Rogue Legacy 2 Early Access Arrives July 23

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Rogue Legacy 2 Early Access Arrives July 23

Rogue Legacy is getting a sequel, and today Cellar Door Games announced an early access date and showed off gameplay in a new trailer. On July 23, you can play Rogue Legacy 2 on both the Epic Games Store and Steam.

If you remember the first game, you play as a constantly changing lineage as characters die in roguelite dungeon runs. Unlike many other roguelikes, the permanent progression aspects are very powerful, so anyone can eventually overcome the dungeon crawling chaos with boosts and buffs, making the series one of the most accessible within the wider genre. 

Check out the trailer below for a quick look at what's on tap next month!

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox Announced For North America

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Ys IX: Monstrum Nox Announced For North America

Today's New Game+ Expo stream ended with a bang by revealing that Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is coming to North America. The action/RPG is set to hit PS4, Switch, and PC in 2021. NIS America, who brought us Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, is once again the publisher. 

Ys IX follows our red-headed hero Adol as he gains supernatural abilities to defeat evil. The trailer showed off Nihon Falcom's trademark fast and fluid action combat that puts your twitch skills to the test. Adol did everything from avoiding ridiculous, screen-filling laser attacks to throwing down flashy, over-the-top moves. It also teased gaining powerful new allies to help you through your trek. You can watch the trailer below to see what's in store.

Release Date Revealed For The Legend Of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV On PS4

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Release Date Revealed For The Legend Of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV On PS4

Today at New Game+ Expo, NIS America revealed the release date for the PS4 version of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV. This long-awaited entry is the finale of the Cold Steel Arc, and the trailer promised a hell of a last act as fan-favorite characters fight for Rean's soul and to save the world. 

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV is coming to PS4 on October 27, with the Switch and PC versions still on track for early 2021.

Two Earth Defense Force Games Announced, Including EDF 6

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Two Earth Defense Force Games Announced, Including EDF 6

Publisher D3 has announced a new numbered entry in the bug-busting Earth Defense Force series.

Earth Defense Force 6's official website doesn't have much info other than these screenshots and the fact that the plan is to release the game in 2021.

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Netflix's The Witcher Set To Resume Season 2 Production In August

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Netflix's The Witcher Set To Resume Season 2 Production In August

Following a massively successful first season on Netflix, The Witcher is set to resume production on its second season. In March, The Witcher became one of the first series to halt production in wake of now-rampant COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Netflix confirmed the second season will resume production on August 17.

I’m dusting off my lute and quill, I have some news, some mead to spill:
After all the months we’ve been apart
It’s time for production to restart.
The Witcher and his bard – who’s flawless,
Will reunite on set 17 August.

The Witcher stars Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, and Anya Chalotra. Its debut season premiered on Netflix on December 20, 2019 to strong reception and even stronger viewership, with Netflix touting more than 76 million viewers watching at least two minutes of the series within the first month. The renewed interest in the franchise also spiked sales for 2015's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Marvel's Avengers Is A PS5 And Xbox Series X Launch Title That Will Give Free Next-Gen Upgrades

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Marvel's Avengers Is A PS5 And Xbox Series X Launch Title That Will Give Free Next-Gen Upgrades

Update: Square Enix has confirmed that Marvel's Avengers will be a launch title on both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and that a free upgrade to these versions will be available to players who buy either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One versions. The upgrade only works within the same console family (PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, Xbox One to Xbox Series X). However, Crystal Dynamics has not yet confirmed the advantages the Xbox Series X version will have over the Xbox One. Instead, Square Enix says we will learn more about Xbox Series X, PC, and Stadia features at a later time.

Original Story (6/22/2020 at 5:38 p.m. CT):

Ahead of its War Table presentation scheduled for Wednesday, Crystal Dynamics has detailed how Marvel's Avengers will benefit from the upgrade from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5. In addition, the studio revealed that everyone who picks up a digital or physical PlayStation 4 copy will receive a PlayStation 5 upgrade at no additional cost.

Micheal Keaton Could Return As Batman For The Flash Film

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Micheal Keaton Could Return As Batman For The Flash Film

Michael Keaton famously played Batman in two Tim Burton films in the late '80s and early '90s, but he could reprise the character for Warner Bros.’ upcoming DC movie, The Flash

According to sources, Keaton is in talks to don the cowl again for the film, which will also star Ezra Miller as Barry Allen (The Flash).

The project is likely to start filming later this year. Rumors also point to the idea that Keaton could sign a contract to star in several other DC-oriented films in a move similar to Samuel Jackson's portrayal of Nick Fury in the MCU. Sounds neat, but go ahead and start complaining about it on social media if you like. 

Chris Avellone No Longer Working On Dying Light 2

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Chris Avellone No Longer Working On Dying Light 2

Over the last few days, allegations of sexual harassment surfaced regarding Chris Avellone, an industry veteran who had been serving as the narrative designer on Techland's upcoming Dying Light 2. In consideration of those allegations, the studio announced today that the partnership between Techland and Avellone is over.

The statement from Techland reads, in part: "We treat matters of sexual harassment and disrespect with utmost care, and have no tolerance for such behaviors – it applies to both our employees as well as external consultants, Chris among them." You can read the full statement below.

Avellone was one of the public-facing people working on Dying Light 2 until this point, unveiling the game during E3 2018. According to Techland, development on Dying Light 2 continues to progress following a delay earlier this year.

Facebook Buys Developer Ready At Dawn

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Facebook Buys Developer Ready At Dawn

Facebook has announced that it has purchased developer Ready at Dawn, who've been working on multiple games in its Lone Echo VR series (shooter Echo Combat is shown above), and will continue to do so for Oculus, Facebook's VR platform.

Ready at Dawn worked with Sony properties like the God of War series before handling its own IP, The Order: 1886 in 2015 for the PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, the title never took off.

The good news, however, is that the studio has since had success in VR and the Oculus, making multiple Echo titles. The latest, Lone Echo II, is due out in 2020.

Avatar: The Last Airbender And The Legend of Korra Are Coming To Smite

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Avatar: The Last Airbender And The Legend of Korra Are Coming To Smite

In one of the more unexpected crossovers that we've seen in recent history, Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra are coming to... Smite? You know, that pretty cool god-centric third-person MOBA? Yeah. They're coming! Watch the video!

Now, the fine print is that these iconic characters are going to be skins available for existing characters, so don't freak out too much. 

They'll be available in the upcoming Battle Pass coming to Smite next month in July. Full information on the skins and dates will be available on June 24 during a 3 PM livestream at twitch.tv/smitegame