Techland has formally announced Hellraid, a first-person co-op slasher that offers two games in one: a single-player, story-driven campaign of hack & slash action; and unique, co-operative multiplayer that pits four players against the denizens of hell – and each other – in a battle for points, rewards and fame. The first official screenshots, game details and more are available on Hellraid.com, where you’ll also find the developers blog, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the production of Hellraid.
The armies of Hell brought pain and destruction to the realm of man, and only a select few have the fighting skills necessary to confront the devilish monstrosities. Combining elements of hack & slash RPGs, first-person shooters and online multiplayer games, Hellraid features an advanced, immersive combat system with melee, ranged and magical weapons. The engaging Game Master system makes each game a different experience, placing loot and enemies while generating random online challenges.
With exploration, looting, questing, weapon crafting, boss fights, armor customization, character development, leaderboards, magic and so much more, Hellraid is set to drag you straight to hell later this year on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
CCP Games, the world’s leading independent developer of massively multiplayer games, has announced that DUST 514 will launch on May 14, 2013. The groundbreaking, free-to-play first-person-shooter launches on PlayStation 3, and players can join the war for galactic supremacy with the ease of a free download.
As with CCP’s first game, EVE Online, launch is only the beginning of the voyage with DUST 514. Gamers can look forward to an ever-progressing game, built on the experience CCP has gathered over the past decade, as new features and upgrades are rolled out for years to come. The way to victory is now open to any intergalactic mercenary with the guns and grit to accept the challenge.
“Reaching this point has required many years, hundreds of CCP employees, and the engagement of millions of players who contributed fantastic feedback during the beta process,” said Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP. “Now we start the real journey, which, decades from now, we will look back on with astonishment at all we accomplished. The EVE Universe will outlive us all.”
With the launch of DUST 514, the struggle for interstellar dominance in New Eden escalates as DUST mercenaries forge their path to glory. The power to topple empires will be in the hands of all who choose to seize it. The game’s massive battlegrounds, deadly weapons, and futuristic vehicles form the foundation of the deep first-person shooter action that awaits, while unrivaled customization options allow players to shape their strategic advantage, tactical edge, and combat style with cunning and skill.
DUST 514 is also fully integrated with New Eden, the notorious setting of EVE Online, a massive game universe that recently surpassed a half-million subscribers worldwide. As DUST players wage war in this first-person shooter at unprecedented scale, the outcome of each ground battle impacts the persistent universe, shifting the tide of war for legions of participants. Mercenaries can gain the advantage by coordinating with starship pilots in EVE Online, calling in devastating orbital strikes against opposing squads. The fortunes of DUST 514 players will rise and fall as they align themselves with like-minded warriors to make their mark across the EVE Universe.
On May 14, the uprising of DUST 514’s mercenaries begins and their impact will leave New Eden forever altered.
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories are now available to download for $9.99 as part of the PS2 Classics collection on the PlayStation Store.
Players can now revisit or experience for the first time the dark, seedy, and bustling streets of Liberty City and Tony Cipriani’s ’98 rise to glory, and the glamorous, hedonistic metropolis of Vice City and Victor Vance’s ’84 tale of crime and corruption.
Who will be picking up this once PSP and PS2 classic?
CCP Games, the world’s leading independent massively multiplayer game developer, is pleased to announce that on May 6, 2013, the very date that EVE Online launched 10 years ago, the DUST 514 Uprising build will roll out, bringing new features to the mercenaries of New Eden!
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the hugely successful MMO EVE Online as DUST 514 upgrades to the Uprising build, its biggest update yet. With Uprising, CCP takes another bold step toward the launch of DUST 514 and the further evolution of CCP’s single-shard universe.
Currently in open beta, DUST 514 brings intense infantry combat, large-scale warfare and deep character advancement to the PlayStation®3 in an exclusive, free-to-play, massively multiplayer shooter. Set in, and integrated with, the massive universe of EVE Online, players wage war in this next generation first-person shooter, where a single victory could prove the crushing blow to a galactic empire and thousands of online gamers.
“We reached a momentous milestone in January when DUST 514 and EVE Online became one and formed the largest single-shard MMO universe in the world,” said Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP. “Now our teams will continue to lay down more tracks between EVE Online and DUST 514 which will then be galvanized by our players every step of the way, inspiring us to go ever further. Uprising brings new features to drive meaningful human interaction, beautiful new visuals to astound, and increased ease of use, an important step in the journey.”
CCP continues to improve and fine-tune DUST 514 in a series of planned updates during its open beta phase with the next and biggest wave of them all arriving in the spring of 2013.
The Uprising update for DUST 514 is focused on these core features:
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced that the DLC Virtual Reality (VR) Missions is available now on the Playstation®3 Entertainment System. Free for a limited time, the DLC adds 30 all-new missions to the game, featuring the classic VR look inspired by the original METAL GEAR SOLID VR Missions. The pack is pure, uncut gameplay that introduces a host of unique new challenges that will push Raiden’s skills to its limits.
Along with the VR Missions, KONAMI will release two additional METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE downloadable content packs starting this April. The first DLC pack, Jetstream, will be a side story featuring Sam as a playable character. The second pack, Blade Wolf, will allow players to control the enigmatic Blade Wolf and will showcase his side story. Both DLC packs will feature multiple hours of gameplay including unique abilities and characteristics for each character, while also expanding on each of their storylines and origins.
The VR Missions DLC is available now for free on PlayStation 3.
Today, Ubisoft announced Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, the next installment in the company’s best-selling franchise. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag introduces an all new hero and setting, and will feature the most diverse and seamless Assassin’s Creed world ever created.
In development for nearly two years, the game is being spearheaded by one of the veteran Assassin’s Creed teams in Ubisoft Montreal with support from Ubisoft studios in Annecy, Bucharest, Kiev, Quebec, Singapore and Sofia. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag will be released on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation 4 from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Nintendo’s Wii U system, Windows PC and other next generation consoles. The game will be available on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, and Nintendo’s Wii U system on October 29, 2013.
“With the new hero and new setting we are creating the boldest and most unique Assassin’s Creed game yet, while still respecting the pillars of the franchise that have made it such a fan favorite,” said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. “Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is based on a true, harsh and exciting part of a legendary era and will thrill longtime fans and newcomers alike.”
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man with a thirst for danger and adventure, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end. Edward is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars. Set at the dawn of the 18th Century, the game features some of the most infamous pirates in history, such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane, and takes players on a journey throughout the West Indies during a turbulent and violent period of time later to become known as the Golden Age of Pirates.
Gameplay in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is based upon the franchise’s proven tenets. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag features a vast open world with more than 50 navigable locations. Combat combines the weaponry of the Assassin’s Order with armaments of the era, and rewards both daring and stealth. And the series’ acclaimed multiplayer experience is more varied and ruthless than ever in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag.
Customers who purchase Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag on PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 can download 60 minutes of additional gameplay via the PlayStation Network after the game’s launch.
Customers who pre-order Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag at EB Games will receive a Limited Edition collectible poster (while supplies last) featuring artwork created by legendary, award-winning artist Todd McFarlane.
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag can be pre-ordered at Uplay shop by visiting: http://shop.ubi.com/AC4BF
While part of Spiders Studio’s team finishes development of Mars War Logs, releasing soon on digital distribution platforms, we are pleased to unveil Bound by Flame. Bound by Flame is their bigger project, under development for months now and targeted for release on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at the end of 2013.
We present Bound by Flame to you with the very first screenshot of the game. This action/role-playing game lets you play a mercenary possessed by a flame demon in an ambitious Dark Fantasy universe.
As a victim of this demonic influence, players will have to choose between the powers offered by this evil or to reject the demonic influence, developing heroic talents instead. Dangers, and enemies becoming more terrifying and fearsome in battle, will be temptations to acquire more power by giving up part of the hero’s soul to the demon. Progression of the demonic influence will be reflected by the transformation of the hero’s body.
Through its different chapters, Bound by Flame will offer many quests around a primary, epic adventure. Depending on the choices made by the player and the influence of the demon, some chapters will offer different scenarios and a different experience, adding important replayability to the game. Real-time battles are impressive and dynamic. If the player begins the game knowing only the basics of combat, fire magic, and assassination, he will be able to specialize by unlocking and improving many skills and powers, through 3 different skill trees.
Bound by Flame lets the players customize their character. During the creation of their hero, players will be able choose their gender and freely alter their facial characteristics. This will of course have an influence on the demon’s appearance. Bound by Flame also includes a crafting system, allowing them to create and improve equipment, including their armor and weapons. Several companions will join the player during his quest, and will, depending on the player’s actions, develop friendship, romance or rivalry.
Finally, the bestiary of Bound by Flame is rich and spectacular. Today’s screenshot introduces you to the terrifying Swamp Beast, but you will get to fight many other impressive creatures: shadow dragons, liches, undead, ice creatures… epic confrontations abound. Which path will the players take? Will they lust after the demon’s power and magic to annihilate their foes, or will they favor their combat skills and their bravery?
[box_light]Bound by Flame is targeted for release on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at the end of 2013.[/box_light]
Independent developer Dennaton Games and rogue game publisher Devolver Digital have announced that the award-winning Hotline Miami will arrive on the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) and PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) this coming spring. Crashing onto the scene last fall, Hotline Miami grabbed the attention of gamers all over the world with stylish sights and sounds, tough as nails gameplay, and a perplexing narrative that garnered Dennaton Games’ debut effort awards and nominations from nearly every video game media outlet. Hotline Miami has gone on to sell over 300,000 units on PC and solidified its place amongst the best releases of 2012.
Recently, CCP launched the latest version of the game, Codex. If you’re not familiar, this newest update features a significant amount of enhancements and improvements to DUST. CCP has constantly been gathering feedback from beta players and implementing that into each major update to the beta. Some of the newest updates in Codex include:
Additionally this weekend all players that log in and play DUST 514 will earn Double Skill Points (SP) from their battles. Every battle from now through November 8 will award twice the SP, making player’s skills skyrocket the more they take part in beta hostilities. The DUST 514 beta is online 23/7, so log on and jump into battle.
The charismatic Ezio Auditore de Firenze makes one final return to give gamers an opportunity to revisit the classic Assassin’s Creed trilogy. Launching exclusively for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system on November 13, 2012, for $39.99, the Assassin’s Creed Ezio Trilogy features Assassin’s Creed II with downloadable content, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed Revelations, all on one Blu-ray disc.
The Assassin’s Creed Ezio Trilogy gives gamers an opportunity to venture into the life of Ezio Auditore de Firenze – an Assassin driven by vengeance. Spanning three different periods of his life, the Assassin’s Creed Ezio Trilogy will see Ezio rise from an apprentice Assassin to building a brotherhood that will aide his war against the Templars and finally his journey to reveal the truth of the Assassin order. The multiplayer experiences for both Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed Revelations will be included in this bundle.
The newest entry in the series, Assassin’s Creed III, will launch on October 30. Gamers who pick up Assassin’s Creed III on the PlayStation 3 will receive four exclusive single player missions.
Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution in the late 18th century, Assassin’s Creed III introduces a new hero, Ratonhnhaké:ton, of Native American and English heritage. Adopting the name Connor, he becomes the new voice for justice in the ancient war between the Assassins and Templars. Gamers become an Assassin in the war for liberty against ruthless tyranny in the most stylized and fluid combat experiences in the franchise to date.
The prettiest game I saw at E3. It also is the most featured and deep first person shooter I played. The map I was on was at night, and all colors popped and looked magnificent. Movement is fast and fluid. Not to be dismissive of the game, but there are ranks, upgrades, and team-based objectives that require teamwork in order to win. Lone wolves will have issues. The thing that sets them apart is the legacy of the namesake and the vehicles which let you fly all over the vast landscape.
This is another SOE title coming to PS3 and PC.
Toronto-based developer DrinkBox Studios announced today that their Mexican-themed co-op-multiplayer dimension-swapping Metroid-vania beat-em-up platformer “Guacamelee!” will be released via the SCEA “Pub Fund” program on PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 system and PlayStation®Vita system.
Guacamelee! Producer and DrinkBox Co-founder Graham Smith had this to say about the initiative: “Sony has been really great to work with in the past, and we are excited to continue working with them to have the opportunity to bring our new game to their platforms via the Pub Fund program”. Graham went on to talk about his favourite Canadian hobbies, moose hunting and building snow forts, but this discussion was extremely boring and has been intentionally omitted here.
The game is currently slated for an early 2013 release and will be shown in the Sony booth next week at E3 (July 5th-7th). More information on the game can be found at www.guacamelee.com. As of this writing, no animals have been harmed in the development of Guacamelee!.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced that Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system. The game is scheduled for release in Europe, Australia and other global territories in September.
Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition includes the award-winning Batman: Arkham City, one of the highest reviewed titles of 2011, along with all previously released downloadable content (DLC) packs, Batman Year One movie download* (restrictions apply), and Harley Quinn’s Revenge, the final chapter of the Batman: Arkham City saga that adds more than two hours of completely new gameplay.
Featuring playable chapters for both Batman and Robin, the Harley Quinn’s Revenge chapter plunges players back into Arkham City to uncover Harley’s plan for vengeance against Batman for the events that unfolded in Batman: Arkham City. Those who already own the original boxed edition of Batman: Arkham City can experience the new mission by downloading the Harley Quinn’s Revenge Pack, available worldwide beginning today in the Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for Xbox 360 and PlayStation Network. The DLC will be available for PC in early-June.
Epic Games announces that BBC Worldwide and Supermassive Games have licensed the award-winning Unreal Engine 3 technology to power the time-bending action game, “Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock.” Crafted by acclaimed developer Supermassive Games and based upon the BBC’s heralded franchise that has entertained audiences for nearly 50 years, “Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock” will be the first PlayStation Vita game to utilize the cutting-edge Unreal Engine toolset, which also fuels the PlayStation 3 and PC versions of the game.
As of today, the above titles mentioned: Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, Kane & Lynch: Dog Days, and Mini Ninjas, available for download at the PlayStation Store as PlayStation 3 full-games.
So how much are these games you may ask? Well, if you can’t jump onto the PlayStation Store right now:
• Kane & Lynch: Dead Men $14.99
• Kane & Lynch: Dog Days $19.99
• Mini Ninjas $19.99