Paradox Expands With New West Coast Studio

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Paradox Expands With New West Coast Studio

Paradox Interactive, the Swedish publisher and developer of games like Prison Architect and Cities: Skylines, is opening a brand new studio in Berkeley, California run by Rod Humble called Paradox Tectonic. Humble comes from Electronic Arts and Second Life creators Linden Labs, where he served as executive vice president for the EA Play label and chief executive officer, respectively.

He brings his impressive resume to, as Humble explains, "create open, fun, beautiful games which respect the players’ intelligence and enables their creativity, freedom, emotion, and sharing."

With much experience building rich simulated worlds like Second Life and The Sims, Humble seems primed to expand Paradox's already deep catalog of simulation and building games with a focus on perhaps something akin to those previous games. That is speculation, but his expertise seems perfectly tailored to fill a gap in the specific niche market that Paradox games tend to fill.

EA Play Event Preceding E3 Once Again This Year, Skipping Press Conference

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EA Play Event Preceding E3 Once Again This Year, Skipping Press Conference

EA is having its big pre-E3 event, EA Play, this year, and it's got all the features you've come to expect from it, except for the company's annual press conference.

The event, which takes place June 7-9 and just a few days before E3 kicks off June 11, begins its first day with a few livestreams featuring gameplay and "insights from the teams" behind some of EA's biggest titles.

The last two days will feature players attending the event getting hands-on time with EA games, as well as streams from select content creators. According to the company, there will be "exclusive gameplay reveals, developer talks, and breaking news." Tickets will be on sale next month.

Rush Mode Now Available For Limited Time In Battlefield V

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Rush Mode Now Available For Limited Time In Battlefield V

Some of my best Battlefield memories happened in the intense rush mode, which was introduced and best supported by the duo of Bad Company games. The mode focused the battle on sectors with two fixed positions, which forced teams to adopt smart offensive and defensive tactics if they wanted to hold back the onrushers or push back the frontline. The mode was largely left behind in favor of Breakthrough in the past two Battlefield games, but it's returning for a limited time to Battlefield V.

Starting today, players can jump into the 32-player mode on four maps – Devastation, Narvik, and Twisted Steel. It will be interesting to see how the fortification system plays into the experience. The mode is only sticking around until March 20, presumably because EA and DICE want to drive demand now before moving to new featured Tides of War content later.  

Gris Gets Free Update To Celebrate Success

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Gris Gets Free Update To Celebrate Success

The music and design of Gris were big pillars of the puzzle-platformer's overall experience, and fans who want more are getting it thanks to a free update from developer Nomada Studio.

To celebrate 300,000 sales, the Barcelona developer is letting users listen to unused music and look at designs for the game from the main menu. The game is also 15-percent off on Switch and PC for a limited time.

For more on Gris, read our review and see it in action in this episode of New Gameplay Today.

PS4 6.50 System Update Allows Game Streaming On IOS

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PS4 6.50 System Update Allows Game Streaming On IOS

PlayStation 4 firmware ticked up a notch to version 6.50 this morning, and it does something a little more interesting than offering undefined performance enhancements. After the update, players who also have an iOS device can stream PS4 gameplay to those mobile devices via a free app – similar to the Vita's remote-play functionality.

First, you have to do a couple of things. You have to update your system to 6.50 (it's about a 460 MB download) and grab the PS4 Remote Play app (found here). Then you log into the app with your PSN ID. You can either have the app automatically scan for your PlayStation 4, or manually register the iOS device if you're feeling impatient by selecting the remote-play options in settings.

Once it's done, you'll be able to access your PS4 library and play games using control overlays on your screen. A version of the app is available in the Google Store, but it doesn't appear to be working on all devices. So, at least for the time being, iOS is your best bet.

3D Realms Pulls Back The Veil On Dark Fantasy Shooter Wrath

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3D Realms Pulls Back The Veil On Dark Fantasy Shooter Wrath

Retro shooters are very en vogue at the moment. With Dusk garnering a hardcore base of fans and Ion Maiden looking to do the same, 3D Realms has announced that yet another shooter with throwback leanings is on the way. Wrath: Aeon of Ruin, developed in the same engine as the original Quake by Killpixel and published by 3D Realms, is a dark fantasy first-person shooter (think Hexen) set in a world that looks like it was ripped straight from a heavy metal album cover.

Take a look at the trailer right here:

For more on Wrath: Aeon of Ruin, check out our impressions of the game here.

New Rage 2 Trailer Gets Very Violent

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New Rage 2 Trailer Gets Very Violent

The wasteland of Rage 2 is a gritty place, but thankfully the game gives you a bevy of powers to help you make your way. The game's latest trailer (out for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on May 14) shows off the might at your fingertips and what the last ranger is capable of.

From the enemy-tossing power of the Grav-Dart Launcher to the suction of your Vortex ability, there are numerous ways to eviscerate enemies in the wasteland as you build the Overdrive meter and take matters to new, even more violent heights.

For more on Rage 2, be sure to check out all the coverage from our Cover story as well as this previous gameplay trailer.

Blizzard's Original Diablo Is Available On GOG's Storefront

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Blizzard's Original Diablo Is Available On GOG's Storefront

It's not easy to play the original Diablo without purchasing a physical copy. Starting today, though, you can buy Blizzard's classic role-playing game digitally via GOG – and it's getting some improvements.

Blizzard revealed plans to spruce up and re-release classic games from its vault, starting today with Diablo for $9.99, the classic hack 'n' slash RPG that originally launched on PC in 1996.

Two versions of the game are available for Windows via GOG: the Battle.net Edition is a vanilla build that supports Battle.net multiplayer. The GOG-Enhanced Edition fixes a few bugs, is fully Windows 10 compatible, and adds some light graphical up-scaling.

Apex Legends Art Team Releases Lots Of Concept Art

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Apex Legends Art Team Releases Lots Of Concept Art

Apex Legends has been big with players who are seeking a little bit more character than the battle royale genre has offered so far, though no small part of that has been due to Respawn's trademark world and art design. Whether you dig the style or not, you have to admit Respawn has strong skills in concepting out a world. Today, the studio showed that by releasing lots of concept art of the new battle royale shooter.

Today many of our amazing artists shared their work for Apex Legends and we've got all bundled up here: https://t.co/vANYR7XQGr pic.twitter.com/vuIRIOMpYj

The blog post, written by Apex Legends art director Todd Sue, thanks the players and community for all the support so far and goes into sharing art from the game. There's images of character and costume concepts, weapons, environments, and more.

Nintendo Announces VR Headset As A Labo Kit

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Nintendo Announces VR Headset As A Labo Kit

Abruptly today, Nintendo has announced the fourth Labo kit, a cardboard enclosure for the Switch itself to transform the system into a makeshift VR headset. 

Similar to mobile phone VR and its cardboard headsets, Labo VR is a shell which players put the actual Switch inside of and view distinct images produced by the halves of the screen with each eye. Joycons are attached to the sides of the headset to track motion as you move your head around.

Experience a new dimension with the latest #NintendoLabo kit! With more games & creations than any previous kit, Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit is a unique first VR experience kids & families can build themselves! Arriving 4/12, only on #NintendoSwitch.https://t.co/PCxm9sZSed pic.twitter.com/B21Fa2FLCQ