Knights and Bikes Fully Funded, Reaching for Online Co-Op

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Knights and Bikes Fully Funded, Reaching for Online Co-Op

The co-op adventure Knights and Bikes, which is inspired by titles like The Goonies and Earthbound, has finally reached its funding goal of $142,577. This means that the game will definitely be coming out on PC, Mac, and Linux (via Steam), in addition to the previously announced PlayStation 4 version. As the campaign is getting close to the end, a very important stretch goal is in sight: online co-op.At the moment, the game will support local co-op only. If the stretch goal of $168,324, though, then team will add online co-op to the game. The project has seen a surge of support over the last few days and is now sitting at (as of the time of writing this news post) around $166, 574, meaning that it only needs an additional $2,000 to hit that stretch goal.The Knights and Bikes Kickstarter campaign ends at 4:00 PM EST, March 3, so it has just a bit over 24 hours remaining. If you haven't supported the project yet, now's the time as that support may mean that an additional co-op feature will be added to the game.

Livelock's Vanguard Trailer Questions Humanity

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The folks from Perfect World Entertainment have put out a trailer for their three player co-op shooter called Livelock. The trailer focuses on a new character reveal, a machine and human hybrid called Vanguard. In it, we hear some deep philosophical ramblings...all while there's tons of on screen destruction.Quiet, diligent and calculated, Vanguard joins the roster of The Few as the tank of the group. Even larger in stature than Hex, Vanguard shows his presence in the battlefield as he navigates the world in an effort to fight for those who can't. Armed with a massive chassis and powerful hammer, he will be able to absorb massive amounts of damage while also being able to crush the rogue Clusters with one fell swoop.  We've also got a handful of new screenshots for the game which launches on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 later this year. 

Resident Evil 5 and 6 Remakes Headed to Consoles

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Capcom has been doing quite well with its Resident Evil remakes/remasters lately, with the original selling over a million copies and Resident Evil 0 doing well enough. While work on the second title is still underway, Capcom took to YouTube to announce that remakes of Resident Evil 45, and 6 will be coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.The titles will actually be released in reverse order. So, Resident Evil 6 will be up first, arriving later this month on March 29. Resident Evil 5 will follow sometime this summer, and Resident Evil 4 will make its return this fall. Both RE 5 and RE 6 featured a full co-op campaign for up to two players, and 6 also includes the arcade-like "Mercenary Mode." No co-op for RE 4, but it's a great game none-the-less.All three games will retail for $19.99 when they make their respective debuts.

Co-Op Monthly Round-Up for February, 2016

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February was a surprisingly busy month for co-op gamers, with lots of beta action (thanks Division), and even a handful of solid releases. That leap day really makes the difference! Here are the stories, features and game release you may have missed for February, 2016.

Stream Recap - Portal Knights Co-Op Play

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Last night the crew checked out Portal Knights, a new game from publisher 505 Games which expands on the ever popular "crafting" genre of games. But Portal Knights does a lot to be different. While you still need to mine and gather raw resource to craft critical items, an RPG element overlaps the entire game giving you and your friends a purpose within the world itself.Portal Knights hit early access this week and so far, things are looking pretty solid. You can create one of three character classes and jump into a randomized world with up to three additional friends. Each level has you collecting pieces to rebuild a portal and progress to the next map. The game features bright and colorful graphics while still having a hint of those Minecraft voxels, with each world featuring a different theme like desert, mines, or lush grass. Here's our first hour with the game where we get our character up to level 5 (of about 30 levels), unlock some skills, build a house, and of course plant a proper garden just for Locke. 

Firefight Mode Will Return in Halo 5: Guardians

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Firefight Mode Will Return in Halo 5: Guardians

Fans of the Halo series may recall a particularly fun horde mode in Halo 3: ODST called "Firefight." Unlike many other games with similar features out there at the time, what made this one so special was the inclusion of the Halo Skull modifiers, which would change things up a bit every five rounds. Folks (ourselves included) have been clamoring for this beloved mode to return, and it looks like we'll finally get our wish soon.The mode, called "Warzone Firefight," is part of the bevvy of new content 343 Industries has been rolling out or in the works for Halo 5: Guardians. Announced last week on Xbox Wire, the exact details of the mode and what will be new/different weren't outlined, but it sounds like multiplayer progression carry over and vice versa. Hopefully, the mode will be a strictly PvE version of the game's popular "Warzone" multiplayer mode, which is something that some very dedicated Halo players have been petitioning 343 to add.No word on when the mode will be added to the game, but it should be coming out sometime within the next few months.

Dying Light To Receive Additional Content This Year

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After the successful launch of Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition, developer Techland has announced they will be releasing more content before the year is up. Although there aren't any details on what to expect, I'm sure we will get some fun new ways to obliterate zombies with friends.Check out the accolades trailer while you are waiting for news on the upcoming DLC.If you are dying to kill zombies, check out Dying Light: The Following on Xbox One, PC, or PS4.

Friday the 13th Shows off the Motion of Murder

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What makes a killer - nature or nurture?  If developers Gun Media have their say; a killer is made in the motion capture studio.  The latest behind the scenes video for Friday the 13th is footage showing many of the game's kills being acted out.  Watching one of the original Jason actors covered in balls whilst simulating mayhem is actually pretty disturbing.Kane Returns as Jason Voorhees! Go behind the scenes at Digital Domain on the set of the motion capture shoot for Friday the 13th: The Game to witness what it takes to build a title like this. The Friday the 13th team is excited to pull back the curtains and show off every phase of development that we can. See kills designed by Tom Savini being performed by Kane, including the infamous "Sleeping Bag Kill" from Part VII!Kane is joined by Tarah Paige and Ryan Staats. Tarah plays the female camp counselors and she's done motion capture/acting in games in the past. She's best known for her work playing Lara Croft in the last two Tomb Raider titles. Ryan handles dying at the hands of Kane quite well while playing the male counselors for Friday the 13th: The Game.

Tabletop Co-Op: Temple of Elemental Evil

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Tabletop Co-Op: Temple of Elemental Evil

One of the first cooperative board games we ever covered here at Co-Optimus was Castle Ravenloft. Released in 2010, this vampire-themed tabletop dungeon crawl was the first of the Dungeons & Dragons Adventure System games. It was quickly followed by two more games in the series, Wrath of Ashardalon and Legend of Drizzt. Fans thought the series was complete, but Temple of Elemental Evil surprised us all upon its release last spring. So how does the latest D&D Adventure System title stack up against the others? We’ll take a look in this month’s Tabletop Co-Op.

Side-Scrolling Shooter Cyborg Rage Now Available on Steam

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Side-Scrolling Shooter Cyborg Rage Now Available on Steam

Cyborg Rage, a shmup with procedural enemy generation similar to how Left 4 Dead does it, is now available on Steam. After its beta last November, the game cleared Steam Greenlight and is now available for full purchase.Two players can team up online to battle their way through the hordes of "Battle Cyborgs." There are three ships from which you can choose - the heavy Alpha Class, the speedy Delta Class, and the special weapon focused Beta Class - and pair up in order to take full advantage of each one's strengths. Each ship's arsenal can be determined before kicking off the firefight, and there is some degree of ship progression/leveling.Cyborg Rage is available for $4.99 on Steam.