VideoGame News: NieR Automata Releasing on PC March 17th 2017

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Square Enix Ltd., today announced that the upcoming highly anticipated Action-RPG, NieR: Automata will be available on STEAM globally from 17th March 2017.

Developed in collaboration with PlatinumGames Inc., NieR: Automata tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2, and their ferocious battle to reclaim a machine-driven dystopia abandoned by mankind and overrun by powerful mechanoids.

Those who pre-purchase the STEAM Day One edition now will receive an exclusive ‘Valve Character Accessory’, as well as other Day One Edition DLC bonus content including; Machine Mask Accessory, Grimoire Weiss Pod, Retro Grey Pod Skin, Retro Red Pod Skin, and Cardboard Pod Skin. To pre-purchase now, visit: http://store.steampowered.com/app/524220/

NieR: Automata will be available for the PlayStation 4 on the 10th March, and on STEAM globally from the 17th March 2017. For more information, visit: http://nierautomata.com

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Twitter: @NieRGame
Official Page: http://nierautomata.com

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VideoGame News: PREY Gameplay and Release Date Trailer

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Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, today announced Prey  will release worldwide on Friday, May 5, 2017 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Prey is the highly-anticipated first-person sci-fi action game from Arkane Studios – creators of the award-winning Dishonored series which includes the 2012 ‘Game of the Year’ and the critically-acclaimed follow-up, Dishonored 2.

When you awaken aboard Talos I, an immense space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032, you find yourself as the key subject of an experiment meant to alter humanity forever – but things have gone terribly wrong. The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted. As you dig into the dark secrets of Talos I and your own past, you must survive using the tools found on the station, your wits, weapons, and mind-bending abilities to defeat the Typhon alien.

Fans who pre-order Prey will receive the exclusive Cosmonaut Shotgun Pack. The pre-order bonus consists of Morgan Yu’s family heirloom Margrave shotgun and tools to fight threats aboard Talos I including: three Neuromods players can spend to acquire new abilities, two Medkits, a Fabrication plan to create the Shotgun and Ammo, a starter kit for building tools and weapons, and a unique upgrade to help players preserve their limited resources.

For more information about the game please visit www.prey.com .

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VideoGame News: Resident Evil 7 Released on PS4 and Xbox One

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Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced Resident Evil  7 biohazard is now available both digitally and at retail across North America and Europe. This latest entry in the renowned Resident Evil series, which has sold over 71 million units worldwide to date, is available on PlayStation 4  (the full game is also available to play via the included optional PlayStation VR Mode), Xbox One and Windows PC (Steam and Windows Store). The Resident Evil series which first coined the “survival horror” term some twenty years ago, innovates the genre yet again as Resident Evil 7 biohazard delivers an incredibly realistic horror experience updated with modern gameplay systems.

Resident Evil 7 biohazard introduces players to Ethan Winters, who has been led to Dulvey, Louisiana in search of his missing wife. There he comes upon a sinister and supposedly abandoned plantation. Upon entering the property it becomes clear that there are secrets to unveil and all is not as it seems. Ethan soon encounters the mysterious Baker family, who have been missing from the area for some time. Will Ethan ever be reunited with his wife? Players will unfold all the secrets behind the mysterious plot as they embark on this truly terrifying and unpredictable survival horror experience.

Resident Evil 7 biohazard features the signature explorative and atmospheric gameplay from the critically acclaimed series that fans across the world have loved for years. The innovative and immersive horror gameplay delivers a disturbingly realistic experience that challenges players to face untold fears, up close and personal, thanks to the dramatic shift to first person view. Powered by Capcom’s original RE Engine and working in tandem with industry leading audio and visual technologies, Resident Evil 7 biohazard promises to define the next era in horror entertainment.

Capcom will continue to support the release of Resident Evil 7 biohazardafter launch with optional downloadable content. Available shortly after launch, Banned Footage Vol. 1 and Banned Footage Vol. 2 will each deliver two further scenarios and an extra bonus mode for players to dive even deeper into the terrifying game world. Following those, an additional story episode, Not a Hero, will be released for free to all players in spring 2017 and will introduce players to a new separate storyline away from the mysterious drama they’ve already unveiled with Ethan Winters. The Banned Footage Vol. 1 and Banned Footage Vol. 2 content, along with an additional downloadable story episode are available via the Season Pass and deluxe editions of the game. These downloadable contents will also be available for purchase separately with more details to be shared soon.

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PlayStation News: First Kingdom Hearts Compilation for PS4 Arrives Today

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SQUARE ENIX and Disney are calling all Keyblade wielders to join the battle against the Heartless with today’s release of KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. This collection features brand-new and classic stories from the KINGDOM HEARTS saga, where fans will be able to adventure with Sora, Riku, King Mickey and other beloved characters across the expansive Disney worlds. This title will also lead into the next entry in the series, KINGDOM HEARTS III.

The HD compilation includes:

  • KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD

Originally released in 2012, the full-HD remastered version will allow players to join series protagonists Sora and Riku to take on the Mark of Mastery exam in preparation for upcoming threats. Players can experience faster-paced battles and exploration at a blistering pace.

  • KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A fragmentary passage –

A completely new playable episode that links to the story of KINGDOM HEARTS III, taking place after the storyline of KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep played from the perspective of Aqua. This is the first KINGDOM HEARTS experience developed from the ground up for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.

  • KINGDOM HEARTS χ Back Cover (movie)

A new HD movie that tells the mysterious story of the Foretellers, connecting the earliest parts of the series’ history, showcased in the hit mobile title KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ[chi].

In addition, to celebrate the compilation release, WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY® players will get the chance to download Sora who will enter the world of Grymoire and fight for the light and his friends as a brave Keyblade wielder with a strong heart. To receive Sora’s Champion Medal simply install the latest patch and unlock the ability to invoke Champions. Sora will be available as a Champion Summon in WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY until 31st March 2017.

KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is available now for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system.

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Facebook® Page: http://www.facebook.com/kingdomhearts
Twitter®: @KINGDOMHEARTS
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PlayStation News: Earthlock Festival of Magic Coming to PS4 27/1/17

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After months of refining the gamer experience, EARTHLOCK: Festival of Magic gets its biggest release yet: The PlayStation 4! Not only releasing on the PlayStation Store, EARTHLOCK: Festival of Magic will be physically available in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East on January 27th and the United States on February 14th.

EARTHLOCK is an indie developed, adventure RPG inspired by the classic 3D RPGs of the late 90’s, with a fresh take on turn based combat and character progression. A tribute to true turn-based RPG fans, EARTHLOCK: Festival of Magic will test even the most strategic of players.

About The Game:

Embark on a journey to save the beautiful world of Umbra, a harsh planet that stopped spinning thousands of cycles ago. What started as a mission to rescue Amon’s uncle from the clutches of an ancient cult, soon spirals into an adventure that was centuries in the making. You must bring together this group of unlikely heroes to stop the ruinous past from repeating itself.

Features of EARTHLOCK: Festival of Magic

  • Explore the vast and magical world of Umbra
  • Fast and highly strategic turn‐based battles
  • Harvest magical materials and craft items on your home island
  • A set of unique heroes, each with their own fighting style
  • Talent Table: combining a classic ‘skill tree’ and equipment to customise your character’s progression

For some more background, check out the fresh PSN Blog interview with one of our developers here!

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Nintendo News: ‘Nintendo Switch’ To Launch March 3rd 2017, Details and Pricing

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Nintendo announced today that the new Nintendo Switch system will launch worldwide on March 3, 2017 at a suggested retail price of $299.99 in the United States. (£279.99 UK)

The system will include the main console, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con controllers, a Joy-Con grip (to which two Joy-Con are attached and used as one controller), a set of Joy-Con wrist straps, a Nintendo Switch dock (which holds the main console and connects it to a TV), an HDMI cable and an AC adapter. Two stylish versions of the system will be released: a version with a set of gray Joy-Con, and a version with one neon blue and one neon red Joy-Con. Both versions will be the same price.

“Nintendo Switch is a brand-new kind of home gaming system that offers a wide variety of play modes,” said Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima. “We will introduce the world to new experiences made possible by the unique characteristics of the Nintendo Switch hardware and the Joy-Con.”

Nintendo Switch is a breakthrough home video game system. It not only connects to a TV at home, but it also instantly transforms into an on-the-go handheld using its 6.2-inch screen. For the first time, players can enjoy a full home-console experience anytime, anywhere. The screen includes capacitive multi-touch capabilities for compatible games. Battery life can last for more than six hours, but will vary depending on the software and usage conditions. For example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly three hours on a single charge. While away from home, Nintendo Switch can be charged by plugging the AC adapter into the console’s USB Type-C connector.

The versatile Joy-Con offer multiple surprising new ways for players to have fun. Two Joy-Con can be used independently in each hand, or together as one game controller when attached to the Joy-Con grip. They can also attach to the main console for use in handheld mode, or be shared with friends to enjoy two-player action in supported games. Each Joy-Con has a full set of buttons and can act as a standalone controller, and each includes an accelerometer and gyro-sensor, making independent left and right motion control possible.

Nintendo Switch also contains a number of built-in features that make it more interactive. The left Joy-Con has a Capture Button that players can press to take instant screenshots of gameplay to share with friends on social media. The right Joy-Con includes an NFC touchpoint for interaction with amiibo figures, as well as an IR Motion Camera that can detect the distance, shape and motion of nearby objects in specially designed games. For example, it can tell how far away a player’s hand is, and even if the hand is forming a rock, paper or scissors shape. Both Joy-Con include advanced HD Rumble, which can provide compatible games with subtle vibrations that are much more realistic than before. The effect is so detailed that a player could, for example, feel the sensation of individual ice cubes colliding inside a glass when shaking a Joy-Con. With HD Rumble players can experience a level of realism not possible through sights and sounds alone.

Nintendo Switch makes it easy for players to stay connected. Up to eight systems can be connected for local wireless play. The player can place the system upright anywhere by using the built-in stand, then easily share Joy-Con for multiplayer fun away from the TV. The system will support online Wi-Fi multiplayer gaming. Nintendo also unveiled a new online subscription service that will begin with a free trial at launch. The service includes a smart-device application available in Summer 2017 that will let users invite friends to play online, set play appointments and chat with one another as they play compatible games. The fully featured paid service will be available in the fall.

Nintendo Switch will be supported by world-class third-party publishers including Activision Publishing Inc., Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and major Japanese publishers. Some publishers, such as Bethesda Softworks, are joining Nintendo for the first time. Players can look forward to major franchises on Nintendo Switch such as EA SPORTS FIFAThe Elder ScrollsNBA 2K, Minecraft and more. Nintendo Switch software will not be region locked.

The unique capabilities of the console and Joy-Con have combined with innovations from past systems to create Nintendo’s most flexible, feature-packed video game system ever. This is demonstrated by the wide variety of unique games that were announced for launch day, this summer and into the 2017 holiday season, from both Nintendo and its third-party partners. From the engrossing open-air experience of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to the party fun of 1-2-Switch, Nintendo Switch offers something for everyone.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Prepare for the biggest Legend of Zelda adventure yet, with an open-air style that breaks new boundaries while honoring the origins of the acclaimed series. Explore a world of unprecedented size and discover more than 100 puzzle-filled Shrines of Trials, plus a wide variety of weapons, outfits and gear. Players won’t want to stop playing, and they won’t have to since Nintendo Switch allows them to continue the adventure anywhere, anytime.

The game is compatible with Zelda 30th Anniversary series amiibo, the Wolf Link amiibo (which will be re-issued as a standalone amiibo on Feb. 3) and the new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series amiibo. In addition to the previously announced Link (Rider), Link (Archer) and Guardian amiibo, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series amiibo will also include new Zelda and Bokoblin amiibo. The amiibo in this series carry a suggested retail price of $15.99, except for the massive Guardian amiibo, which has a suggested retail price of $19.99.
 
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will provide players with a landmark Nintendo Switch experience on the system’s launch day in March, and will be available as a standard edition, Special Edition and Master Edition. The Special Edition includes the game, a Nintendo Switch Sheikah Slate Carrying Case, Sheikah Eye Collectible Coin, Relic of Hyrule: Calamity Ganon Tapestry and Weather-Worn Map, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sound Selection CD for a suggested retail price of $99.99. The Master Edition includes all of those items plus a Master Sword of Resurrection figure, and has a suggested retail price of $129.99.

1-2-Switch: This is the first Nintendo video game in which players compete in fun activities while staring into each other’s eyes instead of at the TV screen. From Wild West gunslinging to copying each other’s dance moves, the games in 1-2-Switch make creative use of a broad variety of Nintendo Switch features to liven up parties with anyone, anywhere, at any time. 1-2-Switch will be available alongside the Nintendo Switch system on its launch day in March.

ARMS: Featuring a unique multiplayer fighting sport that lets players trade blows using extendable arms, this game includes elements of both boxing and shooting games, plus a new cast of characters. After customizing a character with a variety of arms, the player holds one Joy-Con in each hand and throws left and right punches at the opponent. Characters can jump and dash, and players can bend their punches by twisting their hands as they swing. As players learn the game and improve their skills, they will discover a deeper level of advanced tactics. Players can compete against the computer, against a friend on a split screen using a second set of Joy-Con (sold separately), against worldwide rivals online, or with two Nintendo Switch systems over a local wireless connection. ARMS will be available this Spring.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: With Nintendo Switch, fans can enjoy the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 anywhere, anytime, even with up to eight friends in local wireless multiplayer. All your favorite tracks and characters return from the Wii U version, plus all DLC tracks and characters, and new characters join the roster, too: Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy from Splatoon, as well as King Boo, Dry Bones and Bowser Jr.! Plus, Battle mode has been revamped and includes Balloon Battle and Bob-omb Blast, with new courses such as Urchin Underpass and Battle Stadium, and returning ones like GCN Luigi’s Mansion and SNES Battle Course 1. Players can now carry two items at a time, including new items returning from previous Mario Kart games such as Boo (the item-stealing ghost) and the Feather, which gives players a high jump in Battle mode. Players can even choose to use a new Smart Steering feature, which makes driving and staying on the track easy for novice players and kids, even at 200cc. Play in TV mode in up to 1080p. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches in April.

Splatoon 2: Traditional 4-on-4 turf battles return in this full sequel to the original breakout hit game, along with new stages, new fashions and new weapons such as the two-handed Splat Dualies. Players can compete on the TV or on the go. Whether they use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (sold separately) or Joy-Con, players can aim their ink using gyro controls. Splatoon 2 supports both local and online multiplayer matches. The game will also support voice chat using the new Nintendo Switch smart device app (a free, limited version of the app will be available this summer), and will add new stages, fashions and weapons after launch, as the original game did. Splatoon 2 is scheduled to launch this summer.

Super Mario Odyssey: This is the first sandbox game that allows Mario to fully explore his world since Super Mario 64 on Nintendo 64 and Super Mario Sunshine on Nintendo GameCube. Mario jumps out of the Mushroom Kingdom and embarks on a journey through mysterious new places and new experiences, such as sailing between worlds aboard an airship and the ability to throw Mario’s cap. Super Mario Odyssey is scheduled to launch during the 2017 holiday season.

Snipperclips – Cut it out, together!: In this creative new kind of Action-Puzzle game, players communicate, cooperate and use their imaginations to solve basic and advanced puzzles by cutting paper characters into new shapes. People can play solo or with a friend in the main game, then bring in a bigger group to solve up to four-player dynamic puzzles or compete in other activities. Snipperclips – Cut it out, together! will release in March exclusively in Nintendo eShop.

For more information about Nintendo Switch, including a video of the announcements, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch .

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PlayStation News: The Flame in The Flood ‘Complete Edition’ Coming to PS4 17/1/17

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Almost a year has passed since The Flame in the Flood first released on Xbox One and STEAM for PC in 2016. Now finally a release date of January 17th has been given to the Playstation 4 version and as a reward for their patience, PS4 fans will enjoy ‘The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition” with a few extras:

This new version will add a director’s commentary, a dynamic theme and avatars and unspecified “gameplay enhancements”.

The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition is a wilderness survival game in which a girl and her dog travel on foot and by raft down a procedurally-generated river. Scrounge for resources, craft tools, remedy afflictions, evade the vicious wildlife and, most importantly, stay healthy in a dangerous wilderness.

I reviewed the original for MoviesGamesandTech.com for Xbox One, and it completely blew me away with its visual style, the musical score and soundtrack but most of all it was the accessibility it offered to the survival game genre and such a beautiful story told as you fight to survive the river. My full review can be read here:

Indie Publisher Curve Digital have picked up the release for PS4.

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