God’s Trigger gets post-launch support in free new content

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God’s Trigger gets post-launch support in free new content

God’s Trigger is the surprisingly well-executed heaven and hell spin on games like Hotline Miami. The game launched in March, and received a warm critical reception. Now that the game has found its footing, developer One More Level is adding some free new content to the game.

First up is online co-op for PC. Instead of playing on the same screen in local co-op, players will be able to play God’s Trigger with a friend over the internet. This will require you and your buddy to each own a copy of the game, but online co-op is a great addition to the title. While I can play God’s Trigger alone, and there’s some strategy in using invulnerability frames as I switch protagonists, playing with a friend is when the chaos of the game really shines.

Battlefield 5’s Mercury map shows WWII-combat on the shores of paradise, out May 30

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Battlefield 5’s Mercury map shows WWII-combat on the shores of paradise, out May 30

Battlefield 5 content continues to roll out months after the game’s initial launch, all part of developer EA DICE’s ongoing roadmap. Tides of War Chapter 3: Trial by Fire is scheduled to arrive on May 30, and includes an all-new map set seaside in sunny Greece. Like everything added to Battlefield 5, it’s being offered to owners free of charge.

The centerpiece of the update is a new map called Mercury, based on the German invasion of Greece and the Battle of Crete during World War II. Early videos show a sun-drenched landscape where players fight along idyllic beaches and navigate narrow mountain roads in armored vehicles. The full trailer is embedded above, and also available on YouTube.

Destiny 2: Season of Opulence trailer teases new six-player activity, returning Exotic rocket launcher

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Destiny 2: Season of Opulence trailer teases new six-player activity, returning Exotic rocket launcher

Bungie just revealed the first trailer for Destiny 2: Season of Opulence. This is our first look at the season’s offerings before Bungie releases it on June 4.

The trailer is only a minute long, but shows off some interesting new activities and loot. The focus is on the Menagerie, Destiny 2’s first non-raid six-player PvE activity. It takes place on Calus’ Leviathan — where Destiny 2’s first raid took place — and offers Guardians new way to earn weapons and armor.

Report: Derby-style Roller Champions coming from Ubisoft, could appear at E3

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Report: Derby-style Roller Champions coming from Ubisoft, could appear at E3

Ubisoft’s next new title could be Roller Champions, a roller derby-themed multiplayer game. Existence of the game was first reported by Spiel Times via leaked art and video footage. Assets have also appeared on the ResetEra forums.

Roller Champions looks to be a Rocket League-type multiplayer experience with character visuals in the cartoon-like style of Fortnite. Art shows players skating around an inclined track. Each avatar is highly customized, with mismatched protective gear and an assortment of different kinds of skates. The lead player is holding a ball, while another is shown flying into the frame from the rear. The video shows multiple tracks, including brightly colored beach scenes and moody indoor arenas, at venues scattered all around the world.

Starbase will ask players to build their own starships from scratch

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Starbase will ask players to build their own starships from scratch

Frozenbyte, makers of the Trine series of adventure puzzle games, have been working on something unusual in secret for the past five years. The new project being revealed today is called Starbase, and it’s a massively multiplayer collaborative space game headed for Steam Early Access. The ambitious spacefaring game will give players open-ended tools for both creation and destruction, and will encourage them to work together to reach further out into the stars. You can watch the first trailer on YouTube, or embedded above.

At the core of Starbase is a sophisticated crafting system that simulates materials down to the level of individual bolts. Players won’t merely clip together new spaceships from a collection of ready-made parts. Instead, they’ll need to design their hulls from scratch and route intricate power and control systems all throughout the ship. Adding to the complexity, damage done to individual ship locations happens at the same level of detail.

Beautifully unconventional indie game Sea of Solitude coming this July from EA

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Beautifully unconventional indie game Sea of Solitude coming this July from EA

Sea of Solitude wowed audiences at last year’s E3 with its expressive and unique art style. The presentation was all the more surprising given that the game is published by Electronic Arts, not a company particularly well known for picking up artsy, independent projects. Now the captivating exploration game from German studio Jo-Mei games has a release date. Sea of Solitude will launch on July 5 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC via Origin, and Xbox One for $19.99.

Sea of Solitude is the story of a young woman named Kay, lost in a flooded urban landscape and plagued by monsters. The environment itself is an elaborate metaphor for loneliness. Based on early impressions, Polygon placed Sea of Solitude on our list of the most-anticipated games of 2019.

Super Mario Maker 2’s surprise best new feature: chaotic multiplayer

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Super Mario Maker 2’s surprise best new feature: chaotic multiplayer

Super Mario Maker 2 is, in almost every imaginable way, a massive improvement on the original do-it-yourself Mario game released for Wii U in 2015. The Nintendo Switch sequel will add new themes, new gameplay elements inspired by Super Mario 3D World, the terrifying Angry Sun from Super Mario Bros. 3, and much more.

Nintendo recently outlined the sundry changes coming in Super Mario Maker 2 in a 17-minute Nintendo Direct video presentation. If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s easily the best way to get caught up on the long list of improvements, additions, and brand-new features coming in the new Mario Maker on June 28.

Twitch’s Artifact section has become a waking nightmare

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Twitch’s Artifact section has become a waking nightmare

Artifact, the Valve collectible card game based off the Dota 2 universe, is currently in a very unusual state. First of all, the game’s developers have put the game “on hold” to examine the root issues that caused it to bomb so badly. Secondly, its failure has become a bit of a meme, and that’s spread to the game’s presence on Twitch.

After prominent streamers pointed out how barren the Artifact section was, members of the Twitch community took advantage of the quiet and turned the section into something that ranged from bizarre to disturbing. Anyone interested in seeing the joke streams for themselves should be warned that there is some extremely NSFW or disturbing content being displayed as well.

Quake 2 with ray-tracing support coming June 6, for free

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Quake 2 with ray-tracing support coming June 6, for free

Nvidia and id Software are bringing real-time ray tracing to Quake 2, officially. The release, known as Quake 2 RTX, will be available as a free download for Linux and Windows PC on June 6. Nvidia promises “top-to-bottom enhancements that improve virtually every aspect” of the 1997 first-person shooter.

“We’re massive fans of the original, and even-bigger fans of technology, so when presented with the opportunity to remaster a classic game with all that ray tracing can offer, we jumped at the chance,” Nvidia said on its website. “Quake II RTX demonstrates the possibilities of ray tracing, and offers a glimpse at the future of gaming, with realistic real-time lighting, shadows and effects.”