When 1979 Revolution: Black Friday released on PC last year, we said it was a "quality adventure game that tells a gripping story about people struggling to survive the times and bring about change." In a couple weeks, that quality adventure will be available on Switch to take wherever you'd like.
The game takes place in the real Iranian revolution, couching story-relevant decisions and quicktime events in the context of the country's turbulent history. Although it comes with some of the jank of ambitious indie titles, it's less than $15 and provides a historical perspective relatively unfamiliar to many in the West.
Pre-orders are available now for North America and tomorrow for Europe on the Nintendo eshop, and the game releases August 2. The title will also drop for PS4 on July 21 and Xbox One on August 3.
With Hollow Knight now on the Switch, a number of new players are being introduced to the dark Metroidvania game from Team Cherry. However, there's still more content on the way for players who can't wait to revisit the ruins of the abandoned and dead kingdom.
In a blog post, Team Cherry confirmed that the free DLC pack, which they call "the largest yet," will release for free on August 23 for both Switch and PC. While the developers are a bit vague about what will be added in the DLC, it is clear from the trailer that one of the Nailmasters is being introduced as a boss, as well as a host of other new and old boss fights with slight twists.
Team Cherry also said that the DLC will contain a new mode that has been "long requested" by fans. You can check out the announcement trailer below.
Gods & Glory is described as the Final Chapter for Hollow Knight, so if you're looking for a time to jump in, now is as good as any. Hollow Knight was released last year on PC and last month on Switch.
A few days ago, we had the exclusive first look at a few figures from Hasbro's Transformers: Generations War for Cybertron – Siege line. Well, we're back at it again. This time we have a quick glimpse at Hasbro's new DJ Bumblebee figure. This oddball toy actually records your voice and then remixes that audio to the tune of one of three songs: Aerosmith's Walk This Way, Young MC's Bust A Move, or the original Transformers theme song.
This dancing bee won't be available until winter 2019, but you can get an early look at it if you're traveling to San Diego Comic Con this week. Here's the full descrition from Hasbro:
Ubisoft announced a bevy of South Park news today, starting with new DLC coming to The Fractured But Whole at the end of this month.
Titled Bring the Crunch, the new DLC for the South Park sequel brings an entirely new story campaign to the game, as well as introducing a new class to its battle system. The title refers to Mint-Berry Crunch, an alien from Kokujon, who has joined up with the game's ragtag group of superheroes. The team investigates mysterious happenings at the idyllic sleepaway camp Lake Tardicaca, setting the stage for the new content and providing context for the new Final Girl job class.
The DLC is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on July 31 and will cost $11.99.
Buried on the last page of Ubisoft's financial report for the first quarter of the financial year, South Park: The Stick of Truth is quietly listed as a digital title for the Nintendo Switch. The Obsidian-developed RPG was originally developed for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, but was then ported to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ahead of The Fractured But Whole. It is arriving after its superhero-themed sequel on the Switch, though the financial report did not indicate exactly when beyond the time frame of July through September.
There's no shortage of South Park content for players to engage in. Switch owners finally getting a chance to play Stick of Truth and its different, more Paper Mario-like...
Blizzard has just announced that Wrecking Ball, the combination of the rolling mech and pilot Hammond, wiill go live for players to take for a spin, or a roll, July 24.Beware of small mammals. 🐹 Wrecking Ball rolls into the fight 07.24.18 pic.twitter.com/woK0saBlAq — Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) July 17, 2018
Hammond is the 28th hero to take part in the battle and has been heavily anticipated. As one of the experiments at the Lunar colony, Hammond lived near Winston but escaped when the gorillas took over the colony. He then took his escape pod and modified it into the battle pod Wrecking Ball, which he used to survive the harsh outlands of Junkertown.
Hammond plays by rolling around and grappling onto various anchor points to swing around like, well, a wrecking ball. Blizzard will be taking a deep dive into the creation and minutiae of Wrecking Ball during San Diego Comic Con with a panel on July 20.
Wrecking Ball has been playable on the Playable Test Realm since announcement and will go live next Tuesday on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
One by one, the members of the Justice League are getting their own standalone movies. That means Aquaman gets one too. On December 21, you are invited to travel to Atlantis (which is apparently a society overrun by sharks, if the teaser image tells any kind of story) to witness Arthur Curry's return. Warner Bros. Pictures today released the first official description for the film on a new Aquaman website:
The always-great Jason Momoa reprises his role as Curry, and is joined by Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Orm the Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, and Willem Dafoe as Vulko. We're also going to meet Curry's parents. Nicole Kidman is his mom Atlanna, and the mold used for Boba Fett, Temuera Morrison, is his dad Tom. The arrival of a website usually means a trailer is imminent. Through Twitter, director James Wan revealed we'll see it this Saturday.
We knew Batwoman would be a focus in this fall's large Arrow-Verse crossover event running between Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and The Flash, but we now now this origin story will give way to a full series. In a story on TV Line, The CW revealed Batwoman is a forthcoming standalone series penned by Carline Dries, who previously worked on The Vampire Diaries.
The Bat family almost has too many members to count now, but Batwoman (also known as Katherine "Kate" Kane) has always been one of the more interesting players within it, often veering away from the typical superhero action to focus on detective work. She already has a tie with the Arrow-verse in Margaret "Maggie" Sawyer, a long-time love interest of Kane's, who has been in episodes of Supergirl.
We'll have to wait to see what The CW does with this character, who has yet to be cast. The official description for the show reads:
No official time frame has been given for the show, but all odds point toward...
The waters have been somewhat calm in Rare's Sea of Thieves, but pirate ships and a wealth of new content should bring violent waves when the game's biggest update yet hits on July 31 for free. These new additions will be introduced in a new three-week-long campaign called Cursed Sails. This time-limited story pits you against A.I.-controlled skeleton ships that are terrorizing outputs and pirates on the high seas.
To combat this new threat, players can set sail in a new three-player Brigantine ship, and even work with other players to gain bigger rewards through alliances. If you get deep into this story, and want to know where the origin of the skeletons, you can take on a new sidequest. If you arrive to the part after the three-week campaign ends, you'll only miss the story. All of the content that comes from it will remain in the game.
You can take a look at what the Cursed Sails brings in the video below:
You can now hunt down a human version of Shelob without any orcs in a shopping cart. In a sizable update that was added to Middle-earth: Shadow of War today, the market and microtransactions were removed from the game. In a post on PlayStation Blog, Monolith's vice president of creative Michael de Plater said that his team has had "the Flaming Eye pointed directly at our fantastic community, and we’ve been continually watching, reading and listening to your comments, criticisms and recommendations."
Describing your development team's gaze as the evil Flaming Eye might not be the best thing to do, especially since people criticized the microtransactions when the game released, but the right steps have been made, and players can now experience the game without having to enter an immersion-breaking store.
This update also brings a host of tweaks, including the reworking of the post-campaign Shadow Wars. De Plater says this section has been "streamlined and polished to include new narration from Shelob, the Witch-king and Dark Talion." Spending time in these wars sounds like it will be worth the effort, as players can earn the power to raise the dead, and summon more powerful beasts. You will also add the masks of the Nazgul to your collection.
If you're not to the end game yet, and are perhaps starting the game for the first time, this update adds more Legendary Orcs to the mix, and they may even bring you gifts from time...
Overwatch apparently started a trend of adding small rodents as heroes. Hammond and his wrecking ball add a different dimension to Overwatch's character types, and now Divinity: Original Sin 2 players will have the chance to see how a diminutive rodent performs on the battlefield. Bandai Namco and Larian Studios today announced that Sir Lora, the Squirrel Knight, will debut in the definitive edition of Divinity: Original Sin 2 launching on August 31 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Sir Lora is a part of the Knights of Drey, which Bandai Namco describes as an "order of furry knights who believe in the coming of the Great Acorn." When this new companion is added to your party, you'll unlock new skill-crafting recipes, and will be put on a quest to unearth the Great Acorn.
For players who are already experiencing Divinity: Original Sin 2 in Xbox One's Preview program, a new update with 4K and HDR support will be deployed on July 19. This patch also brings better performance, improved AI, and a variety of bug fixes.
You can take your first look at the menacing Sir Lora and his mount in the video below:
No Man's Sky Next is a free update that will add some pretty impressive new content to No Man's Sky. You can check out the trailer below, which showcases true multiplayer, third-person options, and, for the first time, ringed planets. The game has also received a visual overhaul, bases can be built on any planet, and you will be able to "assemble and upgrade a fleet of frigates and command them from the bridge of your freighter."
No Man's Sky Next arrives on PlayStation 4 and PC on July 24. That date also marks the game's release on Xbox One, which will included all the bonuses of the Next update.
Game Maker's Toolkit, a YouTube channel by games writer Mark Brown, takes deep dives on certain aspects of gaming from level design to music. He explains in detail what works about, say, a dungeon in Zelda and sometimes what doesn't. Now Brown has launched a new series on the channel, Designing for Disability.
In the inaugural episode, Brown covers how to make games better for gamers who are deaf or hard of hearing, and talks about how some games get subtitles right and how some get it wrong. It's a useful look at a feature a lot of developers likely ignore, but it can make or break someone's experience with a game.
"That's the thing about video game subtitles: it's more important than any other medium that that they're easy to read, because you're trying to divide your attention between the subtitles and everything else you need to think about," Brown says.
Make sure to watch the full video to see Brown's arguments for why developers should take more care to ensure everyone can enjoy their games.
As Hitman 2 gets closer to release, IO Interactive is making sure players familiarize themselves with the game's first season. A free Summer DLC pack is releasing tomorrow and the third episode Marrakesh is coming along with it.Tomorrow the HITMAN: Summer Pack arrives. Giving you access to download Episode 3: Marrakesh. It's FREE to download for a limited time only. ☀️😎 Don't miss out! pic.twitter.com/iE9iWD8MEv — HITMAN (@Hitman) July 16, 2018
Marrakesh is home to civil unrest and seemingly multiple people behind it. Players can use underground tunnels, elite guard units, APC guns, and even falling art to kill their targets.
It is not clear how long the episode will be free to download, but you should be able to download it regardless of what other Hitman content you own. Hitman 2, which is releasing as a single disc and not in episodic format, will be out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 13.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts talked a little bit today about the creation of the Metal Gear Solid movie, which he intends to direct, but he already has his eyes toward another video game franchise: Metroid.
In an interview with IGN, Voght-Roberts talked about wanting to the sci-fi franchise justice and his ideas for what the movie could be.
“I have a pitch for a Metroid movie," Voght-Roberts said. "They’ll never let me. It’s too crazy. It legitimately would be [Samus] alone. It would be a little bit of her talking to herself. As soon as they introduce other talking characters in those games, to me it loses everything. You put her alone and it’s almost got more to do with the silence of a movie like Drive. Like the quietness. and having it be like a real, intense mood piece, but mixed with sci-fi.”
Voght-Roberts talked a bit about how Super Metroid influenced him and his filmmaking style. It seems unlikely Nintendo would ever go for it, but considering that the studio that made Minions is making a Super Mario movie, stranger things have happened.
Who would be your ideal director for a Metroid movie?
He's right that I'm sure Nintendo would never let him do that, and some studio executive would run in screaming at the idea even if Nintendo said yes, but I'd probably watch that.
Back in April, Nintendo announced a contest for people to take their newly-purchased Labo kits and decorate them in interesting and creative ways. In the three categories Nintendo set (Best Decorated Toy-Con, Best Toy-Con Mod Using Toy-Con Garage, and Best Original Invention Using Toy-Con Garage), three winners were chosen in each category, so we'll show off a few right here.
One of the winners of the Best Decorated Toy-Con is this Zelda-themed piano with a Master Sword sticking out the top.
For best mod, this entry made a Simon Says out of the Labo house.
The original invention category is the most likely one to blow people away and this solar-powered Labo accordion with a Switch inside of it goes even beyond those lofty expectations.
You can find all the winners here.
The next contest, which has the much broader categories of "Kids, Customizations, and Creativity," allows contestants to win a cardboard-themed Switch which isn't available anywhere else. That one runs from July 19 to August 20.
Looking forward to Jump Force but feel like it needs a much more super-deformed artstyle? Konami might have your back with the newly announced Jump Stadium, a four-player Smash Bros.-like for mobile phones.
The announcement trailer goes through characters by the decades and shows off every single character, including a number of deep dives and a lot of obvious choices. You can check out the trailer below.
A western release has not been announced, but it's not terribly difficult to download games from other regions on your phone. It is also likely that the game will have more characters added to it as time goes on, so the base roster is likely to expand even further.
Which characters would you most like to see added?
It feels like Stranger Things' second season just came out, but Netflix is already teasing the third season with a commercial for Hawkins' Starcourt mall.
The commercial is about as 1980s as you can get, complete with nostalgia of stores long past, cool guys standing around with walkmans and sunglasses on inside, and neon signs. Check out the short teaser below.
The teaser ends with "Coming Next Summer!", so that is likely the target date for season three. Where do you expect the show will go next year?
Ubisoft has revealed that mobile title Hungry Shark World will be coming to consoles on July 17 after 500 million downloads on mobile.
The Shark series, created by Ubisoft studio Future Games of London, has had multiple games on mobile platforms, with Hungry Shark World being the sixth. Hungry Shark World lets players swim around, fight other sharks and aquatic life as multiple types of shark, and obviously eat people. You can check out the announcement/launch trailer below.
While the title is free to play on mobile, it is unclear what the pricing structure will be on consoles. Ubisoft did explain that the game will be optimized for consoles and also run better on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X than the base consoles.
Hungry Shark World releases on July 17 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch.
Getting through the Mega Man X games, especially some of the later ones, can be fairly difficult. If you're someone who gets frustrated by one-hit kills, bosses that seem to track you when short-hopping and take out half your lifebar, or infrequent checkpoints, the games can be hair-pullingly tough to play through with a lack of time.
Mega Man X Collection is thus introducing Rookie Hunter Mode, a difficulty toggle which can be done per game or for every game in the main menu. In Mega Man X 1-3, the mode simply halves the damage you take. In 4-8, it also prevents you from instantly dying to spikes bottomless pits. Much like Mega Man Legacy Collection's various modifiers, you can simply choose not to use it if you don't need it.
Additionally, the trophy/achievement lists for the collections have come out, hinting at a secret image for players to find. Almost exactly a year ago, Capcom included an image of what turned out to be concept art of Mega Man 11 inside the Mega Man Legacy Collection, so perhaps they are doing something similar again.
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2 launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on July 24.
I don't mind the easy mode, especially if you can toggle it for specific levels and then turn it back off. Some of the later games can get rough with their spike-heavy design, so it's...
Duncan Jones teased his next project on twitter with a small trailer that heavily implies he's working on Rogue Trooper. The Hollywood director even goes as far as shaving a blue mohawk into his hair, one of the elements of the comic book series.
Originally an '80s comic series published in 2000 AD, Rogue Trooper follows a futuristic, genetically manufactured super-soldier by the name of Rogue, who is seeking revenge for his fallen comrades at the hands of their general. His fellow soldiers have been downloaded into his gear and accompany him on his quest for vengeance.
Duncan Jones' teaser mentions 2000 A.D., the year Rogue Trooper takes place and even the universe it resides in. Jones leaves nothing to the imagination.As promised... pic.twitter.com/6y3pzn2Cn1 — Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) July 15, 2018
Rogue Trooper recently appeared on current generation consoles in the form of Rogue Trooper: Redux, a remake of Rebellion's game from 2006. The game met middling reviews, in its original form and the remake. Duncan Jones wrote and directed the Warcraft movie in 2016 and also directed Moon, Source Code and Mute, so hopefully he's a good fit for Rogue Trooper.