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.

Mobile Version Of League Of Legends Reportedly In The Works

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Mobile Version Of League Of Legends Reportedly In The Works

Reuters is reporting via multiple sources that U.S.-based developer Riot Games (which has been under the spotlight recently for ignominious reasons) is working with its Chinese owners Tencent on a mobile version of its popular MOBA League of Legends.

This is apparently an idea that has been kicked around for years between the two companies as Tencent aims to capitalize on the title's popularity and make further inroads into the lucrative mobile market.

"League of Legends is not doing as well as it used to," Newzoo industry analyst Gu Tianyi told Reuters, "so Riot badly needs a new way to monetize the game, especially considering that it is Riot’s only game."

This Is No Hallucination

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This Is No Hallucination

Detective Charles Reed travels to the water-logged town of Oakmont looking for answers, but all he finds are hallucinations and the town's particular terror. In the latest trailer for The Sinking City (out June 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC) Reed reaches through the fog and the madness.

The trailer not only gives you the unsettling atmosphere of Oakmont, but also a look at some of the puzzle-solving, investigative, underwater, and weapon gameplay. 

For more from the title, check out this episode of New Gameplay Today where we wade through some of the mysteries of The Sinking City.

The Ouya's Store Closes Next Month

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The Ouya's Store Closes Next Month

The little Ouya caused a stir in 2012, with a crowdfunding campaign bringing in nearly a million dollars for what its creators promised would be a fully-fledged console for under $100. When the Ouya launched in 2013, the console technically lived up to that description but failed to match the power of what Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft had on the market. Cheap plastic controllers and a minuscule library of selectable titles also alienated possible customers.

In the end, the Ouya was a dud. By July 2015, manufacturing for the console had been discontinued, and now it appears that it's finally being laid to rest for good. Razer, which owns Ouya now, has announced that the digital storefront where players can buy games is going away on June 25, 2019. Given that the Ouya has no disc drive, this is the only portal to purchasing content for the device.

Basically, if you're someone who owns an Ouya and wants to buy something for it, you've got until June 25. After that, what's on your console is likely all it will have forever.

The Deadly Daemons Of Oninaki

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The Deadly Daemons Of Oninaki

Even lost souls have their use in Oninaki, Square Enix's action-RPG from Tokyo RPG Factory and Chrono Trigger director Takashi Tokita. The game comes out this summer (PS4, Switch, and PC) and its latest trailer shows off how protagonist Kagachi uses souls as powerful weapons known as Daemons.

Daemons are lost souls that cannot be reincarnated. Kagachi, who is a Watcher ferrying souls to the next world, puts them to work on his behalf in battle. Each one can be used as a different type of weapon (as well as assist Kagachi defensively) and they can be swapped in and out in real time. 

For more on Oninaki, check out the game's debut trailer.