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Zero Escape director reveals AI: The Somnium Files

The director of the Zero Escape series, Kotaro Uchikoshi, has revealed his new upcoming murder mystery game, AI: The Somnium Files.

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The director of the Zero Escape series, Kotaro Uchikoshi, has revealed his new upcoming murder mystery game, AI: The Somnium Files.

Speaking at Spike Chunsoft’s Anime Expo 2018 panel, Uchikoshi shared some details for the game, including the trailer below:

The game begins with a gruesome murder: a body is discovered with its eye gouged out. Enter Kaname Date, the detective you play as, who happens to have a cybernetic eye, and is on the killer’s trail. It sounds a bit like someone is committing the crime to taunt Date, what with his eye being prosthetic and all.

The eye isn’t merely ornamental however; Date can use his cybernetic eye to examine the memories of people he comes across – witnesses and suspects – and he sees these as surreal dreamscapes.

It sounds like a wonderful twist on Psychonauts and Persona, with a bit of Observer thrown in for good measure. It also sheds some light on the game’s eccentric title – ‘somnium’ is Latin for ‘dream.’

The official blurb is minimal, but reveals the platforms for the game:

“Kotaro Uchikoshi’s latest project is revealed! AI: The Somnium Files comes to the PlayStation 4, Steam, and Nintendo Switch.”

No release date yet, then, but one to look out for.


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Save up to 50% in the PlayStation Store Spring sale

Start the new month with some big PlayStation 4 discounts in the PlayStation Store Spring sale.

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Start the month with some big savings on PlayStation 4 video games in the new PlayStation Store Spring sale.

As one sale ends, another begins. A new PlayStation Store promotion starting today celebrates the spring season with a raft of discounts on some excellent PS4 games.

Players with the urge to escape planet Earth can leave their troubles behind with discounts on the well-liked Journey To The Savage Planet from Typhoon Studios. No Man’s Sky, The Outer Worlds, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order also offer budget adventures to galaxies far, far away.

Discounted PS4 exclusives include SIE Bend Studio’s ode to biking among the undead, Days Gone, and Santa Monica Studio’s glorious reinvention of God of War. Other highlights include Two Point Hospital, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Yakuza 6, and Death Stranding.

The PlayStation Spring Sale ends on April 28 with a fresh influx of games arriving in two weeks. Here are some of our sale recommendations, and Anthem.

PlayStation Store Spring sale Highlights

  • A Way Out
  • Anthem
  • AO Tennis 2
  • Arizona Sunshine
  • Assassin’s Creed Triple Pack: Black Flag, Unity, Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Collection
  • Bioshock: The Collection
  • Borderlands 3
  • Bully
  • Code Vein
  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
  • Dark Souls III
  • Days Gone
  • Death Stranding
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection
  • Doom (2016)
  • Doom (1993)
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • FIFA 20
  • eFootball PES 2020
  • Far Cry New Dawn
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • God of War
  • Job Simulator
  • Journey To The Savage Planet
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • L.A. Noire
  • Mafia III
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Mortal Kombat XI
  • Need For Speed Heat
  • Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • No Man’s Sky
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Project Cars 2
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: Ultimate Edition
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Tetris Effect
  • Two Point Hospital
  • Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life

Head over to the PS Store to see the full list of over 600 discounted games.


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April’s Xbox Games with Gold lineup is reasonable

Microsoft has revealed the four (pretty decent) games coming to Xbox Games with Gold in April 2020.

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Microsoft has revealed the four (pretty decent) games coming to Xbox Games with Gold in April 2020.

April’s lineup of free games for Xbox Live Gold members begins today with Project Cars 2. Slightly Mad’s racing games are often overlooked. And if it wasn’t for the Forza series, they would probably be held in higher regard. Project Cars 2 is definitely worth a spin and available to download for the entire month.

It’s joined mid-April by the Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle, which includes two clever and cute RPGs from Behold Studios.

This month’s Xbox 360 selection is headlined by the 2014 HD remaster of Lionhead’s OG Xbox RPG, Fable Anniversary. The game still holds up, just don’t mention the acorns. This month’s Games with Gold lineup is completed by Toybox Turbos, a fun table-top racer from Codemasters. Both Xbox 360 games are also playable on Xbox One.

The Games with Gold titles for April are available during the following dates.

Xbox Games With Gold – April 2020

Xbox One

  • Project CARS 2 – April 1 – 30, 2020
  • Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle – April 16 – May 15, 2020

Xbox 360 and Xbox One

  • Fable Anniversary – April 1 – 15, 2020
  • Toybox Turbos – April 16 – 30, 2020

In the meantime, one of last month’s free Xbox games – Shantae: Half-Genie Hero –  is still available to download until April 15, 2020.


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The Humble COVID-19 Bundle is frankly ridiculous

Get a collection of brilliant games and ebooks worth over a thousand dollars for just $25 in the Humble COVID-19 Bundle.

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Get a collection of brilliant games and ebooks worth over a thousand dollars for just $30 in the Humble COVID-19 Bundle.

Usually, when we’re reporting on a sale or bundle, the format is as follows:

  1. Introduce the sale, bundle, or good cause
  2. Write a few paragraphs of the obvious highlights of the sale or bundle
  3. List the contents of the sale or bundle (abbreviated to a shortlist of further highlights, if it’s really big)

But in this instance, step 2 is really difficult, because pretty much every single game of the 45 on offer in the Humble COVID-19 Bundle is really good. It is bursting at the seams with classic upon classic, featuring the likes of Undertale, Hollow Knight, Superhot, Brothers, Pikuniku, World of Goo, and a chunk of both Double Fine and Terry Cavanagh’s back catalogue, and–

See? That’s exactly what we said would happen. It’s really difficult to pick just a few highlights when they’re all so flipping good. It would just lead to us breathlessly running through the whole Humble COVID-19 Bundle, which is what step 3 – the big list – is for.

Humble COVID-19 Bundle

  • Into The Breach
  • Undertale
  • Hollow Knight
  • Wizard of Legend
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • The Witness
  • Superhot
  • Tilt Brush
  • Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • Killing Floor 2
  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered
  • Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition
  • Darksiders Warmastered Edition
  • Sniper Elite 3
  • This Is the Police
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 2
  • Stick Fight: The Game
  • Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons
  • Party Hard
  • Worms Revolution
  • Europa Universalis IV
  • Tropico 4
  • Gnog
  • Broken Age
  • Brütal Legend
  • Psychonauts
  • Double Fine Adventure (feature-length film)
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
  • Pikuniku
  • World of Goo
  • Super Hexagon
  • VVVVVV
  • Hacknet
  • A Mortician’s Tale
  • A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build
  • Magicka
  • Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville
  • Agents of Mayhem
  • Ducati – 90th Anniversary
  • Speed Brawl
  • Hiveswap: Act 1
  • Alien Spidy
  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones
  • LostWinds
  • Zombotron (limited numbers available)

In addition to all those brilliant games in the Humble COVID-19 Bundle, you’ll also receive 25 ebooks for $30 / £25.50 or more. (Which we’re not going to list here, because you’re all just here for the games, right?)

As the name suggests, money raised from the Humble COVID-19 Bundle will go to “support organizations responding to COVID-19, for example, delivering protective gear to safeguard healthcare workers and providing medical care to infected patients”.

So you get some brilliant games, and money goes towards fighting COVID-19. What’s not to like?


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New The Outer Worlds Nintendo Switch release date confirmed

Obsidian Entertainment’s intergalactic RPG, The Outer Worlds, gets a confirmed Nintendo Switch release date.

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Obsidian Entertainment’s intergalactic RPG, The Outer Worlds, gets a confirmed Nintendo Switch release date.

Updated: March 31, 2020

Two months ago, we reported the news that the Nintendo Switch release date of The Outer Worlds had been pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, the virus was mostly impacting East Asia, with porting studio Virtuous forced to close its doors.

It seemed surprising at the time. It’s true of any health scare that any extreme steps taken at the start appear draconian, then when the worst hits, people will question why leaders didn’t act sooner. (And once it’s all blown over, people will say it was a fuss over nothing. You can’t win with public opinion.)

But eight weeks on – following the surge in cases in the US, UK, and continental Europe – the delay of The Outer Worlds just looks like the canary in the coalmine. We’ve seen the cancellation of GDC, EGX Rezzed, and E3 2020, with other events and game release dates falling like dominos since.

Some good news at the end of the tunnel, though: The Outer Worlds Nintendo Switch release now has a date, again.

The Outer Worlds Nintendo Switch release date has been set for June 5, 2020. As we reported earlier, the delay means that the boxed, retail release will now include a cartridge in the box, rather than just a key to redeem from the Nintendo eShop. There’ll still be a day one patch that “could be up to 6 GB”, but that’s not surprising in this day and age. It’s even less surprising when the video game production supply chain is under increased strain at the moment.

Original story: January 30, 2020

Obsidian Entertainment and publisher Private Division have announced that sci-fi RPG The Outer Worlds will touch down on Nintendo Switch on March 6, 2020.

The game will be released via the Nintendo eShop and as a boxed release that contains a download voucher. At the time of writing, it’s not known how large the game’s file size will be. We do know that it’s priced at $59.99 / €59.99 / £49.99 / AU$ 89.99.

Released on Xbox, PC, and PS4 in October, The Outer Worlds was slightly overshadowed by last year’s breakout RPG hit Disco Elysium, but it was well-reviewed by critics and in consideration for Game of the Year at many outlets. If you feel nostalgic for the likes of Mass Effect, Fallout 3, or Obsidian’s own Fallout: New Vegas, you’ll likely enjoy the studio’s latest role-playing adventure.

The Nintendo Switch version is being handled by Virtuos Games who previously worked on the acclaimed Switch ports of L.A. Noire and Dark Souls Remastered. The studio’s work certainly gives us confidence that the game will be up to scratch from a technical perspective.

Last month Obsidian also announced that the game will receive new story DLC later this year.


This article features reporting from Daniel New and Tom Baines.

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Save up to 85% with this week’s new Xbox One deals

Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5 headline the latest crop of Xbox One digital game store discounts.

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Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5 headline the latest crop of Xbox One digital game store discounts.

There are just two sales on Xbox One this week, but both have a few games worth picking up at bargain prices.

Capcom’s Resident Evil 3 remake is released this Friday, but it’s unlikely to top last year’s stunning update of RE2 which is reduced by 50% on Xbox One. Devil May Cry 5 is also half-price and well worth checking out if you missed it on release.

Other recommended sale titles include Risk of Rain 2Iconoclasts, Don’t Starve Together, and two bundles that bring together Three Fields Entertainment’s range of Dangerous Driving and Danger Zone games.

You can purchase the latest batch of discounted Xbox One games until April 7, 2020. Visit the Xbox One digital games store or the Microsoft online store for the full range of titles. Here’s the full lineup.

Deals with Gold

  • Agony – 80% off
  • Artifex Mundi Ultimate Collection – 50% off
  • Big Pharma – 30% off
  • Blacksad: Under the Skin – 50% off
  • Bleed 2 – 75% off
  • Call of Cthulhu – 75% off
  • Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition – 75% off
  • Decay of Logos – 25% off
  • Desert Child – 50% off
  • Don’t Starve Together: Console Edition – 60% off
  • Doodle God: Crime City – 50% off
  • Doom and Destiny – 35% off
  • Hellfront: Honeymoon – 75% off
  • Mordheim: City of the Damned – 75% off
  • Old Man’s Journey – 50% off
  • RICO – 25% off
  • Risk of Rain 1 + 2 Bundle – 40% off
  • Risk of Rain 2 – 40% off
  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected – 75% off
  • Shikhondo – Soul Eater – 67% off
  • SolSeraph – 60% off
  • Space Hulk: Tactics – 75% off
  • The Sojourn – 33% off
  • The Technomancer – 75% off
  • Truck Driver – 25% off
  • We Happy Few – 70% off
  • We Happy Few Digital Deluxe – 70% off

Spotlight Sale Highlights

  • Accidents Will Happen Bundle – 60% off
  • AereA – 85% off
  • Albedo and the Cast Bundle – 80% off
  • Alvastia Chronicles – 40% off
  • Antiquia Lost – 30% off
  • Asdivine Hearts – 40% off
  • Bonds of the Skies – 40% off
  • Chronus Arc – 40% off
  • Devil May Cry 5 (With Red Orbs) – 50% off
  • DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition – 67% off
  • Fernz Gate – 40% off
  • Frane: Dragons’ Odyssey – 30% off
  • Iconoclasts – 60% off
  • Illusion of L’Phalcia – 30% off
  • Jydge – 60% off
  • Kona – 80% off
  • Lost Artifacts: Time Machine – 35% off
  • Mighty No. 9 – 80% off
  • Mulaka – 65% off
  • Resident Evil 2 – 50% off
  • Revenant Dogma – 40% off
  • Revenant Saga – 30% off
  • Shiny – 85% off
  • Ultimate Danger Bundle – 60% off
  • Wuppo – 85% off

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