XSEED Announces Trails Of Cold Steel II, Trails In The Sky The Third For North America

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Having found success with both The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky and, more recently, Trails of Cold Steel, XSEED has decided to bring two more games westward. The publisher shared the news today in commemoration of the franchise’s five-year anniversary.

Trails of Cold Steel II will be arriving on western shores this fall. It will feature cross-save between PlayStation 3 and Vita. 

Trails in the Sky The Third has been announced for a 2017 western release. No details about platforms or specific features have yet been announced.

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Gears Of War 4 marks an ambitious attempt by both Microsoft and developer The Coalition to kickstart the series once again, taking it in a new direction with a fresh cast of characters while simultaneously getting back to the more horror-focused elements of the first Gears of War game. We recently took a trip to The Coalition and came back with a bloody sack filled to the brim with details and images of the game in action, like the creepy church above, which was the setting for an intense firefight we saw early on in our demo.

Windflares are devastating storms that rage across the surface of Sera during Gears 4's campaign. Not only can they fry combatants into crispy bacon but their fierce winds fling objects across the environment, turning anyone unlucky enough to be in their path into bloody smears. During the demo, we saw that the player could use this to their advantage by shooting signs and barricades that hold cars and boulders in place, sending them flying into enemy soldiers. On a gruesomely amusing note: yes, corpses and dismembered limbs are hurled about in the wind as well.

Juvies are one of the Swarm's more deceptive units. On their own, these little buggers aren't too hard to handle, though their speedy movements and slimeiness make them pretty creepy. However, as a group, they can take you down easily if you let them get close enough to gang up on you.

Quantum Break Cinematic Trailer Features Cover Of Nirvana’s Come As You Are

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Quantum Break Cinematic Trailer Features Cover Of Nirvana’s Come As You Are

Microsoft’s tentpole game for the Spring arrives in just under a month. If you're interested in getting a look at some of Quantum Break's flashy cinematics, this latest trailer is for you.

The new footage features motion-captured actors Shawn Ashmore, Dominic Monaghan, and Aiden Gillen. It’s set against a cover of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.”

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Battlefleet Gothic: Armada's New Trailer Shows Off Epic Space Battles

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Focus Home Interactive opened up its Battlefleet Gothic: Armada beta for pre-order players yesterday, and in celebration, has released a new trailer that outlines details on the RTS game. Set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada shoots you into stars for epic spaceship battles with large, manageable fleets. The new trailer shows off different customization options, tactical gameplay, and fleet management.

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The beta includes Imperium and Chaos fleets, along with a solo campaign prologue and 1v1 matches with AI or online players. The full campaign and other modes, such as 2vs2, will be introduced with the full game release.  

The PC game is available for pre-order on Steam and the official store with the Early Adopters Edition, which offers the game at a 10% discount. Those who pre-order the game will be given immediate access to the beta, and receive the Space Marines Fleet DLC for free, which will launch a few weeks after the game's expected release later this month. To learn more about Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, check out the previously announced story trailer.

Frozen Synapse 2 Introduces A Procedural World Of Mind-Bending Strategy

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Mode 7’s Frozen Synapse differentiated itself from other strategy games by forcing players to anticipate enemy decisions. Instead of a turn-based structure, both players plan and execute moves simultaneously, making Frozen Synapse a unique experiment in psychology.

The follow-up, Frozen Synapse 2, is ambitious in its own right. The single-player campaign features a procedurally generated city, multiple factions with which you can ally and have their own approach, and an opportunity to engage enemies in any location (including buildings) on the map.

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Square Enix Collective Announces New First-Person Puzzler

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Square Enix Collective Announces New First-Person Puzzler

Bulkhead Interactive, the studio behind Pneuma: Breath of Life, is working on another first-person puzzler that aims to explore philosophy of human consciousness and the meaning of human intuition.

In The Turing Test, players will take control of an engineer for the International Space Agency, named Ava Turing, who seeks to uncover the hidden mysteries of Europa. Players will take control of artificially intelligent machines, manipulate giant structures, and solve complex tasks designed in such a way that only a human could solve them. The Turing Test is aiming for an August release on PC. Check out the announce trailer below.

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DICE Talks Gameplay In This Dev Diary

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DICE Talks Gameplay In This Dev Diary

EA and DICE have revealed the latest developer diary for Mirror's Edge Catalyst. In it, the team discusses the details of how the gameplay of Mirror's Edge has evolved in the upcoming game.

The embedded video shows how DICE has updated and refined the game's movement system throughout development. They also share some info about how combat will work without guns, and the many opportunities that the game's free-roaming structure will provide. The sound team also explains how the player's actions will affect the in-game music, which has been composed by Solar Fields.

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Exclusive Screenshots Carve Fresh Powder With New Features

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Snow is a free-to-play winter sports game that entered open beta in late January. The open-world game is adding a fresh layer of features to the game with the inclusion of snowboarding and snowmobiling.

The additional options of snow traversal are coming soon, and they enable the player to explore the backcountry by scaling mountain ridges via snowmobile or carving down hills with your snowboard. You’ll be able to scout out the environment around you by using drones to discern the best areas to explore.

Snow is slated to launch as a free-to-play game this year for PlayStation 4 and PC, and is currently playable in its open beta or through Steam Early Access. Support for Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR is in development. You can check out our previous coverage of Snow here.

PopCap Dives Into Collectible-Card Gaming With Plants Vs. Zombies Heroes

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PopCap clearly likes to move its Plants Vs. Zombies characters across genres. The Garden Warfare series shifted the action away from its real-time-strategy roots to a third-person shooter, and now Plants Vs. Zombies Heroes is transplanting the familiar characters over to a completely new place. Heroes is a collectible-card game that will give mobile players a chance to battle their rivals and collect hundreds of different cards – including some new heroes from Garden Warfare 2.

The specifics are pretty scarce right now, but players can expect to see Garden Warfare 2 characters including Super Brainz, Z-Mech, Citron, and Rose, as well as new characters like the peashooter The Green Shadow and the imp-summoning zombie Impfinity. PopCap says there are more than a dozen different heroes and hundreds of other characters to collect from both the Plant and Zombie factions. Upcoming features will include real-time PvP and crafting.

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What's Old Is New Again: Our Early Thoughts On The Reboot

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It’s hard to believe the Ratchet & Clank series is over 13 years old. The original Ratchet & Clank launched in 2002, and the franchise has been going strong as one of Insomniac’s most successful series. After over a decade, Ratchet & Clank is getting a reboot. Both a game and a movie are slated for release in April, retelling the origin story of the titular Lombax and his miniature robotic companion. We played the first few hours of the upcoming game to see how Ratchet has evolved while going back to his roots.

The tale is told by Captain Qwark, who is stuck in prison and decides to recount the duo’s adventures to one of his cellmates. Each cutscene is extremely detailed and vibrant, and the visuals maintain the same quality during gameplay. The sprawling skyboxes, explosive weapon effects, and even Ratchet’s fur all show how far the series has come since its beginning.