Nintendo have shared more details on New Pokémon Snap, including a late April release date, in an all-new trailer.
Players will be able to grab the attention of wild Pokémon by chucking out a fluffruit, which can also be used to try and draw the Pocket Monsters into various situations.
New Pokémon Snap is set in a new area known as the Lental Region, which appears to be made up of a series of islands and archipelagos. Lental is also home to the rare Illumina phenomenon which causes certain plants and Pokémon to glow, and it’s up to you to find out what causes it.
More than 200 Pokémon will be available to photograph and can be spotted exhibiting a variety of behaviours. Some will move in groups or individually, and they can also be caught playing together or battling each other.
New Pokémon Snap is out 30 April exclusively on Nintendo Switch and has an RRP of £49.99 / $59.99.
Let us know your thoughts on the game below or in the forums.
Nintendo have released a new trailer showing off Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury gameplay, giving players their first look at the new expansion in action.
As showcased in the trailer, it looks like Bowser has been covered in some sort of goo reminiscent of that which plagued Isle Delfino in Super Mario Sunshine. It’s made him very big and very angry, so it’s up to Mario and Jr. to stop/save him.
Right at the end of the footage we also get a quick glimpse of a supersized Cat Mario preparing to face off against a supersized Bowser.
Away from the new expansion, the Switch version of Super Mario 3D World will feature a few gameplay enhancements over the 2013 Wii U original. All characters boast faster movement speeds, increased climbing height with the Super Bell ability activated, plus there’s now online multiplayer and gyro control support.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is out 12 February exclusively on Nintendo Switch.
What do you think of the new expansion? Let us know below or in the forums.
IO Interactive - the studio heading up development of a brand-new James Bond title - have released a new trailer showcasing Hitman 3 running on Sony’s PlayStation VR headset.
All three Hitman games in the World of Assassination trilogy will be playable in VR, exclusively via Hitman 3 on PS4. Fans can relive the series’ most iconic moments from a whole new perspective on the current-gen console, but not on PC VR platforms.
Hitman 3 is out 21 January on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC and Google Stadia. A Switch version will also be playable via cloud streaming.
What do you think of the Hitman 3 VR mode? Let us know in the comments below.
Coatsink and Bit Loom’s cooperative puzzler PHOGS! will no longer be available through Xbox Games Pass for PC when the game launches tomorrow.
Those looking forward to some cooperative puzzle solving on PC will still be able to purchase and play the game through Steam or Stadia – it’s only the Windows 10 Xbox Games Pass for PC version that’s been temporarily delayed.
PHOGS! sees two players teaming up to complete physics-based puzzles, with each person controlling one of two conjoined dogs. James praised the game’s “bonkers” gameplay when he went hands-on with a preview build in 2018, and you can read his glowing thoughts on the full game in our review.
PHOGS! releases 3 December on Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass, PS4, Switch, Stadia and PC via Steam. The Xbox Games Pass for PC version will launch at an unspecified time in the future. It’ll also be playable on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 via backwards compatibility.
Are you looking forward to PHOGS! releasing tomorrow? Let us know below.
IO Interactive, best known for their work on the Hitman franchise, have announced their next game is to be a brand-new James Bond title.
The opportunity for IO to develop a James Bond game seems like a good fit, given the studio’s previous experience in creating solid, stealth-focussed games. This was acknowledged by IO Interactive CEO, Hakan Abrak.
“It’s true that once in a while, the stars do align in our industry,” said Abrak in a press release.
“Creating an original Bond game is a monumental undertaking and I truly believe that IO Interactive, working closely with our creative partners at EON and MGM, can deliver something extremely special for our players and communities. Our passionate team is excited to unleash their creativity into the iconic James Bond universe and craft the most ambitious game in the history of our studio.”
While there’s no release date yet, it was confirmed that Project 007 will be coming to PC and consoles.
What do you think of the reveal? Are IO Interactive and the James Bond license a match made in heaven? Let us know below.
Bit Loom Studios and Coatsink have announced the release date for PHOGS!, their long-awaited cooperative puzzler that’s making its way to PC and consoles next month.
James and Rob went hands-on with PHOGS! back in 2018, praising its “joyous” Nintendo-like vibes and “bonkers” gameplay. They also got a lovely photo with Red and Blue, the game’s adorable, conjoined protagonists.
PHOGS! is out 3 December on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam and Stadia with an RRP of $24.99 (or regional equivalent).
Xbox Game Pass subscribers (both console and PC) will be able to play the game at no extra cost as it’ll be making its way to the subscription service on day of release.
PHOGS! will also be supported on PS5 and Xbox Series S/X via backwards compatibility, Coatsink have confirmed.
Will you be picking up PHOGS! next month? Which platform will you be playing it on? Let us know below.
Rebellion (Zombie Army Trilogy, Rogue Trooper Redux) are celebrating the impending release of their open-world tactical shooter, Sniper Elite 4, on Nintendo Switch with a new gameplay trailer.
Sam called Sniper Elite 4 “the series’ best entry yet” when he reviewed the Xbox One version back in 2017, praising the single player campaign and stealth mechanics. You can read more of his thoughts in our review.
Sniper Elite 4 is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC and arrives on Nintendo Switch 17 November, in both physical and digital formats. Those who pre-order the digital version from the Switch eShop will receive a 15% discount.
If that’s not enough Sniper Elite for you, there’s also a board game version currently in the works following a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. For more details on tabletop sniping, check out our previous news coverage.
Have you played Sniper Elite 4? Will you be picking up the Switch version? Let us know below.
Team 17 and Ghost Town Games have released another free update for their co-operative multiplayer game, Overcooked! 2.
All the new content – along with the game’s previously released free seasonal updates - can be accessed via the seasonal updates playlist which you’ll find under the ‘Extras’ menu.
A special digital-only Gourmet Edition of Overcooked! 2 was released earlier this year that bundles together all previously released DLC for the game, including the Surf ‘n’ Turf expansion, which we reviewed back in 2018.
Overcooked! 2 is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Switch.
What do you think of the latest slice of Overcooked! 2 content? Let us know below, and be sure to check out our let’s play below in which we braved the game’s culinary chaos.
Nintendo gave us a look at some more indie titles making their way to Switch in its latest Indie World Showcase video.
Spritfarer, a game where you pilot a ship that’s ferrying dead spirits to the afterlife, is also making its way to Switch. Players can customise their boat, make new friends and explore an “imaginary world.” It’s available to download right now on the Switch eShop.
We also got a look at “wholesome action-adventure” and community-rebuilding game Garden Story, which is coming to Switch sometime next year. Underwater exploration title Subnautica and its sequel Subnautica: Below Zero are scheduled to make their way to Nintendo’s hybrid console in 2021 as well.
Other highlights included confirmation of a co-op mode for Untitled Goose Game coming in September; India-set action-adventure title Raji: An Ancient Epic, which takes inspiration from Hindu and Balinese mythology (out now); “quaint management” game Bear and Breakfast (2021), in which you (a bear) host guests in a rebuilt bed and breakfast; colourful dungeon crawler Torchlight 3 (autumn 2020); and mind-bending puzzler Manifold Garden, which is out now.
You can catch up on all the rest of today’s big reveals in the complete Nintendo Indie World Showcase video above.
What do you think of the latest indies coming to Switch? Let us know below or in the forums.
D3PUBLISHER have announced a new Earth Defense Force that’s coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 sometime next year.
Players will be able to mix and match their team to “maximize each of their abilities to lay waste on their enemies,” with fights taking place across multiple “landmark battlefields” inspired by locations such as America, the UK, Japan and Egypt.
Earth Defense Force: World Brothers is due to launch sometime in early 2021 and will be available on both Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 via their respective digital stores.
What do you think of the new-look EDF? Let us know below.