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NHL 20 launches September 13 with Auston Matthews on the cover

EA Sports has announced they’ll drop the puck on NHL 20 for the PS4 and Xbox One on September 13. The latest edition of the hockey simulation will feature Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs on the cover and a big emphasis on new shot types.

NHL 20 will also hop on the battle royale bandwagon with Eliminator Mode, which lets takes the popular NHL Ones and NHL Threes modes and lets up to 82 players compete against each other in a “survival tournament bracket.” Other new additions coming to the franchise are expanded options for Ultimate Team and World of CHEL, as well as improved goaltender AI, and a brand new broadcast-style presentation:

In NHL 20, your favorite NHL stars now look and feel more authentic with new Signature Shots and over 45 new shot types that make every attack a threat. A new broadcast package celebrates your biggest plays as you take on all-new game modes, including the new winner-take-all Eliminator Mode where you play solo or team up with friends to take down the competition.

More details about the new features coming to NHL 20 can be found at the game’s official website and an Announcement Trailer has been embedded above.

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Mortal Kombat 11 wins back-to-back rounds as the best-selling game of May 2019

Analyst Mat Piscatella came out of hibernation last night to share a look (via Twitter) at The NPD Group’s report on the best-selling games from May 2019. Once again, NetherRealm’s Mortal Kombat 11 landed on the top of the list, and it’s now the best-selling game for all of 2019.

Days Gone managed to hold its position as the runner-up for the month of May, fighting off PC-exclusive Total War: Three Kingdoms (which proved popular enough to slide into the #3 spot) and fellow new release Rage 2 (#4). Perennial favorite Grand Theft Auto V rounded out the Top 5 in the #5 slot.

This year’s most popular titles played musical chairs throughout the remainder of last month’s Top 20. Some went up (Minecraft went from #14 to #9) while some were trending down (Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 dropped from #4 to #12).

The Switch was the best-selling console platform in May and as the PS4 and Xbox One continue to ride off into the sunset, it’s also remained the best-selling for the 2019 calendar year.

Overall, total industry sales were done 11% versus May 2018, but that can probably be chalked up to a paltry selection of new releases last month. You can find a full list of best-selling games from May 2019 after the break. (more…)

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Konami surprise-launches Contra Anniversary Collection at E3 2019

In addition to unveiling Contra: Rogue Corps during today’s Nintendo Direct presentation, Konami has surprise-launched the Contra Anniversary Collection for the PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.

Like Konami’s previous 50th Anniversary Collections, the Contra Anniversary Collection will include a digital book detailing the history of the series, as well as seven games (Contra [Arcade], Contra [NES], Super Contra, Super C, Contra III: The Alien Wars, Contra: Hard Corps, and Operation C). Three regional variants (Contra [Japan], Probotector [Europe], and Super Probotector [Europe]) will also be included.

A post-launch update to the compilation will add six more Japanese variants at a later date.

But for now, be sure to relive some of the greatest action games of the 80s and 90s with Contra Anniversary Collection’s Launch Trailer, which has been embedded above.

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Konami brings the Contra franchise back this September with Contra: Rogue Corps

Start flexing those “Up, Up, Down, Down” muscles, because Konami has announced that Contra: Rogue Corps will be available this Fall.

Eschewing the franchise’s traditional side-scrolling view, Contra: Rogue Corps is an overhead twin-stick shooter that takes place in Damned City, a place that was decimated by the alien invasion from the previous games and is now full of monsters and mutants:

Two years after the Alien Wars had ended, a mysterious area called the Damned City arose from the grounds where the final battles took place. Ruthless Fiends roamed the area, bringing a world full of madness. In the midst of chaos, five scoundrels emerge… they are the Rogue Corps.

They do not look anything like heroes of justice, but have they come to save humanity, or maybe they are looking to hit the jackpot by searching the Damned City for treasures… either way, the fate of the world is in their hands.

While the view might be a bit different from what fans are used to, the people behind the project will be the same, as Konami has tapped Nobuya Nakazato (the Director of Contra III: The Alien Wars, Contra: Hard Corps, and Contra: Shattered Soldier) to lead the development team. Rogue Corps will also feature multiple playable characters who can be customized with improved organs and cybernetics in the Operation Room, local and online cooperative multiplayer, and an “irreverent” tone (which is pretty obvious from the first trailer).

Contra: Rogue Corps is currently in development for the PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One, and it’ll be released on September 24.

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Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will land on PC and consoles later this year

Aside from making Final Fantasy VIII available to download for the PS3 through Sony’s PSone Classics banner in 2009, Square Enix has basically kept the RPG under lock and key since its launch more than 20 years ago. But it looks like they’re finally pulling it out of the vault later this year for a new re-release known as Final Fantasy VIII Remastered.

Featuring “newly rendered” visuals, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will be your first real chance to play the game on modern platforms:

In Final Fantasy VIII, the military nation of Galbadia has declared war on the Dukedom of Dollet, who must hire the mercenary force, SeeD. Squall Leonhart, a new member of SeeD, together with his friends and Rinoa Heartilly, a member of a resistance group, get pulled into the war, unaware of their fated task to save the world.

The E3 Trailer for Final Fantasy VIII Remastered has been embedded above, and you’ll be able to purchase it later this year for the PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.

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The Avengers disassemble in first trailer for Square Enix’s Avengers Project

After two and a half long years, Square Enix has finally pulled the curtain back on Marvel’s Avengers, their massive new game project starring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Combining “cinematic storytelling” with single-player and cooperative gameplay for up to four players, Marvel’s Avengers is in development at Crystal Dynamics with assistance from Eidos Montreal, Crystal Northwest, and Nixxes Software.

While the first trailer for the game has a celebratory mood to start, things quickly take a dark turn…

Marvel’s Avengers begins at A-Day, where Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor are unveiling a hi-tech Avengers Headquarters in San Francisco — including the reveal of their own helicarrier powered by an experimental energy source. The celebration turns deadly when a catastrophic accident results in massive devastation. Blamed for the tragedy, the Avengers disband. Five years later, with all Super Heroes outlawed and the world in peril, the only hope is to reassemble Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Marvel’s Avengers will tell an original story set within the Marvel Universe that’ll also be updated at regular intervals after release through a series of free narrative expansions. PS4 owners can also expect to receive some type of exclusive content that will announced at a later date.

“We’ve assembled world-class developers from across the industry to bring players on an unforgettable journey,” said Ron Rosenberg, a Studio Head at Crystal Dynamics. “To ensure a truly heroic experience for all players, we’re announcing that our narrative will be delivered over multiple years, with no random loot boxes or pay-to-win scenarios. Every new superhero and region will be delivered to players at no additional cost if you own the core game. This is just the beginning of what we’ve got in store for our fans.”

“As superfans, working with Marvel and these characters is a dream come true and we are excited to finally reveal Marvel’s Avengers to the world,” said Scot Amos, a Studio Head at Crystal Dynamics. “This is our original take on these iconic superheroes. Leveraging our companies’ combined experience in epic action-adventure storytelling, we’re building a universe that fans will immerse themselves in for years to come.”

Marvel’s Avengers will be released for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia on May 15, 2020.

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Doom Eternal razes Hell on store shelves on November 22… and in two new trailers

2016’s Doom was a wild ride through Hell that recaptured everything fans know and love about the seminal shooter series. So expectations are sky high for this Fall’s sequel, Doom Eternal. Thankfully, id Software and Bethesda have delivered with two new trailers at this year’s E3 Expo.

The first trailer focuses on the game’s story, and after spending five games in Hell (Doom 64 absolutely counts), it looks like we’re finally going to find out what Heaven is like in the Doom universe. You’ll get a glimpse at the Double Dash ability, as well as the Shoulder-Mounted Flamethrower, the new Meat Hook attachment for the Super Shotgun, and the retractable Doom Blade.

Meanwhile, the second trailer introduces Battlemode, a 2v1 multiplayer mode where one player controls the Doom Slayer and two others step into the cloven hooves of a pair of demons.

Slayer Threat Level at Maximum
Gain access to the latest demon-killing tech with the Doom Slayer’s advanced Praetor Suit, including a shoulder-mounted flamethrower, and the retractable wrist-mounted Doom Blade. Upgraded guns and mods, such as the Super Shotgun’s new distance-closing Meat Hook attachment, and abilities like the Double Dash make you faster, stronger, and more versatile than ever.

Unholy Trinity
You can’t kill demons when you’re dead, and you can’t stay alive without resources. Take what you need from your enemies: Glory kill for extra health, incinerate for armor, and chainsaw demons to stock up on ammo. These tools are the key to your survival and becoming the ultimate demon-slayer.

A New Class of (Destructible) Demon
Obliterate more demons than ever before, each with unique attacks and abilities. Fan-favorite classics such as the Pain Elemental, Archvile, and Arachnotron make their return, while a horde of totally-new demons join the roster including the Doom Hunter, Marauder, and the Gladiator. Rip apart your favorite demons to the core with Doom Eternal’s “destructible demons” system and take your power fantasy to new levels.

Demonic Invasion Detected
As the Slayer, allow other players to invade your campaign as demons for a dramatic and unpredictable twist anytime you’re playing the campaign. Or be a demon and invade other players’ campaigns either by yourself or with someone else to give the Slayer a true taste of Hell.

Enter Battlemode
Battlemode is the new 2 versus 1 multiplayer experience built from the ground up at id Software. A fully-armed Doom Slayer faces off against two player-controlled demons, duking it out over three rounds of intense first-person combat. More details coming soon!

Doom Eternal will be available for the PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One on November 22. Players who pre-order the game will receive the Rip and Tear Pack, which includes a Doot Revenant Skin, a Throwback Shotgun Weapon Skin, and a Bonus Master Level for the Campaign.

Doom Eternal will also be available in a special Deluxe Edition that contains the Year One Pass (which includes access to the story-based DLC 1 and DLC 2 expansions when they’re released), a Demonic Slayer Skin, and a Classic Weapons Sound Pack. Finally, the Collector’s Edition will come packed with all the Deluxe Edition content, a Wearable Doom Slayer Helmet, “The Gift of Argent Power” Lithograph, a Lore Book by id Software, a Digital Soundtrack, and a copy of the game in a Steelbook Case.

You can find Doom Eternal’s new trailers after the break.

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The creators of Layers of Fear, Bloober Team, will bring a new Blair Witch game to PC and Xbox One on August 30

Bloober Team, the Polish developer behind Layers of Fear and its recently-released sequel, delivered a very surprising (some might say bewitching) announcement during today’s Xbox E3 Briefing. Apparently, they’ve taken their horror game expertise and applied it to a brand new game based on the Blair Witch, which will be released for the PC and Xbox One on August 30.

The first-person horror title is set in 1996, just after the camcorders belonging to Heather, Mike, and Josh were discovered by authorities:

It’s 1996. A young boy disappears in the Black Hills Forest near Burkittsville, Maryland. As Ellis, a former police officer with a troubled past, you join the search. What starts as an ordinary investigation soon turns into an endless nightmare as you confront your fears and the Blair Witch, a mysterious force that haunts the woods.

“We are so thrilled, and honestly a little scared, to bring all players, especially fans of Blair Witch, back into the haunted woods. It is genuinely an honor to be working on such a hair-raising, paradigmatic experience, which defined so many of our lives,” said Piotr Babieno, the CEO of Bloober Team.

“The team at Bloober is made up of amazing storytellers. We were excited to give them the opportunity to craft an original narrative set in the iconic woods of Blair Witch,” said Daniel Engelhardt, the Senior Vice President of Lionsgate Interactive Ventures and Games. “They’ve taken the evil hiding in the Black Hills Forest to a whole new level. Players should enter at their own risk.”

The first trailer for Blair Witch has been embedded above.

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