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The best unveils of The Game Awards 2020

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:

Crimson Desert

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.


Perfect Dark

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’m in.

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.


Dragon Age…something

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL1x_04Yefw

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvcWC35axqA

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.


Outriders

** 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikWxYB5SX2c

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.


Evil West

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.


Scarlet Nexus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1BF3U52R0o

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.


Ark 2

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.


Mass Effect….Continues

Tap it directly into my veins. I’m there.

‘Hood: Outlaws & Legends’ Story Trailers Released

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.

‘John Wick Hex’ Arrives On Switch, Steam, and Xbox

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.

Features:

  • 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 AloneVolumeThe Solitaire Conspiracy and the award-nominated Circular anthology series (Subsurface CircularQuarantine 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.

‘Past Meets Present’ Campaign Hits NHL 21

NHL 94 Rewind hit EA Sports NHL 21 earlier this year as an awesome pre-order bonus, and now it’s available to everyone as part of the ‘Past Meets Present’ campaign. The game is available in a bundle with NHL 21 for $64.99 USD or solo for $9.99 USD, and is part of EA Play’s lineup of games. Xbox Owners with Game Pass Ultimate can find it as part of their Game Pass lineup as well, thanks to the inclusion of EA Play with that service.

‘Past Meets Present’ also brings the Reverse Retro jerseys to the game and introduces a HUT campaign based on players who influenced modern-day stars, with 80s and 90s Icons like Mario, Gretzky, and even Kirk McLean for your Canucks fans out there.

For more on the ‘Past Meets Present’ campaign, check out EA’s page on it here.

Here’s the press release:


RESPECT THE PAST, EMBRACE THE FUTURE AS EA SPORTS NHL® 21, ADIDAS AND NHL® REVEAL ‘PAST MEETS PRESENT’ CAMPAIGN 

Hockey Has Frozen in Time as NHL 21 Offers a Reintroduction to NHL 94, Reverse Retro Jerseys In-Game and a Specialized 80s-90s Focused HUT Campaign

December 3, 2020  Earlier this year, EA SPORTS NHL® 21 harkened back to the past with NHL 94 Rewind, a throwback to the fan-favorite classic NHL 94, that was made available as a pre-order bonus for NHL 21. Now, the team at EA SPORTS is continuing to bring hockey’s past forward by teaming up with adidas and the National Hockey League for the exclusive Past Meets Present campaign that reintroduces NHL 94 Rewind as part of a holiday bundle, debuts the recently revealed Reverse Retro jerseys in-game and launches a special 80s and 90s focused HUT campaign with Icons who influenced modern-day NHL stars. 

During the Past Meets Present campaign, NHL 21 will feature Reverse Retro jerseys for all 31 NHL teams, putting the specially-crafted adidas jerseys into the game beginning today. Players can don the Kachina Coyotes sweaters, Nordique-inspired Avalanche jerseys and many more, paying homage to past styles while dazzling with the modern-day arsenal of superstar-inspired moves introduced in NHL 21 this year. 

For any players that missed out on NHL 94 Rewind as a pre-order bonus, the beloved classic is now available once again through a holiday bundle, which includes both NHL 21 and NHL 94 Rewind for $64.99 USD. Players who already own NHL 21 will be able to purchase NHL 94 Rewind in-game for $9.99 USD. EA Play members will also have access to one of the greatest hockey video games of all time with NHL 94 Rewind now available on The Play List. NHL 94 Rewind features today’s teams and today’s rosters with controls and graphics from 1994.

The Past Meets Present campaign reaches Hockey Ultimate Team (HUT) in the form of HUT Icons – a dozen influential players from the 80s and 90s that helped inspire today’s game. Notable HUT Icons include Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Phil Housley, Grant Fuhr and more. See how today’s superstars stack up against the HUT Icons in one of NHL 21’s most beloved modes beginning tomorrow, December 4. 

A full breakdown of the Past Meets Present campaign can be found here

EA SPORTS NHL® 21 is available worldwide on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. To learn more about all the new features and modes included in NHL® 21, visit https://www.ea.com/games/nhl/nhl-21.

EA Play is a game membership service that gives you more from your favorite games, with exclusive rewards, member-only content and access to a library of top titles. You can learn more about EA Play here

The adidas Reverse Retro ADIZERO Authentic jerseys for all 31 NHL® teams are available now at adidas.com, adidas.ca, NHLShop.com and NHLShop.ca.

New HITMAN 3 Location Revealed

HITMAN 3 arrives January 20th, 2021.

Agent 47 will be returning to China in the upcoming HITMAN 3, taking to the streets of Chongqing – a southwestern Chinese megacity with a population of over 31 million.

Presumably a few less after he arrives.

Whatever the body count turns out to be, at least those neon-lit environments are going to look good thanks to the Glacier engine – especially on next-gen (is that current-gen now?) machines, which will get 4K resolution at 60 fps and HDR support.

You’ll also be able to visit past locations from the franchise, with the ability to import locations from previous games in the trilogy – giving you a total of 20+ environments all in one spot.

IO Interactive hasn’t let us down yet, so I’m looking forward to taking a shot at this one when it hits shelves, January 20th, 2021. The game will be available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series consoles, as well as Stadia and PC. Switch owners can look forward to the game being delivered via cloud streaming technology, much like the recent release of Control: Ultimate Edition.

Here’s the press release:


HITMAN 3 reveals new location – Chongqing, China

IO Interactive’s new ‘Chongqing’ location fully showcases Glacier technology

Chongqing is a new location for HITMAN 3, taking Agent 47 to the rainy, neon-lit streets of a Chinese transportation hub packed full of shops and food stands, all crammed into tight streets – with plenty of secrets off the beaten path. Chongqing is also the destination to showcase improvements and refinements coming to HITMAN 3’s technology.

Powered by IO Interactive’s proprietary Glacier engine, HITMAN 3 will look, sound and play better than ever with improvements to lighting, reflections, animation and AI. Chongqing also features full water effects, with details such as rain drops hitting Agent 47 and his clothes getting wet, all adding to the immersion of experiencing HITMAN 3.

On next-gen consoles, HITMAN 3 will run in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with HDR support. The latest ‘Under The Hood’ trailer showcases this brand new location with smooth new gameplay moments that show off the refinements to interaction animation and AI, as well as Glacier’s crowd technology that will allow up to 300 NPC’s in a location at once.

HITMAN 3 players can import locations from the previous games in the trilogy and have more than 20+ locations under one roof. All of the improvements to rendering, animation and AI introduced with HITMAN 3 can be enjoyed across all three games, making HITMAN 3 the ultimate place to play the entire World of Assassination trilogy.

HITMAN 3 will be available on 20 January 2021 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Google Stadia and PC. HITMAN 3 will also be coming to Nintendo Switch, playable via cloud streaming technology.


About IO Interactive
IO Interactive is an independent videogame development and publishing studio with offices in Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden. As the creative force behind some of the most talked-about multiplatform videogames in the last decade, IOI is dedicated to creating unforgettable characters and experiences using their award-winning proprietary Glacier technology. IO Interactive are developing and publishing the very first James Bond origin story with the working title Project 007. For more information, visit: https://ioi.dk

PS and Xbox Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay Footage Now Available

Following up on the recent release of Xbox One X and Xbox Series X (via backwards compatibility) gameplay footage of Cyberpunk 2077, the hotly-anticipated open-world action-adventure/roleplaying title from CD Projekt Red, now we have footage from the PS4 Pro and PS5 (again in compatibility mode) to take a look at.

Here’s the two videos.

Cyberpunk 2077 is slated to release on December 10th, 2020 on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Stadia. While it will be playable on Xbox Series S|X and PS5 via backwards compatibility, CD Projekt Red has promised a free upgrade to a full next-gen version will be available at a later date.

For more on the game check out the official website: https://www.cyberpunk.net/

Borderlands 3 Mini-Event Adds Legendary Gear Rewards To Campaign Progress

If you’ve had Borderlands 3 sitting on your backlog list, the Golden Path mini-event means now’s the time to pull it off that back burner and finish it up.

The event, which kicked off November 19th and runs through to December 3rd, guarantees Legendary item rewards for completing select campaign missions. That also makes this an ideal time for active players to level up an alternate character (or two) and get them outfitted.

Gamers who got their hands on next-gen consoles should also give the game a look again, the free next-gen upgrade is sizable and impressive. 4K 60, split-screen…it’s a whole new game.

Here’s the press release:


Latest Borderlands® 3 Mini-Event Lets Players Load Up on Legendary Gear While Completing the Campaign

Starting today, the new Golden Path Mini-Event guarantees Legendary rewards for select story missions, allowing players to level up new characters quickly

Your rewards for saving the universe are about to get Legendary – literally. From November 19 through December 3, get Legendary item rewards for completing select campaign missions during the free Golden Path Mini-Event for Borderlands® 3. Get your mitts on the Lyuda Legendary Vladof Sniper Rifle, Handsome Jackhammer Legendary Hyperion SMG, Nemesis Legendary Dahl Pistol, Hellwalker Legendary Jakobs Shotgun, and more!

From November 19 at 9:00 AM PST to December 3 at 9:00 AM PST, select missions in the main Borderlands 3 story campaign are guaranteed to grant Legendary rewards. Note that this lucrative loot buff does not apply to optional side missions or any missions in campaign add-ons. This is the “golden path” we’re talking about, after all.

If you’re a veteran player, now is the perfect time to power-level a new character and try the additional Skill Trees included in the new Designer’s Cut* add-on, available separately or as part of Season Pass 2.* With any luck, you’ll snag the loot you’ve always wanted and reach the endgame ready to rock with a fully decked-out Vault Hunter. If you’re completing the campaign for the very first time, this Legendary loot will give you a killer edge as you race to defeat the Calypso Twins.

If you want the complete Borderlands 3 experience, be sure to pick up Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition, which is now available on PC, Stadia, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. Ultimate Edition grants you access to the award-winning base game, multiple bonus cosmetic packs (including the recently revealed Final Form Cosmetics), and both the original Season Pass* and Season Pass 2.*

And just a reminder: Borderlands 3’s next-gen upgrade is now available for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. All players who own or purchase both a copy of the game and a next-gen console will be able to download the upgrade within the same console family for free. Players who own a physical disc of Borderlands 3 will need the Xbox Series X or standard PlayStation 5 console model that includes a disc drive to take advantage of this feature.

Borderlands 3 has been fully optimized to take advantage of the next-gen consoles’ processing power, bringing a new level of graphical fidelity to the Borderlands universe. The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 display Borderlands 3 at up to 60 frames per second in 4K resolution during single-player and online co-op. It can also reach up to 120 frames per second if you select the “Performance Mode” setting while using a display that supports those frame rates. In addition, all next-gen consoles support three- and four-player split-screen for local multiplayer, and vertical split-screen for two-player local co-op is now available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.

Borderlands 3 is available now on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.

Airship Syndicate Developing ‘Ruined King’ – A Turn-Based RPG Set In ‘League of Legends’ Universe

I like League of Legends (LoL) even though I’m not great at it and don’t have the time to dedicate to get there, so I’m delighted to get word that Airship Syndicate – a developer whose work I’ve loved in the past – is developing a single-player turn-based RPG set in that universe.

That game, slated to hit console and PC in early 2021 at this point, is called Ruined King: A League of Legends Story. It will debut on Steam/Epic Game Store, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One, with the next-gen release planned for “soon thereafter” according to the press release, which you can read in its entirety below.

Players can expect to explore two regions: Bilgewater and Shadow Isles, while learning more backstory details about existing LoL champions Miss Fortune, Illaoi, Braum, Yasuo, Ahri, and Pyke.

Here’s the press release:


RISE AGAINST RUIN ON CONSOLE AND PC, EARLY 2021

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story™ launches on Console and PC early 2021

Los Angeles, CA – October 31, 2020 – Today Riot Forge announced that Ruined King: A League of Legends Story™ will launch on consoles and PC in Early 2021. Bringing the League of Legends IP to consoles for the first time, Ruined King will be available on Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 system,  Xbox One, Steam®, and The Epic Games Store and soon thereafter on PlayStation®5 system and Xbox Series X|S with existing PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One owners having the ability to upgrade their version for free. 

Ruined King is a great way to expand the world of Runeterra for brand new players as well as our dedicated League of Legends (LoL) fans,” said Head of Riot Forge at Riot Games, Leanne Loombe. “Ruined King will be the first single-player game to bring the LoL universe to both consoles and PC. We are excited to take this plunge into exploring stories and champions that players have enjoyed over the years, and can’t wait for our players to embark on this new adventure with us.”

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is developed by Airship Syndicate (the creators of Battle Chasers: Nightwar and Darksiders Genesis, led by the legendary comic book artist Joe Madureira) and is the first game published by Riot Forge. This single-player and immersive turn-based RPG invites new players to the LoL universe as well as players entrenched in the lore to enjoy exploring its mysteries.

The story is set in two regions of Runeterra, Bilgewater, a port town that is home to sea monster hunters, dock gangs, and smugglers from across the known world; and the Shadow Isles, a land cursed with the deadly Black Mist which shrouds the island and corrupts those it comes in contact with. In order to defeat a common and mysterious enemy, players will form an unlikely party of beloved League of Legends champions – Miss Fortune, Illaoi, Braum, Yasuo, Ahri, and Pyke.

“We couldn’t resist the chance to work with Riot Forge to expand the epic world of Runeterra,” said Joe Madureira, CEO of Airship Syndicate. “These are some of our own favorite champions, and we can’t wait for players to see how we brought the characters, creatures, and environments of Runeterra to life.”

Riot Forge will have more to share about Ruined King: A League of Legends Story in December. For the latest, visit https://ruinedking.com/

Related Links:
Website: www.ruinedking.com
Official Facebook: Riot Forge
Official Twitter: @RiotForge 
Official Instagram: @RiotForge
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/RiotForge 


About Riot Forge
Riot Forge was established in 2019 and is a player and developer-focused publisher with the mission of bringing the League of Legends universe to new players and platforms by delivering bespoke “completable” games. Forge’s debut title, Ruined King, will be released in early 2021.

Forge is a publishing label within Riot Games that complements Riot’s research and development program. Forge is focused on working with experienced studios outside of Riot Games as these games will be created and developed by our partner studios and published by Riot Forge. Each game released will expand the League of Legends universe and allow players to experience League like never before.

About Riot Games 
Riot Games was founded in 2006 to develop, publish, and support the most player-focused games in the world. In 2009, Riot released its debut title, League of Legends, to worldwide acclaim. League has gone on to be the most-played PC game in the world and a key driver of the explosive growth of esports. 

As League enters its second decade, Riot continues to evolve the game while delivering new experiences to players with Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra, VALORANT, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and multiple work-in-progress titles, while exploring the world of Runeterra through multimedia projects across music, comic books, TV, and more.

Founded by Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill and led by CEO Nicolo Laurent, Riot is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and has 2,500+ Rioters in 20+ offices worldwide. 

About Airship Syndicate
Airship Syndicate is an independent game development studio based in sunny Austin, Texas. Since 2014 our goal has been simple: build a fun and focused team dedicated to crafting top-quality experiences for console and PC. Led by visionary comic artist Joe Madureira and a host of game industry veterans, we work with talent both in our studio and around the world.

Airship’s titles include the acclaimed Battle Chasers: Nightwar and the high-octane co-op brawler Darksiders Genesis. The upcoming RPG Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is set to expand on the epic world of Runeterra, bringing a new perspective to the champions people worldwide have come to love.

For more information, visit airshipsyndicate.com 

NHL ’94 Rewind Now Available…And A Blast

I’ll be honest, when EA Sports announced pre-ordering NHL 21 – read the review here – would get you NHL ’94 Rewind, a throwback to the NHL ’94 game but with today’s rosters, I thought it was a gimmick. A nice gimmick, but still a gimmick – something silly that you’d play once or twice and then forget.

Man, was I wrong.

The old-school engine has as much trouble with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins full name as NHL goaltenders have with his deceptively quick snapshot.

I mean yeah, it’s silly. The old loose controls shouldn’t be acceptable in today’s game market, and there’s basically zero depth to it…but it’s fun. Man, is it fun. I’ve had a smile on my face pretty much the entire time I’m been playing it, as I crush the pixelated Flames with the equally-pixelated Oilers.

If you played NHL ’94 back in the day, everything you remembered about it is still there. The cross-crease one-timer is king, there’s no dekes outside some side-to-side juking, and you’re going to abuse the hell out of your speed-boost button.

If you never played NHL ’94, you’re in for a treat.

That there’s no online play is really the only downer here, but keep in mind the platform this piggybacks on was built for same-screen, same-room, same-couch play with a family member or friend and 26 years later it still excels at that. It’s perfect for playing with your kids, for example, and a great lesson on how far games have come.

If you didn’t pre-order NHL 21, you’ll have to wait a bit longer to experience this nostalgic bliss. Word is it’ll be available for purchase on its own in December.

Watch Dogs: Legion Now Available

Ubisoft Toronto’s stealth action title has now hit retail on PS4, PC, and Xbox One. Rated M for Mature, the title lets gamers explore near-future London as…literally anyone.

I know, I didn’t believe it either but – as I said in my review – it’s true.

Here’s the press release:


WATCH DOGS®: LEGION NOW AVAILABLE

Mask Up and Join the Resistance

Montreal – OCTOBER 29, 2020 – Ubisoft® announced today that the highly-anticipated video game, Watch Dogs®: Legion, is now available worldwide on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store on Windows PC, Stadia and Ubisoft+*, Ubisoft’s subscription service. The game is rated M for Mature. Watch Dogs: Legion will also release on Xbox Series X | S and Amazon Luna on November 10 and digitally on PlayStation®5 alongside the console on November 12. The physical version of the game on PlayStation®5 will be available on November 24.

Built with a next-gen concept, Watch Dogs: Legion introduces “Play as Anyone,” a never-before-seen gameplay innovation created by Ubisoft Toronto**, the studio behind Watch Dogs: Legion. Play as Anyone gives players the entire city of London to choose for their roster of resistance members. Every single person in the open world can be recruited and played, is unique and has a backstory, personality and skillset. Watch Dogs: Legion will also support hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing on Xbox Series X and full ray-tracing support on Nvidia RTX-equipped PC devices, bringing real-time ray-tracing reflections to the streets of London. Players who purchase Watch Dogs: Legion on Xbox One or PlayStation®4 will be able to upgrade their game to the next-gen version (Xbox Series X or PlayStation®5) at no additional cost,*** while keeping their progression and in-game content between current and next-generation of consoles within the same family thanks to the new Ubisoft Connect ecosystem. 

In Watch Dogs: Legion, London is facing its downfall. Amidst the growing unrest of a restless London, an unknown entity named Zero-Day has framed secret underground resistance DedSec for coordinated bombings across London. In the aftermath, criminal opportunists from every corner of London took hold and filled the void left by a defeated government. As a member of DedSec, players will be going up against those criminal opportunists in Watch Dogs: Legion: sadists, mercenaries, cybercriminals, and more, so they’ll have to be prepared for a variety of situations. Players must recruit members into their DedSec Resistance to take on these criminal opportunists, liberate London and uncover the identity of Zero-Day.

Players who acquire the Season Pass of Watch Dogs: Legion will get access to Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline, a new storyline which includes Aiden Pearce from the original Watch Dogs game and Wrench from Watch Dogs 2, fully playable in the single player campaign and online. Additionally, players will be introduced to Darcy, a member of the Assassin Order, thanks to a crossover with Assassin’s Creed®; and Mina, a subject of transhuman experiments, who possesses the ability to mind control individuals. In addition to the unique playable characters and Watch Dogs: Legion – Bloodline story expansion, the Season Pass will offer extra DedSec missions, the original Watch Dogs Complete Edition from 2014****, and more. The Season Pass of Watch Dogs: Legion is available for purchase as part of the Gold, Ultimate and Collector editions.

The Online multiplayer mode of Watch Dogs: Legion will be available on December 3 as part of a free game update for all Watch Dogs: Legion players. Watch Dogs: Legion has a robust post-launch plan that will bring fresh content to the single-player mode and introduce online multiplayer modes.  

Watch Dogs: Legion has a variety of accessibility options, ranging from fully customizable controls to directional audio captions. A full list of accessibility options can be found on news.ubisoft.com.

With Ubisoft Connect, the ideal destination to connect with friends or participate in game events and activities, Watch Dogs: Legion also brings new exciting time-limited and community challenges, as well as a cross-game loyalty system that lets players earn an uncapped amount of Units to spend on unique rewards, like weapons, outfits and consumables. For more information on Ubisoft Connect, please visit ubisoftconnect.com.

For the latest news on Watch Dogs: Legion and all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit news.ubisoft.com.

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*$19.99 per month. Cancel anytime. The Ultimate Edition (Excluding VIP status) will be available as part of a Ubisoft+ subscription. More information at ubisoft-plus.com.

**Associate studios are Ubisoft Montreal, Paris, Bucharest, Kiev, Newcastle and Massive Entertainment, a Ubisoft Studio.

***Watch Dogs: Legion leverages Smart Delivery allowing access to both the Xbox One title and Xbox Series X title when available. Watch Dogs: Legion PlayStation 4 Digital and Blu-Ray™ games gives access to the corresponding Watch Dogs: Legion PlayStation 5 Digital version at no additional cost, when available. Requires a PlayStation 5 or a PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, the game disc (if owned on Blu-Ray™) must be kept inserted in the PlayStation 5 disc tray to play, a PlayStation™Network registration, additional storage & Broadband internet connection. May incur bandwidth usage fees.

****Stadia players will be able to access Watch Dogs Complete Edition later this year, while all other platforms will have access in available territories when Watch Dogs: Legion launches.


ABOUT WATCH DOGS
Watch Dogs launched in 2014 as the video game industry’s best-selling new IP at launch. To-date, the award-winning franchise has sold more than 40 million games worldwide. The hacker series extends to other entertainment media, including books and comics. The next opus in the franchise, Watch Dogs: Legion, released on October 29, 2020.

ABOUT UBISOFT
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, For Honor, Just Dance, Watch Dogs, Tom Clancy’s video game series including Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and The Division. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2019–20 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated net bookings of €1,534 million. To learn more, please visit: www.ubisoftgroup.com.