Gundam Versus open beta to kick off Sept. 2, run through Sept. 4

After announcing an upcoming open beta for Gundam Versus, Bandai Namco has followed up with finalized dates that will find it running from 2:00 am CST on Saturday, September 2, through 2:00 am CST on Monday, September 4. The test will feature 94 Mobile Suits, all Striker units, and several modes for both online and offline. Gamers can prepare in advance by preloading the game on Tuesday, August 29. Note that PS Plus is not required to participate in the beta but will be required to access online multiplayer in the final version.

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice developer diary video series wraps up

The final developer diary has gone live for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Episode 29 is coming in just under the wire, with the game set to be released tomorrow, and covers the team’s final weeks of development as they kick it into high gear to prepare for launch.

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Yggdrasil calls forth the Warlock to Etrian Odyssey V

Atlus is introducing players to the Celestrian’s Warlock class from their upcoming dungeon-crawler Etrian Odyssey V. The magician is able to tap into ancient powers that allow them to create fireballs, summon hailstorms, and bestow buffs. They hone their abilities as they level up, gradually focusing their powers on one of the elements: earth, fire, ice, lightning, or wind. Atlus will also be continuing their celebratory streaming series in honor of Etrian’s 10-year anniversary and upcoming release this Friday, at 4:00 p.m. (CST), on the studio’s Twitch channel.

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Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception PS4, PS Vita themes released

Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth’s September release is right around the corner, so to get players properly pumped, Atlus has released several PS4 and PS Vita themes for the series. PSN now hosts four, two for each system, based on the game’s predecessor, Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception. Available for $2.99 each, they feature original cast (and spoiler-free) members, Haku, Kuon, priestesses Uruuru and Saraana, and Nekone.

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Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony cast-reveal series begins

It’s time to learn about the characters set to star in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. The first cast reveal, Ultimate Roll Call #1, has been released by NIS. The video spotlights Ultimate Tennis Pro Ryoma Hoshi, Ultimate Astronaut Kaito Momota, Ultimate Magician Himiko Yumeno, Ultimate Artist Angie Yonaga, and Monodam. Three more Ultimate- and Monokub-filled videos are left.

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Sega releases lengthy schedule of free DLC for Yakuza Kiwami

Yakuza Kiwami’s impending release date means it’s time for DLC news. Sega has released a full schedule for the game’s upcoming downloadable content, which includes accessories, items, outfits, and weapons. And these aren’t for-pay drops, either, as The Dragon of Dojima will be bestowed with plenty of freebies. Packs are scheduled to go live throughout September, and will also feature goodies for Goro Majima as well, including a snakeskin jacket outfit, and extra parts for Pocket Circuit racing. Players will be able to get the bonuses from the enigmatic clown Bob Utsunomiya.

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Titanfall 2 Ultimate Edition launches digitally for console, PC

The all-in-one bundle Titanfall 2 Ultimate Edition has been released digitally for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The set adds everything from Titanfall 2 Deluxe Edition to the base game: Scorch Titan, Ion Prime Titans, and Titan Warpaints. Also included is the Jump Start Pack, which adds all Titans and Pilot Tacticals, 500 tokens (to redeem on loadouts, cosmetics, and gear), ten 2XP tokens, and the Underground R-201 Carbine Warpaint. All post-launch DLC is also downloadable for free.

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Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun released for PS4, Xbox One

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun has made its way to console with an optimized release for PS4 and Xbox One. Set during Japan’s Edo period, the real-time strategy title is described as “a hardcore tactical stealth game” where players take charge of five specialist characters to lead through a series of missions. To get a better look at the game, Kalypso and Daedalic have released both a new gameplay trailer as well as a demo for both systems.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 video highlights latest features, modes

Larian has released a new video update for Kickstarter touching on several of the new features being added to Divinity: Original Sin 2. The studio also confirmed that the PC version will sport controller and split-screen support, allowing for more co-op opportunities. Other features mentioned include skill crafting with elemental and non-elemental books, Source Skills to talk with the spirits or absorb the powers of deceased characters, and Rune Crafting for enhancing weapons and gear.

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August Update adds remade maps, tweaks to Gears of War 4

Earlier today, Gears of War 4 received its August Update. The download features a number of additions and changes, including two maps, Forge Blitz and Canals. The former is described as “a tighter, faster pace evolution of the map Forge,” set in a factory damaged by a Windflare, while the latter returns from the original Gears of War complete with its triple bridge. Summer of Gears is also continuing with a boost to the First Win of the Day Credit Bonus so that every first kill throughout August will be worth 500 Credits. The second season of the Gears Pro Circuit is also looming, and the studio is making Escalation Ring placement improvements to Diner, Impact, Lift, and The Slab, which are said to have been “crafted with our Pro Players at a recent studio playtest.” Also, this month’s Craftable Character is Classic Commando Dom, and joining him are a new Horde variant on August 18 and Classic One Shot One Kill on Canals on August 25.

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