Amazon Prime’s video game pre-order discount coming to an end

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Amazon Prime’s video game pre-order discount coming to an end

Amazon Prime’s 20 percent discount on game pre-orders will go away on Aug. 28, the online retailer announced. Instead, Prime members will receive store credit as an incentive to pre-order video games through Amazon, marking a major change to one of the membership’s best benefits.

Only pre-orders of “select video games” will come with the $10 store credit promotion, according to Amazon’s terms and conditions for the offer. Once a customer has pre-ordered a qualifying item, they must wait up to 35 days to receive their $10 via email. That credit will only be valid for 60 days after activation.

Nvidia unveils powerful new RTX 2070 and 2080 graphics cards

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Nvidia unveils powerful new RTX 2070 and 2080 graphics cards

Nvidia’s new high-end graphics cards are the GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti, the company announced today during a pre-Gamescom 2018 livestream from Cologne, Germany.

As of this writing, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang hasn’t gotten to the announcement in his keynote, but the new 20-series cards are already live on Nvidia’s website. These new cards will succeed Nvidia’s current top-of-the-line GPUs, the GeForce GTX 1070, GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti. While the company usually waits to launch the more powerful Ti version of a GPU, this time around, it’s releasing the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti at once.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice launches March 2019

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice launches March 2019

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will launch next spring, publisher Activision announced. Just revealed in June during E3 2018, FromSoftware’s latest hardcore action game will come to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One for a simultaneous, worldwide release on March 22, 2019.

Launching alongside a standard version of the game is a collector’s edition, which throws in an artbook, map, soundtrack, “replica game coins” and a shinobi statue into the mix. There’s a picture at the foot of this post of all the accoutrements.

Bloodstained delayed to 2019, Vita version canceled

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Bloodstained delayed to 2019, Vita version canceled

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the next game from former Castlevania designer Koji Igarashi, will now launch in 2019. Igarashi announced that his Castlevania spiritual successor has been delayed in an update to the game’s Kickstarter campaign in order “to raise the quality level,” citing feedback from a demo played by backers.

Igarashi also announced that a planned version of Bloodstained for PlayStation Vita is no longer in the works.

Dead or Alive 6 adds Leifang, Hitomi and a giant squid

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Dead or Alive 6 adds Leifang, Hitomi and a giant squid

Two more fighters are joining the roster of Dead or Alive 6: Hitomi and Leifang. The pair can be seen knocking each other around a new stage, Forbidden Fortune, that features a curious new addition to the Dead or Alive universe: a giant, angry kraken.

Apparently, Hitomi and Leifang — who debuted in Dead or Alive 3 and the original Dead or Alive, respectively — have found themselves in a Goonies-esque situation, battling on a treasure-filled pirate ship guarded by an angry cephalopod.

Paradox’s Stellaris grand strategy game is coming to consoles

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Paradox’s Stellaris grand strategy game is coming to consoles

Stellaris, the spacefaring grand strategy title from Paradox Development Studio, is headed to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Called Stellaris: Console Edition, no price or release date has yet been announced.

First released in 2016, Stellaris blends the traditional 4X genre (which stands for explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate) with Paradox’s own brand of grand strategy. The game is well regarded for its depth of customization, which extends to the game’s races and their fighting ships. The port is being developed by Tantalus Media, which recently helped bring Paradox-published Cities: Skylines to consoles as well.

Nintendo drops three indie surprises on eShop, with a dozen more to come

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Nintendo drops three indie surprises on eShop, with a dozen more to come

Nintendo held its semi-annual Indie Highlights — or “Nindies” — presentation earlier today, just ahead of Gamescom 2018, showcasing 15 different games that are coming to Switch between now and 2019. That list includes three previously announced games that are available right now, heading up a surprise eShop update for Switch fans worldwide.

Those games include Bad North, an action-roguelike with a strangely adorable aesthetic, considering you’re protecting your island kingdom from legions of invaders:

Hitman 2 will get Hitman Season One content for free

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Hitman 2 will get Hitman Season One content for free

Hitman 2 will bring back the six locations from the previous game — Paris, Sapienza, Marrakesh, Bangkok, Colorado and Hokkaido — as part of the Hitman Legacy Pack, a free download for owners of 2016’s Hitman, IO Interactive and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today.

Those six Hitman locations will be “remastered and enhanced,” IO Interactive said. That means they’ll be updated to support new gameplay features coming to Hitman 2, including a new progression system, higher-fidelity crowds, picture-in-picture mode and new gameplay items (Agent 47’s briefcase, dart gun, flash grenades). The Hitman Legacy Pack locations, like the new locations in Hitman 2, will receive new gameplay elements and game modes after launch, IO Interactive said.

Dying Light: Bad Blood’s ‘brutal royale’ hits Early Access in September

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Dying Light: Bad Blood’s ‘brutal royale’ hits Early Access in September

Dying Light: Bad Blood, the standalone battle royale take on Techland’s zombie survival horror game, will debut with a Steam Early Access launch in September, the studio announced this morning.

First announced back in March, Dying Light: Bad Blood is a 12-player “brutal royale” that will feature both player-versus-player and player-versus-environment combat. Players will scavenge for weapons and loot similar to those found in other battle royale games, but the end goal is to race to an evacuation chopper and become the only one to make it out alive.