2K and Gearbox have released the first 14 minutes of Borderlands 3’s upcoming DLC, Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot.
As everyone aboard the casino has been trapped there since Jack’s death, the leftover punters aren’t in the most welcoming mood, and there’s also a few new “never-before-seen enemies and larger-than-life bosses” based on the old Hyperion forces.
Players must first have unlocked the Sanctuary III base by completing the main campaign’s prologue and should be at least level 13 before taking on the heist. Higher level players will find the difficulty automatically scales to offer a challenge and “appropriately powerful loot.”
Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot is out 19 December on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, and comes as part of the season pass and the Super Deluxe edition of the game. It's the first of four DLC drops planned for Borderlands 3.
What do you think of the new footage? Looking forward to the (sort of) return of Handsome Jack? Let us know below.
Massive Xbox One Verdun update overhauls visuals, audio, gameplay, more – also adds multiplayer bots
M2H and BlackMill Games have released a huge update for their WW1-set multiplayer shooter, Verdun, on Xbox One, with existing owners receiving it for free
One of the biggest changes sees a new spawn system introduced to Verdun’s Frontlines mode, allowing players to pick their spawn point in a similar way that spin-off title, Tannenberg, allows in its larger matches. Up to 24 AI bots will take the place of real players, a feature that will hopefully help reinvigorate the player base on Xbox One.
As for new content, the update includes two new squads – the ANZACs and Senegalese Tirailleurs – the new St. Mihiel Salient map, the Webley-Fosbery and Berthier Mle. 1907 main weapons, the machete and trench tool melee weapons, and a couple of new grenade types.
Lastly, there’s a new tutorial mode that helps new or returning players get to grips with some of the game’s key systems, like squads and levelling up, and more language options have also been added. You can read about all the changes being made to the game here.
The update goes live today for Xbox One players, with a PlayStation 4 version also in the works for a later date.
What do you think of the update? Has it convinced you to give Verdun another try? Let us know below or in the forums.
UK publisher Slitherine LTD are partnering up with Belgian development studio The Artistocrats (Order of Battle, Commander: The Great War) to make a new game based on the Starship Troopers film.
According to Slitherine, the game will feature complex mechanics and deep gameplay systems, along with a “wide variety of options to turn a fast-paced strategy game into a mind-bending experience that involves multiple solutions to a very basic problem: to kill a lot of bugs.” Judging from the trailer, it looks like some of those options include air strikes and giant mechs, and, of course, portable nukes.
Development Director Iain McNeil spoke about the game using the film as inspiration to create an authentic feeling experience:
“When creating this game, we aimed to capture the essence of the original movie and its universe. This is not only achieved by creating a coherent set of units and scenarios, but also by mimicking the language, visual elements, dialogues and the little details that made the film such an iconic, cult feature.
“Modern strategy games are fast-paced and they successfully blend unit management, survival and captivating storytelling,” continued McNeil. “Nothing is more suited to this type of gameplay than the Starship Troopers universe, where there is a continuous sense of danger and uncertainty.”
There’s no solid release date yet, with the game said to be coming to PC sometime next year.
What do you think of the reveal trailer? Would you like to know more? Share your thoughts below.
Nintendo have released a new video giving us a look at the latest update coming to Super Mario Maker 2 on 5 December, which includes one of gaming’s most famous blades.
As well as legendary swords, the update also introduces a couple of new enemy types that will be available across all styles. There’s Spike, who throws spikey balls at players, and Pokey (who probably should have been called Spike) a moving cactus-like creature that comes in a variety of sizes and occasionally flies.
In terms of building materials, the update adds frozen coins, which, as the name suggests, is a coin that’s been frozen in ice. There’s also P blocks that can be switched on and off, and a dash block (Super Mario 3D World style only) that gives players a boost when jumped upon.
Finally, there’s a new mode called Ninji Speedruns that tasks players with registering the quickest time on special courses created by Nintendo. In a rather cool addition, Ninji ghosts of other players run alongside you as you compete for the fastest time and rewards.
What do you think of the update? Looking forward to wielding the Master Sword? Let us know below.
A massive 10 Steam keys for virtual reality fitness game PowerBeatsVR are up for grabs in our giveaway this week!
The first raid for Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint went live at 20:00 GMT this evening for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC users, with a Google Stadia iteration coming later in the year.
A full roster of four players is required to tackle the raid, with a Gear Level of 150 or higher, and it’ll only be available in Normal difficulty at first, with Easy and Heroic difficulties being added early next year.
As you might expect from a raid, the rewards include “some of the best loot and gear,” according to Ubisoft, with “objectives, enemy setups and rewards” reset on a weekly basis to help keep things fresh for returning players.
To celebrate the raid’s going live this evening, those exploring the main game might have noticed a volcano erupting, which was used to mark the beginning of Project Titan.
Are you looking forward to Breakpoint’s first raid? Let us know below.
Our LEGO City Undercover giveaway winner is Laura Mcgregor-Hamman!
On Thursday evening, a special edition of Inside Xbox was streamed live from X019 in London, giving us a look at the titles we'll be playing over the course of the next year.
In Grounded, up to four players are scaled down to the size of an ant and tasked with surviving the "unique micro-world of a suburban backyard" where they must gather everyday materials to craft and build bases, search for life saving resources and fight off the massive hostile inhabitants that threaten them and the peaceful insects.
The announcement trailer for Rare's EVERWILD didn't give much away but the cartoon-y visuals and soft pastel colours are unmistakably Rare. The team is said to be focused on "building an experience that allows for new ways to play in a natural and magical world" providing memorable and engaging experiences for players to share.
Microsoft are pushing Xbox Game Pass further than ever before
With all Xbox Game Studios titles being made available to Game Pass subscribers from day one, there's a slew of new content coming our way. 19 games from developers in the ID@Xbox program will be sitting in the Game Pass library at launch.
Eight games were introduced to the service on Thursday and we were promised that a total of 42 more will be releasing throughout the holidays and 2020, including a trio of Yakuza games (Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, Yakuza Kiwami 2) and these 10 Final Fantasy epics:
Xbox Game Pass for PC (included with Game Pass Ultimate) is starting to gain traction, with Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition added to the PC library, a very brief reveal trailer for Age of Empires 4 debuting and the confirmation that Halo Reach will be arriving on PC via The Master Chief Collection on 3 December.
You can currently pick up a 3-month trial of Game Pass Ultimate for a single pound, euro or dollar and, for a limited time, every member can claim 1 month of EA Access, 3 months of Discord Nitro and 6 months of Spotify Premium.
Project xCloud is expanding following a successful trial
Microsoft's streaming service, Project xCloud, has been in preview for a month and over 50 titles can now be played on mobile devices, with even more on the way. Check out the full list and register your interest in the program here.
Next year, Project xCloud will be brought to Windows PCs and the team are "collaborating with a broad set of partners to make game streaming available on other devices."
In addition, support for more Bluetooth controllers is planned for 2020, including the DualShock 4 and Razer game pads.
No extra effort from developers is needed for games to function via xCloud and all of your progress (saves, achievements, friends lists, etc.) will be ready and waiting, whichever devices you use.
Get a head start on Black Friday deals
Once again, there's a lot of money to be saved in the Black Friday bargains and those with Xbox Live Gold get early access from 21 November. There's up to 75% off select games (find the full list courtesy of Major Nelson), as well as massive discounts on console bundles. Accessories are included in the sale, with a handful of controllers sporting a reduced price and Xbox Design Labs giving you a few quid off a custom job.
Keep your eye on the Microsoft Store for details.
You can catch all the news and announcements from X019 in full below.
Steam curators Valve have officially announced Half-Life: Alyx, a “flagship VR title” that will be fully revealed this Thursday, 10am Pacific Time (18:00 GMT).
Given the reverence the series is held in, and the fact that this is the first major title Valve have worked on in a number of years, there is understandably a fair amount of hype surrounding the announcement.
What do you think of the news? Looking forward to a VR Half-Life? Disappointed it’s not Half-Life 3? Let us know below.
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