It’s the scariest day of the year, but that’s not to say that we haven’t got some interesting and exciting news to share with each and every one of you. Here’s what’s new.
– SEGA Teases a ‘Huge’ Announcement for Tomorrow
– New Details Emerge for Overkill’s The Walking Dead
– Death Mark Coming to Xbox One
– New Night on Endor Update Incoming to Star Wars Battlefront II
– Conan Exiles Gets a New Trailer Ahead of Launch
– Halo 5 and Skyrim Special Edition Free to Play This Weekend
– Friday The 13th: The Game Adding New Counsellor and “Jason Day” Celebration
– Code Vein Shows More Brutal Gameplay in New Trailer
– My Hero Academia: One’s Justice Gets First Gameplay Trailer Released
– Monster Hunter World Event Quest Schedule Updated – Mega Man Event Live
– This Is the Police 2 Gets a New Trailer
– Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs – Royal Edition Launches Alongside New Trailer
– Fortnite is Rewarding Players as an Apology for the Downtime
– A Way Out Surpasses One Million Copies Sold
SEGA Teases a ‘Huge’ Announcement for Tomorrow
SEGA Europe’s official Twitter has today teased that there’s going to be a “huge” announcement tomorrow during the company’s SEGA FES event in Tokyo.
Speculation is already doing the rounds that SEGA are gearing up to reveal a Shenmue HD Collection, compiling the first two games together in one bundle, ahead of the arrival of Shenmue III, but that may be a bit of a stretch.
Until this announcement comes and goes, it’s best to take any rumors with a pinch of salt. Seeing as this is being shared by the Western social media accounts for SEGA, we’re assuming that whatever the announcement entails will not be exclusive to Japan. Let’s watch this space.
New Details Emerge for Overkill’s The Walking Dead
Overkill’s The Walking Dead sounds fascinating on paper, that much goes without saying. However, Overkill left many of their fans burnt with PayDay 2, more so its port to current gen hardware. It was a lazy sloppy mess, one that took a year to patch and even now, issues continue to persist.
Mercifully, it appears as though their upcoming game seems to be much more in-depth and better developed. Starbreeze Global Brand Director Almir Listo states (via OPM) that:
We say Payday 2 is more like the A-Team, with every episode being different. Whereas this is more like Game of Thrones, you know, like it just gets darker and grittier. It’s a dark world.
The article also reveals that weaponry will lose endurance over time and will need to be repaired, which includes caring for firearms. Not looking after a firearm may well lead to weapon jamming as a result, which sounds like an interesting mechanic.
Caring for your weaponry can be handled at base camp, where players will gather before heading out on a mission together. Crafting on the other hand happens in real-time during gameplay, which adds more tension to some degree. Furthermore, Overkill are replicating the rarity of resources from the show, so don’t expect to come by supplies at a regular rate.
The same can be said for lockpicks, which will come in very short supply. Do you use the lockpick you have to free a survivor? Or do you use it to open a safe for loot? Each choice will be your own and by the sounds of it, you’ll have to make your bed and lay in it. NPC human factions will also make an appearance, some can be trusted, whereas others cannot. Think Hershel and The Governor and you’ll get a good idea as to what to expect.
We also learn that missions can be played in a wide range of different ways and that players will need to be extracted from the environment once the mission ends via shooting a flare. If your aid cannot make it to you, they will send up their own flare and you and your team will need to go to that location. Finally, customization will indeed be a forefront mechanic, but Overkill stresses that this will be tied to the limits of the source material.
The game is set to arrive at some point this year for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. No doubt we’ll see more of this at E3 2018. Stay tuned.
Death Mark Coming to Xbox One
Credit to Gematsu, we now know that Death Mark is coming to Xbox One, having previously released for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4, as well as arriving on Switch this year. We’re not sure when the game will touch down on Xbox One, but we do know that more information about this version will be set loose in the summer. The official description reads:
The Tokyo metropolitan area’s H City. In this suburban city, a strange rumor has been spreading recently. Those who possess the “mark” will die. The “mark” is unexpectedly engraved onto the body, as if it was a chewed up birthmark, and is said to result in an unknown death.
As a matter of fact, a strange incident occurred where someone met a suspicious death. This incident has become an urban legend, and has propagated various speculation such as it being the result of a ghost encounter somewhere or unknowingly coming into contact with a curse.
Having lost your memory, you stand before a western-style house said to protect those who possess the “mark.” As if drawn to something, when the doors to the house open, you’re greeted by a beautiful doll who is the lord of the mansion.
We’ve included the original trailer below, and will of course keep you all in the loop as soon as we know of that all important launch window. Standby.
New Night on Endor Update Incoming to Star Wars Battlefront II
Starting on April 18, players can jump into a new, limited-time mode, unlock special Appearances via Crystals and/or Credits and more in the Star Wars Battlefront II Night on Endor update. Whether you begin as an Ewok defending your homeland and stalking your Imperial enemy, or as a stormtrooper fighting to escape the ambush, players can fight through the night for control of Endor in the all-new Ewok Hunt mode.
In Ewok Hunt, you start as an Ewok or in a group of stormtroopers. The ambush begins as Ewoks attack unsuspecting stormtroopers, using spears, Wisties, and other skills to take down their opponents. Each stormtrooper defeated spawns as another Ewok, multiplying until the Empire’s forces have been completely eliminated, and the Ewok celebration can begin. However, the stormtroopers’ superior training and firepower are more than a match for the Ewoks. Armed with a cadre of weapons as well as flashlights to pierce the darkness, players must hold back the Ewok’s ambush if they have a hope of surviving until an extraction team can arrive.
Also as part of this month’s release, Crystals will return to Star Wars Battlefront II as one of the ways for fans to unlock Appearances, including Endor Leia and Endor Han. Real-world currency can only be used to purchase Crystals, which are only redeemable for Appearances. Credits are earned through in-game activity and can be redeemed for Appearances, as well. Over 50 additional Appearances to personalize your units will be made available in this update.
Conan Exiles Gets a New Trailer Ahead of Launch
After 14 months of Early Access, Conan Exiles finally receives its full launch on May 8th, becoming available all over the world digitally and in physical retail. Today, Funcom kicks off the countdown to launch and fires off a brand new trailer, seen at the head of this post, that captures how the new Conan Exiles will look and play on May 8th.
Funcom has also released a blog post today detailing exactly what’s coming to the game at launch. And there’s a lot. Conan Exiles entered Early Access on PC on January 31st 2017. The game is an open-world survival game set in the brutal lands of Conan the Barbarian. Here players must survive in a savage world, build their kingdom, and dominate their enemies in brutal combat and epic warfare.
You start with nothing but your bare hands and forge the legacy of your clan, building anything from a small home to gigantic fortresses and entire cities. Wage war using swords, bows, siege weapons, and even take control of giant avatars of the gods and lay waste to enemy cities. Conan Exiles can be experienced in both local single-player and in persistent online multiplayer.
Halo 5 and Skyrim Special Edition Free to Play This Weekend
Looking for something to play this weekend? Well, you’re in luck! Halo 5: Guardians and Skyrim Special Edition are both free to play this weekend as part of Xbox Live Free Play Days.
You can download both of these games right now and enjoy unlimited access to each until April 15th. Progress and achievements will indeed carry over if you wish to invest in these titles during, or after, the free period. Be warned though, each of these games weigh quite a bit as far as file size goes.
Friday The 13th: The Game Adding New Counsellor and “Jason Day” Celebration
It’s Friday the 13th, so it seems perfectly fitting for Gun Media to announce some new and exciting additions for their polarizing Friday the 13th the Game.
In honor of the first Day of Jason, 2018, the devs will be running a 130% increase in XP, CP, and Tape drop rates (Jarvis and Pamela) from 1pm EDT Friday, April 13th, until 1pm EDT on Monday, April 16th.
On top of this, the devs also revealed Victoria Sterling as the new counsellor. Similar to Chad, Victoria comes from money and she is used to getting her way. So much so that she often is perceived as “bitchy” and manipulative. She doesn’t mean any physical harm, but it’s safe to say that in a pinch, she’s looking out for herself first.
Victoria has low repair and strength, so she will need to rely on her above average stamina pool and stealth skills. It would be ill-advised for Victoria to square up to Jason without some additional help from another counselor. In a 1v1 situation you’ll find Victoria doing less fighting, and more yelling for her Dad…the Dean of an Ivy League junior college.
Getting a better picture now of Victoria? She’s the worst, in the best possible way! Victoria will be added at no additional cost in the next update.
Code Vein Shows More Brutal Gameplay in New Trailer
Bandai has released a new trailer for the massively anticipated Code Vein, showcasing heaps of gory action packed gameplay in the process. We get to see two dungeons including the Ridge of Frozen Souls, as well as a fiery looking location that’s yet to be named.
One thing is for sure, this game’s appeal just keeps getting stronger with each new trailer that’s set loose. Unsure as to what this is all about? Here’s the game’s official description:
In the not too distant future, a mysterious disaster has brought collapse to the world as we know it. Towering skyscrapers, once symbols of prosperity, are now lifeless graves of humanity’s past pierced by the Thorns of Judgment. At the center of the destruction lies a hidden society of Revenants called Vein. This final stronghold is where the remaining few fight to survive, blessed with Gifts of power in exchange for their memories and a thirst for blood.
Give into the bloodlust fully and risk becoming one of the Lost, fiendish ghouls devoid of any remaining humanity. Wandering aimlessly in search of blood, the Lost will stop at nothing to satisfy their hunger. Team up and embark on a journey to the ends of hell to unlock your past and escape your living nightmare in CODE VEIN.
Code Vein is set to arrive on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC at some point this year. As soon as we have a solid release date, we’ll let you know.
My Hero Academia: One’s Justice Gets First Gameplay Trailer Released
Bandai has released the first trailer for their upcoming My Hero Academia: One’s Justice, seen below. My Hero Academia: One’s Justice will launch in the west in 2018 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch and PC.
My Hero Academia: One’s Justice is a battle action game featuring “massive stage destruction” on the ground and in the air by using walls and buildings around the stage through the use of superhuman powers called “Quirks.”
The trailer doesn’t relay much that we don’t already know about the game, but we do get to see some of the characters in action nevertheless, as well as a glace at some of the game’s features. Take a look.
Monster Hunter World Event Quest Schedule Updated – Mega Man Event Live
Capcom has updated the event quest schedule for their critically acclaimed Monster Hunter World, which includes new quests up until May 3rd.
The Mega Man event quest “A Rush of Blood” is now live for hunters of rank thirteen of above, whereas the Devil May Cry event quest “Code: Red” is set to commence on April 27th. These events will reward you with Mega Man palico armor, and Dante’s alpha armor and sword, respectively.
Interested in seeing the list of events in full? Of course you are! Head on over to the official site to browse what’s in store.
This Is the Police 2 Gets a New Trailer
Just like the first game, This Is the Police 2 is a mixture of adventure and management genres, and this time it enjoys further mechanics that will strengthen both the strategic and tactical parts of the game. It won’t be enough just managing the equipment of your policemen and keeping in mind their individual skills.
Every challenge requires the player’s direct participation on a tactical combat scene, and the outcomes will depend on every decision you make. Now your subordinates aren’t just some resource; they are living people with their own strengths, weaknesses, fears and prejudices, and you’ll have to reckon with all these things in order to survive.
This Is the Police 2 will be released later this year on PC/Mac, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and across the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X.
Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs – Royal Edition Launches Alongside New Trailer
Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs, a playful, vibrant, yet demanding RPG is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs – Royal Edition is an experience inspired by jRPG classics infused with good ol’ adventuring. It’s a tactical RPG, but it’s actually a game about the restoration of your kingdom, bonding with vibrant characters met during your journey, embarking on the most peculiar quests possible, and bringing back your best jRPG moments in an up-to-date, accessible style.
It can also be a game about unforgettable, rewarding encounters and well-thought tactics. What’s more, in Regalia you can always tone down the difficulty level or even skip a battle if you can’t wait to check what the game has in store for you.
Fortnite is Rewarding Players as an Apology for the Downtime
Fortnite servers went down yesterday for a great length of time, the game’s longest unscheduled downtime ever as a matter of fact, leaving many fans frustrated and upset. Epic has announced that they plan to reward their fans as a way of saying sorry.
We messed up here. As thanks for being awesome and patient, we’re doing the following:
– For Battle Royale players, this weekend we’ll be offering a Back Bling gift that you can pick up in the store for free.
– For our Save the World folks, this weekend we will be offering a Troll Stash Llama in the loot tab for free.
Next week, we will be granting a pack of Battle Stars to our Battle Royale players and Seasonal Gold to the Save the World players. This will require brief additional downtime, so we will be including it as a part of our planned update next week.
Not too shabby eh? Rare, take note, Sea of Thieves also went down yesterday. I fully expect to see a Captains Chest on my ship tonight! Back to Fortnite, we’ll keep you in the loop if the freebies get a last minute delay. Unlikely to happen, but you never know.
A Way Out Surpasses One Million Copies Sold
Fuck the Oscars! A Way Out has sold one million copies in just two weeks time, according to Josef Fares. That’s no small achievement given the game’s very unique sales and sharing model.
Josef recently shared on Twitter that work on their next game project had begun, so we suspect it will be a long while before we catch a glimpse of what that is. Until then, I think it’s safe to assume that the team will be more than happy for hitting this impressive milestone. Stay tuned for more.