Daedalic Entertainment are working with Middle-Earth Enterprises on a new Lord of the Rings game centred around Gollum.
"When you look at our history with storytelling games, it was obvious that we needed to do something where the protagonist has a conflict going on," said Fichtelmann.
"This is also something you'll play in the game. You'll come to decisions you have to make, and you'll have the two voices talking to you. He may change his mind, and this is a clue about how it will play."
As Warner Bros. own the film rights, Andy Serkis won't be reprising his role as the pint-sized pest. This Gollum could be very different, as the developers are "telling his story before we learn about what happens to him in the books. So it's definitely new content that we'll see."
Are you interested in exploring more of Gollum's story? Let us know below or over in the forums.
The latest update for Fallout 76 is now live, bringing a new, more competitive way to play with fewer PvP restrictions, a permanent XP bonus, scoreboards and weekly challenges.
You'll also be awarded double the amount of caps for each dweller vanquished and they'll drop all of their junk (which is more valuable than it sounds in the post-apocalyptic world of Fallout), along with a random amount of aid items.
Respawns are limited to Train Stations, your C.A.M.P. and Vault 76. Fast travel can be used to get around but is also limited to these areas and any Workshops you own.
Weekly challenges offer legendary rewards and the first one unlocks Crushing Blow, an M79 Grenade Launcher which inflicts double damage to targets at full health and an extra +50% limb damage.
A big change to Adventure Mode has also been ushered in, eliminating "slap damage" by reducing damage from non-hostile players to zero. There are a few caveats, however. If pacifist mode is disabled and you return fire against another player, you will become hostile and take full damage from their attacks. If your Workshop is contested, or you attempt to claim another player's Workshop, you will once again become hostile. Go easy on that trigger finger, cowboy.
Check out Inside the Vault for an in-depth look at the new systems in play and upcoming weekly challenges.
Are you going to dive into Survival Mode? Been enjoying Fallout 76 like our Liam? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Following Sony’s first ever State of Play stream earlier in the week, Microsoft have debuted their own Nindie Showcase-like program promoting a host of new indie titles coming to Xbox One.
Blazing Chrome, developed by JoyMasher and published by The Arcade Crew, makes an appearance towards the end of the show, offering up plenty of Contra-esque run-and-gun action.
Our personal pick has to be the short but sweet look at Void Bastards, a strategy-shooter featuring comicbook-inspired visuals. It’s developed by Blue Manchu, whose team includes a former BioShock and System Shock 2 developer.
What did you think of the first ID@Xbox Game Pass show? Let us know below.
Deep Silver and Nine Dots Studio have released their fourth and final dev diary showcasing Outward’s cooperative gameplay.
In Outward, you play as a simple adventurer, not some all-powerful hero, as you explore a vast open world. The game features a “unique magical system” and survival elements, such as the need to eat and rest.
Outward launches today on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
Let us know what you think of the game below or in the forums, and be sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming Outward review.
Sony’s debut Nintendo Direct-like broadcast went live last night, bringing us a look at some of the content heading to PlayStation 4 and PS VR in the coming weeks and months.
There was plenty more PS VR news, including confirmation of upcoming virtual reality support for No Man’s Sky and a 28 May release date for London Studios’ Blood & Truth. We also got brief looks at first-person adventure title Falcon Age (9 April), tabletop-inspired fantasy RPG Table of Tales (16 April) and Rick & Morty creator Justin Roiland’s bizarre Trover Saves the Universe (31 May).
Robot Entertainment’s multiplayer dungeon crawler, ReadySet Heroes, was announced during the show as a timed exclusive for PS4. In the game, two players must quickly make their way through levels whilst collecting loot and weaponry, ready to face off against an opposing team of two (who’ve ran an identical version of the dungeon themselves) in a final arena showdown.
It’s been purposefully designed as a “short session game” for local or online multiplayer, with no PlayStation Plus required to engage with the latter. ReadySet Heroes is out sometime later this year.
Moody science-fiction thriller Observation is out later this spring (21 May) and sees players stepping into the role of a self-aware AI known as SAM on a stricken space station. Using SAM’s connections and various systems, players must help the last remaining crew member uncover the mysterious downfall of the station.
You can catch up with the entirety of the inaugural State of Play below.
Share your thoughts on all the big announcements with us below or over in the forums.
MercurySteam has unveiled the latest addition to the ever-growing roster of Spacelords, the free-to-play title formerly known as Raiders of the Broken Planet.
“Sööma is a truly interesting character to play with,” said Joosten. “She can absorb the damage suffered by her allies, but that power comes with a price for her to pay. It is really exciting seeing my character coming to life, and I can’t wait for Sööma to be released!”
Sööma will be released Q2 (April – June) this year.
Let us know what you think of the new character below or in the forums.
It’s been quite the eventful day for Switch owners, with a whole host of indie titles announced for the hybrid console.
Another big announcement from today’s Showcase was a Legend of Zelda and Crypt of the Necrodancer crossover, called Cadence of Hyrule. This mashup between Brace Yourself Games’ rhythmic action game series and Nintendo’s iconic adventure franchise is due to arrive sometime this spring, but you can catch a glimpse of it in action below.
Finally, The Bearded Ladies and Funcom are bringing their XCOM-like Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden to Switch this summer. Sam described Road To Eden as a “strange game, but in the best way” in our review, highly recommending it to both role-playing and strategy fans alike.
The Switch version is out 25 June, which coincidentally is also the release date of the game’s next expansion. A special boxed edition of the game will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Switch that includes the base game plus the new DLC.
You can check out all the indie news from today’s Showcase in the video below.
Be sure to share your thoughts on the deluge of Nindies heading our way this year below or over in the forums.
THQ Nordic have shared the launch trailer for their open world co-op shooter, Generation Zero, which releases next week.
There are many different flavours of enemies, each with their own weapons and sensory equipment, which are persistently simulated and "roam the landscape with intent and purpose." When a specific enemy component is destroyed, such as armour or weapons, the damage is permanent and they will carry it with them until you next meet, even weeks later.
The world itself is rendered using the Apex engine and features "a full day/night cycle with unpredictable weather, complex AI behaviour, simulated ballistics, highly realistic acoustics and a dynamic 1980’s soundtrack."
Generation Zero hits Xbox One, PS4 and PC on 26 March. You can pre-order from the official website to receive the Radical Vanity Pack, containing 12 additional customisation options.
What do you think of Generation Zero? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Activision and Tencent are bringing Call of Duty: Mobile to the West, a free-to-play take on the franchise’s iconic multiplayer for iOS and Android devices.
Confirmed modes include Team Deathmatch, Search and Destroy and Free-For-All, with iconic maps such as Crash, Hijacked and Nuketown making an appearance. Players earn scorestreaks, characters and weapons as they progress, allowing them to customise their loadout.
“We are delivering the definitive, first person action experience in a new mobile title with incredible graphics and visceral Call of Duty gameplay,” said Chris Plummer, VP, Mobile at Activision.
“Together with the amazing team at Tencent, we’re bringing together a collection of the most beloved maps, competitive modes, familiar characters and signature weapons from across this storied franchise into one epic experience for the first time on mobile.”
A public beta will be held this summer, which you can sign up for over on the game’s official site.
Are you looking forward to playing Call of Duty on the go? Let us know below.