Two former MachineGames developers have formed a new studio, with a new IP already said to be in production.
Located in Uppsala, Sweden, Bad Yolk was founded by Michael Paixao and Joel Jonsson, who previously collaborated on DOOM and Wolfenstein titles The New Order, The Old Blood and The New Colossus.
“After years of working with some extremely talented people on some really great projects we felt it was time to branch out on our own to create a new kind of studio,” said Michael Paixao from Bad Yolk.
“Obviously high quality video games should be fun to play, but we also believe that they should be fun to make and that creativity thrives best in a healthy and balanced work environment, which is a central pillar of our corporate message and structure.”
While there’s little information on Bad Yolk’s debut IP, judging from the few screenshots shared on the studios' twitter account it looks like the game will feature a minimalist aesthetic and possibly a small robot.
Let us know your thoughts and speculations below or over in the forums.
Two Point Studios and SEGA have announced that the spiritual successor to Theme Hospital is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and Switch later this year.
You'll also have access to two expansions, Bigfoot and Pebberly Island, offering new challenges while raising the total number of available hospitals to 21 and (hopefully) curable illnesses to 119.
"Bringing Two Point Hospital to console is something we always envisioned when starting up Two Point Studios in 2016," said Mark Webley, Game Director at Two Point Studios.
"Our community’s number one question since launch has been: ‘when is Two Point Hospital coming to consoles?’ Well, it is happening and we are very excited."
For more from the folks at Two Point Studios, check out our interview with Creative Director and co-founder, Gary Carr and keep an eye on the official site for a series of blogs throughout the week.
Have you been eagerly awaiting news of a console release? Let us know below or over in the forums.
If you enjoyed Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden as much as we did, you'll be happy to know that the upcoming expansion, Seed of Evil, is launching at the end of July.
Khan is a veteran Stalker who has been exploring the Zone in self-imposed exile. His strength allows him to land devastating critical hits and his unique mutations, Ground Pound and Flame Puke, are effective at dealing with groups.
Seed of Evil adds a new chapter to the story, picking up right where the original ended, with more locations to scavenge, enemies to battle, gear to equip, a vicious new threat, and a way to upgrade your mutations. It's recommended that you finish the main story before starting, due to spoilers and the level range of the content.
The expansion will launch 30 July on Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch. The Deluxe Edition, including the base game and Seed of Evil, will be available on all platforms in both digital and physical form on the same date.
Aye you looking forward to seeing what Big Khan can do? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Time to get to work, Maya Aleksandrova (@a_forest_child) - you’ve won and have a mystery to solve!
The first of two planned tests takes place this weekend for anyone who has pre-ordered Gears of War 5, or those with an active Game Pass subscription.
The Coalition have shared some details about the game modes and newly added features in an FAQ:
Arcade: A new approachable, frenetic Versus experience.
Escalation: The pinnacle objective mode of Gears is back and better than ever.
King of the Hill: Capture the hill, enjoy the carnage.
Bootcamp: Practice your skills and learn new mechanics in our new training mode.
Tour Of Duty: Experience a mini Tour of Duty, where you’ll complete Medals to unlock exclusive Tester Weapon Skins to take into Gears 5. Complete Challenges and earn enough stars to unlock the exclusive Tester Banner to showcase in Gears 5.
The Technical Test can be found in the Game Pass Library right now. Head on over to the Microsoft Store to download if you've pre-ordered digitally, or to enter a code if you've pre-ordered a physical copy through a participating retailer. You'll need around 10GB of space on your hard drive.
PC players may want to take a look at the FAQ for the recommended specs.
It all kicks off at 6pm BST on Friday and runs until 6pm BST on Monday. The second test will run at those same times the following week.
Gears of War 5 launches 10 September on Xbox One and PC. You can play four days early with the Ultimate Edition or a subscription to Game Pass Ultimate.
Fancy having a go at the Technical Test? Let us know below or over in the forums.
2K Games have released a wacky new trailer for Borderlands 3, So Happy Together, which exemplifies the series' lighthearted take on the shooter-looter genre.
In Borderlands 3, players will discover new worlds beyond Pandora, exploring "hostile deserts, war-torn cityscapes and deadly bayous."
Each of the Vault Hunters are capable of "awesome mayhem" on their own but together they are an unstoppable force. Seamless co-op allows players to team up at any time, regardless of their levels or mission progress, and loot is instanced, meaning no-one has to miss out on any rare gear.
Borderlands 3 launches 13 September on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
What do you think of the trailer? Hyped for Borderlands 3? Let us know below or over in the forums.
MecurySteam have released the latest character for their free-to-play asymmetrical multiplayer title, Spacelords.
In the trailer we get to see Sööma’s ranged and melee attacks, as well as what looks like her special healing ability.
“It was a fascinating endeavor working on a character like Sööma,” said Stefanie Joosten. “When MercurySteam approached me with the idea of working on a new Raider for Spacelords, Sööma was just a piece of concept art, and developing that concept into a full character, with her own unique personality and ethos, is a very rewarding experience indeed.”
“Developing a new character is always a complex subject,” added Game Director Enric Álvarez, who we chatted with last year about the inspiration behind the game.
“The need to create a well-adjusted and fun new addition to a Free to Play game like Spacelords needs to be balanced with an attractive design and likeability of the character. Stefanie’s natural charisma and talent contributed to a smoother and enjoyable creative process.”
Before it became a free-to-play title, Spacelords was previously known as Raiders of the Broken Planet and featured a number of premium campaigns that could be purchased individually, two of which - Hades Betrayal and Wardog Fury - we reviewed last year.
You can see the latter campaign in action in our let’s play below, in which James, Sam and myself attempt to destroy some rather grotesque barges. If that leaves you wanting more, you can watch the dramatic conclusion here.
What do you think of Sööma? Let us know below or in the forums.
The FPS had its name changed following the (somewhat predictable) threat of legal action from renowned metal band Iron Maiden.
“After careful consideration, we’ve decided to rename our first-person-shooter “Ion Maiden” to “Ion Fury,”” said Mike Nielsen, CEO of 3D Realms.
“A lot of thought went into this, but most importantly it would be a disservice to our loyal fanbase and the fantastic developers, to drag out a long lawsuit. The amazing gameplay, interactivity and pure fun, is what makes Ion Fury a great game. Not the title.”
Ion Fury is a retro-styled shooter inspired by classic 90s titles such as Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior and Blood. Created with the Build Engine, which also powered the aforementioned shooters, Ion Fury combines old-school visuals with modern features such as auto saves, widescreen support, map interactivity, improved physics and even headshots.
A preview campaign is currently available on PC through Steam Early Access for $19.99 (or regional equivalent). Those who purchased the preview campaign will receive the full game – which will cost $24.99 - as a free update when it launches next month.
Ion Fury is out 15 August on Steam. Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Switch versions will be released at a later date.
What do you think of the name change? Let us know below or over in the forums.