Ghost Recon Wildlands Open Beta Feb 23 and New Trailers

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Ubisoft has released a selection of new trailers for Ghost Recon: Wildlands, including a TV spot for the open-world tactical shooter.

There’s also a teaser for a live-action short movie, War Within the Cartel, set within the world of Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and a trailer for the upcoming Open Beta, available to pre-load from 20th February.

The Open Beta then goes live on 23rd February, running through 27th February, before the full version of Ghost Recon: Wildlands then launches for Xbox One, PS4 and PC on 7th March.

Mass Effect: Andromeda’s New Trailer is All About Combat

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A new trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda has emerged today, the first in a series of gameplay videos focusing upon the various components of BioWare’s latest space opera epic. This one takes a look at the game’s combat, which is being injected with a few changes.

While still a cover shooter at its core, Mass Effect: Andromeda arms Ryder with a jump-jet, enabling him or her (depending on whether gender you choose Scott or Sara) to outmanoeuvre enemies and flank them quickly. As ever, you’ll also have to Biotics, meaning you can still hurl powers at the bad guys.

Between you and me, I played Mass Effect: Andromeda today, so look out for a fairly comprehensive preview soon. For the time being, however, you’ll just have to make do with the new combat gameplay trailer below. Enjoy! Mass Effect: Andromeda is out on 21st March in North America and 23rd March in Europe.

THQ Is Bringing a Lock’s Quest Remaster To Xbox One This April

Lock’s Quest – a game originally released for the Nintendo DS way back in 2008 – is getting a remaster for Xbox One and PS4, which THQ Nordic has announced is due to launch in April 2017.

The game is the newest entry in THQ Nordic’s MAP initiative. The Meaningful Asset Program is an internal plan by THQ Nordic to evaluate IPs the company holds and build them up in a mid- to long-term basis.

Developer Digital Continue (based in New York City) is aiming to keep the visuals and core gameplay of the Nintendo DS, whilst revamping UI, adapting controls, remastering the music, and adding a new progression system which is integrated into the storyline

Reinhard Pollice, Business and Product Development Director at THQ Nordic, states:

“We had the great opportunity to work with people from the original development team of Lock’s Quest, and things clicked right off the bat. It is one of those hidden gems and a fan-favourite, so when things fell into place, we quickly decided to do this.”

Digital Continue Co-Founder & CEO, Joseph M Tringali added:

“I always felt Lock’s Quest deserved a multi-platform release, and it’s exciting to help that vision come to pass all these years later. The incredible pixel style translates well to console, and we were fortunate to include many high-resolution assets that weren’t in the original. It was great to work with a partner like THQ Nordic, who understands and respects the creative process, and was dedicated to both preserving and enhancing this fan favorite.”

Here’s a rundown of all the new features the game will introduce:

  • New progression system automatically unlocks new turrets at specific story plot points
  • Brand new Antonia Defense Battles featuring a new map
  • All music remastered in high definition, with orchestrated introduction and ending
  • Player controls remapped for keyboard/mouse and gamepad input
  • Revamped User Interface, customized for HD resolution, including all new GUI Art
  • Character portraits refactored in High Resolution

Take a look at the 2017 trailer below:

PR Review: Sniper Elite 4

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Karl Fairburne once again returns as the kick ass American sniper who has been fighting to take down the Nazi’s since the beginning. When I first played the Sniper Elite series I was hooked because of the simple fact that you can play it the way you want it. Kill in your own style either being obvious or stealthy without a trace of you ever being there. Its a lot like Hitman except not modern and no causalities. So how good is Sniper Elite 4? Lets climb up the bell tower and see if this review can get away with murder or should we just jump off the tower to end it all? Lets find out!

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Swamp Thing is the Latest Character Confirmed For Injustice 2

The latest addition to the roster of Injustice 2 characters is Swamp Thing – the DC character that was introduced in House of Secrets way back in 1971 before getting his own solo run the year later.

The video shows off the unique moveset of the character (which is realised with some amazing animations) and has NetherRealm Studios talking us through what the monstrous creature is capable of in battle. It looks like everything about the character is new – nothing mimicked from a character from the previous game – so that’s exciting.

Take a look at the video in action below, courtesy of IGN First.

That super, right?

Injustice 2 launches for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on 16th May, with a standard edition, Deluxe Edition and Ultimate Edition available with bonus characters, skins and more.

Sniper Elite 4 Confirms Season Pass Details, Gets A Launch Trailer

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Rebellion has confirmed what players purchasing the Season Pass for Sniper Elite 4 will be eligible to in a press release sent out today.

If you decide to spend $34.99 (or your local equivalent) on the season pass, not only will you recieve all the pre-order content the publisher has offered as an incentive to players who wish to garuntee themselves a copy of the game on launch day, you’ll also get three extra campaign missions, extra expansion packs and access to more weapons.

Take a look at the breakdown below:

Season Pass holders will receive:

  • All of the pre-order bonus content
    • Target: Führer campaign mission, in which players will infiltrate a secret Mediterranean U-boat facility, presumably in order to sit down with Hitler and give him a chance to really internalize some bullets.
    • Camouflage rifle skin pack, for the discerning sniper that likes his death-dealer lush and green.
  • Three extra campaign missions: a separate three-chapter campaign telling the story of how protagonist Karl Fairburne escapes Italy.
  • Three extra expansion packs: to be released alongside a campaign mission, each expansion will include three new weapons, eight weapon skins, and two new characters for use in co-op and multiplayer.
  • Yet more expansion packs: more weapons, including silenced weapons, famous historical allied wartime rifles, and close-quarters weapons and equipment, as well as three more co-op and multiplayer characters.

Rebellion has also confirmed that all future multiplayer maps and modes will be released for free to all players, even those that haven’t purchased the season pass. That’s one way of keeping the multiplayer element of the game equal, we suppose.

If you’re so inclined, you can also take a look at the shiny new launch trailer below, too:

Sniper Elite 4 is due for release on February 14th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Injustice 2’s Newest Character Trailer Focuses On Black Canary

A new gameplay video showing off Injustice 2’s Black Canary has been released, and it shows off the DC character’s famed hand-to-hand combat as well as her signature move, the Canary Cry.

The trailer also shows the lethal fighter battering some of her DC roster-mates in a couple of backdrops fans may recognise from DC lore – there’s Aquaman’s undersea base and a distinctly Gotham-looking church, too.

Check out the new gameplay trailer showing Black Canary in action below, then look forward to Injustice 2 launching for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 16th May, with a standard edition, Deluxe Edition and Ultimate Edition available with bonus characters, skins and more:

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Delayed Again, But At Least Rainbow Six Has 15m Registered Players

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Ubisoft has released its financial results for Q3 2016-2017, revealing – among other things – that South Park: The Fractured But Whole will now be launching during the company’s fiscal year 2017-2018. That means the game could drop any time between April 2017 and the end of March 2018. That’s a pretty big launch window, but we’re hopeful Ubi will release the latest South Park closer to the April 2017 end.

Overall, sales of €529.9 million were recorded for quarter three 2017, while the first nine months saw sales of €811.3 million. Key contributors to this figure include Rainbow Six: Siege clocking up 15 million registered players and record daily active users, while The Division has also seen its daily active users rise by 152.3%. Ubisoft also saw sales of its back catalogue achieve a new record over the last nine months, accounting for 57.1% of total sales.

Record digital revenue for the same period also saw an 84.4% rise compared to last year, seeing digital sales of €383 million. That’s 47.2% of Ubisoft’s total sales. As for Ubisoft’s major 2016 releases, Watch Dogs 2’s launch was seen to be “not as dynamic as expected”, but Ubi also noted that “momentum [is] now positive. Open world winter sports game Steep, meanwhile, performed “slightly higher than expected,” so that’s nice, isn’t it?

South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be launching for Xbox One, PS4 and PC during the fiscal year 2017-2018. Watch this space for a solid release date hopefully sooner rather than later.

Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes From Liberty City Are Now Backward Compatible on Xbox One

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Rockstar Games has announced that Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes from Liberty City are both now backward compatible for Xbox One, providing the perfect opportunity to dive back into the misadventures of Niko Bellic in GTA’s take on New York City.

Released for Xbox 360 back in 2008, GTA IV was followed up with Episodes from Liberty City, available as a standalone disc release. This brought together both DLC expansions for the game, with The Lost and Damned featuring biker Johnny Klebitz and The Ballad of Gay Tony casting you as Luis Lopez.

Now you can play the lot on Xbox One, thanks to the magic of backward compatibility. Hooray! Get the Xbox Store link for GTA IV below:

Rocket League Gets New Hot Wheels Cars and Content This Month

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Psyonix has announced that Rocket League will be receiving some new DLC later this month, introducing new Hot Wheels cars, decals, wheels and toppers based on the classic best-selling toy cars, as well as free Hot Wheels content alongside the paid stuff.

Two DLC Hot Wheels cars, the Twin Mill III and Bone Shaker will be available separately for $1.99/£1.59 each, bundled with six Decals and an exclusive set of Wheels. An update will also roll out for Rocket League, adding free Hot Wheels content for all players, including a new Antenna and Topper, ‘Treasure Hunt’ Flag, and ‘Shark Bite’ Topper.

The Hot Wheels DLC will be heading to Rocket League on 21st February, and you can see it in action in the trailer below.