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Xbox Backwards Compatibility gets 19 Original Xbox Titles

Microsoft have announced a huge amount of new titles coming to the Backwards Compatibility program, including a number of 360 titles that have been enhanced for the Xbox One X, and a number of original Xbox games available to play on all Xbox One systems.

So, the 360 titles coming enhanced for the Xbox One X are Red Dead Redemption, Portal 2, Gears of War 2, Darksiders, Star Wars:The Force Unleashed and Sonic Generations. All are available now, and should have updates waiting for you to download. Xbox 360 games enhanced for Xbox One X run at a higher resolution and 9X the original pixel count when played on Xbox One X. The power of Xbox One X enables the Xbox 360 emulator to showcase the very best version of the game possible with the existing assets – all without touching the game code. And through the power of Backward Compatibility, fans can choose whether they want to experience these games with enhanced graphics or in their original form.

The original Xbox titles will be released in two sections, the first on April 17th and the second group on the 26th. All of these Original Xbox games will take advantage of the power of Xbox One with up to 4x the pixel count on Xbox One and Xbox One S, and up to 16x the pixel count on Xbox One X. You’ll be able to play all of these games on Xbox One through the disc you already own, or you can purchase them digitally in the Microsoft Store. Coming on the 17th are;

  • Blinx: The Time Sweeper
  • Breakdown
  • Conker: Live & Reloaded
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • Hunter: The Reckoning
  • Jade Empire
  • Panzer Dragoon Orta
  • SSX 3

And following on the 26th are;

  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Full Spectrum Warrior
  • Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
  • MX Unleashed
  • Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Star Wars Jedi Starfighter
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars Republic Commando

 

ID@Xbox bringing Below and 23 more games to EGX Rezzed

EGX Rezzed is being held at Tobacco Dock in London on 13th to 15th April and the ID@Xbox program have announced that they will be bringing 24 playable games to the show including the long, long awaited Below by Capybara.

“We’re excited to be back at EGX Rezzed with our biggest line-up ever. It’s incredibly humbling to see how the ID@Xbox programme has grown over the last five years to the point where there are now almost 800 games released from 477 studios around the world.”

“Over that time, gamers have spent more than 4 billion hours – more than 450,000 years of time – playing ID@Xbox games, and we can’t wait for players to come and try out some of the newest games at EGX Rezzed”, said Agostino Simonetta, ID@Xbox EMEA Regional Lead.

The total list of games are;

Below – Capybara Games – BELOW is a procedural terrarium filled with life, mystery and death. Explore. Survive. Discover.

Bomber Crew – Runner Duck Games & Curve Digital – Bomber Crew is a World War 2 strategic bombing sim, where completing the objective is just as important as keeping your crew alive, as death is permanent! Choose and train your crew, customize your Bomber, go chocks away and return victorious!

Children of Morta – Dead Mage & 11Bit Studios – Become a member of the Bergson family as you hack and slash your way through endless hordes of enemies in this procedurally generated, narrative driven roguelike either alone or cooperatively. Experience not only what it means to be a hero, but to be part of a family.

Descenders – RageSquid & No More Robots – Descenders is extreme downhill mountain biking for the modern era, with procedurally generated worlds, and where mistakes have real consequences. Will you lead your team to glory and become the next legendary Descender?

Flipping Death – Zoink Games – Possess the living, aid the dead and flip between the worlds of Flipping Death – a puzzling adventure platformer where you find yourself filling in for Death. Maybe your new powers will help you solve the mystery of your own demise?

Frostpunk – 11Bit Studios (Windows 10) – Frostpunk is the first game of society survival. In an ultimately frozen world, people develop steam-powered technology to oppose the overwhelming cold. The city ruler has to manage both the inhabitants and the infrastructure the citizens live in.

GRIP – Caged Element Inc. & Wired Productions – GRIP is a high octane, hardcore combat racer, packing ferocious speed and armed to the teeth with heavy weapons. Evolved from the age of street racing, the world of GRIP is brutal and cut-throat to the core. To win the race is never enough, greatness comes from the journey and the trail of merciless destruction you unleash upon your rivals along the way.

Harold Halibut – Slow Bros. – Harold Halibut is a modern adventure game about the daily routine on a spaceship stuck undersea. Slip into the tiny shoes of Harold and enjoy the stop-motion feeling in this world made entirely out of craft materials like wood, clay and metal.

Huntdown – Easy Trigger Games & Coffee Stains Studios – In the future, the police have lost control to the mighty gangs who now rule the streets. Where crime is king, the authorities put their trust in hired guns to solve the problem. A price is set on the gang leaders´ heads. It´s time for the Bounty Hunters — It´s time to hunt ´em down.

Insane Robots – Playniac – Card battling HACKED! A riotous robot rebellion fought with fiendish card battles in survival arenas. Can you defeat The Kernel and save robotkind? Play the deep single-player campaign or compete in intense local and online multiplayer in Insane Robots.

Jump Gunners – NerdRage – Jump Gunners is a 2D retro styled battle arena game for up to 4 players, matching fast paced hilarious recoil jumping mechanics, with tight arcade twin stick gameplay. Described as the beautiful child of Towerfall and Worms, Jump Gunners brings back the glory days of battling your friends around the TV! Featuring over 20 weapons, destructible environments and tons of hats, Jump Gunners is the definitive couch competitive game.

Kingdom: Two Crowns – Noio & Raw Fury – In Kingdom: Two Crowns, players take on the roles of two monarch working cooperatively to build their kingdom up from nothing and securing it from the returning threat of the Greed. Building upon the award-winning minimalist strategy of the Kingdom franchise, only by working together can you ensure a lasting peace for your loyal subjects!

Moonlighter – Digital Sun & 11Bit studios – Moonlighter is an Action RPG with rogue-lite elements following the everyday routines of Will, an adventurous shopkeeper that dreams of becoming a hero.

My Time at Portia – Pathea Games & Team 17 – Start a new life in the enchanting town of Portia! Restore your Pa’s neglected workshop to its former glory, grow crops, raise animals, befriend the towns quirky inhabitants and uncover the mysteries this charming post-apocalyptic land has forgotten!

Nippon Marathon – Onion Soup Interactive & PQube – Nippon Marathon is a multiplayer-focused, physics-driven party racing game set in Japan. Supporting one-to-four players, contestants race across levels themed around different areas of Japan; or take part in gameshow-themed party games designed for two-to-eight players.

Nothing To Fear – Dlala Studios – Nothing To Fear is a trap-setting, scare-creating, object-mimicking, target-terrifying, puzzle-filled adventure game. Find creative ways to complete your missions and witness fear being restored as your victims share their spooky stories across social media. Take control of Mush, the heir to the Boogieman’s throne, as you scare your way across a hand drawn world featuring character designs by Mike Dietz (Earthworm Jim/The Neverhood).

PLANET ALPHA – Planet Alpha & Team 17 – PLANET ALPHA is an atmospheric side-scrolling platform adventure game. Combining fast platforming, creative puzzles, stealth mechanics and a unique art style to create an unforgettable experience.You awake on a strange alien world that is home to many mysterious, exotic flora and fauna. As you explore the world around you, you’ll uncover the ability to rotate and control the planet. Is this world really as tranquil and serene as it first appears and what more will you discover?

Robocraft Infinity – Freejam – Build, drive, fight! Create fully customisable robots block-by-block that can drive, hover, walk and fly in the multiplayer combat game, Robocraft Infinity. Equip weapons from the future and jump into the driving seat as you battle for supremacy in multiple 5 vs 5 game modes (Battle Arena and Team Deathmatch) against players from across the world.

Starbound – Chucklefish – In Starbound, you create your own story – there’s no wrong way to play! You may choose to save the universe from the forces that destroyed your home, uncovering greater galactic mysteries in the process, or you may wish to forego a heroic journey entirely in favor of colonizing uncharted planets.

Strange Brigade – Rebellion – Egypt, the 1930s. Erased from ancient history and buried in a nameless tomb for 4,000 years, Seteki the Witch Queen has risen once again. Only one troop of daring heroes can stand against the fearsome power of Seteki and her army of mummified monstrosities: The Strange Brigade! Explore remarkable ruins, solve perilous puzzles and uncover tantalising treasure while blasting your way through an array of undead enemies in thrilling third-person action that’s certain to bring out your inner adventurer!

TerraTech – Payload Studios – TerraTech is an open-world, sandbox adventure game, where you design and build your own creations through a mix of crafting, combat and discovery. Explore a hostile alien landscape, or design with creative freedom. The choice is yours.

Tormental – Gungrounds – Mental, destroyer of worlds, builds a powerful portal on Earth which he uses to manifest his deepest, most violent thoughts into the real world. Enter the portal and blast your way through the worlds of his mind inhabited by hordes of monsters that you’ll have to face off in order to reach and defeat his ego. Let the showdown begin!

Trailmakers – Flashbulb Games – Building a car, airplane, helicopter or walking robot in Trailmakers is as easy as playing with toy blocks. Take your machines on exciting expeditions, race them against your friends, or build the craziest contraptions you can imagine in our huge sandbox.

Wargroove – Chucklefish – Wargroove is a turn-based strategy game for up to 4 players. Each player takes control of an army and its commander unit to wage war on their enemies! Wargroove is extremely easy to pick up and very difficult to master, with deep gameplay mechanics that complement strategic play.

IO Interactive team up with Warner Bros in Hitman publishing deal

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and independent game developer, IO Interactive have announced a worldwide publishing and distribution agreement for the acclaimed international video game, Hitman. As part of this agreement, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will publish the Hitman: Definitive Edition, which will be available in retail stores on 18th May 2018.

The Hitman: Definitive Edition will feature new in-game disguises for Agent 47 inspired by classic IO Interactive titles – Freedom Fighters, Kane & Lynch and Mini Ninjas – celebrating the Danish studio’s 20th anniversary, in addition to all previously released content and game updates from the first season of Hitman.

“We’re very excited to be working with IO Interactive, a talented studio with a long-standing legacy creating the iconic Hitman games,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The passionate, global Hitman community has embraced the recent return of the series, and we’re thrilled to bring the Hitman: Definitive Edition to fans and new players next month.”

“We’re super excited to be working with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on Hitman and together releasing the Hitman: Definitive Edition to new players,” said Hakan Abrak, CEO IO Interactive. “Working with a partner like WBIE means that the team at IOI can stay focused on what we’re good at, making games.”

The Hitman: Definitive Edition will include the following content:

  • IO Interactive’s 20th Anniversary Outfit Bundle – Three new outfits inspired by Freedom Fighters, Kane & Lynch and Mini Ninjas
  • Hitman Season One (Main Game) – Seven exotic locations from the first season, including Paris, Sapienza, Marrakesh, Bangkok, Colorado and Hokkaido, along with the ICA Facility
  • Hitman Game of the Year Edition Content – Four missions from the Patient Zero Campaign, three themed Escalation Contracts that unlock three unique weapons, as well as the Clown Suit, Cowboy Suit and Raven Suit from the recent Game of the Year digital release
  • Hitman Summer Bonus Episode – Featuring ICA bonus missions in Sapienza and Marrakesh
  • Hitman: Blood Money Requiem Pack – Including the Requiem Suit, Pale Duck Explosive and ICA Chrome Pistol
  • All featured Contracts, Escalation Contracts, Challenge Packs and game updates from Hitman Season One and the Hitman Game of the Year Edition

Robocraft Infinity launching on Game Pass on April 11th

UK developer Freejam have announced that Robocraft Infinity, the console version of the popular PC game Robocraft, will be released onto Xbox One on April 11th. Not only that, it’s also available to Game Pass subscribers for free, following hot on the heels of Sea Of Thieves as new games releasing straight to Microsoft’s subscription service.

If you’ve ever seen the TV show Robot Wars you will have a clue on what Robocraft Infinity is. Essentially you are given the tools and materials to design and build your own robot that you then send into battle in arenas across a multitude of game modes.

For more information visit the official website, Facebook or Twitter.

Return to Mars with Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered

Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered is headed to console in Q2 2018.

Set 50 years after the first Red Faction game, you play as an insurgent fighter battling for liberation from the EDF. With destruction firmly at the centre of this open-world action adventure, physics-based destruction has never been more fun. If an enemy is dug in then just blow up the building! The game also allows you freedom to decide who, when and where you want to fight – and as the name suggests – using guerrilla tactics to destroy the EDF.

The game’s graphics have been fully reworked with new textures, improved shadow and light rendering, and 4k support. Multiplayer also returns, including fully destructive environments.

I can’t say that I bonded too well with Red Faction Guerrilla when it first released way back in 2009, while the destruction was super fun, it just didn’t click as well as the original title – but who knows – with this spit and polish maybe Guerrilla will ignite something new, and not just an in-game uprising. Who knows… we may even see the developer invest some funds into producing a new game in the series.

 

Arrr… there be a Sea of Thieves patch

Arrr… me hearties, Rare have patched Sea of Thieves to address numerous issues that you land lovin’ folk have had since launch.

I say patch… this is actually a full game update so rocks in at a hefty 9.9GB on Xbox One and 18.97GB on Xbox One X – the next update promises to be a more traditional patch, which will hopefully address the ‘known issues’ that Rare have listed, and are as follows:

Known Issues

  • Player gold and reputation can be delayed when cashing in a reward.
  • Player achievements can be delayed. For an update on both of these issues, please read our Launch Update written by Executive Producer, Joe Neate.
  • Bounty quest skeletons sometimes do not spawn or cannot be found. If you encounter this bug, a potential work around is to sail away from the island until it’s out of range, and then sail back in to trigger the Island Name banners.
  • Joining a player whose ship is parked at an active skeleton fort will prevent the joining player’s radial menus being opened.
  • Rare Lore Items throughout the world will read in English, regardless of current language settings.
  • “Hunter of Cursed Crews”, Commendation is not updating.
  • Players may become comically smaller after fighting the Kraken.

Rare have also addressed the much debated ‘Death Tax’ that they planned to unleash and thankfully, they have decided to drop their plans. The full notes can be found below or by visiting the game’s official website.

Fixed Issues

  • Players who have redeemed their Black Dog Pack pre-order code will now correctly see these items in their in-game chests. Not received your code? Check your Xbox Live messages over the next couple of days.
  • Characters should no longer lose details such as hair colour and scars.
  • When digging up a chest, there is no longer a chance that it will be impossible to pick up.
  • Players should no longer intermittently be missing items and weapons when loading into the game.
  • Weapon, clothing and ship cosmetic changes made after migrating server will now persist across sessions.
  • Players will now correctly see other players titles.
  • Snakes will now behave correctly, turning to face the player when agitated.
  • Animal and skeleton movement around slopes has been improved.
  • The game will no longer enter an unresponsive state after accepting a game invitation whilst matchmaking.
  • Merchant Alliance notifications for handing in various items have been corrected.
  • Lighting has been tweaked in order to improve performance on multiple islands and outposts.
  • Fixed tinnitus sound which persists after being killed by multiple explosive barrels.
  • Seagulls now fly over floating barrels.
  • Players can no longer be held by a seemingly invisible Kraken tentacle.
  • Fixed a range of potential game crashes.

Performance Improvements

  • Drastically reduced the likelihood of tearing when using the small ship.
  • Reduced the likelihood of tearing when inside the Taverns.
  • Sizeable framerate improvements when traversing large islands.
  • Reduced likelihood of framerate hitches when navigating outposts.
  • Optimised Foliage for smoother experience in overgrown jungle areas.

Spring Fever breezes into Rocket League on March 19th

Spring Fever has been announced as the next in-game Event in Rocket League, which starts on Monday 19th March. It Features a new ‘Spring Fever’ Crate that can be obtained as a drop after some Online Matches, via unlock with ‘Flowers’ that you earn, or as a direct purchase.

Alongside the Spring Fever Crate are 10 NEW items that can be purchased with those same aforementioned ‘Flowers.’ Spring fever will run until April 9th.

The dev team at Psyonix recently announced the Spring roadmap for the game, and with the planned release of Tournaments the future is still looking good for this TiX favourite.

Rare reveal Sea Of Thieves Achievements

It’s only days away from the release of Sea Of Thieves and Rare have revealed the details of the achievements that can be earned in-game. As per the games – and developers – sense of humour, the achievement descriptions are written in riddles.

Now Bring Me That Horizon [10G]
“With the capstan raised and the sails unfurled, ‘Now bring me that horizon!’ a pirate yelled.”

Full Billow [5G]
“When the wind grabs the sails a pirate will hoot, ‘Full billow mateys, we are full speed en route!'”

Handbrake Turn [10G]
“When you find yourself needing a new direction, turn hard and weigh anchor to plot a correction.”

I Wanna Be a Pirate! [10G]
“Cashing in rewards is always a pleasure, made even better when a number’s the measure.”

Shopping for a Promotion [5G]
“Even a pirate wants job recognition, so buy a Promotion to show your position.”

I’ll Drink to That [5G]
“Nothing says being social, like crews drunk down the local.”

What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor? [10G]
“A tankard or two may make you blue, have a few more and you will surely spew.”

#BeMorePirate [5G]
“A new peg leg, an eyepatch, a hat and a hook, maketh the pirate to complete the look.”

Aye of Reach [5G]
“Head to the Weaponsmith to extend your Reach, please excuse the pun, it was a figure of speech.”

Blundarrrrbuss [5G]
“Visit the Weaponsmith to empty your coffer, we hear there’s some buckshot on special offer.”

Colourful Sails [5G]
“Many people claim pirates had black sails, visit the Shipwright and she’ll prove they’re folk tales.”

You Fight Like a Merchant [10G]
“Block an attack as you scream ‘parlay!’, then strike them down to ruin their day.”

How Appropriate! You Fight Like a Chicken [10G]
“When an attack is blocked then fret you may, as being counter-struck will ruin your day.”

But You Have Heard of Me? [10G]
“Halfway to Mastery is an important occasion, mark it with a Promotion to display jubilation.”

Self-Entitled [10G]
“Pirate Titles are earned in many ways, and owning ten will leave enemies agaze.”

In Good Company [5G]
“A Trading Company item is great to behold, but upgrade it five times for a beauty untold.”

Did Everyone See That? [10G]
“Meeting a rival pirate stood on their ship, will become legend if you send them in for a dip.”

Ignoring the Rules of Engagement [15G]
“To shoot from behind is a cowardly act, unless it’s with a blunderbuss as matter of fact.”

Kraken Good Job [15G]
“A number of tentacles appeared from the ocean, you quelled the beast without showing emotion.”

Perfect Dark [15G]
“A lady once sailed through a storm at night, turned off her lights did she to show off her might.”

Friends Not Foe [10G]
“A pirate salute proves you follow the Code, then upon you a new friend was gratefully bestowed.”

A Titanic Ensemble [10G]
“A pirate once said that when you are sinking, playing some music is more helpful than drinking.”

Bone-Cronch [10G]
“Patiently wait for a skeleton to ‘cronch’, then blow it away to ruin its ‘lonch’.”

Dead Pirates DO Tell Tales [10G]
“The Ferry of the Damned opened its gates, and a tale you did tell through the circle of eights.”

Hold My Grog! [50G]
“To fire oneself and nail a deck landing, requires a good aim and much understanding.”

I Don’t See Your Ship [20G]
“One thing all pirates do share in common, is the first memory of watching a ship sink to the bottom.”

Laden With Treasure [20G]
“If you are of chests aplenty, this achievement unlocks at twenty.”

On a Whole New Adventure [10G]
“To be a good crewmate is thinking of others, so vote on a voyage from your sisters or brothers.”

Tactical Chunder [20G]
“There is an old saying that to win a sword fight, a tactical chunder will ruin their sight.”

When You’re a Professional Pirate [20G]
“Being Commended is a pirate’s delight, times it by ten and we’ll celebrate all night.”

You Can Always Trust the Untrustworthy [30G]
“To plunder one’s captain is a good ploy, but take it to port to experience the joy!”

Become Pirate Legend [50G]
“Your dedication to piracy shall never be questioned, once you earn the hideout of Pirate Legend.”

There are also some “Legends” achievements, which relate to some of the more humorous events during the games production.

Legends – “Cronch” [5G]
“The month of June had a legend told, of a Griffin who ‘cronched’ a banana and was a sight to behold.”
The tale behind the Legend

Legends – “The Greatest Race in History” [20G]
“Sometimes hostility is not the answer, try racing a ship to see who’s the faster.”

Legends – “This is Unacceptable!” [25G]
“Give a chest away or have it stolen, once it’s cashed in your story is woven.”

Legends – “The Skullduggers” [5G]
“A legend was told of a five-piece band, who played shanties together and best witnessed first-hand.”

The different trading companies and their activities also have a group of achievements;

It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me [5G]
“Into a Golden voyage a dagger was struck, but when voyage was completed you proved your luck.”

Master Gold Hoarder [20G]
“The Hoarding of Promotions is one to embellish, to reach the top is a memory to cherish.”

Taking Orders [5G]
“From the Captain’s table you searched for a hoard, and upon completion you earned the reward.”

Master of the Order [20G]
“First scale the heights in the Order of Souls, then to Master the Order is one of the final roles.”

I Am Not Obsessed With Treasure [5G]
“A vote for the Alliance was one well placed, completing the voyage will give you a taste.”

Master Merchant [20G]
“Becoming a Master Merchant is no doubt vital, so celebrate your reputation with a new-found title.”

And finally, within the world of Sea of Thieves, certain deeds earn what is known as a Commendation. These range in difficulty requirement from Grade 1 through to Grade 5, and upon unlocking the fifth and final grade of Commendation in each set a matching Pirate Title is awarded. We felt therefore it was only right that given how clearly this is an achievement, that it is remembered as such!

Seeker of Lost Maps [10G]
“Awarded the Commendation for purchasing 250 X Marks the Spot voyages!”

Golden Voyager [20G]
“Awarded the Commendation for 500 Gold Hoarder voyages completed!”

Sailor of the Gold Horizon [20G]
“Awarded the Commendation for sailing 1,000 nautical miles on Gold Hoarder voyages!”

Hoarder of Barnacled Gold [15G]
“Awarded the Commendation for 1,000 Shipwrecked Chests sold!”

Keeper of a Glittering Hoard [30G]
“Awarded the Commendation for 150,000 gold earned from Gold Hoarder voyages!”

Hoarder of the Captain’s Gold [50G]
“Awarded the Commendation for 1,000 Captain’s Chests sold!”

Merchant Adventurer [10G]
“Awarded the Commendation for purchasing 250 Merchant Alliance contracts!”

Merchant Voyager [20G]
“Awarded the Commendation for 500 Merchant Alliance voyages completed!”

Sailor of the Merchant Alliance [20G]
“Awarded the Commendation for sailing 1,000 nautical miles on Merchant Alliance voyages!”

Black Powder Merchant [15G]
“Awarded the Commendation for 1,000 Gunpowder Kegs delivered on time!”

Merchant Forager [50G]
“Awarded the Commendation for 1,000 Banana Crates delivered on time!”

Gilded Merchant [30G]
“Awarded the Commendation for 150,000 gold earned from Merchant Alliance voyages!”

Seeker of Lost Souls [10G]
“Awarded the Commendation for purchasing 250 Cursed Captain Bounty contracts!”

Voyager of Lost Souls [20G]
“Awarded the Commendation for 500 Order of Souls voyages completed!”

Sailor of the Whispering Bones [20G]
“Awarded the Commendation for sailing 1,000 nautical miles on Order of Souls voyages!”

Hunter of Cursed Captains [15G]
“Awarded the Commendation for 1000 Skeleton Captains defeated!”

Mercenary of the Ancient Order [30G]
“Awarded the Commendation for 150,000 gold earned from Order of Souls voyages!”

Master Hunter of Villainous Skulls [50G]
“Awarded the Commendation for 1,000 Villainous Skulls sold!”

Blast Zone! Tournament coming to Xbox One and PS4 in late 2018

Independent game developer Victory Lap Games, founded by ex-Insomniac developers Chris Pfeiffer and Mike McManus, have announced that it’s Bomberman-inspired title Blast Zone! Tournament will be exploding onto PS4, Xbox One and PC in late 2018. Drawing on their experience of working on blockbuster titles such as Ratchet and Clank and Resistance: Fall of Man, Victory Lap Games has created the ultimate love-letter to the bomb-based strategy genre by adding an explosive array of multiplayer modes, levels and gameplay options plus thousands of character rewards and customisations.

Aiming to deliver the ultimate multiplayer experience for both console and PC gamers, Blast Zone! Tournament is a treasure trove of cross-platform multiplayer riches. At its core, up to 8 players can compete locally on their couch, or they can take the battle online in 32-person multiplayer frenzies. Where the game really shines is its ability to combine and customise the two options, allowing gamers to host 32-player matches with endless combinations of couch-based local teams and online players. Multiplayer will also work PC to PS4 and PC to Xbox One. Gameplay takes place across seven distinctly themed locales including a tropical jungle, a pirate ship on the high seas, and even the most notorious of venues – a smoke-filled 1990s dance club.

Once players have teamed-up, they can select from up to 10 unique multiplayer modes, including traditional Team Deathmatch, Bomb Blast in which the dynamics change as bombs are used to paint floor tiles and King Mode – an attack vs defence scenario in which teams must protect a VIB (a Very Important Bomber). Each of the ten modes can be played across 280 levels that can be customised down to the very last detail.

For those who don’t want to take part in online multiplayer mayhem, Blast Zone! Tournament also features a fully-loaded single-player campaign that stretches across 4 seasons of a hilarious reality-TV meets gameshow. Aptly named Challenge Mode, the single-player campaign comprises of 240 diverse and unique challenges with a wide variety of zoomorphic enemy robots, mind boggling puzzles, and insidious traps.

To keep players engaged and rewarded, Blast Zone! Tournament features a massive reward system enabling gamers to earn and unlock over 10 billion character customization combinations. Players can earn amazing outfits, awe-inspiring hats, and hilarious emotes then mix them together to realise a totally unique personal style.

For competitive players, Blast Zone! Tournament will be optimized for esports play at launch.

Key Features:

  • 32- player cross-platform multiplayer either local, online, or combined. Multiplayer matches each have unranked and ranked options to cater to both casual players and hardcore fans
  • 10 solo and team-based multiplayer modes including Free-For-All, Team Deathmatch, Bomb Blast, Treasure Mode, King Mode, Zombie Mode and more!
  • Story-driven single-player Challenge Mode provides 240 unique challenges
  • 280 multiplayer levels, with tweakable options including handicaps, lives, starting items, bomber stats, overall match settings, and more
  • Create individual characters with over 10 billion unlockable cosmetic and gear item combinations
  • Robust set of social features from friends lists to partying, news, mail, and more to help foster a healthy community and lay the foundations for esports tournaments
  • Pulsating party soundtrack

For more details please check out the official website.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole gets ‘From Dusk Till Casa Bonita’ DLC

Ubisoft and South Park Digital Studios have announced that South Park: The Fractured But Whole first DLC pack – From Dusk Till Casa Bonita – will be available on March 20th on PS4, Xbox One and PC. From South Park Digital Studios and developed by Ubisoft San Francisco, From Dusk Till Casa Bonita DLC adds an all-new story campaign, From Dusk Till Casa Bonita as well as a superhero class to South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

Mysterion’s sister is in trouble. She’s fallen in with the Vamp Kids of South Park, who have descended upon Cartman’s favourite restaurant, Casa Bonita. Visit the famous family eatery and explore Black Bart’s Cave, watch the cliff divers, taste the magic of Mexico and defeat the brood of Vampires.

Fight darkness with darkness and embrace the new Netherborn class, which features four new occult powers. Dress the part in new Goth costumes and gain some sweet loot. Enter the battle alongside Henrietta, the Goth: a powerful support Witch, and bring your new powers and buddy to the rest of your superhero adventure.