Redfield, slight changes are introduced to her original design to keep them modern yet realistic. Her love for bikes earned her a Harley-Davidson FXSTB Night Train and a redesigned red biker jacket.

Another prominent debutant mercenary Ada Wong posing as fake FBI agent has gone through more than a few rendition of her attire before settling on trench coat and dark glasses before taking six months to finalize her face model.

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New Look of Ada Wong

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Rather than being a cute little girl, Sherry Birkin got a bit of depth in her character than just a design upgrade. Same thing goes for her parents, Annette and William Birkin, who were former researchers for Umbrella Corporation.

From his entry scene to general design, the T-00 model Tyrant known as Mr. X has received his most striking form ever. His nigh-invulnerable nature in RE2 Remake and heavy footsteps has been reasons for players to be scared of him most.

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Iconic Monsters Return

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Composer Shusaku found his challenge in creating new score and sound design that would be a worthy improvement over original. Going back to the vibe of two decades back was not easy though but it was a memorable experience for them.

Director Kazunori admits not expecting to see an overwhelmingly positive response on E3 booth following official reveal, despite being just a remake of an old game and believes this is what has kept them on their toes to make RE2 great.

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Producer Yoshiaki remembers throwing a big party once Resident Evil 2 has gone gold and noticing each team members having an expression of an achievement that has finally lead them to that point of completion after so long.

All the hard work from every member of Capcom development team has paid off when Resident Evil 2 Remake received critical-acclaim from both critics and fans, selling over 4.7 million copies within a month as well.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Bridge Free on Epic Games Store Now

In free giveaway game of this week, Epic Games Store is offering logic-based puzzle game The Bridge for PC.

Intending to continue a popular feature of weekly free game giveaways, Epic Games is bringing more exciting titles on PC platform and being developer friendly throughout 2020 on their digital distribution storefront Epic Games Store.

For this week, 2013 logic-based puzzle game The Bridge from developer/publisher The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild is coming to Epic Store today for anyone to claim a copy anytime before January 30, 7:00 PM PT/10:00 PM EDT.

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The Bridge Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Players take control of a guy who seems to be a middle-aged science professor and starts exploring into a beautiful hand-drawn worlds of quirky physics looking for a getaway after waking up from a revelation like Isaac Newton.

Contrary of many renowned games from its genre, The Bridge attempts to introduce change to your outlook at things and help you overcome many boundaries of perspective through a few twists in ways of how gravity works its charm.

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There will be times when you are repeatedly doing something over and over but couldn't make it right for overlooking some tiny details. What you are looking for may be lying right in front of you but yet, often times it will be easily missed.

When it will be time to harvest your next freebie title on Epic Games Store, you can get your hands on ultimate farming simulation game Farming Simulator 19 from Giants Software and Focus Home Interactive on January 30, 2020.

Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap on Xbox Free Play Days

Free Play Days event offers Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap for Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate members this week.

This weekend, Free Play Days event has returned as usual to serve all Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. A bunch of new titles have arrived that members can enjoy on Xbox One consoles for free through Sunday.

Hitting off the steam from January 23, 12:01 AM PST/3:01 AM EDT, both Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip are going to be available for download and play until January 26, 11:59 PM PST/2:59 AM EDT.

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Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap on Xbox Free Play Days

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Devoid of typical racing game formula, developer Bugbear Entertainment and publisher THQ Nordic goes with a vehicle ramming contest in Wreckfest where you see real-life physics taking toll for breaking rules on a range of combative cars.

Taking motorsport games to an extreme level, you can have fun smashing steel in career, multiplayer and custom events mode. Winning is not everything here but surviving after epic crashes on dirt track in a combative race is.

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Riding back off a successful sequel of 2009 zombie comedy, Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip is a co-op shooter title from developer High Voltage Software and publisher GameMill Entertainment that is played in a top-down perspective.

Hop in with Columbus, Little Rock, Tallahassee, Wichita and more in a post-apocalyptic world taken over by an undead army. All you have to do to survive this global outbreak is to follow rules and use your arsenal of weapons wisely.

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Nearing closer to this weekly event, you can still keep playing these games to keep up all your in-game achievements and earned gamescores by simply purchasing them at a hefty discounted price using your membership.

Pick any of Standard and Deluxe Edition of Wreckfest up at 20% off or get Zombieland for a 40% lesser price. Whether you eventually decide to purchase them or not, at least give them a try when they are here for free before this Monday.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Project: Mara Announced

Hellblade developer Ninja Theory does a surprise reveal of their latest work-in-development titled Project: Mara.

Having delivered fan-favorite games like DmC: Devil May Cry, Heavenly Sword and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice in past, developer Ninja Theory has recently revealed their upcoming brand-new experimental title Project: Mara.

Trying to explore a new of storytelling in video game, their latest in-development game will largely focus on mental terror but instead of taking a fantasy-esque setting, Mara would set on real-world surroundings for a grounded experience.

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Project: Mara Announced

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A brief teaser trailer for Project: Mara is just released that offers a primary idea of its ominous story premise.




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Opening shot of the trailer begins with a shot of a corridor with heavy-breathing sound in background. A female character is seen fearfully looking around to get out and coming face to face with a startling dark reflection of her own.

Winning over accolades of best performer at Bafta Games Awards for playing Celtic warrior Senua who suffers from psychosis, German actress and video editor Melina Juergens is returning once again in latest Ninja Theory venture.

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Studying on many real-life events, developers are trying to create horrors that live deep beneath our psyche with accuracy. Entire clip drips with creepy vibe from both 2007 Spanish movie [•REC] and cancelled Silent Hills reboot.

Ninja Theory has been working on upcoming multiplayer 4v4 team brawler title Bleeding Edge for some time ever since they joined Xbox Game Studios back in 2018 and has also announced Senua's Saga: Hellblade II at The Game Awards 2019.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Dying Light 2 Delayed

Techland announced that Dying Light 2 to be delayed from its previously scheduled spring 2020 launch window.

Revealed back in E3 2018 at Xbox press conference, upcoming survival horror game Dying Light 2 from developed by Techland and published by Square Enix was originally set to arrive on spring 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

However, CEO of Polish studio Techland, Pawel Marchewka has recently stated in an official announcement that their anticipated open-world zombie action game has now been delayed indefinitely from its previously scheduled date.

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Dying Light 2 Delayed

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Although currently in works to be released on current generation gaming platforms, studio chief technology officer Pawel Rohleder confirmed to have plans to make Dying Light 2 a cross-generation game in an interview back in July 2019.

There is still no word on how this delay would affect its release on next-gen consoles like PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. It is also possible that Techland may be planning to launch the game for platforms from both generations.

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CEO Pawel Marchewka has lately posted current studio update on official Twitter account of Dying Light.



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Despite aiming for an initial spring 2020 release window, development team had to push back to deliver what they intended. They didn't a renewed launch period just yet and have promised to share more details in coming months.

Dying Light was an unexpected success in 2015 and its follow-up sequel Dying Light 2 has been one of the biggest AAA-title of Q2 2020. Techland has hired former writers from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt team to work on its narrative-based gameplay.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Santa Monica Studio's Next Game Revealed by PS5 Event Leak

Rumored leak for upcoming PS5 event reveals next game of God of War developer to be called Legendz.

After hinting at and then confirm skipping E3 this year earlier for a second time in a row, Sony Interactive Entertainment probably was planning to do an event of their own in Q1 2020, which is now rumored to be in February.

What they originally planned to be a major reveal event for PlayStation 5 is no longer a secret anymore. In fact, a recent leak revealed that developer Santa Monica Studio is currently busy working on their next game titled Legendz.

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Santa Monica Studio's Next Game Revealed by PS5 Event Leak

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Although we are yet to get some official confirmation, alleged leak has revealed possible price and even a release date for their next-gen hardware. Among launch lineup of PS5 are new game from God of War developer and Spider-Man 2.

There is always a chance that these leaks roaming around in social media could be fake since they have no credible source or evidence and many of these reveals closely reflects on what people are expecting from upcoming PS5 event.

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Even though Sony stated not to appear at E3 2020, it claims that they would return at E3 to discuss details of PS5 and upcoming release titles that includes Demon's Souls Remastered, Godfall, Gran Turismo 7, Legendz and MLB: The Show 21.

Right after Godfall was revealed on State of Play nearing end of last year, Bluepoint Games has already teased remastered version of Demon's Souls and earlier, Santa Monica was also teasing their next entry that is apparently called Legendz.

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Receiving universal acclaim for God of War reboot in 2018, fan-expectation from Santa Monica Studio is pretty high now. However, instead of working on a follow-up sequel, developers are focusing their effort on an exclusive for next-gen system.

Despite anyone knowing anything at all about it, Sony console owners are already excited for their new reveal. Probably still in its early development, Legendz would likely to be showcased during this event set for February 5, 2020.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Summerford Teaser Trailer

Indie developer Noisy Valley Studio revealed first teaser trailer for their upcoming survival horror game Summerford.

While fans of survival horror genre are getting remakes of their favorite titles these days on modern consoles, developer/publisher Noisy Valley Studio has been working on their indie horror game Summerford for some time.

Heavy inspired from legacy of survival horror classics like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, Noisy Valley has recently released a grim new trailer for their upcoming project, which currently has an estimated release window of Q4 2020.

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Summerford Teaser Trailer

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Newly released official Summerford teaser trailer offers a short tour of the titular village of United Kingdom.




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There is not much footage to dive deep into but this brief video nicely captures its overarching themes. Adapting a third-person action adventure playstyle, the game follows same aesthetics and camera angles as golden age horror games.

With a small development team of three members from rural England, Summerford explores a story set in a small UK village of the same name where protagonist character Sam goes looking out for her friends after getting separated.

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Whatever tiny fraction of gameplay is shown gives out similar vibes of early Silent Hill games and developers are attempting to take a modern approach to key-elements from these classic types with improved controls and UI.

They are trying to create an English village that suffered radioactive fallout many years ago. Taken over by nature, countryside surroundings feature less heritage sites and more regular shops where player character would go exploring.

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In terms of enemy types, Noisy Valley would like to ditch psychological aspects of horror and would try to make players feel secluded. There could be a bunch of yet to be revealed grotesque creatures lurking around somewhere there.

Konami has been quiet about reboot of their iconic franchise after 2015 cancelled Hideo Kojima project Silent Hills. However, a sub-section of that genre can still live up to expectations of horror fans through Summerford later in 2020.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Horace Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store is giving away free copy of indie platformer title Horace on PC platform for this week.

Even after fulfilling their promise of giving away free games for a year, Epic Games didn't stop offering PC titles on Epic Games Store and has confirmed earlier to continue rolling out more freebies on a weekly schedule throughout 2020.

This week, EGS has a fair-looking indie 2D pixel art platformer Horace from publisher 505 Games that is available to claim and add to your online collection of games forever before January 18, 7:00 PM PT/10:00 PM EDT.

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Horace Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Horace follows the story of a household robot that lives with a family for a while and bonds with its each member. In one unfortunate event, he gets separated and deactivated for a few years before he gets online somehow.

Rebooted back to a world that he couldn't relate to anymore with his family in it and so, he takes it upon himself to find them. This engaging experience of a small robot was developed by Paul Helman and Sean Scaplehorn.

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There are aspects of a regular platform game with player character having some basic abilities, which expands later on. It features some jokes and quips on pop culture references that people with an enthusiasm for older days will surely enjoy.

For their giveaway of next week, Epic Games Store will serve 2013 logic-based puzzle game The Bridge from developer/publisher The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild and it will go live on January 18 to remain until January 30.