Thursday, January 16, 2020

Hunt: Showdown Comes to PS4

Crytek announces Hunt: Showdown release date for PlayStation 4 version, featuring cross-play with Xbox One.

Starting from February 2018, developer/publisher Crytek has worked their way through Early Access phase of survival horror first-person shooter game Hunt: Showdown to its full release on PC via Steam and Xbox One platform.

Last year, Crytek revealed plans to launch a PlayStation 4 version of their poplar multiplayer shooter by fall 2019 but that got delayed unfortunately and recently, they announced an official release date set for February 18, 2020.

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Hunt: Showdown Comes to PS4

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Partnering up with Koch Media for retail and digital release of console versions worldwide has allowed developers to focus on regular updates and on launch day, players on PS4 will have support for cross-play with Xbox version.

By next year, more content update will eventually roll out on all platforms including new events, Legendary Hunters and weapons. Physical Edition of Hunt for Xbox One consoles will arrive on same day of its PS4 release next month.

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Crytek has previous experience of working on popular FPS genre franchises like Crysis and Far Cry. They have mixed up elements from both PvP and PvE game types for their latest endeavor for a unique bounty hunting shooter IP.

Hunt: Showdown is a competitive shooter title that allows 12-players to go solo or team-up in hunting down ghoulish monsters. Track them down and execute them for handsome rewards but be aware of being double-crossed any time.

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.

Xbox Game Pass for PC to Add A Plague Tale, Gris and More

Xbox Game Pass for PC is starting off January 2020 by adding new games like A Plague Tale, Gris and more.

After debuting back in during E3 2019, a considerably vast library of games was added to Xbox Game Pass for PC. Although still in beta stage, there are nearly 200 titles in collection for its members and many of them are new releases.

Lucky for you, a major nominee from The Game Awards 2019 for "Best Narrative" category and a winner of "Games for Impact" group is listed among upcoming latest lineup of high-quality indie titles announced for Game Pass on PC.

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Xbox Game Pass for PC to Add A Plague Tale, Gris and More

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A Plague Tale: Innocence | PC, Ultimate
Embark a tragic journey of noble young girl Amicia de Rune during dark times of the Hundred Years' War where she is being hunted down by an invading English army as she tries to get her little brother Hugo to doctor Laurentius.

Players need to heavily rely on stealth to avoid getting killed by Inquisition soldiers in this 2019 action-adventure horror game. At that time, a ravenous horde of rats spreading plague can become a tool of their salvation and survival.

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A Plague Tale: Innocence on Xbox Game Pass for PC

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Children of Morta | PC, Ultimate
This story-driven action RPG game from developer Dead Mage and publisher 11 Bit Studios is about a family of heroes. It gameplay mechanics has a blend of action-adventure with roguelike elements and some role-playing aspects.

You will be taking on evil swarms of Mount Morta in single-player or local co-op mode leading an individual character. Members of Bergson family will join raiding procedurally generated dungeons as they are unlocked via player progression.

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Children of Morta on Xbox Game Pass for PC

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Gris | PC, Ultimate
In a world of puzzle-platformer by developer Nomada Studio that is rendered in beautiful watercolor drawings, players assume the role of a girl named Gris who lands onto a colourless Earth after waking up on palm of a huge female statue.

Though often time your objectives are not very clear apparently but you will figure them out eventually on each level. Through actions and exploration, each part of the world would change with a new color and is reflected on its score too.

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Gris on Xbox Game Pass for PC

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Those who have a subscription to Game Pass Ultimate can access all titles on PC platform as well as the ones available on console. It comes bundled with Xbox Live Gold and its multiplayer features along with a large catalog of great games.

Microsoft has an exciting ongoing offer to try out a 3 months membership of Game Pass by spending only $1 for first-time subscribers. Xbox Game Pass is currently giving PC gamers one of the best deals possible for their precious bucks.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Zombie Army 4: Dead War Overview Trailer

Rebellion studio has released a "101 Trailer" for upcoming Zombie Army 4: Dead War, highlighting major features.

Coming out only within a few weeks on February 4, 2020, survival horror third-person shooter game Zombie Army 4: Dead War from developer/publisher Rebellion Developments is set to arrive for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Dead War is a major step up from 2015 Sniper Elite series spin-off Zombie Army Trilogy and as a sequel to its add-on predecessors. Recently, a new overview trailer has been released shortly ahead of its anticipated release next month.

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Zombie Army 4: Dead War Overview Trailer

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In a newly released 6-minute long 101 trailer, Rebellion attempts to give you a roundup of ZA4: Dead War.




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Latest trailer for Zombie Army 4 dives deep inside its story premise and some gameplay aspects in overall. It all begins in 1945 when Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler summoned an army of living dead to avoid defeat by desperately executing "Plan Z".

Though they have left Europe in ruins but Führer was defeated by members of Resistance and was thrown into the fiery pits of Hell. His undead followers kept roaming around even after a year until a new force of darkness came out.

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Dead War invites brave newcomers and veteran players into a terrifying campaign mode that expands upon multiple levels. There will be no shortage of deadly zombie hordes to face off on your own or in 4-player co-op mode.

Aside from regular recruits from legion of dead, there is some overly unhinged one that belongs to elite class. Some of these crazies will wield weapons like chainsaw, flamethrowers and heavy machine guns to use them against you at will.

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Beware of Zombie Sharks

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This undead plague has infected more than Nazi human flesh and has managed to corrupt War Machines present in battlefield. It has tainted almost everything it touched and now you have to look out for giant zombie sharks in waters.

Of course, players will be given a number of weapon choices to fight back like primary rifle and secondary shotgun to shoot off those nasty skulls or blow up their testicles and enjoy watching it in slow-motion with X-Ray Kill Cam feature.

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Those who wants to take time with their kills can switch to pistol for landing more accurate shots. Unlocking special ability for any and each weapons through playing will allow survivors to deliver a powerful overkill move on enemies.

Set up targets in a line to blow up couple of heads at once in quick-fire or choose melee attack when cornered. This will give you time to fend yourself and restore health but don't forget to use special melee finishing for a larger group.

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Taking advantage of your surrounding environment, distract those nasty bastards with trigger decoys that are set to explode. Also set off electrified floors to incapacitate a pack or dice them all up by activating a whirling propeller blade.

Player arsenal has items like grenades, mines and trip-wires to lure enemies into traps or use divine energy to damage them. Thanks to a deep progression system, there are 100 ranks to upgrade your character and customize their loadout.

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Undead Airman Pack Pre-Order Bonus

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Activating special perks and skills will particularly come in handy to deal with minions of Hitler. Find precious weapon upgrades to expand your armory as well as special execution moves alongside various cosmetic items and emotes.

Finally, there will be a Horde mode to test the abilities of a survivor to overcome great odds. Tackling through wave after waves of undead will advance you to new levels and offer you exceptional rewards for your efforts.

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Receive pre-order bonus Undead Airman Character pack with Standard Edition or any version of ZA4. To get additional campaign levels, outfit, skins and weapons bundle along with base game, purchase Super Deluxe Edition for $79.99 only.

In less than a month, Zombie Army 4: Dead War is scheduled to launch on all confirmed platforms. PC version of the game will remain a timed exclusive to Epic Games Store for a year before Rebellion releases it on Steam.

Sea of Thieves: Legends of the Sea Update Live Now

Rare Studio is kicking in a new decade for Sea of Thieves with latest free monthly content update Legends of the Sea.

Stepping into a New Year and a decade, developer Rare Studio and publisher Microsoft Studios have things planned for their 2018 action-adventure game Sea of Thieves that starts with a free monthly content update on PC and Xbox One.

Packed with more adventurous exploration and collectible bonus treasures, new Legends of the Sea storied update is going live on all available platforms and for members of Xbox Game Pass as well from today, January 14, 2020.

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Sea of Thieves: Legends of the Sea Update Live Now

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Have a brief look at some key-features put together by Rare Studio for players this month in a latest video.




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Bilge Rats' leader Duke is back after long and he has some precious Gilded Voyages for you that will only last for a limited time. Interested pirates can choose only one of them from his list to take part in but it will deliver enough rewards.

Take your earnings to Trading Companies as usual or reap double amount of gold by taking them to excavation site on Reaper's Hideout. Seek out Masked Stranger there and offer your loot to get double rewards, just as Duke promised.

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Be on lookout for newly added set of Ashen Tomes simply lying around in the wild and guided by mean Skeleton crews. Take them to Ashen Guardians and Key Masters within in-game world to unlock them and get all five Tomes of Fire.

Of course, Duke didn't return empty handed without bringing newest cosmetics for pirates that includes full Aristocrat Ship set, Corsair Sea Dog and Parrot Clothing options that he is ready to hand you over in exchange for those.

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A new legendary NPC named Umbra has resided at Lagoon of Whispers and she has many rumours that you can start tracking right away. Her clues will be found in your Commendation list and they will lead you in places to investigate.

With her help, complete those certain rumours to get exclusive Commendations, Doubloons, Titles and tattoo sets. More riches are waiting in a variant of Reaper's Bounty Chests offering vast wealth, which you can spot from a golden beam.

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"X" Marks the Spot Sails

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Jumping in on first week of Legends of the Sea will earn players "X" Marks the Spot emote for free along with matching sails. Be sure to play before January 22 to receive these entitlements until they return back in February update.

Most recently, Sea of Thieves has crossed a staggering 10 million players and became one of the most successful titles of current Xbox generation. Newcomers can easily get started with Maiden Voyage mode for a tutorial-like experience.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Epic Games Store Will Continue Free Weekly Games in 2020

Epic Games promises to continue trend of giving away free PC games on Epic Games Store throughout 2020.

Hitting up one year anniversary last year, Epic Games didn't even slow down on their regular wave of free games offering on Epic Games Store and is still keeps on giving stepping into new year of 2020 with no sign of stopping.

Last year, EGS had 12 days of free games initiative that ran alongside their first annual Holiday Sale. They even entered a new decade giving three titles at once, which they intend to continue on a weekly basis throughout this year as well.

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Epic Games Store Will Continue Free Weekly Games in 2020

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Already given out 73 games so far that were being claimed for more than 200 million times and are worth $1,455 in total, Epic Store is planning to extend this freebie giveaway practice to have a large part of their audience engaged.

Not only did EGS highlighted many promising indie tiles on their platform, they handed out older games from those creators to members to claim for free as part of a promotional tactics, which seemed to have worked pretty well too.

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Epic Store PC Games Revenue

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During their entire run, they attracted 108 million members to their storefront and had their valued customers spend over $680 million for PC games and $251 million of that revenue amount was used up on third-party titles.

Epic Games is determined to continue supporting developers and publishers with a friendly 88% revenue split, just as they initially started. After enabling keyless purchasing integration with Humble Store lately, there are more to come in future.

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Of course those numbers are very impressive for first year of a new digital distribution outlet but you can easily bet that a lion's share of that percentage has come from their free-to-play online shooter game Fortnite Battle Royale.

Most popular on Epic Store last year was Borderlands 3, Control, Metro Exodus, The Division 2, The Outer Worlds and World War Z. For 2020, they are planning to include Auto Chess, Godfall, Predator: Hunting Grounds and Rogue Company.

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Epic Store Most Popular Games in 2019

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Support for cross-platform play across Android, iOSMacNintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation and Xbox systems were limited to Fortnite only. Currently, Dauntless from developer Phoenix Labs has the same features as first third-party game.

Epic Games plans on working more on cross-platform games in near future that are coming in 2020. More timed exclusive titles will head over to Epic Games Store as well, which means they will probably sneak onto more Kickstarter projects.

Doom Eternal Second Trailer

Witness an all-new official trailer for Doom Eternal and see Doomguy raze Hell by tearing up demon hordes.

Just like its 1993 original predecessor, 2016 reboot of first-person shooter game Doom has been a great success for developer id Software and publisher Bethesda Softworks, leading them to work on a sequel titled Doom Eternal.

Previously set to release nearing end of 2018, its launch date for Google Stadia, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has been pushed to March 20, 2020. With more story bits, Bethesda its second official trailer a few months ahead of launch.

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Doom Eternal Second Trailer

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In latest Doom Eternal trailer, major enemies like Gladiator and Marauder are shown alongside Crucible in action.




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Hell on Earth is unleashed all of a sudden when demonic forces start popping up from portals everywhere. To save humanity from total annihilation, Doomguy makes his imminent return from his unfortunate exile in a capsule.

Needless to say, this is the fateful day that all demons have feared till date to face when Doom Slayer comes to collect. Though he has not many words to express his disgust at them, his heavy firepower and mighty fists will do.

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Before jumping into a streak of unending hostilely, a silhouette of main protagonist is briefly seen. Some quick gameplay displays more creative ways to ensure loads of glory kills during his encounter with many new and old enemy types.

Aside from his wide-range of arsenal to rip and tear through hordes of demons, our beloved space marine will be wielding sword-like artifact known as Crucible to slice off all unearthly demonic filth and probably close portals to Hell.

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Though recent trailer is largely focused on single-player campaign, there will hopefully be another one on brand-new multiplayer Battlemode of this rebooted sequel that has been one of the most-anticipated games of 2020.

Doom Eternal has also been hinted to arrive on Nintendo Switch at some point but there is no official release date yet. Pre-order bonus includes bonus level, digital download for Doom 64, Doot Revenant and Throwback Shotgun skin.

Resident Evil 3 Remake Nemesis Trailer

Capcom releases new trailer for Resident Evil 3 Remake focused on Nemesis, Umbrella soldiers and more.

Following immense success of Resident Evil 2 Remake from last year, developer/publisher Capcom came out announcing its sequel survival horror game Resident Evil 3 Remake on April 3, 2020 for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Players who are still being haunted by a menacing Tyrant bioweapon named Mr. X will have a new enemy to deal with. After showing brief silhouettes in past trailer, a new footage is released focusing on RE3 antagonist Nemesis.

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Resident Evil 3 Remake Nemesis Trailer

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Nemesis trailer showcase a relentless pursuer running amok in Raccoon City for any surviving S.T.A.R.S members.




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Only over a minute long, the trailer shifts first-person perspective of announcement footage to a third-person view where former S.T.A.R.S. officer Jill Valentine is shown to have been struggling to get out of her pursuer's way.

She made it out of a flaming apartment and their confrontation hits streets of the city where Nemesis hurls her onto a car using his tentacles but help comes her way soon in form of a surviving U.B.C.S. member Carlos Oliveira.

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Brotherhood of U.B.C.S.

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He and his fellow mercenary Tyrell Patrick is seen to head for Raccoon City Police Department, before or after Leon S. Kennedy made his rounds. Jill later meets with rest of his friends like Mikhail Victor and others inside a cable car.

Sergeant Nikolai Zinoviev thinks Jill is a liability and then she ran off to distract her approaching adversary from them. Gameplay moments of shooting down zombies and what is likely seem to be Hunter creatures are showed in between story bits.

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Return of Hunters

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Though Nemesis is designed using model of Mr. X, he is much more strong and intelligent due to an improved AI used by Capcom. In past, he only used to carry a rocket launcher but now he has a huge flamethrower mounted on his back.

His persuade of Jill is more intense than it was in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis since most of his interaction is not scripted. There will be more fateful encounters with this monstrosity and he is well equipped to do much more damage than before.

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Chasing of S.T.A.R.S.

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This cat-and-mouse game eventually comes to an end when her chaser comes in front of her car and they both crash. Future trailer launching ahead of RE3 release would likely to feature further mutation of this enraged beast.

Players will have to wait only a few months until they can get their hands on Resident Evil 3 Remake on all major platforms and step into a reimagined Raccoon City for an exciting journey of survival amidst an iconic outbreak from 1999.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Grand Theft Auto 4 No Longer Selling on Steam

Over the weekend, Rockstar Games has pulled off selling for PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV on Steam, for now.

Almost like every other game from Grand Theft Auto series by developer/publisher Rockstar Games, 2008 action-adventure title Grand Theft Auto IV has made headlines for controversy and sold out millions of copies over its lifetime.

Most recently, GTA IV has been restricted from purchase for players on PC digital distribution storefront Steam without any prior announcement because the game is not supported on Games for Windows Live platform anymore.

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Grand Theft Auto 4 No Longer Selling on Steam

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A technical issue arises lately upon Microsoft deciding not to continue supporting a prominent online gaming feature that allowed players to cross-play between PC and Xbox 360 and for which, GTA IV was originally created for.

Now that their service is no longer available, Rockstar Games can't generate keys anymore to sell the game. Currently, they are considering any viable option to digitally distribute Grand Theft Auto 4 on PC once again in future.

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Rockstar has released an official statement on inquiry of what made them take such a step all of a sudden.

Grand Theft Auto IV was originally created for the Games For Windows Live platform. With Microsoft no longer supporting Games For Windows Live, it is no longer possible to generate the additional keys needed to continue selling the current version of the game. We are looking at other options for distributing GTAIV for PC and will share more information as soon as we can.

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After a marketplace shutdown notice back in 2013, Microsoft officially discontinued Games for Windows Live a year later. Although it was accessible through Steam, many developers have removed its system integration over time.

Rockstar has made sure that no one can buy a copy of GTA 4 on Steam but a product page is still up there and this latest issue with Windows Live services following its demise will now affect sales of its PC version on similar outlets.

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Last year, players faced issues regarding soundtracks for the title and developers stepped in to disable in-game music. Even though many have found ways to avoid losing access to licensed songs, similar treatment may arise for its sequels.

There have also been rumors of a planned remake or remastered version of GTA IV and its expansions to make them playable on modern consoles but it seems like Rockstar is more concerned with Grand Theft Auto VI right now.

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Despite its sequel Grand Theft Auto V being one of the best-selling games of all time, there are still many who are in love with journey of protagonist Niko Bellic trying to find his place in Liberty City and would love to keep playing.

Rockstar Games launcher for PC made its debut nearing end of last year and players are heavily speculating that they simply removed Grand Theft Auto IV from Steam and other digital platforms to add the title to their own launcher.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

New Mario & Luigi Trademark Filed by Nintendo

Nintendo files for a new Mario & Luigi trademark after AlphaDream bankruptcy, hinting at new game.

Back in October 2019, acclaimed Mario & Luigi role-playing video game series developer AlphaDream filed for bankruptcy and many assumed that their long-time publisher Nintendo would not probably continue the franchise as well.

According to recent reports, Nintendo has filed a new trademark for Mario & Luigi series that clearly suggests that they have plans to release more titles from the RPG series in near future, most likely for Nintendo Switch console.

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New Mario & Luigi Trademark Filed by Nintendo

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In 2003, AlphaDream has worked with Nintendo on Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for Game Boy Advance handheld system. It featured some known RPG elements like additional player interactions in middle of a battle scenario and such.

They went on to develop seven more games for the same publisher to release on Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS. AlphaDream has also worked on Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 for Switch last year.

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Upon closure of the studio, fans were skeptical about future of the series but recent trademark filing for Mario & Luigi name in South America shows Nintendo's clear interest to continue making more games on the RPG series.

Spotted by LetsGoDigital, this trademark is proposed for video games cartridges, memory cards and even phone covers, which lead people to speculate that Nintendo may even develop a title for mobile devices as well as Switch console.

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New Mario & Luigi Name Trademark

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Maybe they are simply planning to do a series of remake of older titles of named RPG series since the Japanese video game company expressed interest of bringing more ports from Nintendo 3DS platform for Switch last year.

It could also be that Nintendo has no intention of making any game for Mario & Luigi series just yet and they are just securing its name. Whether or not they want to make a new game up next, it will not come out at least until 2021.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Xbox Series X Games Will Be Cross-Gen With Xbox One

Microsoft has confirmed that games released for Xbox Series X will also be playable on Xbox One for first few years.

This holiday season 2020, both Microsoft Studios and Sony Interactive Entertainment are launching their latest gaming hardware Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 for next console generation with full backward compatibility support.

However, that doesn't mean that current and upcoming games will skip previous consoles. Going a step further, Microsoft ensures that all first-party games for Series X will also be playable for Xbox One for at least two years.

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Xbox Series X Games Will Be Cross-Gen With Xbox One

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Head of Xbox Game Studios internal development team, Matt Booty has confirmed in a recent interview that all of their games coming out for over next two years will play out on Xbox family of existing and next-gen devices.

Committed to consumers about content, they want to make sure that players feel they made a good investment. Two first-party games Halo Infinite and Senua's Saga: Hellblade II is already scheduled to arrive alongside Xbox Series X.

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One of their biggest push in gaming will come from xCloud, which is claimed to be Netflix for games and even though this cloud gaming service is currently in beta, it can compete against Google Stadia with a greater lineup.

Lately, Microsoft has teamed up with Nintendo to bring popular titles like Cuphead and Minecraft to Nintendo Switch. Banjo and Kazooie joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as guest DLC fighters only hints at something big coming in future.

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In his interview, Matt Booty talked more about their approach to and intended vision for next-gen Xbox console.

Our approach is to pick one or two IP that we’re going to focus on and make sure that they’re there at the launch of the console, taking advantage of all the features. And for us, that’s going to be Halo Infinite, which is a big opportunity. It’s the first time in over 15 years that we’ll have a Halo title launching in sync with a new console. And that team is definitely going to be doing things to take advantage of [Series X].

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Halo Infinite was heavily marketed as a flagship title for Xbox Series X and also a cross-gen release for Xbox One. However, it won't be the only one and a select few games will be focused to showcase powerful feature of Series X hardware.

This way, player community of their ongoing titles like Sea of Thieves will get an extended period of support while forthcoming multiplayer online games like Battletoads and Bleeding Edge will be benefiting from extra updates.

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Offering cross-generation compatibility is great news for millions of Xbox One owners as they don't essentially have to buy the latest console to play newest Halo game with only downside of playing on a machine that is less powerful than Series X.

Microsoft is preparing themselves for next generation in their own way despite facing heavy market challenge from Sony but staying away from new exclusives to be more favorable to customers compared to PS5 is a really odd strategy.

Control and Death Stranding Gets Most Nominations at DICE Awards

Control and Death Stranding are on top list of nominees at D.I.C.E. Awards, receiving eight nominations each.

Despite being two major contenders for "Game of the Year" accolades for 2019, both Control and Death Stranding ended up losing the crown to action-adventure title Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice by Japanese studio From Software.

Now those two games are heading to upcoming 23rd annual D.I.C.E. Awards this award season earning most number of nominations each, to compete against each other over multiple categories including Game of the Year.

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Control and Death Stranding Gets Most Nominations at DICE Awards

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Though started off with a few issues on consoles at launch, reception towards Control was mostly positive. However, that didn't reflect largely when it comes to winning awards and it has won for Best Art Direction at TGA 2019.

On the other hand, social strand genre pioneer Death Stranding was a highly-anticipated title from game director Hideo Kojima following his infamous departure from Konami and has divided audience in terms of reviews.

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These titles are going to be challenging each other for winning on Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Character, Outstanding Technical Achievement and lastly for Game of the Year categories.

Death Stranding is challenging its worthy rival twice as hard for its place in Outstanding Achievement in Character group with Cliff Unger portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen and Sam Porter Bridges played by Norman Reedus.

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Set to take place on February 13, 2020, awards ceremony for Design Innovate Communicate Entertain has been one of the oldest shows within video game industry that made its debut back in 1998 to honor winners of previous year.

Control and Death Stranding will have their chance at a few more events to win over GOTY. When we are done with D.I.C.E. Awards, there are both Game Developers Choice Awards and New York Game Awards coming this year.