• Leaked Call Of Duty images suggest 2024’s game might be set in the Gulf War
    Plus some idea of what maps to expect from Modern Warfare 2 What may be leaked images of multiplayer maps from 2024’s Call Of Duty and this year’s Modern Warfare 2 have emerged online over the weekend. The concept art was posted to Twitter by RealiityUK, an account that’s since been suspended, but not before they explained that the images were discovered in Warzone Mobile test files (thanks Eurogamer). The images shared by RealiityUK are still up on ResetEra if you want to have a nosy. What do you call a sequel to Modern Warfare? RealiityUK alleged two of the…
  • EA tweeted about single-player games and even their own devs were annoyed
    I can’t tell you how much I’d prefer to ignore brandter, in which corporate Twitter accounts pretend to be people with terrible senses of humour. Alas, in this instance I cannot. Yesterday EA tweeted a terrible meme and related it to single-player games, and in the process drew the ire of several current and former game developers at studios owned by EA. Here’s the tweet: They’re a 10 but they only like playing single-player games— Electronic Arts (@EA) June 30, 2022 “They’re a 10 but they only like playing single-player games”, it reads. “They’re a 10 but” is a snowclone…
  • Watch ragdoll skaters eat asphalt in EA’s ‘pre-pre-pre-alpha’ Skate gameplay video
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Closed beta sign-ups are open now Get your knee and elbow pads ready, EA have finally rolled out some more information about its upcoming open-world skateboarding game, Skate. This is the first bit of news we’ve had since last year’s incredibly brief announcement and it’s in the form of a shin-shredding “pre-pre-pre-alpha” gameplay trailer. “We told you we’re back, and we’re still working on it – but it’s time for you to see what we’ve been up to,” EA said.…
  • Much-delayed expansion Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course is finally out today
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Meet Ms. Chalice, also a cup of sorts Classically animated platformer Cuphead will finally get its Delicious Last Course with the release of the expansion on Steam today. The DLC adds a new character, Ms. Chalice, the third beverage-container bonce you can play as. Once you’ve unlocked her in the DLC you’ll be able to play as her in the base game too. There’s also a new island with mountains, icy tundra and desert to navigate. Watch the trailer below,…
  • Valve halve Steam Deck SSD bandwidth on some models, say games performance is unaffected
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. 256GB and 512GB Decks could include the lower-spec NVMe drives Steam Deck production might be ramping up again but it turns out more recent orders could be something of a lucky dip, SSD-wise. Valve have quietly updated their Steam Deck tech specs page with a note that the NVMe SSDs in “some” 256GB and 512GB models might now use the PCIe Gen 3.0 x2 interface, meaning the drive has half the usual bandwidth of the Gen 3.0 x 4 SSDs…
  • Devs behind Steam wishlist hit The Day Before defend use of unpaid volunteers
    They have over 100 full-time, paid “volunteers”, but 40 unpaid “supporters” working on it Fntastic, the studio developing Steam’s most wishlisted game The Day Before, have issued a statement to RPS explaining their policy of using paid and unpaid volunteers to make up their dev team. Metaphorical alarm bells began ringing earlier this week when it emerged that Fntastic are composed entirely of “volunteers” – although full-time volunteers, kindly dubbed “employees” in the statement, do receive salaries. You and I might immediately question a company’s practices if they say they use voluntary work to make products people pay for. Fntastic…
  • Sony return to PC hardware with premium gaming monitors and headsets
    New InZone brand goes beyond the PS5 PlayStation masterminds Sony have made an unexpected jump into PC gaming hardware, announcing their InZone range of desktop-focused gaming monitors and headsets. It’s Sony’s first big attempt at PC kit, in any form, since mothballing their Vaio laptop and all-in-one brand way back in 2014. The new lineup’s flagship monitor, the InZone M9, is a 4K/27in IPS display. Its HDMI 2.1 connectivity suggests it still has Sony’s PS5 on the brain, but is otherwise a bonafide PC gaming screen, with Displayport, a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms grey-to-grey response time and compatibility with Nvidia…
  • Valve designer: No, seriously, don’t make this Steam Deck SSD mod
    “Hi, please don’t do this” Also in Steam Deck news, Valve’s Lawrence Yang – a designer who worked on the on the handheld PC – has weighed in on a widely shared mod that replaces the pre-installed SSD with a larger, faster model. His advice: don’t do it. The mod, by Twitter user Belly Jelly, swaps out the dinky default M.2 2230 SSD for a slightly longer M.2 2242 drive. It seems to mostly work fine except for making “the heat spreader bow a bit.” It was subsequently shared by PC Gamer, GameSpot and others before Yang tweeted a warning…
  • Valve are “more than doubling” weekly Steam Deck shipments
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Q3 reservations will become available from this week Word from the Steam Deck foundries is that Valve are significantly stepping up the number of handhelds they ship out to reservation holders. A missive from the official Steam Deck Twitter account claimed they’ll “more than double” the total of weekly shipments, and confirmed that those with order availability estimates in Q3 2022 will start receiving emails to confirm and claim their orders from June 30th. Unlike the last time Valve ramped…
  • Steam’s most wishlisted game seems to be worked on entirely by volunteers
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Full-timers are paid an undisclosed amount, whereas part-timers get “cool rewards” The most wishlisted game on Steam, The Day Before, is being developed entirely by volunteers according to its developer’s website. Fntastic say they accept full-time and part-time volunteers to work on their games. Watch a video about volunteering that’s featured on the company’s website below. “Whatever you do in life, you do it willingly or unwillingly. If you do it willingly it becomes a heaven. If you do it…
  • Space Bob Vs. The Replicons looks like a 2D No Man's Sky
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Launched a heart attack in 2018 Space Bob vs. The Replicons is an ambitious 2D game about flying your spaceship onto a procedurally generated planet surface, gathering resources and tethering them to your ship, then blasting back into orbit to explore more of outerspace. There’s a new trailer for it below, but it’s not a new game. Space Bob launched in 2018, sold poorly, and then its developer left the games industry. That developer is returning now to take a…
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem reveals October 18th release date in grim new trailer
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. 10 minutes of stealth misery A Plague Tale: Requiem is a stealth game with several fantastical elements. The first fantasy is that you can consistently remember how to spell “Requiem”. The second is ‘What would it be like if you had the power of rats?’. The third is, ‘What if rats had any power to have?’. As a new extended trailer shows, the answer is: you can sense blood, and use that power to avoid the guards who want to…
  • Valve update Team Fortress 2 in reaction to grassroots #saveTF2 campaign
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Players are divided over the changes Team Fortress 2 has been updated by Valve today in response to the player-led #saveTF2 campaign that’s seeking an answer to the classic multiplayer shooter’s bot epidemic. However, the automatically applied update is primarily intended to sort out a variety of daft-sounding exploits. These range from teleporting back to your spawn point by changing loadout or class while touching the other team’s No Entry gate, to Spies disguising themselves and creating an invisible shield…
  • Valve's latest patent filing is for a new VR headset
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Potentially long-rumoured wireless headset A new patent filing might offer the first look at designs for Valve’s next VR headset, a rumoured standalone device codenamed “Deckard”. The filing, made last year and published this past week, describes a head-mounted display with a rear housing, and the mechanisms by which that display could be adjusted. It’s not thrilling stuff – but it is further confirmation that Valve continue to work on designs for VR hardware. “A head-mounted display includes a front…
  • Ready Or Not is back on Steam after being removed for alleged trademark infringement, devs say
    Related to a night club level added in an update First-person tactical shooter Ready Or Not disappeared from Steam on June 16th, prompting a flurry of rumours as to why. Now it’s back and the developers say that the removal was because a “takedown request was issued via Steam concerning a suggested trademark infringement in our recent Night Club map.” Let’s start at the beginning. In an update released on June 12th, New Zealand-based developers Void Interactive added a finished version of a night club map to Ready Or Not, among other changes. Then on June 16th, both the game…
  • Capcom announce Dragon's Dogma 2, at last
    A sequel to the quirky open-world fantasy RPG In 2019, Dragon’s Dogma director Hideaki Itsuno said Capcom had gaven him the freedom to choice between making a sequel to the fascinating fantasy RPG and making Devil May Cry 5. He went with DMC. But that punchfest has been out for years so…? Yes! Capcom last night announced Dragon’s Dogma 2, following a nice presentation where the devs reminisced about making the first game. “Sorry to have kept you waiting!” Itsuno said at the end, cueing the gang to whip off their tops and reveal sequel surprise shirts. “Dragon’s Dogma 2…
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake finally hits Steam today
    Square Enix show Final Fantasy Rebirth and reveal Remake will be three parts Square Enix’s 25th anniversary livestream for Final Fantasy VII played out in almost textbook fashion for the JRPG giants, starting and ending with the two most important pieces of news for PC players. First up, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade leaves Epic exclusivity to steer its motorbike onto Steam today. Steam Deck compatibility was touted too, you lucky beggars. Then, after much faffing with mobile games and memorabilia, producer Yoshinori Kitase revealed footage from the second part of Remake, now known as Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. Kitase…
  • Todd Howard confirms Fallout 5 is coming after The Elder Scrolls 6
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. I can’t believe I had to create a Fallout 5 tag for this Retro-futuristic RPG pentequel Fallout 5 will be Bethesda’s next project after they complete work on The Elder Scrolls 6, development leader Todd Howard has confirmed in an interview with IGN. You might have to wait for some years to see anything from it though, as The Elder Scrolls 6 is only in “pre-production”. We’ll all be sporting Methuselah-length beards and have popped all the achievements in Starfield’s…
  • Medieval battler Chivalry 2 charges onto Steam with mounted horseback combat
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Brace yourselves for the Tenosian Invasion Multiplayer medieval battle sim Chivalry 2 has galloped onto Valve’s storefront at last, with the Steam version including all updates already released on other plaftorms. The arrival coincides with what publishers Tripwire Interactive are calling Chivalry 2’s largest and “most ambitious” update since the game’s launch, dubbed the Tenosian Invasion. Close your visor and raise your sword, ready for the trailer below. Chivalry 2 now has fighting from atop horseys. Giddy up. What the…
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2's release has understandably been pushed to 2023
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. “It’s not easy to write violent quests when there’s a war outside your window.” First-person survival horror shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart Of Chornobyl has been delayed into 2023, developers GSC Game World have revealed in a new trailer shared on Twitter. The game’s name has also changed to the Ukrainian language spelling of Chernobyl. Watch the trailer below. The developers of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart Of Chornobyl are continuing to work under difficult conditions. GSC Game World tweeted a video dev…
  • Persona 5 Royal and Persona 3 Portable are coming to Steam after all
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Dancing onto Valve’s storefront at an undisclosed date The collective JRPG fandom did a little squee and cartwheeled when Persona 5 Royal and Persona 3 Portable were announced for PC at Sunday’s Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase. There was no word on whether either game would make their way to Steam like Persona 4 Golden, though. Well, never fear, because developers Atlus say both games will be coming to Valve’s storefront, as Eurogamer report. In case you missed the trailer,…
  • Resident Evil Village DLC brings a story expansion and third-person mode in October
    Plus new content for Mercenaries and confirmation that RE:Verse exists! The first piece of DLC for Resident Evil Village will release on October 28th, Capcom has announced. Revealed as part of their not E3 livestream, the Winter’s Expansion will include three seperate additions to entice fans back into its world of tall vampire ladies and weird dog men. The first is Shadow Of Rose, a story expansion set after the events of the base game that focuses on Rose, the daughter of Village protagonist Ethan Winters. In an attempt to understand the origin of her mysterious “powers”, Rose will enter…
  • Hideo Kojima is indeed making a new game of some sort
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. And he’s doing it for Microsoft Rumours spread this past week that Hideo Kojima’s next would be called Overdose, and a return to the horror genre. Well, Kojima appeared during tonight’s Microsoft conference and confirmed: yes, he is making a game of some kind. And that’s it. “Yes, there is a game I have always wanted to make,” Kojima said near the end of the stream. “It’s a completely new game, one that no one has ever experienced or seen…
  • Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance 2 is finally coming to PC this summer
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Venturing forth on Steam, GOG and the Epic Games Store after 18 years Interplay’s formerly console-exclusive action RPG Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2 is being re-released this summer 18 years after it spawned, marking its first appearance on PC. It’s obviously the follow up to Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance, which was similarly late in coming to PC (and modern consoles) at the end of last year. Scout the next game’s trailer out below. Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2 is an…
  • Former Blizzard folks announce free-to-play RTS Stormgate
    A studio founded by former Blizzard folks today announced their free-to-play real-time strategy game, Stormgate. It’s about the remnants of humanity hopping into mechs to beat back demonic-lookin’ alien invaders, and will have a campaign with co-op support as well as competitive multiplayer. Check out these fightbots in the announcement trailer from the Summer Game Fest, below. “The user interface is designed to make RTS more approachable by streamlining inputs, automatically assigning units to control groups, and enhancing gameplay,” the blurb claims. “We’ve lowered the skill floor while keeping the ceiling as high as you want to climb.” I’m always…
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is releasing in a totally bodacious way next week
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Plus confirms hockey fan Casey Jones as playable character Offering a veritable open buffet of updates, retro beat ’em up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredders Revenge confirmed its release next week on June 16th, showed off Casey Jones (real name Arnold) as a playable character, and revealed some six-player online and local multiplayer all in one go. This wasn’t part of anything, and was instead a random and unexpected announcement. Only kidding! It was one of many things shown at…
  • The Last Of Us: Part 1 is headed to PC, but there's no release date yet
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. We’re getting the PlayStation 5 remake The Last Of Us: Part One is heading to PC. The news leaked out earlier this evening but was then officially announced as part of the Summer Games Fest. The good news is that our favoured platform will receive the same fancified version as is being developed for PlayStation 5; the bad news is that while the PlayStation 5 version has a September 2nd release date, there’s no confirmed date for the PC version…
  • Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is bringing the series back to Steam
    Watch the first proper trailer In a more traditional manner than plastering faces on the decks of boats, Infinity Ward have released the first proper trailer for their remkae of Modern Warfare 2. It’ll launch on October 28th – and unlike recent Call Of Duty games, it’ll be coming to Steam. That’s a “gameplay” trailer, and although in-game, it contains little of what I’d describe as gameplay. It mostly seems to show in-engine cutscenes or fancy, swooping camera movements created for the trailer. It does set up the stakes for the new game, sort of: bad men, possibly connected to…
  • Overdose may or may not be a new horror game from Hideo Kojima
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Kojima Productions don’t seem pleased about the rumour There’s rumblings that Hideo Kojima and his studio Kojima Productions are developing a new horror game featuring actor Margaret Qualley, who portrayed Mama in Kojima’s postie simulator Death Stranding. A site called Try Hard Guides say they’ve allegedly received early footage of the game, which is called Overdose. Details are very thin on the ground otherwise, but hey, Koj has been teasing a new horror game for months now, so maybe we’ll…
  • E3 is coming back for 2023 as a digital and in-person event
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The ESA has yet to confirm dates for next year’s show It might have been cancelled entirely this year, but E3 will be back as an in-person and digital event in 2023. The commitment came from Entertainment Software Association president Stan Pierre-Louis during an interview with The Washington Post. Have a gander at the best games releasing on PC in the month of June. “We’re excited about coming back in 2023 with both a digital and an in-person event,” Pierre-Louis…
  • Dragon Age: Dreadwolf QA contractors vote unanimously to unionise
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. KWS Edmonton United become the first unionised video game industry workers in Canada QA contractors working on Dragon Age: Dreadwolf at BioWare Edmonton in Alberta, Canada have voted in favour of unionising by 16 ayes to zero nays. The confirmation means that the KWS Edmonton United group become the first games industry professionals to unionise in Canada. Their decision follows on from the Game Workers Alliance group’s successful vote last month to unionise at Actvision Blizzard subsidiary Raven Software in…
  • Street Fighter 6 will bring an open-world mode when it launches next year
    A new trailer features Ryu, Luke, Chun-Li, and more Capcom have released a new trailer for Street Fighter 6, showcasing an open-world mode that sees characters exploring and brawling alike on the between the neon signs of the city. Capcom’s senior manager for social media and community, Andy Wong, gave more details in a blog post on Playstations’s website. Previous modes, including arcade, training, and local and online versus, will be returning. However, two new modes, World Tour and Battle Hub will be making an appearance. World Tour seems to encompass the open world wandering of the trailer. It’s a…
  • Final Fantasy XVI gets a new trailer, summer 2023 release window
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The Dominance trailer shows off it summons Final Fantasy XVI has released another trailer. This one’s for showing off the summons and giving it a release window of summer next year. Summons for the summer! The trailer introduces us to the Eikons, which is the in-universe term for the summons that will clash on the battlefield as war breaks out. There are eight of them here: Phoenix, Titan, Garuda, Ramuh, Shiva, Odin, Bahamut, and Ifrit. A blog post by the…
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales are heading to PC
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The first is due this August Both of Insomniac Games’ web-slingin’, super villain kickin’ games are coming to PC this year. Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered will be out this August, while Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is scheduled for the autumn. I’ve heard good things about Insomniac’s spidersmen while they’ve been sequestered over there in Playstation land. Matt enjoyed the original back when it came out in 2018. (soz, subscribers only, ‘cos he was breaking the rules and writing about consoles.) “I’ve…
  • Capcom announce Resident Evil 4 remake, due March 2023
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. With a “reimagined storyline” Capcom have confirmed that Resident Evil 4 is getting a remake. It’s due out in March of next year. The first look shows Leon headed off into the dark and dingy woods of Europe to rescue the president’s daughter. But he has to contend with spooky dead deer and spooky crumbling architecture and spooky guys with hatchets. You know. Resident Evil stuff. (I have not played Resident Evil.) Forgive the Playstation trailer; the remake is confirmed…
  • Dragon Age's next entry will be called Dragon Age: Dreadwolf
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. BioWare have given a new tease for Dragon Age 4, announcing that its official title will be Dragon Age: Dreadwolf. It’ll follow up that plot about Solas wanting to destroy the entire world – fantastic news for fans and haters alike. If you haven’t played Dragon Age: Inquisition – or more specifically, the Tresspasser DLC, because BioWare hid most of the conclusion of the story in there – not to worry. In their official post, BioWare give you a brief…
  • The Steam Deck's docking station has been delayed
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. It shouldn’t affect the production schedule of the Steam Deck in general The Steam Deck’s docking station has been delayed, says Valve. Unfortunately, there’s currently no way to tell when the issue might be resolved. According to the announcement posted to Steam, the delay of the Steam Deck dock (try saying that three times fast) is “due to parts shortages and COVID closures at our manufacturing facilities.” It shouldn’t affect production of the Steam Deck itself, as those are made…
  • Sonic Frontiers shows off seven minutes of open world gameplay
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. A big world for a fast hedgehog Sega have released a look at the world and exploration of Sonic Frontiers, giving us a glimpse of just what it might be like to go fast, open world style. The video from IGN shows Sonic ascending to the top of some ruins before heading out into Frontiers’ open world, which has drawn the inevitable comparisons to Breath of the Wild. Although, as Graham noted after yesterday’s much briefer teaser, it’s all a…
  • Everything shown at the Warhammer Skulls showcase, including three new games
    CRPG Rogue Trader, card game Warpforge and retro FPS Boltgun are among the pack The week-long Warhammer Skulls event has kicked off with an avalanche of announcements. Leading the pack are three new games: CRPG Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader, digital card game Warhammer 40,000: Warpforge, and retro FPS Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun. Warhammer 40,000: Shootas, Blood & Teef, the 2D action platformer, also got a release date. It’ll be out on the 20th of October. Okay, let’s take these one by one, beginning with Warhammer’s first ever CRPG. Rogue Trader is being made by Owlcat Games, who have a long history…
  • God of War now has AMD FSR 2.0 support on PC
    Becomes third game to welcome AMD’s updated upscaler A surprise God of War PC update has made it one of just three games to support AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) 2.0. This significantly improved upscaling option, introduced a few weeks back in Deathloop (and more recently making it to Farming Simulator 22), completely replaces God of War’s FSR 1.0 setting, giving Radeon GPU owners a performance booster that comes much closer to Nvidia DLSS on quality. I’ve snapped a few comparison shots (see below), and when upscaling to 1440p, the difference between FSR 2.0 and DLSS’ respective highest quality settings…
  • Sonic Frontiers gets first trailer showing open world combat
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. More details to come tomorrow Sonic Frontiers is the next attempt to make Sonic work in a 3D world, with Sega referring to it as the blue hedgehog’s “first ever open zone” game. Now there’s a first teaser trailer of it in action, showing Sonic zipping around a seemingly vast world and bashing giant robots to bits. The footage shows Sonic running across grassy and flower-covered fields, collecting rings while running along rails, and spinning his head against various mysterious-looking…
  • Embracer Group is creating an archive to preserve games history
    They already have a “secret vault” with 50,000 games Megacorp Embracer Group has announced that they are building a games archive, to preserve games culture and save it for the future. The project is in the early stages, but they’ve already got 50,000 games and consoles stored up waiting to be catalogued. Their “early access” video shows the underground “secret vault” in Sweden where they keep all of the objects they’ve collected so far. Alongside games cartridges and disks, I spy a set of games cabinets, a life-size Stormtrooper figurine, and…a couch? According to their website, the mission of the…
  • Elden Ring Seamless Co-Op mod lets you play the entire game with a friend
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Elden Ring is too intimidating for a coward like me, but that only makes the idea of playing it with mates more appealing. The Elden Ring Seamless Co-Op mod enables just that: the ability to team up with a friend, ride your weird horses, and go muck up some bosses together. It’s out now in early beta. Check out this video of it in action: Seamless Co-Op does what it says: allows you to play the entirety of Elden Ring…
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor finally has a first teaser trailer
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Five years after Fallen Order I like teaser trailers for Star Wars projects more than I like most Star Wars projects, so this has been a good week for me. It was capped off with the release yesterday of the first teaser trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Respawn’s sequel to Fallen Order. You can watch it below. Survivor takes place five years after the events of the first game, which sets it, for reference, at the same time as…
  • Mafia developers Hangar 13 have undergone a new round of layoffs
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. 2K Games say studio in “transition period” Hangar 13, the studio behind Mafia 3 and Mafia: Definitive Edition, have undergone a round of layoffs according to a report on Bloomberg. The layoffs are the likely consequence of several of the studios projects being cancelled in the past year, including an unannounced superhero game. Staff were told of the job cuts in a virtual meeting, a recording of which was heard by Bloomberg. New studio president Nick Baynes called the news…
  • Cyberpunk 2077's expansion dialogue and missions details have allegedly leaked
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Details of Cyberpunk 2077’s first expansion have apparently leaked, including the dialogue for all its main quests. The leak apparently comes via files accidentally included with the Cyberpunk 1.5 patch released back in February, which were removed by CDPR hours later but discovered and saved by dataminers. Although the discoverers of these files did not initially share them, one dataminer reportedly chose to do so now after having a disagreement with a CDPR moderator. The posted files, which have since…
  • Valve finally respond to Team Fortress 2’s bot problem
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. All it took was two years and a massive mobilisation of TF2’s community For about a week earlier this month, my inbox was absolutely rammed with emails from Team Fortress 2 players complaining about the game’s bot problem. I’d only just started this job and was still setting up my email signature at the time (sorry, TF2 community), but thankfully all that shouting has finally been heard by the people who matter most. For the first time in two years,…
  • The Steam Deck’s fan quietening, refresh rate customising OS update is out now
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Beta-tested SteamOS 3.2 improvements hit the stable branch Valve have wheeled out another major Steam Deck software update, featuring some tasty changes that have been available to try on the SteamOS beta branch for a few weeks. Namely, SteamOS 3.2 tweaks the Deck’s fan curve to make it quieter (especially under light load), and adds the option to set the screen’s refresh rate anywhere between 40Hz and 60Hz – potentially saving battery life in exchange for a lower frames-per-second ceiling.…
  • No Man’s Sky’s Leviathan update will trap you in a roguelike time loop
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Hello Games’ intergalactic wandering simulator No Man’s Sky has gone roguelike for its seventh free expedition update, Leviathan. With a name like that you’d expect something pretty big and, lo, the space whales have arrived. You’ll be able to recruit these leviathans for your capital ship’s frigate fleet, and even keep a baby version as a pet inside your base. Witness them in the trailer below. Whales, whales everywhere. In the sea and in the air. This expedition’s roguelike credentials…
  • Hitman 3 ray tracing arrives, kills performance, escapes in nice suit
    But DLSS and FSR can at least make it look like an accident As promised, Hitman 3 now has ray tracing support, added in a new patch alongside Nvidia DLSS and AMD FSR 1.0 upscaling capabilities. It’s no lightweight implementation either, combining both ray traced reflections and sun shadows that can really spruce up the game’s already-gleaming murder sandboxes. It’ll please shiny floor enthusiast Katharine, put it that way. Less pleasing is ray tracing’s performance cost. I gave the patch a quick rundown on an RTX 2080 Ti and Intel Core i5-12600K, by no means a creaking geriatric of a…
  • GSC Game World are back working on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 again
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The Ukrainian team has now relocated to Prague Active development on first-person horror immersive sim S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart Of Chernobyl has begun again according to a discussion with developers GSC Game World on the game’s Discord server. The confirmation came on Friday from representatives of GSC Game World. One Discord user in the ‘ask_gsc’ channel on GSC Game World’s Discord server had asked: “So how is going the game development at the moment? Is it continues?”. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 community representative…
  • Final Fantasy XIV fixed on Steam Deck with Proton Experimental update
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Valve un-break the MMO’s problematic launcher The Steam Deck only had a few weeks of getting to know Final Fantasy XIV before the latter’s 6.08 update wrenched them apart. In less undeservedly romantic terms, it was the MMO’s newly added launcher that – unlike the rest of the game – didn’t work well at all with the Deck’s Proton compatibility software. Two months later, however, Valve have released an update on Proton’s experimental branch that fixes the launcher, making FFXIV…
  • Embracer see potential for Deus Ex and Tomb Raider sequels, remakes and spinoffs
    They didn’t buy that IP for show Earlier this month, Embracer Group announced their intent to buy Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal and Square Enix Montreal from Square Enix in a $300 million (around £240m) deal. The acquisition includes the original IP associated with those studios, including Deus Ex, Thief, Legacy Of Kain and Tomb Raider. In their quarterly earnings report, Embracer now say they see “great potential” in leveraging the heck out of that IP with sequels, remakes and more. “The announcement got an overwhelming and positive response,” says the financial report. “We see a great potential, not only in…
  • Norman Reedus may have just let slip that a Death Stranding sequel is coming
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Reedus mentioned the game in an interview with men’s webmag Leo Actor and Monster Energy drinker Norman Reedus has seemingly confirmed that Death Stranding 2 exists in an interview with men’s website Leo this week. The titbit was spotted and posted on Twitter by Nibel this afternoon. Break it to us gently, Norm. Was Norman Reedus referring to a sequel to Death Stranding or the Director’s Cut? Asked about Death Stranding, Reedus replies with “We just started the second one.”…
  • Dracula simulator V Rising should be getting an offline mode in the next few days
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Just hang on until sunrise Open-world vampire survival sim V Rising will be getting a much-demanded offline mode very soon, Stunlock Studios have confirmed. The announcement was made to players by community manager Jeremy Bearson on the game’s Discord yesterday. The bloodsucking gothic action game has been doing pretty well for itself on Steam since it launched on May 17th. It’s beating Destiny 2 for concurrent player numbers at the moment. V Rising already has co-op PvE and PvP servers,…
  • Spiders announce colonial fantasy RPG sequel Greedfall 2
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Make sure to write “Spiders” as often as possible Spiders have begun work on GreedFall 2, a sequel to their colonialist fantasy RPG from 2019. Set three years before the events of the first game, it reverses the perspective with a new protagonist and a new setting, as well as aiming for “more tactical” combat. You can find the a cinematic announcement trailer below. In GreedFall 2, you’ll play as a native of the island of Teer Fradee. You’re “uprooted…
  • Four SteamWorld games are in development, including a citybuilder
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. And a new turn-based strategy-shooter Thunderful are working on four new SteamWorld games simultaneously. Alongside the previously announced third-person action game SteamWorld Headhunter, they’re also making a citybuilding game, a turn-based tactical shooter, and a puzzle game. Three of them are aiming for release next year. Thunderful made mention of all of the projects in their quarterly earnings report, referring to each as a “SteamWorld IP game”. The citybuilder is codenamed “Coffee”, due for release in 2023, the same year…
  • Bohemia Interactive confirm their next wargame is Arma Reforger, and it's out right now
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Scouting the terrain for Arma 4 Arma Reforger is the next game in the long-running military simulation series and will serve as an advance force for Arma 4, Bohemia Interactive have revealed during their ‘Future Of Arma’ stream today. Most of the information Bohemia had to relay was leaked over the weekend on Reddit, but it’s always good to get official confirmation of these things, amirite? Today’s stream announced that Arma Reforger is available now in early access on Steam…
  • Mutant Year Zero devs are making a new tactical RPG called Miasma Chronicles
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The Bearded Ladies are back and they’re bringing Elvis with them 505 Games’ first showcase has revealed the next game from Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden developers The Bearded Ladies, and it’s another post-apocalyptic wasteland. We were only shown a very small CG snippet of during the presentation, but Miasma Chronicles is going to be a tactical adventure set in a near-future America that’s been done a nasty disservice by an evil titular miasma. Have a watch of the…
  • Leaked Silent Hill images suggest a new game with a British setting
    A Silent Hill 2 remake is supposedly coming from Bloober Team, too Images of what appear to be a new entry in Konami’s psychological horror series Silent Hill were posted briefly online over the weekend, before they were struck down by a copyright claim a few hours later. AestheticGamer, née Dusk Golem, posted the images to Twitter, claiming they were a “Silent Hill leak”, and that they’d received “more than enough proof to believe” their source wasn’t telling porkies. Naturally, it wasn’t long before Konami’s legal team were on the case, but the images have since resurfaced on Reddit. They…
  • The Dead Space remake gets a January 2023 release date
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Plus a new look at it’s art There’s presumably less pressure to keep every scrap of information secret when the game you’re developing is a remake. EA Motive seem to be taking advantage of that by releasing lots of behind-the-scenes, in-development videos and streams of their work on the Dead Space remake. Then, occasionally in those streams, they offer some news. Back in March, they let it be known during a deep dive into the remake’s audio that the game…
  • Starfield and Redfall have both been delayed until 2023
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The stars have not aligned Bethesda have just announced they’re delaying Starfield and Redfall until the first half of 2023. Bethesda’s RPG space epic was originally due to arrive on November 11th 2022, with Arkane Austin’s first-person vampire survival game Redfall arriving sometime this summer, but now both titles have been shifted back to an unknown time between Janauary and June next year. The news arrived via a tweet this afternoon, with Bethesda stating, “The teams at Arkane Austin (Redfall)…
  • Steam Deck update adds per-game performance profiles
    Custom settings for this game, and that game, and oh yes that game too Steam Deck software updates continue to refine Valve’s handheld PC. This time, the big new feature is the ability to create per-game performance profiles, which let you pick and choose from the Deck’s toy chest of power and battery-saving settings and apply your tailored configuration to a specific game at a time. You can then switch between games without having to manually re-adjust those settings every time you play something different. Given the Steam Deck’s battery life… let’s say inconsistencies, best practice typically involves adjusting these…
  • Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak will have NPC companions, new monsters and a big bad vampire dragon
    Elder Dragon Malzeno wants to suck your blood Capcom have unveiled more deets about their upcoming beast-laden expansion Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, including a closer look at its new big bad Elder Dragon Malzeno. Monster Hunter series producer Ryozo Tsujimoto and Sunbreak director Yoshitake Suzuki also debuted three more monsters you’ll be meeting in the expansion during their latest digital broadcast, along with its new Switch Skill Swap ability and Follower Quests. As a Monster Hunter greenhorn, I have to say that Malzeno does not look like a dragon I’d like to idly tussle with. Capcom say the Elder Dragon…
  • Judge rules part of antitrust suit against Valve can continue
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Suit argues Steam policies stifle competition The antitrust lawsuit against Valve can continue, a US judge has ruled. Valve had filed a motion for the case to be dismissed, but the latest ruling states that game publishers “plausibly allege” that they “suffer price and non-price injury” from Valve’s conduct related to Steam. In particular, the suit alleges that Valve use “most favoured nation” policies to prevent competition based on price. In this case, the alleged “most favoured nation” policies relate…
  • Gotham Knights shows off Night Wing and Red Hood in latest gameplay trailer
    I’m not really a superhero guy, but I’d say Batman is my favourite of the bunch. He’s gruff and edgy and wears a cape well. He’s also dead – in open-world action RPG Gotham Knights, at least. “Gah”, was my initial reaction, but that’s changed to “Oh well” having seen 13 minutes of new gameplay footage showing Night Wing and Red Hood stick it to some thugs. What about four-player co-op? Nope, sorry; it’s confirmed only to be two-player, as that’s what Batman would’ve wanted. Yeah, Gotham Knights looks strong! The new gameplay footage flits between superheroes Night Wing and…
  • Hitman 3's roguelike mode has been delayed but a new map is coming early
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Ray tracing for PC incoming on May 24th The roguelike Freelancer mode planned for murder ‘em up Hitman 3 has been bumped back until the second half of this year, IO Interactive have announced. The delay was shared as part of Hitman 3’s May roadmap. Luckily, IO have brought forward the release of the tropical ‘Rocky’ map they showed off in January. There’s Ian Hitman for you, always improvising. IO explain that the delay to Freelancer stems from its expansive…
  • Hard West 2's open beta is live and runs for the next month
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Rootin’ tootin’ turn-based-strategin’ Hard West 2 combines the shoot percentages of XCOM with a cowboy odyssey to retrieve your lost souls. If you like ponchos and silly hats, you can give it a go right now by signing up to its newly live open beta. It offers “a small slice of the game’s full campaign” and will run for a full month through until June 5th. Here’s a trailer showing off some of its systems and abilities: The Hard West…
  • A Mafia prequel is reportedly in early development
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Hangar 13 studio head Haden Blackman has departed from the company. In an announcement made internally earlier this week and shared with several media outlets, owners 2K Games said that Haden was “leaving the company to pursue his passion at a new endeavor.” Meanwhile, anonymous sources talking to Kotaku say that a Mafia prequel is in early development. Nick Baynes, studio head of Hangar 13’s Brighton office will taken over Blackman’s role at the head of the company. “With 30…
  • Steam’s most wishlisted game has been delayed until 2023
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Survival MMO The Day Before was set for release in June but is now upgrading to Unreal Engine 5 You may not have heard of the open-world survival MMO The Day Before, but somehow it’s made it to the top of Steam’s most wishlisted games list, ahead of games such as Starfield and Hollow Knight: Silksong. Originally due for release on June 21st, developers Fntastic have now told IGN that the game will arrive on March 1st 2023 due to…
  • Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time Remake development jumps to Ubisoft Montréal
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Delayed indefinitely again, presumably thanks to a magic dagger Remember there was a Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time Remake that was meant to be coming out in January last year? No? Well, the game’s development team have taken to Twitter to announce that Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time Remake will be delayed indefinitely, which seems oddly fitting considering the game is about messing with time. It was meant to launch this year, but the game’s already…
  • Anti-grav racer Redout 2 rockets out on May 26th
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Sure, WipeOut was cool, but F-Zero was my favourite of the classic anti-grav racers. it’s a good thing therefore that Redout, the modern claimant to the floating throne, feels more like F-Zero to play. Even better that its sequel is coming later this month – May 26th, as per the trailer below. Looks pretty, looks fast. That’s my take based on watching the video, though Ed had more to say when he climbed inside Redout 2 for a pod race…
  • Balan Wonderworld and Sonic lead Yuji Naka says Square Enix “do not care about games”
    Theatrical 3D platformer Balan Wonderworld released last year to dismal reviews, despite familiar names like former Sonic Team head Yuji Naka at the helm. Last week Naka took to Twitter to air his displeasure at Square Enix’s treatment of him and the game, concluding by saying that he believes “Square Enix and Arzest are companies that do not care about games and game fans.” Naka posted the thread of tweets twice, first in Japanese and then again in English, seemingly by relying on a translation tool such as Google Translate. The below quotes from the thread are drawn from Naka’s…
  • This puzzle game is basically Resident Evil 4 inventory Tetris
    New puzzle game Save Room is, unashamedly, Resident Evil 4’s inventory management spun off into a separate game. And why not! I’ve certainly enjoyed rotating guns around grids and cramming eggs into crevices, and you lot even decided that inventory Tetris is better than fishing minigames. For less than two quid, yeah, I’ve been happy with this one. Save Room basically is just Resident Evil 4’s inventory Tetris, albeit on irregular grid shapes. Each puzzle gives you an assortment of guns, grenades, bullets, and snacks to cram into a limited space by rotating and rearranging them, as well as using…
  • Square Enix sell Tomb Raider, Deux Ex and several studios to Embracer Group
    The $300 million deal includes Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal Square Enix are to sell most of their Western studios and intellectual property such as Tomb Raider, Deux Ex, Thief and Legacy Of Kain to Sweden’s Embracer Group for $300 million (£240 million) in cash, it has been announced. The studios being sold to Embracer include Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montréal and Square Enix Montréal, but not the UK-based Square Enix Collective. This means Square will retain publishing rights to IP including Life Is Strange, Just Cause and Outriders. The deal transfers around 1,100 staff to Embracer and more than 50 ‘back-catalogue’ games.…
  • Migrating from the Bethesda Launcher to Steam isn't going smoothly for some
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. DLC and Deluxe Editions are going missing The Bethesda launcher is closing its doors on May 11th, which means players need to migrate any games they own on the platform to their new home on Steam. It turns out that the process isn’t going well for some players, however, with reports of deluxe editions and DLCs going mission, and others receiving outright errors. When attempting to link accounts, several users say they receive an error that reads, “Account linking failed.…
  • Total War: Warhammer 3's roadmap lays out plans for Immortal Empires and mod tools
    Creative Assembly have laid out the 2022 development roadmap for Total War: Warhammer 3. It contains detailed descriptions of the fixes and balance tweaks to come over the next few months, but the exciting stuff will all land this autumn, including the series-spanning Immortal Empires, mod tools and the first of several revamps for the series’ older races. Mortal Empires was an update for Total Warhammer 2 which combined its map and races together with Warhammer 1, to form a grand scale version of the already grand strategy game. Immortal Empires will follow in kind, smooshing together the map and…
  • Skull & Bones footage leaked, but it sounds like an official re-reveal isn't far off
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The footage leaked, and then was sunk Pirate ’em up Skull & Bones has been delayed and delayed, and is currently expected to reach port sometime this year or next. It’s been a while since we last saw it in action, but four minutes of footage leaked earlier today, showing a walkthrough of the game designed to prime journalists or testers before they play the game. The seemingly old footage has already been taken down, but the official Skull &…
  • Activision Blizzard shareholders approve the company's $69 billion acquisition by Microsoft
    Correction: that’s 219,262,920,000 Freddos in real money Shareholders in Activision Blizzard approved overwhelmingly to accept Microsoft Corporation’s offer of $68.7 billion (£54.66 billion) to acquire the company at yesterday’s Special Meeting of Stockholders. More than 98% of the shares voted in favour of the buyout offer, Activision Blizzard confirmed in a statement released on their website. The largest payment for a technology company in recorded history, toppling Dell’s acquisition of EMC Data Storage from 2016, it’s now expected the deal will conclude during Microsoft’s fiscal year, which ends on June 30th 2023. Microsoft made public their all-cash proposal to acquire…
  • Microsoft set a date for 2022’s Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Will we finally see Starfield in action? This year’s Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase will take place online on June 12th, Microsoft have announced today via Xbox Wire. The announcement is light on details right now, as you might expect, but there’s the promise of a “diverse line-up of games coming soon to the Xbox ecosystem, including upcoming releases to Game Pass on Xbox and PC”. Personally, I’m hoping we’ll see our first proper gameplay footage of Starfield, given it…
  • Peggle goes roguelike in Peglin
    Bounced into early access with a demo Combine the peg-pinging action of Peggle with the roguelikelike dungeon crawling of Slay The Spire and you get Peglin, a delightful game which launched into early access on Monday. Off your cute wee peglin goes on an adventure, battling baddies and claiming treasures, but damage is dealt by pling-plonging orbs down Peggle/pachinko boards and you have a bag of different orbs instead of cards. I like it, and it has a demo you can try for yourself. So, Pegglefights. In battle, damage you deal is determined by how many pegs and tiles you…
  • Wave goodbye to Bethesda's terrible launcher as they start their big migration to Steam
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. It’s Reclamation Day 2022 as players finally step out of the Bethesda Vault Today’s the day Bethesda crack open the humongous blast shields at their base in Rockville, Maryland, finally taking the brave step of plonking their back catalogue and future games fully onto Steam after six years of trying to make their own launcher happen. Don’t worry, you’ll have the option to transfer over your games, saves and Wallet balance until May 11th. You’ll have to redownload everything unfortunately,…
  • Diablo Immortal is coming to PC with an open beta on June 2nd
    The Diablo game everyone was real mad about Back in 2018, Blizzard teased that they’d be announcing something related to Diablo at Blizzcon but that it would not be “what many of you are hoping for”. Sure enough, it wasn’t Diablo 4 , but a mobile game called Diablo Immortal. Blizzard’s warnings didn’t stop the developers from being booed on stage at Blizzcon, which seemed harsh. Now that Diablo 4 has been announced (in 2019) and we’ve seen all the ways it’s catering to fans of classic Diablo 2, perhaps the world is ready for Immortals. If that’s so, then…
  • Big Steam Deck update adds a lock screen, window switching and more
    The latest Steam Deck software update is a biggun, with Valve adding an arguably overdue lock screen to their handheld PC. This new PIN protection leads a bevy of other features including localised keyboards, a redesigned achievements page, and support for games and apps with multiple windows, which you can now flick between via the Steam button menu. Without the update, it’s possible to just sign into your Steam account once and never need to punch in credentials again, even after a full restart. This is convenient, especially if your Steam Deck isn’t at risk of chicanery from young siblings…
  • Amy Hennig is making a new Star Wars game… again
    Never count a ragtag team out Amy Hennig started work on a Star Wars game back in 2014 while working for EA and Visceral. That project was canned and the studio closed, but now Hennig is getting another swing at the galaxy that’s far, far away. Her new studio, Skydance New Media, has partnered with Lucasfilm Games to to produce a “richly cinematic action-adventure game” with an original Star Wars story. The announcement doesn’t have any more details about the project than that. Skydance New Media was co-founded by Hennig, however, with the aim of making “inviting and accessible” interactive…
  • Steam’s Enter The Dragon showcase of Chinese devs and publishers starts today
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. A week-long festival of upcoming games and demos from China starts today A week-long festival highlighting the work of Chinese developers begins on Steam today, organised by publisher Pixmain. Enter The Dragon brings a load of streams lined up on Steam and over at Pixmain’s Twitch channel to show off Chinese-developed indies like the spooky looking SCP: Secret Files, and plenty of demos to take a crack at. Think I’ll be installing My Time At Portia follow-up My Time At…
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 will launch out of early access in 2023
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The mindflayers got Swen Vincke though It wouldn’t be a Dungeons & Dragons event without an update on Baldur’s Gate 3 from Larian Studios, and last night’s D&D Direct finally confirmed that the game will burst forth from the skull of its early access form in 2023. Larian’s CEO Swen Vincke didn’t make his usual armoured appearance for the announcement, unless you count his legs poking out from behind a desk. Get well soon, Swen. Larian have styled the release…
  • Aquatico is a survival city builder set at the bottom of the sea
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. It wasn’t impossible to build Rapture at the bottom of the sea, it was impossible to build it anywhere else. Or so Andrew Ryan claimed. The denizens of Aquatico seem to have a much clearer excuse for their underwater urban planning: Earth has been rendered a barren wasteland, meaning they can build their homes better down where it’s wetter. You’ll find a teaser trailer below. Teaser trailer or not, this is more or less all I need. Some dense clusters…
  • Outriders’ first paid expansion Worldslayer launches a fresh campaign in June
    Mysterious new Trial of Tarya Gratar endgame teased Square Enix have announced tonight that People Can Fly’s online sci-fi co-op looter shooter Outriders will get its first paid expansion, Worldslayer, on June 30th. Worldslayer is adding in new story content to the Outriders’ world of Enoch – always good to hear – and a new endgame. It all centres around the creepy original Altered, Erishkigal, who exudes some serious Zuul vibes and is named after the Sumerian goddess of the underworld. I googled it. With Worldslayer, People Can Fly say they’re delving more into the extraterrestrial shenanigans of Enoch’s backstory.…
  • No More Heroes 3 will slash onto PC later this year
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. No More Heores 3 is headed to PC. The excessive, rude ‘tude hack-and-slash from Suda51’s Grasshopper Manufacture released on Nintendo Switch last year, and now publishers XSEED say it’ll splash onto our favoured platform this autumn. That’s more or less all they say, sharing the news via a tweet: Our favorite otaku assassin returns! Travis Touchdown has been forced out of retirement to defend not only Santa Destroy, but Earth itself! Bring on the beam katana and take on Travis’…
  • Competitive murder mystery CrimeSight is out now
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Social deduction games are all the rage, but CrimeSight brings a lot of absurd, scifi anime energy to the idea. It’s a player-vs-player murder mystery in which a murder is going to take place and players must uncover who-will-dunnit, unto-whom-it-dunn, and work either to prevent the crime or to make sure it takes place. It’s out now and there’s a launch trailer below. Does a game need a scifi plot to explain its contrivances? No, but I appreciate that CrimeSight…
  • Hardspace: Shipbreaker launches out of early access and onto Game Pass in May
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Take spaceships to pieces for fun and profit The excellent ship-dissecting salvage game Hardspace: Shipbreaker will hit version 1.0 and launch out of early access on the 24th of May, the makers announced today. And oooh it’ll come to Game Pass the same day. It has been a cracking game even in early access, a satisfying first-person simulation of carefully cutting up junk spaceships with industrial lasers for maximum profit and minimum workplace injury. Hardspace: Shipbreaker launched into early access…
  • Cook Serve Delicious follow-up Cook Serve Forever announced
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. More keyboard-mashing cooking action The makers of the Cook Serve Delicious game have announced a new frenetic culinary adventure, named Cook Serve Forever. Once again, it’ll have us mashing keys to prepare meals for customers, fingers blurring like a piano virtuoso as we chuck in ingredients and whizz through cooking processes. Come watch the announcement trailer for a peek at its pleasing “solarpunk” setting. After the story of Cook Serve Delicious escalated to the point that 3 was about driving…
  • Old World is heading to Steam next month
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. With a free expansion and Linux port Old World has been limited to the Epic Games Store for longer than most games, arriving there in early access all the way back in 2020 and getting its full release last year. That’s finally changing. Soren Johnson’s mixture of Civilization and Crusader Kings 3 will come to Steam and GOG on May 19th, alongside a new expansion that will be free to keep for the first two weeks. Here’s the trailer for…
  • Bugsnax launches expansion and hits Steam this month
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. It’ll hit Game Pass at the same time April 28th is the big day for Bugsnax, developers Young Horses announced today. That’s when it will: 1) add a whopping great new campaign in a free update; 2) end its Epic Games Store exclusivity and hit Steam; 3) arrive on Game Pass; 4) launch on Xbox and Switch. The new campaign, named The Isle Of Bigsnax, will introduce new creatures made of snacks for you to find and capture, and you…
  • Mordheim studio's new game is putting out Annihilation vibes
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Made with the art director of Deus Ex: Human Revolution I can’t tell you if Hell Is Us, the newly announced next game from developers Rogue Factor, is actually like the movie Annihilation, because they haven’t really shown the game yet. But I can tell you that they’re clearly trying to evoke Annihilation vibes, with the trailer channeling that blown-out synth sound and scattering humanlike inhuman mineral figures across the landscape. Annihilation is a good mood to channel. I hope…
  • Kingdom Hearts 4 announced, and some think it's hinting at a Star Wars crossover
    Why not? Star Wars is just another Disney world Over the weekend, Square Enix surprise-announced Kingdom Hearts 4, the next big game in their incomprehensible RPG series which stars Disney cartoon characters as pop-punk boyband multiverse superheroes. I am mildly distressed to see KH4 lean towards a ‘realistic’ art style in parts, though I would be curious to see a Kingdom Hearts Mickey Mouse that’s just a wee mouse wrapped in leather, plaid, buckles, and zips. While KH4 is largely a mystery for now, eagle-eyed viewers think the announcement trailer hints at a crossover with the Disney Princess world of…
  • A new game in the Subnautica universe is in development
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. According to a job listing Subnautica is, according to us, the best survival game. Its standalone expansion Subnautica: Below Zero is great, too. So it’s good news that developers Unknown Worlds, despite having been bought by PUBG’s developers and working on something in a whole new genre, are also working on something new in the “Subnautica universe”. This according to a job advert posted this week. We’re seeking a Senior Narrative Designer to work with us to help shape the…
  • Unpacking and It Takes Two win big at BAFTA Game Awards 2022
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Plus Inscryption, Chicory and more This year’s BAFTA Game Awards winners were announced earlier this week, and just as It Takes Two and Unpacking received a lot of nominations, so did It Takes Two and Unpacking win a lot of awards. The co-op divorce sim picked up the big weird face for Best Multiplayer and Best Original Property while Unpacking won Best Narrative and the publicly voted EE Game Of The Year award. Nice. There were other indie games among…
  • Back 4 Blood shows off first expansion's new characters and meat labyrinth
    If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Glory to the flesh, glory to the mass A new Back 4 Blood trailer gives a look at the new characters, enemies, and weapons of its upcoming first paid expansion, but forget all that. Far more important is that apparently, the new tunnels in the Tunnels Of Terror DLC are made of meat? A meatmaze? A spiralling meathell? A non-stop exploration of guts? What a feast! From System Shock 2 to Vampire Bloodlines, I am perhaps a little over-enthusiastic about…