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    Everything we know about Fallout 76, including latest news, release date, trailers, and more!

    News Matthew ByrdJohn Saavedra
    Aug 20, 2018

    Fallout 76is the next entry in the Fallout series from Bethesda Game Studios. Based on a brief teaser, the game is set in 2102 and centers around a survivor from Vault 76. The story takes place in the hills of West Virginia. You play as one of the first survivors to leave a vault in the aftermath of the nuclear war that turned the planet into a wasteland. It'll be your job to rebuild civilization.

    This sequel is actually an online survival RPG in the same vein as Rust and DayZ. The game, which reportedly began as a multiplayer mode for Fallout 4, will feature quests and a story as well as base-building mechanics. Bethesda confirmed at E3 2018 that the game is four times the size of Fallout 4.

    Here's everything else we know about the game:

    Fallout 76 Release Date

    Fallout 76 will arrive on Nov. 14, 2018. The game is coming to XBO, PS4, and PC. 

    Fallout 76 Beta

    Bethesda has also confirmed the first details regarding Fallout 76's beta. As previously noted, Xbox One players will be the first to gain access to the beta. At present, the plan is to extend the first beta invitations in October to Xbox One gamers who pre-ordered Fallout 76 at "participating retailers." The initial group of beta players will be small, but Bethesda will expand the player pool in the weeks leading up to the game's release. That pool will eventually grow to include PS4 and PC players, but Bethesda hasn't confirmed when additional invitations will be sent.  

    Fallout 76 Trailer

    Bethesda has dropped a new gameplay video previewing the base-building element of Fallout 76. Check it out below:

    A new trailer debuted at E3 2018. Check it out below:

    Check out the announcement trailer:

    Fallout 76 Details

    According to an interview with Todd HowardFallout 76 will not feature an offline single-player option. 

    What that means is that there is no way to play the game without other people somehow being involved in your experience. Why you don't technically have to interact with them, they can theoretically interact with you whenever they'd like. However, there will be private servers meaning that it is possible to host a server for yourself or a small group of people. 

    Additionally, it seems that the game will not include any NPCs that are not robots. This does raise some questions regarding how, exactly, quests in the game will be given out. Our guess is that most of the game's quest will be very simple fetch and enemy elimination affairs. 

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.

    John Saavedra is an associate editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9

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    Everything you need to know about Kingdom Hearts 3, including latest news, release date, trailers, and more!

    News Matthew Byrd
    Aug 20, 2018

    The highly anticipated third installment in the main Kingdom Hearts series has been in development since at least 2012. First announced at E3 2013, it's been a long journey for this Disney-Final Fantasy mashup. There's some indication from Square Enix that Kingdom Hearts III will finally see the light of day in 2018, but only time will tell!

    Until then, Square Enix hasn't been shy about slowly revealing some of the incredible Disney inspired worlds included in the upcoming game. From Toy Story to Monsters Inc., Kingdom Hearts 3 looks to explore nearly every aspect of the Disney universe while delivering an incredibly compelling RPG in the tradition of previous Kingdom Hearts adventures. 

    Here's everything we know about the game:

    Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date 

    Kingdom Hearts 3 will arrive on Jan. 29, 2019. It's coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

    Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailer

    The PlayStation E3 2018 conference included a special preview of Kingdom Hearts 3 that focuses on the game's Pirates of the Carribean world. 

    This trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3 serves as a cinematic rundown of the stories and worlds that we've seen from the game thus far. Included is a brief look at a few new environments and what seems to be a glimpse at the sequel's basic plot. 

    This next trailer showcases what is being referred to as Classic Kingdom. However, reports indicate that the Game and Watch footage included in the trailer doesn't pertain to an entire kingdom, but rather a collection of classic minigames featured throughout the adventure. 

    This trailer introduces the world of Monsters Inc. to the series. Check it out below:

    Additionally, Disney showed off a trailer that confirms a world based on the Toy Story films will make an appearance sometime during Kingdom Hearts 3's campaign. Characters like Woody and Buzz will also make an appearance as party heroes during your time in this new world. 

    Here are the rest of the trailers that have been released:

    This next trailer teases Rapunzel’s tower from Tangled and what looks like the streets of New Orleans from The Princess and the Frog:

    Finally, here's the very first trailer from E3 2013:

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.

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    Everything you need to know about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, including latest news, release date, trailers, and more!

    NewsMatthew ByrdJohn Saavedra
    Aug 20, 2018

    Since its N64 debut, the Super Smash Bros. series has been one of Nintendo's most beloved properties. What began as a simple amusement that pitted some of Nintendo's best characters against each other in a brawler fighting game has become an institution. Everyone from casual Nintendo console owners to hardcore fighting fans has fond memories of waging war across Smash Bros. many levels. 

    Now, Smash Bros. Ultimate is preparing to make its debut on the Nintendo Switch. Following the success of Super Smash Bros. Wii U - a game that grew to include one of the most incredible rosters in fighting game history - expectations are high for the next entry in the long-running franchise. If Nintendo's history with highly-anticipated Switch titles is any indication, though, then we fully expect this will be a special title that will boast a truly impressive collection of playable characters. 

    Here is everything we know about Super Smash Bros. for Switch:

    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Release Date

    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will arrive on Dec. 8, 2018. The game is coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch. 

    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Trailer

    Nintendo fully unveiled Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at E3 2018. Here's the full, 25-minute announcement video:

    The game was first teased in a Nintendo Direct earlier this year. Check it out below:

    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Characters

    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will feature every single character who has ever appeared in the series, including Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid, Ryu from Street Fighter, and Cloud from Final Fantasy. That means that the game will boast a roster of over 60 characters!

    Here's the full list of fighters:

    • Bayonetta
    • Bowser
    • Bowser Jr.
    • Captain Falcon
    • Charizard
    • Chrom
    • Cloud
    • Corrin
    • Daisy
    • Dark Pit
    • Dark Samus
    • Diddy Kong
    • Donkey Kong
    • Dr. Mario
    • Duck Hunt
    • Falco
    • Fox
    • Ganondorf
    • Greninja
    • The Ice Climbers
    • Ike
    • Ivysaur
    • Jigglypuff
    • King Dedede
    • King K. Rool
    • Kirby
    • Link
    • Little Mac
    • Lucario
    • Lucas
    • Lucina
    • Luigi
    • Mario
    • Marth
    • Mega Man
    • Meta Knight
    • Mewtwo
    • Mii Brawler
    • Mii Gunner
    • Mii Fighter
    • Mr. Game & Watch
    • Ness
    • Captain Olimar
    • Pac-Man
    • Palutena
    • Peach
    • Pichu
    • Pikachu
    • Pit
    • Pokémon Trainer
    • R.O.B. the robot
    • Richter Belmont
    • Ridley
    • Robin
    • Rosalina
    • Roy
    • Ryu
    • Samus
    • Sheik
    • Shulk
    • Simon Belmont
    • Snake
    • Sonic
    • Splatoon Inklings
    • Squirtle
    • Toon Link
    • Villager
    • Wario
    • Wii Fit Trainer
    • Wolf
    • Yoshi
    • Young Link
    • Zelda
    • Zero Suit Samus

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.

    John Saavedra is an associate editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9

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    Everything you need to know about Red Dead Redemption 2, including latest news, release date, trailers, and more!

    News John SaavedraMatthew Byrd
    Aug 20, 2018

    Red Dead Redemption 2 is the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van Der Linde gang as they rob, fight, and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive.

    The studio said of the game in a press release that Red Dead Redemption 2 is "an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game's vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience."

    Here's everything else we know:

    Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer

    The new trailer has arrived!

    This next Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer reveals a few new details about the story. Check it out below:

    You can check out the first two trailers below:

    Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Date

    Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26, 2018. The game is coming to XBO and PS4.

    Red Dead Redemption 2 Preview

    The first demo of Red Dead Redemption 2's gameplay has been revealed. Click here to learn all about it!

    Red Dead Redemption 2 Story

    Here's the official synopsis of the game:

    America, 1899.

    The end of the wild west era has begun as lawmen hunt down the last remaining outlaw gangs. Those who will not surrender or succumb are killed.

    After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. With federal agents and the best bounty hunters in the nation massing on their heels, the gang must rob, steal and fight their way across the rugged heartland of America in order to survive. As deepening internal divisions threaten to tear the gang apart, Arthur must make a choice between his own ideals and loyalty to the gang who raised him.

    Red Dead Redemption 2 Editions

    Rockstar has revealed the special editions of Red Dead Redemption 2 that will be available on release day, and they include some exclusive content.

    Those that pre-order Red Dead Redemption 2 will unlock the War Horse and the Outlaw Survival Kit. If you digitally pre-order the game, you'll unlock bonus cash for the game's story mode and a treasure map that will reveal some of the hidden items in the game. 

    If you choose to splurge on the Special Edition, you will be able to access a special bank robbery mission, an additional gang hideout, a black thoroughbred horse, gameplay bonuses via wearable items, a cash bonus, a gunslinger outfit, and access to additional weapons. The Ultimate Edition comes with all of that plus more outfits, a survivor camp theme for the game's online mode, more weapons, and an online rank bonus. 

    If you're really feeling like dropping some coin, you can spend $99.99 on the Collector's Box and get a ton of physical goodies that include the box itself, cards, a catalog of in-game weapons, and six pins. There is also a reference to content that will be available first to PlayStation 4 owners, but Rockstar has not yet shared any details regarding that exclusive content. 

    However, you can find the full details of what you get with every edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 - and where to pre-order them - via this website.  

    Red Dead Redemption 2 Screenshots

    Rockstar has released new screenshots from the game. Check them out below:

    Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Version

    The good news is that publisher Take-Two thinks very highly of the PC market. The bad news is that they don't sound like they're preparing to port Red Dead Redemption 2 to PC when it releases next year. 

    During a recent investor's call, Take-Two president Karl Slatoff stated that "The great news is that the PC market is vibrant for us. It’s a great market for us. It’s a big market. It’s a core market in consumers that are highly engaged. It’s a predominantly digital market, which also removes friction in terms of ongoing engagement with a consumer. So, for us, the PC market as a company is very important and very exciting and something we focus on."

    That's the great news. The bad news is that Take-Two was directly asked about the possibility of Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC and CEO Strauss Zelnick responded by stating: "Any updates about any of our titles will come from our labels."

    That being the case, it's possible that Rockstar could decide to put the work in for a PC port, but it's doubtful that it will release alongside the game's console versions.

    John Saavedra is an associate editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.

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    Everything you need to know about Anthem, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!

    News John SaavedraMatthew Byrd
    Aug 20, 2018

    Anthem is the new game from BioWare, the studio behind Mass Effect and Dragon Age. The new IP is a departure from the developer's past work in the RPG genre. In fact, Anthem isn't an RPG at all. It's described as an action-adventure game running on a "live service," similar to Destiny

    In Anthem, you play as a freelancer in a city protected by a wall from the dangers of the wild. Freelancers use special exo-suits called Javelins. There are two types of suits: Ranger, a balanced suit, and Colossus, which is basically your tank version. 

    Here's everything we know so far:

    Anthem Release Date

    Anthem will be released on February 22, 2019, for XBO, PS4, and PC. 

    Anthem Trailer

    Here's the E3 2018 cinematic trailer for Anthem

    And here's a bit of gameplay:

    Here's the first gameplay trailer for Anthem:

    Enemies showcased in the trailer include a mixture of wildlife and robots. The game will take place in an open-world environment and will feature cinematic dialogue sections, which isn't a surprise from BioWare.

    Also be sure to check out the first teaser trailer for the studio's next game:

    Anthem Details

    When EA executive vice president Patrick Söderlund hinted during an investor’s call that BioWare was working on a new IP, many fans assumed that they were working on a new PRG. However, that's not the case.

    During a recent investor meeting, EA CEO Andrew Wilson referenced BioWare’s next IP by confirming that: “At the end of the fiscal year, our BioWare studio will be delivering an all-new IP.” Interestingly, he had this to say regarding the game itself:

    "A clean-sheet design with new concepts, new gameplay mechanics, and new stories set in a unique new universe. This game has the potential to fundamentally disrupt the way people think about an action title, bringing friends together to play in exhilarating new ways. We’re very excited about the future of this new franchise and its ability to attract a large global audience."

    The one term that Wilson did not use when describing the game was “RPG.” Given that BioWare and RPG go together like Nintendo and sequels to 30-year-old properties, this comes as quite the shock. BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn later took to the studio’s blog to expand on Wilson’s comments by stating that the project is designed to “bring players together in exciting new ways” and that their ambition is to "draw upon 20+ years of development knowledge and lessons to create something fun and new for you to enjoy with your friends.”

    A non-RPG is certainly a departure from BioWare’s usual development territory, but given that they’ve been evolving their combat systems over the years to be more action-oriented, perhaps this is a natural evolution of the company’s design style.

    Wilson also stated that he is able to describe the game as more of an action-adventure title with RPG elements that will operate off of some kind of live service. This seems to indicate some kind of online multiplayer experience. Indeed, it seems that this delay is at least partially due to EA's desire to develop that service a little while longer.

    John Saavedra is an associate editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.

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    Everything you need to know about Cyberpunk 2077, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!

    News Matthew ByrdJohn Saavedra
    Aug 20, 2018

    Cyberpunk 2077 will be CD Projekt Red's first game outside The Witcher universe, and its first foray into science fiction. Based on the Cyberpunk series of tabletop games, it is, as its name suggests, inspired by the pioneers of the cyberpunk subgenre - namely William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. We can therefore expect plenty of cyborgs, AI, benighted cities, and scary corporations.

    While Cyberpunk 2077's very different in setting from The Witcher, we'll see the same mature themes and unforgiving difficulty level in this new outing.

    "The Witcher helped Cyberpunk quite a bit, because the game got so big and so complex that it really taught us,” visual effects artist Jose Teixeira told MCV. “If anything, working on The Witcher 3 was a really good and often brutal learning experience. Cyberpunk is going to benefit greatly from it. I can almost guarantee it."

    Here's everything else we know about the game:

    Cyberpunk 2077 Release Date

    Cyberpunk 2077 doesn't have a release date at the moment. The game is coming to XBO, PS4, PC.

    Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer

    The official E3 2018 trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 showcases a more playful and lively vibe for the game than we were expecting to see. Expected or not, the game looks incredible. 

    Here's the first teaser trailer from 2013:

    Cyberpunk 2077 Details

    Adam Kiciński, president of CD Projekt Red, recently shared a little more information about Cyberpunk 2077

    Along with the usual comments regarding how Cyberpunk 2077 is a very technologically ambitious game, Kiciński stated that the team is theoretically "ready to interface with future generations" of gaming hardware. He also noted that the game will allow players to create their own characters and choose between various character classes. Previously, it had been suggested that the game wouldn't utilize RPG character classes. 

    While Kiciński noted that the team is focused on delivering a single-player experience above all, he did note that the team is still interested in utilizing some kind of online component. Kiciński wouldn't confirm, though, whether or not the studio is considering adding some kind of competitive multiplayer mode to the game or something a little different. However, the team does not plan to add any microtransactions to the game if it does end up featuring some kind of multiplayer option. 

    Finally, it doesn't sound like there are any plans in place for a Switch version of Cyberpunk 2077. Sorry, Nintendo fans. 

    CD Projekt Red also spoke briefly about the scope of the upcoming sci-fi RPG at a seminar (via PCGamer). As the developer has said before, Cyberpunk 2077 will be much bigger than The Witcher 3, which is itself a HUGE fantasy RPG.

    "Cyberpunk is our new Witcher 3, but even more ambitious," CD Projekt CEO Adam Kicinski said. "Our goal is to establish a new blockbuster franchise from the beginning. We work [in a] new universe, futuristic universe. We believe it's very appealing to players, not only RPG players — but this is [a] true RPG, like Witcher, like Witcher 3, for mature audiences. It's handcrafted, detailed, of course, open-world, with open-ended gameplay.

    Additional rumors have emerged which suggest that Cyberpunk 2077 might take place in a "living city" that functions on its own accord regardless of whether or not the player is actively involved in a certain area or not. The actions of this city will apparently be governed by a complex series of AI rules that will allow for developer CD Projekt Red to maintain the illusion of a truly dynamic world.  

    Furthermore, Cyberpunk 2077 may very well feature a complex multiplayer mode that involves the use of several technological tools and grants the developers have apparently applied for. When PC Gamer reached out to the developers for comment, they were told that CD Projekt Red have been applying for such tools but are not able to elaborate on their functionality at this time. 

    In a post on CD Projekt Red's forums, the developers not only assured fans that the game is still being worked on, but revealed a rather shocking figure concerning the resources they are pouring into it. 

    According to the forum post made by the development team, there are "more game developers working on Cyberpunk 2077 than on The Witcher 3 in its most intensive month." While the developer didn't reveal the exact number of developers currently working on the game, previously revealed figures regarding the development of The Witcher 3 suggest that the game was worked on by over 240 staff developers and over 1,500 people in general. 

    Interestingly enough, the careers page of CD Projekt Red's website suggests that they are still looking to fill somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 positions devoted exclusively to the development of Cyberpunk 2077.

    While it's clear that the developer's work on the upcoming standalone Gwent game isn't hindering their focus as it concerns completing Cyberpunk 2077, there is a bit of bad news that accompanies this information. We still don't know exactly when Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be released, and its absence from last year's E3 suggests that it's not likely to debut until sometime after E3 2018 at the very earliest.

    Either way, it's still very likely that you've got enough uncompleted side missions in The Witcher 3 to keep you occupied until the game debuts.

    Cyberpunk is far bigger than anything else that CD Projekt Red has done before,” visual effects artist Jose Teixeira told MCV. “Far, far bigger. We're really stepping into the unknown in terms of complexity and size and problems we encounter.”

    Following a statement by developer CD Projekt Red regarding Cyberpunk's online elements and their "games as a service" approach, the studio has stepped forward to clarify that they do not currently intend to add microtransactions to the game. 

    "Worry not," reads a post on the studio's Twitter account. "When thinking CP2077, think nothing less than TW3 [The Witcher 3] — huge single player, open world, story-driven RPG. No hidden catch, you get what you pay for — no bullshit, just honest gaming like with Wild Hunt. We leave greed to others."

    It's still unclear what the games as service comment applies to, but it could just be a comment related to the possibility that Cyberpunk may feature expanded online modes. That makes sense given that the game is based on modern and futuristic technology as opposed to The Witcher 3's fantasy setting.

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.

    John Saavedra is an associate editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9

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    Everything you need to know about The Elder Scrolls 6, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!

    News Matthew Byrd
    Aug 20, 2018

    This is not a drill: The Elder Scrolls VI is officially in development! While we really wish that we had more information to share with you regarding the finer details of this game, we tragically do not. See, Bethesda's Pete Hines remarked that this isn't a game that is going to come out this year or even the next year. Instead, it's a title that they are working on that is somewhere on the horizon. 

    However, that's really not the important detail of this story. What really matters is that Bethesda is, right now, working on a new Elder Scrolls game. Not Skyrim, not a Skyrim sequel, not a Skyrim spin-off, but a game that is actually being called The Elder Scrolls VI. At present, we have no reason to believe that this is not a proper single-player epic Elder Scrolls adventure in the style of classic Elder Scrolls experiences. 

    Here's everything else we know about the game:

    The Elder Scrolls 6 Trailer

    Bethesda shared the first trailer for the game at E3 2018:

    If you're really reaching for more information, you can try to figure out where the game will take place based on the teaser footage that we saw in the trailer. However, we have a feeling that nothing about that footage is anywhere close to being finalized. However, it does seem like we're leaving the snow-covered world of Skyrim for a more diverse climate that somewhat resembles the world seen in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

    The Elder Scrolls 6 Release Date

    No release date has been set for The Elder Scrolls 6. Expect a long wait for the next installment in Bethesda's coveted fantasy RPG series.

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.

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    Everything we know about Wolfenstein: Youngblood, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!

    NewsMatthew Byrd
    Aug 20, 2018

    Bethesda has revealed that there are two new Wolfenstein games in development. The first is a title known as Wolfenstein: Youngblood

    While this isn't the next mainline Wolfenstein game - there's still no word regarding whether or not we'll be treated to a Wolfenstein III - it is a fascinating "spin-off" of sorts that is primarily meant to be played as a co-op shooter. Yes, Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a co-op shooter that lets you play as B.J. Blazkowicz's daughters as they shoot their way through an alternate version of 1980's Paris. 

    This does seemingly make Youngblood a psuedo- sequel to the events we saw in Wolfenstein II, but it's not entirely clear whether or not this game will touch upon the story threads that were left lingering by Wolfenstein II. Instead, it appears that this game will tell a story that more of its own. 

    The good news is that Youngblood is being developed by the folks at Machine Games (who have been responsible for the modern Wolfenstein games we've enjoyed thus far) and that you'll be able to play it by yourself in some form if you aren't able to find a friend to stick with you until the end. It also seems like Machine Games is planning on releasing the game for major platforms sometime in 2019. 

    We, unfortunately, know less about the other Wolfenstein game on the horizon, but we can tell you that it is a VR title called Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot where you play a hacker who is trying to turn the Nazis' own machinery against them. There's no word on when this game will be released or which VR platforms it will be available for. 

    Even though we'd love to hear something about the next mainline Wolfensteingame, these projects look like fun deviations from the norm that should manage to kill the time until we get our hands on what figures to be the final game in the mainline Wolfensteinreboot series.

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.

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    Everything you need to know about Nioh 2, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!

    News Matthew Byrd
    Aug 20, 2018

    Team Ninja is working on a surprising sequel to their well-received Souls-like title, Nioh. Here's your first look at Nioh 2

    In a way, it's not too surprising to hear that Team Ninja is working on a sequel to Nioh. After all, the game reportedly sold even better than they were expecting it to sell and performed especially well on PC where the developers had some worries regarding its ability to succeed. 

    On the other hand, nothing leading up to E3 2018 suggested that Team Ninja was going to reveal a new Nioh game. After all, the original Nioh was released in February of 2017, so we're not that far removed from the franchise's debut. 

    We get the impression that there still might be quite a bit of work to do on Nioh 2 considering that Team Ninja didn't showcase any gameplay from the sequel or revealed any details regarding what we can expect from the upcoming game. However, we'd be a little surprised to hear that it will differ too wildly from the original game given its relatively quick turnaround time and the fact that the first game didn't demand too many improvements. 

    Story-wise, it's entirely possible that Nioh 2 will pick up relatively close to where Nioh left off, but it's not too much of a stretch to suggest that the game could go in a new direction entirely given that the story of the first game was clearly not specifically intended to be picked up at a later date. 

    Regardless, it's enough to know that Team Ninja is working on a new Nioh game given that the original title was a pretty fully-realized take on the Dark Souls concept. While there's still a lot we need to learn about this game, we're very excited to learn more about Nioh 2 as it nears its 2019 PS4 release date.

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.

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    Everything you need to know about Age of Empires 4, including latest news, release date, trailers, and much more!

    News Matthew Byrd
    Aug 20, 2018

    Age of Empires IV is finally on the way!

    Microsoft has passed off development duties of the famous real-time strategy game to Relic Entertainment, creators of the Dawn of War franchise. What Relic Entertainment have in mind for the franchise is truly anyone's guess. The above reveal trailer only serves as a stylish confirmation that the game is in development. It showcases war throughout various time periods and regions which is, creatively speaking, in-line with the standards of the series thus far. 

    Of course, some people are a bit worried that Relic Entertainment might not be the premier name in strategy game design that they used to be. Dawn of War III was berated by many longtime fans for its changes to the franchise formula as well as for some of the features it lacked in comparison to previous Dawn of War games. 

    Still, Relic Entertainment's library contains far more hits than misses, and there is a timeless quality to the Age of Empires franchise which has helped ensure that the original titles remain some of the most popular strategy games in the world. There's a great chance that this will be the Age of Empires game you've been waiting for. 

    Here's everything else we know about the game:

    Age of Empires 4 Release Date

    Age of Empires IV doesn't have a release date at this time. The game will arrive on PC.

    Age of Empires 4 Trailer

    Here's the first trailer:

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.

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    Everything you need to know about Shenmue 3, including latest news, release date, trailers, and more!

    News Den of Geek Staff
    Aug 21, 2018

    The Shenmue III announcement was one of the big surprises of E3 2015, leading to an initial clamor of support which saw its Kickstarter campaign well over $2m within hours of launch.

    Shenmue III's $6.3m total eclipsed the previous record holder, Blood Stained: Ritual of the Night, which raised $5.5m. It's undoubtedly good news for fans of the earlier Shenmue games, and a sign of how much demand there is for a sequel among the sandbox series' cult following. But it's also some distance from the (perhaps over-ambitious) target Suzuki once set. He recently said he needed to raise $10m to make Shenmue III "a much larger, completely open world" video game.

    You may recall that the first Shenmue, first released in Japan in 1999, cost a reported $70m - a staggering sum for the time, and still a significant budget for a piece of entertainment even in 2015. Shenmue III will, barring some hefty private investment added at a later date, have less than 10 percent of that budget to play with - though its designers at Ys Net will at least be able to save money by using an off-the-peg engine (Unreal Engine 4) and recycled assets from earlier entries in the series.

    At any rate, the success of the Kickstarter campaign means that the once-dormant Shenmue franchise has a new lease on life. We'll just have to wait and see how Suzuki can reintroduce the series to a new generation of consoles and potential fans.

    Here's everything else we know about the game:

    Shenmue 3 Release Date

    Shenmue III will arrive on Aug. 27, 2019. The game is coming to PS4 and PC.

    Shenmue 3 Trailer

    Here's the brand new Gamescom trailer!

    This next trailer is a refresher course on the characters of the saga:

    Here are the other trailers released thus far:

    Shenmue 3 Screenshots

    Check out the screenshots released so far:

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    The Sinking City is a terrifying new plunge into the world of H.P. Lovecraft. Here's a disturbing trailer...

    News Matthew Byrd
    Aug 21, 2018

    The Sinking City takes place in the fictional city of Oakmont, Massachusetts during the 1920s. Lovecraftian deities have wrecked havoc on the area and have left the town of Oakmont largely underwater. Despite the inconvenience - and the sudden presence of fish people who roam the city - some human citizens remain trying to make the best of a bad situation. You play as a private investigator who soon finds himself caught up in a web of conspiracies.

    The Lovecraftian elements of Sinking City are obvious and entirely unabashed. While few Lovecraftian creatures have been name-dropped thus far, the game's monsters are most certainly inspired by both Lovecraft and the creations of H.R. Giger. Additionally, there seems to be an insanity mechanic in place which can affect how the player's character sees the world. Anyone familiar with the GameCube classic Eternal Darkness should have an idea of how sanity can affect the game's world.

    While the Lovecraftian elements of the game are deeply embedded into its every dark corner, The Sinking City is actually more of a defective title in the style of L.A. Noire. That means that players will often receive requests and assignments that require them to investigate, interview, and ultimately solve the case. Unlike L.A. Noire, there are very few objective markers in the game or other clear points of direction. Instead, you'll be required to pick up on context clues and certain pieces of dialogue in order to understand where you should go next in the process of your investigation.

    Put it all together and you've got a taut mystery thriller bolstered by certain horror elements that compliment the underlying noir story quite well. If that sounds too much like we're describing a particularly fine wine, just imagine a scarier version of L.A. Noire with tighter gameplay and you'll know why we're so excited about this one.

    Here's what we know about The Sinking City

    The Sinking City News

    A new trailer has arrived for this strange Lovecraftian game. Check it out below:

    The Sinking City Release Date

    The Sinking City is currently set to release on March 21, 2019, for PC. 

    Read the latest Den of Geek Special Edition Magazine Here!

    The Sinking City Trailers

    Here's another trailer that features a few brief glimpses at the title's mysterious gameplay. Check it out:

    The Sinking City, the game that combines the kind of '40s murder mysteries seen in L.A. Noire and the world of H.P. Lovecraft, has a new teaser trailer. 

    The trailer above doesn't dive into the details of The Sinking City, but that seems to be the point. This title from Frogwares Game Development Studio, the studio responsible for many recent Sherlock Holmes games, is seemingly built around a thick layer of mystery and intrigue that will surely unravel as players explore this intriguing upcoming release. In case you missed the game's official reveal, check out this developer diary. 

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.

    John Saavedra is an associate editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9

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    Darkseid has arrived to conquer Earth and the only ones who can stop him are the...DC Super-Villains? Here's a new trailer!

    News Matthew Byrd
    Aug 21, 2018

    Lego DC Super-Villains fascinating premise begins with the sudden and unexplained disappearance of the Justice League. Not long after they vanish, a new group of "heroes" who refer to themselves as the Justice Syndicate decide to take the Justice League's place. This doesn't sit too well with the villains of the DC Universe who get the feeling that this group of heroes isn't quite as heroic as they seem to be. As such, the villains unite in order to take down the Syndicate and restore some order to their universe. 

    Along with the usual array of DC villains - and perhaps a few surprises - players will also be able to create their own DC supervillain who will serve as the centerpiece of the game's story. You'll also be able to upgrade your custom character throughout the game and expand their abilities with a variety of powers and abilities. It's not clear entirely how this character fits into the basic story premise, but it seems safe to say that we'll learn more about their role as the game's release date draws near. 

    Of course, this is still a Lego title from TT Games which means that you can expect Super-Villains to feature co-op play options, building puzzles, lots of brawling action, and a collection of classic characters that will surely take even dedicated players quite a bit of time to fully unlock.

    Here's What we know about Lego DC Super-Villains

    Lego DC Super-Villains News

    SDCC 2018 brings us a new trailer for Lego DC Super-Villains. Check it out:

    Lego DC Super-Villains Release Date

    Lego DC Super-Villains is currently scheduled to be released on Oct. 16 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. 

    TT Games have also announced that the Season Pass content will include a post-game release that adds a host of DC TV characters to the game. That Season Pass will automatically become available to anyone that purchases the game's Deluxe Edition. Those who opt for the Deluxe Edition will also receive a Lex Luthor minifigure and the Justice League Dark DLC pack. 

    Read the Den of Geek SDCC 2018 Special Edition Magazine Here!

    Lego DC Super-Villains Trailers

    Here's the debut trailer for Lego DC Super-Villains:

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    2019 could be the biggest year for video games yet. Here are the 20 games we're most looking forward to next year!

    News Matthew Byrd
    Aug 21, 2018

    Get ready, because 2019 is shaping up to be a special year for video games. While it's always possible for a year to take us by surprise in regards to how great it is for gaming or how bad it ends up being, you can generally tell when you're going to have a marquee year.

    In the case of the formidable 2019, we get the feeling that it might be the last full year of the current console generation. Considering that the final years of consoles are often their best, there's plenty of reason to believe that 2019 is going to be the final, victorious bow for this generation's best developers. 

    Besides, a quick look at the best video games coming out in 2019 reveals a variety of titles that rank near the top of our most-anticipated games. From beloved RPG developers branching out into online shooters to the return of one of the greatest horror games ever made, 2019 is loaded with the kind of games that make you grateful to be a gamer. 

    First, though, we must share a brief explanation of our choices. While we're just as excited as you are about games like Ghosts of Tsushima, Cyberpunk 2077, Halo Infinite, and The Last of Us Part 2 -- and fully believe that they will rank amongst the year's best video games -- there is currently no confirmation that those games will be released in 2019. As such, we are limiting this list to games that are currently scheduled for a 2019 release date. 

    With that out of the way, let's take a look at the best video games of 2019:


    February 22 | BioWare | PS4, XBO, Windows

    BioWare’s Anthem is the studio’s most talked about game in years, even if it’s not always being talked about for the reasons that BioWare and EA would like. Questions of microtransactions and originality still surround this title a year after it was first announced. 

    Yes,Anthem is certainly a departure for the house that RPGs built, but everything that developer BioWare has shown of this Destiny-like online experience suggests that this online multiplayer experience is exactly what they needed to get back on track. Can this online shooter learn from the mistakes of its predecessors and deliver the ultimate sci-fi shared world experience?

    Buy Anthem


    TBA | Rare | XBO

    We were starting to think that we’d never get another Battletoads game given that it’s been over 20 years since we’ve last received a proper Battletoads title, but Rare is returning to the franchise that most people remember as one of the hardest games on the NES.

    This new Battletoads might feature a slightly different art style and other modern improvements, but we fully expect it to be largely familiar to fans who have been waiting years for another co-op brawler from this beloved, and undeniably bizarre, series.

    Buy Battletoads

    Crackdown 3

    February | Reagent Games, Sumo Digital, Ruffian Games, Cloudgine | XBO, PC

    It's been almost eight years since we last heard from the Crackdown series. There was a time when Microsoft's hidden gem open-world title provided a breath of fresh air to the subgenre. Its outlandish, superhero-like gameplay afforded players the chance to just go wild in a metro setting. The open-world genre -- and the world at large -- has changed quite a bit, though.

    In order for Crackdown 3 to make the same impact that Crackdown protagonists make when they jump off the city's highest buildings and crash onto the streets below, it's going to have to invoke the casual gameplay of the first two Crackdown games while finding a way to advance the game's style just enough to make us feel that old joy of galivanting around a superhero sandbox.

    Buy Crackdown 3

    Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course

    February | Studio MDHR | XBO, Windows

    We’d have a hard time arguing with anyone who calls Cuphead the Xbox One’s best exclusive title. Studio MDHR may have had to delay the game a few times, but the final product proved to be a gorgeous nod to both the era of 2D action titles and those classic animated adventures of the ‘30s and ‘40s.

    We won’t have to wait nearly as long for our next taste of Cuphead. The Delicious Last Course may end up being the only Cuphead DLC release, but this massive second helping of Cuphead action should be enough to satisfy fans of the base game. With an entire new island to explore and more incredible bosses to fight, The Delicious Last Course should prove to be a must-have.

    Buy Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course

    Days Gone

    February 22 | SIE Bend Studio | PS4

    Days Gone remains the anomaly of what could be the PlayStation’s 4 final lineup of exclusive games. This post-apocalyptic open-world game has been shown at several Sony events in the past, but delays have pushed the game into the realm of doubt in the minds of some Sony fans.

    Despite those delays, Days Gone remains a promising experience. The star of this game seems to be its truly hostile open-world, which features all manner of monsters and men trying to end your already troubled existence. Days Gone may have slipped from the 2018 release schedule, but don’t let it fall off your radar.

    Buy Days Gone

    Devil May Cry 5

    TBA | Capcom | PS4, XBO, Windows

    The Devil May Cry series is generally regarded as one of the godfathers of the 3D action genre, but it’s been quite some time since we’ve gotten a new game from the franchise. Even Ninja Theory’s brilliant re-imagining of the Devil May Cry concept wasn’t enough to satisfy the series’ hardcore fans.

    Devil May Cry marks the franchise’s return to Capcom and, hopefully, a return to form for a series that was once known for its brutal difficulty and absurd cinematic set pieces. The action genre has evolved quite a bit since Capcom last delivered a proper Devil May Crygame, but we have the feeling this franchise is ready to reclaim the genre throne.

    Gears 5

    TBA | Coalition | XBO, Windows

    Gears of War 4 was a fascinating turning point for the Xbox exclusive franchise. While the game retread the same pure shooter grounds that its predecessors once walked, it also planted seeds for a deeper, more personal story than we’re used to seeing from Gears of War games.

    Gears 5 looks to continue the advancements of the previous title by focusing on a much more intimate story about a band of soldiers trying to complete a mission of revenge and redemption. This game will likely be one of the Xbox One’s final major exclusives, and it could embody the same hope for the future that Microsoft and the Xbox brand have.

    Buy Gears 5

    Kingdom Hearts III

    January 25 | Square Enix Co., Ltd. | PS4

    It hasn't exactly been a long time since we last played a new Kingdom Hearts game -- the series is kind of infamous for its oddly named sequels, prequels spin-offs, and re-releases -- but it has been about 13 years since the release of Kingdom Hearts II. Suffice it to say, that time has only made the game's passionate fanbase even more rabid.

    Fortunately, Kingdom Hearts III is shaping up to be the Kingdom Hearts game that we've all been waiting for. This strikingly beautiful title will not only finally bring classic Disney classics like Toy Storyinto the fold, but it figures to improve the franchise's already great gameplay through the implementation of a better camera and a refined combat system. Dare we say that this game might just live up to the hype?

    Buy Kingdom Hearts III

    Metro Exodus

    February 22 | 4A Games | PS4, XBO, Windows

    Those who have played the Metroseries know that it is one of the most atmospheric and clever first-person shooter franchises of the modern era. The problem is that it always feels like not enough people have actually played these incredible games.

    Metro Exodus wants to expand the notoriety of these cult classic games by expanding the Metro world itself. While Metro Exodus isn’t exactly an open-world game, this upcoming shooter will expand the scope of the Metro concept by delivering the largest and most intriguing take on the series' fascinating look at the end of the world.

    Buy Metro Exodus

    Nioh 2

    TBA | Team Ninja | PS4

    Nioh proved to be one of the most surprising games of 2017. Many worried that the beleaguered Team Ninja was foolishly trying to capitalize on the popularity of Dark Souls and would end up delivering a copycat that took years to make. What we got instead was a confident action-adventure RPG that stood tall on its own merits.

    While we doubt that Nioh 2 will try to reinvent the original, we’ll gladly settle for more of the game’s compelling mythical world, fluid action, and fascinating weapons system. Nioh 2 may not surprise as many people as the original, but it should be just as great as the 2017 sleeper hit.

    Buy Nioh 2

    Rage 2

    June | Avalanche Studios, id Software | PS4, XBO, Windows

    We’d be lying if we told you that we spent sleepless hours hoping for the announcement of a new Rage game. The original Rage was a largely forgettable game that capitalized on a largely forgettable era of shooters. It wasn’t the kind of game that people build fan conventions around.

    Rage 2, though, is shaping up to be one of the surprising sequels in recent memory. Granted, that’s because its mere existence is somewhat surprising, but everything we’ve seen of the game thus far suggests that Rage 2 will combine the best of several popular action games to produce something that’s ultimately kind of special.

    Buy Rage 2

    Resident Evil 2 Remake

    January 25 | Capcom | PS4, XBO, Windows

    Rumors of a remake of Resident Evil 2 date back to the release of the Resident Evil remake for GameCube. In fact, we’ve heard about this game for so long without actually seeing it that we forgive anyone who started to feel like there was no chance this remake would ever actually be released.

    Against all odds, though, Resident Evil 2 Remake’s debut at E3 2018 managed to meet just about every expectation that we’ve assigned to the project over the years. This 2019 title is a true love letter to the horror classic.

    Buy Resident 2 Remake


    TBA | Crea-ture Studios | Windows, XBO

    Fans of skateboarding games -- or extreme sports games in general -- haven’t exactly had a lot to be thankful for in recent years. The decline of the mainstream appeal of extreme sports has also led to a decline in the amount of quality extreme sports games on the market.

    That’s a big part of the reason why Session has captured the imagination of many. This modern-day skateboarding game seeks to revive the dual-analog controls of the Skate series while introducing an expanded video capture system that encourages you to raise your notoriety by sharing your best moves with the world.

    Shenmue III

    August 27 | YS Net, Neilo | PS4, PC

    When we first heard that Shenmue was finally receiving the third installment that most gamers thought would never happen...well, there may have been some entirely unprofessional giddy cheers. In the years that have followed that reveal, we've unfortunately not been treated to many updates regarding the game's story, gameplay features, or final visual style.

    Still, we're talking about a sequel to a franchise that was not only revolutionary but has remained in the hearts of many gamers. With any luck, Shenmue III will be the epic tale of kung-fu revenge and bizarre minigames that we've been waiting for.

    Skull and Bones

    TBA | Blue Byte, Ubisoft Chengdu, Ubisoft Singapore | PS4, XBO, PC

    Sea of Thieves gave us a taste of sharing the pirate life with our friends, but it ultimately left us feeling like there were better adventures somewhere out on the high seas. Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones offers an interesting alternative to Rare’s playful pirate adventure.

    If you blend the online elements of Destiny with the pirate lifestyle seen in Black Flag, you’ll get a taste of what Skull and Bones aims to offer. Can it live up to the promise of its pedigree, or will this be another pirate video game that walks the plank after just a few weeks?

    Buy Skull and Bones

    Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

    TBA | Respawn | PS4, XBO, PC

    Here’s what we know about Jedi Fallen Order. It’s being developed by Respawn (the fine folks responsible for the Titanfallseries), it will take place between Star Wars Episode III and IV, and it is currently set to be released in 2019.

    You might say that’s not enough information to form any kind of opinion on this project, but in a world that is maddeningly devoid of quality Star Wars games, Jedi: Fallen Order has enough going for it to give us hope that this game might actually deliver the kind of Star Wars experience we so desperately crave.

    Buy Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

    Tom Clancy's The Division 2

    March 15 | Massive Entertainment, Red Storm Entertainment, MORE | PS4, XBO, PC

    The original Divisionwas a fascinating online game that came along and briefly captured the imaginations of millions before being buried under some bad design decisions and a frustrating lack of updates. The team behind The Division 2 is well-aware of the original game’s shortcomings. As such, the developers have set out to ensure that this sequel will be bigger, story-driven, and more accommodating to groups of players. Will those changes be enough for The Division 2 to fulfill the original's full potential?

    Buy Tom Clancy's The Division 2 

    Trials Rising

    February | Ubisoft, RedLynx | PS4, XBO, PC, Nintendo Switch

    The Trials franchise is one of those strange series that either leaves no impression on those who play it or instantly converts them into diehard fans. There’s very little middle-ground for this trial-and-error franchise.

    Trials Rising is shaping up to be the first Trials game that openly recognizes that divide. For those who did not fall in love with previous Trials games, Rising offers a tutorial system designed to help you understand how this intentionally frustrating game works. Meanwhile, long-time fans will benefit from the input that some of Trials’ most diehard players shared with the developers when they were designing the game’s courses.

    Buy Trials Rising

    Wolfenstein: Youngblood

    TBA | MachineGames | PS4, XBO, PC

    Wolfenstein II was one of those games that we couldn’t help but fall in love with. Despite its flaws, the game’s story, characters, and outlandish scenarios elevated it to a level that many FPS games can only hope to reach.

    While Youngblood isn’t the direct sequel to Wolfenstein II that we’re waiting for, it is an interesting spin-off that adds co-op action to the incredible alternate history universe of the rebooted Wolfenstein series. We’ll gladly bring a friend along for another trip through developer MachineGames’ epic series.

    Buy Wolfenstein: Youngblood

    Yoshi Switch

    TBA | Good-Feel | Nintendo Switch

    The list of things we don’t know about Yoshiis slightly longer than what we do know about the game. What we can tell you, though, is that Yoshi’s Woolly World was one of the Wii U’s most underrated titles and one of Yoshi’s greatest adventures. The reason that matters is that this upcoming Yoshi title intends to replicate many of the qualities that made Woolly World as great as it was.

    This time around, however, the Woolly World formula is bolstered by the introduction of a new mechanic that allows players to “flip” a stage and open up new paths. It sounds simple, but if the game’s first trailer is any indication, this mechanic will force players to completely reconsider the way that they view the typical 2D platformer level. For those who lament how far Mario has walked away from his platformer roots, Yoshi may just be the classic Nintendo experience you’re looking for.

    Buy Yoshi Switch

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.

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    The studio behind Until Dawn brings us the The Dark Pictures Anthology and Man of Medan. Check out the first trailer!

    News Matthew Byrd
    Aug 21, 2018

    Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games next title is a horror series called The Dark Pictures Anthology

    At Gamescom 2018, the team shared some early footage and first details for this exciting project. Much like Until Dawn, the games in the Dark Pictures Anthology will keep track of the player's choices and present different versions of certain events based on the decisions they make. If Until Dawn is any indication, said versions of those events may include major characters living or dying. 

    Unlike Until Dawn, which was presented in the style of a serialized show, this series will borrow the classic horror anthology format. That means that each game in it will tell a separate horror story that may be connected by some kind of framing device. However, that last part hasn't been confirmed at this time. 

    What we can tell you is that the first story in this anthology is titled The Man of Medan. In the trailer above, we see that The Man of Medan will tell the story of a group of young divers who stumble upon a wrecked airplane buried deep in the ocean. Their discovery seems to have awakened something they can't quite explain. They must find a way to solve this mystery and survive. 

    While any horror project that the Until Dawn team works on carries a certain level of hype, this series is especially intriguing. Simply put, there are not nearly enough horror anthology games on the market. Films like Creepshow demonstrate how well that format can work when it's done right, and we trust the Until Dawn team's ability to explore the advantages of this somewhat isolated storytelling format. 

    There's no word on The Dark Pictures Anthology's release date, but it will be available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC when it debuts. 

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014

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    Life Is Strange 2 is a tale about two brothers on the run. Here's a new trailer...

    News Matthew ByrdJohn Saavedra
    Aug 21, 2018

    The first episode of Life is Strange 2 finally has a release date. You'll be able to download the first adventure in the true sequel to Life is Strange starting on Sept. 27. It will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows.

    In this instance, it feels oddly necessary to identify Life Is Strange 2 as a sequel. After all, we did get a new Life Is Strange adventure recently (Life is Strange: Before the Strom), but that was a prequel to the original game. There's also the intriguing, and free, The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, but that game is a standalone adventure that takes place in the Life Is Strange universe and seems to run parallel to the events of Life is Strange 2

    So what is Life Is Strange 2 besides a proper continuation of the original game? It actually seems to be the start of a whole new story about two brothers, Sean and Daniel Diaz, who are on the run from the cops after abandoning their home in Seattle. This road story will see the Diaz brothers traveling back to their hometown of Puerto Lobos, Mexico. 

    Here's the story trailer:

    Does this story have any connection to Max and Chloe from the first game? Will the Diaz bros. at least pass through Arcadia Bay, Oregon during their trip? For the moment, it doesn't sound like it but Dontnod might have some surprises up its sleeve. 

    We'll bring you more on Life Is Strange 2 as additional information becomes available.

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.

    John Saavedra is an associate editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9

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    Desperados III marks the long-awaited return of this strategy franchise.

    News Matthew Byrd
    Aug 21, 2018

    Cult classic strategy series Desperados is finally being resurrected. Here's the debut trailer for Desperados III

    While Desperados III is being published by THQ Nordic, it's being developed by Mimimi (the studio responsible for the incredible strategy title, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun). If you're familiar with Desperados and that studio's full body of work, you'll understand why fans of both are so excited. 

    As far as Desperado's III goes, it sounds like it won't vary too much from the original games in terms of premise and gameplay. It follows cowboy John Cooper and his gang of outlaws as they roam the West and do outlaw things. Along the way, they'll recruit new gang members who bring their own specialties and abilities to the party. THQ Nordic has stated that the title is influenced by the first game in the series (Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive), but this isn't a remake of that game. 

    In fact, there are quite a few new features in this title worth getting excited about. The biggest of those features is the introduction of "civil zones" that offer your band of outlaws a kind of safe harbor. In these zones, they are able to wander around and participate in various activities. You'll even be able to pick up new quests by listening to the problems of NPCs in these areas. 

    As Rock, Paper, Shotgun points out in their Gamescom 2018 preview of the game, Desperados III actually borrows quite a bit from the Hitman series. Targets can be disposed of in a variety of ways that include setting up environmental kills that make murders look like accidents. It's all very promising. 

    Of course, Desperados III isn't just about taking out single targets. Outside of these areas, you can expect Desperados III to deliver the same kind of squad-based strategy that requires you to navigate various isometric areas in order to complete a variety of objectives (which usually involve taking out a few people who get in your way). 

    We're incredibly excited about the return of this franchise and look forward to its release on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 sometime in 2019. 

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014

    Read the latest Den of Geek Special Edition Magazine Here!

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    Hunt: Showdown, the PvP and PvE monster extravaganza, is coming to Xbox One!

    News Matthew ByrdJohn Saavedra
    Aug 21, 2018

    We've been treated to quite a few great PvP and PvE games over the years, but Hunt: Showdown is one of the few titles we've seen that promises to offer a convincing blend of both styles. in Hunt: Showdown, players will be grouped into pairs and tasked with hunting down monsters across a variety of horror-themed maps. Finding the area's main monster and defeating the various threats that roam around each level will require teams to work together. However, only one squad can claim the bounty and win the day. 

    This combination of competitive and cooperative gameplay figures to make Hunt one of the more fascinating online multiplayer experiences on the horizon. Do you wait until another team has beaten the monster and try to take the now-powerful hunters out? Do you go it alone? Do you forge alliances you intend to break? Will you be able to survive the horror's of the night at all? These are the questions the game poses. 

    Here's everything we know about Hunt: Showdown...

    Hunt: Showdown Release Date

    Hunt: Showdown is now in Early Access for PC. You can get in on the action for $29.99 on Steam.

    The game is also coming to the Xbox One Preview Program at a later date:

    No final release date has been set for the game.

    Hunt: Showdown Review

    While we don't have a final review of the game, Den of Geek did participate in the closed alpha and we have some thoughts. Read them here.

    Hunt: Showdown Trailer

    Here's your newest look at Hunt: Showdown:

    This video focuses on the improvements the studio has made to the game's performance following the beta. Take a look:

    The official Steam trailer for Hunt: Showdown explains the game's basic concept in an effective preview that also manages to capture the title's horror elements. 

    Here's an earlier trailer:

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.

    John Saavedra is an associate editor at Den of Geek. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9

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    Twin Mirror is Dontnod's next adventure game. Here's a new trailer...

    News Matthew Byrd
    Aug 21, 2018

    Dontnod Entertainment, the studio behind Life Is Strange and Vampyr, is developing a new game called Twin Mirror. Here's a brand new trailer released at Gamescom:

    And here's the earlier E3 trailer:

    Twin Mirror tells the story of a man named Sam who returns to his hometown of Basswood, West Virginia to attend a friend's funeral. This seemingly simple event becomes far more dramatic when Sam wakes up one morning without any recollection of what happened the night before. However, a bloody shirt next to his bed leaves Sam to believe that something horrible has happened. He must now explore his hometown in order to discover what is going on and how he fits into it. 

    The game is described by Dontnod as a "story-driven investigation game” that will require players to explore a place where "the line between truth and deception is blurred." That leads us to believe that this game will explore some of the same mature themes seen in Life is Strange, but we're unsure whether this game will be more of an interactive story like Life is Strange was or something closer to a "traditional" game similar to Vampyr.

    Regardless, this psychological thriller wields a Twin Peaks meets Hangover vibe that has us intrigued. Can this game live up to the promise of its atmosphere? We'll know for sure when Twin Mirror is released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC sometime in 2019. 

    Of course, this isn't the only game that Dontnod is working on. The studio is also developing another Life Is Strange game that looks to be a sequel to the original title (unlike the prequel, Before the Storm, which we reviewed here). 

    Dontnod also recently released the tepid action-RPG title, Vampyr. While our review of the game highlights the title's gameplay faults, some have stated that the title's atmosphere and plot signify the arrival of better games to come from this studio. 

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.

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    Ubisoft looks to bring The Settlers franchise into the modern age.

    News Matthew Byrd
    Aug 21, 2018

    At Gamescom 2018, Ubisoft announced they are reviving/rebooting The Settlers franchise. 

    If that name leaves you scratching your head, don't feel too left out. While The Settlers has been around since 1993, the series has slipped further into obscurity even as new installments have been released. The latest entry into the main series, 2010's The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom, was criticized for its steep learning curve and lack of innovation. 

    While we don't know much about this new entry in the franchise, simply called The Settlers, the fact that it's not referred to as The Settlers 8is interesting in and of itself. It could just be that the studio wanted to avoid getting into Friday the 13th sequel range by slapping the number eight in the title, but we think there's a good chance that this project is being seen as kind of a reboot for the franchise. 

    That theory is supported by the fact that this game will utilize Ubisoft's Snowdrop engine. That engine upgrade certainly seems to have contributed to The Settlers leap in visual quality and said leaps on visual quality tend to be accompanied by slight simplifications of old-school strategy/RPG titles. As such, we think that this new game might aim to appeal to a wider selection of players who aren't as familiar with the intricacies of the older games in the series. 

    Speaking of the older games in the series, it seems that Ubisoft is re-releasing the first seven games in The Settlers franchise in a special collection called The Settlers: History Collection. Each of the titles in this collection will be upgraded for modern PCs, but it's not clear at this time whether that means they will be upgraded to run on modern PCs or if they will receive gameplay and visual updates as well. 

    The Settlers is expected to release in Fall 2019, while The Settlers: History Collection should arrive for PC on November 15th. 

    Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014

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