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August 15, 2018

The Final Season of The Walking Dead begins today


The Walking Dead: The Final Season is finally here, with the first episode out for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, local Switch owners will need to wait until later this month to start the adventure.



Episode one, 'Done Running,' is now available immediately upon purchase, and all subsequent episodes will become available for download as they are released. When that will be though, is anyone's guess.

Dark Souls: Remastered comes to Switch this October


After vanishing out of nowhere, mere weeks before it was set to release, Bandai Namco have announced that Dark Souls: Remastered is set to launch on Nintendo Switch on October 19th, with the amiibo releasing on the same day.

With tense exploration and fearsome foes, the twisted world of DARK SOULS: REMASTERED is full of trials, extreme battle, diverse weaponry and magic. Players can customise their character to exactly suit their desired gameplay, should it be a heavy armored merciless warrior or a frail but mighty sorcerer. The Nintendo Switch version of DARK SOULS: REMASTERED will allow players to face those challenges head-on everywhere! Switch players will be able to explore Lordran prior to release with the online network test. More information will be available soon.
Bandai Namco also released a handy little chart, to show what you get on the Switch version, compared to the original release.

Original
Nintendo Switch
Resolution
720p
TV mode : 1080p
Portable mode : 720p
Frame rate
30fps
30fps
Online compatible players
14
16
Online system
P2P
Specific game server
DLC
Separated
Included

While the game supports online, the game will release after the Nintendo Switch Online service goes active, so online play will be a paid element at this point.

If you have forgotten what the amiibo looks like, here is a shot of it.



Forged Battalion is out now for PC in full


Team 17 and developers Petroglyph have annoucned that Forged Battalion is out now for PC, having left Early Access. If the name of the developer means nothing to you, that is understandable, however their pedigree is something else, as the studio was founded by former Westwood Studio veterans, the makers of Command & Conquer.



With over a dozen campaign missions, multiple online modes, map editor and more, the game is packed with content already, but all players will have access to the Steam Workshop to find some great content.

Forged Battalion is a dynamic and innovative take on the real-time strategy genre that allows players to build and customise their own unique faction. Players can create, customise and develop their units as they fight in a variety of skirmish, solo and multiplayer battles. Using resources gained form each battle, players can unlock new options through the tech tree, allowing them to create an ever-evolving faction.

All unit types can be modified to adjust their armour, weapons and even apply special abilities such as stealth and regeneration. This customisation allows players to adapt to enemy tactics and evolve their faction to be best prepared for the fight. For instance, if the enemy is using fire troops, you can apply fire resistant armour to your units. With each tier of the tech tree that you unlock, you will gain blueprints to a wider variety of customisation options that can be changed between matches to fit the enemy archetypes that you’re facing.









F1 2018 gets a solid new gameplay trailer with a bonus


Codemasters have released another full gameplay video for F1 2018, it also features the games main theme composed by Brian Tyler, check it out.



Commenting on the game’s recreation of the real world sport, F1® 2018’s Art Director, Stu Campbell said: “F1® has undergone a huge visual rebrand this year. It has an exciting, fresh new look and we are looking to bring that into the game as much as we can. Our aim this year was to create as big a visual improvement as we possibly could to give a more authentic and realistic experience. When you see it side by side with the 2017 game I think you will see a huge leap forward.”

The game is out on August 28th for PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One.

Rebellion serves up an extended look at Strange Brigade


Rebellion has released an extended gameplay video for Strange Brigade, showing off how the game will work when it releases later this month, check it out



The game is out on Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4 on August 28.

The battle for Azeroth has begun in World of Warcraft


The battle for Azeroth has begun as the latest expansion for World of Warcraft is out now around the world.



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“Battle for Azeroth builds upon nearly 25 years of faction rivalry, history, and pride to challenge World of Warcraft players with the question of what it truly means to be a member of the Alliance or the Horde,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This expansion is loaded with new content and features that draw upon that core conflict, but today’s launch is just the beginning—we’re excited for players to experience everything we have planned as the Battle for Azeroth unfolds.”

Today’s launch signals the start of a new era of all-out warfare between the Alliance and the Horde, as players around the globe set out on a vital mission to ensure that Azeroth’s future belongs to their faction. Defenders of the Alliance are called to the kingdom of Kul Tiras, ancestral home of Jaina Proudmoore, to enlist the aid of their legendary navy, while champions of the Horde must seek allies in the distant empire of Zandalar, home of the ancient Zandalari trolls. As part of the campaign ahead, heroes will clash for critical resources in myriad Island Expeditions; draw upon the strength of Azerite, lifeblood of the planet, to unlock new powers using the Heart of Azeroth Artifact; prepare for a massive confrontation on the Warfront of Stromgarde; recruit new Allied Races to bolster their faction’s cause; and much more.



August 14, 2018

GRIS is coming to Switch and PC later this year


Devolver Digital has announced that they are partnering with developers Nomada Studio to bring GRIS to both PC and Nintendo Switch later this year, check out the stunning announcement trailer.



Gris is a hopeful young girl lost in her own world, dealing with a painful experience in her life. Her journey through sorrow is manifested in her dress, which grants new abilities to better navigate her faded reality. As the story unfolds, Gris will grow emotionally and see her world in a different way, revealing new paths to explore using her new abilities.


Free of danger, frustration or death, players will explore a meticulous designed world brought to life with delicate art, detailed animation, and an elegant original score. Through the game light puzzles, platforming sequences, and optional skill-based challenges will reveal themselves as more of Gris’s world becomes accessible.




Discover the world of Total War: Three Kingdoms


Sega and Creative Assembly have released a new cinematic trailer for the upcoming Total War: Three Kingdoms, which shows of the campaigns map for the first time, check it out.



In this time of chaos, the heavens shine on warlord Sun Jian, The Tiger of Jiangdong, when he finds the fabled Imperial Seal: a legendary artefact said to find its way to the true emperor. Believing destiny has chosen him to rule, he gathers his children to his side. The time is nigh to bring an end to conflict, and unify a land divided.

Historically, the Sun family played a vital role in the Three Kingdoms period by establishing the kingdom of Sun Wu; and this is where their dynastic journey began.

The game is launching in the Autumn months of 2019, so a little ways to go.

Quake Champions is now free to play for all


At QuakeCon over the weekend, Bethesda and id Software announced that Quake Champions has launched into Free-To-Play, meaning that if you have been waiting for this, the wait is now over.
"Our free-to-play test at E3 saw more than a million players test their skill with Quake Champions, and the feedback we received from our community has helped us get to this point -- launching our free version for everyone," said Tim Willits, Studio Director, id Software. "Quake Champions brings all of the intense gameplay and skill-based action that millions of fans have loved for decades, along with exciting new additions and twists, and provides it to anyone, all for free. And what better place to launch Quake Champions for free than at QuakeCon, a gathering of thousands of our most diehard fans, and with a major esports tournament with the best FPS players in the world."

The free-to-play version of Quake Champions comes with two Champions, Ranger and Scalebearer, with additional Champions available for purchase or to earn by spending in-game rewards. Free players can choose to upgrade to the Champions Pack at any time - a special early adopter bundle that includes all 14 current Champions, as well as all future Champions, and additional in-game rewards.

F1 2018 released another dev diary and this time its all about the cars


Codemasters have released yet another developer diary for F1 2018, this time, taking a look at all the details that go into making this the most authentic F1 simulator ever.



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“I believe F1® 2018 is a massive step up, because we’ve introduced so many more simulation aspects that I believe will be very well received by all the players,” commented David Greco, Senior Car Handling Designer on F1® 2018. “To choose which one is the most important and advanced is quite hard, but I would probably say it is the expanded system which enables us to simulate the tyre temperature more realistically than we have ever done before.”
He continued: “This year, the way the car feels, with the ‘Force Feedback’, and how it all works together, we are very close to what I want from a simulator. In over 20 years of my career between sim racing and real motorsport, I have always come across questions like: ‘one title is more simulator than another title, because it’s very difficult to drive?’ With my real motorsport experience, I can say that real racing cars are made to have a lot of grip. To me, a simulator is not how easy it is to drive or how easy to make it spin. To me, a simulation is how many real-life, physical components we simulate, and especially this year, there are not many features that I can think of that we don’t simulate. To just call it a game to me is not enough anymore.”
There is still one more video to come, before the game is released, so stay tuned. The game is out on August 24 for PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One.




August 12, 2018

Nintendo Switch Online rolls out in the later half of September


Nintendo Australia has confirmed that Nintendo Switch Online, their paid membership program for playing Switch games online, will roll-out sometime in the second half of September.

The membership is the cheapest of the 3 console makers, maxing out at $30 a year, but they also have monthly and quarterly plans as well. Family memberships are also available but they are only for a year at a time, you can find all the details here.


When Nintendo Switch Online launches, members will have access to:

The track lists have been revealed for both Taiko no Tatsujin games


Bandai Namco have released the track lists for the recently announced Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! for Switch and Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! for PlayStation 4, check them out below.



All tracks from the original Japanese version of each game will appear in the European version – in the original Japanese release format to fully replicate the arcade experience.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! for Switch includes the mythical “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” from Dragon Ball Z, “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana - presented in Japanese - or even classical songs such as the “Turkish March” composed by Beethoven. 


The PlayStation 4 version, Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! also features some popular songs - also in Japanese - such as “Let It Go” from Frozen or “Genkai Toppa X Survivor” coming directly from Dragon Ball Super.


 
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