Author - Jerry Paxton

Blade Assault Official Launch Trailer

Blade Assault, an action-packed roguelite platformer being published by NEOWIZ and developed by Team Suneat, is officially launching on Steam with its 1.0 version on January 17th, 2022. Packed to the brim with content, including the exciting final act, never before seen in Early Access, Blade Assault is the next great action roguelite from the publisher of Skul: The Hero Slayer.

The full version launches with three playable characters – Kil, Jenny, and Darcy, each with their own unique playstyle and signature weapons. There are over 200 different items from Cores to Gears, and Enhanced Weapons to equip your characters with in order to take on the monsters flooding the world of Blade Assault. With 3 new bosses (bringing the total to 7) and the “Ending” of the game now added, as well as the Friendship System which allows you to make friends and earn rewards from the game’s NPCs – there’s a whole lot to explore in this cyberpunk-fueled pixel world.

And if you manage to take down the big baddies, and beat the game? The Assault Level will test your might with its endless hard mode waves of enemies designed to challenge even the most seasoned players.

All this, and yes – new characters, bosses, and weapons are going to be added in the future with more details to follow.

Action Arcade Wrestling New Trailer Released

Bring your powerbombs, fireballs, and steel chairs to the wrestling ring! VICO Game Studio, in partnership with Reverb Triple XP, has announced today that Action Arcade Wrestling will launch on Nintendo Switch this February. In a few short weeks, ‘90s arcade wrestling fans everywhere will be able to pass around a Joy-Con and land the ultimate finisher at home and on the go.

Choose from over 30 mighty characters and brawl across over 25 playable game modes, including 5-on-5 tag team, Elimination matches, Battle Royale, and more. Perform moonsaults, grab power-ups, unleash laser beams, and pummel the opposition with giant squeaky hammers! After sending rivals to dream land, head to the extensive Wrestle Lab to create the world’s greatest wrestling star, legendary superhero, or even recreate your friends! From old school rasslin’ fans to newcomers and everyone in between, Action Arcade Wrestling on Nintendo Switch can be enjoyed by anyone – anytime and anywhere!

Action Arcade Wrestling is a fast-paced, arcade wrestling extravaganza that superkicks overly simulated wrestling games out of the ring! Master powerful attacks and superhero-like abilities in the most over-the-top wrestling game ever conceived.

Action Arcade Wrestling will launch on Nintendo Switch this February and is currently available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. Stay up to date on Action Arcade Wrestling by following the game on Twitter, ‘Like’ it on Facebook, and visiting its official website at ActionArcadeWrestling.com.

Rune Factory 5 Story Trailer Released

XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., released a new trailer that shares more information about some of the activities Earthmates can look forward to in Rune Factory 5, a brand-new fully 3D entry in the farming/life sim RPG franchise, when it launches in North America for the Nintendo Switch™ system on Mar. 22. From enjoying seasonal town festivals to taming wolves and battling dangerous foes that threaten the locals, the town of Rigbarth is ripe with opportunities for up-and-coming heroes to explore, socialize, and settle down with a partner.

The title is currently available for physical pre-order with a limited retail ‘Earthmate Edition’ and standard edition available for an MSRP of $79.99 and $59.99 respectively on the XSEED Games Store and participating retailers. The ‘Earthmate Edition’ includes a custom outer box with artwork from series illustrator Minako Iwasaki, an exclusive SteelBook® case, artbook with over 70 pages of character profiles and concept art, and more. All physical pre-orders through the XSEED Games Store include the option to bundle the game with an adorable Wooly keychain, modeled after the in-game sheep monster, while supplies last.

Developed by Marvelous Inc. and published in North America by XSEED Games, Rune Factory 5 will launch Mar. 22, 2022 on Nintendo Switch™ in North America. This game has been rated “T for Teen” by the ESRB.

For more information about Rune Factory 5, Earthmates can follow the Rune Factory social media account on Twitter @RuneFactory_NA or visit the official site at www.RuneFactory-5.com. Fans can also follow XSEED Games on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Twitch, get in depth info from their developer blog, and join the discussion on their Discord server at: http://discord.gg/XSEEDGames.

Astroneer Out Now on Nintendo Switch

Astroneer, the award-winning space sandbox adventure with over eight million players to date, is out now on Nintendo Switch! To help celebrate, Astroneer players on all platforms can enjoy the new Xenobiology content update, available today on PC, Xbox, PlayStation®4 and Switch.

Now in its fifth year of active development, Astroneer arrives on Nintendo Switch including all 40+ content updates to date and four-player online drop-in/drop-out co-op, as well as a new adventure where you’ll embark on a mission across the solar system with your brand-new Galastropod friends. Snap together components to build bases and vehicles as you explore fantastic planets that can be entirely deformed and traversed.

Astroneer is available now on the Nintendo eShop for $29.99 For a limited time, players who purchase Astroneer on Switch can unlock the in-game “Power” bundle, featuring a palette and visor customization set!

For more information, visit the official website, and follow Astroneer on Twitter and Instagram.

Hot Wheels Unleashed Design Battle Contest Announced

Mattel, Inc. and Milestone, a leading global racing game developer, announced today the Hot Wheels Unleashed™ Design Battle, an exclusive contest for the global community of the fast-paced arcade racing game of the same name which sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

For over five decades, Hot Wheels has pushed the limits of automotive performance and design – celebrating the designers & builders whose relentless passion, unlimited vision, and endless hours of elbow grease fuel the creation of the beloved toy cars. Today, Hot Wheels honors this same garage spirit, now in digital form, through the launch of the Design Battle contest. The contest runs between Jan. 14, 2022 and Feb. 14, 2022.

Participants will design a livery for the Hot Wheels Rodger Dodger™ die-cast model using the in-game Livery Editor. The winning Rodger Dodger will be transformed into a real, physical Hot Wheels toy (scale 1:64) available for purchase globally in December 2022.

The winner will be chosen by a special judging panel of Mattel’s world-class designers:

  • Ted Wu – Vice President and Global Head of Vehicle Design, Mattel
  • Bryan Benedict – Director of Product Design, Mattel
  • Dmitriy Shakhmatov – Manager of Product Design, Mattel
  • Jerry Thienprasiddhi – Principal Graphic Designer, Mattel

Rules and FAQ here: https://hotwheelsunleashed.com/en/hot-wheels-unleashed-design-battle-terms-and-conditions

To inspire the community’s creativity, international artists Van Orton Design and Oskunk designed their own unique Rodger Dodger vehicles using the in-game livery editor.

Van Orton Design, a special twin-duo from Italy, reimagine pop culture brands and icons in a unique, colorful and geometric way. Their art is famous all over the world thanks to amazing collaborations and prestigious exhibitions.

Oskunk is a French pop artist who has a distinctive style. His creations are well known by the gaming and pop culture community and his technique is full of creativity and uniqueness.

The Hot Wheels Unleashed Design Battle is available starting from today on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Steam.

For more information, visit hotwheelsunleashed.com.

Psychological Horror Game Ikai Launches March 29th

PM Studios and Endflame are going to invade your dreams on March 29th with the release of Ikai on PC, PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. Dark Japanese folklore comes to life in this psychological horror game where your only defense against the abominable demons is your ability to ward them off with mystical kanji. Before the game is released players are invited to head over to Steam and play Ikai’s demo, and add the game to their wishlist if they’re not too scared!

Embodying the soul of the classic first-person psychological horror genre with a defenseless main character incapable of attacking evil creatures through traditional means. No guns, swords, or howitzers here. Instead, Ikai explores a new sense of horror by making the player face the threats directly.

Don’t faint, embrace your weaknesses and pray you can survive the mayhem you’ve just unleashed.

FEAR: Experience the horror in first-person by the hand of Japanese spirits, monsters, and yokai.
EXPLORATION: Wander around a feudal Shinto shrine and explore to unveil the story behind Naoko, the main character.
DRAWING: Concentrate on drawing protective seals over the strange sounds and events happening around you.
PUZZLES: Pit your wits against challenges that will try to stop you
STEALTH & RUN: Be silent, do not disturb the evil… Or just run, run away from it all, if you can.

The physical version of Ikai is also available to pre-order at select retailers which includes a sticker sheet and postcard. The physical edition is priced at $34.99 and will be released alongside the digital release on March 29th.

X-MEN ’92: HOUSE OF XCII Comic Series Announced

In 2019, Jonathan Hickman revolutionized the mutant mythos with the hit series HOUSE OF X. But what would it look like if the Krakoan age was ushered in decades earlier? Find out this April when writer Steve Foxe and artist Salva Espin reimagine this modern mutant milestone in X-MEN ’92: HOUSE OF XCII!

This limited series will see the return of the X-Men’s beloved ‘90s incarnations as they tackle the groundbreaking beats of HOUSE OF X! Known for his ingenuous work on titles like SPIDER-HAM and RAINBOW BRIDGE, Foxe makes his exciting X-Men debut with this clever twist that will delight X-Fans new and old. And Espin, whose eye-catching art graced the pages of DEADPOOL: SECRET AGENT DEADPOOL, is ready to bring back the pouches, bomber jackets, and all the explosive awesomeness that made the X-Men’s 90s heyday so iconic!

Mutantkind is taking a huge leap forward by founding their own nation on the island of Krakoa, guided by Professor X, Magneto, and a mysterious long-lived woman who knows more than she should… But this won’t be the story you know. Expect the unexpected as the action, secrets, and high stakes drama that made HOUSE OF X such a masterpiece are shaken up in a totally new way!

“One of my earliest memories is of buying a Garrison Kane action figure, complete with ‘snap-back living hand,’ so to say that the ‘90s X-Men comics had a big impact on my development is an understatement,” Foxe said. “Getting the opportunity to pay tribute to such an important era in mutant history 30 years later—and to remix the franchise-redefining work currently being done by creators like Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, and Gerry Duggan—is the definition of a “dream gig,” especially with some of the WILD deviations we’re taking from the source material. If I died tomorrow, I’d be happy…but please resurrect me ASAP on Krakoa.”

“I started collecting comics with the X-Men in the nineties. The character designs of this era have always been the most attractive and powerful to me,” Espin said. “Those comics and the animated series made my imagination fly and very soon I began to make illustrations and mini comics as a fan that I shared with my schoolmates. These were the first drawings that encouraged me to pursue the dream of becoming a comic artist. With this book, we intend to pay tribute to that powerful era that was the 90s. The moment when super heroes looked better than ever with colorful tight-fitting spandex.”

The world you know has changed. Again! Relive the magic of the ‘90s X-Men when X-MEN ’92: HOUSE OF XCII #1 hits stands in April. For more information, visit Marvel.com.

Tim Allen Returning for The Santa Clause Disney+ Limited Series

Disney Legend Tim Allen will executive-produce “The Santa Clause” (working title), a Disney+ Original limited series in which he reprises the beloved role of Scott Calvin from Walt Disney Pictures’ blockbuster franchise. Production is set to begin in Los Angeles in March. Award-winning Jack Burditt (“30 Rock,” “Modern Family,” “Frasier,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) is the executive producer and showrunner and Kevin Hench (“Last Man Standing”), Richard Baker and Rick Messina will also serve as executive producers.

The Disney Branded Television series is a production of 20th Television.

Allen won a People’s Choice Award for his portrayal of Scott Calvin, Santa Claus’s proxy, complete with expanding waistline, rosy cheeks and snow-white whiskers in the 1994 film “The Santa Clause.”. He went on to play the role in two sequels, both hugely popular movies, 2002’s “The Santa Clause 2” and 2006’s “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.”

In the Disney+ series, Scott Calvin is on the brink of his 65th birthday and realizing that he can’t be Santa forever. He’s starting to lose a step in his Santa duties, and more importantly, he’s got a family who could benefit from a life in the normal world, especially his two kids who have grown up at the Pole. With a lot of elves, children, and family to please, Scott sets out to find a suitable replacement Santa while preparing his family for a new adventure in a life south of the pole.

Allen, whose popularity skyrocketed as the star of the top-rated ABC series “Home Improvement,” earned numerous awards for his role of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, including a Golden Globe in 1994 and The People’s Choice Award for eight consecutive years from 1992-1999. Allen also starred for nine seasons on the hit series “Last Man Standing.”

In 1995, the multi-talented actor lent his voice to Buzz Lightyear in Pixar’s first computer animated film, “Toy Story.” He reprised the iconic role as the arrogant yet lovable space action figure in two sequels, 1999’s “Toy Story 2” and 2010’s “Toy Story 3.” He also appeared as the character in a number of “Toy Story” short films including “Hawaiian Vacation,” “Small Fry” and “Partysaurus Rex.”

He reunited with the creative team from “The Santa Clause” to make Disney’s “Jungle 2 Jungle,” and also starred in the feature remake of a Disney classic,” The Shaggy Dog,” in 2006.

Allen also lent his own voice as narrator to the 2012 Disneynature documentary, “Chimpanzee” and co-starred in the 2007 Touchstone comedy “Wild Hogs” along with the 1999 film “Galaxy Quest.”

In 1994, Disney’s Hyperion Publishing released his debut book, Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man. It topped the New York Times Bestsellers list and led to a second book, also published by Hyperion, I’m Not Really Here.

King Arthur: Knight’s Tale Release Date Pushed to Late March

NeocoreGames is announcing that the full release date of its upcoming game, King Arthur: Knight’s Tale has been moved from February 15 to March 29, 2022 on Steam.

While the delay is a small one, NeocoreGames is confident that the extra weeks of development and polish will help to deliver the strongest possible version of King Arthur: Knight’s Tale for its fans.

The turn-based tactical game is currently available in Steam Early Access, where players can experience the entirety of the campaign’s first Act. The rest of the campaign and the endgame mode will be added in the final release. There is still plenty more information to share with players in the run-up to launch, but to learn more about what happens after the campaign credits roll, please watch the dev diary below.

King Arthur: Knight’s Tale is also coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S at a later date.

Avatar: Reckoning Mobile MMO Game Announced

Today, Archosaur Games, Tencent, Lightstorm Entertainment and Disney announced Avatar: Reckoning, a new mobile multiplayer online role-playing shooter created for mobile gamers. Developed by Archosaur Games and published globally by Level Infinite, Avatar: Reckoning is set to debut on iOS and Android mobile devices in 2022.

Avatar: Reckoning will transport players to never-before-seen parts of Pandora where they will meet new Na’vi clans fighting to defend their home, battle powerful RDA troops seeking to exploit the resources of the moon, and encounter spectacular alien creatures – all playable solo or in dynamic multiplayer matches. Players will level up their Avatar character, equip powerful weapons, and battle through single player story missions, co-op and player-vs-player (PvP) game modes with innovative combat tailored for touchscreens. Built on Unreal Engine 4, Avatar: Reckoning will deliver cutting-edge visuals for mobile devices when it is released this year.

To learn more about Avatar: Reckoning, go to avatarreckoning.com