Today marks the release of Pinstripe, an emotional 2D platformer about a former minister who delves deep into the frozen Hell in search of his kidnapped daughter. The game is a work of a one-man studio Atmos Games, founded by Thomas Brush, the creator of renown indie games Coma and Skinny. Speaking of names, Pinstripe has some voice actors and cameo performance from PewDiePie, Dan Avidan, Rubber Ninja, Nathan Sharp, and Jacksepticeye.
The 1996 original Tomb Raider is now playable via browsers, thanks to the OpenLara project by a modder nicknamed XProger. The current version only includes the second game level, the City of Vilcabamba, but other levels are to follow. OpenLara has unlimited frames per second, allows you to switch between TPP and FPP view at any time, and it features higher resolution and better graphics in general than the first Tomb Raider did in 1990s.
So far, we’ve only seen two new arenas added to Blizzard’s Overwatch since the game’s launch in May 2016. However, in a forum thread about the frequency with which new maps come out, Blizzard’s Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan said that Overwatch is going to get 3 new standard maps (i.e. available in Quick Play and Competitive Play modes), likely coming out this year. He also mentioned that they have 3 non-standard maps in development as well as a few other experiments.
As the world has gone crazy about cooking TV shows, the universe has been missing a proper cooking video game. This may change soon, thanks to Cooking Simulator, currently on Steam Greenlight. The game has everything a master chef needs: a beautiful, realistic kitchen, well equipped with ovens, frying pans, pots, plates etc., as well as dozens of ingredients, such as vegetables and fruts, fish, steaks, poultry and more. With this you can prepare one of 30 real-life meals, or just experiment with your own ideas. Alternatively, you can go berserk and demolish the place using advanced physics simulation.
Introversion Software, creators of Prison Architect are returning with another game, entitled Scanner Sombre. It’s not a big project, but the good news is that it is coming out this week, on Wednesday, April 26. What makes the game stand out from the crowd is its unique artwork and gameplay. In-game world is totally invisible and you only look at it by means of a scanner, which mimics the way the LIDAR scanner works. Your role is to send thousands of points of colorful light dots that cover the environment, gradually revealing the shapes of objects around you.
Investments made into virtual and augmented reality startups have dropped as many as five times year over year, Crunchbase reports. According to their data, in the first quarter of 2017 there has been 26 VR or AR-focused companies which raised a total of $200 million, as contrasted with 29 companies and over $1 billion in Q1 2016. That difference is caused mainly by the much-hyped Magic Leap’s augmented reality project, whose stage of development turned out to be way behind what its first demo promised.
An interesting fan project to port Red Dead Redemption onto Grand Theft Auto V’s engine has been taken down by Rockstar Games’ publisher Take-Two. Entitled Red Dead Redemption V, the mod had been in development for three years before its authors were contacted by the IP’s owners. It seems that the only way you can ever play the game on your computer is by means of PlayStation Now.
SEVEN: The Days Long Gone has just got an impressive new trailer, featuring a song by Miracle of Sound and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt lead composer Marcin Przybylowicz. Developed by former creators of The Witcher series, SEVEN is a post-apocalyptic, isometric RPG set in a dystopian universe, which looks like a cross-over between Fallout and Borderlands’ wastelands. This new video shows off a few glimpses of combat as well as some stunning locations.
Topware Interactive has announced than May 25, 2017 will be the release date of Two Worlds II: Call of the Tenebrae, the next story-based expansion for a warmly-received Polish action-RPG Two Worlds II. The interesting thing is that the game was published almost seven years ago – back in 2010. Call of the Tenebrae will have the original’s hero witness his friend murdured by a rat-like race, which is going to set in motion a chain of events that will bring a horrific, ancient evil upon the realm of Anatloor.
GOG.com online store has launched a sale of the Saints Row series, with its highlight, Saints Row 2, being given away for free until Saturday. Apart from this special offer, all Deep Silver games available on GOG.com are currently on sale (up to 75%). E.g. you can buy Saints Row IV for $4.99 and its standalone expansion Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell for $3.75. You should also get acquainted with the new GOG Connect feature, which allows you to connect your GOG.com and Steam accounts.
The first gameplay footage from Phoenix Point – the upcoming tactical strategy game designed by Julian Gollop, the creator of the original X-Com: UFO Defense, and his team at Snapshot Games – has emerged, as a crowdfunding campaign went live on Fig. The game features classic turn-based tactical gameplay set in a dystopian version of the future, in which the Earth has been swarmed by human-animal mutants and the remnants of mankind fight for control over the devastated land. In this new video you can watch Phoenix Point in action as well as hear Julian Gollop himself explain the story and some gameplay mechanics.
If you are afraid that Outlast 2 may be too demanding for your good old PC, worry not. The official system requirements aren’t very high – you just need Intel Core i3-530, 4 GB RAM and GeForce GTX 260 to run the game in 720p at 30 fps. Outlast 2 is likely going to be a worthy successor of the first Outlast, which has become a paragon of what a modern first-person survival horror should be. While the first game and its expansion were set in an abandoned asylum turned into a hideous research facility, the sequel puts you in the shoes of a journalist stranded somewhere on the fields of Arizona, surrounded by lunatic cultists.
Andrzej Sapkowski, the creator of the Witcher universe, not only doesn’t like video games, but also fails to see how much popularity his novels have gained thanks to the electronic adaptations made by CD Projekt RED. Quite the contrary, in a recent interview with Waypoint, the Polish writer expressed a belief that for every reader he gained thanks to the games there is another he lost. Adressing that comment, Dmitry Glukhowski, author of the Metro books, called the man “an arrogant motherf***er”.
Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days, another video game based on Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 movie, is going to launch on Steam on May 18, 2017, as revealed in a new cinematic trailer. Unlike the previous adaptation of that film, this game is a top-down shooter, somewhat similar to Hotline Miami, but with a twist. Using original time reversal mechanics you can plan the actions of all your characters and design perfectly coordinated sequences.
NieR: Automata, a successful Japanese third-person action-RPG, is soon to get its first DLC, entitled 3C3C1D119440927. The uniquely titled piece of extra content is going to introduce three new colosseums to fight on, plus additional sub-quests. Completing new quests is rewarded with a bunch of goodies, including new costumes for androids, extra music tracks, new equipment and cosmetic asscessories. Before the DLC arrives, you can watch the first official gameplay footage.
In just several hours Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is going to launch on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with iOS and Android versions coming up later this year. Next to today’s digital release, the PS4 and XONE versions are also going to be available in boxed editions, including the disc with the opening episode plus the season pass, on May 2, 2017.
Users of new processors running on Windows 7 or 8.1 are reporting that they are no longer receiving security updates. This follows the Microsoft’s previous announcement of its plans to block updates for operating systems older than Windows 10 on the grounds of unsupported hardware. CPUs affected by the block are: Intel 7th generation “Kaby Lake”, Intel 6th generation “Skylake”, AMD “Ryzen”, AMD “Bristol Ridge”, and Qualcomm 8996 “Snapdragon”.
While fans are waiting for the upcoming release of Endless Space 2, scheduled for May 19, 2017, new players have just received a perfect opportunity to jump into the series at an unbelievably low cost. You can now buy the original Endless Space bundled with the Disharmony expansion for just $1 on Steam – that’s a 97% drop from the original price set at $34.99. The offer runs until Monday.
It seems that Microsoft intends to follow the example of Steam and Origin when it comes to game refunding policy, an Xbox Insider participant reported on Reddit. Players will soon be able, under certain conditions, to return digital products purchased in Microsoft Store for Xbox One and Windows 10. The conditions are pretty universal: “games and apps are eligible for self-service refunds within 14 days of purchase if you have less than 2 hours of play across all accounts”.
SEGA has revealed the Western launch date of Yakuza Kiwami to be August 29, 2017, which is six months after the release of the Japanese version. The remake of the first game in this popular “Japanese GTA” series is going to be available on PlayStation 4 in digital and physical versions for $29.99 / €34.99 / £29.99. Pre-orders and limited first-run copies will be packed in an elegant SteelBook. For those who wish to learn more about the universe, the publisher has prepared an interactive timeline and character map as well as the first chapter of a 10-part comic book series “The Dragon’s Path”.
Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition is already available on PC and mobile platforms. The new version of the cult classic features mainly technical improvements, namely: higher resolution (up to 4K on PC), reworked user interface, remastered audio, tweaks, and patches. Unlike other enhanced editions prepared by Beamdog - including the two installments of Baldur’s Gate and Incewind Dale - this one leaves the original content as it was, without introducing any changes or additions.
The first teaser trailer from Star Wars: Battlefront II has leaked online, prior to its official reveal at Star Wars Celebration on April 15. The 30-second video shows off an outset of the in-game campaign, apparently set between The Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens telling an untold story of an Imperial soldier. We also get to see famous heroes, such as Rey, Kylo Ren, Yoda and even Darth Maul, as well as a couple of well-known locations from the films.
Devolver Digital has announced that they are going to publish another brutal, full-blooded retro shooter, which also represents one of the most famous IPs of its kind. It's Serious Sam's Bogus Detour, arriving to PC this summer. In development by Hammerwatch creators and the authors of the Serious Sam franchise, Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is going to feature classic arcade gameplay combined with some modern mechanics.
Despite the fact that Denuvo anti-tamper technology didn’t prevent Mass Effect: Andromeda from being cracked – it failed within the first 10 days on the market – BioWare isn’t dropping it. Instead, the studio decided to upgrade it to the latest version, which is currently being used by three games besides Mass Effect: Andromeda. Players noticed that that since the release of the most recent update Mass Effect: Andromeda’s executable file contains strings of data that can only be found in all games powered by the latest version of Denuvo.
Our interview with Pawel Miechowski, Senior Writer at 11 bit studios, has confirmed some interesting facts – the developer is currently working on a new title. The project is currently in initial development stages, but there are some acclaimed names involved in the process. The new game is expected to become the developer’s second major project in development apart from Frostpunk, but it may take it a while to pick up steam as the game is expected to be released 2 years from now.
Imagine S.T.A.L.K.E.R. getting modern graphics powered by CryEngine. Actually, you don’t have to, because a project like this is already in the making by a fan. Dubbed S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Noises of the Zone, the game has been presented on a new gameplay video, which gives a glimpse of the zone in high quality. Sadly, the project has currently no release date, so there is no telling when we will get to play it.
Bethesda Softworks shared a 2-minute long video of uninterrupted gameplay from Quake Champions, the upcoming new incarnation of id Software’s classic first-person shooter series. Although sporting modern graphics powered by id Engine 6, this really looks like the fast-paced, over-the-top experience that fans fell in love with back in the 1990s. This video comes just before the closed beta kickoff planned for this Thursday, April 6. If you haven’t yet, you can still sign up for the beta on the game’s official website.
Warner Bros. Games is hiring for an Unreal Engine 4 AAA game, most likely an RPG, deeply rooted in British culture, as noticed by Reddit users. It’s hard to say whether this is going to be an original IP or an adaptation of an existing brand. Some fans speculate that this could be a Harry Potter or a Doctor Who game, but really, those guesses are as good as any. The studio co-working on the project is Avalanche Software, a team that used to make games for Disney, including Disney Infinity and Toy Story 3: The Video Game.
All those interested in PayDay 2 can now play it for free through April 12 on Steam. Within this time frame you can also grab the sequel of the popular online heist game and all its DLC packs at a 75% discount, which means $4.99 for the base game. This is to celebrate an ongoing community event called The Search for Kento. Apart from a couple of story-based missions, players can count on free goodies, new features, community challenges and other surprises.
According to a leaked Agents of Mayhem trailer, the next game from Saints Row creators at Volition is slated to launch this August on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Agents of Mayhem is a third-person open-world action game set in the universe of the Saints Row series. Players will form 3-person teams made up of the eponymous M.A.Y.H.E.M. agents. So far, we’ve met only four of all twelve playable characters, but several more are presented in the new trailer.