- Path of Exile: The Fall of Oriath launching this Thursday for Xbox One
- Battlefield 1: Revolution bundle out for console, PC
- Bungie releases launch trailer for Destiny 2
- Yakuza 6: The Song of Life editions detailed, new gameplay trailer up
- Kingdom Come: Deliverance story trailer released for gamescom
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The Blue Bomber returns for another compilation with the release of Mega Man Legacy Collection 2. The original included the 8-bit releases, while the follow-up bundles together Mega Man 7, 8, 9, and 10. Additionally, bonus content has been included to beef up the package, such as a Challenge Mode with trials and boss rushes, a Museum with concept and production art, a Music Player, and the DLC packs for Mega Man 9 and 10.
Vicarious Visions has remastered an unreleased level for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Naughty Dog designed the stage, Stormy Ascent, but did not include it in the original Crash Bandicoot. Vicarious Visions announced during the Crash Bandicoot Then and Now panel at Comic-Con that they have remastered the level, updating it for the trilogy, and released it for free through the PlayStation Store. The level will remain free for the next 30 days. Also revealed was a new hardcover book from Dark Horse Comics due in March 2018, The Crash Bandicoot Files: How Willy the Wombat Sparked Marsupial Mania. The 150-page work will feature original design documents, a forward from series creators, and insights into Crash’s look.
Activision has released Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. Exclusive to PS4, the compilation features the first three titles: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. All of the games have been updated with improved audio, enhanced graphics, analog support, a unified save system, checkpoints, time trials, and leaderboard support. As an added bonus, each game can also be played through as Crash’s sister, Coco.
Sega is launching a new mobile initiative tomorrow dubbed Sega Forever. The new program allows gamers to download older Sega titles for free on their mobile devices. Described as “a re-awakening of archetypal gaming” the collection is billed as “an ode to the deep and diverse Sega catalogue.” The free-to-play games will be ad supported but also playable offline, and include extra features, such as cloud saves, controller support, and leaderboards. Ad-free versions are also available at a reduced rate of $1.99 per title. The company plans to add official emulations and ported games from every console era, retaining the originals as faithfully as possible while updating them for mobile platforms. The inaugural set includes Altered Beast, Sonic the Hedgehog, Comix Zone, Kid Chameleon, and Phantasy Star II. Gamers will find them on Google Play Store for Android devices and on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. New titles are set to be added every two weeks.
The hit PC indie platformer-style action title Cave Story+ has entered the latest generation with a new version for Switch. Publisher Nicalis has released the title digitally and physically for $29.99. As a young hero, players awaken in a strange, dangerous world, where they must uncover clues about their past while helping the oppressed inhabitants of the land, the rabbit-like Mimiga. First-run physical copies come with several extras, including a 32-page manual, a Famitracks soundtrack mini-CD, and for those who purchase their copies at GameStop, a randomly inserted chibi keychain of one of the three characters.
Capcom will be following up their Mega Man Legacy Collection with a second bundle that collects four additional titles. The first two harken back to the 16- and 32-bit days, Mega Man 7 and 8, while the remaining two slots are taken up by the retro-inspired releases from last generation, Mega Man 9 and 10. As with the first collection, the title will include a number of extras, such as a Museum with info and production art, remixed stages for an extra challenge, checkpoints, and optional extra armor.
Lizardcube’s charming update of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is making its way to PC next month. Publisher DotEmu has announced that the studio will be launching the title digitally through GOG and Steam on June 8. The game is currently downloadable for consoles via eShop, Live, and PSN.
A new gameplay trailer has been released in anticipation of Crash’s imminent return to gaming. The video features the Sewer or Later level from Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, one of the games included in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. A narrator highlights some of the graphical and audio improvements made over the original. A pre-order bonus was also revealed, the Friends Pack, which will bundle the Bear It Dynamic Theme along with avatars of Polar and Aku Aku.
THQ Nordic is returning to the Darksiders with the recently (and officially) revealed Darksiders III. The hack-and-slasher is currently in development for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and is scheduled for release in 2018. Gunfire Games, a studio said to be home to many of the franchise’s creators, is heading up development. In the new installment, players will take on the role of Fury, a mage that is ranked as the most powerful of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, as she seeks to destroy the Seven Deadly Sins. The whip-wielding magician will find herself following the Charred Council’s orders into an open-world, ravaged Earth that’s been overrun by nature.