The Wolf Among Us 2 to be set six months after the original game

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At 2019’s The Game Awards publisher Telltale Games revealed The Wolf Among Us 2. It is the sequel to 2013’s original which told the story of Bigby Wolf in a gritty drama featuring many iconic fairy tale characters. Very little information had been revealed on the sequel but we now know that it will be set six months after the original game.

This information was revealed as part of Game Informer Magazine’s issue #342. This latest issue features an interview with AdHoc Studio’s CEO Nick Herman. Adhoc Studio is a rebooted company consisting primarily of former Telltale Games employees.

What we know

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In the interview, Herman describes The Wolf Among Us 2 as taking place after Snow White is made Fabletown’s Deputy Mayor. This places the sequel very close to the beginning of the comic timeline-wise, about six months after the original game.

Protagonist Bigby Wolf is still struggling to fill his role as the town’s sheriff and protector. As an ex-fairy tale villain, he has doubts that he is up for the job. However, the sequel will somewhat shift the focus away from Bigby himself and instead to the city of New York. A particular focus will be given to show how hard it is for the fairy tale characters to hide their true identities in the human world.

According to Herman, The Wolf Among Us 2 has had more development time sunk into it than any Telltale Games ever made. He goes on to proclaim that he “hopes that comes through in the final product.”

The interview itself doesn’t go into too much detail as Herman seemed reluctant to reveal too much. After all the sequel isn’t expected until sometime next year so it would be a shame to ruin the hype. It should be interesting to see how AdHoc Studio’s first big project works out and if the studio can successfully continue Telltale Games’ legendary legacy.

What is the release date of Pokémon Legends: Arceus?

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus will release on January 28, 2022, by Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and Game Freek. This video game is an action and role-playing game that up to 2 players can play.

Initial release dateJanuary 28, 2022
PlatformNintendo Switch
GenresAdventure game, Action role-playing game

To finish the Sinnoh region’s first Pokédex, you will need to collect and survey wild Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus game. You also have to monitor Pokémon to understand their habits, sneak up on them, aim your Poke Ball, and release. And to catch another wild Pokémon, you can battle with them with your ally Pokémon. For this, you have to throw the Poke ball on wild Pokémon by holding your Pokémon. And then the battle will start; you can command your ally Pokémon for moves. You will be transported to Sinnoh, which serves as the location for the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl games.

However, the story of Pokémon Legends: Arceus game takes place in a bygone age when such concepts as having a Pokémon League or being a Pokémon Trainer existed. You will discover Pokémon living in the wild in harsh surroundings, creating a Sinnoh that is very different from the area you may remember from the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games. Poké Balls from the past appear to have been constructed differently from those we are familiar with. Because these balls are made of wood, whenever a Pokémon gets caught, steam puffs out from their tops.

Gamer partner in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

As your partner, you can select Oshawott, Rowlet, or Cyndaquil on your adventure. These Pokémons are with Pokémon Professor who met them in different regions during their research.

Oshawott is from the Unova region, Rowlet is from the Alola region, and Cyndaquil is from the Johto region. Oshawott has a scalchop on its stomach that can be used to open hard Berries.

Rowlet stores energy through photosynthesis throughout the day and are active at night only. It glides silently towards its prey and bombards them with kicks.

Cyndaquil is fearful, and the flames on its back flare up more when it gets shocked. And the time of being attacked, it defends itself with flames.

And at the end, Arcues is the Pokémon that have shaped all the above three Pokémons in Pokémon Legends: Arceus and holds the key to this story.

The announced official initial release date of Pokémon Legends: Arceus is January 28, 2022.

What is the initial release date of Hidden Deep?

Hidden Deep - the initial release date is Jan 24-2022

Hidden Deep, a 2D Action and Exploration Sci-Fi thriller video game that is announced to be initially released on Jan 24, 2022. It is also said that this game is an atmospheric sci-fi action game. This game is inspired by Aliens, The Thing, and Half-life. The main ambiance of this game is a huge sub-oceanic mining and research facility. There are dangerous missions you will find in Hidden Deep during which players can explore, climb, swim, scan, blast, and shoot their way.

The game plays is similar to other co-op and single-player like Carrion, Among Us, Plasmophopia, MO: Astray, and Tallowmere. During the gameplay, you will be taken to the deep underground where you will be exposed to the real danger. The real take during the game is to discover either find hidden gems or aim to bury you below the surface of the earth?

What developers say about the Hidden Deep

Whey the game is available as Early Access?

“Since I am a single developer, Early Access will help me get in touch with my audience and community during the development process already, which will help me tremendously to deliver the horror experience I aim for with Hidden Deep.”

What is the difference between Early Access and Full version planned?

“I want to implement some features that would thrive and profit from Early Access feedback, namely more multiplayer options, leaderboards, and a level editor. The core features of Hidden Deep are already in place, but also for the single-player campaign I plan on delivering ongoing story development and further content.”

Will the price vary between Early Access versions and after?

“Possibly. I’d evaluate the pricing regularly as the game gains features, expands in scope, and moves to beta and the final release.”

Most of the influencer in-game reviews declare that the best experience about Hidden Deep is survival horror combat. The co-op format of the game is so interesting. And the best thing about the game, it promises to have a compelling story.

The bad about Hidden Deep is its art style which is not so impressive. Further, they thought if there have had a multi-player environment the game could be more interesting. To have your own experience about the game you should wait as the game has been announced to be released on Jan 24, 2022. Experience the game and leave your own reviews about your experience of the game. You can download Hidden Deep (PC) Here.

 

Keywords Studios expects to have earned over $570 million in 2021

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As we approach the end of the year many game companies are beginning to tally up their earnings. Amongst these is Keywords Studios, an Irish-based company that had a very successful 2021. It details just how well the year went in its latest financial forecast as covered by Gamesindustry.biz.

The report states that Keywords Studios expects to have made just over $570 million this year. That is a 35% increase from last year’s tally. This rapid growth is somewhat due to COVID-19. The pandemic saw many more people than usual working from home and taking time off work. This increased opportunities for the Irish technology company to thrive.

Keeping it up

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Even with the current trend of COVID becoming more common it seems unlikely that another year like 2021 will happen again. Governments across the world are becoming increasingly cautious of enforcing lockdowns as they harm the economy. Despite this Keywords Studios believes it will continue to grow and outperform its 2021 numbers.

The reports predict that next year will see Keywords Studios make more than $640 million. This prediction has been made based on the company’s potential to secure new opportunities. Furthermore, Keywords CEO Bertrand Bodson believes that his “highly driven,” team will provide a platform for growth.

The belief that Keywords Studios will grow is supported by the company’s recent actions. In 2021 alone it acquired three different studios: Tantalus Media, Climax Studios, and AMC. Climax Studios in particular was an interesting pick up with its development of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, a very well-received spin-off of Ubisoft’s iconic action series.

These acquisitions were made off the back of 2020, a year that saw Keywords Studio acquire a further eight companies. Its rapid expansion is fascinating with very few companies being brave enough to take those risks. Perhaps soon we will see Keywords Studios take the next step and become a AAA games publisher.

Tech giant Tencent acquires Back 4 Blood Developer Turtle Rock Studios

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Chinese technology giant Tencent has acquired Turtle Rock Studios. Turtle Rock Studios is best known for developing Back 4 Blood, a Left 4 Dead-inspired first-person shooter that launched in October. This was first posted on Business Wire in a statement detailing the takeover.

This move will see the developer’s parent company Turtle Rock become a part of Tencent. However, it will continue to operate as an independent studio. Equally, it will not be relocating and will continue to work from its home in Lake Forest, California. This takeover is not expected to have any effect on the development of Back 4 Blood.

Making moves

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The president of Turtle Rock Studios Steve Goldstein is in support of the Tencent acquisition. He states: “Tencent’s outstanding partners, global reach, deep knowledge of gaming, and unprecedented support will help us create the kinds of ambitious games we dream of.” Goldstein also emphasizes that this takeover will not affect his studio’s autonomy or “independent spirit.”

Meanwhile, Tencent’s chief strategy officer Eddie Chan took the opportunity to praise the developer’s ambition. Chan explains that he is a “huge fan,” of Turtle Rock Studios and that he “can’t wait to see what comes next.”

Not all gamers are fond of Tencent but there is no doubting the financial power that the technology giant brings to the table. Turtle Rock Studios were previously an indie studio relying on third-party investment to create titles like Back 4 Blood. With Tencent’s backing, it won’t have to do this moving forward.

Even though Back 4 Blood itself received mixed reviews, the potential of Turtle Rock Studios is clear. This is the developer that was once responsible for Left 4 Dead, one of the most iconic co-op shooters ever made. If Tencent’s investment can push Turtle Rock to return to making games of that level again then we all benefit from this.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction | PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction is an upcoming tactical shooter game by Ubisoft. It is a cooperative multiplayer game based on Rainbow Six Siege (2015) in which players have to work together to kill Archaeans, parasite-like aliens. On January 20, 2022, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction will be available for players on Microsoft Windows, PS4, PS5, Google Stadia, Amazon Luna, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X and S.

Extraction is a three-player cooperative multiplayer game. Infiltrating an alien-infested place has to be done by operators. They also have to perform goals, including gaining intel, collecting samples, and removing resources from computers. The enemy placement and the locations of the goals are created procedurally. If the enemy takes down an operator, they will become missing in action, and players will not be able to play as them until they are retrieved.

Players can pick operators from a pool of 18 operators. And each operator has their own set of weapons and gadgets. Pulse possesses a heartbeat sensor that allows him to see enemies far across the barriers. At the same time, Alibi has the power to confuse the enemies with a holographic decoy. In order to succeed in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction, players have to collaborate and cooperate with one another. A ping system in the game allows the players to reveal hostile danger and resource locations to other players.

There are unusual varieties of the regular variants, like the rooters, who may slow the player down, and spikers, who can shoot sharp missiles from their bodies. Extraction moves at a slower speed than other cooperative multiplayer games. The players would not regenerate with this health, and resources and ammo are rare.

Rainbow Six Extraction is a spin-off by Ubisoft Montreal’s Rainbow Six Siege, released in 2015. According to Jason Schreier, the Extraction came from a project called Pioneer, first teased in Watch Dogs 2. The game is based on the 2018 Siege time-limited game mode Outbreak, in which players have to fight the hostile aliens in New Mexico. Extraction was designed to be a fun experience for those who do not want to play a multiplayer video game with other people. The developers hoped that making Siege characters available in Extraction would attract Siege players to the game and make Extraction a useful entry point for new players.

Extraction is a first-person shooter that combines the features of Rainbow Six with a horde mode shooter. This game also focuses on the objectives and surviving the encounters with the aliens, rather than employing firearms to shoot down enemies like in most other games. The developers thought that instead of being “entrenched and shooting and mow down hundreds of enemies,” the characters in the game should ambush the enemies.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine was the initial title for the game Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction, which was intended to be released in 2020 for Windows, Xbox One, and PS4. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the game was delayed twice because of development issues. It was again postponed from July until January 20, 2022.

GOD OF WAR PC version will be released on January 14, 2022

God of War PC Version to be release on January 14 2022

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God of War is an action-adventure game released in 2005 on PS2 and later on for PS4 on April 20, 2018, worldwide. And for the PC version of God of War will be released on January 14, 2022. Its story follows a Spartan warrior named Kratos. His former master tricked him into killing his own family. The franchise of the God of War consists of the first seven video games: God of War (2005) and God of War II (2007) for PS2, God of War III (2010) and a prequel, Ascension (2013) for PS3, Chains of Olympus (2008) and Ghost Sparta (2010) for PSP and Betrayal (2007) for mobile phones.

There are seven single-player games and one multiplayer game in this collection. Except for Betrayal, which used a 2D side-scrolling view, the games in the first period used a third-person, fixed cinematic camera. The camera was changed from being fixed to an over-the-shoulder free camera in 2018’s game.

God of War PC Version - Kratos double edged swordThe main weapon of Kratos is a pair of double-chained swords that come in three variations. With each new game, most weapons and magic are lost due to a plot device, and new weapons and abilities are obtained. As part of a new mechanism added to God of War in 2018, the player may punch or kick opponents.

The series features combo-based fighting and a quick time event (QTE) element that kicks in when the player weakens an adversary or performs a defensive move. Failure frequently harms the player, while success ends the combat. Kratos may also leap on top of and ride enemies like ogres, forcing them to attack other adversaries.

Gorgon Eyes and Phoenix Feathers boost your health and magic. In God of War III and Ghost of Sparta, Minotaur Horns extend the maximum length of Items and the Fire meter. Killing enemies and destroying some inanimate things yield red orbs. Players can pick which meter to recharge by opening chests with shifting colors.

And the Norse God of War PC version will be released on January 14, 2022, was first released with a 2018 installment titled God of War for PS4. The God of War franchise has sold more than 51 million digital copies worldwide (as of November 2020).

Monster Hunter Rise | Release date, Gameplay, Characters, and Consoles

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Monster Hunter Rise is the 6th mainline installment in the Monster Hunter series. It was released on March 26, 2021, for the Nintendo Switch. A PC version of Monster Hunter Rise is planned to be released on January 12, 2022.

A Palamute, which may be used to ride into battle or across the map, is one of the new additions. The game mainly got good reviews at its first release, and more than 7.5 million copies have been sold worldwide.

The Hunter is the role of a player tasked with slaughtering or capturing the monsters by damaging and weakening them using a range of tools and weapons. Swords, firearms, staves, shields, and bows are among the 14 weapon types available in Rise, as they were in previous games.

With the help of Wirebug, the player can grip and swing to higher locations or over gaps. The Wirebug interacts differently with all weapon types, adding to the combinations available to that weapon. The Hunter can saddle and control the monster because of Wyvern Riding. It is done in order to either lead it towards more combat-friendly locations or fight a different monster.

Palamutes are new dog-like companion creatures in Rise. The player can ride them to navigate the map without losing stamina quickly. Palamutes join the player’s other companion option, the cat-like Palicoes, who return from previous games. Rise features both single-player and local and online multiplayer modes.

Palamutes are a new companion creature in Monster Hunter Rise that resembles a dog. They can be used to fast-travel the map without decreasing the player’s stamina. Palamutes join the cat-like Palicoes from previous games as the other companion choice of player. The Rise has single-player, local multiplayer, and internet multiplayer modes.

In Rise’s new Rampage mode, players must defend a base village against the attacking monsters. The players can instruct non-player characters and set up siege weapons to attack the monsters while attacking them directly before and during the attack.

Monster Hunter Rise was announced for a worldwide release on March 26, 2021, at a Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, aired on September 17, 2020. A month-long demo was launched on January 7, 2021, with four missions and all fourteen weapons accessible and single-player and online multiplayer support. And for PC versions of Monster Hunter Rise will be released on January 12, 2022. The Rise came with three Amiibo figures, including a Palico, Palamute, and Magnamalo, the game’s main monster.

A limited-edition Nintendo Switch bundle featuring Rise artwork was released on the same day. The Rise has cross-promotional events with other Capcom brands, such as missions to acquire costumes and other stuff from the other series. The first crossover event occurred around the time Monster Hunter Stories 2 was released in June 2021.

Monster Hunter Rise generally received excellent reviews, with critics appreciating the game’s addition of new tools like the Wirebugs and extension of Monster Hunter: World’s gameplay. At The Game Awards 2021, the game was nominated for Best Role-Playing Game and Best Multiplayer Game. In its first week of release, it was the bestselling retail game of the week in Japan, selling over 1.3 million units.

Xbox acknowledges that Lionhead Studios shutdown was a mistake

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Xbox owner Microsoft has acknowledged that the decision to close Lionhead Studios in 2016 was a mistake. According to the American technology giant, its poor handling of the British developer has shaped how It now works with its acquired teams. The failure that is Lionhead is used by Microsoft as a case study of what not to do.

This was revealed in Chapter 6 of Power On, a YouTube documentary that details the company’s story. From its starting days through to the infamous Xbox One reveal, it highlights many of Microsoft’s missteps. Amongst these is Lionhead Studios who were forced to change from the minds behind Fable to another generic Kinect developer.

The fate of Lionhead

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Lionhead Studios was acquired by Xbox in 2006 following the success of the original Fable. However, just ten years later the studio was closed down altogether. This followed Fable: The Journey’s release which many consider to be the worst in the franchise.

Xbox’s head of game creator experiences Sarah Bond spoke about the issue during the documentary. According to Bond, Xbox has since reflected on this mistake to avoid falling for the same trap again. Moving forward it intends to allow developers to build on their existing cultures rather than try to force the Xbox brand on them.

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer expanded on this. Spencer believes that Microsoft has learned that “You acquire a studio for what they’re great at now, and your job is to help them accelerate how they do what they do, not them accelerate what you do.”

Unfortunately, the fate of Lionhead Studios has been long sealed and Xbox can’t save them anymore. However, we can hope that it is learned its lesson and no more talented development teams will have to fall under Microsoft’s watch. Only time will tell if that ends up being true.

Microsoft rebrand Xbox Game Pass for PC as PC Game Pass

In a comedic set of patch notes, Microsoft has unveiled a change for its Xbox Game Pass for PC service. It has received a rebrand, being named PC Game Pass distancing itself from the Xbox brand. This rebrand includes a new logo, name, and various changes to the relevant social media pages.

The PC gaming service itself remains largely unchanged. It still costs $9.99 a month and provides users with a large variety of games to download and play. Equally, subscribers of the Ultimate Game Pass will also continue to have access to both the regular game pass and its PC counterpart.

It’s different but not that different

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A specific reason for the PC Game Pass rebrand hasn’t been given but if the source tweet is anything to go by it probably isn’t a big deal. The tweet states that Microsoft just “likes this version more,” and that “change is good, usually.”

Interestingly, Microsoft hasn’t changed the Twitter handle for the official Game Pass for PC account.  Although it probably couldn’t even if it wanted to as the handle @PCGamePass is already taken. This probably won’t cause too many issues but it could cause some unnecessary confusion for those searching Twitter.

Those with an eager eye may have already noticed the change before it was announced. This is because several of the titles shown at The Game Awards already mentioned the PC Game Pass in their trailers.

Truth be told, this rebrand of the PC Game Pass probably doesn’t affect you all that much. If nothing else, it’s an easier name to remember and arguably makes more sense given what the service provides. It didn’t ever have anything to do with Xbox beyond the fact that some of its games happen to also be on the Xbox platforms. Regardless, from here on out it’s the PC Game Pass, and not the Xbox Game Pass for PC.