Beatbuddy developer Threaks announces Retro Invasion, a shooter/brawler mash-up

Threaks, the German developer behind the musical platformer Beatbuddy, has announced their next game as the 2015 Gamescom expo opens its doors.

Retro Invasion is a side-scrolling mash-up of shooters and brawlers that pairs up modern Mike and “retro infected” Brawler Rik in a co-op “Shoot N Brawl.” In a bit of a Pixels-like twist, the land of old video games has turned the real world into voxels and its up to Mike (who looks a little like Gordon Freeman) and Brawler Rik (who is a dead ringer for Mario) to save the day.

“We’re super excited to finally announce our next game Retro Invasion.” says Wolf Lang, Co-CEO at Threaks. “With more than a year in conception and production now, it’s amazing to see how well this crazy idea works. Retro Invasion kind of feels and plays like the unholy child of Gears of War and Streets of Rage.”

Retro Invasion is playable all this week at Gamescom’s Indie Arena in Hall 10.1. It’ll be released for the PC and a number of unspecified consoles in 2016.

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The Games of August 2015

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It’s been a slow Summer, and while August is still technically a part of the season, a lot of intriguing games will be available this month. From a ton of retro classics to a handful of remakes to several wholly original titles, there’s going to be a lot to play in August. And you can find out exactly what the Warp Zoned staff is most interested in after the break.

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Killer Instinct Season 3 will kick off in March with Rash (of Battletoads fame) as guest fighter

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Microsoft has announced that Killer Instinct Season 3 will kick off in March 2016, which is good news for all the fighting game fanatics out there. The previously-announced PC edition, featuring characters from all three seasons, will also be available beginning in March.

Killer Instinct Season 3 will once again feature eight new characters, including Rash, one of the tubular toads from Battletoads. Best of all, you won’t have to wait until March to try him out. Everyone who has purchased the 30-game Rare Replay compilation will be able to download an early beta version of Rash starting today.

The Rash beta is expected to be available until sometime in September.

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Deep Silver shows off Homefront: The Revolution at Gamescom 2015

At Microsoft’s 2015 Gamescom Briefing, publisher Deep Silver finally revealed a gameplay trailer for the upcoming Homefront: The Revolution. They also showed a short, but poignant, two-minute CGI trailer (which is available after the break).

The short gameplay snippet shows a rebel squad in Philadelphia, the new location for the game, driving vehicles through the streets (and roofs) to take down a warehouse full of North Korean soldiers. It doesn’t look like anything too revolutionary, if you’ll pardon the pun, but if Deep Silver Dambuster Studios can fix the flaws of the original game, it could be a decent title.

Homefront: The Revolution will be hitting store shelves in Spring 2016 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The Xbox One will also be getting an exclusive multiplayer beta sometime this Winter.

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Halo Wars 2 announced at Gamescom 2015

Microsoft announced Halo Wars 2, a followup to the original Halo-themed RTS from 2009, at their Gamescom Briefing just a short few hours ago.

Interestingly, Sega’s Creative Assembly, the same team behind the Total War series, as well as Alien: Isolation, will be leading development. Ensemble Studios was responsible for the original Halo Wars, but they were shut down by Microsoft shortly after the release of the game.

Halo Wars 2 will be coming to the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs sometime in Fall 2016.

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Crackdown 3 crashes onto the Xbox One with Multiplayer Beta in Summer 2016

The Crackdown series is coming back in a big way next year with Crackdown 3. Re-announced as part of Microsoft’s 2015 Gamescom Briefing, the open world action game will include “100% destructible environments” and a “criminal hierarchy to be dismantled any way you choose.”

The developers at Reagent Games have created a new behind-the-scenes trailer, embedded above, which gives us our first look at some gameplay. Reagent will use Microsoft’s Cloud service to funnel additional computing power into Crackdown 3’s four-player co-op campaign and its competitive multiplayer mode.

Unfortunately, we still have no idea when Crackdown 3 will be released. A Multiplayer Beta will take place in Summer 2016, but a final release date for the Xbox One-exclusive is still a mystery. Hopefully an Agent of Justice is on the case…

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Microsoft unveils first gameplay trailer of Scalebound at Gamescom 2015

Announced during last year’s E3 Expo, Microsoft has finally pulled back a scaly curtain and gave us our first look at Scalebound during their Gamescom 2015 Briefing.

In Scalebound, your dragon is your brother and you’ll be able to customize him in a variety of different ways. Here’s what the Xbox Wire had to say about the game’s story and it’s use of Platinum Games’s trademark action style:

In Scalebound, you will experience the journey of a young loner named Drew, who is pulled into the strange, beautiful, and dangerous world of Draconis – where he is bonded to a fearsome and noble dragon, Thuban, the last of his kind. These two lone-wolf heroes, thrown together by fate, must learn to fight as one to defeat the powerful enemies that threaten Draconis, Earth, and a vast universe of parallel worlds.

You’ll explore the beautiful and dangerous world of Draconis, as you and your dragon companion work to defeat legions of enemy soldiers and epic scale beasts. Scalebound’s accessible-yet-deep (and very stylish and over-the-top!) gameplay gives you the power to fluidly chain attacks with your dragon too, creating devastating combos to unleash upon your foes.

In development under the direction of Hideki Kamiya (Devil May Cry, Bayonetta), Scalebound will be released exclusively for the Xbox One in 2016.

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Quantum Break will perform its time travel magic on April 5, 2016

Remedy made their bones with Max Payne‘s “Bullet Time” mechanic, so it’s no surprise that they’re dipping back into temporal trickery with next year’s Quantum Break. During their Gamescom Briefing today, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One-exclusive will be released on April 5, 2016.

The publisher unveiled a brand new trailer for Quantum Break, which highlights a lot of the time-bending powers employed by the game’s main character, Jack Joyce. The trailer also serves as an introduction to the game’s star-studded cast, which features Shawn Ashmore (X-Men‘s Iceman) as Jack and Dominic Monaghan (Lost‘s Charlie) as his brother William. Other cast members include:

  • Aidan Gillen as Paul Serene
  • Lance Reddick as Martin Hatch
  • Marshall Allman as Charlie Wincott
  • Patrick Heusinger as Liam Burke
  • Mimi Michaels as Fiona Miller
  • Amelia Rose Blaire as Amy Ferraro
  • Brooke Nevin as Emily Burke
  • Courtney Hope as Beth Wilder
  • Jacqueline Pinol as Sofia Amaral
  • Jeannie Bolet as Kate Ogawa
  • Sean Durrie as Nick Marsters

All of these actors will also play a role in Quantum Break’s companion live-action mini-film, which will tell the game’s story from the villain’s perspective.

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