Darksiders Genesis Release Date Revealed

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The Horsemen will return this winter in Darksiders Genesis. The fourth game in the Darksiders franchise changes things up a little bit in two ways. First, rather than a third-person action game, Darksiders Genesis runs a little more in the top-down, twin-stick shooter vein, though it definitely still utilizes action game mechanics. Second, and more importantly, it supports two player co-op! Team up with a buddy and kick some demon butt as War and Strife.Genesis is a prequel to the events depicted in the other three Darksiders games. The Apocalypse hasn't kicked off just yet and you're still working for the enigmatic Council (of giant talking heads). As Strife, you are tasked with maintaining "the Balance" by investigating why that wily ole Lucifer is giving his "master demons" a totally natural boost of "supplements" to make them beefier than usual. You're joined in this adventure by War and can switch between them, unless you've got a buddy along for the ride in which case they can play as War while you are Strife.Darksiders Genesis will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. It will release first on PC via Steam and Google Stadia on December 5, 2019, and then on the consoles on February 14, 2020.

Lornsword Winter Chronicle Interview

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Lornsword Winter Chronicle Interview

Tomorrow is a big day for Tower Five, an independent French developer that is comprised of a few former Creative Assembly folks. Their first title, Lornsword Winter Chronicle, will leave Early Access on Steam, and it will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game is described as a "story-driven action strategy game" that supports drop-in/drop-out couch co-op; naturally, we were interested in learning a little more about it. Designer Renaud Charpentier took some time to talk with us about what players can expect from the game, and what influenced the co-op design.Co-Optimus: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us about Lornsword Winter Chronicle. First off, would you mind introducing yourself and let us know your role in the game's development?

Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Now Available

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After six weeks in Early Access, Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is now available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The title follows in the footsteps of the Garden Warfare games, but is now a "live" game, meaning that there will be frequent content updates, weekly/daily challenges, and more (many of which were already in Garden Warfare, they're just codified now). At launch, the title supports PvE co-op in two modes: "Free-Roam Regions," and the wave-based survival mode, "Garden/Graveyard Ops."The "Free-Roam Regions" are similar to the Backyard Battleground area from Garden Warfare 2 where you can take on missions from certain NPCs, find hidden gnomes, and earn unique outfits/items. The "Garden/Graveyard Ops" mode returns from the original Garden Warfare, so you and some buddies can defend against waves of zombies (or plants). Each of these modes support up to four players online, or two player couch co-op on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (no couch co-op on PC).

PSA: D&D Enhanced Editions on Consoles are Single-Player Only

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PSA: D&D Enhanced Editions on Consoles are Single-Player Only

If you woke up this morning, remembered that Baldur's Gate: Enhanced EditionBaldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition, and Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition are all available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch now, and THEN thought, "oh boy! A chance to play those with friends!" we have some unfortunate but also vitally important news. The console versions of those games are single-player only.I'm going to do my best to avoid any editorializing here and just say that initial information provided to us by the publisher of these versions (Skybound) indicated that they would support co-op/multiplayer. In the past couple weeks, the developer, Beamdog, put information out via social media and their forums that the games would not support co-op/multiplayer at release. This change was not communicated to us directly and thus we still had the console versions listed in our games database up until this weekend (we have since removed them). If you picked up the console versions expecting to play co-op, we apologize for the confusion and hopefully the platform where you purchased it will allow for a refund.Beamdog has stated in their forums that "exploring multiplayer for the [these] games on console is still something we're interested in," but it doesn't sound like a thing that will happen anytime soon.

Our Weekend In Gaming: Sick Days

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Our Weekend In Gaming: Sick Days

Yours truly is still recovering from a Starbucks-spread illness, so while I'm not asking for sympathy, I would appreciate some tempered expectations for the quality of this week's post.  The Co-Opticrew is still enamored with that dadgum haunting going on up at the Moon, but our attention is starting to turn elsewhere.This weekend, we'll be challenging pokemon experts, recovering from block-based tragedies, and exploring Tom Clancy's latest military utopia.  Check it out!Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "A bit of Destiny 2 when I can."