Anyone else completely forget this game existed? Yeah me to. The first episode of Life is Strange 2 launched all the way back in September and months went by without a word of when Episode 2 would be coming. With all the stuff that happened to Tell Tale, of course that fear was there that the season would even be finished.
Then we finally got confirmation of the release date and it's coming out January 24th. To celebrate, here is the launch trailer.
Let's hope it was worth the wait.
Western RPGs have seen a resurgence of late, with everything from classic turn-based games like Halcyon 6 to strategy titles like The Banner Saga. Now fledgling indie studio Storytellers Entertainment is trying to get their fantasy RPG dream off the ground with Imperium Omni, a dual novel/game project that will launch on Kickstarter on January 28th. The game is being built on Unreal 4 by fantasy writer/game developer Matthew Thomas, with assistance from Hollywood effects artist Bill Munns. The game will span four episodes and will utilize a fluid class system, that allows players to explore multiple classes concurrently.
I have to be honest, the proof-of-concept trailer looks pretty rough, with visuals and cinematography that would have seemed rudimentary even a decade ago. Still, you have to start somewhere and I commend the developers for their enthusiasm and grit. For what it's worth, the companion novel, Imperium Omni: Captain's Edition, is free on Amazon Kindle right now. Storytellers Entertainment is looking to raise $25,000 to fund the game, which isn't too terribly much compared to similar projects.
When The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief launched on Xbox 360 back in 2013, it was part of the burgeoning revival of episodic adventure games. Today it's more of a curio, but that doesn't stop it from being a rollicking good whodunit in its own right. Now The Raven Remastered takes the entire game--all 3 episodes--and up-rezzes it to HD on Nintendo Switch. Constable Anton Jakob Zellner's investigation into the theft of an ancient ruby spans multiple locations, from a train in the Swiss alps to the Cairo Museum, and can be had on the eShop for $29.99. Check out the trailer below for a look at the remastered visuals.
Paradox Interactive has announced that its space strategy game Stellaris, previously exclusively to PC, will be coming soon to consoles on February 26. The console edition of the game will feature the same gameplay of the PC version in which players explore space, handle diplomacy with other alien races, and manage interplanetary empires.
A deluxe edition of the game will also be released that includes the core game along with the Plantoids Species Pack, Leviathans Story Pack, and Utopia expansion pack. Stellaris: Console Edition will be available on February 26 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Developer 4A Studios has released a new video for Metro Exodus that showcases the various weapons available in the player's arsenal. One of the most noteworthy features of the Metro series has always been its unique and improvised weapons that stand out from normal guns in other games. A new customization system has been added that enables players to adapt to any combat situation on the fly without needing to return to a settlement.
Weapons are even more immersive now with the addition of required maintenance and cleaning to ensure they don't overheat or jam while in use. The new trailer showcases guns from each of the four weapon categories including handguns, shotguns, rifles, and special weapons.
Metro Exodus will be available on February 15 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Space strategy sandbox game Galactic Civilizations III will be getting a new expansion pack this winter titled Retribution. A host of new features are included ranging from powerful artifacts to hypergates in addition to the return of the Drath and Korath civilizations. The new artifacts are described as providing civilizations powerful new capabilities such as instant access to new abilities while hypergates allow your fleets to rapidly travel across the galaxy.
More details can be found on the expansion pack's Steam page. Galactic Civilizations III: Retribution will retail for $19.99 when it launches this winter.
Tossing up to 50 players in the ever increasingly tightening quarters of a Battle Royale mode, Black Desert Online's Shadow Arena is entering into Early Access. The new mode is open to anyone who has purchased Black Desert Online or anyone who wants to take advantage of the free 7 day trial.
Form the press release:
Shadow Arena is a new mode that pits up to 50 players against each other in a struggle for survival. Gather supplies and outwit your opponents to become the last person standing. Players will start the match as a ‘Black Spirit’, a small flying specter that can then possess the bodies of one of the playable classes in Black Desert Online.
For the Early Access version, the Warrior, Sorceress, Berserker, Tamer, Valkyrie, Wizard, Witch, Dark Knight and Mystic will be available allowing participants to pick from nine different playstyles.
By roaming the arena after finding their preferred class, players can gather skills, weapons, armor, accessories and special items such as flares, potions, traps and more. It will be essential for victory that players strategically acquire their skills and items to deal with the opposition.
More info about the new mode or the 7 day trial can be found on the official site.
Days Gone, the upcoming, quite epic-looking zombie game from SIE Bend Studio, got another trailer recently, this time featuring the game's diverse and dangerous world. The narrator intones its beauty, at the same time as warning us of the dangers that lie within. Marauders, Freakers (the game's term for zombies), wolves, and even the Northwest region's infamous rain will impact the gameplay. It all looks very fun and very deadly.
See for yourself, Days Gone releases April 26th, 2019.
Total War: Three Kingdoms, the ambitious upcoming historical RTS from Creative Assembly, gets a new bit of info courtesy of the game's YouTube channel. In it, we see how the game's intricate warmaking gameplay is influenced by its spy mechanic.
In the video, which you can watch below, the dev controls Cao Cao, one of many characters players can control in their quest to rule China. The campaign sees the dev in the middle of dismantling the tyrannical grip of Dong Zhuo. The dev takes a look at a world map, and can flip through eight filters which show things like overall control, regions controlled by allies and enemies, and others. Each faction leader, Cao Cao included, have their own special skills that can assist in the quest for control.
In the video, the spies work by players relinquishing control of them in order to infiltrate rival factions in undercover fashion. Generally, this is by sitting in a rival faction's recruitment pool, with players choosing a number of options therein: including Infiltrate Army, Leak Marching Orders, Deny Military Supplies, Falsify Marching Orders or Poison Military Provisions, and that was just under general actions. But just because a spy begins work for one faction leader, doesn't mean that they will stay that way. They can break off, forming their own faction, or betray their liege and side with the rival. This is one among many ways in which player quests can play out.
Total War: Three Kingdoms releases March 7th, 2019.
Call of Duty's approach to the battle royale genre, Blackout, is now available for everyone to try out for free. Running now until January 24, players can download the free trial on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Progress and items earned in-game during the trial is saved for players that purchase the full game.
The developers have just added a new Blackout mode called "Down But Not Out" that's changes the gameplay in that downed players can rejoin their four-person team during each new collapse of the circle (except for the final). However, at least one member of the team must survive to ensure the others can revive. This mode is reason enough for me to jump back in and spend more time with Blackout.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.