Square Enix have confirmed PS5 and Xbox Series X editions of their upcoming action-adventure game, Marvel’s Avengers.
Square Enix also confirmed there will be cross-play between the two generations, so Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 users will be able to fully utilise the game’s online elements with their respective friends on Xbox One and PS4.
As for what improvements players will see in the next-gen editions, both will feature “extremely fast load times, boosted resolution and fidelity, improved texturing and armor destruction, ray tracing, and more,” while Square Enix also had this to say about the PS5 version:
“The PlayStation 5 experience will be seamless and dynamic, fully utilizing the ultra-high speed SSD, the PS5 DualSense advanced haptics, and immersive spatial audio. To fully customize their visual experience, PS5 will also provide players with their choice of Enhanced Graphics Mode or High Framerate mode.”
It’s not clear if similar features will also be available on the Xbox Series X, but more details about platform specific improvements – including for Stadia and PC - are set to be shared “at a later date” according to the press release.
Marvel’s Avengers is out 4 September on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Stadia.
Will you be taking advantage of the free upgrade to a next-gen edition? Let us know below.
Bethesda and Zenimax Online Studios have released the latest major paid expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online, their Tamriel-set MMO, for Xbox One and PS4 following it’s launch on PC last month.
Alongside the usual deluge of new side quests and characters, players can also explore the game’s new Antiquities system, which gives them the chance to discover and unearth hidden treasures dotted throughout Tamriel via two new mini games.
The game’s vampire player base will also be interested to learn that their skill line has been reworked. New changes include the Blood Frenzy ability, which sees players deal out massive damage while it's active but also lose health at the same time. All previous skill line experience will be converted over to the new system, which will be available to everyone, not just Greymoor users.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Greymoor is out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. A Stadia version of the game will be launching on 16 June.
Let us know your thoughts on the latest ESO expansion below or in the forums.
2K have officially released Mafia: Trilogy, a collection of all three Mafia games, across digital stores on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
All three titles can be purchased together in the bundle or individually in their Definitive Editions.
PC users who already own Mafia 2 or Mafia 3 on Steam will be receive a free upgrade to the new editions, while PS4 and Xbox One players who own the latter can also nab a free upgrade.
A boxed edition of Mafia: Trilogy will be released on 28 August, but only in EMEA and Asia regions, not in the Americas.
Mafia: Trilogy is available to download now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
Mafia 2: Definitive Edition and Mafia 3: Definitive Edition will also be making their way to Stadia at a later date, but it’s not been confirmed when, or if, the remake of the original game will be joining them.
Will you be delving into the Mafia: Trilogy this week? Let us know below.
Following a revival of the series official twitter account, 2K have released a teaser for Mafia: Trilogy for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Stadia.
Each of the three Mafia games takes place in a different region of the United States during a different time period. The first game was set in the 1930s, while the follow up took place in a 1940s fictional east coast city.
The most recent entry, Mafia 3, takes place during the 1960s and stars Vietnam veteran Lincoln Clay on a revenge mission against the mob. Gabriella praised the game for its setting and characters in her 2016 review but lamented the “uninspiring” structure of missions. You can read the full review here or check out her video breakdown of the game below.
Let us know your thoughts on the Mafia: Trilogy announcement below or over in the forums.
NetherRealm and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have announced a new expansion for Mortal Kombat 11.
Additionally, Aftermath is set to introduce three new character skin packs gradually over time.
Meanwhile, all MK11 players will be given free access to new stages including the Klassic Dead Pool and Soul Chamber arenas. Not only that, but new stage fatalities - where players use environmental objects to brutally dispatch their opponents - are also being added.
Friendships, a popular 90s feature and family-friendly alternative to the series’ violent Fatalities, are also being added for everybody via a free title update. Players will be able to kill their enemies with “a hint” of kindness by hugging teddy bears, jumping rope and hosting barbecues.
Aftermath will be available to download digitally from 26 May. Existing Mortal Kombat 11 players can expect to pay £34.99 / €39.99, while new players can pick up the Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Kollection for £49.99 / €59.99, which includes the aforementioned expansion along with the base game and all previously released content.
Let us know your thoughts on MK11: Aftermath below or in the forums.
Ubisoft have officially unveiled Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with a cinematic trailer, as well as confirming a next-gen version of the game.
Like the series’ most recent entry, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Ubisoft have confirmed that players will be able to select either a male or female protagonist at the start of the game, with further customisation options including hair, tattoos, war paint and gear.
As either male or female Eivor, players will lead their clan of Norsemen from the war-torn shores of Norway to the divided kingdom of England, where they can attempt to carve out their own existence by raiding and battling against King Aelfred of Wessex and the Saxons, who have denounced them as heathens and invaders.
Players will be able to build their own settlements and use their longboats to raid select locations to further expand their influence, wealth and power. The game is also said to feature dialogue options and choices that can “influence the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.”
While we do not get to see any actual gameplay, the trailer does hint at possible features likely to be found in the game, such as large-scale battles, boss-like enemies, mythological beings, and, of course, hidden wrist blades. One feature that was confirmed is the ability to dual-wield weapons to fight “a greater variety of enemies than ever before.”
“We can’t wait for players to experience the incredible Viking journey ahead of them,” said Ashraf Ismail, Creative Director. “Being in Eivor’s boots as both a Viking raider and a clan leader, players will face the conflicts of establishing a new home while in the midst of a power struggle for control of England.”
A season pass has been announced for Valhalla's various special editions, while a tie-in novel, which lets fans step “even further” into the in-game world, is also available to pre-order.
No specific release date was revealed, with the game instead said to be coming sometime during “holiday 2020” to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC via Stadia, the Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Store and Ubisoft’s subscription service, Uplay+.
A next-gen version was also announced, with the game confirmed to be coming to both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
What did you think of the reveal? Share your thoughts on all things Assassin’s Creed Valhalla below or over in the forums.
Deep Silver and 4A Games have released the second major story expansion for their post-apocalyptic shooter, Metro Exodus.
Sam’s Story is available to purchase digitally on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Stadia, or as part of the game’s expansion pass.
Also announced was the return of Metro Exodus to Steam following its removal last year and subsequent timed exclusivity deal with the Epic Games Store. The game will once again be available to purchase on Steam from 15 February.
Looking forward to the latest expansion? Let us know below.
Square Enix have delayed the release of their Final Fantasy VII remake, with the game now set to launch a little over a month later than the original release date.
“In order to ensure we deliver a game that is in-line with our vision, and the quality that our fans who have been waiting for deserve, we have decided to move the release date… Thank you for your patience and continued support.”
Another of Square Enix’s titles, Crystal Dynamics’ Marvel’s Avengers, which the aforementioned studio is handling publishing duties for, has also had its release date pushed back, this time by a more significant four months.
The game, which is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Stadia, was supposed to release 15 May, but today received a new launch date of 4 September.
“At Crystal Dynamics our ambition has always been to deliver the ultimate Avengers gaming experience. In order to achieve that goal, we have made the difficult decision to move the release date of Marvel’s Avengers,” read a statement published on the game’s official twitter account.
“When we set out to bring you our vision for Marvel’s Avengers, we committed to delivering an original story-driven campaign, engaging co-op, and compelling content for years to come. To that end, we will spend this additional development time focusing on fine tuning and polishing the game to the high standards our fans expect and deserve.”
The third-person action adventure title, which was revealed at last year’s E3, contains both single player and multiplayer missions, and features a brand-new story and multiple playable heroes, including Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel.
Are you disappointed by the delays? Sound off below or over in the forums.
Milestone, the team behind Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 3, has teamed up with real-world supercross rider and rapper, Adam Enticknap, for the game’s latest musical trailer.
“’Be One of Us’ was the first thing that came to mind when the developers of Monster Energy Supercross 3 came to me for this project,” stated Supercross athlete and rapper Adam Enticknap.
“The gaming features are so realistic and so sick that I knew I had to translate that authenticity. This truly has been a surreal experience and I hope fans dig the rap as much as I know they are going to love the new game.”
Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 3 is out February 4 on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC and Stadia.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios are celebrating the festive season with a series of themed events for their brawler, Mortal Kombat 11.
The Winter Wonderland event will feature “three Towers with holiday-themed modifiers in the form of falling Killer Kanes, Sledding Tarkatans, Parachuting Ginger Deadmen, Exploding Snowmen, Christmas Trees, Menorahs, Dreidels and Shooting Stars,” while Ring in the New Year allows players to “usher in the new decade with party-themed modifiers, including a Disco Ball, Champagne Bottles, Party Poppers, Fireworks and a Digital Countdown Clock."
Both events will also feature “an array of celebratory modifiers” and various in-game rewards.
Mortal Kombat 11 is currently available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, Stadia and PC.
Will you be participating in some festive kombat this Christmas? Let us know below.