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December 15, 2017

Monster Hunter World screens show off new characters

Capcom have released a bunch of new images from the upcoming Monster Hunter World, which puts the spotlight on a bunch of characters that you will get to interact with in the game, check them out. Monster Hunter World is out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 26th.

The Adventures of Gunslinger Joe is out now for Wolfenstein II

Wolfenstein II The New Colossus surprised a lot of people back in October, it deleivered an amazing single player campaign and not a drop of multiplayer. Machine Games and Bethesda have announce that the first piece of content, called The Adventures of Gunslinger Joe is now available.

If you played Episode Zero of The Freedom Chronicles, you’ve already gotten a taste of the action Gunslinger Joe brings to the table. The Adventures of Gunslinger Joe features former professional football player Joseph Stallion as he barrels through legions of Nazis using his Ram Shackle ability. Follow him from the devastated ruins of Chicago to the vastness of space in the first in a series of three DLC packs, each starring a unique hero.

If you own the season pass, you will get access to this as part of that, if you have not you can buy it for $35. Even more, if you have not played Wolfenstein II The New Colossus, there is a free trial for the game on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC that gives you complete access to the games first level, with your progress carrying across to the full game.

Private Division announced as a new publishing arm of Take-Two

Take-Two Interactive have today announced the creation of a new publishing label called Private Division, this label is set to work with studios around the world and some of the industries most createive people.

“We have spent more than two years laying the groundwork for Private Division, building an experienced publishing team and signing projects with some the most respected and talented creative leaders in our industry,” said Michael Worosz, SVP and Head of Independent Publishing at Take-Two. “We see a growing number of independent studios in our industry creating high quality games based on new IP, and our focus is supporting these types of developers and projects, and ultimately bringing incredible experiences to gamers around the world.”

Private Division will publish several upcoming titles based on new IP from renowned industry creative talent, including the previously announced:
• Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey from Panache Digital Games, a studio led by the creator of the Assassin’s Creed franchise Patrice Désilets; 
• An unannounced RPG currently codenamed Project Wight from The Outsiders, a studio founded by ex-DICE developers David Goldfarb and Ben Cousins; 
• An unannounced RPG from Obsidian Entertainment led by Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, co-creators of Fallout; 
• An unannounced sci-fi first-person shooter from V1 Interactive, a studio founded by Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto. 
• Additionally, Private Division is the publisher for Kerbal Space Program, which Take-Two acquired in May, 2017.

The amount of big budget games these people have shipped alone, is incredible, so given new resources and backing by one of the worlds largest publishers, I can't wait to see what they create.

Life is Strange Out Now for iPhone & iPad

The 2015 classic, Life is Strange from developer DONTNOD is now available for iOS devices, letting you take the adventures of Max and Chloe with you, no matter where you go.

This faithful adaptation of the original console game developed by Black Wing Foundation is now enhanced with Unreal Engine 4 and features full touch screen integration, as well as exclusive Life is Strange iMessage stickers and in-game photo-mode, ideal for fans and newcomers alike.

“Everyone here at DONTNOD is really excited to share the adventures of Max and Chloe in Life is Strange with a new audience on mobile,” said Oskar Guilbert, CEO at DONTNOD Entertainment. “We welcome new players to Arcadia Bay’s community and look forward to discovering the story choices that they make during their stay.”

The game is available today, so if you have not had a chance to enjoy it on other platforms, give it a shot.

New details announced for Attack on Titan 2

Koei Tecmo have today released new details for the upcoming game, Attack on Titan 2, including character creation and the new Town Life feature. In addition even more characters have been announced as playable for the game, which is set to release on March 20th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Before diving into A.O.T. 2’s fan-favourite story, players are invited to create their very own customisable protagonist in the character creation studio. The studio offers a multitude of customisation options; including the ability to customise body shape, hairstyle, facial features, clothing and tone of voice. This comprehensive system provides all the necessary tools for a player to participate in their own unique ‘Attack on Titan’ experience.

After taking on titanic foes across captivating battle sequences, players are able to experience the more tranquil day-to-day life of a Scout in the enhanced Town Life feature. A wide selection of handy amenities, crucial for battle preparation, are scattered around the camp; such as the Titan Research Room, Training Facilities, Regiment Store , and Regiment Administration office. These can be used to prepare for upcoming missions.

Visiting the Titan Research Room will allow players to view the Titans which they’ve caught while using the Restraining Gun in battle, as well as read through detailed information to aid them in future encounters. To vanquish these devastating creatures, the player can increase the levels of their stats at the Training Facilities - choosing among activities such as traditional lectures and hand-to-hand combat training with fellow comrades.

Resources are incredibly useful in the development and enhancement of weaponry, and can be used at the Regiment Store to improve the stats of a weapon as well as purchasing the required materials and high-grade equipment. Players will receive a bounty of these resources and materials with every victorious battle. To make for an even swifter victory, various types of bases, such as the Automated Artillery, can be built and upgraded!

In A.O.T. 2 players are able to take on Scout Missions from regiment officers, providing an avenue for gaining experience, regiment funds, and rare materials—ones you would not come across in main missions. Players choosing to head out with their favorite comrades are able to deepen their relationships and gain a better understanding for their teammates; providing a greater edge in defeating their foes.

Pokemon Crystal is coming to 3DS eShop In January

With the release of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon last month, you might think that was the end of Pokemon on 3DS, however Nintendo have today announced that the Game Boy classic Pokemon Crystal is coming to Nintendo 3DS via the eShop on January 26th.

On the day it launches, Pokémon Crystal will also be compatible with Pokémon Bank, a paid service that lets players transfer select Pokémon from classic Pokémon games to the newest games in the series. With the addition of Pokémon Crystal to this service, it is now possible for players to bring Pokémon from all core games in the series to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon.

In this version of Pokémon Crystal, players will also have the chance to encounter the mythical Pokémon Celebi in an event after completing the game. In the original version of Pokémon Crystal, Celebi could only be obtained by using a special accessory.

If that were not enough for you, the New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition will also be released on 27th January 2018 for $219.95. The system comes with a 4GB microSDHC memory card and a Nintendo 3DS AC adapter included in the box, no game though, so you will still need to buy that.

New details released for Extinction

Iron Galaxy has today released a new developer diary for Extinction, narrated by the games Executive Producer Derek Neal. This video talks about some useful skills players can equip to quickly eradicate the massive Ravenii threatening the kingdom of Dolorum.

Choices matter in Extinction. It’s up to our hero, Avil, to use his powers to transport civilians to safety while also slaying his foes and completing other necessary objectives. Ground and air minions - known as Jackals and Vultures - each have to be dealt with in their own ways, but it’s the armoured Ravenii that require extra-special attention. One wrong move could mean death for the townspeople or destruction for the cities.

As seen in the Skills & Strategy video, there are a number of upgrades obtained through the game’s skill tree that will aid Avil tremendously, giving him an advantage over the many elite Ravenii he will battle. Some of these include the Rune Slowdown and Air Recovery abilities. One of the most important skills in the game, Rune Slowdown allows Avil to essentially freeze time, buying a few precious seconds to focus on a particularly difficult task. Air Recovery allows you to regain control when you fall or are knocked down, which will help you stay atop an ogre long enough to plan your next manoeuvre. This makes it a valuable skill to employ once you’ve successfully made contact with a Ravenii’s body.

The game is set to release on Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4 in the Spring of 2018, no exact date is yet known.

Minecraft Pop Figures are coming

Funko and Mojang have announced all new Pop Figures coming inspired by Minecraft, collectors will get to add Steve or Alex to their collections, along with an Ocelot, Skeleton and Creeper.

Internet shoppers will also have the option of tracking down Tuxedo Cat, Glow in the dark Creeper, ready to explode Creeper and Flaming Skeleton. If that were not enough, there are also versions of Steve in Gold, Diamond and Enchated armor, with Alex joining in the Enchanted as well.

These guys will be in stores this February.
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