John Romero begins Kickstarter campaign for new FPS, Blackroom

Blackroom (Mac, PC) Kickstarter Announcement - Screenshot 2 (Art 2)

After recently releasing a video teaser last week, John Romero has officially announced Night Work Games‘ next project: Blackroom. He’s once again teaming up with id Software alumnus Adrian Carmack for “a visceral, varied and violent shooter that harkens back to classic FPS.” As with Doom, there will be an emphasis on speed, dodging fire by circle-strafing and sidestepping, and exploring to find shortcuts and items. Quake’s influence will also be felt, particularly with rocket-jumping. The single-player campaign is estimated to last over 10 hours, with environments ranging from a Victorian mansion to an old west ghost town, and multiplayer support for versus (one-on-one, free-for-all) and co-op over six maps. There will also be Challenge Modes, including some for speedrunners, and support for player-made maps, mods, and dedicated servers. A Kickstarter campaign has gone live to fund the project, with a goal of $700,000.

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Gears of War 4 pre-order bonuses, season pass detailed

Gears of War 4 (Xbox One) Preorder Announcement - Screenshot 3

MS has sent word that the Standard and Ultimate editions of Gears of War 4 are up for pre-order. Additionally, a special bonus was announced for those who get in early. Gamers who pre-order either version will receive the Vintage Del Gear Pack, a set that includes a Vintage Del character model, emblem, two Vintage weapon skins, and a Vintage Del bounty. The standard edition costs $59.99 and the Ultimate Edition runs $99.99, which includes early access and the season pass. The pass, which includes 24 DLC maps and six Gear Packs, is detailed below along with the remaining Ultimate Edition goodies.

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Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited – Dark Brotherhood detailed

The Elder Scrolls Online Tamriel Unlimited  (Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One) Dark Brotherhood Details Announcement - Screenshot 1

Last week, Bethesda revealed The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited’s next add-on, Dark Brotherhood. Today, they have followed up with a more detailed rundown of what’s going to be included in the 2,000-crown pack. The assassin guild will unlock a new passive skill line with which players can take out citizens with impunity, protected as they are by the Shadows of Sithis. Located on the Gold Coast, last seen in Oblivion, the Brotherhood will send players on tasks in two new cities, Anvil and Kvatch. There’s danger lurking about, though, in the form of a black-armored warrior who is on the hunt for assassins. Battling him will take players through new story content. Virtual killers for hire will also have access to repeatable bounty quests, contract kill quests, and sacrament quests.

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The King of Fighters XIV launching Aug. 23, plus 20 screens, 2 trailers

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An avalanche of King of Fighters XIV goodies hit today. First up, Atlus has announced that the game is slated to launch on August 23, and that players who pre-order or buy the game near its release date will receive the Day One edition. This version will come in a themed SteelBook case featuring Kyo Kusanagi, and as a gift for all early buyers, the Classic Kyo DLC costume will be free on PSN for the week following launch. Additionally, there are two new videos and over 20 new screenshots, plus a picture of the Day One edition, posted below. The trailers highlight the three-versus-three system, story, and one of the new characters, Shun’Ei.

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(PlayStation Vita Review) Stranger of Sword City

(PlayStation Vita Review) Stranger of Sword City

“… an all-around solid dungeon crawler.”

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Sci-Fi shooter RefRain -prism memories- headed to Steam in May

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Degica is preparing to roll out another shooter for PC, RefRain -prism memories-. Slated to hit Steam on May 12, RefRain is cyberpunk-style bullet-hell shooter that focuses on speed and aggression. Players have access to three different ships, each with their own attack modes, a gauge that charges special attacks as enemies are damaged, and the ability to transform projectiles into prisms to replenish the gauge faster.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine screens, PAX info posted

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt (360, PC, PS3, PS4) Blood and Wine Screenshots 1 - Screenshot 1

A handful of few new shots have been released from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s upcoming expansion Blood and Wine. The screens cover a little of everything, from giant monsters to some of the surreal new environments. CD Projekt also announced a PAX East 2016 panel about the in-game card game Gwent, titled Gwent-Ception: Does a Game Within a Game, Make a Game a Better Game, which will take place on Saturday on 2 p.m. (EST) and stream on Twitch.

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Gears of War 4 multiplayer trailer, PAX East events details posted

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The Coalition has released a new trailer ahead of the Gears of War 4’s multiplayer beta opening to all Live Gold members. The beta will open up next Monday, so to get newer players up to speed, a highlight reel was put together showcasing some of the new weapons, abilities, and executions. The Dropshot, Buzzkill, and vault kick all pop up. PAX East attendees will get a chance to try multiplayer with a hands-on demo as well as watch the Gears eSports ESL Pro League Season 2 Grand Finals, catch the reveal of the new competitive mode Escalation, and sit in on a multiplayer-themed panel hosted by The Coalition. Gamers who won’t be in Boston for the show can check out the events, and take part in some giveaways, at 10:00 a.m. (CST) at the official Gears Twitch channel.

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I Am Setsuna launching July 19, new trailer, screens released

I Am Setsuna (PC, PS4) Endir Announcement - Screenshot 9

I Am Setsuna, the debut title from Square Enix’s new Tokyo RPG Factory imprint, will be launching on July 19 for PC and PS4. Inspired by 16-bit RPGs, and featuring a battle system similar to Chrono Trigger, I Am Setsuna follows a young woman named Setsuna who sets out from her hometown with a band of bodyguards on a quest to save her people. The new media highlights one of her bodyguards, Endir, who is also the main playable character.

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Stranger of Sword City headed to Steam this June for Windows PC

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NIS has announced that their upcoming PS Vita dungeon-crawler Stranger of Sword City will be hitting Steam. Scheduled to launch this June, the PC version will feature a new mode, Picture Gate. The mode will allow players to upload an image to be used in-game for a character portrait. An example was sent along to show off a Prinny that’s been added using the feature. Players awake to find themselves in the city of Escario, the sole survivor of a plane crash. And not only that, but according to the three ruling factions, also the Chosen One. They must use their newfound power to hunt monsters through various labyrinths in order to gather rare crystals that will make them stronger as well as help them find a way home.

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