New Spotlight Pass Incoming for Rock Band 4

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New Spotlight Pass Incoming for Rock Band 4

Harmonix has announced that a new Spotlight Pass will be incoming for popular garage band simulator, Rock Band 4. A fairly lean season pass, it will grant purchasers permanent access to eight new songs over a course of eight weeks.The songs included in Spotlight Season 2's season pass will be the new ones released for the game's Rivals Mode challenge. For those of you unfamiliar with this challenge mode, each week three tracks are selected as Spotlight Songs: two tracks players already own and one newly released DLC track, tied together with a theme. Over a series of eight weeks, eight new DLC songs will be released. These can be purchased a la carte for $2, or in one fell swoop with the Spotlight Pass for $13.49. That means a 15% (or $2.50) discount, with the downside being that the songs won't be known until the week of their release. The Spotlight Pass for Season 2 will be available for purchase on August 24th, 2017 (for both Xbox One and PS4) and will continue to be available until the end of the season (October 17th, 2017).

Celebrate 25 Years of Kirby With a Game Sale

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Hard as it may be to believe for some of us, but the very first Kirby game (Kirby's Dream Land for the Gameboy) was release in North America 25 years ago yesterday. To celebrate the little guy's Silver Jubilee, a number of Kirby titles are on sale via the Nintendo eShop, including Kirby's Return to Dreamland for the Wii U (via Virtual Console) and the more recent Kirby: Planet Robobot.Here's a full listing of all the games that are on sale, on which platform they're available, and the sale price. Co-op titles are denoted in bold.

Co-Op Mode Now Available for Titanfall 2, Free on Origin Access

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The sequel to Titanfall was a critical and commercial success, though it was one we initially skipped over as it was multiplayer only and no co-op focused gameplay. Titanfall 2 originally launched in October of 2016 and now, 9 months later, has seen the addition of co-op through the free DLC titled “Operation Frontier Shield”. Additionally, the game is now playable for free through EA’s Origin Access.The latest DLC from Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind the game, is completely free and is available now to all players. The DLC adds a new co-op mode that features waves of “increasingly difficult enemies” , as the official announcement states, with a team of up to 4 players defending a Harvester against these threats. While the mode (and cooperative play altogether) seem to be welcome additions to Titanfall 2’s electric and exciting gameplay, the addition of wave-based survival does seem pretty true to form, for better or for worse.The trailer above lays out the pretty basic format for co-op that Respawn has added. However, the full list of changes and additions as well as a rundown of paid content that can be purchased with this DLC, all of which is aesthetic, can be found at Respawn’s developer blog, here.

Controller Support and Local/Combo Co-Op Revealed for Divinity: Original Sin 2

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The most recent Kickstarter update video for Larian Studios' Divinity: Original Sin 2 shows off a feature that we've been anticipating: local co-op on the PC. But wait, it gets better! Combo co-op, either online or via LAN, will also be supported.The co-op features are covered (rather cleanly, I must say) in the first couple minutes of the update video. If that's all you care about, then watch those two minutes, be joyous and happy, and enjoy the rest of the day!If you're interested in what else Larian has in store for the game, then the rest of the video goes on to talk about a few new features coming to the sequel. First up is crafting your own skill books (some of which are not available as random drops or buys in the game) by combining other skill books (e.g., Necromancy + Water = Blood Rain), then rune crafting to boost your gear, and finally talking to ghosts. All of this will be coming to the game when it launches on PC next month but, sadly, not sooner. As Sven goes on to say at the end of the video, rather than focus efforts on getting a patch out with some of these new things, they'd rather meet the September 14 release date and have everything in it then.

Online Co-Op Coming to Stardew Valley Next Year

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Online Co-Op Coming to Stardew Valley Next Year

One of the big hits of 2016 was the "open-ended country-life RPG," Stardew Valley. This labor of love from one-man development team ConcernedApe let players own and operate their own farm while also engaging in other activities like romancing the local townsfolk and throw some festivals. While it is a single-player only affair, there's some good news on the way: co-op will be implemented sometime next year.In a blog post today, the game's publisher, Chucklefish, revealed their plans for adding co-op. When the feature gets added (more on that in a bit), up to three online players will be able to join another player's game as farmhands. These farmhands will be able to "farm, mine, fight, fish, forage, marry NPCs and take part in festivals." Farmhands will also have their own inventory, which can be managed by the host when your buddy isn't connected. Also worth noting is that "certain decisions can be made only by the main player: when to sleep, when to start and end festivals, and whether to side with Joja, for instance." This will be online co-op, only, too. It's specifically stated in that post that "[l]ocal multiplayer, split-screen... are not planned at this point."

Resident Evil: Revelations Out On August 29th For PlayStation 4 And Xbox One

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In an announcement video put out earlier today, Capcom slapped a fancy ol' release date (August 29th) on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Resident Evil: Revelations.  Considering the game's 3DS origins, it looks pretty fantastic, but we're not here just to slack our jaws at higher resolutions.In addition to the video, Capcom also let fans know that Nintendo Switch versions of both Revelations 1 and 2 are on their way later this year.  To our knowledge, details specific to the games' co-op modes are pretty sparse for the Switch releases, but we'll be keeping tabs on them as time goes on.  In the meantime, you can check out the announcement video for PS4 and X1, which shows off the game's upgraded resolution and extra content.Revelations will allow two online players to work their way through the game's Raid Mode, which essentially acts as a horde mode located in stages throughout the single player campaign.  As we pointed out last month, there's a good bit of DLC that will come for free with this release, so if you missed out on the game back in 2012, now's a pretty good time to give it another shot.

Release Date for X-Morph: Defense Revealed

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It feels like we've seen a great number of videos of EXOR Studios' top-down shooter meets tower defense title, X-Morph: Defense, but there's a lot going on in the game. Well we won't have to just watch the action for too much longer as X-Morph will be getting a final release later this month.Let's celebrate this news with one last round of co-op videos!X-Morph: Defense will be release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on August 30, 2017, and supports two player local co-op throughout the campaign, which features slightly different mission structures to accommodate the extra player. For all you PlayStation 4 Pro owners out there, you'll also be able to enjoy this local co-op in a consistent 60 FPS.

ARK Final Release Date Pushed Back to End of August

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ARK Final Release Date Pushed Back to End of August

Were you excited to finally check out the final version of ARK: Survival Evolved next week? Yeah, well, got some bad news for you. You'll have to wait until the end of August now... you know, when all the video games are coming out.It's been a long road for ARK ever since it first hit Steam Early Access back in June 2015. In that two year timespan, the title saw over 200 updates, got into the Xbox Game Preview (i.e., early access) program on the Xbox One and a similar program on the PlayStation 4 before it finally got a "final" release date. That in itself caused some (understandably) ruffled feathers as the price jumped about $20 from what it was during the Early Access days. Still, an end was in sight so everything's good, right?