Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer beta starts this week, private Blackout beta coming in September
Those who pre-order Black Ops 4 on PS4 will get a chance to try out the multiplayer beta on Friday, when the first round of testing kicks off. Xbox and PC owners have their chance to get in on the action the following week.
The modes on offer include Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint, Search & Destroy, and the brand new objective-based game mode, Control. Control sees teams alternate between attacking and defending 2 static objects, in a best-of-five match.
The Pick 10 Create-a-Class system returns with a few new changes:
The second beta weekend will run from 10 - 13 August and is available on PS4 and Xbox for all those with a beta key.
Things are a little different on PC, as players have access to an open beta from 11 - 13 August, all that's needed is a Battle.net account. Pre-ordering through Battle.net will grant you one day of early access, lining up nicely with the console schedule.
Everyone who takes part in the multiplayer beta will be rewarded with a unique calling card and those who hit max rank get a fancy Permanent Unlock Token when the game releases.
Treyarch and Activision have also promised a private beta for Blackout, Black Ops 4's take on the Battle Royale genre, in September. Expect more details on that in the coming weeks.
You can pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 ahead of its 12 October launch to get your beta access key.
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Big Dorks Entertainment have released a trio of trailers to celebrate the launch of their debut VR game, which will hit online stores later this week.
The objective is to take over as many planets as possible by sending out fleets of battleships, but there are another two players (either human or AI) trying to put a stop to your plans so that they can take those planets for themselves.
The second trailer, taken from the in-game tutorial, dives deeper into the mechanics.
The third and final trailer explains the controls, shows off some of the different map layouts and details the game's five factions, which each have their own strengths and weaknesses.
Matches are for up to three players and there's cross-play between Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
MoonStrike launches 2 August for $19.99 but players can take advantage of a 15% launch discount by heading to the Oculus Store or Steam Store.
What do you think of the trailers? Let us know below or over in the forums.
With just under a month to go until Strange Brigade hits stores, Rebellion have detailed some of the post launch content for their cooperative shooter.
Each of the “intrepid new explorers” highlighted in the trailer look like they’ll be bringing their own personality and style to proceedings inspired by their country of origin.
These include ‘rebel of the skies’ Tessie Caldwell, ‘gold-hunting daredevil’ Patrick ‘Bash’ Conaghan, the ‘vengeful demon hunter’ Anjali Khan and ‘unyielding hero’ Hachiro Shimizu.
Both the standard and Digital Deluxe editions of Strange Brigade - the latter of which comes bundled with the season pass - include the Secret Service Weapons Pack, containing the Wilkers & White P19 pistol, the Stoudenmire 960 submachine gun and the Gehrig-Delgane S1 rifle.
Strange Brigade is out 28 August on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Are you looking forward to a rip-roaring matinee-inspired adventure next month? Let us know below.
The sequel to This is The Police launches next week and THQ Nordiq have released an interesting new trailer to build hype.
This is The Police 2 has a similar premise to its predecessor. Players have to run the sheriff's department, manage their force, take part in investigations and interrogations, all the while trying to earn a living and stay out of jail themselves.
The new sheriff in town, Lilly Reed, already has enough on her plate attempting to deal with unruly subordinates who aren't used to taking orders from a young woman, but everything changes when a mysterious stranger, known as Warren Nash, appears in Sharpwood with unknown motives.
This is The Police 2 launches 2 August on PC, Mac and Linux, and will be heading to Xbox One, PS4 and Switch later this year.
Did you play the original? Looking forward to the sequel? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Square Enix Collective have announced Wonderstruck’s MMO, Boundless, will be coming to PlayStation 4 and PC later this year.
Players start out with nothing but can help build entire civilisations on new planets, with all assets acquired through either player creation or by trading with others.
Here’s some other key features:
“Throughout its Early Access run, we’ve watched players flourish within Boundless’ evolving universe,” says James Austin, Director of Wonderstruck.
“Now, with our full launch in September, we’re excited to see where they take the full game - especially given that PC and PS4 gamers will all be operating within the same space, crafting and creating with each other within the same worlds.”
Boundless is out 11 September on PS4 and PC, while it’s also currently available through Steam Early Access on the latter.
Let us know your thoughts on Wonderstruck’s player-run MMO below or over in the forums.
MercurySteam have announced that their brawler-shooter will be going completely free-to-play and Spacelords is not just an update, but a new game built on the foundations of Raiders of the Broken Planet.
“When we launched Raiders September last year, we hoped its low price point of $9.99 per campaign would open it up to a large number of users, but it didn’t work as we planned,” commented Enric Álvarez, Spacelords’ Director.
“Our vision is to see our game enjoyed by millions of users for years to come and putting all of the game's rich content into their hands for free is the way to realize it. We’ve answered our community and hope this removal of any payment barriers will build our devoted community further.”
Spacelords won't change the game's lore at all, promises Álvarez, but instead of focussing mainly on the Raiders, it will tell the story of all the big players - Raiders, Antagonists and each of the invading human factions - as they fight for control of the planet and its highly sought after resource, Aleph.
The big re-branding is due to go live on 23 August but changes are already being made. As of today, the Mission of the Week becomes Mission of the Day, and the amount of in-game Gold needed to rent a single mission has been significantly reduced.
Those who have previously purchased one or more campaigns can expect to be rewarded with exclusive content, details of which will be revealed in the coming days.
In the meantime, you can check out our coverage of the Wardog Fury and Hades Betrayal campaigns.
Are you looking forward to Spacelords? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Two Point Studios' hospital management sim is coming very soon and there's a new teaser trailer to celebrate.
Two Point Hospital will see players attempting to run a successful medical centre, balancing doctor and patient needs with a limited budget. You'll be responsible for furnishing the hospital, hiring staff, and researching and developing treatments for strange ailments, some of which you may remember from Theme Hospital.
The title will launch 30 August on PC, Mac and Linux and there's 10% off for those who get in early.
Find the game on Steam or take a look at SEGA's comprehensive list of approved partners to take advantage of the discount.
What do you think of the teaser? Let us know below or over in the forums.
The latest update for Middle Earth: Shadow of War should now be live, and brings with it a host of new features.
The level cap for followers has been raised to 80, and enemy captains will max out at 85. You can expect greater XP rewards for Nemesis Missions, defeating captains and Online Conquests to accommodate the changes.
There are more Legendary Orcs to encounter along with more ways to earn Training Orders and their Legendary variants. Followers may even surprise you with a gift every now and then.
The end-game Shadow Wars has been renamed to Epilogue and now features narration by Shelob, the Witch-King and Dark Talion. Finishing the Epilogue will reward players with Masks of the Nazgûl and unlock powerful new abilities to raise the dead, curse enemies and summon more powerful creatures.
Lastly, three new skins have been added; Celebrimbor, Dark Eltariel and Baranor.
Will this update turn you back to Shadow of War? Let us know below or over in the forums.