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See Lara Croft fight zombies in Rise of the Tomb Raider’s “Blood Ties” trailer

Rise of the Tomb Raider will be available this Fall in a special 20 Year Celebration Edition, and Crystal Dynamics has added a ton of extra content to the game to mark Lara’s landmark birthday.

The new “Blood Ties” chapter will let players explore Croft Manor, which has become overgrown with weeds and rot after years of neglect. The mansion used to be Lara’s home, but after discovering the secrets her father hid behind its walls, it transforms into “Lara’s Nightmare” as zombies overtake the halls and rooms. You can get a sneak peek at both “Blood Ties” and “Lara’s Nightmare” in the new trailer embedded above.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Edition will be available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 11. And don’t forget, PC and Xbox One owners who previously purchased the game will also be able to obtain all the 20 Year Celebration Edition content as standalone downloads or as part of the Season Pass.

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Telltale will talk about Batman: Episode 2 and The Walking Dead Season 3 at PAX West 2016

telltale-logoTelltale Games won’t have a booth at PAX West this year, but the popular publisher will host two events during for expo to inform fans about their upcoming projects.

“The Telltale Panel” will be held on Friday, September 2, at 2:30 PM (Pacific Time) in the Hydra Theater. Attendees will be the first to learn “more exciting details” about this Fall’s The Walking Dead Season 3 and a sneak peek at future episodes of Batman: The Telltale Series.

Telltale will also also take over the Wyvern Theatre on Saturday, September 3, for “Telltale PAX West Crowd Play.” Starting at 8:30, fans will be able to vote on the action in Batman: The Telltale Series with the game’s unique Crowd Play feature. Should Batman pummel that goon, or just scare him? You get to decide!

In addition to offering “a fun-filled evening of shouty excitement,” Telltale will also debut an exclusive extended first look at the upcoming Episode 2: Children of Arkham during their Crowd Play event.

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Klei says “Don’t Touch The Floor” in the first trailer for Hot Lava

Klei Entertainment has developed some of the most beloved indie games of the last half-decade including Mark of the Ninja, Don’t Starve, and Invisible Inc. But now they’re branching out into the 3D space with their next game, Hot Lava.

Inspired by everyone’s favorite childhood game, Hot Lava asks players to jump, shimmy, and grab to make sure they… Don’t Touch The Floor

Hot Lava transports you back to your childhood imagination. Relive those moments of excitement, joy and chaos. Traverse distinct worlds, from school hallways to the memories of your darkest fears. This is a game of dexterity and ingenuity, you will have to use all your skills to complete the treacherous obstacles that await.

The first trailer for Hot Lava, which is in development exclusively for the PC, has been embedded above. Klei also opened registration for a Hot Lava Closed Beta, and interested players can sign up at PlayHotLava.com.

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Weekly Warp-Up: Nintendo Was in the News A Lot This Week…

No, that’s not a typo. Welcome to the Weekly Warp-Up, your weekly wrap-up of the biggest and the best articles posted at Warp Zoned this week…

Have you seen the hamster run through Level 1-1 from Super Mario Bros.? If not, drop everything you’re doing and watch it right now. And after you’re done, dial up the video of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe getting an Olympic-sized assist from Mario during the Closing Ceremony.

Nintendo stayed in the news a lot this week by releasing a series of mini-trailers for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Each clip is under a minute, but Link has been able to display his prowess with the Woodcutter’s Axe, a variety of magical Runes, a razor-sharp sword, and a bunch of arrows.

Elsewhere on Warp Zoned this week, we reviewed Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 and it got a “Mega Meh.”

Looking for more news from the last seven days? You can be find it after the break. (more…)

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New Retail Releases: World of Warcraft Legion, God Eater 2, Attack On Titan, More

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August is ending, and with it an historically slow Summer for new releases. But the dog days have one last gasp of gaming to give, and it’ll be a particularly interesting week if you love hunting giant monsters…

Blizzard has decided to expand World of Warcraft once again with World of Warcraft: Legion for the PC. The sixth expansion to the wildly popular MMORPG will boost the level cap to 110 and introduce the Immortal Army of Illidan the Betrayer.

The battlefield will be further littered with giant monsters thanks to Bandai Namco’s God Eater 2: Rage Burst, a PS4 game where players use “God Arcs” to battle demonic entities known as Aragami. The Aragami like to chow down on lowly humans, much like the Titans at the center of Koei Tecmo’s Attack On Titan, another adaptation of the popular anime for the PS4 and Xbox One.

Finally this week, players will be able to battle giant monster that they’ve fought before with the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It’ll be joined by another familiar game on a new platform, as Capcom relaunched Resident Evil 4 for the PS4 and Xbox One.

The complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)

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Bomb Arrows are back in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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I’ve lost track of how mini-trailers for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that Nintendo’s released over the last two weeks, but we got another one yesterday. This time, Nintendo devoted three-quarters of a minute to Link’s trusty Bow.

Specialty Arrows have played an important role in the Legend of Zelda franchise since the very beginning, and it’s actually impossible to defeat Ganon in the first game without the Silver Arrows (random thought… is Ganon some kind of werepig?). We don’t know if Link will be packing Silver Arrows in Breath of the Wild, but thanks to the latest mini-trailer, we know he’ll have access to Fire Arrows, Ice Arrows, and Bomb Arrows…

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be released for the Wii U and NX sometime in 2017.

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Xbox Store Today: Star Hammer: Vanguard Prophecy, Solar Shifter EX, Obliteracers, more

It’s time to close out the week with another Xbox Games Store update. Today, Xbox One owners can choose from a quartet of new titles…

First up is Solar Shifter EX, a side-scrolling “bullet hell” shooter where players can use a special jump drive to phase out of trouble. On the other side of the galaxy we’ve got Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, a tactical space shooter where players control a fleet of unique space vehicles in all-out war.

Also available this week is Obliteracers, an eight-player kart racer for all ages. And finally, Nightmares From the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call is yet another hidden object game, this time focusing on an “ancient conflict” at the Caribbean Naval Museum.

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

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Lara Croft Will Return… Art Director for Dead Space joins Crystal Dynamics as Game Director of Tomb Raider franchise

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Ian Milham, who is probably best known to gamers as the Art Director of the Dead Space franchise, will be joining Crystal Dyamics as the new Game Director of the Tomb Raider franchise. He’ll replace Brian Horton, who left Crystal Dynamics for the neighboring offices of Infinity Ward back in January.

“Ian is one of those rare veterans who combines creativity, artistry, and passion into excellence on-screen. It’s a matching type of DNA that Crystal Dynamics has forged itself upon over these last few years,” said Scot Amos, the Co-Head of Crystal Dynamics. “We’re very excited to welcome Ian as the newest top-tier talent joining our studio. His attitude, aptitude, and aspirations for crafting great game experiences are perfectly aligned with who and what Crystal Dynamics is all about.”

Lara Croft probably won’t battle an oozing space monster anytime soon, but Milham isn’t just known for Dead Space’s deranged and distinctive designs. Immediately prior to his employment at Crystal Dynamics, the developer also served as the Creative Director on Battlefield Hardline.

“Adventure games have always been my first love,” said Milham. “When the opportunity came to join Crystal Dynamics, I had to jump on it. This is the home of Lara Croft, who is a legend in action-adventure gaming and a pillar of the industry. I’ve admired Crystal’s work for a while now, as they continue to deliver top notch narrative and spectacle, coupled with deep systems and player choice. I’m very excited about where the studio is headed and I’m eager to be a part of it.”

While Square Enix didn’t officially announce a third game in the rebooted adventures of Lara Croft today, they may as well have. The recruitment of a new Game Director means the publisher has likely given the green light to yet another entry in the franchise, but it’ll probably be quite some time before we hear anything about it.

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