Build a fort and then die in it
Halo 5: Forge is coming to Windows 10 PC Sept. 8, developer 343 Industries confirmed today.
Forge is the level editor tool for Halo 5: Guardians first introduced to the series through Halo 3 in 2007. Players can select from a vast list of pre-made effects and assets like walls, ramps and natural structures in order to create their own multiplayer maps.
A bunch of Street Fighter games come along for the ride
The Nintendo eShop’s weekly update has something for both Mario and Street Fighter fans tomorrow, with titles in both series coming to the Virtual Console. Wii U and New Nintendo 3DS owners will have their pick of four titles tomorrow, including an early Nintendo DS classic and a trio of Super NES games.
Super Mario 64 DS leads the eShop additions, arriving on the Wii U storefront or $9.99. The game was a launch title for the Nintendo DS way back in 2004 and adds multiplayer and additional playable characters, like Luigi and Wario. As a Virtual Console title, the Wii U version includes off-screen play for a yet another new way to experience Super Mario 64.
90 percent of them, at least
With the first No Man's Sky patch, Hello Games set out to resolve many of the game’s early crashing issues. Another fix, due later this week, should take care of "90 percent" of the remaining problems, according to the studio.
Patch 1.06 "is in testing and will release this week," Hello Games wrote on Twitter this morning. Although it will included "other fixes and improvements too," the studio added, the main feature is the promise of fewer mid-game crashes. That's something many players have experienced since No Man’s Sky launched earlier this month, as the game repeatedly boots them back to the PS4 menu. The procedural generation at the game’s core has proven at times too taxing for it to handle, leading some explorers to lose hours of gameplay when the game quits at random.
$50 gets you four expansion packs, early access and more
Electronic Arts and DICE announced details on Battlefield 1’s Premium Pass content today, laying out more than a year’s worth of add-on content for the World War I shooter.
Battlefield 1’s Premium Pass costs $50 and will include four digital expansion packs, with two-week early access to each expansion. The pass’ first major downloadable content will come in the form of an expansion in March 2017 titled, Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass, and include the French army. The Russian Empire will be playable in a future expansion pack.
Respawn has heard your complaints
Ahead of Titanfall 2’s second weekend tech test, developer Respawn Entertainment is addressing players’ complaints with the multiplayer mode. The studio announced on the series' website that it’s made changes to both the pre-alpha build that’s playable right now as well as the final version of the game, out in late October, based on feedback it’s received during the current test.
The biggest of these concerns Titanfall 2’s speed, which players of the first game have found to be far slower than they’re used to. The change in pilot mobility is chalked up to cutting down on random player deaths and making close range firefights less chaotic, multiplayer game designer Steven DeRose wrote in the talkback post.
Funk levels to dramatically increase soon on console and PC
The next game in the nearly 25-year-old ToeJam & Earl franchise, ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove, is coming to console and PC platforms in 2017, courtesy of Adult Swim Games. First gameplay footage of Back in the Groove can be seen in a newly released teaser trailer.
ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove will see the titular duo once again returning to Earth, doing their best to deal with its human inhabitants and piecing together their Rapmaster Rocketship. Developer Humanature Studios and Adult Swim describe Back in the Groove as "a mash-up of the very best features from the classic console games [ToeJam & Earl and Panic on Funkotron], with a pile of new features thrown in." In other words, ToeJam & Earl’s creators say, they want to give old-school fans "a pure blast of funky nostalgia" and new ones a taste of the series’ brand of "light-hearted, co-op play."
Also, one of the game’s characters is actually five dogs
Real-time golf-and-mech sim 100ft Robot Golf will be released this October, developer No Goblin announced today.
A game plainly defined by its title, 100ft Robot Golf is a single and multiplayer experience that puts players in control of a gigantic robot body as they turn several city blocks into their own personal golf course. The title will also support PlayStation VR, which will let players ride on the backs of their respective mechs.
The game's ongoing mystery could meet its end later today
The Overwatch community is currently unraveling the most intriguing set of clues in the enduring mystery of Sombra, and it looks like the game's latest character could possibly see her long-awaited reveal. A bizarre post made to Blizzard Entertainment's official forum last night has players decoding hint upon hint, all of which seem to point toward an announcement of the widely rumored hero this afternoon.
Blizzard has sent players deep down the rabbit hole ahead of Sombra’s official introduction, littering teasers and clues of all kinds throughout its forum, social media channels and other venues. Early yesterday afternoon, the official Twitter account replied to a fan asking about the character — who fans have been seeking out since her name appeared in early footage — with this winking tease (in Spanish, Sombra's native tongue):
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles and Forza are also on the horizon
September brings four more games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and Microsoft has revealed those titles in the trailer above. Watch to see what your Gold membership is getting you next month.
Chief among the line-up is Mirror's Edge, the predecessor to this past May’s Mirror's Edge Catalyst. The Xbox 360 game will be up for download from Sept. 16-30 and is backward compatible with Xbox One, as all Games with Gold are. Catalyst is playable on Xbox One as well as PlayStation 4, although those with sensitive stomachs should be forewarned: The fast-paced, first-person action game is not for the seasick.