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Xbox Store Today: Virginia, The Bunker, Eventide Slavic Fable

Two spooky adventure games and a hidden game object have been added to the Xbox Games Store today…

Virginia is a first-person mystery game for the Xbox One that takes place in a small town with a secret. Players will slide into the shoes of rookie FBI Agent Anne Tarver as they search for a young boy who has seemingly vanished without a trace.

Meanwhile, The Bunker is a live-action game that was filmed on location in a decommissioned government nuclear bunker. The Xbox One title follows John, the bunker’s sole survivor, as he goes about his daily routine. But after an alarm breaks his routine, he’ll need to “unlock the dark secrets of The Bunker” to regain his sanity.

Finally this week, Eventide: Slavic Fable, a hidden object game, is now available to download for the Xbox One. Players will interact with “mythical Slavic creatures” as they search for their grandmother.

More information on all of these games can be found after the break. (more…)

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Doom’s “Free Update 3” adds Deathmatch, Private Matches, and Custom Matches

Doom‘s third “Free Update” is now available and players of the game’s multiplayer mode will finally get the chance to compete in a free-for-all Deathmatch. The inclusion of Deathmatch in the original Doom is one of the things that put the 1993 shooter on the map, so it’s great to finally see it added to this year’s reboot.

“Free Update 3” will also add an option to create Private Matches in multiplayer, as well as Custom Matches that’ll allow players to adjust “the modes, maps, length of play time and other match settings.”

To celebrate these changes, id Software has unveiled a new trailer for Doom, and kicked off a Double XP Weekend for multiplayer players. The Double XP Weekend begins today and will run until Monday, September 26, at 12:00 PM (Eastern Time).

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Respawn reveals PC specs and “Pilots” trailer for Titanfall 2

While most fans flocked to the original Titanfall for the giant mech fights, Respawn wants to remind everyone that Pilots will also play a huge role in Titanfall 2. The brand new “Pilots” trailer shows the heavily-augmented soldiers dashing around the screens, delivering a lightning fast attack, and flying away with the help of a grapple gun. Even a Titan seems to be no match for a well-trained Pilot.

In addition to a brand new trailer, Respawn has unveiled the system requirements for Titanfall 2 on the PC. The Titanfall 2 Blog has an overview of what kind of PC you’ll need to play the game on “Minimum,” “Recommended,” and “Ultra 4K60” settings:

Minimum

  • OS: Win 7/8/8.1/10 64-Bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-3600t or Equivalent
  • RAM: 8GB
  • HDD Free Space: 45GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 660 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • DirectX: 11
  • Internet Connection: 512Kbps or Faster

Recommended

  • OS: Win 7/8/8.1/10 64-Bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6600 or Equivalent
  • RAM: 16GB
  • HDD Free Space: 45GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB
  • DirectX: 11
  • Internet Connection: 512Kbps or Faster

Ultra 4K60

  • OS: Win 7/8/8.1/10 64-Bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700k or Equivalent
  • RAM: 16GB
  • HDD Free Space: 45GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080 8GB
  • DirectX: 11
  • Internet Connection: 512Kbps or Faster

Titanfall 2 will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 28.

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Next Assassin’s Creed game will “revolutionize” the franchise

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Not all “annualized” franchises are created equal, as Ubisoft announced earlier this year that Assassin’s Creed would be skipping 2016 to give the development team more time to work on the next entry in the series. With the Assassin’s Creed film penciled in for a December release (and the subsequent announcement of The Ezio Collection), perhaps the publisher was afraid of a backlash from fans.

But in a new interview with GameSpot, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has confirmed that Ubisoft actually gave the Assassin’s Creed series a bit more time to breath so the development team could “revolutionize” the franchise with the next one:

GameSpot: This is the first year in a long time where we don’t have an Assassin’s Creed. Why was now the right time to take it out of rotation?

Guillemot: What we saw in the development of the next [Assassin’s Creed] was that we had an opportunity to take it to another level. So we said we’ll take all the time it takes to make the experience fantastic. It was feasible because we have other games. There’s a huge potential in this game to revolutionize the IP, so we said, “Let’s make sure we change our model so we have more time and that we can bring back a greater experience.”

GameSpot: When you say, “Let’s give it the time it needs,” does that mean you haven’t set a time for it to make its return? Most people are expecting it’ll be back next year, is that the case or will it be back when it’s ready?

Guillemot: It will be back when it’s ready. That’s when we feel we have something there.

Obviously, your idea of a revolutionary leap forward for the Assassin’s Creed franchise might differ from Ubisoft’s. But it looks like the publisher has no plans to just coast along with their biggest franchise, and I’m sure many are glad that Guillemot is so passionate about creating a “greater experience.”

An all new Assassin’s Creed game is expected to be released sometime in 2017, though Guillemot refused to commit to that timeline with GameSpot.

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Rocksteady officially “breaks up” with Batman to begin work on their dream game

batmanarkhamasylumanimatedWay back in December, Rocksteady’s Sefton Hill hinted that the developer wasn’t completely done with the Dark Knight. Fast forward to this year’s E3 Expo, and we now know that Hill was talking about Batman: Arkham VR, which will launch alongside the PlayStation VR headset this October.

But now it looks like it really is the end for Rocksteady’s pairing with the Caped Crusader. Speaking to Eurogamer, Rocksteady’s Dax Ginn has confirmed that Arkham VR has “gone gold” and that the developer is looking forward to a Batman-less future:

“We submitted [Batman VR to Sony] last week which was an awesome experience,” Ginn said. One of the developers celebrated the game ‘going gold’ by dressing up in a gold spandex suit and bringing in a golden boom box.

“I think there’s a little bit of sadness on the team,” Ginn concludes. “It feels like… breaking up? [The mood] is really split – there’s a feeling in the office like, it’s definitely time to do something else – we all accept that. But we all know Batman so well – we all feel comfortable in the Arkhamverse.”

With Batman officially in the rearview window, WB Games has decided to give Rocksteady the time and space to work on their “dream game,” which Ginn is looing forward to:

“To be honest I don’t really know,” Ginn says, although I’m not sure I entirely believe him. “We’re in a very enviable position where we have some time and space to decide what we’re doing next,” he continues. “We can sit back and think what our dream game would be, and we have Warner Bros.’ support to do that.”

“We’re definitely letting go of that comfort blanket and putting ourselves in the position where whatever we do next is going to feel very different. There’s always an anxiety associated with change and that’s where we want to be. We want to feel uncomfortable because we want to make awesome stuff.”

Batman: Arkham VR will be released exclusively for the PS4 on October 11.

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Nintendo Download: Severed, SMT4 Apocalypse, River City Tokyo Rumble, more

Summer might be over, but the Nindies Summer Jam rolls on with today’s selection… Severed. Available to download now for the Wii U, Severed is a touchscreen-based game from DrinkBox Studios where players take control of “a one-armed warrior named Sasha who wields a living sword” as she goes on a journey through “a nightmare world” in search of her family. Also available to download through the Wii U Shop this week is the slightly-more-normal Donkey Kong Country Returns, a side-scrolling platformer that was originally released for the Wii in 2010.

But “normal” is definitely not the word to describe Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, an RPG now available to download for the 3DS. Players take control of a novice demon hunter who must battle for the very soul of humanity in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo… as one does.

Finally this week, a trio of beat ’em ups prove the genre is alive and well on the 3DS. First up, Final Fight 2 and Final Fight 3 made the jump from the Super NES to the handheld’s Virtual Console service. And River City: Tokyo Rumble will resurrect the famed franchise in a brand new adventure beginning on September 27.

More information on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)

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WWE 2K17 downloadable content and Season Pass revealed

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We’re a little less than three weeks out from WWE 2K17‘s launch, but 2K Games wants everyone to start thinking about the content that comes after, including an extensive collection of downloadable content and a Season Pass.

All of WWE 2K17’s DLC will be released later this year or during the early weeks of 2017, and most of it will be included in the Season Pass, which will be priced at $29.99. The full contents of each pack, which players also have the option to purchase individually, can be found right here:

Accelerator ($4.99)

  • Players will gain access to all unlockable content available at launch in the game’s VC Purchasable section (excluding downloadable content)
  • Players can also decide the overall rankings and attribute levels for all playable characters throughout the life of the product

Future Stars Pack ($8.99)
Playable WWE and NXT Superstars: Austin Aries, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Mojo Rawley, and Tye Dillinger

Hall of Fame Showcase ($9.99)

  • Cactus Jack and Diamond Dallas Page vs. The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael “PS” Hayes) (WCW Saturday Night 1992)
  • The Fabulous Freebirds (Buddy Roberts and Michael “PS” Hayes) vs. Kerry and Kevin Von Erich (WCCW 1986)
  • Ivory vs. Jacqueline (SmackDown 2000)
  • Sting (Gold and Black Tights) vs. Ric Flair (Clash of Champions 1988)
  • Sting (n.W.o. Wolfpac ring gear) vs. Bret Hart (WCW Halloween Havoc 1998)
  • Papa Shango vs. The Godfather (Dream Match)
  • Big Boss Man (with Albert) vs. The Big Show (Armageddon 1999)

Legends Pack ($8.99)
Playable WWE Legends: Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Eddie Guerrero, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Sycho Sid, and Tatanka

New Moves Pack ($3.99)
Explore a wide variety of new in-game moves, including the Swingout Neckbreaker (made popular by current WWE Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte), the Elbro Drop (made popular by WWE Superstar Zack Ryder), the Face Wash Combo (made popular by NXT Superstar Samoa Joe), and the TJP Clutch (made popular by current WWE Cruiserweight Champion T.J. Perkins)

In addition to the Season Pass content, 2K also plans to offer several other downloadable packs that include even more characters boosts:

MyPlayer Kick Start ($9.99)

  • PS4 and Xbox One Exclusive
  • Players will gain access to unlock and boost created Superstar ratings and attributes made available at launch as part of the game’s MyCareer mode
  • Players can also unlock all clothing made available at launch that provides attribute boosts in MyCareer

NXT Enhancement Pack ($9.99)

  • PS4 and Xbox One Exclusive
  • Playable NXT Superstars: Apollo Crews, Nia Jax, and Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Players will earn a 50 percent boost in points while competing at NXT during MyCareer

NXT Legacy Pack ($4.99)

  • PS3 and Xbox 360 Exclusive
  • Playable NXT Superstars: Apollo Crews, Nia Jax, and Shinsuke Nakamura

WWE 2K17 will be released for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on October 11.

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Who wants some new details and screenshots for Duke Nukem 3D’s new episode…

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Duke Nukem will return to kick ass and chew bubblegum this October in Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour, but Gearbox has bigger plans for the re-release, including a brand new episode crafted by the game’s original developers. Over on the Gearbox Blog, the company has published comments about all eight new map from Allen H. Blum III and Richard “Levelord” Gray, along with a handful of new screenshots:

In addition to developer commentary and a new True3D rendering tool that allows you to switch between classic Duke Nukem 3D visuals and an updated 3D render on the fly, World Tour brings fans a brand-new episode, Alien World Order, which will send Duke around the globe to iconic locations to save babes and kick alien ass. “Richard ‘Levelord’ Gray came up with the premise of Duke traveling around the world fighting aliens,” said Blum. “So we picked locations that you might expect Duke would want to visit if he went on a vacation.”

But instead of relaxing on a vacation, Duke is on the job stopping a global alien invasion. Using his trademark bravado and an arsenal of weapons worthy of The King, Nukem goes from city to city, blasting aliens in the face and sending what’s left of them back home. Fans of the classic game will be right at home as the new levels fit right in with the rest of good ol’ Duke Nukem 3D, and are also larger than life – just like the real-world locations they represent.

Gray added that their primary goal was “making fun maps,” just as it was 20 years ago. We’ll all see if they succeeded when Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour launches for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 11.

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