Star Renegades, a tactical roguelike from Massive Damage Inc, gets a massive update on PC just before Christmas, bringing PC players a whole lot of new toys.
In addition to a new planet, the update offers a handful of new enemies including three adversaries, two behemoths, and a new drone type.
Console players will have to wait for the update until early 2021. The game is currently available on PC, Switch, and Xbox One – it’s available via Game Pass for both Xbox and PC, is also expected to arrive on PS4 in early 2021.
Cyberpunk 2077’s release has been…less than ideal, to put it generously. The game reportedly runs and looks great on PC, and I’m plugging away at the Series X version and it looks and runs great there as well. I’ve hit some minor bugs, but nothing that’s broken the game – bugs are a lot more prevalent than in most games, but it’s still playable.
That is not the experience people are having on Xbox One and PS4, and while gamers on the Xbox side have consistently been able to get refunds on the game PS4 gamers weren’t so lucky – until now.
Sony’s move raises a lot of questions, however. Now that the game is delisted, will CD Projekt Red be able to issue new patches for it? What’s more, will the European developer be willing to go through the certification process for a patch – and the costs associated with it – for a console they can’t sell the game on?
More than likely Sony is going to require a PS4 patch that brings the game up to some base standard of playability before relisting it, as they don’t want a firestorm of negative press for putting a game back up before it’s ready.
But who decides what’s ‘playable’ now?
We’re in uncharted waters here, people. Buckle up.
Upcoming third-person action game Project: Eve released a really strong boss battle trailer back in November and followed that up today with character and concept art – including what caught my eye the most: a look at how they create those crazy-looking monsters.
The NA-tive monster seen in the trailer was created first in clay, sculpted by hand, and then subjected to a high-density 3D scan to get that model into the game with all that fine detail intact.
I’ve always been interested in that part of the design process, so seeing how studios come up with the designs for the wild enemies is interesting. You’d have to think that being able to see and manipulate the model in real life is more engaging than seeing it on a screen, even if it adds another step to getting it into the game.
Project: Eve is under development by SHIFT UP, a Korean development studio founded in 2013 by Hyung-Tae Kim. For more information on the game, check out the teaser site or YouTube channel.
I have long considered Xbox Game Pass to be the best value in gaming and in my mind it’s not particularly close – and that was BEFORE Xbox dropped this Game Pass trailer at The Game Awards showcasing what’s coming soon to the service.
Morkredd, Cyber Shadow, Neoverse, Killer Queen Black, Medium, Among Us (PC only), Yakuza 3, 4, 5, and 6.
Oh, and a little game called Skyrim.
Game Pass is currently available on promo with three months for $1 for new subscribers. No better time to jump in than now.
Let’s be honest, 2020 has been a bit garbage to this point but Geoff Keighley and The Game Awards helped salvage things a bit with a ton of reveals. Mass Effect isn’t dead! Crimson Desert looks awesome! Outriders still doesn’t look like it’ll let us down!
There’s a lot to celebrate, but here’s my favourites:
Best known for their MMORPG Black Desert Online, Pearl Abyss is looking to shake things up a bit with Crimson Desert – an open-world action-adventure that looks…well, let’s be honest, I spent about half this trailer thinking it was a new next-gen-only Assassin’s Creed game.
That’s not a negative – the AC games are fantastic examples of the genre, and I’m pumped to hear more about Crimson Desert soon. The game is slated to hit in Winter 2021, with both single-player and online multiplayer components – we’ll see if they go full MMORPG with it or not.
The Callisto Protocol
You had me at ‘directed by Dead Space creator Glen Schofield’… Set on Jupiter’s moon in 2320, the game promises to be a next-gen take on survival horror.
“We’re setting out to make one of the most terrifying games of all time, and we can’t wait to share more about The Callisto Protocol next year,” said Schofield, Striking Distance Studios’ founder and CEO in a statement.
Next-gen jump scares are going to be heartstopping…
Disco Elysium The Final Cut
Disco Elysium is an RPG that you really have to play to appreciate. With a ton of freedom at your disposal and a superbly written world to explore, this is one of the best RPGs of the last decade and a must-play.
The game is expected to release in Summer 2021 on PS5, Xbox Series consoles, Switch, and PC – a free upgrade on PC for existing owners.
The Initiative was formed two years ago by Microsoft, assembled with top-tier talent and they’ve continually been stocking it with more over time – and now we know what they’re making…a Perfect Dark reboot.
I can’t lie, I was hoping for a killer new IP from this massively talented studio, but hey – this does look pretty killer so I’ll give it a chance.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
After years of having the license abused by bargain bin-quality games, Warhammer 40,000 has had a remarkable resurgence recently with a string of solid releases. That looks to continue with Darktide – slated to hit shelves in 2021 for PC and Xbox Series consoles.
Vermintide was great, and I have high hopes for Darktide – and whatever comes next for the Warhammer IP. I can finally get excited about it again!
Back 4 Blood
A spiritual sequel to Left 4 Dead and it’s by the developers behind the hugely successful cooperative zombie shooter?
I didn’t even need to see the awesome looking gameplay footage – that was just gravy.
Back 4 Blood hits June 22, 2021 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series consoles, and PC.
They didn’t tell us a lot, but it does look pretty so it has that going for it which is nice.
I’m a huge BioWare fan, so I’m interested in whatever comes next in the Dragon Age franchise. I just hope they don’t keep us waiting too long…
Fall Guys: Season 3
The popular hot take is that Fall Guys fell from glory, but the truth is the game is still doing amazingly well and is still a lot of fun to play. Season 3 looks to expand on that when it hits, December 15th.
Evil Dead The Game
This was a great surprise and it looks WAY better than I would have expected.
Coming in 2021 is really all we know so far.
It Takes Two
From Josef Fares, director of A Way Out, comes It Takes Two – a co-op game that looks like a ton of fun with a huge amount of gameplay diversity.
The game’s slated to hit shelves March 26, 2021.
Century: Age of Ashes
A free-to-play team-based shooter that’s hitting Early Access in February, Century: Age of Ashes sports giant dragons and skill-based combat with 3 classes: Windguard, Marauder, and Phantom.
Players will have some options as to how they want to approach combat when this game hits Steam Early Access. Can’t wait to see how it shakes out.
** You’ll have to check out the actual The Game Awards trailer here, as it’s behind an age gate. **
Developed by People Can Fly – that’s a major reason I’m interested in Outriders, despite the underwhelming nature of other loot-based shooter/melee games recently – Outriders looks awesome. It’s slated for February 2, 2021 and I’ll be there day one.
Monster Hunter Rise
I don’t get in as much Switch time as I’d like, thanks to the kids keeping a deathgrip on it, but I’ll find time for Monster Hunter Rise.
The demo hits in January!
F.I.S.T Forged In Shadow Torch
Previously announced for PS4 and PC, FIST will now be launching on PS5 as well and it’s super weird but I’m here for it.
It’s a Metroidvania with a whole lot going on. Check out that trailer and tell me you’re not at least a little interested.
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…
** Check out the age-gated trailer from The Game Awards here. **
A rebuild of NieR Replicant for its 10th anniversary? OK, you got me.
As a vampire hunter, Evil West has you tasked with wiping out the undead menace and saving the world. Battle solo or with a friend? Ok, who do I trust to watch my back in a supernatural apocalypse?
Coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series consoles, and PC in 2021.
I still don’t know if Scarlet Nexus is going to be good or not, but it’s caught my interest and that’s good enough for me.
Scarlet Nexus is slated for release in Summer 2021.
Personally I’m not so sure about this one, but I have a three-year-old who can name every single dinosaur that I can plus about a dozen more so there’s no doubt I’ll be running around in this dinosaur-filled environment whenever it releases.
I just hope this releases in a better condition than the original did.
Elite Dangerous: Odyssey
I’m a sucker for space games and Elite Dangerous has been a personal favourite for a while now. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next, and this expansion releases in early 2021 to allow on-foot exploration among a ton of other improvements.
Ruined King: A League of Legends Story
IT’S MORE BATTLECHASERS! PLAY IT!
Ruined King has been moved to a simple ‘some time in 2021’ release date at this point. Hope to hear more soon.
Multiplayer PvPvE (player versus player versus environment) heist game Hood: Outlaws & Legends hits PS4/PS5, Xbox One/Xbox Series, and PC next year, but gamers can get familiar with some of the backstories at play today thanks to the release of four narrative trailers.
If you’re interested in the game, check out The Game Awards on December 10th when they’ll be unveiling new content. You can wishlist the game on steam right now – Hood: Outlaws & Legends or visit www.hood-game.com to get more information on the game and register for their email newsletters.
Pandemic time might make it seem like it’s been longer, but it was just May of this year that John Wick Hex released on PS4 – and that’s now joined by a release on Switch, Steam, and Xbox One.
The strategy title is a unique take on the John Wick character, with players having to carefully manage time in order to make it through encounters unscathed. It’s hard to really explain, but check out this behind the scenes featurette for more.
Here’s the press release:
John Wick Hex Releases Today on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch & Steam
Grab the thrilling tactical-action game from Good Shepherd Entertainment, Lionsgate & Bithell Games for 30% off on select platforms for a limited time!
AMSTERDAM & LOS ANGELES — Dec. 4, 2020 — Publisher Good Shepherd Entertainment, global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) and independent developer Bithell Games have launched John Wick Hex today on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam. This fast-paced, action-driven strategy game is available for $19.99, but you can get the Steam and Nintendo Switch versions for 30% off from now through December 11!
Created in close cooperation with the creative teams behind the acclaimed films, John Wick Hex captures the look and feel of the series’ signature gun fu combat with unique time-based tactical gameplay that blurs the line between strategy and action. Think and strike like the legendary hitman himself, choosing every action and making quick decisions in the heat of battle. Everything you do has its own risks/rewards and changes the situation at hand, so plan your moves carefully, grab new weapons and ammo as they fall from your foes, and make the most of every second.
Experience an original story set prior to the events of the films that expands on the John Wick universe. Become the Baba Yaga on a mission to rescue Winston and Charon from a dangerous new adversary seeking hisbirthright.
The world-class voice talents of Ian McShane and Lance Reddick, reprising their iconic roles from the films, and voice acting legend Troy Baker as the game’s eponymous villain,“Hex.”
Progress through the main campaign to unlock new weapons, suit options and locations.
Explore the criminal underworld of the films, brought to life with unique 3D graphic noir artwork and an original score from renowned composer Austin Wintory.
Building on their work from the original PC title, Bithell Games (Thomas Was Alone, Subsurface Circular) has collaborated with Ant Workshop to reimagine John Wick Hex for consoles and redesign it for controllers. Wick’s every move and skills will be available at your thumb tips as quick as the man himself.
John Wick Hex is also available on PlayStation®4 and the Epic Games Store. A special physical retail version of the game is available globally thanks to distribution partner U&I Entertainment. For more info, visit JohnWickHex.com, and follow @mikeBithell and @GoodShepherdEnt on Twitter.
About Good Shepherd Entertainment Good Shepherd Entertainment publishes video games from independent artists worldwide and operates a proprietary investment platform for a growing global network of qualified investors seeking risk- mitigated participation in the $130B video game industry. Originally established in the Netherlands in 2011, operating under the name Gambitious, the Company became a full-featured publisher in 2014. Good Shepherd Entertainment is backed by some of the industry’s most notable names, including Devolver Digital, Croteam and Perfect World, all successful companies in independent game development and publishing. www.GoodShepherd.games
About Bithell Games Bithell Games is a team focused on creating entertaining, innovative games which tell mature stories. Their original titles span multiple platforms and include the BAFTA-winning Thomas Was Alone, Volume, The Solitaire Conspiracy and the award-nominated Circular anthology series (Subsurface Circular, Quarantine Circular).
About Lionsgate Combining the STARZ premium global subscription platform with world-class motion picture and television studio operations, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) brings a unique and varied portfolio of entertainment to consumers around the world. Its film, television, subscription, interactive game and location-based entertainment businesses are backed by a 17,000-title library and one of the largest collections of film and television franchises. A digital age company driven by its entrepreneurial culture and commitment to innovation, the Lionsgate brand is synonymous with bold, original, relatable entertainment for the audiences it serves worldwide.
About Ant Workshop Ants — tiny, strong, focussed, good at working with others to achieve their goals and often with a nasty bite. Some of these characteristics (not so much the bitey ones) are also shared by Ant Workshop, a small independent game developer and work-for-hire studio based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
I have to admit that I haven’t played Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem, but it looks cool enough that I might have to rectify that one day soon.
The game just got a major content update, Chronicle I: Bloodtrail, that provides players with a ton of free content including expanded endgame story, missions, and rewards – plus a redesigned core experience.
Maybe it IS a great time to jump on board…
Here’s the press release:
Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem’s “Chronicle I: Bloodtrail” Update Launches Today on Steam
The hit action RPG’s first free major content drop revamps the core adventure while expanding the endgame, story and more!
NICE, France – Dec. 3, 2020 – The hack-and-slash action RPG Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem is getting its first free major content update today on Steam. “Chronicle I: Bloodtrail” marks a new dawn for the game, delivering expanded endgame story, missions and more while redesigning the core experience to be closer to the developers’ original vision. The full game is also available for 25% off on Steam for a limited time.
Here’s what “Chronicle I” brings to the game today:
A new game mode that revamps the core adventure with stronger foundations in a number of ways. This is how Wolcen was always intended to be played, with a variety of new skills and balance updates plus a reset of the player economy to let you play a new character in a completely fresh game state!
New Endgame Story, Missions, Events & Rewards: New fully voiced narrative missions and events with exciting rewards, unique armor, adorable baby dragon pets and a deadly boss!
A New Friend: You are not alone — new faithful companion pets can follow you on your journey. There are many different pets for you to discover and love!
Kickstarter Rewards: We didn’t forget about our Kickstarter backers — thank you so much for sticking with us for so long! Backer pets and armor are ready for you to collect as Steam inventory items that you can trade with other players.
And more! New monsters, skills, and a revised character sheet, plus updates for localization, gameplay, balancing, player choice, weapons, crafting, animations, VFX, UI and beyond.
Partnered Twitch streamers will be playing the game’s new content today starting at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT. Players can win the special Time-Devourer Wolf in-game pet by linking their Twitch and Wolcen accounts and watching select streams with Twitch Drops enabled for at least one hour today through Dec. 7.
A global top seller on Steam with over one million units sold in its first three weeks after release earlier this year, Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem peaked at 127,542 concurrent players at launch. The team at Wolcen Studios, which has expanded now from 30 to 60 developers, has continued to grow, improve and balance the game with over a dozen updates driven by community feedback, with even more coming in the future.
If you had asked me last week what game I thought would add a battle pass system next, I doubt I’d have come up with PGA Tour 2K21 but I have to admit it makes sense.
The battle pass idea – made popular by battle royale juggernaut Fortnite – is pretty simple. There’s a list of content added to the game that you can unlock some of for free, but can pay a nominal fee to work towards unlocking all of it.
It provides players with progression mechanics via the rewards, giving you a reason to come back and play – especially if they implement daily/weekly challenges, and it gives the devs a revenue stream to justify (and pay for) the development time needed.
The clubhouse pass is mainly gear with a few slots that offer experience boosts and coins, so we’ll see what the balance is like during play and whether or not progression seems slow. After finishing one round I was about 80% done the first level of the pass, which isn’t bad at all.
The gear you can unlock doesn’t appear to offer any sort of bonus over those already in the game, so the ‘pay to win’ fearmongering can be avoided but we’ll have to see if this content is worth the asking price.
The new course – Detroit Golf Club – looks nice, and plays well on first blush. Again, we’ll have to see how it holds up to repeat plays as I learn better lines and lies for each hole.
Here’s the press release:
HIT THE LINKS WITH CLUBHOUSE PASS AND THE NEW DETROIT GOLF CLUB IN THE LATEST PGA TOUR® 2K21 UPDATE
Earn rewards featuring new gear from brands including Mizuno, Goodr, and Under Armour, plus take on the Rocket Mortgage Classic
2K and HB Studios today announced the PGA TOUR® 2K21 Clubhouse Pass*, an ongoing live service featuring new clubs, new gear and new MyPLAYER customizations for players to earn and unlock. Season 1 of Clubhouse Pass is available now**, running December 3, 2020 to March 3, 2021. In addition to Clubhouse Pass, a free, brand new course is now available to all players: Detroit Golf Club.
Season 1 of Clubhouse Pass includes the potential to unlock up to 75 levels of gear, VC and cosmetic items you can earn to peacock your status. All players can earn XP in any mode to advance through the Clubhouse Pass levels, and with three months of fresh content, there will be a ton of new clubs, clothes and VC rewards to unlock.
There are three Tiers to the Clubhouse Pass:
Free: This tier allows you to access 15 free levels of the 75 levels in Season 1. Every five levels you pass, you’ll receive a reward;
Premium Pass ($7.99): Access all 75 levels of rewards;
Premium+ Pass ($14.99): Access all 75 levels of rewards, plus skip the first 20 levels and automatically unlock those rewards.
The Detroit Golf Club course will also make its debut on December 3. Founded in 1899, Detroit Golf Club became home to the Rocket Mortgage Classic in 2019, the first-ever PGA TOUR event held in Detroit.
“Detroit Golf Club and the Rocket Mortgage Classic come together for a compelling event on an amazing course,” said Shaun West, Senior Producer at HB Studios. “The course brings new challenges to PGA TOUR 2K21 with a fun and rewarding layout to navigate. Being one of the flattest courses on the PGA TOUR, the event setup still finds a way to challenge even the top pros. We wanted to bring that experience to life in the game to see how our fans would fair.”
Last but not least, keep your eye out for some festive, holiday-themed cosmetic items, available to all players, to deck out your MyPLAYER!
Phoenix Point piqued my interest from the moment it was announced, and the game delivered on that hype enough that I’m also interested in Phoenix Point: Year One Edition – which hit retail today.
The turn-based strategy game from X-COM creator Julian Gollop is familiar to fans of his previous work, but brings in new ideas and innovations that would have been hard to accommodate in X-COM. That’s the problem with working on an established franchise – even if it’s one that you yourself established – and the joy with breaking off to create something new.
The Year One Edition provides a new tutorial prologue to help ease new players into the game, new weapons and equipment, a new help system, and overhauls to menus and gameplay. It also includes all previously-released DLC for the game – and it’s 50% off for a limited time!
Phoenix Point: Year One Edition is available now on Steam, GOG.com, and the Epic Games Store.
Here’s the press release:
Phoenix Point: Year One Edition Out Now on Steam, GOG.com & the Epic Games Store
Snapshot’s hit turn-based strategy game arrives on Steam for the first time with a new major content update and special low price!
SOFIA, Bulgaria — Dec. 3, 2020 — Snapshot Games has debuted Phoenix Point: Year One Edition on Steam and GOG.com. This definitive version of the hit turn-based strategy game from X-COM creator Julian Gollop features all previously released DLC (including “Legacy of the Ancients,” “Blood and Titanium,” and the “Living Weapons Pack”) and is available for 50% off for a limited time on Steam and GOG.com, as well as the Epic Games Store.
Phoenix Point: Year One Edition’s launch today coincides with the game’s massive new Polaris update, which adds new content and features driven by community feedback, including:
A brand-new tutorial prologue that introduces new characters, cinematics, and maps while teaching the core gameplay fundamentals.
New weapons and equipment with their own research tracts, including a riot shield, shotgun, grenade launcher and heavy cannon.
A new contextual pop-up help system integrated throughout the entire game.
New menu screens with updated info, plus a wide range of gameplay improvements, balance updates and more.
Phoenix Point delivers a new breed of turn-based strategy and action against alien invaders. Build global alliances, manage your base, and command your forces in intense battles with dynamic objectives and destructible environments. Procedurally generated maps, branching storylines with multiple endings, and enemies that mutate to counter your tactics ensure no two playthroughs are ever the same. That experience has grown even further post-launch with new DLC and updates featuring bonus story missions, cinematics, maps, weapons, abilities, factions and more, all included in the Year One Edition!
Current owners of Phoenix Point on the Epic Games Store can upgrade to the new Year One Edition to get the “Legacy of the Ancients,” “Blood and Titanium,” and “Living Weapons Pack” DLC together for 50% off the standard price of $14.99 for a limited time.
About Snapshot Games Snapshot Games is a video game development studio founded in 2013 by Julian Gollop and David Kaye and headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria. Gollop is recognized for creating the X-COM video game franchise in the 1990s with UFO: Enemy Unknown and X-COM: Apocalypse. Gollop also is the CEO of Snapshot Games. The company’s developers include industry veterans with years of prior experience working for studios like Ubisoft Sofia, Crytek Black Sea and more.