Showing posts with label Deep Silver. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Deep Silver. Show all posts

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for July 2020

Xbox Live Gold will be adding free games like World Rally Championship 8 and Saints Row 2 for members on July 2020.

As we all are closing near to July, newest lineup for Games With Gold of next month has been revealed for Xbox Live Gold members. As usual, these titles are coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360, available through backward compatibility.

Having a membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will also let you access to these games alongside an extended library online. Other than monthly free games, you get to enjoy member discounts and advanced multiplayer services.

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Xbox Live Gold Free Games for July 2020

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WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship
World Rally Championship is one of the most recognized classes of auto racing competitions out there and WRC 8 officially is the most recent simulation experience from developer Kylotonn and publisher Bigben Interactive till date.

WRC employs a dynamic weather system to provide various real-life climatic conditions like rain and snowfall. There is a single-player career mode that has been redesigned with management mechanics and challenging multiplayer mode.

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WRC 8 on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Dunk Lords
In and itself basketball is a pretty fun sport and Dunk Lords by developer/publisher Story Fort LLC puts a bizarrely unique twist of two-on-two beat 'em up action into that mix while trying to make sense by adding a story mode as well.

Aside from your balling skills, you will need some sickening special abilities and moves to secure victory on a court full of hazards. Score more dunks to get more special attacks and earn extra points, money and much more for shot pads.

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Dunk Lords on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Saints Row 2
Return back to Stilwater city to help out 3rd Street Saints gang to reestablish their rule against rival groups and Ultor Corporation in over the top action-adventure game Saints Row 2 from developer Volition and publisher Deep Silver.

There are more than 40 story missions in main campaign, many side quests and competitive multiplayer mode. Saints Row sequel lets players freely explore an open-world sandbox as a customizable character with new combat options.

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Saints Row 2 on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Juju
An unusual adventure of titular shaman panda and his lizard sidekick, Juju is a 2014 platformer title from developer/publisher Flying Wild Hog that adopts a beautifully animated style of design for a more family-friendly gameplay vibe.

Juju and his friend Peyo goes after collecting a bunch of mystic keys and magic ambers to seal an ancient spirit that imprisons his father. Bouncing, running and battle through levels against many bosses are among your primary objectives.

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Juju on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Members of Live Gold will still have to wait a few days before latest lineup of Games with Gold for July becomes available and can enjoy Coffee Talk, Shantae and the Pirate's Curse and Sine Mora in the mean time until June 30, 2020.

At this point, Microsoft has seemingly giving up on Xbox Live Gold and are no longer adding value to their monthly freebies anymore. Putting an old-favorite in a mix of average games doesn't do much to attract valued members.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Dead Island 2 Playable Alpha Build Leaked

A cancelled version of Dead Island 2 by Yager Development from 2015 has been leaked online via 4Chan.

After being confirmed back in 2014, survival horror game Dead Island 2 was abandoned by developer Techland before being handed to Yager Development by publisher Deep Silver, which was later taken over by Sumo Digital in 2015.

Last year, THQ Nordic has revealed to have restart development once again with Dambuster Studios. Meanwhile, a playable yet unfinished build of Dead Island sequel from Yager has most recently been leaked online via 4Chan board.

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Dead Island 2 Playable Alpha Build Leaked

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When partnership with Techland is severed, Deep Silver has tasked Yager Development to make a true sequel. Their project was eventually scrapped and due to leak of an unfinished build lately, we know now how it would have looked.

Fans have already started playing the cancelled version of Dead Island 2 without any story premise after waited for so long. There are some placeholder assets and at least, you can have an idea of how it was originally planned to be.

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Yager was planning to add an eight-player online multiplayer mode but those functionalities are disabled within this build of June 2015. That same year, they left out development and Sumo Digital took charge of entire project afterwards.

By no means, player can get a clear idea of what state the game currently is at Dambuster as many aspects were heavily changed. Dead Island 2 is likely to be a completely different experience on launch than its leaked version.

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Get a look at gameplay video of 2015 cancelled version of Dead Island sequel from Yager Development.




RELATED: Dead Island 2 Job Listing Suggests Next-Gen Release

Though original Dead Island lacked some polish, it had a decent fan-following driven by its combat and RPG mechanics. Dead Island: Riptide came out in 2013 as a stand-alone expansion and was followed by spin-off title Escape Dead Island.

Dead Island 2 is currently under development at Dambuster Studios with no scheduled release date. However, a job listing for art director from April 2020 on official website hints at its possible launch for current and next-gen consoles.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Sonic Mania and Yakuza 0 on Xbox Free Play Days

Free Play Days offers Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Sonic Mania and Yakuza 0 for Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate members this week.

Another weekend of Xbox Free Play Days event returns with exciting new free games for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to enjoy on their Xbox One consoles while staying at home, practicing social distancing.

Starting right away from April 30, 12:01 AM PDT, get instant access to enjoy Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Sonic Mania and Yakuza 0 at Microsoft Store using your Live Gold or Game Pass Ultimate membership until May 3, 11:59 PM PDT.

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Sonic Mania and Yakuza 0 on Xbox Free Play Days

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Story of action role-playing game Kingdom Come: Deliverance is focused on Henry, son of a blacksmith. Following a massacre of his parents, he becomes a warrior seeking revenge by joining a resistance against King Sigismund.

In a classic revival of long-running Sonic the Hedgehog series, titular blue hedgehog, Tails and Knuckles returns for another exhilarating adventure of facing their arch-enemy Doctor Eggman in 2017 platform game Sonic Mania from Sega.

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A prequel title to fan-favorite Yakuza franchise, 2015 action-adventure title Yakuza 0 ventures into late criminal world of 80's Japan, featuring lead characters Kazuma Kiryu and his rival Goro Majima for a narrative-heavy experience.

When your weekend comes to an end and so is Xbox Free Play Days, keep on playing by purchasing these titles by taking advantage of an ongoing discount to carry over all of your earned achievements and in-game progress.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Dead Island 2 Job Listing Suggests Next-Gen Release

Recent job posting on official site of developer Dambuster Studios clearly hints at Dead Island 2 being a cross-gen title.

After being green-lit back in 2014, upcoming survival horror action role-playing game Dead Island 2 was expected to release on 2015 but it went through a difficult development phase and handed over to several studios for past few years.

Last year, publisher Deep Silver has assigned internal developer Dambuster Studios to pick it up once again and recently, a job listing on official website for an art director has hints of its possible release for current and next-gen consoles.

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Dead Island 2 Job Listing Suggests Next-Gen Release

RELATED: Dead Island 2 Back in Development by Dambuster Studios

Available job listing on Dambuster website suggests that aside from current-gen release, renowned AAA sequel of Dead Island is currently planned to launch on future platforms and an art director is required to lead their team.

Regardless of its past delays, next installment of Dead Island series is a top-priority for publisher Deep Silver. Koch Media CEO Klemens Kundratitz has assured earlier that the game is still in works and is going to be a kick-ass zombie game.

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Originally survival horror game series Dead Island was created by Polish studio Techland and made its debut back in 2011, which was followed up by a stand-alone expansion Dead Island: Riptide and spin-off title Escape Dead Island.

Techland eventually came up with a brand-new IP titled Dying Light in 2015 that would became even bigger success and development of Dead Island 2 is handed over to Yager Development, who previously worked on Spec Ops: The Line.

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Soon after, Yager parted ways over creative differences with Deep Silver and British developer Sumo Digital became its new project in-charge. After a while, all progress is revealed to have been handed over to Dambuster Studios in 2019.

Dambuster is likely to re-reveal for Dead Island 2 soon with a release window of next year for players to anticipate its arrival. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will be out on market in the mean time if not delayed by Coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Aztez Free on Epic Games Store Now

This week, Epic Games Store offers PC version of Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Aztez for free giveaway.

Not only has Epic Games been back in business of handing out free PC games on weekly basis but lately at Epic Games Store, players are getting more than one titles in average and are likely to continue throughout entirety of 2020.

In their current giveaway, Epic Store has added action role-playing title Kingdom Come: Deliverance and 2D beat 'em up game Aztez for anyone to claim with a free account anytime before February 20, 7:00 PM PT/10:00 PM EDT.

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Aztez Free on Epic Games Store Now

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KC: Deliverance explores a story-driven adventure set in Holy Roman Empire, where protagonist character Henry is set to avenge his parent's death, fight forces of enemy, complete quests in open-world and lead up to example doing so.

Then move over to side-scrolling brawler Aztez that is wrapped around in layer of strategy elements. You play as king of the Aztecs who must send best breed of Aztez fighters in various areas of dispute by resolving conflicts.

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A very sweet coincidence for Deliverance is that today marks the second anniversary of its release and it goes free on EGS on this special occasion. You can also grab a copy of HD sound, texture and voice packs along with base game.

Epic Store has revealed strategy card game Faeria by developer studio Abrakam that is rich with many hours of content and co-operative missions. It is scheduled to become available as a freebie PC title for next week on February 20.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Metro Exodus Coming to Steam

Metro Exodus will be returning to Steam very soon after a year of timed exclusivity at Epic Games Store.

Shortly before its worldwide release, first-person shooter Metro Exodus was snagged by Epic Games Store for PC platform, leaving Steam. Though all pre-orders were fulfilled, Epic Games was heavily bashed by series fans for this shady move.

Even developer 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver faced heavy backlash from PC gaming community. A year later, that timed exclusivity period is finally coming to an end as the game will return to Steam on February 15, 2020.

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Metro Exodus Coming to Steam

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In a divisive move of bait and switch, this title was one of the most-anticipated games that became exclusive to Epic Store. Those games are expected to show up in other storefronts over time once their signed deal expires eventually.

In a query of customers, official Twitter account for Metro Exodus has revealed that Windows PC version will not arrive on GOG anytime soon and many are speculating that it has something to do with their DRM-free policy.

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Both Standard and Gold Edition of the game is currently available at 40% off on Epic Games Store until February 14, 2020. Also don't forget to pick up Expansion Pass or additional DLC pack "The Two Colonels" for 25% discount.

Metro Exodus is third installment of Metro series, continuing from story of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light. Although Steam has not yet listed its retail price yet, its first DLC and Expansion Pass are available for purchase.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Metro Redux Coming to Nintendo Switch

4A Games is bringing ultimate double game collection of Metro Redux for Nintendo Switch next month.

Originally debuted almost a decade ago on all major gaming platforms, critically-acclaimed first-person shooter survival horror game series Metro from developer 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver is coming to Nintendo Switch.

Later, a definitive version of two-game bundle released as Metro Redux that collects Metro 2033 and its sequel Metro: Last Light. Currently available for pre-order, Switch version will arrive by end of next month, on February 28, 2020.

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Metro Redux Coming to Nintendo Switch

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In a brief new official announcement trailer, key-aspects of Metro Redux for Switch are highlighted.




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4A Games have ported these classic remakes for Switch console from ground up including all DLC content from both games. Players will be able to choose between "Spartan" and "Survival" modes to experience main story campaign.

Ordering a physical edition from select retailers in advance will get you a Ranger Cache pre-order pack, which features a double sided alternate artwork inlay, double sided art cards, game case sleeve, pin badge set and A2 double sided poster.

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Ranger Cache Pre-Order Pack

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Metro franchise is based on novels of same name by author Dmitry Glukhovsky, where you play as Artyom, a member of Spartan Ranger who is trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic Russia and fighting mutant horrors in Moscow underground.

Metro Redux was released back in 2014 as a single package and will become available for Nintendo Switch in a 16GB cartridge. Deep Silver has also announced individual launch of both 2033 and Last Light Redux digitally on eShop.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Wasteland 2 Director's Cut Digital Classic Edition Free on GOG

GOG is offering Digital Classic Edition of Wasteland 2: Director's Cut as free giveaway game on PC for next two days.

A year after original launch of post-apocalyptic role-playing game Wasteland 2, developer inXile Entertainment released a "Director's Cut" enhanced version and met with favorable reception from both players and critics in general.

CD Projekt's digital distribution platform GOG is offering DRM-free version of Wasteland 2 Director's Cut Digital Classic Edition to download and play for free on PC platform in their recent Winter Sale for next 48 hours from now.

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Wasteland 2 Director's Cut Digital Classic Edition Free on GOG

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Played from a semi-overhead view, players take on role of a highly customizable character with a group of Desert Rangers for a party-based tactical combat where they fight giant killer robots to survive in Arizona from an alternate history timeline.

This heavily loaded bundle worth $11.99 comes with official digital soundtrack, concept art book, reference card, map, Director's Cut manual, Wasteland novella books and wallpapers including code for original Wasteland game from 1988.

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Check out the official cinematic trailer of Wasteland 2: Directors Cut before jumping right into its crazy world.




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This is a great opportunity to take a deep dive into Wasteland franchise and play first two games before Wasteland 3 arrives next year. Since this is a limited time offer, be sure to grab your copy before December 13, 6:00 AM PT/9:00 AM EDT.

Aside from claiming current free giveaway of GOG, you can surely take some time to check out their collection of discounted games where you can find something you like from over 2500 titles for PC that will be up until January 2, 2020.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Wasteland 3 Release Date

inXile Entertainment revealed a release date for upcoming isometric RPG game Wasteland 3, slated for next year.

Months after being acquired by Microsoft Studios last year, developer inXile Entertainment has announced their upcoming role-playing game Wasteland 3 during E3 2019 press briefing event in association with publisher Deep Silver.

Fans of Wasteland post-apocalyptic RPG series were looking forward to an official release date and recently at X019 livestream event, it is revealed to come out worldwide on May 19, 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Wasteland 3 Release Date

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A latest trailer launched by inXile depicts in-game setting of a dystopian world full of perils titled "1987".




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Whereas first trailer of the game was more fun-filled, this one delves deep into gritty realistic side of things. Civilization has gotten rid of concepts like democracy and freedom long ago to embrace a violent way of living after huge fallout.

Players are to move to 80s-inspired frozen wastes of Colorado for strategic combat and exploration as a Desert Ranger. You can pick your own crew with preferred set of abilities and perks in both single-player and co-op modes.

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Fighting to save Arizona, you seek help from Patriarch of Colorado and come across tyrant leaders or even giant mechanized scorpion. In a century-long period, fight for survival has only become more intense and suppressive than it ever was.

Isometric RPG title Wasteland 3 is planning to deliver a story-driven gameplay experience which largely put emphasis on tactical combat rather than going guns blazing and will repeatedly make you question each moral decision.

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Wasteland 3 Pre-Order Bonus

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Currently available for pre-order, bonus includes cosmetic items like Hat, Glasses, Ranger Badge and Snow Weapons Camo for Ranger General. It was hinted that their next trailer in near future would be focused on dangers of cannibalism.

Wasteland 3 was entirely crowdfunded on Fig and Kickstarter to continue success of its critically-acclaimed predecessor Wasteland 2 and inXile managed to reach a total threshold of $3.1 million before Microsoft acquired them.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Everything and Metro 2033: Redux Free on Epic Games Store Now

This week on Epic Games Store free game giveaway, Everything and Metro 2033: Redux are available now for PC platform.

In celebration of 80th anniversary of annual Batman Day, Epic Games have really outdid themselves in terms of their free game giveaway by offering two video game bundles; Batman: Arkham Collection and LEGO Batman Trilogy.

Even on this week, their digital distribution storefront Epic Games Store is offering free copies of two new games; Everything and Metro 2033: Redux for players to claim and own anytime before October 3, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

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Everything and Metro 2033: Redux Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Awarded as "Best Indie Game" back last year in Golden Joystick Awards and some more by several other media outlet, Everything is a simulation game by developer David OReilly and publisher Double Fine Productions.

Players control many objects from a procedurally generated universe one at a time and can shift to occupy other creatures or objects smaller than the one they are onto now through exploration in a single-player experience.

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Marking a stepping stone for a series of first-person shooter survival horror games based on post-apocalyptic novel by author Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro 2033 was released back in 2010 by developer 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver.

You play as survivor character Artyom in a dystopian Moscow following a nuclear war, who is trying his best to save his peers while fighting mutated animals on its irradiated wasteland in between running war among various fractions.

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EGS had to add award-winning title Everything since Metro 2033: Redux had a rating for sixteen year olds and is very much likely to be barred access for young players who have in-store feature Parental Controls activated on their account.

For next giveaway, Epic Store has announced to offer PC version of indie puzzle adventure Minit from publisher Devolver Digital, which is a collaboration project of developers Dominik Johann, Jan Willem Nijman, Jukio Kallio and Kitty Calis.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Shenmue 3 Offers Limited Time Only Refunds

Kickstarter backers of Shenmue III have only two weeks for refund requests or to change their preferred version.

Even after having a very successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, action-adventure game Shenmue III from developer Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver took its sweet time in development phase and had a number of painful delays.

When it becomes an Epic Games Store-exclusive, upset fans were asking for a refund that was initially denied. Epic Games offered to pay angry backers on their behalf but now it is revealed that requests will be accepted for only two-weeks.

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Shenmue 3 Offers Limited Time Only Refunds

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In a latest update on Kickstarter page, Ys Net announced to do an e-mail survey on backers in mid-September that offers a refund request for anyone who originally pledged for PC platform and don't want to have Epic Store version.

Typically, these surveys go out to donors shortly before releasing final product to finalize their product preferences or change shipping address. Unfortunately, it will last only for two-weeks and doesn't seem like a smooth process at all.

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Following that limited time window, no one can request a refund anymore and processing could take from up to 20 business days to 3 months for entire transaction to be complete, meaning a backer can wait for 4 months to get their money back.

Asking for patience from fans, Ys Net has apologized for this lengthy process which is due to Shenmue III campaign being running for longer than 4 years that adds up with complexity of payment arrangements and transactions system.

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Ys Net has also planned out a trial version for the game, which will be coming out in mid-September and no specific dates were revealed. It will be playable for an hour but they didn't specify whether or not it is an exclusive to PC.

Although players can get quite a lot of experience from that opening hour from demo that is set on the game's starting area. However, no progress will be carried out to final release version when it becomes available to PC and PlayStation 4.

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Even though CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney promised to cover any cost for Ys Net to cover refunds for player base on PC, remaining Kickstarter backers are not going to receive its pre-order content for free anymore as they were promised.

Shenmue III is currently scheduled to release for PC via Epic Games Store and PS4 on November 19, 2019. It will likely to come to Steam storefront a year after release when its one year exclusivity period on EGS is finally over.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Shenmue 3 Gamesom 2019 Trailer

Newest Shenmue III trailer dropped at Gamescom 2019 event takes a look at a day in life of young hero Ryo Hazuki.

Fans of action-adventure game series Shenmue and video game enthusiasts have waited for long to see am eventual release of Shenmue III that was officially announced back in E3 2015 and has been delayed several times at this point.

Currently, the game is scheduled to release on November 19, 2019 for PC via Epic Games Store and PlayStation 4. During Gamescom 2019 opening night live event, a brand-new footage showcasing new features was released.

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Shenmue 3 Gamesom 2019 Trailer

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Latest Shenmue III trailer solely focuses on day to day activities of series protagonist and young martial artist Ryo Hazuki.




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Earlier, fans have panned the game for a downgraded graphics quality but newest video clip clearly depicts some improvements they have made lately and yet they are not something exceptional compared to modern standards.

Ryo is seen going to arcade and engaging in different mini-games in his free time or practice kung fu in arena. Rest of his day passes interacting with NPC characters in street, training hard against Shaolin monks and fighting villains.

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Originally an IP from Japanese developer/publisher giant Sega, it took 18 years for a third game to come to light after Shenmue II from developer Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver following a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Although Shenmue III is bigger than its early predecessors, series creator Yu Suzuki reveals in an interview that it will only be covering 40% of Shenmue saga, clearly indicating he is planning to work on more sequels if he can secure a partner.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Dead Island 2 Back in Development by Dambuster Studios

Dead Island 2 is not dead yet as developer Dambuster Studios will continue working on the long-delayed zombie game.

Although 2011 survival horror game Dead Island was successful enough to release a stand-alone expansion Dead Island: Riptide and spin-off Escape Dead Island, it never saw release of its officially announced sequel, Dead Island 2.

After it was confirmed back in 2014, it has been five years in development and contrary to what many believes, the game is not cancelled yet. In fact, publisher Deep Silver has now handed over the project to internal developer Dambuster Studios.

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Dead Island 2 Back in Development by Dambuster Studios

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In a recent investment report shared by THQ Nordic, it was finally revealed that long-delayed 2011 zombie game sequel is now handed over to new studios Dambuster after Sumo Digital has wrapped up their part on the project.

However, it was not clear how much progress they made so far throughout 2016 to 2019 but they assured not to act as a support studio for current developer since they have already concluded work on it before a planned transition.

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Polish video game developer/publisher Techland came on board at first but then they shift focus to Dying Light franchise. German based Yager Development was put in charge when they made a pitch to Deep Silver in 2012.

With a targeted Q2 2015 release window, Dead Island 2 was revealed at E3 2014 and a gameplay video was dropped on Gamescom 2014. Then UK-based Sumo Digital has taken over when Yager backed out from the game in 2015.

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Those who almost forgot the announce trailer of Dead Island 2 at E3 2014 briefing event can check it out below.




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Dambuster has previously worked on first-person shooter title Homefront: The Revolution under publisher Deep Silver. Their current zombie-killing action will be launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with no set release date.

THQ Nordic is reportedly working on a new Saints Row game alongside Volition in parallel to a brand-new IP by developer Fishlabs. Also, TimeSplitters series co-creator Steve Ellis is making a return to make plans for its upcoming future.

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As of July 2018, official Twitter account for Dead Island still insisted that their long-anticipated sequel is still in development and most recently, THQ Nordic has backed that claim after assigning Dambuster Studios as its newest developer.

Following unfortunate departure of Sumo Digital and Yager Development, the game has now found its third developer. We only hope that Dead Island 2 find its charm the third time and become a worthy sequel to its 2011 predecessor.

THQ Nordic to Develop New TimeSplitters Game

A year after acquiring IP for TimeSplitters series, THQ Nordic announces series creators Steve Ellis joining on board.

About a year ago, it was revealed that video game publisher company THQ Nordic has acquired rights to popular first-person shooter franchise TimeSplitters that has been on a long-hiatus after officially announcing TimeSplitters 4.

Revealed in a latest financial report, co-creator and developer Steve Ellis has joined on board with THQ to help plan future course of the beloved FPS series that is often compared to GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark by fans.

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THQ Nordic to Develop New TimeSplitters Game

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Originally developed by Free Radical Design, a British video game studio that was founded by many former employees of Rare Studio, the franchise was largely favored by new generation of consoles in era of early 2000.

TimeSplitters series saw a trilogy of titles released but then developers face bankruptcy only to be saved by Crytek. However, they never really done anything at all with its intellectual property for nearly 15 years and put it on hold until now.

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Deep Silver acquired TimeSplitters IP last year and Lars Wingefors, CEO of its parent company THQ announced return of Steve Ellis. He is joining as co-director for upcoming TimeSplitters game while help plotting a future route for it.

Since his involvement into the project is mentioned only once and no other details were dropped, it is pretty hard to anticipate what their current position is right now and where they will be in future until further announcement.

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According to same report, THQ Nordic acquires Gunfire Games, new Saints Row game in development by Volition and long-awaited zombie game Dead Island 2 being resurrected by in-house developer Dambuster Studios.

Whether TimeSplitters would go for an overall series reboot at this point or lean towards a sequel is still not clear at all but we can safely assume that upcoming project will see launch for next-generation of modern platforms.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Catherine: Full Body Demo Out Now

A demo for Catherine: Full Body is now available on PSN to try out remake version of Catherine before release.

Centered on mature subject matter, 2011 dating sim styled puzzle platformer title Catherine from developer/publisher Atlus gets an enhanced port titled Catherine: Full Body, which is deemed a definitive version of the game.

Ahead of its Western and European release on September 3, 2019, a playable demo of Full Body worth 4.97 GB size has just become available at PlayStation Store to download and play on PlayStation 4 consoles.

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Catherine: Full Body Demo Out Now

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Full Body puts players on shoes of protagonist Vincent Brooks who is already torn between his longtime girlfriend Katherine and another girl he met at Stray Sheep bar named Catherine, followed by new romantic interest, Rin.

Atlus decided to add more than 500 puzzles, over twenty anime cut-scenes and a "Safety Mode" to enjoy story in easier difficulty. It was ported using Persona 5 engine by Studio Zero team for newer generation PS platforms.

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A newly released trailer titled "Decisions" also came out depicting moral dilemma of Vincent Brooks' love life.




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Catherine was an award-winning puzzle game experience that was very unique and not like any other of the same genre. Try out free demo of Full Body to see if you would be interested and then pre-order it on Amazon to reserve a copy.

Currently awaiting global launch of a localized English version, Catherine: Full Body has already been released earlier on Japan for both PS4 and PlayStation Vita platform, with the latter edition is solely exclusive to that region only.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Shenmue 3 Backers Won't Get Pre-Order Content

Kickstarter backers will not receive Shenmue III pre-order content for free upon launch but sure can pay for it.

If debacles created around upcoming anticipated action-adventure game Shenmue III was not enough by now, we have more disappointing news at hand for backers who funded creator Yu Suzuki on Kickstarter to make this project successful.

Going Epic Games Store-exclusive was bad enough for many fans on PC but in a latest crowdfunding update, developer Ys Net also states that backer are not receiving pre-order content included in Deluxe Edition, unless they pay for it.

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Shenmue 3 Backers Won't Get Pre-Order Content

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Apart from going timed exclusive at Epic Store, it was announced at E3 2019 that developers are now working on post-launch content and they are likely to be added as pre-order bonuses or be included in Deluxe Edition and Season Pass.

Even though people who funds projects on Kickstarter receive some extra incentive limited for them as an appreciation for their support, Ys Net decided to completely deny them of any extra content and that includes higher tier backers as well.

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When someone at ResetEra forum asked for a response from YS Net about Season Pass, they had the following to say.

Dear Antonio,
We apologize for the long delay in responding. Your feedback is appreciated and we will look into having your noted points in future updates.
Standard and deluxe versions released through retail sales are not affiliated with the crowdfunding campaign, so will not be included with backer pledges, however, they will be available for sale separately. Kickstarter Backers will receive the Kickstarter version, Slacker Backers will receive the Slacker Backer version. Both have unique content respective to their versions not available in the retail versions.
A season pass is not included.
Trial version release date info has yet to be confirmed and will be announced in the updates when details are available. You will be receiving your trial version, but we must ask for your patience for a little longer.
There will be more information following in the days ahead concerning updates.
Sincerely,
The Shenmue III Team

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According to their statement, backers are still getting some exclusive content respectively unique to Kickstarter and Slacker Backer version. Nevertheless, if you are so willing to enjoy post-launch content for Shenmue III, pay for it.

Though it was probably a decision made by publisher Deep Silver but Yu Suzuki has clearly forgotten how for all those backers who showed up pledging their support to his KS project at first hour major companies has gotten involved.

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Backers Getting Refund from Epic Store

A considerable faction of backers who gave their money to Suzuki and his company Ys Net for a copy of the game on Steam upon release now either has to wait a year if they are unwilling to install Epic Games launcher on their PC.

Although they were originally denied any refunds by Ys Net for this change, which created a major backlash and possibly had some lawsuits incoming but CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney came offering a full refund for damage control.

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Won't Cover Ryo's Complete Story

Suzuki revealed in a recent interview during PC Gaming Show 2019 that the game won't even be covering Ryo's complete story but only 40% of it, which means he already has plans for one or two more upcoming sequels in mind.

Given how his backers are scammed out of what they are promised in early phase of Shenmue III, his reputation is literally tarnished and he surely will face trouble gathering funds for next Shenmue game without Epic Games or Sony backing him.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Shenmue 3 Backers Getting Refund from Epic Store

Backers of Shenmue III are now getting refund for Steam version by none other than, Epic Games Store.

Long after going through Kickstarter to crowdfund then stuck in development for years than promised, long-awaited action-adventure game Shenmue III is finally set to arrive on November 19, 2019 for PC and PlayStation 4 platforms.

A new gameplay trailer at PC Gaming Show 2019 revealed PC version of the game is now an Epic Games Store-exclusive and backers are denied a refund for this change, causing backlash but Epic Games has come to their rescue now.

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Shenmue 3 Backers Getting Refund from Epic Store

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Epic Store Exclusivity Creates Kickstarter Controversy

If moving over to Epic Store for PC version was not frustrating enough for majority of backers, developer Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver managed to infuriate them by not allowing a refund though their initial response on their official Kickstarter page.

Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki came under heavy backlash as well for promising to provide Steam keys and then switching to EGS, effectively forcing everyone to play it on a storefront that many are not comfortable with for various shady reasons.

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In a latest Kickstarter update, developers try to justify their action of shifting outlet by pointing that they couldn't provide Steam keys because of sales policies by Valve, which requires a game to be on their storefront for sale to generate keys.

Physical version will come in a disc with EGS code or they can wait for a year to receive a Steam key after exclusivity period ends. People can also choose to pick a PS4 version if they don't want to redeem digital code for Epic Games Store or just get a refund.

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Won't Cover Ryo's Complete Story

However, higher tier backers are not getting full refund but only partial because many of stretch goal for Shenmue III are already implemented in the game and developers currently working on some post-launch content too.

When people funds video game projects on crowdfunding platforms, they place a huge trust on developers that they don't have for AAA-companies and Ys Net has completely broke that trust with their recent bait and switch act on consumers.

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CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney clarified their position on offering full refund to upset backers on behalf of Ys Net.



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Now, Sweeney can expect to get some praise from people for handling a grieving situation but not everyone is ready to forget the fact here that whatever major backlash sparked was because of Epic Store trying to snag out another exclusive.

His follow-up Tweet says when they go after crowdfunded games that are successful in future, they would at least ensure that there are keys from other PC stores available to offer or a guaranteed refund and it is nothing but a subtle hint that they will.

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Delayed to November 2019

We are not sure what Shenmue developer Yu Suzuki was thinking about going EGS-exclusive and not even worrying about fans who supported him whereas parent company Sega didn't want to make a sequel because it made no significant business.

Shenmue III has proven to all that Kickstarter can literally do nothing in getting people their money back in situation like this and Tim Sweeney just clearly hinted that parties will advertise their games on Steam only for Epic to snag it later.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Shenmue 3 Won't Cover Ryo's Complete Story

Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki says, Shenmue III will only get us through 40% of Ryo's complete story.

After a series of delays after delays in past four years of development, anticipated upcoming action-adventure game Shenmue III is finally scheduled to see worldwide release on November 19, 2019 for PC and PlayStation 4 platforms.

However, players are not going to see complete story of young martial art prodigy Ryo Hazuki even when it finally gets there. According to series creator Yu Suzuki, we will not even be reaching halfway though his entire saga.

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Shenmue 3 Won't Cover Ryo's Complete Story

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In a recent interview after PC Gaming Show 2019, Suzuki stated by putting a water bottle on table pointing to middle of its length and said "40 percent" via translator, when he was asked whether third installation is a conclusion.

Though they had some bumps to work out along the road, his development company Ys Net has finally come a long way to deliver a full scale Shenmue experience after all with assistance from both Sony and publisher Deep Silver.

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After an initial announcement for the game back in E3 2015, he has successfully raised more than $7,000,000 from Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and received additional support from Sony afterwards, which led to some controversy of course.

Even when he amassed triple of his original goal of raising $2 million dollars, Suzuki was still skeptical because it took a whooping $47 million to make original Shenmue back in 1999 and he would require $10 million to make it an open world game.

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Apparently, Ys Net is already working on some post-launch content that would involve both action-based and quest-based elements. Nevertheless, he never clarified if that would add up more to Ryo's story or seeking revenge or not.

Since Ryo will not be done with quest for vengeance after Shenmue III, former Sega developer and Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki would probably want to do one or two more sequels of this critically acclaimed series in near future.