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Nidhogg 2 to be released digitally in August for PC and PS4

Nidhogg 2 has been officially dated for release next month, with console and PC gamers set to hit the battlefield on August 15. PS4 owners will be able to pre-order the game earlier, on July 18. Messhof has also recently gone into detail about the decision behind the game’s vastly different art style over at PlayStation Blog. In part, the change was to allow the developers more creativity: “…instead of minimalism, why not try out some maximalism? Animated faces, sweet outfits and hairstyles, bustling environments – the doors had swung wide and Nidhogg 2’s visual style was born.” The sequel will feature new weapons, solo and local versus with one-on-one combat, online with matchmaking, private matches, eight-player tournaments, 10 stages, 10 game variables, and customization items.

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Endless Space 2 update improves AI, adds heroes, planets, quests

Amplitude Studios has released a new update for Endless Space 2, Stellar Prisoner. The 4X grand strategy’s free download adds the Neutron Star battle arena, providing perks to those who hold the node, along with an associated quest involving a strange prisoner trapped within. Also included are new heroes, one Endless Virtual hero and a Cravers Prime hero, two unique planets, and improvements to the modding system for editing textures as well as story and hero visuals. The base game is also being improved with “numerous general performance and AI improvements.” The studio will be showcasing the update today at 10 a.m. (CST) on their Twitch channel.

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Castle of Shikigami brings supernatural shooter action to PC

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.

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Arc System releases Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 update on Steam

PC gamers are getting the latest Guilty Gear version today with the release of Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2. The update is available through Steam for $18.99, though note that it requires Revelator. The new iteration adds two characters (Answer and the return of Baiken), storyline scenarios, balance changes, additional techniques, improved online play, and several fighter-specific episodes. With the newcomers, the roster is now up to 25 combatants. Bundles are also available for the upgrade plus its DLC as as well as others that add Revelator.

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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana dated for September 12

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana will be released in stores and online on September 12 for PS4 and PS Vita, and digitally for PC. The new adventure, the first in eight years, will once again find Adol battling his way throughout a dangerous land. His latest outing finds him shipwrecked alongside fellow passengers on a cursed, isolated island that also happens to be crawling with beasts. After creating a makeshift village, Adol must set out to uncover the mysteries of the land. For players who prefer the original voice tracks, the game will sport both English and Japanese audio tracks.

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Horror-themed vertical shooter Castle of Shikigami headed to Steam

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.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 officially dated for September 14

Divinity: Original Sin’s expansive follow-up will be released before the summer is out. Larian Studios has revealed that Divinity: Original Sin 2 launch online and in stores on September 14. The sequel will feature Game Master and player-versus-player modes at release, allowing players to create tabletop-style adventures or battle against one another in an arena. To celebrate the announcement, Larian has released a patch for the Steam Early Access version. Early buyers can now access two additional areas, try out a new companion relationship system, and experiment with updated character-creation and item-crafting mechanics. A trailer highlighting the changes can be found below.

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To the stars! Endless Space 2 now available for PC

Amplitude Studios’ space-based 4X strategy title Endless Space 2 has been released digitally for Mac and Windows PC. The sequel features eight civilizations for players to lead against a new AI in single player or against others in multiplayer. Newcomers as well as veterans will find a host of tutorials to get them up to speed, and to ensure that everyone eventually gets access to the planet-destroying end-game superweapon. Supported Steam features include achievements, cloud saving, and Workshop for mods.

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Time to eXterminate your enemies in new Endless Space 2 trailer

After covering three of the four Xs, Amplitude is tackling eXterminate today in the last entry of their 4X series for Endless Space 2. Previous videos have demonstrated how players will eXplore, eXpand, and eXploit as faction leader, but now, it’s all about war. Head below to check out some sweet ship-on-ship action.

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Learn how to eXploit in new trailer for Endless Space 2

Amplitude continues their 4X video series for Endless Space 2 with the third entry, focusing on exploitation. This element sits on the administrative side. Players must maintain their population’s happiness, productivity, and stability while holding onto power. If they push too hard, or pass too many unpopular laws, the people might rise up, causing the society to descend into anarchy. But if they are too lax, the faction will fall behind technologically and economically.

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