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  1. On August 29th, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners can experience the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate, Pillars of Eternity. Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition will include all released patches and DLC. That includes the two-part expansion The White March, which launched earlier this year. Obsidian has updated the game for controller play, including a revamped, TV-friendly user interface and menus. Check out the trailer for the Complete Edition below. Did you miss out on Pillars of Eternity on PC? Let us know if you'll pick up the console version in the comments below. View full article
  2. On August 29th, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners can experience the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate, Pillars of Eternity. Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition will include all released patches and DLC. That includes the two-part expansion The White March, which launched earlier this year. Obsidian has updated the game for controller play, including a revamped, TV-friendly user interface and menus. Check out the trailer for the Complete Edition below. Did you miss out on Pillars of Eternity on PC? Let us know if you'll pick up the console version in the comments below.
  3. After setting the record straight on the future of the company earlier this month, developer Io-Interactive announced June 20 that the beginning of Hitman would be free to play on all platforms. The move appears to be a celebration on securing the rights to the company's signature series. "I'm proud to announce that our first hello as an independent studio is to invite all gamers to play the beginning of Hitman for free," Hakan Abrak, CEO of Io-Interactive, said in a press release. Io-Interactive had been dropped by former owner Square Enix citing "extraordinary loss" as their reasoning for letting go of the team. With that news, it was uncertain where Io-interactive would head and whether or not they would be able to retain control over the Hitman IP. The Danish studio seems to be recovering, securing a buyout from Square Enix and retaining Hitman. The ICA facility, including all the content released for the area, is free to download now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. What do you think the future holds for Agent 47? Will you be playing the beginning of Hitman for the first time now that it is free? View full article
  4. After setting the record straight on the future of the company earlier this month, developer Io-Interactive announced June 20 that the beginning of Hitman would be free to play on all platforms. The move appears to be a celebration on securing the rights to the company's signature series. "I'm proud to announce that our first hello as an independent studio is to invite all gamers to play the beginning of Hitman for free," Hakan Abrak, CEO of Io-Interactive, said in a press release. Io-Interactive had been dropped by former owner Square Enix citing "extraordinary loss" as their reasoning for letting go of the team. With that news, it was uncertain where Io-interactive would head and whether or not they would be able to retain control over the Hitman IP. The Danish studio seems to be recovering, securing a buyout from Square Enix and retaining Hitman. The ICA facility, including all the content released for the area, is free to download now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. What do you think the future holds for Agent 47? Will you be playing the beginning of Hitman for the first time now that it is free?
  5. Microsoft kicked off its E3 media briefing with the final unveiling of its highly touted Project Scorpio console. Christened Xbox One X, the "world's most powerful console" hits store shelves November 7 and runs for $499. In addition to reviewing the technical specifications Microsoft has spent months hyping (6 teraflops of GPU, 326GB/s memory, 12 GB of GDDR5 memory), the console's form factor was shown for the first time. Resembling an Xbox One S in design, the unit is also the smallest Xbox Microsoft has ever assembled. Xbox One X supports native 4K gaming, demonstrated with stunning demos of games such as Forza 7. Microsoft detailed the list of titles that will receive free 4K updates later this year: Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, Minecraft, Killer Instinct, and Forza Horizon 3. Xbox One X "enhancements" will allow better performance for standard Xbox One titles, such as improved load times and improved visuals for 1080p displays. Microsoft promised enhancements for existing and future titles, but only specified the following: Final Fantasy XV, Rocket League, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands. All previous Xbox accessories, controllers, and games will work with the Xbox One X, Microsoft confirmed. From early photos released from E3, it looks as if there's no plugin for a Kinect, but reports suggest that functionality will be added in later via a dongle. What do you think of the Xbox One X? Are the features and price point enough to justify and upgrade from your existing Xbox One? View full article
  6. Developer Rare hopes that its shared-world pirate epic Sea of Thieves will let players enjoyably live out their swashbuckling fantasies alongside friends. A lengthy look at the title during Microsoft's E3 media briefing gave aspiring pirates a substantial look at moment-to-moment gameplay. Players can dive underwater to uncover sunken treasure, disembark on tropical islands riddled with secret pathways and loot, and even battle musket-toting skeletons determined to send players to Davey Jones' locker. My favorite part of the demo occurs near the end. After an intense naval battle with a rival ship (also controlled by real-life players), the player hops into a cannon, fires himself aboard the enemy ship, and clears out the crew single-handedly. Eat your heart out, Jack Sparrow. Sea of Thieves sails to retail in early 2018. Like other first-party titles, the game is Xbox One X enhanced and Play Anywhere. View full article
  7. If the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 isn't enough to satisfy your appetite for cyberpunk goodness, the folks at Odd Tales have you covered. Their stylish game The Last Night melds the dingy yet high-tech future aesthetic of Ridley Scott with an attractive pixel art presentation. The Last Night began as a flash game assembled in six days for a game jam competition and has expanded into a full-fledged project. The brief trailer below shows off a blend of action, platforming, and stealth mechanics. The Last Night arrives in 2018 for Xbox One, PC, and Mac. View full article
  8. By far one of the strangest and most intriguing titles to debut at the Xbox Media Briefing Sunday was The Artful Escape. The game stars Francis Vendetti, a rock prodigy and the apparent nephew of a celebrated musician who embarks on a "psychedelic, multidimensional adventure to inspire his stage persona." Developer Beethoven & Dinosuar describe their debut title as "an action, adventure, exploration, narrative driven, musical-laser-light-battle kind of game." After watching the bizarre yet alluring trailer, that sounds about right. The Artful Escape is "coming soon" to Xbox One and PC. View full article
  9. By far one of the strangest and most intriguing titles to debut at the Xbox Media Briefing Sunday was The Artful Escape. The game stars Francis Vendetti, a rock prodigy and the apparent nephew of a celebrated musician who embarks on a "psychedelic, multidimensional adventure to inspire his stage persona." Developer Beethoven & Dinosuar describe their debut title as "an action, adventure, exploration, narrative driven, musical-laser-light-battle kind of game." After watching the bizarre yet alluring trailer, that sounds about right. The Artful Escape is "coming soon" to Xbox One and PC.
  10. If the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 isn't enough to satisfy your appetite for cyberpunk goodness, the folks at Odd Tales have you covered. Their stylish game The Last Night melds the dingy yet high-tech future aesthetic of Ridley Scott with an attractive pixel art presentation. The Last Night began as a flash game assembled in six days for a game jam competition and has expanded into a full-fledged project. The brief trailer below shows off a blend of action, platforming, and stealth mechanics. The Last Night arrives in 2018 for Xbox One, PC, and Mac.
  11. Xbox 360 backwards compatibility has been a pleasant surprise for the Xbox One due to its exceptional performance and a constantly growing library of compatible titles. Earlier this year it was revealed that Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox, really values the idea of backwards compatibility. That vision appeared again at the Xbox's E3 media briefing, where the publisher announced they're expanding the initiative even further by making original Xbox games playable on the One. Cult favorite Crimson Skies: High Road To Revenge was revealed as the first confirmed compatible Xbox title. Spencer touted that Xbox games will "look and play better across the Xbox One family." Additionally, Microsoft confirmed the process will be as simple as playing 360 games on the One. Simply pop in your old Xbox discs and they'll work. More impressive is that cross-generation system link play will allow players to connect multiple Xbox's, from the original to the One X, together to play LAN multiplayer for OG Xbox titles. Xbox backwards compatibility is slated to roll out this fall. What Xbox titles would you like to see made playable on Xbox One? View full article
  12. Xbox 360 backwards compatibility has been a pleasant surprise for the Xbox One due to its exceptional performance and a constantly growing library of compatible titles. Earlier this year it was revealed that Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox, really values the idea of backwards compatibility. That vision appeared again at the Xbox's E3 media briefing, where the publisher announced they're expanding the initiative even further by making original Xbox games playable on the One. Cult favorite Crimson Skies: High Road To Revenge was revealed as the first confirmed compatible Xbox title. Spencer touted that Xbox games will "look and play better across the Xbox One family." Additionally, Microsoft confirmed the process will be as simple as playing 360 games on the One. Simply pop in your old Xbox discs and they'll work. More impressive is that cross-generation system link play will allow players to connect multiple Xbox's, from the original to the One X, together to play LAN multiplayer for OG Xbox titles. Xbox backwards compatibility is slated to roll out this fall. What Xbox titles would you like to see made playable on Xbox One?
  13. After years of delays, Studio MDHR's charming and challenging Contra-esque platformer Cuphead finally has a firm release date. The game arrives to Xbox One, Windows, and PC September 29. Additionally, a new gameplay trailer was shown during Microsoft's Xbox briefing. Check it out below. Cuphead is a 1-2 player platformer inspired by cartoon of the 1930's. It's first major showing was at Microsoft's E3 briefing way back in 2014. The title is a Microsoft exclusive. View full article
  14. After years of delays, Studio MDHR's charming and challenging Contra-esque platformer Cuphead finally has a firm release date. The game arrives to Xbox One, Windows, and PC September 29. Additionally, a new gameplay trailer was shown during Microsoft's Xbox briefing. Check it out below. Cuphead is a 1-2 player platformer inspired by cartoon of the 1930's. It's first major showing was at Microsoft's E3 briefing way back in 2014. The title is a Microsoft exclusive.
  15. Developer Rare hopes that its shared-world pirate epic Sea of Thieves will let players enjoyably live out their swashbuckling fantasies alongside friends. A lengthy look at the title during Microsoft's E3 media briefing gave aspiring pirates a substantial look at moment-to-moment gameplay. Players can dive underwater to uncover sunken treasure, disembark on tropical islands riddled with secret pathways and loot, and even battle musket-toting skeletons determined to send players to Davey Jones' locker. My favorite part of the demo occurs near the end. After an intense naval battle with a rival ship (also controlled by real-life players), the player hops into a cannon, fires himself aboard the enemy ship, and clears out the crew single-handedly. Eat your heart out, Jack Sparrow. Sea of Thieves sails to retail in early 2018. Like other first-party titles, the game is Xbox One X enhanced and Play Anywhere.
  16. Moon Studios’ Ori and the Blind Forest was one of the breakout indie exclusives for Xbox One when it released in 2015. Fans of the whimsical and tough-as-nails platformer should be delighted to see that Ori's back to rescue his forest once again. Titled Ori and the Will of the Wisps, the game didn’t have a gameplay showing, opting instead to set the mood with an emotional cinematic trailer. The forest of Nibel appears to be in peril once again, evident by violent lightning storms as areas of the lush forest are engulfed in flames. The trailer concludes with a distressed young owl being comforted by a sullen Ori as they look on at the remains of the owl’s kind. No release date was given for Ori and the Will of the Wisps, but it is a Play Anywhere title, and is rendered in true 4K resolution. It will also be Xbox One X enhanced. View full article
  17. Moon Studios’ Ori and the Blind Forest was one of the breakout indie exclusives for Xbox One when it released in 2015. Fans of the whimsical and tough-as-nails platformer should be delighted to see that Ori's back to rescue his forest once again. Titled Ori and the Will of the Wisps, the game didn’t have a gameplay showing, opting instead to set the mood with an emotional cinematic trailer. The forest of Nibel appears to be in peril once again, evident by violent lightning storms as areas of the lush forest are engulfed in flames. The trailer concludes with a distressed young owl being comforted by a sullen Ori as they look on at the remains of the owl’s kind. No release date was given for Ori and the Will of the Wisps, but it is a Play Anywhere title, and is rendered in true 4K resolution. It will also be Xbox One X enhanced.
  18. Microsoft kicked off its E3 media briefing with the final unveiling of its highly touted Project Scorpio console. Christened Xbox One X, the "world's most powerful console" hits store shelves November 7 and runs for $499. In addition to reviewing the technical specifications Microsoft has spent months hyping (6 teraflops of GPU, 326GB/s memory, 12 GB of GDDR5 memory), the console's form factor was shown for the first time. Resembling an Xbox One S in design, the unit is also the smallest Xbox Microsoft has ever assembled. Xbox One X supports native 4K gaming, demonstrated with stunning demos of games such as Forza 7. Microsoft detailed the list of titles that will receive free 4K updates later this year: Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, Minecraft, Killer Instinct, and Forza Horizon 3. Xbox One X "enhancements" will allow better performance for standard Xbox One titles, such as improved load times and improved visuals for 1080p displays. Microsoft promised enhancements for existing and future titles, but only specified the following: Final Fantasy XV, Rocket League, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands. All previous Xbox accessories, controllers, and games will work with the Xbox One X, Microsoft confirmed. From early photos released from E3, it looks as if there's no plugin for a Kinect, but reports suggest that functionality will be added in later via a dongle. What do you think of the Xbox One X? Are the features and price point enough to justify and upgrade from your existing Xbox One?
  19. Rebellion, the developers behind the successful Sniper Elite franchise, are trying their hand at something a little, dare I say... strange? They have pulled back the curtain on their newest game titled Strange Brigade, a third-person shooter for 1-4 players to tackle solo or co-op. We don't know much beyond those few facts and what's provided in the reveal trailer. The shooter takes on the decidedly campy tone of a 1930s adventure serial. Players will be exploring a far flung corner of the British empire and come face to face with an otherworldly threat amidst the sprawling ruins of a once magnificent city. Zombies, colossal humanoid monstrosities, and even ancient gods all converge on the Strange Brigade to tear them limb from limb. The one thing that strikes a dissonant cord for me in this trailer is the character design of the black woman. Her design is weirdly exotic and "othering" compared to her companion characters in the ensemble. Maybe the full game provides more context or perhaps I'm being overly critical of a game meant to be taken as a camp throwback, but it struck a sour note in a trailer that otherwise appeals to me. Overall, Strange Brigade appears to possess a great deal of promise as a co-op shooter in a similar vein as the Left 4 Dead franchise. More details will be released next week at E3. At the moment, Strange Brigade is slated for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
  20. Rebellion, the developers behind the successful Sniper Elite franchise, are trying their hand at something a little, dare I say... strange? They have pulled back the curtain on their newest game titled Strange Brigade, a third-person shooter for 1-4 players to tackle solo or co-op. We don't know much beyond those few facts and what's provided in the reveal trailer. The shooter takes on the decidedly campy tone of a 1930s adventure serial. Players will be exploring a far flung corner of the British empire and come face to face with an otherworldly threat amidst the sprawling ruins of a once magnificent city. Zombies, colossal humanoid monstrosities, and even ancient gods all converge on the Strange Brigade to tear them limb from limb. The one thing that strikes a dissonant cord for me in this trailer is the character design of the black woman. Her design is weirdly exotic and "othering" compared to her companion characters in the ensemble. Maybe the full game provides more context or perhaps I'm being overly critical of a game meant to be taken as a camp throwback, but it struck a sour note in a trailer that otherwise appeals to me. Overall, Strange Brigade appears to possess a great deal of promise as a co-op shooter in a similar vein as the Left 4 Dead franchise. More details will be released next week at E3. At the moment, Strange Brigade is slated for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. View full article
  21. The first Mega Man Legacy Collection released back in 2015 and covered the first six titles of the Mega Man series. Those first six games represent the entire NES era of Mega Man. Capcom has announced that a second Legacy Collection will release containing the further adventures of side-scrolling Mega Man that released following Mega Man 6. Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 will contain Mega Man 7-10, covering the period of time when the series broke out of 8-bit graphics and into 16/32-bit action before returning to its 8-bit roots. Since 9 and 10 are modern installments, both will contain all DLC released for them to date. There will be minor tweaks and improvements throughout the four games of the collection. One of the major additions that could help new players appreciate Mega Man without the frustration is the new "Extra Armor" option that halves all damage taken and a checkpoint system to help pick up the action from a convenient distance instead of starting the level over from scratch. If that seems too easy, stages have been remixed for difficulty in the new Challenge Mode where players can compete and compare completion time with others around the world. For those who value gaming history, Capcom has also included an in-game museum that includes production art, sketches, development material, concepts, and a music player to listen to all the catchy bloops and bleeps of the Mega Man soundtracks. Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 releases on August 8th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Oddly, the title doesn't appear to be coming to the Nintendo Switch at this time.
  22. The first Mega Man Legacy Collection released back in 2015 and covered the first six titles of the Mega Man series. Those first six games represent the entire NES era of Mega Man. Capcom has announced that a second Legacy Collection will release containing the further adventures of side-scrolling Mega Man that released following Mega Man 6. Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 will contain Mega Man 7-10, covering the period of time when the series broke out of 8-bit graphics and into 16/32-bit action before returning to its 8-bit roots. Since 9 and 10 are modern installments, both will contain all DLC released for them to date. There will be minor tweaks and improvements throughout the four games of the collection. One of the major additions that could help new players appreciate Mega Man without the frustration is the new "Extra Armor" option that halves all damage taken and a checkpoint system to help pick up the action from a convenient distance instead of starting the level over from scratch. If that seems too easy, stages have been remixed for difficulty in the new Challenge Mode where players can compete and compare completion time with others around the world. For those who value gaming history, Capcom has also included an in-game museum that includes production art, sketches, development material, concepts, and a music player to listen to all the catchy bloops and bleeps of the Mega Man soundtracks. Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 releases on August 8th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Oddly, the title doesn't appear to be coming to the Nintendo Switch at this time. View full article
  23. Today, Bungie held their explosive worldwide reveal of Destiny 2's gameplay. The event showed the opening mission of the game, titled Homecoming, in action as well as a new trailer and plenty of details on what Destiny 2 will do differently from the original Destiny. The event opened with a neat backstory trailer, which you can see here at 14:10 of the livestream. This new bit of story follows Zevala, one of the Guardian Vanguard, as he is resurrected to be a defender of humanity. He fights and dies and then fights again. We see him helping to build the Tower and securing the city... but all of that is just set up before the fall that begins Destiny 2. With just that cinematic, it's clear that Destiny 2 will be more focused on story and building up characters. Luke Smith, Destiny 2's director, took the stage to confirm that Destiny 2 would be tackling many things differently than its predecessor, really hammering home that this was a fresh start for both the franchise and its fans. Smith laid out the the number one priority of Destiny 2's vision by saying, "this is about having a story you can relate to. It's about having characters you want to hang out with, characters you want to work with. This is about having enemies, of course enemies, that you want to face. it's about the way we build our environments at Bungie. We want to create experiences that make you want to seek what's around every corner." The second focus of Destiny 2 will be to provide players with a robust assortment of activities. Exploration has been reworked to include side-missions, treasure maps, global objective events, and more. Those side-missions will have a storytelling focus involving vocal NPCs and send players into Lost Sectors, dungeons that are filled with enemies, loot, and bosses. They have also reworked how PvP will work in Destiny 2. In the upcoming incarnation of the Crucible, all PvP will take place in 4v4 matches. The HUD has been changed to include information on opponents, such as their loadouts and whether their super ability is ready to fire. There will be new game modes, such as the now revealed Countdown mode - the first attack-defend game type. There will be new strikes, a new raid, and more. Players will be able to launch all of these new things while exploring the alien worlds of Destiny 2 without going into orbit. Speaking of the planets, Destiny 2's campaign, titled The Red War Campaign, consist of Earth, Titan, Io, and Nessus. The Earth area is known as the EDZ (European Dead Zone) and it represents the largest in-game space Bungie has designed to date by a factor of two. This is where humanity has retreated to after the fall of Tower. Titan is an oceanic moon on which humanity built massive stations during its golden age. Now the Titan stations are slowly falling into its waters. The Vex have infested Nessus and transformed it into a new machine world covered in their technology and weaponry. Finally, Io stands as a holy world for Destiny 2's warlocks. It was once touched by the Traveler and now presents a number of mysteries that could aid Guardians in their fight to reclaim Earth. The final part of Destiny 2's vision is always having someone with whom to play. Luke Smith estimates that about 50% of Destiny players weren't able to access the multiplayer endgame content like raids or high level strikes. This was largely due to Destiny lacking a matchmaking system. Bungie made the choice to drop matchmaking for Destiny because they believed the toxic nature of gaming communities could lead to too many terrible experiences for players if they were matched with strangers. In Destiny 2, they feel as if they have a solution. Clans will be directly integrated into Destiny 2. Players will be able to fill their own rosters, create clan banners, and fashion descriptions of their respective clans. Bungie plans to implement a reward system that will benefit everyone in the clan when players collectively achieve goals. Not everyone will have to be a part of a clan to care about the clan system. In order to solve the matchmaking conundrum, Bungie has created what they call Guided Games. Solo players looking to raid will be able to pick clans with which they want to play. Clan descriptions can be perused to find good groups of players. This will, in effect, work as a sort of matchmaking curation directed by each player. In Bungie's view, this acts as a win-win. Clans will be able to fill empty spots and solo players will be able to access that endgame content. Bungie showed a portion of the Homecoming mission. Players experience the attack on Tower first hand as fleets of ships deploy troops and artillery bombardments. This slice of gameplay displayed the new class super abilities in action. Hunters can summon the Dawnblade, a fiery sword that grants players the ability to fly, slice enemies, and shoot plasma slices into the distance. Titans can make use of the Sentinel, a shield that both protects its bearer and can be thrown to serve as a powerful attack that ricochets between enemies. Lastly, Warlocks have the ability to summon the Arcstrider, a mystical monk staff empowered by electrical energy that sends its wielder with acrobatic combat energy. The story of Destiny 2 follows the aftermath of a major invasion of an alien called Dominus Gall, the leader of the Red Legion. Gall is an extremist who believes the Traveler chose poorly when it selected humanity to receive its power. He aims to take that power away and use it for its own ends. In taking that power, he destroys the Tower, the last safe human city on Earth. Destiny 2 is a game about loss and then recovery. Players will be starting fresh, having lost everything. The main objectives will be to reunite the leaders of the Guardians, the Vanguard, who have scattered across the solar system. In finding the Vanguard, players will hone and recover their abilities, perhaps building up enough power to challenge Gall. The game will include more cinematics than Bungie has ever created before and more story missions, all in service to the more narrative focused approach the studio is taking for the follow up to Destiny. To cap it all off - Destiny 2 will be available on PC for the first time. That's not news, but now we know how Destiny 2 will be available: Blizzard. Bungie is working with Activision to create Destiny 2 and Activision is calling in Blizzard to support the title via Battle.net. People interested in buying Destiny 2 on PC will only be able to buy it through Blizzard's platform to exist alongside games like StarCraft 2, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch. The Destiny 2 Beta will launch sometime this summer, so be sure to free up the 68Gb of space needed to store the game on your hard drives! You can watch the entire livestream of Bungie's event below. Destiny 2 officially launches for PS4 and Xbox One on September 8. The PC version doesn't have an official release set. Bungie says that they want to do the PC version right, so it is possible the PC version of Destiny 2 will be released sometime after September 8. View full article
  24. Today, Bungie held their explosive worldwide reveal of Destiny 2's gameplay. The event showed the opening mission of the game, titled Homecoming, in action as well as a new trailer and plenty of details on what Destiny 2 will do differently from the original Destiny. The event opened with a neat backstory trailer, which you can see here at 14:10 of the livestream. This new bit of story follows Zevala, one of the Guardian Vanguard, as he is resurrected to be a defender of humanity. He fights and dies and then fights again. We see him helping to build the Tower and securing the city... but all of that is just set up before the fall that begins Destiny 2. With just that cinematic, it's clear that Destiny 2 will be more focused on story and building up characters. Luke Smith, Destiny 2's director, took the stage to confirm that Destiny 2 would be tackling many things differently than its predecessor, really hammering home that this was a fresh start for both the franchise and its fans. Smith laid out the the number one priority of Destiny 2's vision by saying, "this is about having a story you can relate to. It's about having characters you want to hang out with, characters you want to work with. This is about having enemies, of course enemies, that you want to face. it's about the way we build our environments at Bungie. We want to create experiences that make you want to seek what's around every corner." The second focus of Destiny 2 will be to provide players with a robust assortment of activities. Exploration has been reworked to include side-missions, treasure maps, global objective events, and more. Those side-missions will have a storytelling focus involving vocal NPCs and send players into Lost Sectors, dungeons that are filled with enemies, loot, and bosses. They have also reworked how PvP will work in Destiny 2. In the upcoming incarnation of the Crucible, all PvP will take place in 4v4 matches. The HUD has been changed to include information on opponents, such as their loadouts and whether their super ability is ready to fire. There will be new game modes, such as the now revealed Countdown mode - the first attack-defend game type. There will be new strikes, a new raid, and more. Players will be able to launch all of these new things while exploring the alien worlds of Destiny 2 without going into orbit. Speaking of the planets, Destiny 2's campaign, titled The Red War Campaign, consist of Earth, Titan, Io, and Nessus. The Earth area is known as the EDZ (European Dead Zone) and it represents the largest in-game space Bungie has designed to date by a factor of two. This is where humanity has retreated to after the fall of Tower. Titan is an oceanic moon on which humanity built massive stations during its golden age. Now the Titan stations are slowly falling into its waters. The Vex have infested Nessus and transformed it into a new machine world covered in their technology and weaponry. Finally, Io stands as a holy world for Destiny 2's warlocks. It was once touched by the Traveler and now presents a number of mysteries that could aid Guardians in their fight to reclaim Earth. The final part of Destiny 2's vision is always having someone with whom to play. Luke Smith estimates that about 50% of Destiny players weren't able to access the multiplayer endgame content like raids or high level strikes. This was largely due to Destiny lacking a matchmaking system. Bungie made the choice to drop matchmaking for Destiny because they believed the toxic nature of gaming communities could lead to too many terrible experiences for players if they were matched with strangers. In Destiny 2, they feel as if they have a solution. Clans will be directly integrated into Destiny 2. Players will be able to fill their own rosters, create clan banners, and fashion descriptions of their respective clans. Bungie plans to implement a reward system that will benefit everyone in the clan when players collectively achieve goals. Not everyone will have to be a part of a clan to care about the clan system. In order to solve the matchmaking conundrum, Bungie has created what they call Guided Games. Solo players looking to raid will be able to pick clans with which they want to play. Clan descriptions can be perused to find good groups of players. This will, in effect, work as a sort of matchmaking curation directed by each player. In Bungie's view, this acts as a win-win. Clans will be able to fill empty spots and solo players will be able to access that endgame content. Bungie showed a portion of the Homecoming mission. Players experience the attack on Tower first hand as fleets of ships deploy troops and artillery bombardments. This slice of gameplay displayed the new class super abilities in action. Hunters can summon the Dawnblade, a fiery sword that grants players the ability to fly, slice enemies, and shoot plasma slices into the distance. Titans can make use of the Sentinel, a shield that both protects its bearer and can be thrown to serve as a powerful attack that ricochets between enemies. Lastly, Warlocks have the ability to summon the Arcstrider, a mystical monk staff empowered by electrical energy that sends its wielder with acrobatic combat energy. The story of Destiny 2 follows the aftermath of a major invasion of an alien called Dominus Gall, the leader of the Red Legion. Gall is an extremist who believes the Traveler chose poorly when it selected humanity to receive its power. He aims to take that power away and use it for its own ends. In taking that power, he destroys the Tower, the last safe human city on Earth. Destiny 2 is a game about loss and then recovery. Players will be starting fresh, having lost everything. The main objectives will be to reunite the leaders of the Guardians, the Vanguard, who have scattered across the solar system. In finding the Vanguard, players will hone and recover their abilities, perhaps building up enough power to challenge Gall. The game will include more cinematics than Bungie has ever created before and more story missions, all in service to the more narrative focused approach the studio is taking for the follow up to Destiny. To cap it all off - Destiny 2 will be available on PC for the first time. That's not news, but now we know how Destiny 2 will be available: Blizzard. Bungie is working with Activision to create Destiny 2 and Activision is calling in Blizzard to support the title via Battle.net. People interested in buying Destiny 2 on PC will only be able to buy it through Blizzard's platform to exist alongside games like StarCraft 2, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch. The Destiny 2 Beta will launch sometime this summer, so be sure to free up the 68Gb of space needed to store the game on your hard drives! You can watch the entire livestream of Bungie's event below. Destiny 2 officially launches for PS4 and Xbox One on September 8. The PC version doesn't have an official release set. Bungie says that they want to do the PC version right, so it is possible the PC version of Destiny 2 will be released sometime after September 8.
  25. Swedish game developer Villa Gorilla announced today that they will be partnering with publisher Team17 to bring their combination pinball-platformer to life. Yoku's Island Express offers a strangely enticing mix of pinball gameplay and platforming with pinball elements. Players take on the role of Yoku, a heroic dung beetle wh- wait, hear me out! I know video games are sometimes weird just for the sake of being weird, but this one seems weird AND cool. Yoku has arrived on Mokumana Island, a land of anthropomorphic animals, in order to take over for the old pterodactyl's mailman job. Though he thought this island gig would be relaxing, he soon discovers that Mokumana's guardian deity has fallen into a deep sleep plagued by nightmares. The slumbering god's troubled dreams create earthquakes and misery for the colorful characters of the island, even bringing down Yoku's post office. So, in order to get the relaxation he always wanted, Yoku sets off on a mission to awaken the troubled god and restore peace to Mokumana. Using Yoku's travelling ball, you know, as dung beetles do, players can help him navigate the pinball-like stages to explore the world, collect fruit, and rebuild the ruined post office. The hand-painted world of Yoku's Island Express was created by industry veterans and ex-members of Starbreeze Studios (Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons), Jens Andersson and Mattias Snygg. Andersson explained the new relationship with Team17 by saying, "with Team17 we’ve found a publishing partner that cherishes innovation and style – something we recognized way back when we played Alien Breed on our Amigas. We feel that their commitment to quality and fun gameplay is a perfect match for us." Yoku's Island Adventure will be coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2018.