Action-RPG 'Code Vein' delayed until 2019

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Action-RPG 'Code Vein' delayed until 2019

Just a month after Bandai Namco revealed a release date for the much anticipated RPG Code Vein, the company says it's now delaying the launch until next year. Originally expected to drop this September, Code Vein is a Dark Souls­-meets-anime mash-up that's created a lot of excitement since its announcement in 2017, which according to Namco is the reason for its postponement. In a release, the company's vice president of marketing and digital Hervé Hoerdt said they made the decision in order to "further refine its gameplay in an effort to exceed the expectations fans already have of the title."

NVIDIA Shield gets a full-featured version of GeForce Now

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NVIDIA Shield gets a full-featured version of GeForce Now

NVIDIA's GeForce Now uses the power of the cloud to turn your Mac or Windows PC into a high-end gaming machine, even if your computer is a piece of crap. Confusingly, NVIDIA has offered a service of the same name to its $200 4K Shield, but it's not exactly the same as the one for PC and Mac. That's about to change, though, as it's launching a new GeForce Now service for the Shield that's identical to (and compatible with) the one for personal computers.

'Chasm' brings its Metroidvania action home July 31st

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'Chasm' brings its Metroidvania action home July 31st

Coming in just four years after its initially projected release date, 2D action-RPG Chasm has a July 31st release date. Five years ago its Kickstarter closed with $191,897 pledged towards the creation of this Metroidvania-style game with procedurally generated levels. Now, early access backers on Steam will get access on the 16th, while gamer-come-latelys can buy in at the end of the month for $20 on PC, PS4 or Vita.

EA buys studio from the co-creator of 'Halo'

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EA buys studio from the co-creator of 'Halo'

EA is still covering very familiar ground with most of its games. However, it's willing to branch out a bit: the publisher has acquired Industrial Toys, the studio from former Bungie CEO and Halo co-creator Alex Seropian. His team will join EA's Worldwide Studios team and help it produce "new game concepts." Don't expect him to simply recreate his best-known game, especially when his team includes just 14 people.

Fornite’s Playground mode could be a cash cow

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Fornite’s Playground mode could be a cash cow

The wildly popular title Fortnite introduced its practice Playground mode at the beginning of last week, and despite being a big hit, Epic announced it will be shut down on July 12th. But don't fret. The game's developers confirmed they're working on an improved version with added functionality. In their words, this was a "first step into what a full creative mode looks like in Fortnite." That could end up being a simple freeform tutorial. But Epic Games would be foolish to pass up the opportunity to turn it into a full third mode in the game's universe alongside its co-op 'Save The World' and solo 'Battle Royale.' Players are making lots of cool stuff, so why not establish a marketplace where they can sell their creations to each other?