Narcos-Themed Strategy Game Announced For 2019

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Narcos-Themed Strategy Game Announced For 2019

A day before the next chapter of the cocaine-dusted, blood-monied Netflix original, Narcos, is revealed, award-winning UK publisher Curve Digital has announced they and their sister company Kuju Entertainment will be developing a Narcos-themed strategy game for 2019.

In Narcos: Rise of the Cartel, players will assume the role of the Medellin Cartel or DEA in a “brutal” turn-based strategy game. Following the events of the show, Narcos: Rise of the Cartel is slated to release at the end of 2019 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 

Currently, it's unknown whether or not you'll be able to play as Pablo Escobar. 

Narcos-Themed Strategy Game Announced For 2019

about X hours ago from
Narcos-Themed Strategy Game Announced For 2019

A day before the next chapter of the cocaine-dusted, blood-monied Netflix original, Narcos, is revealed, award-winning UK publisher Curve Digital has announced they and their sister company Kuju Entertainment will be developing a Narcos-themed strategy game for 2019.

In Narcos: Rise of the Cartel, players will assume the role of the Medellin Cartel or DEA in a “brutal” turn-based strategy game. Following the events of the show, Narcos: Rise of the Cartel is slated to release at the end of 2019 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 

Currently, it's unknown whether or not you'll be able to play as Pablo Escobar. 

Special Editions With Early Access Selling Well, Say Publishers And Retailers

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Special Editions With Early Access Selling Well, Say Publishers And Retailers

You've likely noticed the recent trend of high-budget games from big publishers getting special editions that include getting access to a game a few days early. Well, if the publishers and the stores that help promote those editions are any indication, you can expect that trend to stick around, as those editions seem to be doing quite well.

GamesIndustry.biz reports that both publishers and retailers say the early access perk has proved quite popular among buyers. UK and Spanish game retailer GAME, which often partners with game publishers to get exclusivity on early editions on some of their games, tells GamesIndustry.biz that it's been a strong incentive for people to spend extra on certain games. "I don't think it's something that we want to see to widespread, because it creates uncertainty in terms of release dates," GAME CEO Martyn Gibbs. "But the trials that we have done, and the ones that we've launched so far this year, have worked really well."

Several games this year have offered early access with their special editions, including Forza Horizon 4, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Battlefield V, all of which involve paying extra.

Special Editions With Early Access Selling Well, Say Publishers And Retailers

about X hours ago from
Special Editions With Early Access Selling Well, Say Publishers And Retailers

You've likely noticed the recent trend of high-budget games from big publishers getting special editions that include getting access to a game a few days early. Well, if the publishers and the stores that help promote those editions are any indication, you can expect that trend to stick around, as those editions seem to be doing quite well.

GamesIndustry.biz reports that both publishers and retailers say the early access perk has proved quite popular among buyers. UK and Spanish game retailer GAME, which often partners with game publishers to get exclusivity on early editions on some of their games, tells GamesIndustry.biz that it's been a strong incentive for people to spend extra on certain games. "I don't think it's something that we want to see to widespread, because it creates uncertainty in terms of release dates," GAME CEO Martyn Gibbs. "But the trials that we have done, and the ones that we've launched so far this year, have worked really well."

Several games this year have offered early access with their special editions, including Forza Horizon 4, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Battlefield V, all of which involve paying extra.

New NHL 19 Special Digital Edition Pays Homage To The Great One

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New NHL 19 Special Digital Edition Pays Homage To The Great One

EA Sports is releasing a limited-time, digital version of NHL 19 (PS4/Xbox One) centering around The Great One, Wayne Gretzky called the 99 Edition.

This version lets players choose from one of five versions of Wayne Gretzky (Oilers, Kings, Blues, Rangers, or Team Canada) for use in the Hockey Ultimate Team mode as well as one of six other legends: Mark Messier, Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne, Mats Sundin, Peter Forsberg, or Brett Hull. The edition also comes with eight HUT gold packs.

The game's 200+ legends can be used in HUT, Play Now, Online Versus, NHL Threes, and World of Chel Pro-Am but not Franchise mode

New NHL 19 Special Digital Edition Pays Homage To The Great One

about X hours ago from
New NHL 19 Special Digital Edition Pays Homage To The Great One

EA Sports is releasing a limited-time, digital version of NHL 19 (PS4/Xbox One) centering around The Great One, Wayne Gretzky called the 99 Edition.

This version lets players choose from one of five versions of Wayne Gretzky (Oilers, Kings, Blues, Rangers, or Team Canada) for use in the Hockey Ultimate Team mode as well as one of six other legends: Mark Messier, Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne, Mats Sundin, Peter Forsberg, or Brett Hull. The edition also comes with eight HUT gold packs.

The game's 200+ legends can be used in HUT, Play Now, Online Versus, NHL Threes, and World of Chel Pro-Am but not Franchise mode

Ms. Splosion Man Coming To Switch Next Week

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Ms. Splosion Man Coming To Switch Next Week

A new and improved Ms. Splosion Man is releasing on Switch this Thanksgiving. Recalling the Pac-Man/Ms. Pac-Man naming formula, Ms. Splosion Man is a sequel to the 2009 hit Splosion Man. The game is set in the immediate aftermath of an accident that created a second being made entirely of explosive materials: Ms. Splosion Man. To win, players must "'splode" to vault over obstacles, demolish traps, and defeat enemies. 

The game was originally released on the Xbox 360 in 2011, which is the same year the developers, Twisted Pixel Games, became part of Microsoft. Now that Twisted Pixel has struck out on its own, the critically acclaimed platformer is free to release on the Switch. This new Switch release will include 50 levels for single player as well as 50 levels for local and online co-op for up to four players. 

Ms. Splosion Man is set to launch November 22 on the Nintendo Switch. We had a lot of praise for the game back when it originally released and gave it an 8.75 in our review.

Gwent's Thronebreaker Expansion Not Selling To Expectations, According To Publisher

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Gwent's Thronebreaker Expansion Not Selling To Expectations, According To Publisher

Thronebreaker, the recently-released single-player expansion for Gwent, isn't selling as well as developer/publisher CD Projekt Red had hoped, and part of that may be due to the storefront it chose to debut on.

The expansion, which takes the card-battling minigame from The Witcher 3 and builds a brand new game and storyline around it, didn't release on Steam, as developer/publisher CD Projekt Red opted to make it exclusive to its own storefront, GoG. That may have caused it to underperform relative to expectations, according CD Projekt Red co-CEO Adam Kiciński.

"The initial period [of sales] may not have lived up to our initial expectations," Kiciński told investors in a conference call yesterday. He then pivoted to talking to the main reason why that may have been the case: GoG simply is nowhere near as popular as Steam, the main PC storefront these days. "The game appeared on GoG first for fairly straightforward reasons," he said. "GOG is our priority platform and we wanted to release the game there first to gamers who support us there. However, the reach of GOG is incomparably smaller than that of Steam."

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 On PS4 Gets Release Date, Closed Beta

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 On PS4 Gets Release Date, Closed Beta

Fatshark has been working hard on the PS4 version of Warhammer: Vermintide 2, and the company has announced a closed beta in advance of the game's December 18 full release.

If you've pre-ordered the game (which you can still do) you are automatically signed up for the beta, and it also gives you early access to the title's full release and other goodies.

For more info on the pre-order bonuses for the game as well as a way to sign up for the closed beta if you're not pre-ordering, click the source link below to go to Fatshark's official page.

Resume Hints Square-Enix Is Gearing Up For The PS5

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Resume Hints Square-Enix Is Gearing Up For The PS5

Linkedin pages have served as one of the game industry's fortune tellers, with employees often listing projects they're working on and inadvertently giving away secrets. Today, it looks like a Square-Enix employee might have let a huge cat out of the hardware bag.

A former version of the LinkedIn page for Tomohiro Tokoro (Luminous 3D's Character Model Lead Artist) included a listing that read "New AAA Title For PS5."

The Linkedin page has since been edited to remove the listing. We've reached out to Square-Enix for comment and will update the story if we hear back.