Author - Jerry Paxton

IXION E3 2021 Announcement Trailer

Indie publisher Kasedo Games and developer Bulwark Studios, best known for the critically acclaimed turn-based tactical, Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus, have today revealed new strategic survival space opera, IXION at the PC Gaming Show.

IXION combines city building, survival elements and exploration, into a thrilling space opera as players explore the stars.

Mankind is trying to escape it’s fate. The earth slowly dying, ravaged after years of human destruction and untold pollution. The stars represent a new beginning. A new home.

Authorised by DOLOS Aerospace Engineering Corporation (AEC), the Tiqqun space station and its forlorn crew need guiding on a perilous journey through space, with the ultimate hope of finding a new home for humanity.

IXION lets players manage station infrastructure and explore the vast stellar map of known solar systems and those beyond to mine valuable resources and trade with others also looking for survival. Players must research new technologies, unlock new areas within the station and most importantly keep the power flowing and your most precious cargo, mankind, alive.

By wrestling with the expectations of a doomed generation players must keep following the glimmer of hope that new horizons bring.

Lemnis Gate Release Date Trailer

Frontier Foundry, the games label of Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV, ‘Frontier’), and Ratloop Games Canada today announced the release date for their upcoming turn-based strategy shooter, Lemnis Gate. The exciting, cerebral title is set to bring pioneering 4D gameplay and thought-provoking tactical combat to PC and console on August 3, 2021. In preparation for a simultaneous launch across PC, PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, players can pre-order the game today for 20% off the suggested retail price, as well as the exclusive KARL operative and weapon skin, Mettle Mantis.

Unveiled during the PC Gaming Show, the latest trailer reveals more stunning gameplay as it showcases the brain-engaging, heart-thudding action of the Tectonic Wells map, giving players a tantalising glimpse of what they’ll be getting to grips with in the coming months.

Lemnis Gate’s distinctive time-exploiting mechanics mean players can team up with past selves, alter the events of previous rounds, and even reverse death. Whether outwitting opponents online or facing off with friends locally with pass the controller, players will need strategic cunning and skilful execution to succeed as they progressively build their plays in thrilling 1v1 and 2v2 matches. Over five nail-biting rounds all taking place in a 25-second time loop, players select one of seven uniquely skilled operatives, and seek to deploy ingenious tactics that will reverberate throughout the match. There is no room for favourites in Lemnis Gate and mastering the abilities of each operative will offer the best chance of victory.

Ahead of launch, PC players everywhere will have the opportunity to play the game during the upcoming open beta on Steam. The beta will be the first time the wider public goes hands-on with the game, offering an early glance at the sorts of innovative strategies and outlandish thinking that will come to define Lemnis Gate.

In addition, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be able to download and play Lemnis Gate on PC and Xbox consoles through Game Pass from launch. Xbox Game Pass subscribers will continue to be able to access Lemnis Gate as long as their Game Pass subscription is maintained.

Lemnis Gate is available to pre-order for a suggested retail price of $19.99 from Steam, Windows Store, PlayStation Store, and Xbox Store.

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Visit the Lemnis Gate website at: https://www.lemnisgategame.com/

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy E3 2021 Announcement Trailer

During the SQUARE ENIX® PRESENTS digital-showcase event, Eidos-Montréal and SQUARE ENIX today unveiled Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, a bold third-person narrative action-adventure game which combines original storytelling with electrifying single-player gameplay. Developed by Eidos-Montréal in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will release simultaneously on the PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, and on PC, and streaming via GeForce NOW on October 26, 2021.

Fire up Star-Lord’s jet boots for a wild ride across the cosmos in this fresh take on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. With the unpredictable Guardians at your side, blast your way from one explosive situation to another, with both original and well-known Marvel characters caught in a struggle for the fate of the universe. You got this. Probably.

“The Eidos-Montréal team is honored to have the opportunity to work on such an iconic franchise alongside our trusted collaborators at Marvel Entertainment,” said David Anfossi, Head of Studio at Eidos-Montréal. “Our teams are known for revisiting IPs and bringing their own twists and craft to the stories and the art surrounding them. As you will experience, it’s no different for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is created by the seasoned Eidos-Montréal team, working closely with Marvel Entertainment to provide an original and authentic experience inspired by over 50 years of Guardians of the Galaxy lore. Influenced by the comics, this unique spin on the Guardians of the Galaxy will take players on a riotous journey across the stars as Peter Quill and the Guardians unintentionally become the galaxy’s first and last line of defense.

“A distinct mix of sci-fi, family drama, and rock n’ roll attitude with an edgy aesthetic is the foundation for our Guardians franchise”, said Jay Ong, EVP and Head of Marvel Games. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Eidos-Montréal knowing they are the team that can deliver on this core promise. The team’s laser-focused vision for our beloved band of misfits shines in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. We are excited for our fans to play it this October.”

Master Star-Lord’s dynamic combat style to obliterate foes with his Element Blasters and call on the unique abilities of each Guardian to defeat a wild variety of interplanetary enemies. Also, as self-proclaimed leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, players will engage in select player-choice driven dialogue and interactions between Quill and the Guardians that further strengthens the bonds within this dysfunctional family.

Finally, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy wouldn’t be complete without a killer soundtrack to rock out to while soaring through space in the Milano. The game is jam-packed with classic 1980s hits and kicking original tracks.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will be available on PlayStation®5 console, PlayStation®4 console, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, and PC digital, and streaming via GeForce NOW on October 26, 2021. Pre-orders are available now for the Standard and the Deluxe Editions. For full details on pre-order items and more information on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, please visit the official website and follow us on social networks.

Twelve Minutes E3 2021 Reveal Trailer

At the Xbox Showcase today, Annapurna Interactive announced that Luis Antonio’s upcoming interactive thriller Twelve Minutes will launch on August 19 on Xbox Game Pass. The highly anticipated game will also be available for PC via Steam and the Windows Store, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One.

In Twelve Minutes, players are asked to take part in a compelling story centered around a shocking crime which they must help solve. This is a game that will subvert the ideas of what play should feel like and will present players with a truly unique entertainment experience.

Developed by Luis Antonio and lauded as a fresh take on the thriller genre, Twelve Minutes depicts the story of a man’s romantic evening with his wife as it is interrupted by a violent home invasion. The man tries to stop the attacker and gets knocked out only to immediately find himself back to the start of the evening, stuck in a time loop of 12 minutes. He must use the knowledge of what is about to happen to change the outcome and break the loop. The characters are nameless throughout the experience and feature a star studded cast; “the man” is voiced by James McAvoy, “the woman” is voiced by Daisy Ridley, and “the intruder” is voiced by Willem Dafoe.

Recently, Twelve Minutes was featured in Tribeca Festival’s inaugural Tribeca Games as one of only eight upcoming games that champion storytelling and push gaming narratives to greater heights.

Twelve Minutes is Luis Antonio’s game directing debut. He is known for his work as senior 3-D artist for the BAFTA Games award-winning The Witness; his earlier work includes art director at Ubisoft and 3-D artist at Rockstar Games. Annapurna Interactive has an expansive portfolio of critically acclaimed games including Sayonara Wild Hearts, Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition, Florence and the winners of the BAFTA Game Awards: Best Game award – Outer Wilds and What Remains of Edith Finch.

To stay up to date on Twelve Minutes news, please visit: twelveminutesgame.com.

Eldest Souls Brand New Trailer

Following its exclusive reveal at GamesRadar+’s prestigious E3 event – the Future Games Show, indie publishing house United Label is excited to share a brand new trailer for the much-awaited pixel art, souls-like boss rush, Eldest Souls. It will release on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

Created by indie development team, Fallen Flag Studios, and published by United Label, Eldest Souls is a challenging, pixel-art boss-rush game with a focus on fast-paced brutal combat. In a final act of vengeance, the Old Gods have unleashed a great Desolation upon the world, turning farmlands to desert, and rivers to dust. You, a lone warrior, must explore the vast, forgotten Citadel, in search of the Old Gods. Your quest? Slay. Them. All.

Eldest Souls focuses on only the toughest and most engaging of combat encounters – the Bosses – with each Old God presenting a new and unique challenge. Fitting rewards await those who triumph in the form of new powers and abilities, which can be combined in numerous ways to result in a multitude of diverse builds. But as players explore the labyrinthine passages of the Citadel, they’ll also encounter intriguing NPCs, compelling questlines, and a series of dark and ominous mysteries. Slowly uncover the truth behind the Old Gods and their agelong imprisonment…

The brand new, fully animated trailer tells the epic story of the world, from the humble beginnings of man, to their enslavement by the Old Gods, and finally, to mankind’s eventual uprising. Ending on a note of futility, the title’s nameless protagonist overlooks the colossal Citadel, wherein lies a nigh-impossible task – overthrow the Old Gods once and for all.

I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy and the Liar Announced

Schell Games announced today that I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy and the Liar, the sequel to their award-winning VR puzzler, will launch this summer on SteamVR, Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation®VR headsets. Schell Games also revealed that geek icon Wil Wheaton and award-winning songwriter Puddles Pity Party are lending their talents to the game, bringing the 1960’s spy-fi era to life like never before. A playable demo showcasing the tutorial, a new intro credits music experience, and part of the first mission will be available June 16 on Steam as part of Steam Next Fest. Supported headsets will be the Valve Index, Oculus Rift, Rift S, and Quest platform via Oculus Link, AirLink, and Virtual Desktop. More headsets will be supported for the full launch of the game.

After secretly surviving the end of the first game, I Expect You To Die 2 takes players on six, brand new missions across the globe to stop Zoraxis’ plans for world domination. In this sequel, players must put their creative thinking skills to the test as they plunge into the world of espionage and become an elite super spy. Each mission features ingenious puzzles, cunning villains, dangerous locales, and is connected by a cohesive story line, culminating in an explosive ending. The first mission? Protect the prime minister, who is attending a theater production featuring world famous actor and celebrity John Juniper.

Wil Wheaton steps into the shoes of celebrity extraordinaire John Juniper, who joins players on their quest to stop the Zoraxis organization’s nefarious plans. Taking inspiration from the first game, I Expect You To Die 2 features a title theme song performed by “the sad clown with a golden voice,” world-renowned singer and songwriter Puddles Pity Party.

“I Expect You To Die 2 builds upon everything our community loved about the first game, and we’re excited to take players on another adventure filled with espionage,” said Jesse Schell, CEO of Schell Games. “Wil and Puddles have been amazing to work with, and their enthusiasm has helped us expand the I Expect You To Die universe in compelling new ways. With Wil Wheaton bringing life to John Juniper, and Puddles’s dynamic performance of the new theme song, we’re confident players will feel immersed in this rich, story-driven evolution of the original game.”

I Expect You To Die 2 offers players a comfortable, seated VR experience from start-to-finish, requiring limited movement and minimizing motion sickness. With accessibility in mind, more people can enjoy the full I Expect You To Die 2 experience in VR without sacrificing gameplay.

KEY FEATURES

Unmasking The Spy And The Liar – Six unique missions give players a complete elite spy experience. The game also includes speed run and souvenir card systems to put a player’s skill and cunning through the ultimate test.
A Mission’s Worth 1000 Words – A central storyline following the Zoraxis quest for world domination expands the lore of the I Expect You To Die universe.
Get Your Head in the Game – An immersive environment lets players explore a variety of locations and surroundings, including a 360° intro sequence and theme song that propels players into a world of espionage.

Ubisoft Unveils Rocksmith+ Subscription Service

Today at Ubisoft Forward, Ubisoft announced Rocksmith+, a new subscription service that teaches players how to play guitar and bass through their favorite songs. Building upon the award-winning Rocksmith method, which has helped almost five million people learn how to play guitar, Rocksmith+ will release Summer 2021 for Windows PC exclusively through the Ubisoft Store.* Rocksmith+ will also launch on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®5, Xbox One and PlayStation®4 in Fall 2021. Rocksmith+ will be available on iOS and Android devices at a later date.

Compatible with acoustic, electric, and bass guitars, Rocksmith+ will start with thousands of songs and grow to millions more in the future, within genres spanning from rock, classic, indie, alternative, hip-hop, pop, metal, country, Latin, R&B, and more. At launch, Rocksmith+ will have a variety of authentic arrangements that represent songs the way the artists originally played them, and all songs in the library will be playable with chord charts for players to hum and strum to.

Users can take advantage of an entire suite of new and improved practice tools including Riff Repeater, wherein they can directly practice specific riffs in their favorite songs; and Adaptive Difficulty, wherein Rocksmith+ dynamically adjusts to a guitar player’s skill level while they play. These tools are designed to give guitar players control over their learning journey. Rocksmith+ will be available for $14.99 for a 1-month subscription, $39.99 for a 3-month subscription, and $99.99 for a 12-month subscription.

Developed by Ubisoft San Francisco, the team behind Rocksmith® that provided guitar learning for over 10 years, Rocksmith+ is the only subscription service that offers interactive music learning using official song masters and powerful real-time feedback.** 95% of Rocksmith guitar players have improved their skills, and Rocksmith+ builds on the proven method with new songs, learning modes, and practice tools to be added for years to come.*** In addition to improving their mechanics, users will also receive access to free online videos to learn about proper technique, music theory, gear, instrument care, and more.

In addition, users can play with an acoustic guitar or an electric instrument and amp using the Rocksmith+ Connect mobile app, which offers phone-as-mic technology. By pairing their mobile device with their PC or console, the on-board microphone can track their guitar – allowing them to play with no additional gear needed. Rocksmith+ is also compatible with consoles using the Rocksmith Real Tone Cable. For PC users, Rocksmith+ is compatible using the Real Tone Cable or existing guitar interfaces on electric and acoustic-electric instruments.**** Rocksmith+ is also partnered with Gibson, Epiphone, Kramer, Ibanez, Ernie Ball, Ernie Ball Music Man, Marshall, Orange, and Mesa/Boogie.

Rocksmith Workshop, a new user-generated content system that allows users to add arrangements from a list of pre-licensed songs to the library, will bring the music community to the heart of Rocksmith+. For the first time, the Rocksmith community has more control over adding the arrangements they want when they want. The publicly accessible Rocksmith Workshop will let users create all aspects of a song from the transcription to the tones. Community arrangements are peer-reviewed for quality and available to all users.

Rocksmith+ has world premiere learning tools that takes the guesswork out of music mastery. But even the world’s premier music learning software needs to be fine-tuned for the millions of songs coming down the road. To test Rocksmith+ for free during its PC closed beta, please visit rocksmith.com/beta.*****

For more information about Rocksmith+, please visit rocksmith.com.

For the latest news on Rocksmith+ and other Ubisoft games, please visit news.ubisoft.com.

Hunt the Night Announcement Trailer

DANGEN Entertainment today announced it will be publishing Hunt the Night, a top-down action-adventure game by Moonlight Games that combines fast, skilled gameplay with dark fantasy lore in a 16-bit aesthetic. Hunt the Night will be heading to PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One worldwide.

In Hunt the Night, players control Vesper, a virtuous member of ‘The Stalkers’ order who must cross the vast and devastated world of Medhram, a place filled with ruins and horrors. On her journey, she must battle through dungeons full of gruesome enemies, overcome challenging bosses, and use her arsenal of weapons and dark powers to take back the Night.

Players who love the rewarding challenge of Bloodborne and Souls-like dark fantasy games, but enjoy the exploration and graphic style of classics like The Legend of Zelda and Secret of Mana will find interest in Hunt the Night.

A new trailer for Hunt the Night was revealed in Guerrilla Collective 2 on June 12th. More information regarding the release date will be coming soon. Fans can keep up with Hunt the Night via Steam, Twitter and DANGEN newsletter.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Announced

Today at Ubisoft Forward, Ubisoft announced that Mario, Rabbid Peach and their friends are back in a cosmic adventure in Mario + Rabbids® Sparks of Hope. Players will embark on an epic journey to restore order as Cursa, a mysterious and malevolent entity, twists the planets with its evil influence. They will explore incredible worlds and fight enemies in innovative combats mixing turn-based tactics and real-time movements with their extravagant team of heroes. Mario + Rabbids® Sparks of Hope will be available worldwide for Nintendo SwitchTM in 2022.

Join Mario and the Rabbids Heroes as they take on Cursa and its dangerous minions. Cursa is inflicting chaos on the planets and their quirky inhabitants while seeking to consume all the energy of the Sparks, uncanny creatures formed by the fusion of Lumas and Rabbids.

On your adventure, travel and explore a variety of planets filled with strange inhabitants and hilarious secrets. Outwit enemies along the way in an innovative combat system mixing turn-based tactics and real-time action. Take control of your Heroes to dash enemies, team jump on allies, hide behind cover… and make the most out of each turn in tactical and dynamic fights.

Players will create their dream team of three Heroes from an eclectic roster of nine to face surprising bosses, familiar enemies from the Mario universe and exceptional Rabbids enemies in their cosmic quest! There are dozens of Sparks throughout the galaxy to locate, rescue and join the journey. Each Spark has a distinct power and personality, and heroes can use their special abilities in battle to gain the upper hand in combat. When this unlikely team combines forces with the Sparks’ immense energy, anything is possible … for better OR worse!

Mario + Rabbids® Sparks of Hope builds on the fantasy of the publicly and critically acclaimed game Mario + Rabbids® Kingdom Battle to offer a new gameplay experience and an epic journey through an endangered galaxy. As of today, more than 7,5 million players had the opportunity to play Mario + Rabbids® Kingdom Battle globally.

For more information on Mario + Rabbids® Sparks of Hope visit: www.mario-rabbids.com