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Sine Mora will be returning soon in a new, extended form. Sine Mora EX be bringing its time-traveling, shoot-em-up action to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on August 8. Nintendo Switch owners will be able to play it “later this summer.” The EX version features 16:9, as opposed to the original’s 16:10, full English dialog along with the original Hungarian, a story mode, local two-player co-op, improved rendering, new challenge levels, and three additional modes (Dodgeball, Race, and Tanks). PC and PS4 Pro versions will also run natively in 4k at 60 frames per second.
Bluehole will be livestreaming exclusive content for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Facebook Live. The studio will hold streams four times a month, with the first set to run today from 9 p.m. to midnight (CST). Community managers, along with community content creators, will host each event and walk viewers through that segment’s unique topic.
Alfa System’s supernatural-themed vertical shooter Castle of Shikigami has hit Steam. As an assistant to Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Force, players must choose between six playable characters and take to the skies in order to defeat a murderous cult throughout five multipart stages. The game also supports two-player local co-op, achievements, leaderboards, and trading cards.
Gears of War 4 is said to be getting its biggest update yet with the impending release of Rise of the Horde. Scheduled to launch on June 6, the free update will add 15 Horde Skills (three per class), Level 6 Skills, Loot Drops, additional difficulty levels for Campaign and Horde (Inconceivable and Ironman), and other tweaks to Horde. Also this month, two maps are returning from previous entries, Gears of War 2’s Avalanche and Gears 3’s Rust Lung. A trial is also slated to take place between June 9-15, offering players the chance to try the game for free for 10 hours, which includes the first campaign act and full access to Horde and Versus. Season Pass Holders will receive five exclusive Horde Skills when the update goes live. A full rundown of the changes can be found here.
A new update has been released for the console and PC versions of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3. The patch is said to focus on stability and bug fixing, and incorporate player feedback for general improvements. Version-specific adjustments are also included. A handful of the major updates noted include “reduced loading times, fixed game freezes, fixed discovering new Points of Interest, fixed saving issues of completed Points of Interest, fixed an issue that could cause the save files to become corrupted, fixed crash during Party Crasher mission along with numerous other improvements and changes to the game.” A full list can be found here.
Degica has announced that they are currently working on porting another shooter to PC, Alfa System’s Castle of Shikigami. Later this summer, players will be stepping in to assist Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Force in their attempt to take down a murderous cult. The game will feature six playable characters, five multipart stages, two-player local co-op, and support for achievements, leaderboards, and trading cards. In addition to the game, which will launch at $11.99, Degica is also going to offer the game’s soundtrack for $4.99.
Alkemi has released a new trailer for their shooter and role-playing hybrid Drifting Lands. Currently in Early Access, the full game is set to launch on June 5. At release, the game will feature three ship classes, 60 skills, 100 levels, and a story mode with generated enemy placement. Drifting Lands combines the mechanics of a shooter with the loot-grabbing, progression, and customization of an action-RPG.
The Coalition is set to release Gears of War 4’s May content update tomorrow. The download will feature two maps, the return of Gears of War 2’s Security as well as a newcomer, Dawn. Security has been given a graphical boost, shifting the setting to a dilapidated COG depository with working defense lasers, along with tweaks that are said to incorporate “Gears 4’s close-cover combat, Horde and proper support for respawn-based modes like TDM.” Dawn is set in an Outsider village set around an abandoned mining colony with two defensive structures, tight corridors, and open spaces. Lasers have also been adjusted, now turning on instead of off when a button is pressed in Horde. Other improvements include Multi-GPU support for Windows 10, a new Horde Variant, the return of Gnashers Only King of the Hill for Versus, craftable Locust Grenadier Elite, Season skin rewards, and Zombie Ben Carmine.
Natsume will be making their PC debut with a port of Wild Guns Reloaded. Released earlier this year for PS4, Wild Guns Reloaded updated the popular Super Nintendo action title with two new characters, enhanced graphics and audio, four-player co-op, online ranking support, new stages and bosses, and special weapons. PC gamers will be able to download it later this year through Steam.