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Neputinia’s horror-themed spin-off, MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune vs Zombies, will be launching this fall on Steam. An undead horde has invaded Gamicademi Academy after Blanc’s attempt to spark interest in the school by filming a zombie movie on campus ends up attracting real zombies. As these things tend to go. Players can clear the grounds solo or with up to three others online, and online crews can also take on daily multiplayer quests.
Soldak has released an updated demo of their dynamic open-world action role-playing game Zombasite. The trial, available through Steam and the studio’s official site, is playable for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. The latest version weighs in at 250 MB and is significantly different than the previous release, with an estimated 600-plus changes. As the leader of a clan, players must guide their people through a resource-starved world ravaged by a zombie parasite by negotiating, trading, and fighting other clans and monsters.
Kalypso has released a new trailer for their upcoming action role-playing game Vikings – Wolves of Midgard. The footage highlights the combat system, including hand-to-hand melee and magic, along with a few of the locations and some of the enemies. Players will need to protect and rebuild their village from a variety of beasts as a warrior or shieldmaiden, solo or with a friend in online co-op. Balheim, Midgard, and Niflheim will open for exploration, while the gods can be swayed by blood sacrifices. Kalypso has also kicked off a pre-order promo on Steam offering a 15% discount as well as an exclusive customization pack, a digital art book, and a digital soundtrack.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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 …