The Outsiders Halts Development On Darkborn

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The Outsiders Halts Development On Darkborn

Developer The Outsiders, a Stockholm-based indie studio founded by former Payday 2 and Battlefield talent, has announced it is halting development on Darkborn, the dark fantasy title it initially announced as Project Wight. Just over a year ago, the studio shared gameplay footage where you play as a Grendel-like monster capable of brutalizing those who would hunt you. The footage was promising and exciting, but unfortunately the game does not look like it will come to fruition.

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The good news is the statement released by the studio says it is working on "something new. Something awesome. Something we really love." While we will likely have to wait a while to see what that "something new" is, you can learn more about what Darkborn was planned to be, or watch the gameplay trailer for what could have been below.

Microsoft Showing Off Xbox Series X Games Next Week

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Microsoft Showing Off Xbox Series X Games Next Week

Microsoft has announced an Inside Xbox presentation featuring Xbox Series X games on May 7 at 8 a.m. Pacific for the upcoming holiday console.

The teaser doesn't list any specific titles, but already confirmed games such as the recently announced Assassin's Creed Valhalla, as well as Cyberpunk 2077 are easy candidates.

Aaron Greenberg from Xbox Games marketing, added that Microsoft's first-party devs are "hard at work on some big summer plans."

The Voice Of Solid Snake Joins Phantom: Covert Ops VR Game

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The Voice Of Solid Snake Joins Phantom: Covert Ops VR Game

If you have a VR headset then Phantom: Covert Ops should be on your radar. This stealthy VR game places you into a kayak and then asks you to complete a number of black op assassinations. It sounds a bit like Metal Gear in a boat, so it's fitting that the original voice of Solid Snake – David Hayter – is joining the cast. Hayter plays the part of a disgraced ex-Soviet named General Zhurov, who hopes to rewrite history and change the outcome of the cold war. 

"He's very different [than Snake]," Hayter told us. "General Zhurov was a ranking Soviet officer in the '80s who fought in various conflicts and was a huge believer in the Soviet Union, but he was defeated by these stealth Phantom Ops people and they left him for dead.

"When the Soviet Union crumbled, he never let that go. He's also never let go of his hatred and lust for vengeance against the Phantom Ops guys, so he's on his way to insane. He's obsessive and he's out of control, but he has a plan to take over the world, and he's not gonna let you and your kayak stop him."

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Announced

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Announced

Throughout the day, Ubisoft has been exhibiting a livestream of artist BossLogic as he creates a digital piece that shows off the next setting for the Assassin’s Creed game. With the piece now complete, it’s clear that the next installment of the long-running series will transport players back to some variation of the Viking world. As the stream came to an end, we also got an official name: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

Details remain scarce about the new game, but the first piece of key art offers some clear suggestions of what we can expect, including Viking longboats, medieval forts, and of course, fierce melee combat.

We’ll be following the game closely over the coming days and months. Stay tuned for Valhalla's world premier trailer tomorrow, April 30 at 8 AM Pacific time.

May's PlayStation Plus Games Are For The Creators

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May's PlayStation Plus Games Are For The Creators

City planning and farming aren't for everyone, but in the video game space the building aspects of Cities: Skylines and Farming Simulator 19 speak to a niche life that has already captured the imagination of millions of gamers. Paid subscribers to PlayStation Plus can embrace their inner creator by picking up these games for free in May.

This console version of Cities: Skyline does a good job of adapting the original PC controls as well as including a variety of city-building features, and Farming Simulator 19 includes riding and tending to animals as well as growing crops.

You can start downloading and playing these titles on May 5 until June 1. April's titles – Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Dirt Rally 2.0 are available until then.

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened Launches May 28

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Dungeon Defenders: Awakened Launches May 28

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is leaving the Steam early access program and launching into full release on May 28. With official launch comes a ton of new content, including game modes, bosses, stages, and gear. Players can face off against the Ancient Dragon and Goblin Mech for the first time, select new difficulty levels, and collect new rewards. 

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is planned to head to other platforms after the Steam release, including Nintendo Switch in Q3 and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Q4.

Check out the release trailer below!

Dying Light Receiving Hellraid DLC This Summer

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Dying Light Receiving Hellraid DLC This Summer

Techland has announced new paid DLC for its 2015 zombie game Dying Light. When Dying Light initially released, Techland was also working on another title featuring first-person combat: a dark fantasy title known as Hellraid. While we liked what we saw at Gamescom 2014, Techland announced it was suspending development on Hellraid shortly after the launch of Dying Light, saying Hellraid was not up to the studio's standards and that it would instead focus on expanding Dying Light. This new Dying Light DLC allows players to access an all-new game mode set in that dark fantasy world that never was.

Despite this news surrounding Hellraid, Techland insists development for that game is still suspended and there are currently no plans to resume Hellraid development. Instead, Techland hopes Dying Light: Hellraid will give fans a chance to explore the fantasy world it crafted for Hellraid with Dying Light gameplay. Since Hellraid was suspended, Techland has expanded the Dying Light universe through an expansion called The Following, a short-lived free-to-play battle royale title called Dying Light: Bad Blood, and the upcoming sequel, Dying Light 2

Destroy All Humans Beams Up A July 28 Release Date

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Destroy All Humans Beams Up A July 28 Release Date

The summer is starting to fill up with games. Along with the recently announced release dates for The Last of Us Part II, Ghost of Tsushima, and Deadly Premonition II, THQ Nordic has locked in the Destroy All Humans remake for a July 28 release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Destroy all humans originally released on June 21, 2005 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox, and put players in control of a power hungry alien named Crypto-137 who arrives on earth in the 1950s and uses sci-fi tech to possess our bodies, level our towns, and take down our government. He can take the form of a human to sneak among them and hop into a flying saucer to obliterate everything he can.

The remake holds true to the original game's design and retains the voice acting and missions, but features improved visuals, combat, abilities, and a different save system. It'll be good to have Crypto back, but I wonder how the humor holds up. We'll find out in just a few months.

Smite Comes To The Epic Games Store

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Smite Comes To The Epic Games Store

Hi-Rez Studios' action-packed third-person MOBA Smite is now available on the Epic Games Store. Check out our review for the game here - a lot has changed over the years since that review was relevant, but it's still a fast-paced team-based foray, now with all kinds of other characters and modes to explore.

Availability on the Epic Games Store gives players just one more place to load into the big god-based battle. Cross play and cross progression are part of the deal, so if you're used to playing somewhere else, no problem. Check out the new trailer below!

Population Zero Heads To Steam On May 5

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Population Zero Heads To Steam On May 5

Enplex Games' Population Zero heads to Steam Early Access on May 5. Part MMO, part survival, you have the option of how to play on a harsh planet each week, with the game sessions divided into 7 day cycle. PVE encounters against the harsh planet and its denizens are challenging enough, but if you opt into a PVP cycle you are going to up against the most dangerous game as well - other players.

While survival-style games are quite commonplace these days, quirks like the game length cycle and meta account progression may be enough for Population Zero to stand out. Check out the early access launch trailer below!