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While the Call of Duty franchise continues to push further and further into the future, EA and DICE are taking the Battlefield franchise back to The Great War for Battlefield 1. The shooter will be available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One this week, and Microsoft is even offering a special Xbox One S + Battlefield 1 Bundle in two sizes… 500 GB and 1 TB.
Firaxis Games and 2K will return with a different sort of trip through time this week with Civilization VI. The strategy game will be released for the PC, and it’ll once again ask players to battle it out with famous world leaders and grow their civilization.
Skylanders fans will get the chance to try out a new entry in the franchise, as Activision will bring Skylanders Imaginators to the PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One this week. For the first time, players will be able to design their own Skylanders characters with the brand new Imaginators system.
In what has become a regular occurrence in the New Retail Releases report, another batch of games will get the re-release treatment this week. WB Games will swoop down to save the day in Batman: Return to Arkham, a PS4 and Xbox One compilation featuring Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. The publisher will also package together Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 in Lego Harry Potter Collection, exclusively for the PS4. WayForward will give 3DS owners another chance to pick up Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, this time in a new Retail Edition. Finally, Harmonix will release the Rivals expansion for Rock Band 4 this week, and launch a special Rock Band 4 + Rivals Expansion pack for the PS4 and Xbox One.
A complete look at this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)
Just Dance 2017 will boogie its way into stores on October 25, so now’s the perfect time for Ubisoft to unveil the game’s full tracklist.
In addition to previously-announced tracks from Justin Bieber, Sia, and DNCE, Just Dance 2017 will also include music from Beyonce (“Single Ladies”), Ariana Grande (“Into You”), and Zayn (“Like I Would”). “Don’t Wanna Know,” the newly-released single from Maroon 5’s upcoming new album, will also be a featured track in the game.
Just Dance 2017 will be available this month for the PC, PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game is also in development for Nintendo’s NX console and it’ll presumably launch alongside the console in March 2017.
The full Just Dance 2017 tracklist can be found after the break, and a gameplay trailer featuring “Don’t Wanna Know” has been embedded above. (more…)
Friday the 13th: The Game delayed to Early 2017 to add single-player campaign and Tommy Jarvis as playable character
Today is October 12th, and even though there’s almost three weeks left in the spookiest month of the year, I long ago assumed that Gun Media and Illfonic would be forced to move Friday the 13th: The Game from its previously-announced “October 2016” launch date. Today, they made that delay official… but they also announced so much more.
First, the developers confirmed that a single-player campaign (with bots and missions based on the film franchise) is in the works and will be available as a free post-launch update next Summer. The base game, which will include the multiplayer portion of the game and three maps (including the newly-announced Packanack Lodge from Friday the 13th Part 2) will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in Early 2017. Finally, a PC-only Beta will be available sometime this Fall for everyone who pre-ordered the game.
The expanded scope of Friday the 13th: The Game has also lead Gun Media and Illfonic to include Tommy Jarvis (Jason’s nemesis from The Final Chapter, Part V, Part VI, and Part VII) as a playable character.
“The first thing people are going to read here is delay,” said Wes Kelter, Gun Media’s Studio Head. “We want everyone to be assured that coming to our decision to delay was no easy matter, but we believe that the positives far outweigh the negatives. We’ve been reading day in and day out on our social media feeds that single player and Tommy Jarvis were in such a demand that we couldn’t ignore our fans.”
More information about the delay, the single-player campaign, and the Beta is available in the latest Kickstarter update for Friday the 13th: The Game from the developers.
Bethesda has announced (via Bethesda.net) that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition has officially “gone gold” and is ready to be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 28. They’ve also offered up the system specifications for PC owners who want to make sure their rigs are up to snuff ahead of time:
Minimum System Requirements
- OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-Bit Version)
- CPU: Intel i5-750 / AMD Phenom II X4-945
- RAM: 8 GB
- Hard Drive: 12 GB
- Video Card: Nvidia GTX 470 1GB / AMD HD 7870 2GB
Recommended System Requirements
- OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-Bit Version)
- CPU: Intel i5-2400 / AMD FX-8320
- RAM: 8 GB
- Hard Drive: 12 GB
- Video Card: Nvidia GTX 780 3GB / AMD R9 290 4GB
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition will include a number of graphical tweaks including volumetric lighting (“God Rays”), dynamic depth of field, and remastered art and effects. Console owners will also get the chance to deploy mods in Skyrim for the first time, and PS4 Pro owners will get to experience the game with native 4K support.
Finally, Bethesda unveiled the hard drive requirements for console owners. PS4 players will need 20 GB (33 GB in Europe), while Xbox One owners require 17 GB (25 GB in Europe) of free space.
Telltale Games has announced that Batman: The Telltale Series will continue this month with the upcoming launch of Episode 3: New World Order on October 25. Episode 3 will be available to download for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and it looks like it’ll add a new set of wrinkles to the lives of Batman, The Penguin, Harvey Dent, and Selina Kyle:
In Episode 3, Penguin’s brutal attack broadcast on live TV has left Gotham City reeling. As Bruce and Batman, you’ll dig deeper into the web of intrigue surrounding the newly revealed Children of Arkham. Meanwhile, behind closed doors, the mysterious Selina Kyle reveals more of herself to Bruce. And in the aftermath of the attack, Bruce’s friend and Gotham’s new mayor, Harvey Dent, is a deeply changed man. Who can be trusted when the future of Bruce Wayne – and the Batman – could be determined by the flip of a coin?
Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 3: New World Order will also be released for the PS3, Xbox 360, and mobile devices, but a release date will be announced at a later date.
Bethesda and Arkane Austin recently released a new trailer for Prey, but it may look familiar to fans who previously viewed the QuakeCon 2016 trailer. But there’s a good reason for that.
Prey gives players the option to choose the main character’s gender, and while previous trailers depicted Morgan Yu as a man, this new trailer offers a glimpse at what the game will sound like if Morgan is a woman.
Prey takes place on a space station that has been overrun by a hostile alien life force, and it’ll be available next year for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Studio MDHR has announced that Cuphead, a side-scrolling shooter that borrows its look from 1930s cartoons, won’t be released by the end of the year as originally planned. Writing on their official website, the developer announced that Cuphead will now be available sometime in the late Spring or early Summer of 2017:
Throughout this year we discussed reducing the scope to make a 2016 release, but we made the difficult decision to delay the launch in order to ship with our vision intact. We are happy to announce that Cuphead will be coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam in Mid-2017.
Cuphead originally debuted at E3 2014 as a “Boss Rush” shooter before Studio MDHR revealed the addition of “run and gun” platforming levels earlier this year.