Sherlock Holmes The Awakened First Trailer + Dev Update Video for Live Kickstarter Campaign

Ukrainian developer Frogwares has gone live with their Kickstarter campaign to safeguard the funding of their Lovecraftian horror adventure, Sherlock Holmes The Awakened. Along with more details about the game and a collection of rewards for backers, the campaign page has two new videos from the team.

The first official trailer shows a young Holmes and Watson fleeing for their lives. A “misunderstanding” of sorts has led the New Orlean Sheriffs’ Department to hunt down the duo. After a few near misses from some shotguns, the budding detectives escape into the deeps of the surrounding swamps. But something seems noticeably off, let alone with Sherlock, who seems to already be losing his hold on reality.

The team have also released a lengthy team update video. On top of stark images of what has occurred in Ukraine during the invasion, the video explains why Frogwares have opted for Kickstarter, how the team are currently dealing with the situation, and more on what The Awakened will be on top of some additional work in progress footage of the game.

“We opted for Kickstater to create a financial safety net for the game but also to try to give back to our closest fans wanting to support us now. This way we can give them that bit of recognition by putting their names and photos into the game while it’s still in development.”

“We also have decided to be very realistic with our other rewards and keep them all digital. We have seen devs in the past promise things that become very time-consuming to deliver. Our team simply doesn’t have that luxury.” – Sergiy Oganesyan, Comms Director, Frogwares

All the downloadable rewards on Kickstarter will be made available for purchase to all players in the future, but supporters of the campaign will be getting this content first and at a notable discount, including the game itself.

Frogwares do not have a set release date for Sherlock Holmes The Awakened but internally the consensus is that they will be able to finish and deliver the game by mid-2023, if not sooner.

The Awakened will be coming to PC, PS4, PS5, XB1, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.

ABOUT THE GAME:

Sherlock Holmes The Awakened is a Cthulhu meets Sherlock Holmes detective horror adventure. The game acts as a continuation of young Sherlock’s story with Holmes and Watson undertaking their first major case together. An Eldritch god-obsessed cult is making moves in the shadows to bring about a world-altering prophecy and it’s up to the young detective duo to thwart their plans. This is a creative take on what horror-filled and reality-breaking events could have met our heroes at such a crucial point in their lives to go on and shape them into the characters we all know they become. Delve into the trauma and fear that cements their friendship for good and the revelations that break Sherlock’s mind to create the flawed and haunted genius he is destined to be. Originally released in 2006, The Awakened is a full remake and substantial rewrite being rebuilt and redesigned from the ground up to run in Unreal Engine 4.

Turbo Golf Racing is out today

The future of motorsports is here. Developer Hugecalf Studios and publisher Secret Mode are pleased to confirm that Turbo Golf Racing is available now on PC, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One via Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview.

Players can grab Turbo Golf Racing from today for £14.99 | €17.99 | $17.99. It’s also now available via Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass.

Turbo Golf Racing is a fast-paced, arcade-style sports-racing game for up to eight players online, where drivers charge down—or flip and glide over—twisting golf courses teeming with jumps and boost pads. It’s every racer for themselves in first-to-the-flag Grands Prix spread across 30 levels, as gameplay-altering Power Cores and devious shortcuts contribute to the chaos.

“It’s hard to comprehend that three-and-a-half years have passed since we first started prototyping our car-golf game,” says Jonny Hughes, director & producer at Hugecalf Studios. “We’re immensely proud of how far Turbo Golf Racing has come since then and we will be forever grateful to the tens of thousands of players who helped us refine the game during this year’s Beta tests. I’m excited for players to experience everything that’s in Turbo Golf Racing today, and to discover what’s to still to come in the months ahead…”

Hugecalf Studios currently anticipates that the Early Access and Game Preview period will last approximately 12 months, during which time Turbo Golf Racing will receive numerous content, feature, and balancing updates. Players can expect new levels, cars, cosmetics, and Power Cores in the coming months, with the first free content update due later in August. You could say there’s a… (drumroll) fairway to go, yet.

“Player feedback is central to everything in Turbo Golf Racing today and in its future,” explains Krystal Ramsey, product manager at Secret Mode. “The ridiculously talented team at Hugecalf Studios has already made an incredible game that’s exhilarating from minute one, but this really is the beginning of the ride. Without spoiling the surprises in store, we’re incredibly excited to see how the Turbo Golf Racing experience evolves throughout the Early Access and Game Preview programs in tandem with the community’s ideas.”

Turbo Golf Racing is out now on Steam and Xbox platforms.

Back 4 Blood DLC Expansion 2 Announced as “Children of the Worm” – Arriving Aug. 30

Warner Bros. Games and Turtle Rock Studios today announced details for the next major Back 4 Blood downloadable content (DLC) expansion, officially named Children of the Worm. The upcoming DLC expansion is scheduled to release on Aug. 30, 2022, as part of the Back 4 Blood Annual Pass, Back 4 Blood: Deluxe Edition, Back 4 Blood: Ultimate Edition, or via standalone purchase.

Children of the Worm will feature a brand-new story campaign that puts players into an epic showdown with a fierce new enemy threat. To help combat this unknown adversary, the expansion will introduce “Prophet” Dan, a gun toting, self-proclaimed preacher of the end times, who joins the growing list of playable Cleaners in their effort to save humanity. Children of the Worm will also include eight exclusive character skins and 12 exclusive weapon skins, along with new weapons, accessories, and cards.

 Additionally, several new free content updates have been recently added to the game and are available for all Back 4 Blood owners, including all-new skins, legendary items, burn cards, emblems, sprays and more.

Back 4 Blood is a first-person co-op zombie shooter from critically acclaimed developer, Turtle Rock Studios, available now for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 consoles, and PC. The Back 4 Blood story takes place after a catastrophic outbreak where most of humanity has either been killed or infected by the parasitic Devil Worm. Hardened by unspeakable events and emboldened to fight for the last of humanity, a group of apocalypse veterans called the Cleaners have rallied to take on the infected horrors known as the Ridden and reclaim the world.

To learn more about Back 4 Blood, visit Back4Blood.com or join the community conversation on Twitter (@Back4Blood), Facebook (Back4Blood), Instagram (Back4Blood), Twitch (Turtle Rock Studios), YouTube (Back4Blood), and Discord (Turtle Rock Studios).

Gigapocalypse Rampages Its Way Onto Consoles Today With Kaijus, Chaos & Destruction

Headup Games & Goody Gameworks are pleased to announce that retro-inspired side scrolling city-smasher Gigapocalypse is out today for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, priced at $9.99 / €9.99 / £7.99.

Inspired by Kaiju monster movies like Godzilla and King Kong, as well as classic arcade games like Rampage, Gigapocalypse gives players a roster of monsters, or “Gigas”, to choose from as they reduce cities to rubble to the beat of a pumping heavy metal soundtrack. Create your own monster apocalypse with customizable Kaijus and lay waste to a wide variety of locations waiting to be stomped into dust.

With every run you undertake to try and get to each location’s boss, your Giga will become more powerful and earn mutation points. Spend these points to upgrade your Giga with new mutations, skills, skins, and even up to five tiny minion pets who will accompany you on your outings of urban destruction. Take care of your Giga in Tamagotchi-style minigames and decorate your Giga’s home with cool items that will improve your Giga and make them even more menacing.

Gigapocalypse offers nine monsters to choose from – three ‘Old Gods’, three prehistoric monstrosities and three horrors from outer space. You can take these beasts of destruction into a host of fun city locations from across multiple timelines, ranging from the Wild West to the modern day.

“We are delighted to bring Gigapocalypse to console gamers who want to let off some steam and smash stuff up,” said developer Goody Pundit. “With the many updates and improvements we’ve made during the game’s stint in Early Access on PC, the game is better than ever, and I hope console players enjoy picking out a Giga from our monstrous roster and laying waste to everything in front of them!”

CYBERPUNK ACTION-SHOOTER THE ASCENT ANNOUNCES NEW CYBER HEIST DLC 

Publisher Curve Games and Swedish indie studio Neon Giant are excited to announce new DLC for their popular Cyberpunk action-shooter RPG The Ascent, titled The Ascent: Cyber Heist, which will be available from 18th August 2022.

The Ascent: Cyber Heist is set after the base game’s main story and is accessible for those who’ve completed the main campaign and want to take on a new contract for a top-secret mission. Continue the story either solo or co-op with friends in a range of all new main missions and exciting side quests. Players can blast or smash their way through with brand new weapons, including advanced melee combat, in a new never explored before location.

In Cyber Heist, Kira, your former employer, has a new top-secret job, and as a newly independent contractor how could you refuse?  Venture outside of your familiar arcology into a brand new arcology owned by the Malhorst-Gelb Group. There’s some new ground-breaking tech ripe for the taking, but you’re not the only one with their sights on the prize.

Solo or in co-op with your friends, take on new challenging missions, explore brand new environments, fight your way against new enemies, and experience new ways of fighting using melee weapons!

  • CONTINUE THE STORY – SOLO OR IN CO-OP: The Ascent: Cyber Heist can be accessed once you’ve completed the base game campaign. Bring your friends with you to take on this new challenging contract. Your squad hasn’t caught up with you yet? No problem, as long as you as the host has completed the main campaign, your squad can join up and help! (We know you’ll be carrying them anyway…)
  • NEW WEAPONS: Speaking of carrying, experiment with all-new weapons, including for the first time in The Ascent – Melee weapons! So now you can get up close and personal with the new Rock Crusher and Guillotine!
  • NEW OVERWORLD LOCATIONS: Discover and explore a brand new arcology owned by the Malhorst-Gelb group with breathtaking new locations and environments.
  • NEW MAIN & SIDE MISSIONS: Continue the story of The Ascent by completing new challenging main and side missions. Encounter colorful new characters like Ontario and Zell along the way, and fight against new enemies.

Cyber Heist will be available for £7.99/€9.99/$9.99.

Cyber Edition

There is now a special Cyber Edition of The Ascent available, this includes the previous DLC packages Cyber Warrior and Cyber Sec  plus the new Cyber Heist DLC, all for £36.99/€44.99/$44.99

Noghead Plush

The Ascent brings you Noghead! Designed by Curve Games and Neon Giant, Noghead Plush is made with an Ultra Soft Fleece exterior that feels amazing! A powerful ally to have in-game and an adorable plushie companion in real life.

To find out more check out the link here: Noghead Plush | Makeship

About The Ascent 

A solo and co-op action-shooter RPG set in a sci-fi cyberpunk world, The Ascent is the first title from Neon Giant, a new 12-person studio composed of games industry veterans who were some of the minds behind iconic AAA titles such as the Gears of War, Bulletstorm and Wolfenstein franchises. The Ascent is now available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles and PC and Xbox Game Pass.

Long-Awaited Dead Cells “Enter The Panchaku” Update Now Live On PC

Evil Empire today announced that Update 30, the “Enter the Panchaku” update is now live on PC, coming soon to consoles. “What is a Panchaku?” you ask? It’s a weapon like nunchakus, except with frying pans that crits on enemies that are facing you and provides some wickedly entertaining combos. This item was first glimpsed in The Bad Seed trailer and has been a fan request since then. You’re welcome. A rework of 29 items in the game (weapons, skills and mutations) rebalances things throughout, and the game receives the iconic Magic Bow from popular roguelite Soul Knight in a cool weapons crossover. Lastly, but extremely importantly, you can now pet all of your pets in the game.

The Enter the Panchaku trailer showcases the weapon at its finest, complete with offering a new outfit inspired by the trailers from Bobby Digital that includes flaming pink hair. Sweet.

Fans will enjoy (or not, depending) a new rebalancing that tackles 29 weapons, skills and mutations in the game. Every so often these are refreshed to keep the variety element strong – a good roguelite should offer players difficult choices instead of relying on the same 2-3 weapons every time. Variety in a roguelite is the spice of life.

On this same note, Evil Empire has done away with old legendary items and instead introduced legendary affixes. There are a few brand-new affixes, including specific ones for certain items. They have all been hand-picked and should have synergy with the item’s gameplay. Legendaries now become stronger than your typical weapon by adding an extra, complimentary gameplay element instead of just upping the damage. There is also now a new legendary-only option in Custom Mode which makes all items legendary.

Lastly, you can now interact with all of your companions in between biomes by long pressing the interact button. This interaction has no tangible benefit other than making you feel warm and fuzzy.

Evil Empire also clarified in their dev notes today that Dead Cells has updates planned through 2023 and shared some of the goals the team is trying to hit – including a new boss rush mode. While Evil Empire has continued to grow and has other projects in the works currently under wraps and Motion Twin is also head down on creating its next game, the team assured fans that even after 30 updates, Dead Cells is still considered “mid product lifecycle” which in dev-speak translates to the game remaining a priority internally and that some excellent new features are in the works.

You can check their full comments on this topic, along with the entire list of updates here: https://dead-cells.com/patchnotes.

Psychological Thriller In Nightmare Coming to PC this Holiday

Maximum Games today announced a Holiday 2022 arrival of the narrative-driven horror game In Nightmare on PC. Released across PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 earlier this year, In Nightmare will be available on Steam and will include all content since its initial launch, along with updated graphics and gameplay enhancements.

In Nightmare follows a young boy who closes himself off from the world around him and falls into a deep sleep, during which his inner nightmares take over. Heartbroken about his family’s troubles, the boy escapes reality into a dark, whimsical world created from his own memories. This sets him on a journey to uncover a web of truths within a haunting world of deception. With the help of his dream spirit, the boy will seek out ways to sneak past enemies, overcome intricate puzzles, and embrace his fears so that he may finally be able to awaken.

To learn more about the game, visit:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1817290/In_Nightmare/

or check out

https://store.maximumgames.com/products/in-nightmare

Go full throttle with real physics driving game Drift Type C, out now on Steam Early Access

Indie developer Jonworks Interactive has brought its real physics driving game Drift Type C to Steam Early Access for $19.99. To celebrate this, a new high octane Gameplay trailer has gone live showing off some of the 50 real spec cars, 100 miles of track, 13 bosses, and a level editor on offer. Drift Type C brings a complete, authentic driving experience without any micro-transactions, air control, nitrous, or brake assist.

This Early Access period is so players can give feedback about what to add before releasing the finished version in a few months’ time. Potential upcoming features include: traffic, steering wheel support with force feedback, vehicle models that better resemble their real-life counterparts, an easier difficulty setting, and expanded tutorial, AI improvements, additional surfaces to drive on, and car modifications, among others. What features sound most important to you? Visit the Steam page to see the full list.

Your journey in Drift Type C will take you across 9 biomes, as you compete against 13 warriors and 13 ghosts to free the God of Time. To aid you in your quest, the God of Time gives you the Hypervesicle, an item that slows down your race timer every time you pull off a successful drift. Master it and set a two second lap time in a two-minute race!

“In truth, drifting isn’t usually the fastest way to drive, but it is the coolest. Other racing games try to get around this by making drifting faster, but that totally goes against the supposedly realistic physics that they pride themselves on,” said game director, programmer and writer Jonathan C. Haman. “Drift Type C doesn’t change physics to be more realistic, but time itself! Our unique Hypervesicle mechanic lets players pull off super slick drifts while setting a superior score on the race timer. We’ve also included loads of fine turns that really encourage players to master the art of drifting!”

Drift Type C specializes in hyper realistic car specs offering a detailed handling model for everything from power to weight, to differential setup, to factory tire compound and alignment settings. While the physics may be real, the variety of activities on offer is limited only by your imagination. Drift Type C features: off-roading, multi-stage rally races, dorifuto batadu, driving on trays, flagging, delivering tofu, DIY Space Gymkhana, texting while driving, or driving a bus for some reason. All this can be done in daytime or night through assorted weather conditions. You can even try your hand at driving in an alternate realm with different air density affecting aerodynamics. If you can dream it, you can drive it!

Drift Type C offers a massive sandbox featuring a hybrid-procedurally generated world that curates over 100 miles of road. And if you want even more, you can go into Creative Mode and make your own roads, cities, and events. With over 20 terrain surfaces, each offering their own particle and skid effects and traction profiles, the possibilities are endless!

After Wave: Downfall Out Now on Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One

Indie game developer and publisher 7 Raven Studios are announcing that pre-orders for After Wave: Downfall for Nintendo SwitchXbox Series X|SXbox One are now live.

After Wave: Downfall is an arcade shooter where the player battles against monsters, completes various missions with a cool battleship.  Deathrix invaded the world and released a mysterious meteorite causing a great flood.

Players can upgrade their ships for better performance to fight the most brutal enemies. A Local Co-op mode allows the player to team up and adventure with others.

After Wave: Downfall will be fully released on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One on August 3, Nintendo Switch on August 4, and PlayStation 5 and 4 on August 5. There will be no pre-orders on the PlayStation store.

Features

  • 3D cartoon style graphics with stunning effects.
  • Join your friends on an adventure in a local Co-op mode.
  • Multiple difficulty levels
  • 10 stages to overcome with many brutal bosses.
  • Upgrade your battleship systems to develop different playing skills.
  • Six battleships to choose from with different abilities.
  • Extra mode allows playing in multiple ways.
  • Many achievements within the game to unlock.