Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action-RPG

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 1, 2 out for PC, PS4, Thursday for Xbox One*

Marvel Ultimate Alliance Bundle (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Activision has released action role-playing games Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 for console and PC. The digital-only releases debuted in 2006 and 2009 respectively, and are now available separately for $39.99 or as a bundle for $59.99. For PC and PS4, that is, Xbox One owners will need to wait until Thursday. As mentioned on Marvel.com, the re-releases feature improved performance, support for local and online co-op, and “some” interface as well as graphic enhancements. The inclusion of the downloadable character packs is up in the air.

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Nier: Automata to launch in early 2017, gets new E3 trailer

Nier Automata (PS4) E3 Trailer Announcement - Screenshot 1

During E3, Square Enix released a new trailer for Nier: Automata alongside news that it will be launching in early 2017. Currently in co-development with Platinum Games, Automata will take place in the far future after alien ‘machine lifeforms’ have overrun the world, forcing mankind to escape to the moon. Players will follow the androids 2B, 9S, and A2 in their quest to destroy the machines. 2B is the main character, a sword-wielding battle droid built for the infantry squad YoRHa that is backed by a Pod support system for long-range combat. (Aside: *Squeeeeeee* Nier!)

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PlayStation 4 News

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Breach, Go revealed with screens, trailers

Deus Ex Mankind Divided (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Breach and Go Announcement - Screenshot 1

The Deus Ex Universe is expanding by two new titles, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Breach and Deus Ex Go. Breach is a new mode that will be in Mankind Divided that will offer an arcade-style mini-game where players take on the role of a Ripper. As a digital thief, players must break into servers to steal classified corporate info to sell for cash and experience. It will also be a live mode with new challenges and features being added after release. Deus Ex Go is a turn-based puzzle game for phones and tablets that centers on infiltration. As Adam Jensen, players will hack, fight, and use augments to solve puzzles of the Go series to learn more about a terrorist plot. Trailers and screens for both have been posted below, along with some new shots from the recently streamed Mankind Divided demo.

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E3 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue screens, trailer out

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4) June Trailer Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new gameplay trailer has gone live for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. The video features one of the original Keyblade wielders, Aqua, in her war against the Heartless. The battle highlighted is in a new playable episode of Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A fragmentary passage-, which is included in the compilation. The episode will also offer a glimpse at what’s in store in Kingdom Hearts III. E3 attendees will get a chance to try Final Chapter Prologue for themselves next week at Square Enix’s booth.

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PlayStation 4 News

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir now available for PS3, PS4, and PS Vita

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (PS3, PS4, PS Vita) The Shadow Knight Announcement - Screenshot 6

Gwendolyn, Oswald, Mercedes, Velvet, and Cornelius have returned after a decade away with the release of Odin Sphere Leifthrasir. The enhanced remake of Vanillaware’s PS2 action role-playing game takes players back to the war-torn lands of Erion, as kingdoms battle …

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(PlayStation Vita Review) Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

(PlayStation Vita Review) Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

“The numerous changes accentuate and expand on what made the original so good…”

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PS Vita Reviews

(PlayStation 4 Review) Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

(PlayStation 4 Review) Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

“… a fantastic update to an already wonderful game.”

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PlayStation 4 Reviews

Piranha Bytes debuts pre-alpha footage of upcoming RPG ELEX

Elex (PC) Announcement - Header

Gothic creator Piranha Bytes is working on a new open-world role-playing game, ELEX. Coinciding with the announcement is the launch of the official website and reveal trailer, linked and posted below, which offer an early look at what the studio will be bringing to this year’s E3. The action-heavy role-playing game will be set in a post-apocalyptic world that mixes science fiction and fantasy. The design will revolve around player agency and consequence with “interesting characters, mutant creatures, deep moral choices and thrilling action.”

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PC News

Exoskeleton-tastic combat featured in new shots from The Surge

The Surge (PC) New Screens Reveal - Screenshot 1

Not much has been revealed about Deck 13’s upcoming action role-playing game The Surge since it was announced last December. That looks to change soon, as the Lords of the Fallen developer will be taking their current build to E3. Until then, four new screenshots were released showing off the exoskeletons that factory employee Warren wears for work, and which he’ll eventually customize for combat. How he customizes his suit will depend on how players decide to take down their enemies, as they will be able to target specific limbs to take for themselves as interchangeable upgrades.

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Velvet sets out to stop the apocalypse in Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (PS3, PS4, PS Vita) Velvet Announcement - Screenshot 1

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir’s character reveals end today with a new trailer and some screenshots for the chain-wielding forest witch Velvet. She is connected with royalty umpteen different ways as the granddaughter of King Valentine, princess of the now-destroyed Valentine Kingdom, older half-sister of Gwendolyn, and twin sister of the Demon Lord Odin’s daughter Ingway. Okay, four or so different ways. Velvet is on a mission to stop the end of the world, but after escaping the destruction of Valentine, finds herself caught in the middle of a war between the kingdoms of Erion. She is an agile fighter and armed with the Graveryl, a red Psypher chain, with which she can fling enemies backwards and shoot out flames. Check her out below.

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