Housemarque puts its battle royale game Stormdivers on hold

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Housemarque puts its battle royale game Stormdivers on hold

Super Stardust and Resogun developer Housemarque is putting its in-development battle royale game, Stormdivers, on hold as it focuses all of its efforts on an unannounced project. In a post on the Housemarque website, CEO Ilari Kuittinen calls that mystery game the developer’s “biggest and most ambitious title yet.”

Kuittinen said that game is being developed with a yet-to-be-announced partner and a team of about 80 people at Housemarque.

Nioh 2 gets a new story trailer, 3 post-launch DLC packs

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Nioh 2 gets a new story trailer, 3 post-launch DLC packs

Nioh 2 developer Team Ninja revealed a new story trailer and the season pass for its upcoming sequel to 2017’s samurai vs. demons game, Nioh.

The trailer reveals a new set of characters on a journey through Japan. Nioh 2 is set in 1555 — 45 years prior to the original Nioh. Players act as Hideyoshi, a demon hunter that’s part human and part yokai. Team Ninja’s creative director, Tom Lee, teased more of the plot’s mysteries on the PlayStation Blog on Thursday morning.

Rocket League drops Mac and Linux support

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Rocket League drops Mac and Linux support

Rocket League developer Psyonix announced on Friday that its cars-playing-soccer game will no longer support Mac and Linux players as of March 2020. For players on those platforms, Psyonix will launch a final patch in March to disable all online features — including matchmaking.

In an announcement posted to Steam, Psyonix said, “As we continue to upgrade Rocket League with new technologies, it is no longer viable for us to maintain support for the macOS and Linux (SteamOS) platforms. As a result, the final patch for the macOS and Linux versions of the game will be in March.”

Disco Elysium gets a hardcore mode for veterans and risk-takers

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Disco Elysium gets a hardcore mode for veterans and risk-takers

Disco Elysium is a very good role-playing game that focuses on text, exploration, internal change, and occasionally being a disaster mess who inflicts chaos on everyone around him. Developer ZA/UM has come out with a couple of upgrades to the game, including ultra-widescreen support and a new hardcore mode.

Hardcore mode sounds especially interesting, as Disco Elysium doesn’t have many of the normal levers a developer can tweak to make a game tougher, like enemy health or spawn rates. Instead, ZA/UM has created a trickier mode with less resources and more experience.

Respawn reveals first details for Apex Legends season 4, including a new Legend

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Respawn reveals first details for Apex Legends season 4, including a new Legend

Apex Legends is nearing its first anniversary, and to celebrate, developer Respawn Entertainment has revealed the first details for season 4. A developer livestream today showed some of the changes coming to the battle royale, a new weapon, and a preview of Apex’s newest Legend.

The new character, Forge, is an up-close-and-personal brawler. As a former MMA champion, it seems likely that Forge’s abilities will focus on letting him get close to enemies and handle things with his fists rather than a gun.

M.C. Escher-inspired puzzle game The Bridge is free at the Epic Games Store

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M.C. Escher-inspired puzzle game The Bridge is free at the Epic Games Store

The latest free game hitting the Epic Games Store is The Bridge, an indie puzzle game inspired by the physics of Isaac Newton and the impossible geometry of M.C. Escher.

The Bridge is illustrated in a beautiful black-and-white, hand-drawn lithograph style. Each level guides an amnesiac protagonist through a logic-defying platform that is heavily reminiscent of Escher’s impossible objects — stairs lead nowhere, doors don’t make sense. Puzzles are solved by shifting perspective, manipulating gravity, and otherwise breaking the laws of physics.

Nintendo eShop adds Kentucky Route Zero, Oddworld, Sega classic Shinobi, and more

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Nintendo eShop adds Kentucky Route Zero, Oddworld, Sega classic Shinobi, and more

This week’s lineup of new games in the Nintendo eShop brings with it the conclusion of the decade-spanning episodic series Kentucky Route Zero. There’s also a dash of retro Sega classics, plus the moody 198X, which uses those same retro games to tell a different kind of story. Let’s dive in.

It’s Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition of course that’s the big headliner this week. All five acts of the magical realist adventure arrive for the Switch on Jan. 28. That’s the same day that version of the game drops for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It’s also when the fifth act arrives for PC players, so make sure you know where your old save file is if you’d like to skip to the end.

Observer 2 teased by Bloober Team

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Observer 2 teased by Bloober Team

The psychological-horror game developer behind Layers of Fear, Observer, and Blair Witch teased a new project on Thursday, with all signs pointing to Observer 2 (or whatever the creators at Bloober Team choose to call the sequel).

On Twitter and YouTube, Bloober Team posted a short teaser video titled “Incoming Call.” The “signature” for that video references Chiron Incorporated, the corporation/governing body featured in the first Observer, and includes a message in binary that reads, “Daniel, are you there?” — seemingly a reference to Daniel Lazarski, the protagonist of that game.