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Secret Ponchos is “about three months” away from being released

paxeast2014I got a chance to play Switchblade Monkeys’ Secret Ponchos this morning at PAX East and, in addition to trying out a sword-wielding character known as “Matador,” I learned that the game is “about three months” from release.

Developer Caley Smyth said that Secret Ponchos will be released this Summer (sometime around July) for the PS4 and PC. Both versions will appear around the same time, though the PS4 version, which will launch as a PlayStation
Plus freebie, may be released a few weeks earlier.

We’ll have more from PAX East 2014 all weekend.

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CoD: Ghosts Devastation Pack coming to PC, PS3, PS4 on May 8

Right on schedule, Activision has confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts‘ Devastation Map Pack will be available for the PC, PS3, and PS4 on May 8. The pack has been priced at $14.99 and will include four new multiplayer maps (“Ruins,” “Behemoth,” “Collision,” and “Unearthed”), the 2-in-1 “Ripper” SMG/Assault Rifle, and the Extinction Mode’s second episode (“Mayday”). And don’t forget, you can play as the Predator in “Ruins.” Definitely a point in its favor… as long as you ain’t got time to bleed.

In case you missed them the first time around, more information on all the new maps can be found after the break. (more…)

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Supergiant’s Transistor will be released on May 20


Supergiant Games has announced that Transistor, their followup to Bastion, will be released for the PC and PS4 on May 20. The developer has also announced that the science fiction-styled action RPG will carry a price of $19.99.

Supergiant plans to bring a “near-final build” of Transistor to this weekend’s PAX East convention and you can check a trio of new screenshots from this version of the game at their official website.

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Citizens of Earth is a turn-based RPG starring the Veep

Sadly, Joe Biden doesn’t star in Citizens of Earth. Instead, Eden Industries has created their own slick politician to lead a political party of 40 concerned citizens in their upcoming turn-based RPG. Taking nostalgic cues from Earthbound, and other 16-bit classics, Citizens of Earth asks the Veep to investigate some strange goings-on in his hometown:

The retro-inspired Citizens of Earth pits players as the second-highest-paid bureaucrat in the land. The game begins just after winning a long, drawn-out candidacy, and the VP returns to his hometown for some taxpayer-funded rest and relaxation. But after just one night passes, the VP awakens to find the world gone berserk! As elected official he has two responsibilities: investigate what’s caused people to go crazy… and delegate as much of the dirty work as possible. Citizens of Earth has 40 wacky citizens to recruit and send into battle.

The “way-too-jittery Barista, the ever-optimistic Weatherlady, the notoriously skeezy Car Salesman, and the ridiculously shy (and totally real) Sasquatch” are just some of the citizens of Citizens of Earth that the Vice President will be able to command. Eden Industries has promised the game will not include random encounters, but that it will have “hours of bonus content and optional side-quests to explore.”

Citizens of Earth will be published by Atlus and will be released as a downloadable title this September for the PC (through Steam), Wii U, 3DS, PS3, PS4, and Vita.

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel officially announced

The rumors are true! 2K Games, Gearbox Software, and 2K Australia have announced that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is officially in development. As expected, it will be released this Fall for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

The moon… jetpacks… Handsome Jack before his rise to power… everything that was hinted at in Monday’s leak is now official:

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is the newest entry in the critically acclaimed Borderlands franchise that is currently being co-developed by Gearbox Software and 2K Australia. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel continues the franchise’s tradition of industry-leading co-op, allowing up to four players to experience all-new low-gravity, shoot ‘n’ loot gameplay on Pandora’s moon. Featuring four new playable character classes armed with powerful laser and icy Cryo weapons, players will battle against an array of new enemies. Taking place in-between the events of Borderlands and Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel showcases Handsome Jack’s transformation into the ruthless tyrant fans loved to hate in Borderlands 2.

In bridging Borderlands and Borderlands 2, The Pre-Sequel will reintroduce players to four characters they’ve already met, but who are playable for the first time:

  • Athena, the Gladiator: Uses her Kinetic Aspis, which is a shield that can absorb incoming damage, then convert it back into energy to use against enemies. Athena made her debut in “The Secret Armory of General Knoxx” DLC for the first Borderlands game.
  • Wilhelm, the Enforcer: Wilhelm was previously seen in Borderlands 2 as one of the first deadly bosses in the game.
  • Nisha, the Lawbringer: The sheriff of Lynchwood from Borderlands 2, Nisha will be dealing out her own brand of justice, which we’ll discuss further in the coming months.
  • Claptrap, the Fragtrap: Wait – Claptrap? The goofy robot companion from Borderlands 2, now playable for the first time? Fragtrap is his character class? Well, you can play him too!

Be sure to check out the trailer above for a first look at Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. And if you’re attending this weekend’s PAX East convention, 2K Games plans to showcase the game at their booth all throughout the entire show.

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The Evil Within’s PAX East trailer is full of horrific images

Shinji Mikami and the rest of the Tango Gameworks team are attempting to create something truly scary with The Evil Within. And if the PAX East 2014 trailer they released this morning is any indication, it’ll scare us silly.

The trailer is absolutely packed with blood and gore and the freaky residents of Beacon Mental Hospital. If you’re eating breakfast, I’d suggest watching this trailer after you’re done. It also reintroduces us to “The Boxman,” a deranged butcher who will be the star of Bethesda’s live demo presentation of The Evil Within during this weekend’s PAX East convention.

The Evil Within will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on August 26.

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The Crew will now be released in the Fall, new trailer available

Ubisoft has confirmed that The Crew, their cooperative cross-country driving game, will now be available this Fall. The PC, PS4, and Xbox One game was previously scheduled for a Summer release, but it looks like the publisher wants to spend a little more time on one of their first next-gen titles.

Ubisoft has also announced that players who pre-order The Crew will have the option to choose among two different special editions of the game. The Limited Edition will include 10,000 “Crew Credits” as well as early access to three cars: BMW Z4 sDrive35is, Mini Cooper S, and Dodge Ram SRT-10. And the GameStop-exclusive Muscle Edition will include everything from the Limited Edition as well as access to the 2015 Ford Mustang GT.

If you want to try out The Crew before its Fall release, Ubisoft will have a playable demo of the game available at this weekend’s PAX East convention.

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New Wolfenstein: New Order trailer leaves us with “Nowhere to Run”

Bethesda has released a new trailer for the MachineGames-developed Wolfenstein: The New Order, which includes a short glimpse at some gameplay as well as another pass through the game’s Nazi-dominated timeline (soccer’s flopping problem has apparently been solved). And a little gunplay starts at about 1:56, giving us a look at some of B.J. Blazkowicz’s new weaponry. I spy a plasma cannon, a pair of dual-wielded machine guns, and a shotgun with a cutting torch attached to the front (perfect for punching out a makeshift murder hole).

Wolfenstein: The New Order will be available for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on May 20. The game will also be playable at this weekend’s PAX East convention. And don’t forget, if you pre-order The New Order, you’ll receive guaranteed access to the Doom 4 beta.

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