Ubisoft have unveiled the private beta dates for upcoming action-RPG, The Division 2.
There’s the “smart and organised” True Sons, a ruthless paramilitary force led by a former JTF officer, the Hyenas, a gang of raiders who prey on civilian encampments and enforce a scorched-earth policy for whatever they can’t scavenge, and finally the Outcasts, former quarantine survivors out for revenge against the society that abandoned them.
The follow up to 2016’s The Division, the sequel is once again being developed by Massive Entertainment along with several other studios and is said to feature a “substantial campaign that organically flows into a robust endgame.”
The Division 2 is out 15 March on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
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Deep Silver and 4A Games have unveiled a very limited edition Metro Exodus bundle, as well as a new trailer showcasing gameplay from the next instalment in their post-apocalyptic FPS series.
The special Artyom Edition, which contains a fully-functional Nixie watch and bullet lighter as used by Artyom in game, will not be available for purchase, with 4A instead giving fans the chance to win one of the nine bundles via special promotions in the coming weeks.
As well as the watch and lighter, the bundle also includes a gas mask and filters, map of the Aurora’s journey in a leather case, Spartan dog tags engraved with the recipient's name, and a personalised certificate of authenticity signed by Metro author Dmitry Glukhovsky and 4A’s Andrew ‘Prof’ Prokhorov.
If you’re not lucky enough to win one of the nine bundles, there’s always the recently announced Xbox One X bundle that contains download codes for all three Metro titles – Metro 2033 Redux, Metro: Last Light Redux and Metro Exodus – to fall back on. It’s out 15 February and has an RRP of $499 (or regional equivalent).
Keep an eye out for more Metro Exodus content in the coming days as Deep Silver and 4A Games ramp-up coverage ahead of the game’s impending release.
Metro Exodus is out 15 February on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
Bit Dragon’s neon-drenched arena brawler, Hyper Jam, launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in February.
Perks are drafted between rounds, with those at the bottom of the scoreboard given first pick while the previous round’s winner takes what’s left. Unlocked perks stack throughout rounds, giving players the opportunity to combine powers and create “wholly distinctive builds.”
An example given is the Pyrogenesis and Vampirism combination, which allows players to burn targets and then leech back health from the burn wounds inflicted.
“Hyper Jam is an explosive arena brawler that combines the precision and satisfying feeling of traditional competitive fighting games with a gritty and splashy neon ‘80s aesthetic,” said Bit Dragon’s Director, Roman Maksymyschyn.
“Our team has had an absolute blast developing and playtesting this game, and we’re just about ready to share it with the world. Look out for it soon!”
Hyper Jam is out 12 February on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with an RRP of $14.99 (or regional equivalent) and $12.99/€10.79 EUR on Steam.
Let us know what you think below.
Deep Silver and 4A Games have announced a new feature for their upcoming shooter, Metro Exodus.
“Photo Mode has been one of the most requested features from the Metro community,” said Executive Producer at 4A Games, Jon Bloch.
“They’re relatively rare in 1st person shooters, but the team have been determined to make it work and give Metro fans the opportunity to capture their own stories from the Russian wastelands.”
Deep Silver and 4A are planning a week of daily announcements for Metro Exodus, including a brand-new story trailer later today, so keep an eye out for more info over the coming days.
Metro Exodus is out 15 February on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
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.
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Hound Picked Games and developer Causal Bit Games have confirmed a delay for the Switch version of Battle Princess Madelyn, which released last week on Xbox One and PC.
“Unfortunately, the delay for Switch (and PS4 (NA)) was unavoidable, but these extra weeks have resulted in superb feedback from some top gaming media, and experts, which means some new and exciting additions to the game will occur over the next month via patches updated through all the stores,” said Causal Bit Games’ Creative Director, Christopher Obritsch.
“Due to the length of time it takes to get patches through the different publishers, we hope that the Switch version will be out very soon. We will ensure that all of the bug fixes and changes we took in from feedback are in the game on launch. Thank you for your understanding.”
While the Switch version remains unavailable for the time being, PlayStation 4 users in North America can look forward to the launch of Battle Princess Madelyn later this month, on 20 December. There’s no word yet on European release date, however.
Battle Princess Madelyn is an old-school arcade action game inspired by classic titles such as Ghouls N’ Ghosts and Wonder Boy 3: The Dragon’s Trap. Notable features include hand-drawn pixel art and a unique story penned by a professional children’s author.
Battle Princess Madelyn is available now on Xbox One and PC.
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.
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.