SkyBox Labs, who’re collaborating with 343 on the upcoming Halo: Infinite, are bringing their atmospheric platformer, Stela, to Xbox One next month.
“We’re fortunate to have such an amazing team of artists, designers, and other game industry professionals who have contributed to many of the biggest AAA IPs working on Stela,” said Shyang Kong, Co-Founder, SkyBox Labs.
“Stela’s atmospheric soundtrack, gorgeous yet grim visuals, and brain-teasing gameplay will deliver a cinematic platformer experience delightful to fans of the genre like ourselves while inviting newcomers to join us as aficionados.”
It will also be making its way to iOS devices as part of the Apple Arcade subscription service, and a PC version is set to arrive early next year according to SkyBox Labs' official site, though the game’s Steam page still lists a 2019 release.
Stela is out 17 October on Xbox One with an RRP of $19.99 (or regional equivalent).
Let us know what you think of the game below or over in the forums.
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Developed by Teyon and published by Reef Entertainment, Terminator: Resistance is a single-player first-person shooter, which features an original story based on the 1984 film and its sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Though Jacob is a lowly private, he comes to discover that he has been marked for termination by SKYNET. You'll be taking on iconic enemies from the franchise, including the T-800, as well as some that are new to the Terminator universe. Thankfully, Jacob has backup from a motley crew of survivors, each with their own motivations and backstories. Your actions throughout will impact their survival and determine the ending you'll get.
A range of plasma weapons can be used to "run and gun or sneak and hack" your way around LA, collecting scrap as you go to trade and craft. Jacob can be further enhanced by levelling up your skills as you complete story missions, rise through the ranks of the Resistance and take on side quests to help your friends and shape the future of mankind.
Terminator: Resistance will launch 15 November in Europe and Australia on Xbox One, PS4 and PC via Steam. Those in North America will have to wait until 3 December.
What do you think of the trailer? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Blizzard have revealed a new LEGO-themed limited-time event for their multiplayer shooter, Overwatch, called Bastion’s Brick Challenge.
You can also pick up LEGO-themed rewards by sinking a few hours into participating Twitch streams, though you’ll have to link your Blizzard account to your Twitch account first. The video above helpfully shows what steps you need to take in order to do just that.
Once you’re up and running, watching two hours’ worth of selected streams gets you a D.Va spray, four hours Tracer and Widowmaker player icons, while six hours sees viewers receiving two sprays and two player icons for Hanzo and Genji.
Will you be trying to collect all the rewards on offer? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have revealed a new Galar region evolution for the leek wielding Pokémon, Farfetch’d, which will be called Sirfetch’d.
As well as vegetable-based weaponry, Sirfetch’d also has an exclusive move called Meteor Assault, which you can see in the trailer above. This signature attack sees Sirfetch’d charge its opponent with its leek at great speed, but while it’s said to be “devastatingly powerful”, it also leaves the duck Pokémon “unable to take action” immediately after using it.
Here’s a bit more on Sirfetch’d’s background:
“In battle, Sirfetch'd uses the sharp stalk of its leek as a lance and the thick leaves as a shield. It maintains this leek over the span of many years and treasures it more than anything. When its leek finally withers, Sirfetch'd will leave the battlefield and retire from battling entirely.”
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are out 15 November on Nintendo Switch.
What do you think of the latest addition to the Galar region? Have you already picked your starter Pokémon like we have?
Let us know below or over in the forums.
Dan Rooney is our giveaway winner this week!
Firaxis have released a new Battle Royale mode for their turn-based strategy game, Civilization VI, as a free update for PC users.
As a free update, Red Death is available to all players who own the base game on PC. There’s no word on whether the mode will be making its way to other platforms.
Faraxis also revealed details about the mode’s somewhat unorthodox origins:
“The game mode began as a tongue-in-cheek April Fools joke from the Multiplayer Engineering Lead, Bradley Olson. He scripted the basic gameplay and added it to the game for an April 1 build, hoping the team would find it amusing,” reads the press release.
Unfortunately, nobody actually noticed a Battle Royale mode lurking in the game’s multiplayer. But, despite the rocky start, the mode was well liked by Olson’s fellow developers once they got their hands on it, and the original concept was soon expanded upon with features and extras before getting a post-apocalyptic makeover by the studios’ art team.
“Red Death came together in a different way than we usually develop scenarios and content for Civilization VI. While this is not the way a typical design comes to fruition, the on-the-fly creative collaboration coming from all the members of the team that led to this release was an incredible experience for all of us.”
Let us know your thoughts on the new mode below or over in the forums.
Weappy Studios and THQ Nordic have announced Rebel Cops, a new 15-hour game inspired by their cops vs gangsters strategy series, This is the Police.
Rebel Cops features the same XCOM-like, turn-based tactical combat first introduced in This is the Police 2, along with the series’ familiar squad and personnel management.
Despite living outside the ‘law’, your squad are still police officers, so players are given plenty of non-lethal weapons and perks - such as the unlockable ability to arrest people from further away - in order to peacefully takedown criminals.
Should things go south, enemies can be taken down with a single shot to the head, whilst other injuries can cause them to bleed out quickly, though the same rules also apply to cops under your command.
Your teams’ diminished status means that firearms, equipment and ammunition are harder to come by, so players must therefore search the large sandbox levels for items of value that can either be sold on the black market or used.
Players can gain credibility and better relationships with merchants by completing side missions for the Ripton townsfolk, but excessive civilian deaths, or failure to successfully complete a mission can cause trading difficulties or even allies to turn on you.
Rebel Cops is out Tuesday, 17 September on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch and PC with an RRP of $9.99 / €9.99.
What do you think of the spin-off? Let us know below or over in the forums.
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