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Time travel is a dirty business, but somebody’s got to do it.
Remedy’s Quantum Break is now available to download for the Xbox One through the Xbox Games Store and for Windows 10 PCs through the Windows 10 Store. Players will control Jack Joyce and the very fabric of reality is at stake in his time-hopping adventure. Remedy will also propel the story forward through several live-action interludes that makes Quantum Break a “fast-paced fusion between game and show.”
Also available this week is Dirt Rally (Xbox One), the latest off-road rally racer from Codemasters. Available for the PC since December, Dirt Rally has been honed by the “Dirt Community” with more than 80 million miles of feedback. Finally, the retro-styled side-scrolling shooter Steredenn will also be available for the Xbox One.
More information on all three of these titles can be found after the break. (more…)
Sony’s Launch Party promotion continues to disco deep into the night as Enter the Gungeon is now available to download for the PS4 through the PlayStation Store. The twin-stick shooter takes place in the legendary Gungeon (that’s Gun Dungeon for those who are blind to puns) and asks Gungeoneers to search the many hallways and catacombs for “a gun that can kill the past.” I have no idea what that means, but the animated Launch Trailer (embedded above) is a hoot.
Speaking of the past, Capcom will reach back into days gone by this week to release Mega Man Legends 2 on the PS3. The PSone Classic is the final game in the Legends series and a cult following has developed around the title over the years. If you’ve spent the last 15 years wondering what all the fuss is about… now’s your chance.
And in keeping with the indie theme of the Launch Party promotion, a quartet of popular indies are also available to download this week. This list includes Armature’s 10v10 multiplayer shooters, Dead Star (PS4); Quicktequila’s speedy and colorful shooter, Lovely Planet (PS4); Harmonix’s rhythm shooter, Amplitude (PS3); and Lab Zero’s cartoony fighter, Skullgirls 2nd Encore (Vita).
Finally this week, Codemasters will bring Dirt Rally to the PS4, while Ubisoft will launch the complete Assassin’s Creed Chronicles trilogy on the Vita.
Remedy Entertainment ends their hiatus this week with the release of the time-bending Quantum Break on the PC and Xbox One. The game, which also includes a series of live-action interludes starring Shawn Ashmore, Dominic Monaghan, and Aidan Gillen, will also be available as part of the Quantum Break + Xbox One 500GB Console Bundle. And all versions of Quantum Break will come packaged with a digital download of Remedy’s previous game, Alan Wake.
Also available this week is Dirt Rally, the latest entry in Codemasters’s popular offroad rally racing franchise. Available for the PC since December, Dirt Rally’s launch on the PS4 and Xbox One adds a number of new features including Classic Mini and Super 1600 series races, 21 Advanced Rally Driving Video Guides, the Pikes Peak course, and more.
Codemasters has been quietly offering updates and enhancements to Dirt Rally since its release through Steam Early Access in April. Today, the developer is ready to launch the “full version” of their off-road racing game for PC players everywhere. And they’ve also announced that Dirt Rally will be released for the PS4 and Xbox One on April 5, 2016.
“The launch on Steam Early Access has been a resounding success. We want to thank the community for their valuable feedback and support which has guided our development for the past eight months, resulting in a 92% positive user score. We are now ready to launch the final version of the game on PC,” said Frank Sagnier, the CEO of Codemasters. “Following this success on PC and a vocal demand from consumers, we are delighted to bring Dirt Rally to console players on April 5, 2016.”
With the update, Codemasters has also added a ton of “Winter Wonderland” content to Dirt Rally. The Varmland region of Sweden, which is covered in snow and ice, is your destination for this rally course. And a new gameplay trailer, embedded above, will give you a taste of this “Winter Wonderland” and the rest of the game.
It’s been a long time since Codemasters last decided to play in the dirt. It’s been three years since the last game in the rally racing franchise, Dirt: Showdown, was released. Though many fans ignore the arcade-style spinoff and choose to remember the last game in the main series, four since Dirt 3, which was released in 2011.
So it was a bit of a shock when Codemasters announced the PC-exclusive release of Dirt Rally yesterday. And it was even more of a shock when the developer revealed that it’s available to buy now (for $34.99) through Steam’s Early Access program.
The developer is currently looking for feedback from fans to shape the future of the franchise, but Dirt Rally has launched with the following features already available:
- 17 Cars in 6 New and Classic Classes – Including BMW M3 Evo, Audi Quattro S1, Lancia Delta HF Integrale, and Subaru Impreza.
- Diverse Locales – 36 challenging stages set across Hafren, Wales; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Argolis, Greece.
- Team Management – Hire up to four engineering staff to work on your car between stages.
- Rally Async – Daily, weekly, and month-long challenges against fellow players from around the world without the need to be online at the same time.
- Rally Seasons – Compete in a succession of events with the aim of gaining promotion to the next rung on the driving ladder.
- Custom Rally Events – Take any car on any track and configure and compete in single or multi-stage events against the AI’s times.
- Upgrades – Unlock the full potential of your car with meaningful improvements to its handling and performance.
- Tuning – Tweak your car set-up based on car, track and weather conditions to best suit your racing style.
- Physics-Based Assists – Dirt Rally allows players to experience cars in their purest form. It also offers a selection of real world assists similar to those seen in race and road vehicles as traction control and ABS.
- Damage and Repairs – Wear and tear is faithfully recreated with a comprehensive and realistic damage model. Damage can be repaired by hiring Engineers to work in the team’s Service Area between stages but with a finite amount of time available.
Codemasters will bring “regular free updates” to Dirt Rally throughout the Early Access period, which is expected to last into 2016. It’s unknown when, or even if, Dirt Rally will make an appearance on consoles.