Wolfenstein: The Old Blood standalone digital prequel coming in May

Wolfenstein: The New Order is getting a standalone, digital prequel later this year from MachineGames. Scheduled to launch May 5, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will take players back to 1946 as B.J. Blazkowicz attempts to halt the Nazi’s progress in a two-part mission set within Bavaria. The first part, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, tasks players with breaking into Castle Wolfenstein, while the second, The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs, sees them fighting a Nazi archaeologist meddling in dark forces within the city of Wulfburg. More details will be revealed at PAX East at 12:30 p.m. (CST) on Friday and Saturday on Twitch.tv.

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Shadowrun Online drops “Online” for “Boston Lockdown”, dated

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Cliffhanger has sent word that they have renamed Shadowrun Online to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown. The name was chosen with the assistance of the game’s current community as well as its Kickstarter campaign backers. The change was stated to be in large part to clear up any potential confusion for future players, especially those picking the game up in stores, about its single-player content. The shift away from “Online” is said to move away from the idea that they game is an MMO instead of a single-player game that also supports four-player co-op. Cliffhanger’s managing director Jan Wagner offers additional details in a letter to the community, posted below. To go along with the name change, the studio also announced that they have a release date for the final version: April 28.

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La-Mulana EX grabs its whip, heads into the depths of PSN for PS Vita

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La-Mulana EX has gone live on PSN for PS Vita. The side-scrolling action platformer from Pygmy Studio once again calls the intrepid adventurer Professor Lemeza Kosugiembark to the dangerous ruins of La-Mulana. Players must help the whip-wielding explorer as he searches for lost treasure, battles monsters, and explores uncharted territory. The PS Vita version features a new bestiary and the option to undo the Hard Mode curse.

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Epic Games drops subscription model, Unreal Engine 4 now free

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Epic Games has made Unreal Engine 4, the current build as well as subsequent updates, free to download. The studio is dropping their previous subscription model of $19 a month in favor of a small royalty to be paid once a sales threshold has been reached. Once a game or application has been shipped, “developers pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter.” According to Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney, “whatever your development aspirations, Epic stands with you, both as a technology provider, and as a fellow game developer counting on UE4 to power our own games.” Sweeney’s full blog post about the company’s decision to move away from the subscription model can be found here. An accompanying video, posted below, also offers additional details.

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EA announces, details Battlefield Hardline Premium Edition

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EA released details about a Premium Edition of Visceral Games’ upcoming shooter Battlefield Hardline. The membership program offers monthly rewards, access to exclusive events, special items, two weeks early access to the game’s four story-themed digital expansion packs, and new content. The new content is a mixture of features and stat-boosting items and includes Competitive Play, Gun Bench, Masks, and Legendary Status. The full list of all the extras is available below.

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster heading to PS4 this May

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Square Enix has announced that they will be bringing out last year’s Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for PS4 on May 12. In addition to the two previously Japanese-only extras added to the original collection, the Final Fantasy X: Eternal Calm cinematic and Final Fantasy X-2: Last Mission playable mission, the game will also feature cross-save support with the PS3 and PS Vita versions, support for remote play, and the ability to switch between the original soundtrack and the remastered version. A physical pre-order bonus was also revealed, a calendar featuring artwork by Yoshitaka Amano.

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TSI developing multi-game character export/import system Gateway

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TSI is looking to link role-playing games together with a new character import/export system dubbed Gateway. The studio plans on rolling it out with their next title, Seven Dragon Saga, with features that will allow for the importing and exporting of player-created characters between it and games from other developers. The high fantasy, party-based adventure is a digital version of a pen-and-paper game created by SSI veterans Keith Brors and David Shelley. So far, Harebrained Schemes and inXile have announced their support for the initiative. Long-time fans of the genre will recall a similar system used in previous role-playing games, such as Bard’s Tale, Ultima, and Wizardry.

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New Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin video debuts Forlorn NPC

A new gameplay trailer has gone live for Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin. The latest footage showcases the new NPC invader, the Forlorn. The video runs a little over three minutes and shows what players have come to expect from Dark Souls II: pain. Beset by regular enemies, a player desperately tries to get the upper hand as the Forlorn closes in and proceeds to harass them throughout the encounter.

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LA Cops hitting the virtual streets on March 13 for PC, Xbox One

Team17 has released a new trailer for Modern Dream’s upcoming ‘70s-style action title, LA Cops. A release date was also announced, with PC and Xbox One gamers set to start kicking down doors and taking down the dealers on March 13. After choosing a pair of officers from six different candidates, players must guide them through 13 levels and make sure the two watch each other’s back while they take down gun-toting baddies. Stay frosty out there, you loose cannons.

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Rockstar releases 15 new screens from Grand Theft Auto V for PC

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Rockstar has released over a dozen new screenshots from the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V. The studio also announced another digital pre-order bonus, with PC gamers getting the chance to score $300,000 of in-game cash for Grand Theft Auto Online by ordering the digital version from Rockstar Warehouse and other outlets. For those who have already pre-ordered either the physical or digital version, that is in addition to the $1.2 million already on offer.

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