Category Archives: Live Event Coverage

Dragon’s Dogma™ 2 Announced During Dragon’s Dogma™ 10th Anniversary Digital Celebration

In today’s “10 Years of Dragon’s Dogma” Developer Video, Dragon’s Dogma™ director Hideaki Itsuno announced the highly anticipated Dragon’s Dogma™ 2 is now in production using Capcom’s RE ENGINE. This highly anticipated reveal followed a discussion of the inspirations behind the monsters, combat, and unique gameplay mechanics that define the high-fantasy world and open-world action of Dragon’s Dogma. The much-awaited sequel was announced with the reveal of the logo for the upcoming title.

Itsuno began the developer video by recounting how classic pen-and-paper role-playing games introduced him to the genre of high fantasy and RPGs as a whole. After these early experiences captured his heart, Itsuno went on to develop a passion for arcade and action titles, especially the combat of Capcom’s Street Fighter™ II. By the year 2000, Itsuno had released multiple titles for Capcom’s arcade division and began piecing together the first concepts for a game that would eventually become Dragon’s Dogma. This dream would have to wait however, as Itsuno was assigned to finish the production of Devil May Cry™ 2, and its sequels Devil May Cry™ 3 and Devil May Cry™ 4.

After completing production on the Devil May Cry games, Itsuno returned to his passion project at last. The distinct approach to magic combat and the ability to grapple towering foes already set Dragon’s Dogma apart from its contemporaries, however it was the game’s unique Pawn System that helped cement its place as a fan favorite. This special system was born from Itsuno’s desire to keep the game a single-player experience, while still allowing players to feel connected to one another by sharing the AI companions they create and train. As development progressed, it was the production team’s trips to the United Kingdom that inspired the rolling hills and architectural identity of the world players would explore.

As Itsuno finished looking back at the origins of Dragon’s Dogma, he gave fans the first look at what lies ahead for the series with the surprise reveal of Dragon’s Dogma 2. Itsuno and the Dragon’s Dogma 2 development team including Dragon’s Dogma veterans Daigo Ikeno and Kenichi Suzuki are hard at work creating the sequel, and are excited to share more details in the future.

Latest S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl Trailer Released During Xbox Extended Showcase

During Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase Extended today, Ukrainian developer GSC Game World revealed a new trailer for their immersive horror-simulation FPS S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl. The long-awaited upcoming entry to the popular S.T.A.L.K.E.R franchise will release in 2023 on Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Some of GSC Game World’s employees have decided to defend their country while a part of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl’s development continues in Kyiv. The company has also established a new office in Prague, Czech Republic, where much of the game’s development will take place.

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe is based on three video games as well as numerous books, comics, and fan-fiction pieces. With over 15 million copies sold worldwide, the franchise has been critically acclaimed and fans are eagerly waiting for its return with S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl.

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“A Plague Tale: Requiem” Spotlights from Xbox Showcase, Tribeca Festival & More

Asobo Studio and Focus Entertainment revealed exclusive videos from their upcoming game A Plague Tale: Requiem, the direct sequel to the critically acclaimed and awards-winning A Plague Tale: Innocence. Unveiled yesterday at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022, the new trailer entirely captured on Xbox Series X is available to watch now. The game is also currently being showcased at the prestigious Tribeca Festival in New York City. More to come in the upcoming Focus Entertainment Showcase starring A Plague Tale: Requiem on June 23, including a new extended gameplay trailer and the release date!

Get ready for the next A Plague Tale experience with a taste of Requiem’s gameplay

Discover the action Requiem is about to bring to the A Plague Tale series as the trailer follows Amicia using new weapons—including a crossbow and knives in hand-to-hand combat—and evolving the way players want in a wide variety of environments. Narrative elements complete the sequences to inform of the stakes at play, between the dooming threat of the Macula and the children trying to resist the temptation of open violence.

A Plague Tale: Requiem at Tribeca Festival!

This year’s edition of the renowned Tribeca Festival has started, with the official nomination of A Plague Tale: Requiem to its carefully selected line-up of video games. Discover how A Plague Tale came to life with the team at Asobo Studio.

Stay tuned for the release date reveal with exclusive gameplay on June 23!

A Focus Entertainment Showcase goes live in ten days. Don’t miss its share of exclusive A Plague Tale: Requiem content!

A Plague Tale: Requiem releases later this year on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, PC, and in Cloud Version on Nintendo Switch. The game will be available at launch with Xbox Game Pass for Console, PC and Cloud. Visit the Focus Entertainment Store for more on A Plague Tale: Requiem and the whole Focus catalog.

Bethesda Releases First In-Depth Look at Starfield, Gives First Look at Redfall Gameplay and more at Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase

Here’s the recap of what Bethesda showed off today at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase.

Starfield | Official Gameplay Reveal 

In this first gameplay reveal for Starfield, Todd Howard showcased more details from the game, including exploration of planets, ship customization and piloting, outpost building, advanced RPG and character creation systems, and much more.

Starfield is the first new universe in 25 years from Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4. In this next generation role-playing game set amongst the stars, create any character you want and explore with unparalleled freedom as you embark on an epic journey to answer humanity’s greatest mystery.

The year is 2330. Humanity has ventured beyond our solar system, settling new planets, and living as a spacefaring people. From humble beginnings as a space miner, you will join Constellation – the last group of space explorers seeking rare artifacts throughout the galaxy – and navigate the vast expanse of the Settled Systems in Bethesda Game Studios’ biggest and most ambitious game.

Redfall | Arkane Austin Shares the First Official Look at Redfall Gameplay 

Redfall, the latest game from Arkane Austin, is the open-world, co-op FPS set in the island town of Redfall, Massachusetts that has been overrun by a legion of vampires. The first official gameplay reveal showed off the moment-to-moment gameplay, featuring the continued legacy of creative game mechanics that Arkane Austin is known for.

Players will discover interesting ways to combine the powers and abilities of their teammates to fight off the vampire horde. Redfall features a deep skill system for each character. There’s Devinder, the overly curious cryptozoologist, Layla, the telekinetic college student, Remi, the brilliant and dependable combat engineer, and Jacob, the hardened ex-military sharpshooter.

Familiar Redfall sites like Downtown and seafront boardwalks lead to otherworldly spaces that alter reality in frightening ways. Discover the mystery of Redfall’s vampire threat through narrative-driven action and environmental storytelling.

Fallout 76 | Expeditions: The Pitt Arrives for Free September 2022 

Expeditions: The Pitt is the next major content update for Fallout 76, arriving free for all players this September. Travel beyond the borders of Appalachia to The Pitt – a grim industrial wasteland crippled by conflict and awash with radiation. You will assist the Union, a fledgling band of freedom fighters in a desperate attempt to reclaim their home from a power-hungry raider faction known as the Fanatics.

The new gameplay trailer provides a glimpse of exciting new content coming to Fallout 76: The Pitt this September, including a new location – Pittsburgh, repeatable ever-changing missions for up to four players, new stories and factions, new rewards for players, and new enemies to defeat.

The Elder Scrolls Online | Protect the Legacy of the Bretons in The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle Available Now on PC/MAC and Stadia, and on June 21 for Xbox and PlayStation Consoles 

The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle new gameplay trailer highlights the land of the Bretons and the brand-new Elder Scrolls story coming in the latest Chapter. The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle will launch for console on June 21.

ESO’s more than 20 million players will have access to a never-before-seen location in Tamriel, two all-new companions, a new card game called Tales of Tribute, and hours upon hours of new main story, challenging bosses, and side quests to explore. Players can purchase the new Chapter through the ESO Store, retailer or platform store of their choice. High Isle is available now for PC/MAC and Stadia, and June 21, 2022 for Xbox and PlayStation consoles.

Paradox Unveils First Gameplay Trailer for Victoria 3

Paradox Interactive has unveiled a new trailer for Victoria 3, its highly anticipated historical grand strategy game. This trailer includes the first official look at Victoria 3 gameplay, highlighting how players can overcome challenges, affect policy, and lead their nation. Victoria 3 will launch later this year for PC, and players who want to be notified when the game is available can add it to their wishlist today on Steam.

Set in the rapidly moving 19th and early 20th centuries, Victoria 3 is a deep societal simulation, challenging players to develop a nation through industry, trade and political reform while keeping your population content and well-fed.

A sequel to a beloved cult classic, Victoria 3 builds on Paradox’s established history as a creator of well-researched and highly interactive strategy games, with a strong emphasis on replayability and the opportunity for players to write their own histories in a persuasive and immersive world setting.

Features of Victoria 3 include:

  • Infinite Replayability: Rewrite history as any of dozens of nations from the Victorian Era, from industrial powerhouses like Great Britain and Prussia to populous giants like Russia and Qing China or powers in waiting like Japan or Colonial Canada.
  • Deep Societal Simulation: Every inhabitant of your nation is simulated, whether farmer or clerk, capitalist or craftsman. Each has personal beliefs, political preferences and, most importantly, a standard of living to maintain.
  • Challenging Economic Gameplay: Develop your economy through construction of new buildings and new industries, trading surplus goods in the markets of the world and importing what your population needs to make life affordable.
  • Diplomatic Brinkmanship: Anything you can win through war can also be done at the negotiating table. Open diplomatic plays, calling on allies for support, as you press demands on weaker or rival nations.
  • Political Development: Manage the various political factions in your country through laws and reforms. Will you improve the life of your citizens, if it means angering established authorities?
  • A Living World: Watch the map change before your eyes, as newly constructed railways run between burgeoning cities, many of which were mere hamlets decades before.

INSECTS, Behold; SHODAN Returns

Today, via PC Gaming Show 2022, Prime Matter and Nightdive Studios revealed a brand-new gameplay trailer for System Shock, the remake of the critically acclaimed first-person immersive action-adventure video game from 1994.

The exciting new trailer features the returning voice talents of Terri Brosius as SHODAN (Sentient Hyper-Optimized Data Access Network), a malevolent AI hellbent on humanity’s destruction. A wealth of new gameplay scenes are on display in the trailer, as well as a first look at iconic areas fully-reconstructed by the talented team at Nightdive Studios.

The new System Shock is a fully-fledged remake of the groundbreaking original, pairing its beloved core gameplay with all-new HD visuals, updated controls, an overhauled interface, and remastered sounds and music.

System Shock is available to pre-order for PC and Linux via Steam, GOG, and the Epic Game Store for $44.99. A playable demo can be found on the respective storefronts. System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition will be free for all early buyers. System Shock will also release on PlayStation 4|5 and Xbox One and Series S|X.

Raw Fury Reveals “Ereban: Shadow Legacy”

Raw Fury and Baby Robot Games are happy to announce Ereban: Shadow Legacy with its stunning first trailer created entirely with in-engine footage revealed during this year’s Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase. The action-packed stealth platformer combines stunning graphics and innovative gameplay mechanics in an immersive and new original universe.

In Ereban: Shadow Legacy, players take control of female protagonist Ayana, the last descendant of a long-forgotten race with the power of merging with the shadows. In this fast-paced, story-driven, stealth platformer game, players unravel the mysterious relationship between the cryptic energy megacorporation Helios and Ayana’s lost ancestors in a dying, morally grey universe. Combine Ayana’s agility with her mystical shadow powers and high-tech gadgets to either cleverly avoid or mercilessly defeat anything and anyone that stands in her way as she searches for the truth.

Ereban: Shadow Legacy will be released in 2023 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC – and available day one with both PC and Xbox Game Pass. For more information, visit the official website: https://ereban.com.

Stunning First Gameplay Revealed for Gunpowder & Magic-Fueled Action RPG Flintlock: The Siege Of Dawn

A44 Games (Ashen) and Kepler Interactive (Scorn) revealed the gunpowder-packed and magic-fueled first gameplay video from the upcoming Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn during today’s Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, coming to PC, PlayStation and Xbox consoles (with Day One Xbox Game Pass availability) in early 2023 (https://www.playflintlock.com).

Flintlock introduces players to a wholly unique RPG setting: a gunpowder fantasy world where the gods, long thought to have abandoned humanity, suddenly return, casting open the door to the afterlife in their wake and releasing their army of undead from within. As humanity’s survival is at risk, their fate is left up to Nor Vanek, a member of the Coalition army on a personal quest of vengeance, her foxlike companion, Enki and the power of magic and gunpowder. 

Today’s gameplay video revealed the visually striking, expansive fantasy world – from lush forests full of deadly creatures to coastal hideaways and towering magical cathedrals where players will encounter a myriad of enemies and benevolent allies. The video showcases explosive enemy combat and the arsenal of tools Nor has at her disposal in her epic fight against the dark powers of the gods. Players will take to Flintlock’s vast battlefields, combining and mastering a multitude of brutal melee weapons, explosive firearms and magical abilities. When the fighting is done, players have a chance to rest and enhance their various skills via an expansive skill tree and caravan system.  

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn launches on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC (via Steam and Epic Games Store), Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One in early 2023. Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn will also be available day one with Xbox Game Pass. For more information visit www.playflintlock.com

Enemy of the State announced for PC, PlayStation and Xbox

Publisher Movie Games and developer, Brave Lamb Studio announced Enemy of the State, a top-down co-op shooter revealed during the Future Games Show. This new title by the creators of War Hospital is coming to PC, PlayStation and Xbox in mid-2024. See the Steam page and watch the cinematic trailer.

Enemy of the State is a co-op and single-player top-down shooter set in the world of 1920s crime lords. You’re an aspiring mobster trying to reach the top during the Prohibition era. Gather your friends and perform heists all over the world. Will you build the most powerful crime syndicate in the world?

You are a low-level criminal, with an ethnicity of your choosing, aspiring to become a true mafia boss. Gather your gang and perform all kinds of jobs, all over the world. From heists to turf takeovers to kidnappings and assassinations. Your goal? Same as always. Money, power & respect.

Choose your class, customize your mobster and go conquer the world. Make your background American, African American, Irish, Japanese, or Chinese. Get better, grow stronger, and unlock perks, cosmetics, and outfits.

Feel the kick of Tommyguns, shotguns, revolvers, pistols, dynamite sticks, and other iconic weapons. If you need them to kick harder, upgrade them! And if you’re looking to spice up your action, try obscure historical weapons from Japan or China.

Prepare for new jobs in your fully customizable hideout. It’s also your hub where you can hang out with other players and form syndicates that compete for notoriety online!

Visit beautiful, detailed 1920s locations from all over the world. The game’s powerful art style was inspired by art deco, Dishonored, and classic noir films & comics. 

Features:

  • Story-based campaigns and co-op jobs
  • Varied missions, from heists to turf takeovers
  • Deep combat with customizable weapons and a cover system
  • Extensive player progression with many available classes
  • Player-created syndicates that compete online
  • Interactive, customizable hub

Check the Steam Page for more information.