Hit the Mean Cyberpunk Streets in Kill to Collect this Spring

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First teased last May, developer Pieces Interactive has announced that their newest title, Kill to Collect, will be arriving on Steam sometime this spring. If you're unfamiliar with the developer, they are the team that worked on Magicka 2, some Magicka DLC, and the jazzy Leviathan: Warships. If you're unfamiliar with the game, then read on.Inspired by '80 style cyberpunk, Kill to Collect is an action game with "roguelike" elements that puts players in the shoes of bounty hunters in the futuristic dystopia of Geoshelter Alpha. Players will be able to pick from a group of four such hunters and take on contracts/bounties through procedurally generated maps in order take down foes and get more money. Four player co-op will be supported throughout, so why not gather up a few friends and dive into a neon land of synth music?Kill to Collect will hit the Steam store "later this spring," with a possibility for it to make its way onto consoles as well.

Polycrusher - Twin-Stick Co-op Shooter on Steam Greenlight

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Steam Greenlight gives players the ability to determine which games will be available for purchase.This system allows for indie titles like Polycrusher to show what they can do in order to get votes from the community. Once the game has enough votes, the game will be Greenlit and available for distribution once the developer has completed the game. Polycrusher is a twin-stick shooter that is currently up for vote.In Polycrusher, there are six characters to choose, ranging from a fat guy wearing a coconut bra to an old lady wielding a large laser weapon. Each seem to have unique character abilities that can be used to fight off waves of enemies. There are seven levels to play with nine enemy variants. In addition, you can play the game with your smartphone with free smartphone apps available for iOS and Android. Four players will be able to play locally, and there will be an online board to show off your high scores.Polycrusher has not been Greenlit yet, but if you are interested in seeing it on the Steam store, go ahead and vote for it here.

Knights and Bikes Coming to PS4, Kickstarter Still Going

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If you were to stop me on the streets one day and asked me what is my favorite co-op game of all time, I'd respond "Secret of Mana." I'm a huge fan of RPGs/aRPGs and that title does it so well on top of allowing you to play it with friends. Rex Crowle and Moo Yu, two of the creative minds behind games like Tearaway and Ratchet & Clank, are looking to bring back that type of title with Knights and Bikes.The title, which draws inspiration not only from Secret of Mana but also classic hits like Goonies and Earthbound, currently has a Kickstarter underway but it was recently announced that the game would be coming to PlayStation 4. It's not entirely clear if this means the game will be getting some funding from Sony, similar to what happened with Shenmue, or if it will only make it to PS4 if the team reaches it's funding goal of $140k.Either way, here's hoping it makes it. There's a unique aesthetic to the title, for sure, but more than that, seeing everything in action reminds me of my favorite co-op game of all time, and it would be great to see a new title give the old one a run for its money.

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Releases this Summer

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The next Lego game from TT Games will be coming out this summer, throwing you back into the blocky, star-studded Star Wars universe with Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The studio began their titular Lego franchise with Lego Star Wars: The Video Game in 2005, and have captured the entire Star Wars saga in Lego form.  Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens gives players more background on the events after Return of the Jedi, and actually starts the story on Endor. You will of course get to play as your favorites from the film, with characters including Rey, Poe, Kylo Ren, BB-8, and Han Solo. If the game follows its predecessors, there should be a wide assortment of unlockable mini figures to aid you in free play sections. Co-op play will likely be the traditional drop-in drop-out dynamic (or fixed) split screen that TT Games has stuck with for most Lego games. Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens launches June 28 of on an impressive array of consoles. Pick up the game for the PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, or PC.

Splitscreen Feature Now Live on Xbox One

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Splitscreen Feature Now Live on Xbox One

True to their word, developer Studio Wildcard has added the previously discussed splitscreen functionality to the Xbox One version of ARK: Survival Evolved. The feature will allow two players to enjoy the game locally, or go online to play with up to two other friends on a non-dedicated server, which are private servers that are propped up for limited play sessions and a little more limited than those that support 16 players.For those who may be unfamiliar with them, the devs have a forum thread on their website that goes into more detail about how these non-dedicated servers work. Essentially, a player can create one of these servers by choosing to host a session and specifying the appropriate settings. The server will only exist while the host is active so you can't get back into it when the host is not playing. Additionally, players are tethered to the host by a range of 200 meters, so you're not free to roam about wherever you choose. Studio Wildcard has plans to improve some of these current limitations, but for now, if you want to combo co-op with your friends, this is the only way.In addition to this feature, the latest patch has added all content from the most recent PC patch, meaning there are new armor/items/weapons in the world as well as two new dinosaurs: the Gallimimus and the Terror Bird.

Satellite Reign is Adding 4 Player Co-Op, We Have the Developer Interview

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Satellite Reign was launched on Kickstarter in late 2013, and it easily met its funding goal of $530,000 by raising over $700,000. But it never quite made it to some of the stretch goals, the biggest of which was a million dollar goal for online co-op. The game released back in August of 2015 on Steam after an early access period and so far garnered over a 1000 positive reviews, meeting expectations of both the players and developer 5 Lives. Satellite Reign is a real-time, class-based strategy game, set in an open-world cyberpunk city where players control a team of four agents that can be customized, shaped, and tailored to the mission and player. It's a game heavily inspired by the classic Bullfrog (Peter Molyneux) game Syndicate, where players have a lot of choice and freedom to solve the objectives. And on most levels, it succeeds and extends the formula creating an open world for players to explore.Since release the game has since a steady stream of updates including new difficulty modes like Iron Man and Ultra Damage, and new abilities like Slow Time. Now six months later the team has confirmed they are working on one of those stretch goals, online co-op.

PvZ: Garden Warfare 2 Trailer Shows off New Maps

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We're a week away from the release of Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. At this point, we pretty much have seen all there is to see from a gameplay/character perspective, so all that's left is to check out where the action will take place.The latest trailer for the title goes through each of the 12 maps players will wage war across. There's the snow-covered "Great White North," the snow-covered "Frosty Creek," and the moon dust covered "Lunar Landing." I'm not sure what the other places are covered in (dust, I'm guessing, cause that stuff gets everywhere), but we'll all get a chance to find out soon enough.Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 arrives next Tuesday, February 23, on the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.