Turn-based strategy game Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground will be releasing May 27th on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One, according to publisher Focus Home Interactive and developer Gasket Games.
I’ll be honest, they had my attention at ‘Warhammer’ and it being a turn-based strategy game doesn’t hurt either. Adding in CCG (collectible card game) mechanics ratchets things up another notch… Customizable troops? Ok just take my money!
It doesn’t hurt that the game looks pretty sweet to boot. Check out the trailer about the Maggotkin of Nurgle, one of the game’s three factions, and watch for more on this one after it hits retail.
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.
World War Z was a surprise hit when it launched last year, and the development team at Saber Interactive have kept that momentum up by releasing a steady stream of updates, the latest of which – the Dronemaster update – hit today and brought some major changes to the game.
First off, players on any platform can now party up thanks to full PvE crossplay being enabled for the first time. Now it doesn’t matter if your friends have a PS4 and you play on PC or Xbox One, you can finally get your game on with them.
The update also includes a new class, the first new class to be added to the game since it launched, the titular Dronemaster. This new class includes a customizable drone that stuns nearby zombies and can be geared towards either offensive or support roles.
Want more? How about a new weapon, a grenade launcher for taking out those pesky packs of undead? The ACW-20 is a low-caliber semi-auto launcher that should prove extremely effective against the horde rushes, but keep those friendlies back from the blast area…
Here’s the press release:
World War Z Adds Full PvE Crossplay, New Playable Class & More
Play the hit co-op shooter with your friends wherever they are on PlayStation®4, Xbox One & PC!
MAPLEWOOD, N.J. — July 22, 2020 — Saber Interactive and Focus Home Interactive have announced that the “Dronemaster” update is available to download for free today in World War Z, the best-selling co-op shooter inspired by Paramount Pictures’ blockbuster film. This latest update introduces full* PvE crossplay support across PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store, letting you party up in co-op with friends no matter what platform they’re on.
World War Z has also released its first new playable class since it launched last year: the Dronemaster. This highly versatile character comes with its own personal drone which stuns zombies when they get too close for comfort. You can customize your drone in the perk tree to suit your play style and squad comp: increase its offensive capabilities to make it more lethal in an assault, or raise its defensive powers to better support your team.
In addition, today’s update features a new rare weapon pick-up with its own upgrade tree for your armory: the ACW-20. This low-caliber, semi-automatic grenade launcher is perfect for mopping up tightly packed groups, but watch out for friendly fire! There’s also a variety of new weapon upgrades, perk rebalancing, fixes and quality-of-life improvements.
Finally, players can grab World War Z’s latest premium DLC today: the “Signature Weapons Pack,” which includes four unique weapon skins for the game’s main characters. This DLC is free for Season Pass and GOTY Edition owners. It is also available for standalone purchase on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One.
Powered by Saber’s dynamic Swarm Engine, World War Z delivers a thrilling social play experience from the comfort of your home. Survive against hundreds of fast-moving, bloodthirsty zombies at a time with six distinct classes and an arsenal of deadly weapons, explosives, turrets and traps. Outlive the dead through intense four-player co-op campaign missions around the world, and battle both zombies and real human opponents in competitive, team-based Players vs. Players vs. Zombies (PvPvZ) multiplayer.
*Crossplay was previously only available in PvE matchmaking across Xbox One and PC.
About Saber Interactive Headquartered in the U.S. with studios in Russia, Spain, Belarus, Sweden and Portugal, Saber Interactive is a developer whose credits include the 2019 hit World War Z (with over 3 million units sold), Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered, the MudRunner franchise, the NBA Playgrounds franchise, Quake Champions, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and others. https://saber3d.com
About Focus Home Interactive Focus Home Interactive is a French publisher based in Paris, France. Known for the quality, diversity and originality of its catalogue, Focus has published and distributed original titles (SnowRunner, The Surge 2, GreedFall, A Plague Tale: Innocence, Vampyr, Farming Simulator, Call of Cthulhu, Insurgency: Sandstorm) that have become benchmark titles worldwide, available both in stores and by download across the world. Focus publishes games on all major platforms, consoles and PC. The publisher’s catalogue will get even richer in the coming months and years with eagerly awaited games such as Hardspace: Shipbreaker, Curse of the Dead Gods, Othercide and more.
About Paramount Pictures Corporation Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, and Paramount Players. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.
Othercide drips with style. From the graphics being black and white with blood-red highlighting, to the character and environment design, to the ‘read-and-react’ flow of combat – every bit of it is memorable.
The combat systems get a deep dive in the latest epsiode of the Othercide Webseries, entitled ‘Fighting Shadows’ with creative director and CEO Anders Larsson and art director Alexandre Chaudret offering their insight into the process.
Othercide is slated to release July 28th and pre-orders for the game are already live for Steam and Xbox One with a 15% discount. Pre-orders for the PS4 version should be going live soon, you can check shop.othercidegame.com to keep updated on the progress on that front.
The game will be coming to the Nintendo Switch as well, but there’s no date attached to that release yet.
Focus Home Interactive (FHI) and Deck13 Interactive GmbH have worked together on a few titles over the past few years, so it makes sense that FHI would finally put a ring on it and lock that studio down. Withtoday’s announcementthat FHI has acquired 100% of Deck13 for €7.1 million – just shy of $11 million Canadian – they’ve done just that.
Deck13 created a solid new IP with The Surge, a franchise that’s now seen a pair of games in addition to multiple downloadable content releases. With a new financial backstop in place thanks to this deal, it will be interesting to see if they go back to The Surge for a third release or branch off into something new.
Death is everywhere in Hardspace: Shipbreaker, the upcoming zero g spaceship salvaging game from Blackbird Interactive and Focus Home Interactive. As a salvage tech, gamers will slice up decommissioned spaceships to reap their valuable rewards – if you survive.
After all, there’s a whole lot that can go wrong when you’re cutting up a spaceship in deep space. Cut through the wrong area and *boom* it’s all over. Cut through the right area, but in the wrong order and *boom* you’re still space dust.
Fortunately for you, though that’s somewhat questionable, every death is just a setback as you can be cloned. The downside is that it’ll cost you, but they’ll just add it on to what you already owe and are trying to pay back. It’s a vicious circle but according to almost every popular movie or book, that’s life in space for ya.
Hardspace: Shipbreaker hits Early Access on Steam June 16th, and will be arriving on PS4 and Xbox One in the future.
I really liked the PC version of Insurgency: Sandstorm – find the review here – so I’m happy to see it making its way to consoles at long last. The game’s use of audio to ramp up the intensity is incredible – intense when you’re in a firefight and even more fear inducing when you’re creeping along trying to locate someone by sound alone.
The game is slated to hit PS4 and Xbox One, August 25th, but you can grab a copy on Steam and start playing right now if you’re a PC player!
Here’s the press release:
Insurgency: Sandstorm Comes to PlayStation®4 & Xbox One on August 25
New PAX East trailer from Focus Home Interactive & New World Interactive shows off the acclaimed tactical shooter in action
PARIS — Feb. 26, 2020 — Focus Home Interactive and New World Interactive have revealed that Insurgency: Sandstorm will launch on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One on Aug. 25, 2020. With over one million players amassed in its first year of release on PC, this award-winning tactical shooter delivers a realistic depiction of modern warfare featuring fierce close-quarters combat, objective-oriented gameplay and a variety of intense cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes.
Bringing New World’s signature style of tactical FPS to consoles for the first time, Insurgency: Sandstorm is a hardcore combat experience with realitstic ballistics, attack vehicles and destructive artillery. Death comes fast, so customize your hero and weapons, coordinate fire support with your team and navigate each war-torn environment toward victory. Highly detailed visuals, heart-pounding atmosphere and unparalleled audio design with positional voice-chat ensure you’ll feel the impact of every shot. Insurgency: Sandstorm will be playable this weekend at PAX East at the Focus Home Interactive booth (#29017). For more from the game, visit http://insurgency-sandstorm.com.
About New World Interactive New World Interactive is an award-winning independent developer known for Insurgency (2014), Day of Infamy (2016), and Insurgency: Sandstorm (2018). The company’s games have sold over 7.5 million units worldwide on PC with thousands of fans playing online at any moment. More information on our website: www.newworldinteractive.com
About Focus Home Interactive Focus Home Interactive is a French publisher based in Paris, France. Known for the quality, diversity and originality of its catalogue, Focus has published and distributed original titles (The Surge 2, GreedFall, A Plague Tale: Innocence, Vampyr, Farming Simulator, Call of Cthulhu, Insurgency: Sandstorm) that have become benchmark titles worldwide, available both in stores and by download across the world. Focus publishes games on all major platforms, consoles and PC. The publisher’s catalogue will get even richer in the coming months and years with eagerly awaited games such as SnowRunner, Curse of the Dead Gods, Othercide, Hardspace: Shipbreaker and more.
Trailers are tricky things to get right, but the reveal trailer for Othercide, a gothic tactical RPG due out this summer, absolutely nails it.
That is slick and creepy, with the game’s use of limited colour really helping drive the presentation. I’m interested in seeing what the combat is like, with dynamic turn system that plays host to attacks, counters, and interrupts.
Need higher stakes? There’s permadeath…
Here’s the press release:
Focus Home Interactive & Lightbulb Crew’s Othercide Coming This Summer
Fight, fall and rise again in this horror-inspired tactical RPG for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC
PARIS – Feb. 21, 2020 – Focus Home Interactive and Lightbulb Crew have revealed that the gothic tactical RPG Othercide will come to PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC this summer. Othercide marries the dark art design and world-building of the horror genre with the deep systems and challenges of a strategy game for a truly gripping experience.
Combat in Othercide is a spectacular dance of actions and counters built around a dynamic turn system. Command an army of Daughters, haunting echoes of the greatest warrior to ever live, in deadly battles against horrific dread creatures and bosses birthed from the worst of humanity’s crimes. Interrupt enemy attacks while planning and setting up your own chain of actions later in the timeline to perform devastating assaults on your foes. Othercide’s visually stunning universe is ruthless: you’ll face deadly missions, roguelite features like limited resources and permadeath, and the difficult decision to sacrifice one Daughter to make another stronger. Your prowess in combat will decide the fate of your Daughters, shaping their stats, abilities and personalities for better or worse, evolving over time into a reflection of your actions. Othercide will be showcased at PAX East at the Focus Home Interactive booth (#29017) from February 27 to March 1. For more information on the game, check out https://www.othercidegame.com.
Hardspace: Shipbreaker is kind of an odd name, but it’s wrapped around a totally cool concept – salvaging derelict ships in zero G, with all the inherent dangers to the job. Why would anyone do a job like that, where you can die from a million different things at any given time?
You’ve been blasted into space to carve up floating hulks because you owe money, and every time you die the resurrection costs get added to your debt so…be careful.
The concept of corporate debt forcing ordinary people to do miserable jobs has been done in countless movies and games…and real life…but Hardspace: Shipbreaker’s take on the mechanics of destruction make this look like a blast. There’s a reveal stream tomorrow on Twitch, and it’ll be at PAX East as well – but for most people you’re waiting until summer to get your hands on it when it hits Early Access.
Here’s the press release:
Focus Home Interactive & Blackbird Interactive Announce Hardspace: Shipbreaker
Unique sandbox space sim hits Steam Early Access this summer — find out more in tomorrow’s first developer livestream
PARIS — Feb. 19, 2020 —Focus Home Interactive and Blackbird Interactive, the studio behind Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak and the upcoming Homeworld 3, have revealed Hardspace: Shipbreaker, a new sandbox space sim coming to Steam Early Access this summer. As a salvager armed with cutting-edge tech, you’ll carve up massive spaceships piece by piece in zero G for cold hard loot. Get your first look at the game’s creative demolition and true-to-life physics:
Early access will launch with a variety of exciting features to discover, including the first act of the story campaign, two classes of spaceship to salvage, and multiple upgradeable tools and perks. Throughout early access, the team plans on releasing new spaceship classes, missions, challenges, leaderboards, modding support and much more based on feedback from the community.
Focus Home Interactive and Blackbird Interactive will host a live Hardspace: Shipbreaker reveal stream on Twitch tomorrow, February 20, at 5 p.m. CET/11 a.m. ET. The game will also be showcased at PAX East, February 27 to March 1, at both Focus Home Interactive’s booth (#29017) and Blackbird Interactive’s booth (#28071).
MudRunner was a surprise hit, and Focus Home Interactive and Saber Interactive are following up on the multi-million seller with an obvious sequel – SnowRunner.
With a new graphics engine and improved physics simulation, SnowRunner’s arrival on April 28th should be hitting at just the right time to give Canadians PTSD-style flashbacks to winter.
The slower, more deliberate style of MudRunner and SnowRunner isn’t for everyone, but if you like a challenging simulation style game, this is right up your alley.
Here’s the press release:
SnowRunner, the Sequel to the Hit MudRunner, Coming April 28 to PlayStation®4, Xbox One & PC
Preorder the ultimate off-road sim experience now to receive the exclusive Navistar 5000-MV vehicle!
PARIS — Feb. 18, 2020 — Focus Home Interactive and Saber Interactive have revealed that SnowRunner, the highly anticipated sequel to the multi-million-selling off-road simulation game MudRunner, is coming April 28 to PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store. Check out the extreme environmental sandbox action coming your way with SnowRunner‘s new release date gameplay video:
Powered by a new graphics engine and improved physics simulation,SnowRunnerputs you in the driver’s seat of powerful vehicles as you conquer wild open environments with the most advanced terrain simulation ever. Master 40 vehicles from brands like Western Star, Ford, Chevrolet and Freightliner to leave your mark on the untamed wilderness. SnowRunner‘s all-new winter environments give you unique challenges to overcome: beyond slippery mud and torrential waters, you’ll have to brave dangerous snowbanks, ice fields and frozen lakes while taking on perilous contracts and missions. Expand and customize your fleet of vehicles with countless upgrades and accessories like intake snorkels, chain tires, bumpers, high suspensions, floodlights and more to help you overcome the elements. SnowRunner can be played solo or with friends in fully synchronous 4-player co-op. PC players can expect full mod support at launch, allowing for near infinite off-road experiences created by the community. Mod support for consoles is also in development. SnowRunner and SnowRunner – Premium Edition, featuring the base game and its Season Pass, are available to pre-order now with a special bonus vehicle on the Epic Games Store. SnowRunner is also available to pre-order on consoles at major retailers.