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Playdead’s ex-CEO announces ‘Somerville’

One of the minds behind Limbo and Inside has announced the formation of a new Guildford based studio: Jumpship. Their debut project is Somerville, a “sci-fi action adventure” telling the stories of people caught up in the midst of a catastrophe spanning the entire planet.

Beyond that, we don’t know much else yet. Jumpship has shared an initial teaser trailer for the game and its moody, mysterious setting, underpinned by a composition from Virginia composer Lyndon Holland.

Director Chris Olsen had been working on the project since 2014 until subsequently collaborating with Dino Patti, the ex-CEO of Playdead who left the company last year.

Playdead, meanwhile, are currently hard at work on their next major project following the launch of Inside.

No word yet on platforms or a release schedule for Somerville, although the studio very much seems to be in the early stages of the game’s development. We’re intrigued to see more when they’re ready!

Get Even developers release Side Story #4: The Party

The fourth video in a series of “side stories” for The Farm 51’s upcoming Get Even has just hit—and it’s just as bizarre and unsettling as you might expect.

Lovely stuff. More uncomfortable videos and cunning conundrums are promised to appear on the game’s official Facebook page each and every week up until the game’s release on May 26th on Xbox One. We’ll see you at the party!

Burnout creators unveil Danger Zone. Crash Mode is back!

Off the back of their debut release, Dangerous Golf, Three Fields Entertainment today announced the long-awaited return of drivable destruction with Danger Zone. Set in a “virtual crash testing facility”, players are invited to drive recklessly in twenty distinct scenarios, causing as much damage and destruction as is vehicularly possible.

Danger Zone shares a lot of DNA with its equally-angry, sporty cousin, with a keen focus on physical realism in the midst of beautiful chaos. The SmashBreaker is back too, of course, equipping players with the licence to strategically detonate their vehicle, in the interest of maximum annihilation.

No word yet on an Xbox One release, but expect Danger Zone to hit Windows 10 next month.

New Xbox controller colours coming to the US this month

Xbox One controllers are about to get even more colourful as two new finishes join the lineup, with a special newspaper edition (It’s red all over! I’m here all week…) and a stealthy green and orange-accents combo.

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Both are stuffed with all the guts in the latest standard controller, including the textured grip and Bluetooth built-in for compatibility with Windows 10.

The red one is available now at Microsoft Stores and GameStop stores across the US for $64.99, with the Green/Orange model set to join it later this month on January 31. No word yet on UK and European availability and pricing but hopefully we’ll know more soon!

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Watch Dogs 2 is real, full reveal this Wednesday

Ubisoft dropped a brief tease for the oft-rumoured sequel to 2014’s hack-and-thrash game Watch Dogs, earlier today. The 30-second clip, titled Hello World, features what looks to be a whole new protagonist, untucked shirt ‘n all.

Kotaku’s Jason Schreier reported earlier this year that Watch Dogs 2 would be set in San Francisco—quite the departure from the original entry’s depiction of Chicago.

Newcastle-based Ubisoft Reflections—a co-developer on the original Watch Dogs—tweeted the video out shortly afterwards, adding that fans can expect a full reveal this Wednesday at 5pm, mere days ahead of Ubisoft’s Aisha Tyler’s press conference at E3 next week.

With San Francisco being the home of Silicon Valley—and most of our data—this may be shaping up to be a wild ride indeed.

Ubisoft announces The Division open beta will start next Thursday

Ubisoft just announced that the open beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division will be hitting your Xbox One next Thursday, February 18, with access open to all for 96 hours—and once again, Xbox One players get exclusive one-day early access for an extra night of dark zone deviance.

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To access the open beta, you won’t need a code. Just head to the games store and search for “Tom Clancy’s The Division Open Beta”.

Players will encounter a brand new story mission—and as reported yesterday, those taking part will also be rewarded with a unique in-game item, available when the game launches on March 8.

Ubisoft releases screenshots of new Rainbow Six: Siege map

Shots of the new Rainbow Six: Siege map, releasing as part of Operation Black Ice, have been released by Ubisoft France today.

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In the Baffin Bay, a luxury yacht has crashed into an iceberg breaching the hull. Rainbow has been sent to secure the stranded vessel as an unidentified submarine has docked near the vessel.

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“Yacht” is the centrepiece of the first of four free downloadable content packs for Siege, along with two new beastly looking operators from the Canadian Joint Task Force.

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If you don’t hear from us for a few weeks, you’ll know where we’ll be.

Operation Black Ice releases tomorrow on Xbox One.

Three Fields Entertainment unveil their debut game, Dangerous Golf

Three Fields Entertainment, an independent studio comprising some of the legendary minds behind Burnout, today unveiled their first game.

Long teased as an “innovative new twist on a sports game”, Dangerous Golf sends players—not to the course—but rather a series of unexpected locales, including a hotel kitchen, petrol station, palace ballroom, and a medieval castle.

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So, presumably players must carefully navigate these areas to get the lowest score they can, right? Wrong. Your job is to rack up the biggest bill you can, with maximum destruction and chaos, ultimately culminating in—you guessed it—the almighty SmashBreaker.

Three Fields Entertainment broke ground in early 2014 following a major internal restructuring and a series of departures from EA’s Criterion Games studio. Since then, they’ve been hard at work on their first release as an independent studio.

For Dangerous Golf, Three Fields is working closely with both Epic and Nvidia to crank up the action, with the power of Unreal Engine 4 and PhysX, to deliver a “truly physics based game experience”.

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As for what might be around the corner? Well, you might want to strap in.

Dangerous Golf releases digitally this May on Xbox One.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India now available

The next chapter in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Chronicles saga releases today for Xbox One, set during 19th-century India at the height of the British empire. Whilst tensions are rising between the East India Company and the Sikh Empire, a race between the Assassins and the Templars to secure a priceless diamond begins.

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Players find themselves in the shoes of Arbaaz Mir: master assassin. Slightly more nimble than your average assassin, Arbaaz negotiates environmental obstacles with ease and can take down adversaries in an unsurprisingly slick fashion, with moves new to Assassin’s Creed like the helix strike, and the series-classic silent takedown.

Developed by Climax Studios and Ubisoft Montreal, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles is a new take on the Assassin’s Creed formula, taking players into a rich, 2.5D Indian world with a hearty blend of satisfying stealth platforming gameplay. Our very own Rich Berry reviewed Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India this week, so go check out what he thinks!

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India comes after the saga’s first entry set in 16th century China, and culminates in the series finale set in early 20th century Russia, releasing in just a few weeks on February 9. At the same time, you’ll be able to grab the lot as part of the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy Pack, releasing both digitally and in retail stores.

Bricking it in Rainbow Six: Siege

Arguably one of our favourite games right now, Rainbow Six: Siege has been quite the surprise hit of 2015, giving us far too many hours of fun here at TiX towers—and with no signs of slowing down with a year of free content headed our way, where can it possibly go from here?

Lego. That’s what YouTube’s BlacksheepPictures thinks, anyway, with a masterful recreation of Team Rainbow’s escapades, reimagined in the beautifully destructive brick-based world.

Judging by the video, these mini operators certainly know their stuff and get the job done in a professional manner. An object lesson, perhaps, for some of us who still insist on using Fuze in a hostage extraction…

I’m telling you, Rainbow Six + Lego. This is the next logical step.