Little Nightmares, a creepy crossover between Unravel and Limbo is coming out on April 28, 2017 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It will be available in both digital and physical version. As for the latter, Little Nightmares will have a limited Collector’s Edition (dubbed Six Edition) featuring a figurine of the main hero, exclusive poster, and a couple of other goodies. Watch a new trailer, which sets an eerie mood for the game.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 will have an open beta exclusively on PC, starting on February 3, 2017. You can sign up for the testing period of the third installment in this popular first-person shooter series on the game’s official website. Since the main course in Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is the single player campaign, with multiplayer being just an addition, the beta is going to consist of two story missions featuring a military base infiltration and assassination of a key target.
Polish company Jujubee announced an exact release date for Realpolitiks, a modern day real-time grand strategy, in which the player can deal with actual crises as the leader of any contemporary nation, develop their country, run its internal and external affairs, and even conquer space. The game will launch on Steam on February 16, 2017. Along with this announcement comes a new trailer, which lets you take a peek at the things you will be able to do and threats you are going to face in Realpolitiks.
Galactic Junk League is a competitive free-to-play crafter arena game by indie developer Pixel Federation, which lets players build just about anything from scrap – even giant cat-shaped spacecrafts – and fight anyone in space. The game offers 7v7 PvP arenas, where you can fight other players using your makeshift ship. Having launched in Steam Early Access today, it is going to stay there until the developers are satisfied with its state – you can play it for free right now.
Thunder Lotus Games – creators of Jotun, a successful isometric hack-and-slash set in a world inspired by Nordic mythology – are coming back with a second game. This one, called Sundered, is described as “a horrifying fight for survival and sanity, a hand-drawn epic” and put under the action horror/replayable Metroidvania genre. Even though the game is up on Kickstarter since yesterday, the initial funding goal has already been reached and exceeded by several thousand. Sundered is expected to launch in July 2017 on PC and PlayStation 4.
Ubisoft seems to have started making plans for a full-fledged sequel to Tom Clancy's The Division. This is suggested by one of the questions in a survey found on Ubisoft’s website, which asks where Tom Clancy's The Division should bring players in the future: a brand new city or New York once more. However, this would mean that The Division 2 is still far down the road. In the meantime, we will most probably get to see another year of content packs for the first game.
If you like space exploration but were disappointed by No Man’s Sky – especially in its initial state – you may be interested in another similar title. We’re talking about Astroneer, an indie game that lets players explore and colonize procedurally generated alien planets and terraform their surface. Over 500,000 copies have been sold since its release in Steam Early Access and Xbox Preview in December 2016. Moreover, 90% of the Steam users who reviewed the title found it worth recommending.
Humble Store is now offering digital PC version of Dirt Showdown – an arcade spin-off to the rally game series from Codemasters Software, true veterans of the genre. As it is always the case with giveaways, the offer is time-limited, ending tomorrow at 10 A.M. PST, so if you want to add the Burnout-meets-Dirt racing game to your ever-expanding Steam Library, you should consider doing it asap. Apart from the Steam key for Dirt Showdown you will get a 10% off coupon for new subscribers to Humble Monthly.
Torment: Tides of Numenera has got a new, interactive trailer. It features an example of a side quest with a branching story. Throughout the video you get to make decisions and watch their consequences, both immediate and far-reaching. The choices you make throughout the game are reflected in the morality system based on four Tides, which are corresponding to different types of behavior – in this game the Force has four Sides.
Although development of Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord has been going steadily, it is still to early to talk about a release date, said the game’s community manager on the forums recently. After well over four years since its original announcement, many features still need a lot of work, among them combat, animations or permadeath, just to name a few. As for co-op, this is an unlikely addition, but the developers are considering some options to make it possible.
Later this month – on January 26 – Steam will see the release of Days of War in Early Access, a Kickstarter-funded World War II multiplayer first-person shooter powered by Unreal Engine 4. In development by independent studio Driven Arts, Days of War is going to revisit the history’s most infamous armed conflict with the classic approach of shooters from the early 2000s. Initially, the Early Access version is going to offer 32-player multiplayer with 20 weapons and 4 maps – more will come in time. The full release is planned to happen in the next 12 months.
Although the sales of The Banner Saga 2 were below expectations, Stoic are going to make The Banner Saga 3 anyway. “We set out to make this trilogy. We can't leave the story unfinished”, said the studio’s co-funder John Watson. The developers admit that in the case of the second game they took the community for granted, which cost them much of the players’ attention. On the other hand, they are hoping that the release of The Banner Saga 3 will leverage sales of the second game, as the latter did for the original Banner Saga.
The Sims 4, the latest installment in the beloved franchise of light-hearted life simulators is getting the Vampires content pack on January 24, 2017. Upon becoming vampires, your sims will gain supernatural powers, like transforming into different forms and being unsusceptible to aging. They can also build a majestic manor in a new world, called Forgotten Hollow – a perfect home for your vampire family with all the creepy fog, withered foliage and long nights.
IMGN.PRO, creators of Kholat, announced that their next horror game, named Husk, is coming out on PC (Steam) on February 3, 2017. Co-developed with Polish indie studio UndeadScout, Husk is a purebred FPP horror inspired by classic thrillers like Silent Hill, Alan Wake and Twin Peaks. A new trailer, which incidentally shows off some bits of gameplay footage, also reveals that Husk will touch upon the theme of domestic violence. How did difficult childhood impact Matthew Palmer’s adult life? This is probably something that we are going to find out playing Husk.
As the release of Tales of Berseria is coming near, Bandai Namco Entertainment shared some technical details on this next chapter in the popular series of jRPGs. First of all, both minimum and recommended PC requirements were revealed on Steam, which incidentally aren’t very high. Prior to the release, Tales of Berseria is supposed to get a demo later today on both Steam and PlayStation 4. Another piece of news is that Tales of Berseria will be using Denuvo, the incredibly successful anti-tamper technology.
If you fancy the idea of playing The Sims with friends, you will probably be happy to hear that a fan-made remake of The Sims Online is a thing. It’s called FreeSO (Free Simulator Online), and would have already been playable if not for a servers hiccup. FreeSO’s debut on last Friday was a bit of a false start, when a suprisingly large interest around the project caused its server to go down. There is no telling when FreeSO will relaunch, but this time it will most likely come out as a closed beta first.
As fun as Just Cause 3 is as a single player experience, this highly explosive sandbox game could surely use an option to play with others. Although lacking from the original release, the multiplayer mode is now added in a fan-made modification, available in 0.9 public beta version, adding multiplayer to the game and allowing you to play together with hundreds of other players on one server. Apart from offering a variety of game modes Just Cause 3 Multiplayer mod allows fans to make modes of their own.
In the last couple of days we’ve learned some interesting facts about Mass Effect: Andromeda. Other than the release date – March 21, 2017 for North America and March 23 for Europe – it has been confirmed that the game will be available early in EA Access and Origin Access for a limited time. Besides, a Windows pre-load date has been revealed on Origin: March 17, 2017 6:00 PM CET (10 AM PDT). You might also want to know that Mass Effect: Andromeda will not feature a Season Pass.
Slightly Mad Studios have now started discussing a possible release date of their next racing game, Project CARS 2. On the game’s official forums the studio’s CEO Ian Bell said that although nothing is set in stone yet, considering the project’s current state the most probable launch date is “Septemberish”. The team still has to do some work on GUI and Career, not to mention the QA period. Similarly to the original Project CARS, the second installment is being developed with the support of World of Mass Development community.
Nvidia announced the expansion of their GeForce Now service – soon it will enable PC games streaming to any personal computer or Mac. Using a special app you will be able to launch games that you own on popular digital platforms, such as Steam, GOG Galaxy, Origin, Uplay or Battle.net. Of course the luxury of playing recent games on a budget laptop or Mac won’t come for free – 25 hours of gameplay on a virtual PC with GeForce GTX 1060 on board or 10 hours with GeForce GTX 1080 will cost $25.
You can now start counting the days until the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda, because the exact launch date has been officially confirmed. The next chapter of BioWare’s epic space saga is coming out on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in North America and two days later, March 23, in Europe, across all platforms: PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. A new gameplay footage was also presented during Nvidia’s opening show at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show.
First-person shooters Project I.G.I. and I.G.I. 2: Covert Strike published in 2000 and 2003, respectively, may be getting a sequel. Norwegian game developer Artplant, founded by key members of the original Project I.G.I. team, has acquired the rights to the franchise from Square Enix and intend to use it creatively. And since the deal only applies to the IP and not the first two games, Artplant’s next project is not going to be a remaster, but either a full-fledged sequel or a reboot.
Thanks to the new Humble Bundle offer Ubisoft fans can add nine 9 of the Assassin’s Creed games to their Uplay Library for just $15. The first, $1 tier, gives you digital keys to four of them: arcade Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia, and the original Assassin’s Creed from 2008. Paying more than average will also grant you Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD, Assassin’s Creed III plus the Tyranny of King Washington - The Infamy DLC and Assassin’s Creed II. For $15 two more are added: Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. This offer ends on January 16, 10 A.M. PST.
Later today fans of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth will be able to try out the content of the Afterbirth+ add-on, which is launching on Steam within several hours. In the second DLC to this popular action RPG shooter with heavy rougelike elements the eponymous boy Isaac will have to fight a whole lot of hellish creatures as well as face his lost siblings and eventually his mother, who wants to make a sacrifice of him. Players will also get to make use of over 50 new items and beat a new final chapter concluded with a boss fight.
Three of Codemaster’s racing games: GRID, DiRT 3, and F1 2013, have surprisingly disappeared from Steam. While you can still play the games if you had already had them in your Library, they are no longer to be found in the Steam Store. No official notification was released that would explain the reasons behind the removal or at least acknowledge the fact. Similarly, GRID was taken down from GOG a couple of days ago due to expiring licenses.
Arkane Studios wants to save Prey, their upcoming sci-fi first-person shooter, from going through the same rough start on PC as Dishonored had. In order to assure a smooth launch on personal computers, the developers will double their time on quality assurance. They also switched the game engine from idTech to CryEngine. This information, along with some other news on the game, was shared by creative director Raphael Colantonio and lead designer Ricardo Bare in an exclusive interview for Game Informer.
Valve Software has revealed the winners of the first edition of Steam Awards in several wacky categories. If you’d like to know which game has a Villain Most In Need Of A Hug or Best Use Of A Farm Animal, which one stood the Test of Time the best and which brought a tear into your eye or just made you go Whoooaaaaaaa, dude!, you should check the official list of Steam Awards winners, listed in this story for your convenience.
In order to celebrate Diablo’s 20th anniversary this year, Blizzard Entertainment is preparing a series of time-limited events in several of their games. Diablo III players will get to experience a reimagined version of the original Diablo adventure in The Darkening of Tristram event. Other Blizzard games, including Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Overwatch, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft will also get some themed goodies.
Hero’s Song – an ambitious-sounding pixel art RPG announced by John Smedley and his indie team Pixelmage Games – has been cancelled. Despite the developers’ best efforts to put the project on Steam Early Access after a failed Kickstarter campaign, Hero’s Song didn’t manage to make enough sales. Therefore, the development has been discontinued and the studio dissolved.
Star Citizen has switched from CryEngine to Lumberyard – Amazon’s in-house free set of game dev tools partly based on Crytek’s CryEngine. This one is supposed to provide better support for the space sim’s online features and social components. What’s more, the newly released Alpha update 2.6 has added the long-awaited Star Marine FPS module to the game. It contains two first-person multiplayer modes and two maps to fight on as well as an expanded dogfighting module.