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Gearbox Reveals Godfall Expansion and PS4 Version at E3

Hail, exalted knights! Counterplay Games’ Senior Technical Producer, Dick Heyne, melted faces at today’s Gearbox E3 Showcase with a look at some of the exciting new content coming to the epic looter-slasher Godfall on August 10th, including the Fire & Darkness expansion and free Lightbringer update. A PlayStation 4 version was also confirmed and will feature cross-gen co-op and a free upgrade path to the PlayStation 5 version.

Counterplay Games has continually updated Godfall since its release as a PlayStation 5 launch title, with a focus on incorporating community-requested features and quality of life enhancements.

Fire & Darkness and Lightbringer take the game to a whole new level with the introduction of the Fire Realm – the largest realm to date, new story missions and cutscenes, endgame matchmaking beta, new endgame activities, a new mode, and nearly 100 new loot and cosmetic items.

Godfall Fire & Darkness will be coming to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Epic Games Store on August 10th.

Stay in the loop with all upcoming announcements and reveals at Godfall.com, and the official Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube channels!

Brand New Trailers for Tales of Arise and The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes Revealed During Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest Kick Off

During the Summer Game Fest Kick Off earlier today, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. premiered two all-new trailers that are sure to satiate fans hungry to explore exciting new worlds.

Tales of Arise

Tales of Arise carries the DNA of the much-loved Tales of franchise while also introducing advanced graphics and an evolved combat system to help push the series into the future. A new “Atmospheric Shader” developed by BANDAI NAMCO Studios adds subtle touches to the look and feel of the world evoking a hand-drawn painting. Combat has also evolved, allowing for a better sense of spectacle and direct player feedback based upon their actions. The graphics, combat system, characters, and story all work together to present a vivid and realized world that will immerse players as they are transported to the many environments and biomes they will explore throughout their time with Tales of Arise. Tales of Arise will launch in the Americas on September 10, 2021 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC via STEAM.

In addition to the standard, Digital Deluxe and Ultimate Edition versions now available for pre-order, Tales of Arise will have a physical Collector’s Edition exclusive to the BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. online store. The Collector’s Edition is now available for pre-order and comes with the following items:

    • Standard Edition of Tales of Arise
    • Exclusive 18-cm Alphen and Shionne figurine
    • Steelbook case
    • 64-page hardcover art book
    • Physical CD soundtrack

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes

The place… Iraq. The time… 2003. In the shadow of the Zagros mountains a military unit comes under fire from Iraqi forces. The resulting firefight causes an earth tremor where both sides fall into the ruins of a buried Sumerian temple. With all communication with the outside world severed, our protagonists are trapped in a terrifying underworld they must navigate to escape – unaware that something ancient and evil has awakened in the shadows and has found new prey to hunt. Horrific discoveries and impossible decisions now face the survivors as they strive to escape the terrifying threat they’ve awakened. Will they each prioritize their own survival, or put aside their fears and personal rivalries to fight together as one against these underworld monsters? The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes will release in the Americas on October 22, 2021 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC via STEAM.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes will also have an exclusive Pazuzu Edition, which includes the House of Ashes game, the Pazuzu Edition box, an exclusive underworld creature figurine (9x9x10cm), a metal pin, exclusive art print, stickers, and access to the pre-order bonus, known as The Curator’s Cut. Day-1 access to The Curator’s Cut opens up previously unavailable scenes with different playable characters and outcomes.

Observer: System Redux Shows New Next-Gen Gameplay at Tokyo Game Show

Bloober Team has shown new gameplay footage from their upcoming next-gen title, Observer: System Redux. As seen on IGN during Tokyo Game Show 2020 Online, this new gameplay reveals five minutes from the new quests “Errant Signal” and “Her Fearful Symmetry”. 

Cyberpunk is a philosophy of change. The pursuit of modification to perfect the frail human form. But is there a limit to technological progress?” said Piotr Babieno, Bloober Team CEO. “The era of cyberpunk in our game is a dark combination of incredible technical progress and the accompanying downfall of humanity. See for yourself how Observer: System Redux explores these themes in this new gameplay reveal.”

Observer: System Redux is set to release November 10 on PC and Xbox Series X, and November 12 for PlayStation 5 at $29.99 USD and €29.99. 

New DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of An Elusive Age – Definitive Edition Trailer Showcased At TGS 2020

During the SQUARE ENIX PRESENTS at TGS2020 Online, SQUARE ENIX® revealed a new trailer for DRAGON QUEST®XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, giving players a look at the newest features for players to enjoy as they follow the perilous journey of the Luminary: a hunted hero destined to uncover the mystery of his fate, with the help of a charismatic cast of supporting characters. In addition, SQUARE ENIX announced that DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition will be coming to the Epic Games Store on December 4, 2020, alongside its release on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One as an Xbox Play Anywhere title, Windows 10 and PC (Steam®).

The “DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition TGS 2020 Trailer”, which showcases the new character side stories, retro 2D mode, Japanese and English audio,16-bit World of Tickington, and other enhancements, is available here:

SQUARE ENIX also announced that DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age and DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition together have surpassed six million copies shipped and downloaded worldwide on the PlayStation®4 system, STEAM®, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo Switch™.

DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition offers the perfect entry for new adventurers into one of the most revered role-playing game franchise of all time, offering more than 100 hours of content and an array of upgrades and enhancements from the critically acclaimed 2017 release, DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age.

Pre-orders for DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition are now live on the PlayStation®Store, Microsoft Store, STEAM®, and Epic Games Store.

DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition is rated T (Teen) and will be available for the PlayStation®4 system, the Xbox One as an Xbox Play Anywhere title, Windows 10 and PC (Steam®) and the Epic Games Store on December 15, 2020. For more information visit: www.dq11.com

9 Monkeys of Shaolin Joins Koch Media Gamescom Lineup

Buka Entertainment and Koch Media happily announce the that the beat-em-up action game, 9 Monkeys of Shaolin, will be part of the Koch Media digital Gamescom line-up. The game will be available digitally on October 16th for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Players who are interested in seeing the game can have a look at the Koch Media Gamescom page from August 28th to August 30th. Each day from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM PDT, the head of Sobaka Studios Dmitriy Katchkov, as well as special guests Game World Navigator (on Friday) and YuPhoenix (on Saturday and Sunday), will guide the player through 30 minutes of gameplay combined with a Q&A.

About 9 Monkeys of Shaolin:

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War.

9 Monkeys of Shaolin marks a true rebirth of the iconic beat-em-up genre in the vein of old school arcade games. If you had fun playing beat-em-up videogames for hours as a kid, crushing foes left and right, then this new title from the creators of hardcore brawler REDEEMER is definitely for you.

Playing as the simple fisherman, Wei Cheng, you must avenge the death of your friends and family who were slaughtered during a pirate raid of your peaceful village. The game’s main villain is quite a tough nut to crack as he knows the basics of ancient martial arts only mastered by legendary Shaolin monks. Get your trusty battle staff ready for a challenging adventure in Medieval China and for merciless fights with hordes of various enemies.

Action-packed battles, user friendly controls and incredible atmosphere of great kung-fu movies of the 1970s – all this makes 9 Monkeys of Shaolin a perfect choice for every true fan of hardcore brawlers.

KEY FEATURES:

  • 3 unique fighting styles – Fight on earth, in the air, or use mysterious magic seals. Combine these elements to defeat every enemy in your way
  • Captivating narrative – Discover the fascinating story of Wei Cheng and follow him as he rises from a simple fisherman to the master of Shaolin martial arts
  • Stunning visual style – Unique combination of historical and mystical elements gives you an exciting experience from every scene appears on screen
  • Extensive character development system – You learn multiple paths to victory as you discover various unlockable perks, items and fighting styles
  • More than 25 different levels – Chinese villages, pirate ship, Buddhist monasteries, Japanese mansions, ancient ruins and many more
  • Co-op play – Invite your friend to help you fight through growing waves of enemies and complete the game together

Tune in to the livestream here: https://www.twitch.tv/nimru, and here https://www.twitch.tv/yuphoenix.

Devolver Direct Set to Reveal Cool Shit, Complicate Cinematic Universes on July 11

Devolver Digital’s signature marketing spectacle, the Devolver Direct, returns this year with a smattering of new reveals and a whooole new weirdly wonderful layer for its cinematic universe. If there’s a film equivalent to a seven-layer burrito, damn are we ever getting close.

Amid a groundbreaking new level of tedious digital showcases, Devolver Digital aims to raise the bar for overrated marketing videos with this year’s Devolver Direct on July 11 at 12:00PM Pacific Time. The seventh best indie game label will step up to the plate once more and whiff real hard with a live pre-recorded presentation on Twitch [http://twitch.tv/twitchgaming] and Steam.

This year’s showcase continues the tradition of overpromises with new game reveals, gameplay reveals, release date announcements, and special guests from the industry to help usher in these important marketing bullet points. And it’s nearly all gameplay because that’s what the youths of today demand.

The astonishing misuse of marketing budget will end with a few surprises and game demos available to play by the unwashed masses including Carrion, Disc Room, and an unannounced game. Maybe another game too, who can really tell where this is all leading.

Devolver Digital fans and detractors can catch up on the unnecessarily intricate narrative to the ongoing saga by watching last year’s Devolver Direct and begin their uninformed speculation at on Discord [http://discord.gg/devolverdigital].

Be sure to join the masses July 11 at noon PT for announcements, sweet sweet gameplay, and to hopefully catch an appearance from our favorite chief synergy officer.

Closed Beta Date Revealed During Show-stopping Gameplay Reveal of Mortal Shell

Two months since its breathtaking debut trailer amassed two million views in a single day, the uncompromising action-RPG Mortal Shell returned to the world stage this week with its first ever gameplay demonstration, followed by a stunning new trailer that revealed the game’s widely anticipated Closed Beta will commence July 3.

The showcase aired during the IGN Summer of Gaming event on Wednesday, opening with never-before-seen gameplay footage of Harros, one of the game’s four playable Shells. The demonstration follows Harros as he descends into the Crypt of Martyrs, a long-forgotten shrine now frozen and guarded by desperate adversaries.

This was followed by a new trailer centered around Eredrim, another of the game’s four Shells, whose path is resisted by formidable and awe-inspiring foes. At the conclusion of the trailer, developer Cold Symmetry and publisher Playstack also revealed that the game’s highly-anticipated Closed Beta will span one week and commence Friday, July 3 (visit the Discord Server for details and to register).

There’s more to come. Mortal Shell is set to take center stage again this week, with another scintillating gameplay video and all-new trailer scheduled to take place during the PCGaming Show on Saturday.

We’re excited for you to begin your perilous journey through the melancholy world of Mortal Shell,” said the founders of Cold Symmetry in a joint statement. “We made this game for you, those who enjoy persevering through lands of sorrow, discovering your own purpose.

Harvey Elliott, Chief Executive of Playstack said: “From the moment we first met Cold Symmetry we foresaw how Mortal Shell could achieve something quite extraordinary: capturing the hearts of one of the most impenetrable game audiences in the world. It’s common in publishing to claim that a game has exceeded expectations, but on every possible metric Mortal Shell has done this.

Painstakingly designed by a prized coalition of veteran developers who are credited with working on some of the biggest AAA titles on the market, Mortal Shell is an uncompromising, authentic, and hauntingly beautiful action-RPG built upon the ruthless traditions of the soulslike genre.

Join the Mortal Shell Discord community here. Follow Mortal Shell on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Mortal Shell is scheduled for a Q3 release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, published by Playstack. Visit www.MortalShell.com for more details.

Borderlands 3’s Second Campaign Add-On and Steam Release Date Announced at PAX East

Borderlands 3 releases on Steam on March 13 with PC crossplay. Second campaign expansion – Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock – launches March 26 across all platforms.

Who needs March Madness when Borderlands 3 is bringing you March Mayhem? During the Gearbox Main Theater Show at PAX East earlier today, Gearbox and 2K shared some big announcements regarding content coming to Borderlands 3 next month and beyond.

First, on March 13, Borderlands 3 will launch on Steam, with PC crossplay between Steam and the Epic Games Launcher. Thanks to some new SHiFT matchmaking functionality, you’ll be able to add friends to your Friends List, join co-op parties, and play together online regardless of which PC platform each player is using. Gearbox plans to roll out additional PC crossplay features – such as the ability to mail weapons across platforms – in the weeks following the game’s launch on Steam. Aspiring Vault Hunters can add Borderlands 3 to their Steam Wishlist now.

Then on March 26, you can dive into Borderlands 3‘s second campaign add-on for a surprisingly dangerous engagement party in Guns, Love, and Tentacles: The Marriage of Wainwright & Hammerlock. Sir Alistair Hammerlock and Wainwright Jakobs are finally tying the knot, and they want you to come celebrate their upcoming nuptials on the ice planet of Xylourgos. Its frozen wastes have thinned out all but the most vicious wildlife, and the eerie town of Cursehaven – where you’ve all agreed to meet – is located beneath the colossal carcass of a fallen Vault Monster.

As if this ice world’s biting cold and vicious wildlife weren’t unwelcoming enough, a band of creepy occultists who worship the Vault Monster’s carcass are hellbent on breaking up the betrothed partners. You’ll have to fight back the forces of otherworldly evil if Wainwright and Hammerlock are to have their happily ever after. Luckily, the most badass wedding planner in the galaxy has your back: Gaige, a fugitive Vault Hunter (and returning fan-favorite character) who’s inseparable from her robot BFF Deathtrap. And that’s not all:

  • Reunite with old friends and team up with some eerie new characters to help true love triumph over eldritch horror;
  • Confront bloodthirsty enemies and formidable bosses, including alien beasts, hideously mutated occultists, and a clan of cold-blooded bandits;
  • Delve into the disturbing and occasionally daft backstories of cursed townfolk in a host of spine-tingling side missions;
  • Arm your Vault Hunter with some of the deadliest gear in the galaxy, including a trove of additional Legendaries and some supremely powerful Class Mods; and,
  • Flaunt your sense of style with a slew of new cosmetic items, from Vault Hunter Heads & Skins to interactive Room Decorations and all-new Vehicle Skins.

Guns, Love, and Tentacles will put the love back in Lovecraft starting March 26 and is included with the Borderlands 3 Season Pass and Super Deluxe Edition, just like Moxxi’s Heist of The Handsome Jackpot

In addition to announcing the game’s second expansion, Gearbox and 2K also shared a sneak peek of Borderlands 3’s third campaign add-on, which will arrive this Summer. To see the concept art shared during today’s panel, just click right here. In case that’s not enough of a hint, we’ve got three words for you: outlaws and dinosaurs. We’re excited to tell you more about Borderlands 3‘s third and fourth campaign add-ons at a later date.

Gearbox and 2K also unveiled a content roadmap outlining the events and updates coming to Borderlands 3 this spring, all of which will be free to all players. First up in April are Mayhem Mode 2.0 and the Revenge of the Cartels seasonal event. Mayhem Mode 2.0 will overhaul Borderlands 3’s end-game by reinventing the ways in which Mayhem modifiers work. Revenge of the Cartels will see you tracking down and taking out cartel operatives to earn event-specific rewards.

Then in May, the second Takedown arrives! Much like Takedown at the Maliwan Blacksite – which released last November – the Guardian Takedown will offer some of the most challenging content in the game. This intense standalone mission will be themed after the mysterious Eridians and will feature not only new bosses but new gear and cosmetics as well. The difficulty will scale to the size of the player party by default. However, if you want to experience the Takedown in its true form, you can select “True Takedown Mode,” which tunes the difficulty for a party of four fully leveled-up Vault Hunters regardless of party size.

We’ll have more to share about each of these content drops as they draw nearer, so stay tuned. And remember, there’s plenty of mayhem in store for the latter half of 2020. For now, be sure to catch up on the full PAX East panel on our Twitch channel to see Gearbox Software Studio Head Randy Pitchford chat with famed director Eli Roth about Eli’s involvement in the upcoming Borderlands movie, which is currently in development with Lionsgate and Arad Productions.

For more information about Borderlands 3’s features and content, please visit borderlands.com.

Dark Envoy Gameplay Trailer Released to Kick-off Gamescom

Building off the positive response to the announcement of Event Horizon’s upcoming title Dark Envoy, the developers have released a new trailer showing a taste of what gameplay awaits Gamescom attendees this week. A non-linear RPG, Dark Envoy offers free world exploration with an emphasis on tactical combat layered with lore and strategy.

Explore the world using a Skyship as your base of operations. Seek mythical locations, and procedurally generated dungeons with optional tactical objectives. Choose wisely where to travel however, as the world map adjusts with the passing of in-game time. Locations will randomly respawn, becoming progressively more challenging for you and your party.

Wishlist on Steam here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/945770/Dark_Envoy/

KEY FEATURES

  • Non-linear RPG with turn-based combat accompanied by a real-time pre-combat phase where tactics and party power are equally important.
  • Player choices impact the world: it can be destroyed or saved, and the stories that unfold will lead to multiple endings reflecting the characters’ personalities and decisions.
  • Co-written by Michael Chatfield, an Amazon Top 100 Science Fiction / Fantasy writer.
  • 15 unique character classes to discover – with the ability to mix skill trees – including some rare classes which can only be found in remote locations or through chained quests.
  • Combat animations recorded using the studio’s own mocap and a kung-fu master acting out various fighting styles.
  • Can be played solo, two player co-op, as well as a new mode called Player vs World where Player 2 acts as the final boss seeking to destroy Player 1 before they become too powerful.
  • High-replayability factor due to large pool of quests and world events. One cannot uncover all of the content in a single playthrough.

Dark Envoy is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One late 2020.