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New Mass Effect Teased by Bioware

Mass Effect 4, E3 2014

Bioware has used EA’s E3 press conference to tease the next game in the Mass Effect series. Some prototype footage of the game was shown as well as brief glimpses of what is presumably the new protagonist (shown above), although his face was covered throughout. His armour shows that he, like Commander Shepard, is N7.

The game will apparently involve exploring “a whole new region of space” which Bioware says was high on fans’ list of demands for the new game according to feedback. The developer seems to be satisfied with how the Mass Effect universe is shaping up on new consoles, commenting that “It looks fantastic”.

Bioware Montreal is developing the game, with Bioware Edmonton working on a completely new IP.

New Tetris Game Announced by Ubisoft

Tetris Ultimate screenshot

Ubisoft has announced a new Tetris game for the Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC. Tetris Ultimate will be released on consoles this summer to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the classic puzzle franchise, with the PC version coming in the fall.

Alexey Pajitnov, creator of the original Tetris, worked on the game with Ubisoft. Up to four players will be able to join in the action in modes including Marathon, Battle, Power-Up Battle, Ultra, Endless and Spirit.

A very short teaser has been released for the game (via IGN), which will also be playable at next week’s E3.

Mortal Kombat X Announced with Trailer

Mortal Kombat Logo

Warner Bros has today announced Mortal Kombat X for both current and previous generation platforms. The announcement came via a trailer which features a typically brutal battle between Scorpion and Sub-Zero in an atmospheric forest. The trailer shows the return of X-Ray attacks from the 2011 iteration of the game. Players can also interact with the environment, for example pulling branches off trees to use as weapons.

The official description of the game reads:

Fueled by next-gen technology, Mortal Kombat X combines unparalleled, cinematic presentation with all new gameplay to deliver the most brutal Kombat experience ever. For the first time ever, Mortal Kombat X gives players the ability to choose from multiple variations of each character impacting both strategy and fighting style. And with a new fully-connected gameplay experience, players are launched into a persistent online contest where every fight matters in a global battle for supremacy.

Sounds exciting right? Check out the trailer for yourself below.

A new Mortal Kombat game has been rumoured for a while. A poster for the game surfaced online recently, and earlier today a listing for the game appeared on Amazon UK.

Mortal Kombat X will be released in 2015 on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. More of the game will be shown at E3.

Wolfenstein: The New Order Launch Trailer

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Bethesda Softworks has unveiled the launch trailer for alternate reality first-person shooter, Wolfenstein: The New Order. The game, developed by MachineGames, takes place in the 1960’s in a universe where the Nazi’s were victorious in World War II. The trailer makes it clear that the game does not take itself too seriously, and even teases a trip to the moon.

Wolfenstein: The New Order will be released on May 20 for Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.

Watch the trailer below, though be warned of strong language and violence.

Next Mass Effect ‘Somewhere in the Middle’ of Development

Bioware has revealed via Twitter that work on the new Mass Effect game has reached the midway point of development. The revelation came from Yanick Roy, studio director at Bioware Montreal, who was responding to a fan’s query about the game.

Little information has been released about the new game in the sci-fi series yet other than that it will be unrelated to Shepard’s story from the original trilogy and that Bioware is not referring to the game as ‘Mass Effect 4’. A few images were also shown on last year’s N7 Day.

Perhaps more details will surface at this year’s E3 which begins on June 10.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Release Date and Gameplay Trailer Revealed

Dragon Age Inquisition Box Art

The game’s official box art which was unveiled last night

Bioware’s hotly anticipated RPG game Dragon Age: Inquisition has been given an official release date. The third game in the popular series will be hitting stores on October 7 in North America and October 10 in Europe. It will be playable on Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. You can see the trailer below.

Bioware will be showing off the game in more detail at this year’s E3 in June.

Footage of Cancelled Darth Maul Game Emerges

Red Fly Studios recently revealed that they were working on a game based on Darth Maul, the mysterious Sith Lord from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Unfortunately the game was cancelled on June 24, 2011 when the project had barely gone beyond the prototype phase.

Red Fly were also behind the development of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 on the Nintendo Wii – the cancelled Maul game was originally set to be a Wii exclusive but soon became a multi-format project. Plot details are scarce (a script writer had yet to even be hired)  but George Lucas apparently requested that the story be told in a ‘buddy cop’ style, with Darth Maul teaming up with Darth Talon. The gameplay would have been a combination of stealth and lightsaber combat. You can see Maul dispatching a group of Mandalorian enemies in the video below.

Red Fly employees believe the cancellation was connected to the sale of Lucasfilm and LucasArts to Disney, as was the case with Star Wars 1313.

There’s more coverage of the game, and some exclusive footage, over at Game Informer.

 

 

Get Dead Space for Free on Origin

dead spaceAcclaimed sci-fi horror game Dead Space is currently available for free on Origin through the service’s ‘On the House’ program. The offer will last until 8 May 2014. Since it’s launch in 2008 Dead Space has been followed by two sequels, however the original is still considered the best by many so grab it for your PC while the offer lasts.

EA is planning on adding more games to the On the House program in the coming months so watch this (dead) space for further announcements.

Batman: Arkham Knight Screenshots Show How Villains will Look on Next-Gen Consoles

penguin-twofaceRocksteady has released three new images from Batman: Arkham Knight. The images, posted by Game Informer, show some familiar villains from earlier Arkham titles but they have been given a lick of paint for their debut appearance on next-gen consoles.

David Hego, Arkham Knight’s art director, explained the thinking behind the fresh designs:

We tried to add something to the characters, so you’re still excited about them even after meeting them for the third time. How can we make these guys exciting, even after seeing them again? Every time, we make them look better and better and better, but at the same time, how can we improve the story behind them?

Arkham Knight’s main villain, Scarecrow, unleashes a chemical attack on Gotham during Halloween, which influenced some of the changes to character designs. Speaking about Penguin, lead character artist Albert Feliu said:

This time, we went for autumnal mafia. We took the coat off, and the concept of Penguin was more of a dirty dude. Obviously his shirt is rolled up and sweaty, and he has food stains on it. But still, he’s really powerful. He’s got a golden chain, as well. We had to be a bit crazy with this character, and working with his design. And we shaved his head. He’s proper filthy, you know

Based on the screenshots the character who has changed the least is Two-Face, with Rocksteady already satisfied with his established design. “We just rolled up his sleeves and made him look really next-gen”, Feliu said, “He was already a really strong character, so we tried to push it, and keep going that way. We didn’t want to change it that much.”

twofaceThe final character shown in the trio of images is the Riddler, who will have a more prominent role than in previous titles, “This time around, you see him throughout the game, and he evolves” Feliu Said.

The Riddler’s appearance will  change throughout the game, similar to how Batman has shown signs of damage and fatigue as the adventure has gone on in previous games. The Riddler will go from dapper to dirty and become visibly distressed as his plans are continuously ruined by Batman.

riddlerRocksteady has not yet revealed how Scarecrow will look in the new game but you can expect him to appear a little worse for wear following his encounter with Killer Croc in Arkham Asylum.