Author - Jerry Paxton

Gloomy Eyes Coming to All VR Platforms

May 29, 2020 – Publisher and co-producer ARTE, with co-producers AtlasV, 3DAR, Ryot and HTC Vive Originals, are happy to announce that Gloomy Eyes, a VR animation movie narrated by Colin Farrell in English is available on Oculus Quest as well as all other VR-stores. This poetic and magical VR-trilogy, written and directed by Fernando Maldonado and Jorge Tereso and co-written by Santiago Amigorena, is now available on Oculus Quest, Steam, Rift, and HTC Vive.

It tells the challenging love story between a zombie boy and a human girl in a town flooded by darkness, narrated by Colin Farrell (English), Tahar Rahim (French), Max Riemelt (German), Jorge Drexler (Spanish), Jam Hsiao (Chinese).

About Gloomy Eyes

When the sun grew tired of humanity, it hid, never to rise again. This darkness awoke the dead from their graves. In the midst of chaos, a zombie kid named Gloomy and a mortal girl, Nena, fall in love and form a deep connection that not even the most powerful man in town can destroy. Together, they might hold the key to make the endless night come to an end.

Award winner during several of the most distinguished interactive and film events such as Sundance 2019 (premiere), South by Southwest 2019, Annecy 2019 and Newlmages Festival 2019, Gloomy Eyes is now ready to meet its public on Oculus Quest, Steam, Rift and HTC Vive. Written and directed by Argentinians Fernando Maldonado and Jorge Tereso, co-written by Santiago Amigorena (Le Ghetto intérieur, The Good Old Daze and Back to Burgundy), co-produced by ARTE France, AtlasV, 3DAR, Ryot, HTC Vive Originals, Viveport, with the support of CNC, Unity, Sacem, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Procirep, this poetic and magical VR-experience evocative of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas will immerse you in the very center of the action.
Gloomy Eyes is available in its “6 DOF” version on Oculus Quest for $US 7.99 and on Steam, Rift and HTC Vive for $US 8.99.

Desperados III Kate O’Hara Character Trailer and Demo News

Vienna, Austria/ Munich, Germany, May 28th 2020: She’s got the look and she’s absolutely hitting like a hammer: Kate O’Hara grew up as a Colorado farm girl, dreaming of fame and glamour on the stage in the big city. But she had to learn to get along in the rough wild west, where most men are not natural gentlemen and very often only understand the clear message of a joyfully kick in their … well, crown jewels. This way, Kate can knock down enemies when she gets close enough – and she’s got many ways to get in melee range. Naturally, she loves to disguise herself with different outfits and of course uses her overwhelming charm to distract opponents. And if these clever tricks fail, she relies on a girl’s best friend: Her Derringer.

Free Demo available!
You can’t wait to try Desperados III for yourself? Well, here is your chance: A free (PC) demo with one level from our story-driven, hardcore tactical stealth game is now available on GOG.com. Check it out and see, if Desperados III will be your favourite game of this summer, when it releases on June 16th 2020.

Get the demo here: https://www.gog.com/game/desperados_iii_demo

Developer Diaries
The series of developer diaries continues, and this time Mimimi Games is discussing innovation in episode number five. Every Wednesday, a new developer diary will be available on THQ Nordic’s YouTube Channel. Here are all episodes so far:

Episode one: https://youtu.be/iWPETCElNQU
Episode two:https://youtu.be/iCFX1XbqRQM
Episode three: https://youtu.be/yyCvxz_lcRY
Episode four: https://youtu.be/aXyi0Zjm56M
Episode five: https://youtu.be/U3ezFpTaP4Y

Desperados III is available for pre-order now at an SRP of € 49.99 / $ 49.99 / £ 44.99 (PC) and € 59.99 / $ 59.99 / £ 54.99 (Consoles) For the early adopters: The Digital Deluxe Edition is available for pre-order for the price of the Standard Edition for a limited time! Make sure to shoot first, and ask questions later.

The physical side of things always gets some love from everyone here at THQ Nordic and has been up and running for quite some time. The Collector’s Edition is available for pre-order now and comes in hot at an SRP of € 109.99 / $ 109.99 / £ 99.99 (PC) and € 119.99 / $ 119.99 / £ 109.99 (PlayStation®4 and Xbox One™).

Check out our entire vendor’s tray over at the pre-order website: https://desperadosgame.com/#order-here

HBO MAX Has Launched

LOS ANGELES, CA – May 27, 2020 – WarnerMedia’s highly anticipated streaming platform, HBO Max, has officially launched today, featuring a leading collection of content curated from across WarnerMedia’s legendary catalog and a roster of new Max Originals, plus fan-favorite acquired franchises and films. The launch of HBO Max is the culmination of efforts over the past year to bring the best of WarnerMedia together to launch a new streaming offering, following AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. HBO Max has an unparalleled backing of distinct talent and industry leaders and demonstrates what can be accomplished when WarnerMedia’s celebrated brands come together.

This new direct-to-consumer experience features 10,000 hours of premium content including the entire HBO service; motion picture and TV series from Warner Bros.’ 100-year content collection; highlights from New Line; catalog titles from DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth and Looney Tunes Cartoons; a selection of classic films curated in partnership with TCM; along with a monthly offering of new Max Originals, guaranteeing something for everyone in the household. HBO Max is available starting today priced at $14.99/month from WarnerMedia.

“Today we are proud to introduce HBO Max – a dream that was created and nurtured by an incredible team of talented executives who dedicated the last year-and-a-half to making it a reality for consumers nationwide,” said Bob Greenblatt, Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer. “However, this is just the beginning of our journey. We will continue to innovate and evolve this one-of-a-kind platform that brings together beloved programming from across the WarnerMedia family and around the world, while also paving the way for the creative voices of tomorrow.”

Getting HBO Max

HBO Max is now widely available to consumers, including millions of existing HBO and HBO NOW subscribers who can access this greatly expanded offering at no extra cost.

Existing HBO NOW direct-billed customers, as well as those who are billed through Apple, Google Play, Samsung, Optimum and Verizon Fios Internet will get instant access to HBO Max today at no extra cost, with the HBO NOW app automatically updating to the HBO Max app on supported devices.

Current HBO subscribers who get their service and are direct-billed through AT&T, AT&T TV, DIRECTV, U-Verse TV, Cox, Hulu, Optimum, Spectrum, Suddenlink, Verizon Fios TV and select independent cable, broadband, and telco providers through the NCTC like WOW!, Atlantic Broadband, RCN and MCTV, among others, now also have access to HBO Max at no extra cost. Customers can download the HBO Max app and then elect to access it on supported devices or via desktop and log in using their existing provider’s username and password to unlock all of HBO Max.

New subscribers can sign up for HBO Max directly through HBOMax.com or through AT&T, DIRECTV, U-Verse TV, Apple, Cox, Google Play, Hulu, Optimum, Samsung Smart TV, Spectrum, Suddenlink, Verizon Fios, YouTube TV, and select independent cable, broadband and telco providers through the NCTC, including WOW!, Atlantic Broadband, RCN and MCTV. For a full list of providers, please click here.

Users can access HBO Max across a range of supported devices, including Android phones and tablets, Android TV including Sony Android TVs (2016 models and later), Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD), Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices, computers (Chromebooks, PC and Mac browsers), select Samsung Smart TVs (models 2016-2020), PlayStation 4 systems, and Xbox One. Please check here for updates as additional devices are added.

To explore all the ways to get HBO Max, visit: www.hbomax.com/ways-to-get

Product Features

At launch, HBO Max will use screen real estate to encourage discovery and organize content into relevant, timely and personalized components. Viewers will see a sophisticated homepage, genre & category pages, editorialized landing pages, premium trays of curated content and HBO Max hubs which provide an easy on-ramp to discovery for brand-loyal viewers. Through Multi-User Profiles and features such as Continue Watching, My List and My Downloads, viewers will enjoy a customized and personalized viewing experience.

HBO Max is designed to serve the whole family, creating distinct experiences for younger viewers through parental controls, which can be set to customize the kids’ experience, and a PIN that can be set to “lock” kids into a walled garden experience. Content can also be downloaded to enjoy offline.

Max Originals
Max Originals available at launch include Love Life, On the Record, Legendary, Craftopia, Looney Tunes Cartoons and The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo. Throughout the summer, new Max Originals will debut, including Karma, an original second season of the critically acclaimed DC fan favorite Doom Patrol, an original second season of Sesame Workshop’s animated series Esme & Roy, the return of the critically beloved mystery comedy Search Party, the first of four animated specials of Adventure Time: Distant Lands- BMO, the three-part documentary series Expecting Amy, the adult animated comedy Close Enough, the 1988-set comedy Frayed, the heart-warming British animal rescue series The Dog House, the generational family docuseries The House of Ho, the animated children’s series Tig N’ Seek, and Seth Rogen’s feature length comedy An American Pickle.

HBO
The entire HBO service will be available on HBO Max, bolstering its status as the go-to place for high quality entertainment. HBO Max features classic HBO favorites like The Sopranos, Sex and the City and The Wire, as well as recent hits, including Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Barry, Westworld, Succession, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and so much more. HBO’s summer premieres will also be available on the platform at the same time as they debut on the HBO service, including I May Destroy You on June 7th; Perry Mason, starring Emmy® winner Matthew Rhys, on June 21st; the six-part documentary series I’ll Be Gone in the Dark on June 28th; the fourth season of the anthology series Room 104 airing July 24th; and from Misha Green and executive producers Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams, the drama series Lovecraft Country, debuting this August.

WarnerMedia Portfolio and Third-Party Acquisition Highlights

Highlights of the extensive WarnerMedia portfolio of library programming available starting today include the entire Friends library; the first season of TNT’s The Alienist; the first four seasons of truTV’s hit show Impractical Jokers; as well as the libraries of The Big Bang Theory, Rick and Morty, Robot Chicken, The Boondocks, The Bachelor, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; CW shows such as Batwoman, Nancy Drew, and Katy Keene; the first season of DC’s Doom Patrol; The O.C.; Pretty Little Liars; the CNN catalogue of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown; and much more. Soon, the platform offering will continue to grow adding the libraries of Gossip Girl, The West Wing, and more within the first year of launch.

In addition, HBO Max will offer third-party acquisitions including Doctor Who (Seasons 1-11 and the next three seasons); the U.S. premieres of Trigonometry, Ghosts, Home and Stath Lets Flats; the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood; Luther; The Honorable Woman; Ricky Gervais’ original mockumentary The Office; and seasons 17-25 of Top Gear, all as part of the previously announced deal with BBC Studios. Additionally, HBO Max is now the home of Stage 13’s series Independent, Lipstick Empire, horror-comedy feature film Snatchers and the world premiere of Happily Ever Avatar.

HBO Max will also premiere the 51st season of Sesame Street this year, as well as offer customers exclusive access to spinoff series and specials like The Monster at the End of This Show and a new season of Esme & Roy, as well as the show’s entire 50-year library. The platform will also offer the entire 23-season library of South Park this summer, as well as the three upcoming seasons.

Feature Films Available at Launch

HBO Max will feature a library of more than 2,000 films within the first year. Also, starting today, audiences will be able to stream all eight films in the Harry Potter film franchise. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will also be available on HBO Max via the HBO service.

Additionally, Crazy Rich Asians, A Star is Born, Aquaman, Joker, the Alien franchise, the American Pie series, Anastasia, Babe, Die Hard, The Flintstones, In Bruges, The Indian in the Cupboard, Jaws, Moulin Rouge! and Teen Witch will all be available via the HBO service offering.

Viewers will also be able to instantly watch films acquired specifically for HBO Max via Warner Bros., The Criterion Collection, and the acclaimed Studio Ghibli, which is streaming for the first time ever in the U.S. Other films that will be available at launch include Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, The Lord of the Rings, Citizen Kane, Gremlins, and the Lego movies, as well as classic favorites like 2001: A Space Odyssey, An American in Paris, Blood Diamond, Braveheart, Friday the 13th, Godzilla, Gone with the Wind, the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, North by Northwest, Rebel without a Cause, Singin’ in the Rain and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Films available throughout the first year of launch include The Matrix, The Goonies, When Harry Met Sally, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, the Lethal Weapon series, Monsters Vs. Aliens and V for Vendetta, every Batman and Superman theatrical release from the last 40 years, along with every DC film from the last decade, including Wonder Woman and Justice League.

Sherlock Holmes Chapter One Announcement Trailer

26 May, 2020 – Dublin, Ireland | Today, Frogwares, the team behind the Sherlock Holmes adventures and The Sinking City, announces their next game – Sherlock Holmes Chapter One.

Sherlock Holmes Chapter One is a third-person, open-world story-driven detective thriller

and acts as a prequel in the world-renowned detective’s personal story. A creative re-imagining of what events could have led to Sherlock becoming the iconic sleuth many know today.

Reimagining An Icon: Story and Setting

“This time around we wanted to be more creative with the story we told and found an idea that hasn’t really been touched on by other adaptations – Sherlock’s “first big case” as a young 21 year old adult. He is Sherlock at his core, but at this point he’s more raw talent than refined genius. Reckless and impatient and a tad brazen, but unknowingly already on the path to greatness.” says Antonina Melnykova, Lead Narrative Designer

“Same with the location. We wanted to try something different to the all too familiar murky Victorian era London. While still set in the 19th century, we’re now exploring an isolated, sun-scorched Mediterranean inspired island where class divides and corruption are the foundations of this society. This is where our Sherlock spent his childhood. And now as a young adult, he is forced to return here and uncover the hazy truth behind the death of his mother – a loss that shattered his childhood many years ago and forced his move to London. And like always, Sherlock is not alone in his adventures. Before he befriended John Watson, Sherlock had a different best friend, Jonathan, and their relationship will be the central part of our game.”

“While we’re getting more creative with the backstory of Sherlock, fans of the series and character can rest assured we’re sticking close to the source material to keep it cohesive. Most people have a firm view of who Sherlock is. Our story isn’t about changing that, but rather exploring how he could have come to be this way, exploring ideas right down to how he acquired his penchant for the violin, his distinct hat and even his addiction to drugs.”

A New Take on Investigation and Combat

On top of a fresh story and setting, the game is built around what the team are calling their “Global Investigation System”. Heavily updated from the approach taken in The Sinking City of “no hand holding” gameplay, this new system is intended to go even further and give players much more freedom in solving cases in a way that feels like genuine detective work.

“The Global Investigation system is mainly about having players rely more on their intuition and case solving skills. Clues in Chapter One are acquired and analysed through a massive array of skills, tricks, tools and methods at Sherlock’s disposal. Since there are so many combinations, players will need to really think things through like a detective since brute forcing clues together until the game reacts isn’t going to be very effective.” says Yaroslav Martyniuk, Lead Feature Designer

Sherlock Holmes Chapter One also features a combat system and utilizes Sherlock’s legendary observation skills rather than brute force combat.

“We looked closely at the fan and press feedback we got from The Sinking City and previous Sherlock games. This feedback defines the features in Chapter One: investigation, story, combat, exploration etc. For example, the combat system in Chapter One has been built completely from scratch, and many other mechanics are undergoing changes / improvements to make the game pace better overall.”

Planned Release and Platforms

Sherlock Holmes Chapter One will be a complete game, developed and self-published entirely by Frogwares in Unreal Engine 4. The game is currently set to release sometime in 2021 and will be available on PC, PS4, Xbox One and next-gen consoles.

Silent Hill Comes to Dead by Daylight

Montréal, Canada – May 26, 2020 – Behaviour Interactive and Konami are proud to announce today the release of the newest Chapter of the iconic asymmetrical 4v1 game Dead by Daylight: Silent Hill. The emblematic video game franchise joins the Entity’s Realm and further pushes the boundaries of horror, featuring a new Silent Hill-inspired map, a terrifying monster and a mysterious survivor.

Midwich Elementary School is the scene of unspeakable horrors. Any sense of the innocence that once marked these halls is gone. In its place: stained walls, rusted chains, hanging cadavers and a sense that things have gone horribly wrong.

Pyramid Head, known as The Executioner, is a sadistic and merciless killer fixated on dispensing punishment through pain. Never without his hulking great blade in tow, Pyramid Head has stepped into the fog to fulfill his nefarious duty.

Cheryl Mason, previously known as Heather, is the Chapter’s newest survivor. Having freed herself from the religious cult that had pursued her since birth, she now must fight an eternal battle in the Entity’s realm.

“We are so thrilled to welcome Silent Hill as Chapter 16 of Dead by Daylight. Silent Hill is such an iconic video game licence and to add it to our legendary roster of horror is truly an honor,” notes Mathieu Côté, Game Director on Dead by Daylight and Product Evangelist for Behaviour Interactive. “We hope players will have as much fun discovering this Chapter as we had in making it.”

Dead by Daylight boasts more than 20 million players globally across all platforms. On any given day, one million players step into the fog, whether on PC, consoles, or mobile. Since its release in 2016, the multiplayer game has become a place where all horrors live, having welcomed legends from TV, movies and video games. The team regularly releases new content in the form of chapters, Archives tomes and frequent quality of life updates.

IGN Reveals Summer of Gaming Schedule

Los Angeles, CA, May 26, 2020 – Today, the lineup for IGN’s highly-anticipated Summer of Gaming virtual event was announced. Kicking off Thursday, June 4, IGN’s Summer of Gaming is a free global digital event that will include over three weeks of exclusive programming and gameplay world premieres from highly anticipated titles including Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time, Wasteland 3, Mortal Shell, New World, Corepunk, Scarlet Nexus and Mafia: Definitive Edition, as well as new reveals from Cyberpunk 2077. This is just the tip of the iceberg, as there will be many more exciting schedule updates to come.

As part of the lineup, IGN will also host their own publisher and developer showcase, IGN Expo, which will premiere programming and gameplay that can’t be seen anywhere else. This includes anticipated content such as an exclusive unannounced gameplay reveal with The Outsiders’ David Goldfarb, exclusive Bounty of Blood DLC preview with Gearbox Creative Director Matt Cox, gameplay world premiere of System Reaction’s Second Extinction, Amazon’s New World exclusive war PvP gameplay and developer interview, and so much more. Summer of Gaming will also feature spotlight Icon interviews with the likes of David Hayter (Metal Gear Solid), Brian Fargo (Blizzard) and others.

In addition, IGN is raising money for charity in support of the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund by hosting two exclusive events during Summer of Gaming. The first event, the pre-show Speedrunner Countdown Challenge, will take place at the beginning of each day of IGN’s showcase and pits the world’s greatest speedrunners in a race against time as they strive to break world records live as part of IGN’s countdown to their daily Summer of Gaming programming. Speedrunner Countdown Challenge will feature in-depth commentary provided by the speedrun charity organization Games Done Quick.

The second event, Animal Crossing: Celebrity Island Tours will include some of the biggest names in pop culture, taking fans inside the world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons to explore guests’ unique islands in a day-long live stream. Animal Crossing: Celebrity Island Tours will include special segments of the viral hit talk show Animal Talking with host and creator Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Eli), which streams on his Twitch channel and can be watched in VOD on his YouTube channel. Guests for this charity live stream include Candice Patton, Simu Liu, Felicia Day, Shannon Woodward, Cliff Bleszinski, Matthew Mercer, Austin Creed, Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast, Jessica Chobot, Lauren Lapkus, Naomi Kyle, the Merrell Twins, Andrea Rene, Alanah Pearce, Arin Hanson of Game Grumps and more.

Top gaming publishers taking part in Summer of Gaming include Ubisoft, Blizzard, Xbox, EA, CD Projekt Red, Funcom, Square Enix, Bandai Namco, Sega, Amazon, 2K, Larian, Systemic Reaction, Bloober, Artificial Core, Cold Symmetry (with publisher Playstack) and more. The global digital showcase will deliver the latest information and impressions around upcoming games and the next generation of consoles, publisher presentations with pre- and post-discussions, remote developer interviews, hands-on demos and preview impressions, gameplay, and news segments recapping the biggest announcements, with both live and on-demand programming. Fans will be able to enjoy this digital event regardless of what device or platform they use, with the programming being accessible across 20 platforms, including desktop, mobile, OTT, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Mixer, Twitch, Snapchat Discover, TikTok, and more.

See schedule highlights below. For the most up-to-date schedule, click here: http://www.ign.com/articles/2020/05/26/summer-of-gaming-live-stream-schedule-games-list

June 4

Summer of Gaming kick-off

June 5

IGN Expo Day 1

  • Unannounced Game (Funcom / The Outsiders) – Exclusive Unannounced Gameplay Reveal with The Outsiders’ David Goldfarb

  • Unannounced Game (Merge Games) – Exclusive Game Reveal

  • Unannounced Game Reveal – Exclusive Reveal Trailer

  • Mortal Shell (Cold Symmetry) – Exclusive Gameplay World Premiere

  • Observer: System Redux (Bloober Team) – Exclusive Next-Gen Deep Dive

  • Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time (Soleil Games) – Exclusive Gameplay First Look

June 8

IGN Expo Day 2

  • Unannounced Classic Revival (Merge Games) – Exclusive Game Reveal

  • Unannounced Game (Fabraz) – Exclusive Game Reveal

  • Wasteland 3 (Deep Silver) – World Exclusive Trailer

  • Second Extinction (Systemic Reaction) – Gameplay World Premiere

  • Borderlands 3 (Gearbox) – Exclusive Bounty of Blood DLC Preview w/ Gearbox Creative Director Matt Cox

  • Special Icons Interview: David Hayter, the original voice of Solid Snake, discusses Metal Gear

June 9

IGN Expo Day 3

  • New World (Amazon) – Exclusive War PvP Gameplay, Developer Interview

  • Everspace 2 (ROCKFISH Games) – Exclusive Alpha Gameplay Reveal Trailer

  • Total War: Troy (Creative Assembly) – Exclusive Gameplay Interview

  • Special Icons Interview: Brian Fargo discusses the founding of Blizzard, and why RPG fans should be looking forward to Wasteland 3

June 11

  • CD Projekt RED Livestream (with IGN pre- and post-shows)

  • EA Play LIVE (with IGN pre- and post-shows)

  • Humankind (Amplitude Studios) – Exclusive Gameplay Interview

June 12

  • Animal Crossing: Celebrity Island Tours Charity Live Stream

June 15

  • Corepunk (Artificial Core) – Exclusive Gameplay and Interview

  • Destroy All Humans! (THQ Nordic) – Gameplay and Interview

  • Mafia: Definitive Edition (Hangar 13) – Worldwide Gameplay Debut w/ Hangar 13 President and CCO Haden Blackman

  • Scarlet Nexus (Bandai Namco) – Exclusive Trailer and Interview with Game Director Kenji Anabuki

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (THQ Nordic) – Rehydrated Exclusive Early Access Livestream

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (THQ Nordic) – Rehydrated Exclusive Gameplay Interview

  • Unannounced Game Reveal – Exclusive Reveal Trailer

June 18

  • Torchlight III (Perfect World Entertainment) – Gameplay and Interview with Series Creator Max Schaefer

  • Special Icons Interview: Chris Avellone, writer of Fallout New Vegas and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, discusses the magic ingredients in a great RPG

  • Special Icons Interview: John Romero, creator of Doom, and game designer Brenda Romero, discuss RPGs and shooters in 2020

June 24

  • Dreamscaper (Afterburner Studios) – Exclusive Gameplay Feature Deep Dive

IGN’s Summer of Gaming is presented by Best Buy, Messenger Rooms, Fuser, and 5-Hour ENERGY. The event is also made possible by Army National Guard, CD Projekt Red, Chex Mix and MY.GAMES.

For more information on IGN’s Summer of Gaming, please visit: https://www.ign.com/articles/ign-announces-summer-of-gaming-event-in-june

Saints Row: The Third Remastered Launch Trailer

Larkspur, Calif. (May 22, 2020) – Saints Row: The Third Remastered is out today for Xbox One, PlayStation®4 and PC. With enhanced graphics, improved lighting, reworked environments and visual effects, the notorious Third Street Saints of Steelport have never looked so good. Saints Row: The Third Remastered contains all three expansion packs and more than 30 pieces of DLC from the original version for an MSRP of $39.99.

Originally released in 2011 for then-current systems, Saints Row: The Third Remastered returns in a stunning 2020 glow-up featuring transformed environments, character models, and visual effects, along with enhanced graphics and a new lighting engine making Steelport sparkle and shine like never before – courtesy of developer Sperasoft.

In addition to all of the game’s 30+ pieces of DLC and expansions bundled in at one price, fan-favorite missions that helped make the Third Street Saints famous also return in the remaster with Tank Mayhem, Eye of the Tiger and Professor Genki providing hours of raucous gameplay. All weapons and cars have been remastered as well for additional raucous-ness at no extra charge.

Slam the destruction, terror, and mayhem of Saints Row: The Third Remastered right into your eyes with the official HD launch trailer:

Story:

Saints Row: The Third Remastered gives you control of the Saints at the height of their power, and you live the life to show for it. This is your city. These are your rules. Remastered with enhanced graphics, Steelport – the original city of sin – has never looked so good as it drowns in sex, drugs and guns.

Years after taking Stilwater for their own, the Third Street Saints have evolved from street gang to household brand name, with Saints sneakers, Saints energy drinks and Johnny Gat bobblehead dolls all available at a store near you. The Saints are kings of Stilwater, but their celebrity status has not gone unnoticed. The Syndicate, a legendary criminal fraternity with pawns in play all over the globe, has turned its eye on the Saints and demands tribute.

Refusing to kneel to the Syndicate, you take the fight to Steelport, a once-proud metropolis reduced to a struggling city of sin under Syndicate control. Take a tank skydiving, call in a satellite-targeted airstrike on a Mexican wrestling gang, and fight against a highly-trained military force by your lonesome in the most outlandish gameplay scenarios ever seen.

Key Features:

  • The Full Package, Remastered – With enhanced graphics, improved lighting, reworked environments, and visual effects, Steelport and The Third Street Saints have never looked so good.
  • City of Sin – Disrupt and dismantle the Syndicate stranglehold on weapons, cybercrime, and criminal rackets. Discover the secrets of Steelport, where there is action on every street corner, for better or, more likely, worse.
  • Weapons of Crass Destruction – It’s one thing to defeat your enemies. It’s another to humiliate them. Hover jets, human cannonball cars and outrageous melee weapons are all part of the fun.
  • Crazy Character Customisation – Create the most outlandish characters ever seen, from washed-up celebrities to maskless ninja pirates. Inside every sinner, there is a Saint. Who will you become?
  • Over The Top Co-op – Fly solo or play online with a homie. Give freefall skydiving a try, landing in your partner’s flaming pickup as you make a desperate run toward a heavily armed Syndicate base. Steelport is always more fun with a friend.
  • All DLC included – All three expansion mission packs and more than 30 pieces of DLC from the original version.

For more information on Saints Row The Third Remastered on Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 4 and PC head over to www.saintsrow.com.

D&D Live 2020: Roll with Advantage Announced

RENTON, WA – May 21, 2020 – People all over the world continue to stay safe by staying home, but that doesn’t mean the adventuring has to stop. Dungeons & Dragons is more popular than ever because it allows people to weave compelling stories together even when they’re physically apart through online videoconferencing. Now, Wizards of the Coast brings the stars to this virtual table with D&D Live 2020: Roll w/ Advantage. An amazing cast of characters led by expert storytellers preview the latest D&D storyline with live gaming sessions, all while raising money for Red Nose Day to help the most vulnerable children across the US and around the world, who have been so affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The adventure begins 10:00am PT on June 18, 2020 and will run through June 20, 2020 at dungeonsanddragons.com.

D&D Live 2020: Roll w/ Advantage features big personalities playing elves, wizards and fighters to accomplish quests using their imaginations. Funny people like Brian Posehn, Kevin Sussman and Thomas Middleditch will work together to solve problems or, more likely, cause some hilarious new ones. WWE ® Superstars Xavier Woods ®, Tyler Breeze ®, Ember Moon ®, Alexa Bliss ® and Dio Maddin ® will contend with beefcake destroyer Jeremy Crawford, a.k.a. Principal Rules Designer for D&D. Deborah Ann Woll will lead a group of actors in improvising a way to help people in a fantasy world not that different from ours. And principal D&D writer Chris Perkins takes players new to D&D, including Brandon Routh and David Harbour, through adventures sure to de-mystify the hobby for all who tune in.

View the whole schedule for #DnDLive2020 at dungeonsanddragons.com. Check out the promotional trailer featuring some of the performers above for D&D Live 2020: Roll w/ Advantage on YouTube:

Fans of D&D will learn all about the new setting and storyline as well as accompanying new products plus tons of unique gameplay available on June 18, 2020. D&D Adventurers League has four new short adventures everyone can enjoy. By donating a small amount to Red Nose Day, fans will have access to sign up for D&D sessions with players around the world! During #DnDLive2020, fans will also be able to choose the character best suited to help the region through Reality RP, a mashup of fantasy storytelling, community engagement, and reality television.

All proceeds from D&D Live 2020: Roll w/Advantage will benefit Red Nose Day.

T-shirts commemorating D&D’s partnership with Red Nose Day are available for purchase right now here, along with a custom-designed adventure families can easily play together available here.

The Justice League Zack Snyder Cut Coming to HBO Max

LOS ANGELES – May 20, 2020 – After global passionate fan calls to action and the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement, HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that it will exclusively world premiere Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of the Warner Bros. Pictures/DC feature film Justice League in 2021. Snyder surprised fans with the news this morning during a live online commentary of his film Man of Steel with Henry Cavill.

#ReleaseTheSnyderCut first became a passionate rallying social media cry among fans in 2017 and has not let up. From countless press articles and hundreds of thousands of social media mentions, it became a powerful global movement among cinephiles and comic book fans.

“I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realized. Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality,” said Snyder.

“Since I got here 14 months ago, the chant to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has been a daily drumbeat in our offices and inboxes. Well, the fans have asked, and we are thrilled to finally deliver. At the end of the day, it really is all about them and we are beyond excited to be able to release Zack’s ultimate vision for this film in 2021. This could never have happened if it weren’t for the hard work and combined efforts of the teams at HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, Warner Media Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer.

“When Zack and Debbie shared the extraordinary vision of where Zack wanted to take Justice League, my team and our counterparts at Warner Bros. took it as a mission to solve the many issues that stood in the way,” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer at HBO Max, President, TNT, TBS and truTV. “Thanks to the partnership at Warner Bros. and the relentless pursuit of the entire WarnerMax team we are able to deliver this incredibly exciting moment for Zack, the fans and HBO Max.”

“Thanks to the efforts of a lot people, we’re excited to bring fans this highly anticipated version of Justice League,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “This feels like the right time to share Zack’s story, and HBO Max is the perfect platform for it. We’re glad the creative planets aligned, allowing us to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut.”

In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

The Justice League screenplay is by Chris Terrio, story by Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder, based on characters from DC, Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film’s producers are Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, with executive producers Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Jim Rowe, Ben Affleck, Wesley Coller, Curtis Kanemoto, and Chris Terrio.

Someday You’ll Return Cuts Content to Improve Gameplay

Brno, Czech Republic. May 20, 2020 – CBE Software has listened to their customers and made the unusual decision to remove content from their newly released title Someday You’ll Return in favor of improving the overall game.

While many games undergo patching post-launch, most add content that was not ready in time for release. After reading responses from customers, CBE Software made the decision to remove hours of gameplay content, improving the overall experience while maintaining the taught, narrative-driven horror that fans loved.

“After reading feedback from our customers, it became clear to us that some parts of the game, mostly in the second half, were not enjoyed as we had expected them to be. We took a hard look at the game and asked ourselves how we could make it better. While it is very important for us to remain true to our vision for the game, we felt if there were ways we could make improvements without compromise, we should do this even if it means sacrificing months of hard work.

We realized that some of the content and puzzles were not adding any value to the main game story. It is very important to us that our players have the best game experience, so after careful consideration we cut away hours of superfluous content, making the game better as a whole. Ingenious explorers out there shouldn’t worry, though, as they would still be able to access some of the “missing” areas by careful exploration and doing additional tasks well off the beaten path.

One of the features some players didn’t enjoy was stealth. To aid those players who dislike stealth, we’ve added a new, in-game potion called “Devil’s Pact”. This potion turns the player almost invisible to enemies during stealth sequences. Now players who dislike stealth sequences can drink the potion and through them easily, while players who enjoy being stealthy can keep playing the original version. We strongly believe that offering this choice is the best option for both types of players.” – Jan Kavan, CBE Software co-founder.

Someday You’ll Return is a narrative-driven, psychological horror game with intimate concepts of fatherhood, fear, and the refusal to accept one’s past. As Daniel you search for your missing daughter, Stela, in a place that you swore never to return to, the ancient Moravian forests. While the story contains strong horror elements it’s not always the most obvious monsters that are the most frightening. Your search leads deep into both the woods and your mind and reveals secrets that should have stayed buried.