2K Games have released a wacky new trailer for Borderlands 3, So Happy Together, which exemplifies the series' lighthearted take on the shooter-looter genre.
In Borderlands 3, players will discover new worlds beyond Pandora, exploring "hostile deserts, war-torn cityscapes and deadly bayous."
Each of the Vault Hunters are capable of "awesome mayhem" on their own but together they are an unstoppable force. Seamless co-op allows players to team up at any time, regardless of their levels or mission progress, and loot is instanced, meaning no-one has to miss out on any rare gear.
Borderlands 3 launches 13 September on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
What do you think of the trailer? Hyped for Borderlands 3? Let us know below or over in the forums.
MecurySteam have released the latest character for their free-to-play asymmetrical multiplayer title, Spacelords.
In the trailer we get to see Sööma’s ranged and melee attacks, as well as what looks like her special healing ability.
“It was a fascinating endeavor working on a character like Sööma,” said Stefanie Joosten. “When MercurySteam approached me with the idea of working on a new Raider for Spacelords, Sööma was just a piece of concept art, and developing that concept into a full character, with her own unique personality and ethos, is a very rewarding experience indeed.”
“Developing a new character is always a complex subject,” added Game Director Enric Álvarez, who we chatted with last year about the inspiration behind the game.
“The need to create a well-adjusted and fun new addition to a Free to Play game like Spacelords needs to be balanced with an attractive design and likeability of the character. Stefanie’s natural charisma and talent contributed to a smoother and enjoyable creative process.”
Before it became a free-to-play title, Spacelords was previously known as Raiders of the Broken Planet and featured a number of premium campaigns that could be purchased individually, two of which - Hades Betrayal and Wardog Fury - we reviewed last year.
You can see the latter campaign in action in our let’s play below, in which James, Sam and myself attempt to destroy some rather grotesque barges. If that leaves you wanting more, you can watch the dramatic conclusion here.
What do you think of Sööma? Let us know below or in the forums.
Potterheads have the chance to relive the entire wizarding saga this week, as our prize is both LEGO Harry Potter games on Steam!
The FPS had its name changed following the (somewhat predictable) threat of legal action from renowned metal band Iron Maiden.
“After careful consideration, we’ve decided to rename our first-person-shooter “Ion Maiden” to “Ion Fury,”” said Mike Nielsen, CEO of 3D Realms.
“A lot of thought went into this, but most importantly it would be a disservice to our loyal fanbase and the fantastic developers, to drag out a long lawsuit. The amazing gameplay, interactivity and pure fun, is what makes Ion Fury a great game. Not the title.”
Ion Fury is a retro-styled shooter inspired by classic 90s titles such as Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior and Blood. Created with the Build Engine, which also powered the aforementioned shooters, Ion Fury combines old-school visuals with modern features such as auto saves, widescreen support, map interactivity, improved physics and even headshots.
A preview campaign is currently available on PC through Steam Early Access for $19.99 (or regional equivalent). Those who purchased the preview campaign will receive the full game – which will cost $24.99 - as a free update when it launches next month.
Ion Fury is out 15 August on Steam. Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Switch versions will be released at a later date.
What do you think of the name change? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Nintendo have unveiled a new Lite addition to the Switch family.
Switch Lite supports local and online connectivity, amiibo, and will be available in either grey, yellow or turquoise varieties. A special Pokémon Sword and Shield edition has also been announced, and goes on sale in November.
It also appears to have improved battery life, with Nintendo stating on their comparison page that Breath of the Wild can be played for “roughly four hours on a single charge” on Switch Lite, as opposed to the three hours on a regular Switch.
Naturally, only games that support handheld mode – which is most Switch games – can be played on the Switch Lite. Additional Joy-Cons can be connected wirelessly for games that require motion controls, such as 1-2 Switch, Super Mario Party and Nintendo Labo’s Robot, Variety and Vehicle Kits, but these need to be purchased separately.
Nintendo Switch Lite launches 20 September with an RRP of $199.99. No official UK or European price point has been announced yet.
What do you think of the Switch Lite? Let us know below or in the forums.
The Game Bakers have given us our first look at their new game, Haven, in action.
“It’s purposefully a very different experience from Furi. But as with Furi, we tried to make a game that you have never experienced before,” continues Thoa.
“The story of a couple fighting for their freedom, an established relationship: what love looks like when you’ve moved past the early seduction phase, when you can be your true self with one another… I don’t think that’s been done much in video games.”
Players will experience a story-rich adventure that’s described as a “lovechild of Journey meets Persona,” on which they’ll help Yu and Kay through everyday life and challenges.
An “innovative” combat system allows players to control both characters at once using tactics and timing. You can briefly see how combat works in the trailer above, with successful encounters seeming to relieve the local fauna of some sort of crystal that appears to be turning them aggressive.
Haven is said to be “a solo game at its core,” but will support local co-op with a second player able to jump into the action, sharing in exploration and progression.
Haven is out sometime next year and will be available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC. Whilst there’s no mention of an Xbox One version, developers The Game Bakers have stated that the complete platform plan is “not final.”
What do you think of Haven? Let us know below or in the forums.
A new trailer for Anshar Studios' 1v1 arena shooter, Telefrag VR, has been unveiled just ahead of the game's release.
Set in an alternate universe in which the sun never set on the Roman Empire, you'll step into the shoes of a new breed of gladiator, using speed, accuracy and wits to outmaneuver and outgun your enemies.
Your loadout can be customised, drawing from a pool of five futuristic weapons, each with two firing modes and a unique teleportation attack to further add to your mobility.
Anshar Studios have learned a lot from their previous VR outing, Detached, and are using that knowledge to create a smoother VR experience. Find out more in our recent interview.
You can kickstart your virtual blasting career when Telefrag VR launches on Steam VR, Oculus and PS VR on 19 July. We'll have a review for you when the embargo lifts on launch day.
Are you interested in Telefrag VR? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Numantian Games’ steampunk-apocalypse title, They Are Billions, is now available on Xbox One, with the PlayStation 4 version following soon after on 9 July.
Set in the distant future where large zombie hordes are roaming the Earth, They Are Billions tasks players with building and managing the last human colonies. Players must survive huge onslaughts, train troops and provide energy and protection for their inhabitants from the vast number of ravenous undead lurking outside their walls.
They Are Billions is out now on Xbox One and Steam, with a PlayStation 4 version arriving on 9 July.
Will you be surviving a zombie apocalypse this weekend? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Mimimi Games and THQ Nordic are looking for beta testers to try out Desperados 3 as it enters the final stage of production; out of all applications, 500 lucky players will be selected.
The beta runs from 9 - 21 July and you can sign up here.
"This is not a "pre order now to play the game before anyone - but we don't really need your feedback because release is in just two weeks" closed beta, [which] people might be used to nowadays. We really want to invite the community to play the game while it’s still under construction and share their thoughts and wishes with us. And we want to have the time to react to the players’ input and to optimize the game together." said Dennis Huszak, Narrative Director at Mimimi Games.
Are you a fan of the Desperados series? Fancy signing up for the beta? Let us know below or over in the forums.