Paradox Interactive To Acquire BattleTech Developer Harebrained Schemes

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A talented strategy game developer is about to join a prolific strategy publisher. After an impressive run as in independent studio creating memorable games like Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun: Daggerfall, and the recently released BattleTech (read our review here), Harebrained Schemes is being acquired by Paradox Interactive. 

Paradox Interactive boasts an impressive stable of successful strategy games, including Stellaris, Crusader Kings, and Europa Universalis. It spent $7.5 million to acquire the studio, which will now operate as a division within the company. Paradox will also pay an additional sum equal to 25 percent of Harebrained Holdings' earnings (before publishing costs) over the next five years. Founders Jordan Weisman and Mitch Gitelman plan to remain with the company.

“Harebrained Schemes have proven themselves as a world-class studio with a very talented team within a genre where Paradox wants to be present,” said Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester in the press release. “In addition, we really like the studio, the people who run it, and their games; these are all absolute hard criteria for us in any acquisition. Our recent successful launch of BattleTech, our first project together, has been a fantastic collaboration, but the possibilities of what we can do together in the long term now that we’ve joined forces — that’s what has us truly excited.”

You Know You Want These Kylo Ren Sneakers

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Judging by the box office receipts, most of you haven't seen Solo: A Star Wars Story yet. That means you have money to spare! A good way to spend those dollars is by wearing Kylo Ren's helmet on your feet. I know this sounds absurd, but seeing is believing, people!

These high-top sneakers are created by Po-Zu, and are slated to ship from the shoemaker's UK warehouse in August. How much will it cost to wear two Kylo Ren masks? Po-Zu is selling them for £69.00 (which translates to rough $92).

If you want to express your Star Wars love as much as possible, but don't want someone's head on your feet, Po-Zu is also selling a subdued Han Solo sneaker for the same price.

Destiny 2: Forsaken Arrives September 4

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Bungie held a livestream detailing the future of Destiny 2 today, headlined by the new Forsaken expansion launching this September.

With Forsaken, Bungie is hoping to cast off criticism of Destiny 2's first year by giving players new abilities and a new story and environments to use them in. Two new destinations littered with new weapons, armor, and enemies are there for guardians to explore and use their fresh new Supers on.

The Forsaken campaign focuses on the Prison of the Elders and the Reef, which has become a den of lawlessness after years of strife. The new story is being developed by High Moon Studios in conjunction with Bungie, which Activision is pitching as an entry point for new players, as well. Newcomers and veterans alike will be able to explore The Dreaming City as endgame content, which houses tough bosses and is the first area designed for endgame players.

Code Vein Gets September 28 Release Date

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Bandai Namco isn't afraid to throw its new IP into the mix with major titles like Spider-Man, Tomb Raider, Call of Duty, and Battlefield. Today the publisher announced its upcoming action/role-playing title Code Vein is coming to PC and consoles in the middle of the busy fall release season. The news came alongside a new trailer teasing the action players can expect from the game.

Bandai Namco says this post-apocalyptic vampire game has gameplay inspired by Dark Souls. You can read our hands-on impressions of the game here

Code Vein is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 28. 

Fortnite Update Brings New Bouncer Trap To Battle Royale

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Fortnite's newest update adds the bouncer trap to Battle Royale, which boosts players upward or in a direction.

The bouncer trap is essentially a combination of the vertical and horizontal jump pads that were previously in the game, according to Polygon.

The rare trap can be placed on floors and walls, and can spawn in stacks of three in treasure chests, supply drops, supply llamas, and floor loot. 

Red Faction: Guerrilla Remastered Gets A July Release Date

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Red Faction: Guerrilla Remastered has gotten a launch trailer and release date. The original became a cult-classic among fans for the open world's incredible destructibility and creative freedom. The "Re-Mars-tered" edition adds native 4k support, a suite of graphical upgrades and all the previous DLC.

The remaster comes to PS4, Xbox One, and PC on July 3. Owners of the original on PC will get a free upgrade to the Re-Mars-tered edition.

The launch trailer adopts Idle Thumbs song "Space A**hole" which they made in 2009 for the game when it originally released and is a fun nod to the fans who made this game a success. 

Launch Trailer For Far Cry 5 DLC Adds Jungles, Abandons Cults

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Keeping with the series tradition of outlandish DLC entirely separate from the main game, Far Cry 5 drops the Vietnam War-themed "Hours of Darkness" today.

Instead of clashing with a cult in Montana, players in the DLC must free prisoners and use era-appropriate weaponry in the jungles of Vietnam. It also features a new perk system, rewarding players for staying hidden and taking out enemies quietly. 

The DLC is $11.99, or included with the season pass (as well as the recent re-release of Far Cry 3). You can read our review of Far Cry 5 here.

Square Enix Devotes Division To Developing Switch Games

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Square Enix is readying Octopath Traveler for launch as you read this, but that's not all it has up its sleeve for Switch. According to Tomoya Asano, division executive at Square Enix, more is on the way from the RPG juggernaut.

During my conversation with the team at Acquire and Square Enix about Octopath Traveler, Asano mentioned that the team became its own division in April. "Square Enix has decided that it wants to focus on original titles for the Switch," he says. "If Octopath Traveler does well and this is something that appeals to fans, we want to focus on Switch. Please pick up the Switch if you want to play games like Octopath Traveler."

There are several other titles we're currently working on for Switch.

Watch The Destiny 2: Forsaken Live Stream Reveal Here

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Bungie is ready to talk about what’s coming in Destiny 2’s second year, and we can expect to learn the first snippets of information from a live stream scheduled for today at 12pm ET/11am CT/9am PT. As revealed yesterday, the new expansion is entitled Forsaken, and a video tease offers a glimpse of Cayde and a Guardian visiting what appears to be the Reef – a locale within the universe that hasn’t yet played a major role in Destiny 2.

You can watch the full Twitch reveal in the embedded video below once it goes live.

Master Builders Come Together For Lego Movie 2 Trailer

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The Master Builders will have to unite once more to save each other as alien Duplo invaders cutely come to Bricksburg.

The movie's new trailer shows that Emmet hasn't lost any of his cheery attitude ... until Lucy, Unikitty, Batman, Benny, and the rest of the gang are abducted by aliens.

The Lego Movie 2 is out in February 2019.