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Brainiac does his best Doctor Octopus impression in this new Injustice 2 trailer

After appearing in comic books for more than 50 years, and with a headlining role in 2004’s Spider-Man 2, Marvel’s Doctor Octopus and his metal tentacles are inseparable in the minds of most comics fans. But DC’s Brainiac will borrow the handy appendages for his appearance in Injustice 2:

Brainiac is a megalomaniacal genius who roams the universe, collecting knowledge to increase his intellectual and scientific prowess. Obsessed with establishing his superiority, Brainiac captured Krypton’s greatest cities, then eradicated what remained…or so he thought. Tales of the “Last Son of Krypton” have reached far into the stars. Now, the Collector of Worlds comes to Earth to finish his accumulation of Krypton — and discovers a new world worthy of his collection.

Set to serve as the final boss in Injustice 2, Brainiac was first spotted laying waste to Earth in last week’s “Shattered Alliances Part 5” trailer. His new “Introducing Brainiac” trailer, which includes almost two minutes of gameplay, has been embedded above.

NetherRealm Studios plans to reveal 11 more characters for Injustice 2, but they better hurry, the game will be released for the PS4 and Xbox One on May 16.

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Bluepoint Games is remaking “a classic” game for current-gen consoles

Bluepoint Games is best known as the development team behind remakes such as Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, God of War Collection, and The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection. They’ve built quite a niche for themselves over the years, and it looks like they’re going to revisit another game from yesteryear in the very near future.

Several listings on their Employment Opportunities page have confirmed that Bluepoint is working on a remake of “a classic” game for current-generation consoles:

We are passionately at work remaking a classic for current-gen game systems, growing our capabilities as a team and raising the bar for what fans anticipate from us.

Unfortunately, that small bit of text is our only hint at what the Austin-based developer is working on next. We’ll just have to wait and see which “classic” game will receive the remake treatment next.

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Insert Quarter: Why Are Indie Developers Embracing the Boxed Retail Release?

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Steam has completely taken over the game-buying experience on the PC, and digital storefronts from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are threatening to do the same thing to console players. So why have so many indie developers decided to work with publishers and distributors to launch their games as boxed retail releases?

GamesIndustry.biz’s Christopher Dring has several theories. For starters, he believes there’s still a lot of money to be made with physical game discs. But many developers also love the idea of seeing their small labor of love sharing shelf space with the big boys.

Last week, Stardew Valley was released in a box, as was Yooka-Laylee. In the coming weeks, Tequila Works is preparing two boxed products for Rime and The Sexy Brutale. There are several businesses that are set up to help indie studios release their games in places like GameStop and GAME, such as U&I, 505 Games, Sold Out and Badland Games. Other publishers include physical distribution as part of their key selling points, such as Bandai Namco, Koch Media, GameTrust (GameStop’s publishing arm) and a stream of others.

Yet it’s a risky area to invest in. Boxed products are costly and lack the flexibility of the digital marketplace. Going through retail also loses some of that direct contact with the customer. So why bother?

Dring spoke to indie developers like Psyonix (Rocket League) and Sold Out (Overcooked) to learn about their experiences with launching a boxed retail release, and he makes his case that more indie developers should explore the practice at GamesIndustry.biz.

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New Retail Releases: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Dragon Quest Heroes II, More

Spring has sprung, flowers are in bloom, and a huge batch of new releases will be sprouting on the shelves at your local game store this week.

Nintendo Switch owners have the biggest reasons to celebrate this week as Nintendo will bring Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to the console, while Sega will release Puyo Puyo Tetris. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe includes all of the downloadable content from Mario Kart 8’s original release, as well as several new racers, a brand new Battle Mode, and improved graphics. Meanwhile, Puyo Puyo Tetris mashes together the two puzzle game franchises to create a multiplayer title that features nearly a dozen different ways to play.

Also available this week is a pair of terrifying new titles, including Red Barrels’s first-person horror compilation, Outlast Trinity (which contains Outlast, its expansion, and the brand new Outlast II) for the PS4 and Xbox One. Bandai Namco will also release their creepy puzzle platformer, Little Nightmares, for the PS4 and Xbox One.

Elsewhere on store shelves, fans of big swords and big guns will be able to get your fix with the Square Enix/Koei Tecmo collaboration, Dragon Quest Heroes II (PS4), and CI Games’s shooter sequel, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (PC, PS4, and Xbox One).

Finally this week, the Syberia franchise comes in from the cold with Syberia 3, which will launch for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

You can find a complete list of this week’s new retail releases after the break. (more…)

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Gun Media and Illfonic will release Friday the 13th: The Game on May 26

Fans were rather upset when Friday the 13th: The Game missed its original “Early 2017” launch date. But don’t worry, the first video game starring Jason Voorhees in nearly 30 years will be available just in time for Summer Camp season… Gun Media and Illfonic have announced it’ll be available to download for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on May 26.

Unlike the earlier Friday the 13th games, Friday the 13th: The Game is a multiplayer contest pitting four counselors against one player who takes control of Jason. If this seems a little unfair, well, that’s the point.

With the base game on its way to completion, Gun Media and Illfonic have begun work on the boxed retail release and a free single-player expansion, both of which are scheduled to be released later this Summer.

Though we haven’t received a new Friday the 13th film since the 2009 reboot, Jason Voorhees has kept himself busy with video game work. In addition to Friday the 13th: The Game, the slasher also appeared as a downloadable character in 2015’s Mortal Kombat X.

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Xbox Store Today: Cities Skylines, Halo Wars Definitive Edition, Deformers, more

Build and destroy in today’s Xbox Games Store update…

Cities: Skylines was originally released for the PC back in 2015, but console players will get the chance to create the cityscape of their dreams with its Xbox One debut. Rebuilt from the ground up to make use of the Xbox One controller, Cities: Skylines also includes the After Dark expansion, which adds nightlife and tourist attractions to your urban planning portfolio.

Also available to download today is Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, an Xbox One re-release of the real-time strategy game that was originally released for the Xbox 360. Featuring improved graphics, new Achievements, and all the DLC from the original game, players will be able to build their army and destroy the Covenant in this spinoff from the popular Halo series.

Finally today, GameStop’s GameTrust label will bring Ready At Dawn’s Deformers to the Xbox One. The “fast and frantic” multiplayer arena game includes both couch co-op and online battles with combatants ranging from aliens to animals to blobs.

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

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Activision officially announces Call of Duty: WWII; Reveal Livestream scheduled for April 26

The rumors have been swirling about Call of Duty’s re-engagement with the Second World War for some time now. And after the success of Battlefield 1 (and the relative failure of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare), it’s reasonable to think that Activision might want to try something “new.”

That reasonable assumption turned into an official announcement today, as Activision and Sledgehammer Games confirmed that Call of Duty: WWII will be released this November for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The original Call of Duty helped popularize the World War II setting for shooters back in 2003, but the franchise hasn’t returned to the conflict since 2008’s Call of Duty: World at War.

But thankfully, we won’t have to wait very long to discover more Call of Duty: WWII intel. The publisher and developer also announced plans to host a “Worldwide Reveal Livestream” for the game on the official website on April 26 at 1:00 PM (Eastern Time).

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Bandai Namco announces anime-styled action RPG Code Vein

For a time, it felt like vampires completely took over the bookstore, the cineplex, and your television. But aside from a Castlevania here and a BloodRayne there, the bloodsucking fiends have kept their fangs away from video games.

Bandai Namco wants to change all that in 2018 with the release of Code Vein, an anime-styled action RPG that’s currently in development for “major home consoles” (I assume that’s a euphemism for “PS4 and Xbox One, but not Nintendo’s Switch”). In the post-apocalyptic world of Code Vein, players will attempt to recover their lost memories and stave off their vampiric curse:

In the not too distant future, a mysterious disaster has brought collapse to the world, as we know it. Towering skyscrapers, once symbols of prosperity, are now lifeless graves of humanity’s past pierced by the Thorns of Judgment. At the center of the destruction lies a hidden society of Revenants called Vein. This final stronghold is where the remaining few fight to survive, blessed with Gifts of power in exchange for their memories and a thirst for blood. Give into the bloodlust fully and risk becoming one of the Lost, fiendish ghouls devoid of any remaining humanity.

As you might expect, players will be able to feed on their enemies, but they’ll also be able to use this nourishment to unlock special abilities known as Gifts:

Revenants also have access to Blood Veils, devices capable of draining the blood of their enemies in order to enhance their own abilities. Exploiting these enhanced abilities known as Gifts, players can change their form to increase their strength, weaken enemies, and utilize new weapon abilities with overpowered attacks. Utilizing the vast array of weaponry along with each character’s Gift, players can adapt and strategize to a variety of battle conditions that suit their play styles.

A very stylish teaser trailer for Code Vein can be found after the break. (more…)

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