- Unnamed Shin Megami Tensei title in development for Switch
- Puyo Puyo Tetris bringing puzzle crossover fury to PS4, Switch
- A Rose in the Twilight scheduled to launch in April for PC, PS Vita
- Halo War 2 Blitz multiplayer kicking off Jan. 20, dev letter released
- The King of Fighters XIV patch overhauls graphics, adds fixes, more
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Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope has been updated to support co-op play. Up to two players can now fight alongside one another through all levels available on Steam Early Access. The levels are set within the VR simulation of Sam’s combat log, with players capable of using the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or one of each. Additionally, the update includes tweaks, fixes, and two new difficulty settings, playable in single player or co-op modes: Tourist and Serious.
Rockstar has announced that the Xbox 360 version of Bully: Scholarship Edition is now backwards compatible on Xbox One. As with other titles, digital owners can download it immediately, while physical owners will have to insert the game disc in order to initiate a free download. If players have their original save files stored via Cloud Saved Games, they can transfer it over to continue their session on Xbox One.
The Valkyria series is continuing stateside next year with the release of Valkyria Revolution for PS4, PS Vita, and Xbox One. Released in Japan as Valkyria: Azure Revolution, North American players will be able to purchase the game digitally and physically for PS4 and Xbox One as well as digitally for PS Vita. Neither strictly a sequel or a spin-off, Revolution is set in an alternate timeline from the main series, now based on Europe’s industrial revolution rather than WWII, and replaces the turn-based combat system with a hybrid setup. Combat is in real time, but players will also engage in tactical strategy across multiple battlefields. The story follows five vengeful friends, the Circle of Five, who use their influence to push an isolated nation to fight against imperialist neighbors. As the game plays out, the group will come to be viewed as brave liberators or traitorous murderers. One of the remaining Valkyrur, Brunhilde, is a wild card in the struggle.
Blizzard Mountain Expansion has gone live for Forza Horizon 3. Blizzard Mountain adds a new high-terrain area to Australia, along with extra events, challenges, and a new campaign. For the first time, players have to contend with snow, heavy wind, and sunlight reflecting off of ice. Seven rides are included to tackle the new environment: 2016 Ford Gymkhana 9 Focus RS RX, 1965 Ford F-100 Flareside Abatti Racing Trophy Truck, 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Group 4, 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Group B, 2016 Nissan Titan Warrior Concept, 2016 RJ Anderson #37 Polaris RZR-Rockstar Energy Pro 2 Truck, and 2016 Subaru #199 WRX STI VT15r Rally Car. MS is hosting a day-long stream to celebrate the release at the official Forza Beam channel, with presenters showing off the latest additions and answering questions.
Tekken 7 has officially added two more to its roster, Kuma and Panda. The former is Heihachi’s pet and bodyguard, trained in Kuma Shinken, while the latter is Xiaoyu’s pet and protector. As it happens, she also practices Kuma Shinken. Check them out in action below. Additionally, Bandai Namco also announced that tournaments will be added to online multiplayer, with up to eight participants able to compete in single or double elimination bouts. Winners can also receive in-game items or fight money. Password support will be implemented for joining and spectating, too.
Dragon Quest’s spin-off train will continue next April with the release of Dragon Quest Heroes II. Scheduled to release on the 25th, the action-heavy role-playing game will once again put players in the middle of hordes of enemies, only now they are on a mission to restore peace to the Seven Realms. This time, players can get some help from others, as multiplayer will be supported for up to four players online. Two new characters are also being introduced, cousins Lazarel and Teresa. Check out the opening cinematic below.
The Elder Scrolls’ Daedric Prince of Madness, Sheogorath, is spreading his influence to The Elder Scrolls: Legends next week. A time-limited event is set to kick off on December 14 that will add an alternate PVP Arena mode, Chaos Arena. The optional mode will randomly introduce special scenarios or lane rules to matches. Some games will have extra Magicka, swap players’ decks, begin with cards in the lanes, and more. Lane rules changes can result in cards changing lanes randomly throughout, buffs and bonuses from casting cards in certain lanes, and items being randomly attached to cards. Previously, lane conditions were only in PvE matches. A new set of special cards, the Madhouse Collection, are also being added, and their purchase will come with three copies of each card and an Arena Ticket to enter the Chaos Arena. Full rules can be found here and Madhouse card descriptions here.
Players who have been waiting for the long-awaited follow-up to Nier, Nier: Automata, will be able to try it themselves on December 22. Square Enix has announced that a playable demo will be going live that finds the attack android 2B searching an abandoned factory for a weapon that she needs to destroy. There was no word on a possible PC demo.
NIS has announced that they will be releasing Suda 51’s police procedural visual novel, The Silver Case, on April 21 for PS4. The physical and digital release is also being offered as a limited edition exclusively on NIS’ Online Store. The special version includes a manga, soundtrack, poster, hardcover art book, and collector’s box for $49.99.