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Injustice 2’s Fighter Pack 2 will include Black Manta, Raiden, and Hellboy

As expected, NetherRealm Studios unveiled the three characters that’ll be included in the Fighter Pack 2 expansion for Injustice 2 today at Gamescom.

Fans of the fighting game spotted silhouettes for Black Manta (an Aquaman villain) and Raiden (Mortal Kombat‘s God of Thunder) in an earlier trailer, and both characters will make their Injustice 2 debut this Fall in Fighter Pack 2. But the expansion’s inclusion of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy was a welcome surprise. You can catch a glimpse of all three characters in the teaser trailer above.

NetherRealm will broadcast the first gameplay footage of Black Manta on their Twitch channel on August 27. And Injustice 2 owners who pre-purchase Fighter Pack 2 (either by itself or as part of the Ultimate Edition) will be able to download the expansion’s first character (presumably Black Manta) on September 12.

The remaining two characters will be available to download later this Fall.

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PS Store This Week: Uncharted Lost Legacy, Madden NFL 18, Thimbleweed Park, more

It’s yet another big week for the PlayStation Store, and Naughty Dog is leading the way with a new Uncharted adventure and the return of Jak & Daxter.

Nathan Drake is taking a well-earned (and possibly permanent) vacation, but Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross will help PS4 fans get used to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Players will venture out in search of the Golden Tusk of Ganesh, but they’ll have to contend with a “ruthless warmonger” who also wants the prized artifact. The developer will also add Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy to the PlayStation Store this week as a PS2-On-PS4 re-release.

To football fans, a Super Bowl Ring might be the ultimate treasure, and PS4 owners will get the chance to reach the big game this week in Madden NFL 18. New features this year include a revamped visual presentation and the “Longshot” Story Mode (starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali).

Elsewhere on the PlayStation Store, a trio of indie developers have added new titles to the digital storefront. PS4 owners will be able to investigate a murder in Ron Gilbert’s Thimbleweed Park, cast spells in Borealys Games’s Mages of Mystralia, and escape from a new set of prisons in Team17’s The Escapists 2.

Finally this week, Codemasters is back with another racing simulation, F1 2017, and Bandai Namco has remastered the entire Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm trilogy for the PS4. Also, Telltale is teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy once again in Episode 3: More Than A Feeling.

You can learn more about all of these games (and a few other new releases) after the break. (more…)

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Yakuza 6: The Song of Life will be released on March 20

Sega has announced that Yakuza 6: The Song of Life will be released for the PS4 on March 20, 2018. The Song of Life will be the final game to star Kazuma Kiryu, and he’ll get to go out with a bang in the first game in the Yakuza series built from the ground up for new-generation consoles:

In Yakuza 6, Kazuma Kiryu will find out exactly how much people are willing to sacrifice for family – be those ties through blood or bond – when he investigates a series of shadowy events that involve the ones he holds closest to his heart. Fresh out of a three-year prison sentence, an older and weathered Kiryu comes to find out that his surrogate daughter, Haruka, has gone missing from the orphanage he looks after. The trail leads him to his old stomping grounds in Kamurocho, where he discovers that she has been struck by a car and now lies in a coma.

To make matters worse, Kiryu learns that Haruka now has a son that he must look after. With baby in hand, Kiryu journeys to the seaside town of Onomichi, Hiroshima to unravel the truth about Haruka, her son, and a sinister secret that the Hiroshima yakuza are harboring.

Sega has also announced a plan to offer Yakuza 6: The Song of Life in a special After Hours Premium Edition. Priced at $89.99, the After Hours Premium Edition will include a copy of the game, and everything you need for an evening of entertaining:

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life – After Hours Premium Edition

  • Hardcover Art Book – The intense human drama and magnetic world of Yakuza 6 will be on display in this stunning art book.
  • 2 Bar Glasses (280 ml) – Designed with Kiryu’s ferocious dragon tattoo, these bar glasses are the perfect receptacles for your beverage of choice.
  • 2 Ice Stones – Cool down your drinks with a pair of heat action branded ice stones! One features the flame heat action icon, while the other has the Japanese “kiwami” heat action icon. Chilling has never been so… extreme.
  • 2 Coasters – A true yakuza knows how to relax with class, so coasters are a must have when lounging after hours. Protect table surfaces with style by placing your glasses on top of official Tojo Clan branded coasters. Plus, you won’t need to play the “is this my drink?” game because of their inverted colors!
  • An Outer Box – All of these essential tools will be housed within a collectible outer box.

A new Gamescom 2017 trailer for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life has been embedded above, and you can get a closer look at the After Hours Premium Edition after the break. (more…)

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Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 2 will introduce Harley Quinn on September 26

Light up the Bat Signal… Telltale has announced that the Caped Crusader will return in Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 2: The Pact on September 26. Gotham’s protector will face a new threat in this episode… Harley Quinn.

We’re also happy to confirm that, yes, Harley Quinn will debut in episode two. In keeping with our efforts to create our own unique take on the Batman canon, we’ve worked hard to craft an interpretation of the character that captures her essential qualities while still framing her in a new way. The power dynamic between Harley and “John Doe” should prove especially…intriguing.

Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 2: The Pact will be available for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and mobile devices. New screenshots of Batman, The Joker, and Harley Quinn can be found after the break. (more…)

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Here’s the first teaser for Shenmue III… and it’ll be published by Deep Silver in Fall 2018

Director Yu Suzuki, and his team at Ys Net, have been steadily working on Shenmue III since the conclusion of its massive Kickstarter campaign in 2015. With two years of progress under their belt, the developer is finally ready to unveil the game’s first teaser trailer this week at Gamescom.

In addition to giving fans their first look at Ryo Hazuki’s next adventure, Ys Net has also signed a deal with Deep Silver to publish Shenmue III on the PC and PS4. The game will be available as both a digital download and a physical retail release in Summer/Fall 2018.

“Shenmue is one of a few game franchises that have historical value whilst continuing to ignite passion amongst gamers. We are delighted to have signed this publishing partnership and look forward to utilizing our global publishing network to maximize the potential of this highly-anticipated game,” said Klemens Kundratitz, the CEO of Deep Silver.

“I am very pleased to secure this global partnership with Deep Silver, which is comprised of incredible men and women who have a deep passion for bringing Japanese titles to the rest of the world,” added Yu Suzuki “Throughout this process, Deep Silver has expressed a deep passion for Japanese games, the Shenmue franchise, and its fans… this gives me further confidence in Shenmue III and that we have found the best partner possible.”

Shenmue III’s teaser trailer has been embedded above for your viewing pleasure.

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Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom’s Gamescom 2017 trailer focuses on a new character named Roland

We’re just one day away from the start of the 2017 Gamescom expo, and Bandai Namco has released a new trailer for Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom to celebrate. This time around, the publisher is shining a spotlight on Roland, a stranger in the strange land of Ni No Kuni:

When one world ends, the gateway to another opens. This new trailer focuses on Roland, a president from Ichi No Kuni as he is transported to Ni No Kuni and becomes a close companion of Evan Pettywhisker, the deposed king of Ding Dong Dell. Two new characters are also introduced including Nerea, the beautiful queen of the land of Thalassea and her advisor Leander.

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is in development at Level-5, in conjunction with former Studio Ghibli Character Designer Yoshiyuki Momose, and it’ll be released for the PC and PS4 on January 19, 2018.

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Jurassic World: Evolution will open in Summer 2018 for the PC, PS4, Xbox One

“Now eventually you do plan to have dinosaurs on your, on your dinosaur tour, right?”

Fans will get the chance to design their own dinosaur theme park in Jurassic World: Evolution, which will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in Summer 2018. Jurassic World: Evolution is in the works at Frontier Developments, a developer with extensive experience in the park building genre (including Planet Coaster, Zoo Tycoon, and ScreamRide):

Jurassic World: Evolution evolves players’ relationship with the Jurassic World film franchise, placing them in control of operations on the legendary island of Isla Nublar and the surrounding islands of the Muertes Archipelago. Players will build their own Jurassic World as they bioengineer new dinosaur breeds and construct attractions, containment and research facilities. Every choice leads to a different path and spectacular challenges arise when “life finds a way.”

“As long-time fans of the entire Jurassic series we’re thrilled to be putting players in charge of their own Jurassic World,” said Jonny Watts, Frontier’s Chief Creative Officer. “We’re excited to bring over fifteen years of management, simulation, and creature development expertise to a destination and franchise that remains an inspiration to us.”

Jurassic World: Evolution will launch alongside Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which opens in theaters on June 22 and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jeff Goldblum.

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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 invades Gamescom 2017 with a new trailer

WB Games has brought Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 to this year’s Gamescom expo in Germany, and they’ve unveiled a brand new trailer that gives us a glimpse at some of the locales that make up the game’s massive hub world, Chronopolis:

The video spotlights a myriad of iconic Marvel locations, all ripped from time and space to form one huge, incredible open world for players to roam and explore, from the mythical land of Asgard and deep space base of Knowhere, to the vibrant jungle of Wakanda and the pyramids of Ancient Egypt.

Other Marvel settings revealed in the trailer include the Coliseum, Hala, Hydra Empire, K’un-lun, Lemuria, Manhattan, Medieval England, Noir New York, Nueva York, Old West, and The Swamp, which will be joined by Attilan, Kang’s Citadel, and Xandar to make up sprawling open world that is Chronopolis.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 will be available for the PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One on November 14. And fans who pre-order the Deluxe Edition will receive access to a special Classic Guardians of the Galaxy Character Pack, as well as the Season Pass. Excelsior!

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