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Io-Interactive is following their recent release-date reveal of Hitman: The Complete First Season with news that Episode 5 will be going live on September 27. The penultimate episode, titled Freedom Fighters, will be set in Colorado, and task players with sneaking into a farm that’s been turned into a makeshift militia training camp. Four people—Sean Rose, Maya Parvati, Ezra Berg, and Penelope Graves—have been targeted by Agent 47 in what’s being described as “one of the toughest episodes yet.” The mission will entail 70 challenges along with new gear, items, and weapons.
Warner Bros. has announced that Batman: Return to Arkham will be released on October 18. The two-game bundle includes 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum and 2011’s Batman: Arkham City, both from Rocksteady Studios, along with all of their associated downloadable content and Game of the Year edition extras. Both games will also sport updated character models, lighting, effects, and shaders. A new comparison video has been released to show side-by-side comparisons between the older and newer versions.
Eidos-Montreal has announced the first story add-on for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, System Rift. The expansion finds Adam once again teaming up with his old Sarif Industries colleague Frank Pritchard. The duo are on the hunt for more information on the Santeau Group, with their target being the Palisade Blade. Gamers heading to Pax West can learn more about the drop as well as will see Andreas Apergis, who plays Pritchard, along with Elias Toufexis and Sascha Dikiciyan on a panel this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. (PST) in the Hydra Theater.
Io-Interactive will be releasing the first season of Hitman physically on January 31. In addition, Hitman: The Complete First Season will include all updates, bonus downloadable content, and a steelbook case. The extra DLC adds three missions (The Icon and A House Built on Sand missions, Landslide mission), Requiem Blood Money Pack (formerly a pre-order bonus, with six extra Sarajevo Six contracts for PS4), a making-of documentary, and a copy of the soundtrack.
Ubisoft has released a new gameplay video for Watch Dogs 2. The walkthrough video runs over 19 minutes long and debuts the sequel’s single-player free-roam gameplay, with protagonist Marcus wandering around the San Francisco Bay Area. He visits a few notable locations, including Coit Tower and Fisherman’s Wharf. Also highlighted are some of the revamped hacking and driving mechanics, as are drones, customization options, and multiplayer.
After being away for a few years, Adam Jensen returns today to find a world on the brink of anarchy. Following the events in Human Revolution, augmented humans turned on their non-augmented counterparts, leading to an outburst of violence that has resulted in harsh laws designed by the latter in order to control the augmented. The cause remains a mystery to the public, and Jensen is determined to find the answers, using stealth, hacking, and gunplay, before the struggle erupts into chaos. Also included is Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Breach, a first for the series, which has players take on the role of a hacker in a puzzle-shooter hybrid.
Bethesda has teamed up with Dark Horse to release a book based on the art of Arkane’s Dishonored 2. The Art of Dishonored 2 will feature exclusive pieces of concept art that chronicle the title’s development from the original. Fans of the series can look for it to hit stores and online outlets on November 22. The studio has also launched a contest where fans can submit their own illustrations for inclusion in the book. Pieces can be submitted by using the hashtag #drawDishonored. Aspiring (or current) artists can check out the rules over at Bethesda.net.
The 2012 side-scrolling survival-horror title Deadlight returns today in Deadlight: Director’s Cut for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The revamped version includes updated graphics, improved controls, and a new mode, Survival Arena Mode. The arena pits players against hordes of enemies and hosts strange weapons as well as interactive defenses. Both console versions also feature a new ending for those who are able to complete the game’s Nightmare Mode. As Randall Wayne, players find themselves in an alternate 1986 where they must solve puzzles, sneak around, and battle zombies throughout the ruins of Seattle as they search for their family.
Styx is showing the goods from his upcoming title Shards of Darkness in a new E3 trailer. The sequel to Master of Shadows finds Styx taking on a new assignment for Helledryn, an enigmatic human officer stationed in Thoben, the City of Thieves. The target is the ambassador’s scepter, a prized object that others are looking to steal for themselves. If Styx can get his hands on it, he’ll get some of the magical amber that fuels his powers. The different races require different skills as each excels in their own areas, with Dark Elves being expert goblin hunters and Dwarves having an excellent sense of smell. To handle them, players will have access to numerous powers, talents, crafting, and equipment. And assassination, there’s always that.