Assassin’s Creed Valhalla expansion takes Eivor to Ireland

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla expansion takes Eivor to Ireland

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s first expansion, Wrath of the Druids, will be released on April 29, Ubisoft Montreal announced Thursday. Players will sail their Viking ships over to Ireland to “unreal the mysteries of an ancient and mysterious druidic cult,” Ubisoft Montreal said in a news release.

Inspired by Gaelic myths and folklore, Wrath of the Druids has players tracking cult members and “gaining influence with Gaelic kings.” It’s the first major expansion for the Assassin’s Creed game that was released in 2020. It’ll cost $24.99 as a stand-alone item, or available as part of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s $39.99 Season Pass, which will provide other content, too.

Terraria arrives on Google Stadia, despite developer ultimatum

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Terraria arrives on Google Stadia, despite developer ultimatum

After a period of uncertainty, Terraria is now available on Google Stadia. In early February, the co-creator of the 2D action adventure game called off development after he had been locked out of his Google accounts for what he said was no discernable reason. Today, Terraria comes to Stadia with the Journey’s End update, as well as all content from 1.3.1 through 1.3.5.

Andrew Spinks originally used the Terraria account to ask for help in mid-January, with no response. After receiving no response from Google, Spinks stated that the game was officially cancelled, writing “I absolutely have not done anything to violate your terms of service, so I can take this no other way than you deciding to burn this bridge. Consider it burned.”

Call of Duty: Warzone’s zombies have made it all the way to Verdansk’s hospital

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Call of Duty: Warzone’s zombies have made it all the way to Verdansk’s hospital

The zombies of Verdansk are getting even more aggressive. In Call of Duty: Warzone’s latest update, the infected enemies have spread all the way into Verdansk’s hospital in the southeast corner of the map.

Just like in previous outbreak areas, the newly infected hospital has plenty of zombies shambling around for players to kill. On top of that, there are special boxes around the building that contain better loot than what’s typically found.

Everything announced at Square Enix Presents March 2021

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Everything announced at Square Enix Presents March 2021

Square Enix inaugurated a new livestream event, called Square Enix Presents, with a 40-minute presentation on Thursday that highlighted what’s new and what’s next in the publisher’s catalog.

Most of the day’s news centered on the next game in the award-winning Life is Strange series. But fans also got a look at Outriders, launching on April 1, the new Hawkeye DLC that arrived today for Marvel’s Avengers, which also launches on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and the bizarre 3D platformer Balan Wonderworld.

Square Enix reveals new details on Project Athia, including its name: Forspoken

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Square Enix reveals new details on Project Athia, including its name: Forspoken

Square Enix revealed new details about Project Athia, the PlayStation 5 and Windows PC game coming from its Luminous Productions team that was first revealed in 2020. Actor Ella Balinska, who plays the game’s lead character, unveiled first footage of the upcoming action-adventure fantasy game and revealed its final title: Forspoken.

Forspoken is “a narrative-driven adventure,” according to Square Enix, starring Frey, who enters the treacherous land of Athia, a region described as “stunningly beautiful, but also cruel and deadly.” Frey will learn magical abilities to survive in Athia on her journey. The game has been designed specifically for PlayStation 5, Square Enix says, “taking advantage of the new console’s power and features to create a game that feels like a true next-gen experience.”

Black Panther is coming to Marvel’s Avengers later this year

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Black Panther is coming to Marvel’s Avengers later this year

The Black Panther and his native home of Wakanda will be in a Marvel’s Avengers expansion called War for Wakanda later this year, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix announced Thursday during the Square Enix Presents digital showcase. The studio also highlighted the game’s most recent update, featuring Hawkeye, which launched alongside the next-gen console version of Marvel’s Avengers earlier today.

Klaw — the Vibranium thief played by Andy Serkis in the MCU — seems to be working alongside AIM in the new expansion, working to steal Wakanda’s most valuable resource. The trailer features some VO from the villain, some shots of Wakanda, and a brief look at Marvel’s take on the kingdom’s protector: Black Panther.

Life is Strange and Before the Storm getting remastered re-releases

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Life is Strange and Before the Storm getting remastered re-releases

The original Life is Strange and its 2017 prequel, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, will be re-released in remastered form this fall, Square Enix announced Thursday during its Square Enix Presents digital showcase. The Life is Strange Remastered Collection will feature “improved visuals and animations.”

More specifically, Square Enix says Remastered Collection owners can expect “vastly improved character animation using full facial mocap performance” and other engine and lighting upgrades. The Life is Strange Remastered Collection is coming to Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One as a digital release.

Life is Strange: True Colors stars an Asian American lead in an all-new adventure

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Life is Strange: True Colors stars an Asian American lead in an all-new adventure

The next game in the Life is Strange series is coming this September, and will star an all-new protagonist with all-new powers. And unlike previous entries in the series, Life is Strange: True Colors won’t be episodic — the full story will be released all at once on Sept. 10.

Publisher Square Enix and developer Deck Nine Games, the team behind 2017’s Life is Strange: Before the Storm, revealed True Colors on Thursday during the Square Enix Presents digital showcase. Their new game game stars Alex Chen, a young Asian American woman who moves to the fictional Colorado town of Haven Springs to reunite with her brother Gabe. Alex possess supernatural powers in the form of psychic Empathy. She can both read and manipulate the strong emotions of others, which she perceives as colorful auras — but intense emotions can overwhelm Alex, as seen in the game’s debut trailer.

Watch Square Enix’s new digital showcase, Square Enix Presents

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Watch Square Enix’s new digital showcase, Square Enix Presents

Publisher Square Enix will stream a new digital showcase called Square Enix Presents on Thursday, in which it will reveal new details for games including Marvel’s Avengers, Outriders, and the new Just Cause game for mobile. Square Enix will also reveal the next entry in the Life is Strange franchise, promising “an all-new protagonist wielding an exciting new power.”

Square Enix Presents will stream on Square Enix’s YouTube and Twitch channels starting at 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT on March 18. The presentation will run for approximately 40 minutes, Square Enix said.

Warhammer 40K shooter Necromunda: Hired Gun launches June 1, watch the first trailer

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 Warhammer 40K shooter Necromunda: Hired Gun launches June 1, watch the first trailer

News of Necromunda: Hired Gun, a first-person shooter set inside one of Warhammer 40,000’s most beloved subfranchises, leaked on the Microsoft storefront on Wednesday. Now we have our first proper trailer, which we’ve embedded above. Fans can expect Necromunda: Hired Gun to arrive June 1 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X, developer Streum On Studio and publisher Focus Home Interactive announced Thursday.

For the uninitiated, it’s all just a lot of gunfire and gore. But for fans of this gritty little city in the grim darkness of the far future, there’s a lot to unpack here. Let’s dive in.