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Today in Video Games – May 15, 2017

The biggest video games stories from Monday, May 15, 2017, including Devolver Digital, HTC Vive, Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, and a mobile Zelda game.

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The biggest video games stories from Monday, May 15, 2017.

HTC Vive gets a finance option

Quite fancy the idea of a virtual reality headset, but don’t want to take on a second mortgage to do it? Well, HTC are going to let you take on a second mortgage small credit loan, to spread your pricey headset’s payments over two years, Eurogamer reports. At retail a headset costs £759, but with 24 low, low monthly payments of £34.84 (plus initial shipping) it’ll wind up costing you a total of £836 and change. That’s an interest rate of 9.9% if you’re counting.

You’re still going to need a PC costing a grand (or more) to play it on, so it hardly democratises VR in the same way as PlayStation VR, but it’s something.

The Legend of Zelda might be getting a mobile game

If the rumours on the Wall Street Journal (behind a paywall, sorry) are to be believed, Nintendo are working on a mobile version of The Legend of Zelda. At the current time we have no idea what that means, but based on Nintendo’s dramatic variety thus far – a Panini sticker album of a card game in Fire Emblem Heroes, a freemium endless runner version of Mario, and an as-yet unreleased Animal Crossing title – it could be pretty much anything.

Nintendo have always been wary of cannibalising their handheld market with mobile games, but they have effectively already done it with the Nintendo Switch consheld, so all bets are off at this stage. Get your Sheikah Slates ready, folks.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 announced

If you want to make an impact, drop a teaser featuring the adorable Baby Groot while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is romping around in theatres globally.

Officially announced todayLego Marvel Super Heroes 2 will launch on November 14, 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, with a Nintendo Switch release to follow “later this year”. Given there’s not much time between the multi-platform release and the new year, we’d wager Marvel and TT Games will be trying to get that onto Switch before Christmas.

Parappa the Rapper is getting a spiritual sequel

Jeez, have we not had enough of spiritual sequels yet? Didn’t we learn our lesson with Mighty No. 9, or Yooka-Laylee? Well, in any case, Parappa the Rapper’s Masaya Matsuura and Gitaroo Man’s Keiichi Yano have joined forces to create a new rhythm game, tentatively titled Project Rap Rabbit.

Predictably, Project Rap Rabbit is coming in the form of a Kickstarter, and they’re looking for… £855,000? And the Stretch goal for a Switch version is nearly five million dollars? I’m done. Someone else finish the rest of this segment.

Speaking of Kickstarter fatigue

Head on over to Eurogamer to read this interesting piece on the state of play with crowd-funding in the games industry. It covers where everything started, how it got so big, and why it might now be contracting; or at least, shifting sideways onto more business-focused platforms like Fig.

“We’re going to need a bigger balloon”

Devolver Digital, the indie publisher famed for their irreverent, unofficial E3 antics, are stepping up their game again this year. As ever, they’ll be tipping up in a parking lot over the street from the LA Convention Center’s South Hall, but instead of a rough-and-ready tailgate party, they’re switching things up with a gentile picnic.

The Devolver Indie Picnic will be free to all E3 2017 badge holders, and will be open each day between 11am – 7pm, from June 13 – 15, 2017. We’ll see you there (if E3 haven’t popped their balloon before the event starts).

Remember PS1 classic RPG Arc Symphony?

No, and neither do we, but apparently lots of people are doing, in spite of the fact Arc Symphony never existed. Between the relatively convincing box art, the chatter online, and the fact that Japanese RPGs did often fail to see Western releases in those days, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was true.

People really got behind Arc Symphony on social media:

Really, really behind it:

Dig a little deeper and you find that most of the chatter has come from a group of Toronto game developers. Before too long, it was revealed that Arc Symphony was a combination of clever hoax and even cleverer publicity stunt, for Sophia Park’s new itch.io game of the same name.

Hitman might have a stay of execution

And finally, some good news, following the surprising news last week that Square Enix are seeking a buyer for IO Interactive. If rumours from German site Gamestar are to be believed, IO Interactive will retain the rights to the Hitman franchise, and season two of the rebooted, episodic will still be in the works.

It’s unusual for the IP rights to go with the developer and not the publisher, but given that Square Enix are trying to sell IO Interactive – and not just shutter the studio entirely – it would certainly make them more valuable and desirable.

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Final year one DLC for The Division 2 is going to Coney Island

“So goodbye, farewell, so long forever; goodbye my Coney Island babe.”

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“So goodbye, farewell, so long forever; goodbye my Coney Island babe.”

The Division 2, Ubisoft’s absolutely-not-political loot shooter that’s set in the ruins of modern America, released almost a year ago. In that time, Ubisoft studio Massive has put out three pieces of post-release content:

  • Prologue – Invasion: Battle For D.C
  • DLC 1 – D.C. Outskirts: Expeditions
  • DLC 2 – Pentagon: The Last Castle

And now the fourth and final piece of year one DLC for The Division 2 has been revealed. It looks like we’re going on a trip to Coney Island.

In the trailer, operators from the titular Division are tasked with travelling to Coney Island to rescue a scientist who might just have a cure for the global pandemic that wiped out huge swathes of the population.

For some reason, some criminals are keeping the scientist in a box? In the middle of a theme park? Look, the exposition isn’t perfect. It rarely is in The Division. But it’s time to don your glowing orange wristwatch, exercise your second amendment rights, and shoot some US citizens who’ve fallen on hard times and turned to a life of crime in understandably difficult circumstances.

The Division 2’s Coney Island excursion – called Coney Island: The Hunt – will release in February 2020. We’ve not been given an exact date, yet, but Year One pass holders will get to play it seven days earlier than everyone else.

Expect to see more post-release content for The Division 2 in its second year, as Ubisoft looks to maximise the lifespan of (and therefore, its return on investment in) the game. The developer and publisher will be changing its strategy in 2020 after “a sharp downward revision in the revenues expected from Ghost Recon Breakpoint and, to a lesser extent, The Division 2.”


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How to get a refund for Rocket League on Mac and Linux

Rocket League developer Psyonix is ending support for the game on macOS and Linux. Here’s why, and how you can get a refund for the game on Steam.

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Rocket League developer Psyonix is ending support for the game on macOS and Linux. Here’s why, and how you can get a refund for the game on Steam.

Psyonix announced last week that support for the Mac and Linux versions of Rocket League will end in March 2020. A final update for the game will disable all online functionality, including in-game purchases, and online multiplayer modes.

Why is support ending for Rocket League on Mac and Linux?

In a post on the Rocket League sub-Reddit, Psyonix has provided detail on the decision to end Mac and Linux support. The studio’s Psyonix_Devin explains that the forthcoming update to DirectX 11 is the primary factor, saying:

“Unfortunately, our macOS and Linux native clients depend on our DX9 implementation for their OpenGL renderer to function. When we stop supporting DX9, those clients stop working. To keep these versions functional, we would need to invest significant additional time and resources in a replacement rendering pipeline such as Metal on macOS or Vulkan/OpenGL4 on Linux.”

Coupled with the fact that macOS and Linux users account for only 0.3% of the game’s active player based, it becomes a little easier to see why the decision was made, however infuriating it may be.

Psyonix has now opened a refund programme on Steam for anyone who purchased the game on Mac or Linux. Its launch was not without a few problems, but things now appear to be running smoothly.

How to get a Steam refund for Rocket League on Mac and Linux

To get a refund on the Mac or Linux version of Rocket League, follow the following instructions.

  • Visit to the Steam Support website
  • Select Purchases
  • Select Rocket League
  • If necessary select View complete purchasing history
  • Select I would like a refund
  • Select I’d like to request a refund
  • From the Reason drop-down menu, select My issue isn’t listed
  • In Notes, enter the following statement: “please refund my Mac/Linux version of Rocket League, Psyonix will be discontinuing support”
  • If you encounter any issues, you can also try raising a ticket via the Steam Support page

Good luck!


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Save up to 90% in three new Xbox One sales

Another glut of video games get big discounts in this week’s new Xbox One promotions.

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This week’s new Xbox One sales include savings on another glut of video games, including games from the Batman and Darksiders franchises.

The THQ Nordic sale includes a smattering of overlooked gems and cult classic remasters. Our picks include inventive painting platformer De Blob, and sci-fi FPS Red Faction Guerrilla. All three mainline games in the Darksiders series are also on offer with big discounts.

This week’s Spotlight deals include generous price cuts for both Batman: Arkham Collection and Batman: Arkham Knight. Annual EA Sports blockbusters, FIFA 20 and Madden NFL 20, are also reduced by a whopping 50%.

This week’s Deals with Gold highlight is the Yooka-Laylee: Buddy Duo Bundle. The double-pack includes both games in Playtonic’s retro-inspired platforming series.

The discounts are valid through to February 3, 2020. Visit the Xbox One digital store or the Microsoft online store for more details. Here are some more of our favourite sale titles.

THQ Nordic Sale Highlights

  • Aces Of The Luftwaffe – Squadron – 50% off
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar – 75% off
  • Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition – 80% off
  • Darksiders III – 67% off
  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition – 80% off
  • De Blob – 80% off
  • Elex – 60% off
  • Fade To Silence – 67% off
  • Lock’s Quest – 80% off
  • MX vs ATV All Out – 70% off
  • Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered – 75% off
  • Sine Mora EX – 80% off
  • This Is The Police 2 – 70% off
  • Titan Quest – 75% off
  • Wreckfest Deluxe – 20% off

Deals with Gold Highlights

  • Agatha Knife – 40% off
  • Blood Bowl 2 – 75% off
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – 35% off
  • Lost Sea – 80% off
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter – 80% off
  • Songbringer Bundle – 70% off
  • V-Rally 4 – 65% off
  • Yooka-Laylee: Buddy Duo Bundle – 50% off

Spotlight Highlights

  • Batman: Arkham Collection – 67% off
  • Batman: Arkham Knight – 60% off
  • EA Sports FIFA 20 – 50% off
  • Injustice 2 – Legendary Edition – 50% off
  • Madden NFL 20 – 50% off
  • Mortal Kombat 11 – 60% off
  • Sublevel Zero Redux – 75% off
  • Tennis World Tour – 65% off
  • WRC 5 FIA World Rally Championship – 90% off
  • Zombieland: Double Tap- Road Trip – 40% off

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Surprise! Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is out now on Switch

CD Projekt Red has released Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales for the Nintendo Switch.

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CD Projekt Red has released Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales for the Nintendo Switch.

Following in the footsteps of last year’s surprisingly robust Nintendo Switch port of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, comes the surprise release of single-player RPG spin-off, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales.

Ported from the CD Projekt Red original by Crunching Koalas, the game is a narrative-driven RPG that tells the story of Meve, a war-veteran queen who must confront an imminent Nilfgaardian invasion. The game includes five new regions to explore, devilish puzzles, and turn-based battles that riff off the mechanics used in the franchise’s popular Gwent card game.

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Each purchase comes with a set of digital bonuses, including the game’s soundtrack, a map, concept art, and a graphic novel from Dark Horse. The goodies can be redeemed via the game’s official website.

Take a look at the Nintendo Switch version of Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales in this new trailer.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is available now on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via GOG.COM and Steam.


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New PlayStation 4 releases: January 27-31, 2020

Kentucky Route Zero and Journey to the Savage Planet headline this week’s lineup of new PlayStation releases.

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Kentucky Route Zero, Journey to the Savage Planet, and the return of a PSP classic are the highlights of this week’s new PlayStation 4, PS VR and PS Vita releases.

Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition is our PlayStation 4 pick of the week. The new edition encompasses all five acts – and the ‘interludes’ – of Cardboard Computer’s acclaimed adventure game. It’s an atmospheric subversion of a time-worn genre, and one to be savoured. Enjoy the journey.

Speaking of which, Typhoon Studio’s debut, Journey to the Savage Planet, is a promising science-fiction adventure with a comedic edge. If the likes of No Man’s Sky and The Outer Worlds are too daunting, this could be the perfect trip. And speaking of games by Obsidian, the studio’s 2018 RPG Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire makes its long-awaited PlayStation 4 bow.

PSP classic Patapon 2 also makes a welcome return, marching onto PS4 in a remaster that includes 4K support and a host of new minigames.

Other new releases include Coffee TalkIt Came From Space And Ate Our Brains and Code Shifter. An early 80s classic also gets an update in shape of Lode Runner Legacy.

Here’s the complete lineup of this week’s new PlayStation Store releases.

New PlayStation 4 releases – January 27-31, 2020

Monday, January 27, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

  • Balthazar’s Dream
  • Coffee Talk
  • Journey to the Savage Planet
  • Kamiko
  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
  • Pro Deer Hunting
  • Shadow the Ronin
  • Vigilante Ranger
  • Viking Days

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

  • Lode Runner Legacy
  • Music Racer
  • Paraiso Island
  • Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire
  • Top Run

Thursday, January 30, 2020

  • Arc of Alchemist
  • Arcade Archives Tecmo Bowl
  • Autobahn Police Simulator 2
  • Bookbound Brigade
  • Code Shifter
  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III
  • It Came From Space And Ate Our Brains
  • Mad Age & This Guy
  • Milo’s Quest (+ PS Vita)
  • Patapon 2 Remastered
  • Throw Anything
  • Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times

Friday, January 31, 2020

  • The Inner Friend
  • Heroland
  • Kwaidan
  • oOo: Ascension
  • Reknum
  • Saboteur!
  • Willy Jetman: Astromonkey’s Revenge

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