A Steam key for Tripwire Interactive’s challenging, heavy metal shooter is this week’s giveaway prize.
Gamescom is one of the biggest consumer events in the gaming calendar and, whilst we won't be flooded with announcements, there are a few livestreams taking place over the week.
The second live show starts at the same time on Monday 21 August to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Age of Empires.
EA's conference is also on Monday and gets underway at 5:30pm. We'll likely get some info on their yearly sports titles and hopefully Star Wars Battlefront 2.
Those interested in Call of Duty: WWII can catch the livestream at 6pm on Tuesday.
There's a special preview of Blizzard's briefing on Monday at 5pm which aims to get people hyped for the full showing on Wednesday. You can expect them to share details about new content for their biggest titles, including Overwatch, World of Warcraft and Hearthstone.
Nintendo will be hosting a livestream for Super Mario Odyssey on Wednesday at 2pm and another for Metroid: Samus Returns on Thursday at 11am.
Will be you be watching any of the live shows? Let us know what you're interested in seeing below or over in the forums.
MercurySteam have revealed some info on their upcoming third-person shooter/brawler, Raiders of the Broken Planet, including the release date and a brand new trailer.
The game will be shown running in 4K on Xbox One X at Gamescom.
Raiders of the Broken Planet is an asymmetrical 4v1 shooter with a campaign mode and online competitive multiplayer. You can find out what James and Sam thought after spending some time with it.
Launching on 22 September for Xbox One, PS4 and PC, Raiders of the Broken Planet - Prologue will set the scene for the adventures to follow. This will be a free download, containing two missions across four stages, multiple characters to play as and unrestricted access to both the single player and online multiplayer game modes.
The first campaign, Alien Myths, will release the same day and cost £9.99/€9.99/$9.99. Alien Myths features hours of additional content, including new characters, missions and a standalone story.
Three more campaigns - Wardog Fury, Hades Betrayal and Council’s Apocalypse - will release at regular intervals. Each one will add new content and tell a different story.
If you want the chance to take part in the closed beta, you can sign up here.
What do you think of the trailer? Signing up for the beta? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Deep Silver and Ys Net are collaborating to publish the eagerly awaited Shenmue III.
The global publishing deal will cover both physical and digital editions of the title on PlayStation 4 and PC. It's scheduled for release sometime in the second half of 2018.
“Shenmue is one of a few game franchises that have historical value whilst continuing to ignite passion across gamers. We are delighted to have signed this publishing partnership and look forward to utilizing our global publishing network to maximize the potential of this highly anticipated game,” said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Koch Media/Deep Silver.
The director of Shenmue III and CEO of Ys Net, Yu Suzuki, added, “I am very pleased to secure this global partnership with Deep Silver, which is comprised of incredible men and women who have a deep passion for bringing Japanese titles to the rest of the world. Throughout this process, Deep Silver has expressed a deep passion for Japanese games, the Shenmue franchise and its fans—this gives me further confidence in Shenmue III and that we have found the best partner possible.”
Suzuki will be attending Gamescom to participate in two "meet and greet" sessions with fans.
The Kickstarter campaign for Shenmue III raised over $6 million and broke 2 Guinness World Records. The game is currently in development by Ys Net and is being worked on by many of the original team members.
Looking forward to Shenmue III? Share your thoughts with us below or over in the forums.
Crackdown 3 will no longer be launching alongside the Xbox One X on 7 November after Microsoft pushed back the release date into early next year.
In an interview with Polygon, Loftis said that moving the game’s release date was a “difficult call”, but a necessary one.
“We want to make sure to deliver the right game, with the right quality, and at the right time. Crackdown 3 is a hugely ambitious game and we want to ensure we deliver the right experiences all the way through every part of the game, whether that’s campaign, co-op multiplayer or our competitive multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone.”
“Getting the balance right between the three modes is important, and we are going to take the extra development time to ensure that.”
Disappointed by the delay? Let us know your thoughts below.
Gamescom is just around the corner and Square Enix Collective will be showing off 5 indie titles.
Forgotten Anne is a 2D cinematic adventure title from ThroughLine Games. The titular Anne is an enforcer who keeps order in the Forgotten Realm and is attempting to squash a rebellion that may prevent her boss, and herself, from returning to the human world.
Next up is Titutitech's Oh My Godheads, a multiplayer capture-the-flag type game but instead of flags, players will be tasked with capturing an ancient head. A head that is alive, angry and after you.
Psychological horror, Tokyo Dark, “puts a new spin” on point-and-click adventures by adding a branching storyline with melancholic undertones. The disappearance of Detective Ito's partner seems to be a straightforward case but soon spirals into a twisted nightmare. The S.P.I.N system (Sanity, Professionalism, Investigation, Neurosis) keeps track of your decisions and changes what actions are available to you and how other characters react.
The final title on show, Deadbeat Heroes, is a 3D, movement based multiplayer brawler. It's all about dodging bullets and stealing superpowers. There's no trailer as of yet but we don't have long to wait until the event.
Anything pique your interest? Let us know below or over in the forums.
A definitive version of Armature Studio’s ReCore is supposedly launching 29 August, if the latest rumours are to be believed.
While there’s been no word from either Microsoft or Armature Studios about ReCore: Definitive Edition, the same corebot design also features prominently on a tweet teasing a big announcement on 20 August, so we may learn more in the coming days
Do you think ReCore needs a definitive edition? Let us know your thoughts on the rumours below.
The private beta kicks off on PS4 first. A second beta a few days later allows Xbox One owners to also get in on the action and test out some new features
Two of the biggest announcements from E3, Divisions and War Mode, will be live for the first time.
Divisions replaces the Pick 10 Create-A-Class system. The beta will feature a small portion of the soldier progression and the underlying foundation of Divisions. Players can choose to enlist in the Infantry, Expeditionary, Airborne, Armored, or Mountain Division. You won't be locked in to your choice and are free to try them all out.
War Mode, developed in partnership with Raven Software, is a new way to play Call of Duty's multiplayer in an immersive fight across the war-torn village of St. Lo, France.
The private beta will feature 3 maps (Pointe Du Hoc, Ardennes and Gibraltar), Operation Breakout in War Mode, 3 multiplayer modes (Team Deathmatch, Domination and Hardpoint), 5 Divisions and limited player progression.
More details will be revealed during a Call of Duty livestream on 22 August at 6pm.
Are you planning to pre-order? Going to watch the livestream first? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Sony have announced a deal on PlayStation Plus ahead of the price rise which comes into effect later this month.
Aside from allowing players to access online content, the service also grants free games every month, 10GB of cloud storage and member exclusive discounts. New PlayLink social party game, That's You!, is available as a bonus until 25 October.
Does this lessen the blow of the price rise? Share your thoughts with us below or over in the forums.
Congratulations to this week's winner, Ben Jamih (@JamesBraq)!