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PC open beta for Bloodbowl 3 begins soon

by: Nathan -

Last year we got a closed and very early beta for Bloodbowl 3 the game showed lots of promise but there were some typical beta issues like bugs and glitches but the biggest issue was the really obnoxious UI that would obscure the screen since they would just be greyed out when not in use. Now though the community will get a chance to play the open beta and they can play it really soon. We got a new gameplay trailer with the announcement as well and it's looking pretty great.

The beta will begin on June 1st, 2022 on Steam and will end on June 12th. You can register for the beta on their official website. 

 

Sony looking to bring at least half of their first party games to the PC by 2025

by: John -

It hasn't been too long since Sony started putting out some of their games on the PC. Well, it seems like the experiment is a rousing success because Sony wants at least half their first party games on the PC by 2025.

As reported by The Verge, Sony had their investor day and one of their talking points was how well the PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, and Days Gone with revenue from those three over $100 million to date. Sony expects to triple that with a forecast of $300 million this fiscal year.

It's pretty great news for those who own PCs but still can't find a PlayStation. Although I expect the supply to be available by 2025, having the ability to play some first party Sony games on the PC is a great option.

Sony's also looking into the mobile space as well as new TV shows so expanding to new mediums seems to be a priority for the PlayStation brand.

Cyberpunk action platformer REPLACED delayed to 2023

by: Henry -

Today, developer Sad Cat Studios announced that their upcoming game REPLACED would be delayed to 2023. The main reasoning behind the delay is due to the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia as the studio is located in Belarus.

REPLACED is a 2.5D sci-fi retro-futuristic action platformer where you play as R.E.A.C.H. – an artificial intelligence trapped in a human body against its own will. Explore the world, push your body’s limits in intense combat and learn what it’s like to be a living being. REPLACED combines cinematic platforming, pixel art and free-flow action combat with a deep, engaging dystopian story set in an alternative 1980s.

The game will be available in 2023 for Xbox Series S|X, Xbox One, and PC via Steam and Epic Games Store.

Check out the official Twitter announcement below:

Heads up 2D3D fans - Codename: Wandering Sword brings a Wuxia-style adventure to Steam

by: Eric -

Codename: Wandering Sword, currently under development by indie game studio Xiameng, is bringing a huge open world RPG Wuxia-style adventure to Steam. But the best news about the game? Take a look at this trailer:

Yup, it looks like Nintendo isn't the only publisher capable of putting out games in the beloved 2D3D graphical style, because Xiameng is absolutely nailing it in this game, using Unreal Engine to give the game that modern/classic look.

Codename: Wandering Sword also promises to bring a cool choice of combat styles to players when it arrives, allowing you to choose between traditional turn-based combat and real-time combat, depending on how you like to handle baddies. The game also boasts realistic NPCs, with advanced behavioral AI which allows them to take on their own study of martial arts to grow their own power. The game promises that you will be able to recruit most characters to come along with your party, making the game very open-ended.

There is no official release date listed yet for Codename: Wandering Sword, but you can keep an eye on the game's progress at the official Steam page.

Pony fighter Them's Fightin' Herds comes to consoles this fall

by: Eric -

We can talk all about the origins of Maximum Games 2D fighter Them's Fightin' Herds, but one look at the trailer and we're all on the same page. We're talking about that game that has My Little Ponies stomping each other. 

Sure, they aren't official My Little Pony characters. But come on. Look at this thing. Listen to those voices. Check out that animation. Those are My Little Ponies. Or at least pony cousins.

If it all looks pretty familiar, that's because the characters were designed by Lauren Faust (producer and developer for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I know. It is shocking.) The game features four-button combat with a number of modes, allowing players to practice in single player before jumping online for some pony (and deer, and cow) showdowns against players around the globe. 

And I'm totally here for it. Them's Fightin' Herds has been on PC for a little while now, retailing on Steam for $14.99 with a Very Positive review rating. So people are digging it. The good news for console fans is that publisher Modus Games today announced that these hooved fighters are coming to console this fall. Expect to see Them's Fightin' Herds appear on PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch sometime this fall. 

Asmodee's Gloomhaven is coming to consoles next year

by: Russell -

Asmodee Digital has announced that their tactical RPG inspired by the best-selling board game Gloomhaven will be hitting consoles in 2023. Gloomhaven launched a little while back on Steam and GOG.com for PC and Mac, and next year it's time for console players to join. Gloomhaven mixes card-based strategy and dungeon crawling with solo play and online co-op, and each of Gloomhaven's seventeen unique characters have their own skills and abilities to master. While the trailer looks impressive it doesn't quite say which consoles Gloomhaven will be coming to, but more information should become available as next year draws closer.

Hardspace: Shipbreaker releases today

by: Rob -

I mentioned the release about a month ago, and also noted the GN staff have been talking about this game for a while, but with the big release day today, Blackbird Interactive and Focus Entertainment have also dropped a release trailer for Hardspace: Shipbreaker as well. 

Originally in Early Access on Steam, this full release also sees the game on the Focus Store and Microsoft Store and is 25% off right now. It is also included free with the PC Games Pass from Microsoft.

The new season of Destiny 2, Season of the Haunted, has arrived

by: Russell -

As someone who's been playing Destiny 2 mostly since launch, I tend to look forward to each season and lately Bungie seems to have been knocking it out of the park, especially with The Witch Queen and its campaign. Today though sees the launch of Season 17: Season of the Haunted.

This season, which runs from now until August 23rd, sees the Guardians once again board The Leviathan, only now it's been corrupted and derelict and is forming a connection with the dormant Pyramid ship on the Moon. Season of the Haunted brings with it a new Nightmare Containment activity that's free for all players, a new Sever quest, and Solar 3.0 (free for all players) which completely redesigns the Solar subclass like how Season 16 did with Void. Furthermore the Trespasser exotic sidearm returns from the original Destiny and Season Pass holders will unlock this classic weapon instantly. In addition, the first of two dungeon's included in The Witch Queen Deluxe Edition will be available this Friday with the other dungeon coming in Season 19.

SteelSeries launches the Arctis Nova Pro line of headsets for next level gaming audio

by: John -

SteelSeries is looking to really up their headset game with two new headsets today. The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro and Arctis Nova Pro Wireless have all the makings of being truly great headsets.

The wired Arctis Nova Pro can connect to a variety of systems and there will also be an Xbox version as well. These set of cans feature 360 Spatial Audio that offers immersive sound. Your voice should be loud and clear with their new A.I. powered noise cancelling microphone. It also comes complete with a new GameDAC Gen 2 that helps deliver clean clear audio to your Arctis Nova Pros over the wire. And should you have multiple connections, you can switch between them with a push of a button.

But what if you want to go wireless? That's where the Arctis Nova Pro comes in. It features all the things the wired version has and a few more really cool features.

Active noise cancellation will help block out some unwanted sound to even immerse you even more. And should you want to talk to someone, just turn on transparency mode and you'll be able to hear people without taking off your headset.

Like a lot of new headsets coming out, the Arctis Nova Pro also lets you pair it up with a mobile device over Bluetooth. That means you can get audio from your phone while you are gaming and you can use these on the go to listen to music or watch videos as well.

There will be a version of both that lets you connect to various PC and consoles. The Xbox version will let you connect to the Microsoft console as well as the PC and PlayStation 4/5 and Switch as well.

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro is available for $249.99 while the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is available for #349.99 from SteelSeries' Store.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2... uhh 2... coming this October

by: Nathan -

It's that time of year again where Activision pulls back the curtain and reveals the yearly Call of Duty game, which was usually leaked a year in advance so it's no surprise when confirmation is made. 

Activision announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) will be released on October 28th, 2022. The 2022 game, not the original one. Well, confusing title aside, no other details or release systems were announced but I think it's safe to say that it will most likely appear on the usual suspects in terms of consoles. 

The Modern Warfare reboot was up there as one of my favorite Call of Duty games and one of the best ones released in years so I am really looking forward to this. Black Ops Cold War was pretty great but Vanguard would be down there as one of the worst Call of Duty games for me so it's nice to be excited about a Call of Duty game again.