In an industry beset with delays, Deep Silver and 4A Games have bucked the trend with the refreshing news that Metro Exodus has gone gold and, after five years in development, will release a week earlier than planned.
"Our fans have been waiting patiently for Metro Exodus ever since we announced the title at E3 2017,” said Klemens Kundratitz, CEO at Deep Silver.
“We had previously delayed the release date to ensure 4A Games had the time to deliver their ambitious vision for the game, but now we’re delighted to confirm that Metro Exodus has ‘gone gold’ and we are able to bring the release date forward to the 15th February 2019.”
Before that date, we've got gameplay reveals to look forward to and a new story trailer.
If you've got any burning questions you want answered, leave them below or over in the forums, and watch this space for our upcoming interview.
Lince Works and Merge Games have announced a release date for the Switch version of stealth-em-up Aragami.
A Switch Signature Edition (seen above) will also be available for $49.99/€49.99/£44.99, and comes with an art book, soundtrack CD, two limited edition enamel pins, a numbered collector’s certificate and art card, plus an outer sleeve featuring alternate box art.
In Aragami, you play as an undead assassin with the power to control shadows, whether it's teleporting between them to avoid combat or summoning weapons and creatures from the dark to take down enemies.
The Nightfall expansion included in the Switch version is a 4-chapter prequel that is said to fill in important gaps in the main game’s narrative. It introduces two new playable characters and new shadow powers, and can be played in either single-player or in cross-platform online co-op.
Aragami: Shadow Edition arrives 22 February on Nintendo Switch, and is available now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Did you play the original release? Looking forward to the game’s arrival on Switch? Let us know below.
El Hijo, a stealthy spaghetti-western from Berlin-based Honig Studios, is being published by HandyGames in 2019.
El Hijo takes a non-violent approach to stealth, instead hiding and "shadowplay" are at the core. With each challenge he overcomes, El Hijo gains self-confidence and cunning, devising innovative schemes to get past his foes.
Variations of existing mechanics are introduced gradually and then combined with each other to offer up new challenges without needlessly adding more mechanics.
El Hijo is set to release next year on Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC and Mac.
What do you think of the teaser? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Ghost Recon Wildlands is getting another batch of special missions today, this time featuring content from the Ghost Recon Future Soldier series.
Future Soldier is the latest franchise to make a guest appearance in Wildlands, following the addition Rainbow Six Siege, Splinter Cell and Predator-themed missions in the past.
The crossover arrives as part of the Special Operation 3 free update, which also sees two new Future Soldier-inspired classes added to Wildlands’ PvP mode.
The first, Vanguard, utilises sensor grenades to highlight hidden enemies for their team mates, while the Sharpshooter class can charge shots, negating the effects of weapon sway and bullet drop.
Year 2 pass owners will have a week’s early access to the new PvP classes from today, with non-owners getting access to them on 18 December.
Let us know your thoughts on the latest crossover below or in the forums.
Capcom have announced the first major expansion for Monster Hunter: World, which will be arriving on PC and consoles in autumn 2019.
Before then, players can look forward to the arrival of the famous monster hunter himself, Geralt, who’ll be making a special appearance in Monster Hunter: World early next year thanks to a collaboration with The Witcher developer, CD Projekt Red.
The unique quests starring Geralt are said to offer “a brand-new type of gameplay that blends the immersive RPG experience of The Witcher 3 with Monster Hunter: World,” according to Capcom.
Those who have yet to sample Monster Hunter: World can do so for free this week thanks to a trial for console users.
From 12 – 17 December, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players can sample quests and online multiplayer, with progress carrying over should you decide to buy the game.
Finally, to show their appreciation for Monster Hunter: World’s success, Capcom will be hosting an in-game – and imaginatively titled - Appreciation Fest next month.
The fest features a newly decorated Gathering Hub and gives players the chance to earn special equipment in new anniversary quests.
Let us know your thoughts on all the upcoming content below or in the forums.
Bethesda and Arkane Studios are bringing asymmetrical multiplayer to Prey this week, alongside a new single player VR mini campaign.
A VR version of Typhon Hunter, which puts the player in control of Yu inside the virtual world, is scheduled to arrive sometime in early 2019 for PC and PS VR.
Typhon Hunter will be available for free to those who own either the Digital Deluxe version of Prey or the Mooncrash expansion. If you own the vanilla version of the game, you’ll need to upgrade to either of the two for access.
Arriving alongside Typhon Hunter is a new, VR-only single player “escape-room-style” campaign called TranStar VR that’s set just before the events of the main game.
As TranStar employees, players must solve intricate puzzles and complete other objectives on board Talos I. This mode will be available on PC and PS VR.
Typhon Hunter multiplayer and TranStar VR release on 11 December on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
What do you think of the new modes? Let us know below.
Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios have announced that the latest entry in the award winning franchise is releasing next year and pre-orders are now live.
Custom Character Variations give players "unprecedented control to customise the fighters and make them your own." There's also an all new graphics engine and a roster of both new and Klassic fighters to look forward to.
We'll find out more on 17 January when the global reveal takes place.
"It's exciting to finally announce Mortal Kombat 11 and showcase what the team has been working on,” said Boon.
"Our Custom Character Variation System opens up an infinite amount of options for players to personalize their favourite fighters. We can’t wait until January when we’ll be showing more of the game.”
There are two editions available to pre-order, Standard and Premium, and all pre-orders unlock series mainstay Shao Kahn as a playable fighter and grant access to the beta.
Mortal Kombat 11 launches 23 April on Xbox One, PS4, Switch and PC.
What do you think of the trailer? Looking forward to the reveal? Let us know below or over in the forums.
SEGA and Two Point Studios have dropped a winter-themed DLC for their zany management sim, Two Point Hospital.
The Pointy Mountains are home to 3 new hospitals, along with 3 new treatment rooms, a collection of new items and furnishings, 34 region-specific illnesses (including 9 visual illnesses), and more challenges.
Bigfoot is out now on Steam and can be yours for £6.99.
How are you finding Two Point Hospital? Interested in the DLC? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Ubisoft are set to reveal the next instalment in the Far Cry series at this week’s Game Awards show.
It doesn’t look like things have quite worked out for humanity in the aftermath, surprisingly, with the message of hope dashed at the end of the trailer alongside what looks like a cobbled together crossbow that fires saw blades.
A worldwide reveal will take place at The Game Awards, which airs in the early hours of Friday morning here in the UK and Europe.
What do you think of a potential post-apocalyptic Far Cry? As big fans of the series’ sojourn into ancient history with Primal, we're intrigued to see what the new setting brings to Far Cry’s tried and tested formula.
Let us know your thoughts below or over in the forums.
Rumours are pointing to a likely CTR: Crash Team Racing remake announcement at this week’s Game Awards.
The rumours stem from the Crash Bandicoot Facebook page, which updated its cover photo with an image of a chequered flag synonymous with racing and another of Crash himself looking thoughtful under text reading “Ummmmmm.... 12.06.2018?”, the date of The Game Awards.
More recently, PlayStation Access host Hollie Bennett shared the below tweet after she received a pair of fuzzy Crash coloured dice (seen above) along with another reference to the date of the event.
With The Game Awards taking place this Thursday, we won’t have long to wait for official confirmation.
Did you play the original? Would you like to see CTR: Crash Team Racing remastered? Let us know below.