Experience Innovative Tactical Co-Op in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction, Available Now

Today, Ubisoft announced that Rainbow Six Extraction is now available with full cross-play, cross-save, and cross-progression on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Stadia, Amazon Luna, the Ubisoft Store, Windows PC, and the Epic Games Store. The game will be available day one with Xbox Game Pass, and players can also subscribe to Ubisoft+ on PC, Stadia and Amazon Luna.*

With development led by Ubisoft Montreal and supported by associate Ubisoft studios in Bucharest, Bordeaux, and Saguenay, Rainbow Six Extraction is a tactical online co-op PVE experience for up to three players, featuring beloved Operators from the Rainbow Six universe hand-selected to engage, contain, and eliminate a lethal, mutating alien threat.

Both Rainbow Six Siege players and those looking for a new PVE co-op game will be challenged by an unknown alien threat, known as the Archæans, in Rainbow Six Extraction. Set in four regions across the U.S., containment zones are dominated by the alien parasite, creating an evolving and unstable ecosystem within their walls.

Choose from 18 Rainbow Six operators, each equipped with specialized REACT gear, weapons, gadgets, and abilities to learn and master. With each incursion, every squad will face the difficult choice of pushing deeper for greater rewards or extracting – failing to extract means their Operator goes MIA, making them temporarily unavailable. Prepare to launch into thrilling and challenging high-stakes missions and risk it all.

The Standard Edition is available now for $39.99, which includes free post-launch content, a deep gear and ability progression system, four adjustable difficulty levels, over 90 weapons and gadgets, 12 dynamic maps, 13 mission types, unpredictable enemy mutations, and more.  More content awaits players in Rainbow Six Extraction, with a sizeable amount of free and game-changing post-launch content coming alongside an evolving endgame available at launch. The Deluxe Edition, which includes everything from the Standard Edition alongside three bonus packs, is available for $49.99.

To ensure a smooth rollout for all players, Rainbow Six Extraction’s Buddy Pass program will be held until shortly after launch, giving game owners the opportunity to invite two friends to play online co-op with them from any platform for up to 14 days, even if they don’t own the game.

Rainbow Six Extraction is available now via Game Pass on Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, and Windows PC, as well as on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Stadia, Amazon Luna, Ubisoft+, the Ubisoft Store, and the Epic Games Store.

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Blackwind Brutally Terminates Alien Threat on Consoles, PC, Mac Today

Blackwind, the sci-fi action-platformer with hack-and-slash combat, from Drakkar Dev and publisher Blowfish Studios, touches down today on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and Mac via Steam and GOG, as well as the Mac App Store. Physical versions lock-on to retail shelves courtesy of Perp Games on Friday, 21 Jan 2022, in European regions with North American copies arriving at a later date.

The alien-infested planet of Medusa-42 acquires an unexpected savior when James Hawkins, a regular teen with no prior military experience, makes a crash landing on the once peaceful mining colony. Equipped with his father’s revolutionary battle mech prototype and an advanced A.I. companion, Blackwind, hope is not lost. Together they must fight their way through Raknos forces, find Hawkins’ father, and save what’s left of the planet.

Leap and grapple throughout imaginative sci-fi landscapes, equipping energy blades, missiles, grenades, and more to hack-and-slash through hordes of Raknos spawn. Employ a wide range of melee and ranged attacks before unleashing brutal termination finishers and moving onto the next foe. Decipher brain-testing environmental puzzles across the Medusa terrain to snuff out the Raknos threat and solve the mystery behind their true mission.

Trek through dense forests, scale snowy mountaintops, and creep through haunting abandoned military outposts alone or with a fellow soldier in local co-op mode. Move perfectly in sync while Player One controls the Battle Frame and Player Two deploys a detachable Drone to hone in and eliminate targets. Advance through one of three difficulty modes and customize the Battle Frame thanks to three different skill trees filled to the brim with dozens of abilities and upgrade options.

Blackwind is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure made by long-time fans of classic space marine action stories,” said Manlio Greco, Designer, Drakkar Dev. “We’re really proud to bring its diverse gameplay style, beautiful landscapes, and captivating story to fans today. Suit up and get to slicing!”

Blackwind is available now for $24.99 / £19.99 / €24.99 with support for English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese language options.

For more information, please visit the official Blackwind website and join the Blowfish Studios community on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as search for #Blackwind on social media.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Gets April 5 Launch Date and New Game Overview Trailer

Warner Bros. Games, TT Games, the LEGO Group and Lucasfilm Games today revealed a new game overview trailer for LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga, which is set to release on April 5th, 2022 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch™ and PC. In what will be the biggest and most visually striking LEGO Star Wars game yet, the trailer gives an in-depth look into the gameplay and the freedom offered to players by showcasing the new combat mechanics, a wide range of characters and character classes, a vast galaxy to explore, and much more! In true LEGO form, players will relive the epic story of all nine films in the Skywalker Saga, and it all starts with picking the trilogy of their choice to begin the journey.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga lets players experience battles like never before in a LEGO game as players can string different attacks together to form combo chains and fend off oncoming attacks. New blaster controls and mechanics allow players to aim with precision and take cover to plot their next move or utilize the skills of a Jedi by wielding a lightsaber and using the power of The Force.

Players can traverse space using the galaxy map on their holoprojector to chart their course through the saga, progressively unlocking planets to explore along the way. During space travel, players may engage in heroic dog fights against enemy ships, piloting legendary vehicles like the Millennium Falcon™, Imperial TIE fighters™, Rebel X-wings™, and many more. Once reaching their destination, players can choose to either continue onwards through the main story or explore and discover exciting quests and puzzles within the galaxy.

Exploration rewards players as they uncover Kyber Bricks which unlock new features and upgraded abilities across a range of character classes, including Jedi, Hero, Dark Side, Villain, Scavenger, Scoundrel, Bounty Hunter, Astromech Droid, and Protocol Droid. Play as iconic characters like Leia™, Yoda™, Boba Fett™, Darth Maul™, Poe™ and over three hundred more unlockable characters from across all nine films in free play mode to create fun, new adventures. From the idyllic grassy hills of Naboo to the desert dunes of Jakku, the LEGO Star Wars galaxy is available to discover and play in.

The trailer also reveals LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will feature Mumble Mode, an option that fans of the classic LEGO Star Wars games can toggle to replace all voices with mumbles!

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is available now for digital pre-order. Consumers that digitally pre-order the game will receive early access to the Trooper Character Pack on launch day. The pack will be available a month after launch for those that purchase the Character Collection (season pass with all seven character packs) or à la carte. Digital buyers can also unlock the Classic Obi-Wan Kenobi™ playable character that is not available for purchase à la carte. The physical version of the Deluxe Edition will include an exclusive LEGO Star Wars minifigure, Luke Skywalker with Blue Milk.

Join the LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga conversation on Facebook (LEGOStarWarsGame), Twitter (@LSWGAME), Instagram (LEGOStarWarsGame) and YouTube (LEGOStarWarsGame).

Synth Riders Free Weekend on Steam begins today

Fans of active VR games are in for a treat this weekend, as Synth Riders is free-to-play for everyone on Steam. The full version of the game is free to download and play starting today at 10AM PT through Sunday, 10AM PT, making it the perfect time to put on the dancing shoes, bring friends, and check out this popular rhythm title.

Synth Riders is an award-winning VR rhythm game from Kluge Interactive, combining action and dance for an immersive musical experience that activates the entire body – a perfect way to get moving again after the Holiday break!

The Free Weekend event gives unlimited access to the full version of the game on Steam, including 56 licensed songs, custom song support, and cross-platform Multiplayer for up to 10 people. Players are invited to experiment with multiple game-changing modifiers, including a recently introduced, mind-bending Spiral Mode.

Even though this Free Weekend can only be made available for Steam, Oculus Quest players are always able to try the game for free at any time, thanks to the generous Synth Riders Demo available on AppLab.

“We are very excited to welcome all players curious about Synth Riders who haven’t had a chance to play it yet. With VR, being able to try a game for yourself is crucial, and offers a very different experience to just watching a trailer or looking at screenshots. We hope that everyone will really enjoy playing Synth Riders, and can’t wait to see you all in Multiplayer!” – Abraham Aguero Benzecri – Creative Director at Kluge Interactive

Synth Riders can be played for free on Steam from Thursday, January 20th, 10AM PT to Sunday, January 23rd, 1PM PT. The game supports all SteamVR headsets, including Oculus Quest via Link or Virtual Desktop. Players can save 45% by taking advantage of a time-limited discount to keep on riding when the Free Weekend ends.

Everyone interested in more news and promotions from Synth Riders are invited to subscribe to the Newsletter and join the official communities on Discord and Facebook.

WRC 10 Nintendo Switch Release Date Announced

Following the critical and commercial success of the PC, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox One and Xbox Series versions on September 2, NACON and KT Racing Studio are pleased to announce that WRC 10, the official video game of the FIA World Rally Championship, will be available on Nintendo Switch™ on March 29, 2022 in North America and Match 17 in Europe.

The anniversary edition of WRC celebrating 50 years of the competition is still packed with new features and thrills. The historical mode allows players to relive 23 events that have marked the history of the Championship. With more content than ever, WRC 10 is a tribute to 50 years of rallying that will delight fans. The popular Career Mode is also present in the Switch™ version with the addition of a livery editor and the ability to create your own team. You can now put your colors on the championship cars, based on around 30 vehicles present in the WRC, WRC 2, WRC 3, Junior WRC categories, but also the game’s historic vehicles, alongside the 52 official teams of the 2021 season. Take up the challenge with your personalized team!

WRC 10 is now on PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Steam PC and Epic Games Store, and will be launched on Nintendo Switch on March 29 in North America and March 17 in Europe.

VR Horror Game, Deadness Launching on Steam Q1 of 2022

Deadness takes you on a journey where you find yourself confined to a wheelchair in a gloomy old research facility. Experience real fear and anxiety helplessly confined to a wheelchair in a super-realistic VR environment.

In Deadness, the spine-chilling eerie spaces and your imagination will fuel your fear leading you to the realization that something terrible has happened here. Trying to hide from the undead will make your heart race and take your breath away because you cannot kill what is already dead.

Deadness looks and feels realistic. Unlike other VR games, where players suffer from motion sickness, the game has a unique mechanic where you can only move using your hands which control all the movements as you would in real life sitting on a wheelchair. Watch the player movements here.

Features

  • Intuitive controls
  • Naturalistic looking graphics
  • Horror atmosphere
  • Move only using your hands

Indie game developers ALIEN Studio will be releasing a horror VR game, Deadness on Steam VR, Vive, and Valve Index, Q1 of 2022.

Kalypso announces Matchpoint – Tennis Championships

Publisher Kalypso Media and Australian developer Torus Games have today announced Matchpoint – Tennis Championships, a brand-new title that delivers authentic gameplay and an immersive tennis experience. Matchpoint – Tennis Championships is scheduled for release in Spring 2022 for PlayStation 4|5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Nintendo Switch™.

An immersive announcement trailer gives a first look into the tennis simulator, which focuses on realistic scenarios and player reactions in the exciting world of tennis. By using the right tactics, intelligent player positioning, and utilizing authentic ball physics which are a central part of the gameplay – players will be able to top the tennis tables in tournaments and competitions around the world. Sophisticated character animations and unprecedented player control are combined within Matchpoint – Tennis Championships, creating realistic rallies in which every swing of the racket counts.

Key Features:

  • Start your journey in single-player or online multiplayer. A deep career mode featuring a merit-based ranking system allows for accurate and competitive matchmaking.
  • Create your 3D tennis star. Choose your look, fashion, and play style with an array of customization options, including true-to-life techniques such as left-or right-handed, one-handed, or two-handed backhand.
  • Dominate the court as a tennis professional. Matchpoint – Tennis Championships features 16 real-life international tennis stars from the professional circuit, including Nick Kyrgios, Kei Nishikori, and Amanda Anisimova.
  • Fully customize your athlete and wearables. The game features gear from all of tennis’ name-brands, including UNIQLO, HEAD, and many more – giving players the chance to use their equipment, from rackets to clothing. Unlock special equipment by winning competitive matches.
  • Master all strokes and shots in grand style. Determine the outcome of a rally by choosing the best technique for the time: topspin, flat, lob or slice shot.
  • Take on opponents in local or online matches: Defeat challenging AI opponents or challenge your friends and rivals to a virtual tennis duel.
  • Study your rival’s moves and tactics. Watch your opponents and get to know their strengths and weaknesses to gain a tactical advantage before you even hit the court.
  • Practice makes perfect: Hire a personal coach to hone your skills. Enhance your strengths and diminish your weaknesses with an in-game coaching system of individual training modules.
  • Fine-tune your tactics in Practice and Training modes: Jump into various mini-games to hone your perfect game and become a force to be reckoned with on the court.
  • Compete in exhibition matches at spectacular venues around the globe. Each court has its unique characteristics; study your arenas of play and adapt your game to grass, clay, and hard courts.
  • Replay mode. Capture your fiercest rallies and decisive matchpoints on film and study the outcomes to improve your game.As a modern tennis game, Matchpoint – Tennis Championships promises a dynamic and immersive gaming experience with an extensive career mode and a unique rivalry system. At the time of release, 16 well-known tennis stars will be integrated into Matchpoint – Tennis Championships. From the current number two in the world ranking list Danill Medvedev – to other top ten world ranked players such as Garbine Muguruza, Andrey Rublev, Casper Ruud and Hubert Hurkaczs. More renowned players will also be playable, with Nick Kyrgios, Benoit Paire, Heather Watson, Hugo Gaston, Madison Keys, Victoria Azarenka, Carlos Alcaraz, and Pablo Carreno Busta.

    Taylor Fritz, Amanda Anisimova, and Kei Nishikori will also be part of the launch, and together with Garbine Muguruza and Danill Medvedev – they have expressed their enthusiasm and anticipation for Matchpoint – Tennis Championships in the included video testimonials.

The integration of sports and fashion brands such as Uniqlo, Nike, and Head, all integrated into the game and the players’ equipment, will also add an authentic atmosphere in Matchpoint – Tennis Championships.

Annapurna Interactive’s The Artful Escape Launching January 25 on Switch, PlayStation

The Artful Escape, published by Annapurna Interactive and developed by Beethoven & Dinosaur, is launching on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on January 25 for $19.99.

First released this past September on Xbox and PC and nominated for three 2021 Game Awards, The Artful Escape is a musical narrative adventure about a teenage guitar prodigy who sets out on a psychedelic, multidimensional journey to inspire his stage persona. Through light platforming, intergalactic guitar jam sessions and snazzy character customization, players step into the shoes of Francis Vendetti as he faces the shadow of his late uncle, a deceased folk legend, on the eve of Francis’s first show. The game features voice performances by Michael Johnston, Caroline Kinley, Lena Headey, Jason Schwartzman, Mark Strong and Carl Weathers.

For all the latest updates on the game, follow Annapurna Interactive and The Artful Escape.

Play it Again and Again – Time Master is Out Now on Steam

MorpheusZ Games is thrilled to announce that the puzzle-filled platformer Time Master is now available on Steam. Time Master combines beautifully crafted graphics with tightly timed repeatable puzzles, featuring a charming, fully voice-acted story filled with surprises and laughs.

Time Master follows the story of Zeno, a wizard who has regrettably banished his sister to a prison vortex (whether it was an accident or sibling rivalry remains to be seen). After swearing never to use time magic again, Zeno is faced with the dilemma of using it to free his sister and risk another prisoner of the vortex escaping. As they unfold Zeno’s journey, players are treated to a series of fully voice-acted cinematic cutscenes.

Players will guide Zeno as he works with his past self to complete a wide variety of timed puzzles to recover time fragments. Rewind and freeze time at strategic moments to overcome the obstacles of each puzzle and obtain the needed fragments. Those looking to challenge themselves can replay levels to try and complete them in a faster time and earn additional time fragments.

A list of features include:

  • Experience a fully voice-acted cinematic story that delivers surprises and laughs.
  • Take on the challenge of the Ancients and master a wide variety of puzzle mechanics.
  • Use Zeno’s ability to rewind time and collaborate with his past self to overcome obstacles.
  • Recover time fragments by either unlocking trials and completing them in the order you choose or by perfecting previously completed trials.
  • Oh, and help Zeno get his sister back that he “accidentally” banished.

Time Master is ready to take players on a whimsical adventure where strategy and quick wit are of the essence. Players can take advantage of a limited-time discount and snag this charming, challenging, and comedic title for $8.99 (40% off). To talk strategy with fellow Time Masters or get hints on the game’s wide variety of puzzles, join the official Discord. For more information on Time Master, follow the game on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.