Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Releases For PC This Summer, Consoles This Winter

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Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Releases For PC This Summer, Consoles This Winter

Panache Digital Games' Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, a game that tasks you with playing as a clan of apes through several generations, is releasing this summer for PC and in the winter for consoles.

This is the first title from Panache. The project is headed by Patrice Désilets, who is best known as the creative director of Assassin's Creed titles up until Brotherhood. Ancestors is about survival, as you travel through Africa in both its forestry and savannas. You use your instincts and skills to ward off predators and learn new ways to stay alive.

Ancestors releases for PC via the Epic Games store on August 27. As for consoles (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One), it arrives in December. You can read our preview from earlier this year by heading here.

Firewatch Publishers Introduce Inexplicably Crank-Based Gaming Handheld

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Firewatch Publishers Introduce Inexplicably Crank-Based Gaming Handheld

The idea of the preloaded console is not anything new, even before the days of licensed-but-why mini-Genesis units dusting up the floor of your local Target and Nintendo putting NES Minis on store shelves at their own personal whims. Consoles with preloaded libraries of time-release games are a little more novel, however, and consoles with preloaded libraries of time-release games with a crank are actually genuinely new.

Thus we come to the PlayDate, an all-yellow handheld from app developer Panic, whom you might know better as the publishers for Firewatch and Untitled Goose Game. Abruptly on Twitter today, the company revealed the new system, a Gameboy-like unit that comes with 12 games that release over a period of 12 weeks from developers like Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi and Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy creator, uh, Bennett Foddy.

The crank on the system doesn't actually power it in anyway, in case you had ideas in your head of being outside and running low on battery and churning it to buy another few minutes of gameplay. It is actually a control mechanism which some games will use and others will not and acts as an addition to the D-Pad and two face buttons on the front.

Jordans Make Their Way Into Fortnite

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Jordans Make Their Way Into Fortnite

The massive success of Fortnite is old news, but sports icons like Michael Jordan are still able to capitalize on its continued popularity with its latest promotion deal. "Game Recognize Game", Fortnite's sneak peak slogan for the mash-up, couldn't describe the deal better.

Following up the Avengers and John Wick, the Fortnite x Jordan event is showing what both parties can bring to the table. In the latest LTM, Downtown Drop, new cosmetics have hit the Fortnite store including the highly famed shoes. Though Michael Jordan has his name on this, the theme aims more towards skateboarding rather than basketball. Along with new character items, the event comes with an exclusive set of free challenges that give you rewards limited to this Michael Jordan promotion.

The event is currently live and ending on June 3rd at 5 pm CT. 

John Wick Creator Heading Up A Just Cause Film Adaptation

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John Wick Creator Heading Up A Just Cause Film Adaptation

Following in the footsteps of Detective Pikachu, Rico Rodriguez is next to recieve the movie treatment. 

German production company Constantin Film has acquired the rights to the Just Cause game franchise, eyeing the potential for a film franchise. Coming just a day after the announcement of John Wick 4, John Wick creator and writer Derek Kolstad has been signed to pen the script. Just Cause isn't the first Square Enix adaptation Kolstad has been attached to, either. In 2017, he was attached to write the pilot for a Hitman TV series for Hulu, though there is no word on the show's current status. 

This is not Constantin Film's first foray into the world of game adaptation, as the company is responsible for Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil franchise, which has netted over 1.2 billion dollars worldwide. This news also follows the $300 million dollar success of Warner Bros.' Detective Pikachu

Tim Schafer And Jack Black Will Talk About Psychonauts 2 At E3

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Tim Schafer And Jack Black Will Talk About Psychonauts 2 At E3

At the 2015 Game Awards, Psychonauts 2 was announced to the surprise and delight of many. At the same time, a crowdfunding campaign went along with it for a $3.3 million dollar goal, a small amount for a game of that size, and eventually hit $4 million by the end of the campaign. In the last four years, despite fairly frequent videos from the developers, there hasn't been a particularly extensive blitz of footage and information about the game for the wider audience. That looks to be changing with an E3 panel next month.

The panel will be hosted by Tim Schafer, head of Double Fine, and Jack Black, who I believe is some sort of up-and-coming video game YouTuber that won a contest. It will be hosted by Geoff Keighley, who himself is host and chief of The Game Awards, and be a part of the E3 Coliseum. The group plans to talk about the game's ongoing development and share new gameplay footage from the title, though it has not currently been said when it will take place.

Psychonauts 2 is theoretically being published by Starbreeze, though that future is very much in doubt. When asked, Schafer has previously said he believes Psychonauts 2 could find another publisher easily, so there's probably not a lot of concern that the game will eventually come out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

The Ghostbusters Are Coming To Planet Coaster

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The Ghostbusters Are Coming To Planet Coaster

Frontier has just announced its ambitious Planet Coaster: Ghostbusters DLC for PC. The studio seems to be going all out for the new content pack to bring players an authentic Ghostbusters experience.

The content pack is said to include a fully-voiced, narrative campaign, featuring Dan Aykroyd and William Atherton themselves. It also comes with new in-game items such as, the interactive ghostbusting ride called 'The Ghostbusting Experience' and a slimer-themed kiddie coaster called the 'RollerGhoster'.

Classic Ghostbuster characters also make an appearance, including Raymond Stantz, Slimer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and a few more surprise faces. Lastly, it includes authentic scenery pieces and sounds right out of the original film, such as the Ghostbusters HQ, Ecto-1, and Ray Parker J's unforgettable Ghostbusters theme.

THQ Nordic Currently Has 80 Games In Development

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THQ Nordic Currently Has 80 Games In Development

THQ Nordic, the publisher behind Darksiders III and Metro: Exodus, has been quietly acquiring game licenses and studios for the past few years. In a recent financial report, it revealed that the company currently has 80 games in active development across two publishers and a major studio, with one being a currently unannounced triple-A title from 4A Games, best known as the studio behind the Metro franchise. 

"During the period we signed multiple new projects, among them a new development agreement with 4A Games, the developers of the Metro franchise, for their upcoming, still undisclosed, AAA-project. By the end of the quarter, THQ Nordic, Deep Silver and Coffee Stain had 80 games in development, of which 48 titles are currently unannounced," the financial reported revealed. 

Alongside the reveal of 48 mystery titles came the announcement that THQ Nordic has acquired Piranha Bytes, and with it the rights to all of its games. Elex, Gothic, and Risen join the ranks of Timesplitters and Kingdoms of Amalur in the list of THQ Nordic's game acquisitions.  

New Footage And Closed Alpha Revealed For Nioh 2

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New Footage And Closed Alpha Revealed For Nioh 2

We haven't heard much about Nioh 2 since its announcement at last year's E3, so it was a pleasant surprise to see Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja release new footage of its highly anticipated sequel today. This is our first big look at the gameplay, which shows plenty of quick dodging, cool special moves, and larger-than-life bosses. Oh yeah, and expect to see a lot of a bloodshed, but that's a given at this point. 

Alongside the trailer, which you can watch in full above, Team Ninja also announced a Closed Alpha via Twitter to gather feedback. It starts on 5/24 and goes through 6/2, but details are scarce on how to get in on it as the tweet says only "some PS4 users" will be invited. You can read the full tweet below.

The original Nioh turned heads for its punishing difficulty alongside its fast and fluid combat. Our own Dan Tack said in his review: "Nioh will break you down (and note this clearly, this is an uncompromising game that does not mind crushing your dreams) before it lifts you up, but you soon crave the thrill of mastering a new weapon or toppling a titanic boss." 

New Steam Chat App Debuts Today

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New Steam Chat App Debuts Today

Today marks the debut of Steam's chat app on mobile devices. The free app for iOS and Android allows you to take your conversations on the go for a modernized chat experience. 

The app includes many features from the desktop client. Valve lists the following: 

You can check it out for yourself by heading over to the App Store or Google Play.