The Forbidden Arts Launches August 7 for Xbox One, Switch and PC, Q4 2019 for PS4





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The Forbidden Arts Sets Fire to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Steam on August 7

The Forbidden Arts, the action adventure platformer from Stingbot Games, will bespell Nintendo Switch and Xbox One alongside its exit from Steam early access and PC/Mac 1.0 release on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. A PlayStation 4 release will arrive in Q4 2019.

Explore a magical world where secrets are hidden around every corner. Lead Phoenix, a young man who discovers the flame within and embarks on an adventure to learn more about himself and his greater purpose in life while fighting off an evil greater than any the world has ever known.

Inspired by both western and eastern cultures, Phoenix’s world, Chora, possesses a diverse set of biomes including snowy fields, dim caverns, giant beehives, treacherous swamps and more. The Forbidden Arts combines suspense and comedy in a remarkable narrative illustrated in a vivid art style and set to the melodic sounds of an acoustic guitar.

“Our main goal is for players to immerse themselves within Phoenix’s story while focusing on tight platforming action,” said Sterling Selover, founder, Stingbot Games. “Everyone goes through a journey of self-identity and discovery that can be pretty tough, especially when you’re alone. The Forbidden Arts walks through that process with a bit of magic and a hell of a lot of action to keep you on your toes from beginning to end.”

The Forbidden Arts will be available via the Nintendo Switch eShop (worldwide minus Japan and Korea), Microsoft Store (worldwide minus Korea) and Steam (PC and Mac worldwide) for the regular price of $14.99 at launch. It’s currently available on Steam early access for $12.99 until the full launch and can be pre-ordered on Nintendo Switch at 15% off the regular launch price.

The Forbidden Arts supports English, French, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Hungarian, Russian, Japanese and Italian.

For more information, please visit The Forbidden Arts official website.

A Rat’s Quest: The Way Back Home Announced for PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC




Say cheese! Action Adventure A Rat’s Quest: The Way Back Home is Coming 2021

A Rat's Quest - The Way Back Home is a Romeo and Juliet-esque story, about a rat and a mouse. Mat, the hero of the game, is trying to find a way to his beloved Nat, a fearless mouse being kept as a pet. Together, they're planning their escape to freedom: the outside. But beware - this journey is full of dangers, one of them being "THE CLAW"!

Experience a giant's world from the perspective of our tiny hero, Mat the rat. For you and me, an old closet is only that- but for Mat, it’s a towering dungeon with the promise of adventure! Play hide and squeak with fearsome creatures and slash them with your shiny rivet or fend them off with your sturdy button!


"Teaming up with HandyGames for a Rat's Quest has been a dream come true. Since we met, we felt we'd make a great team, and we were right! This game is our debut title, and we know at heart that we've found the perfect publisher for it, one that will empower the game to reach its full potential and audience. They truly believe in us - and we in them. That's why we're immensely happy to welcome them as part of our family and share this journey! - Jessie Cano. Studio Manager @ The Dreamerians

A Rat's Quest is an action-adventure game by Mexican studio The Dreamerians and will be published by HandyGames in 2021. It's currently in development for PC, PlayStation­®4, Xbox® One and Nintendo Switch™.


Key Features

Moving Story: Experience a story about love, friendship and keeping promises in three acts.

Rat Mode: Climb, jump, crawl, slither and sneak like a rodent.

Hybrid Gameplay: Experience the narrowness in walls and under the floor by a switching perspective between 3D platforming, side-scrolling and top-down.

Full Immersion: Compasses are for humans. Make your own path! No mini-map, no waypoints… just your rodent survival instincts.

Tough as Nails: No armor, no ordinance drops. Use the world and your wits to overcome overwhelming danger.

A Rat’s Evolution: Gather gadgets and “add-ons” to survive the way back home…

Quests and Choices: Try different approaches when solving riddles and quests.

Pokémon Masters 'Battle Like Never Before' Trailer




Pokémon Masters latest trailer details Cooperative Play, Pokémon Masters League and more

Today, DeNA Co., Ltd. and The Pokémon Company revealed more gameplay content and features for Pokémon Masters in a new trailer for Pokémon Masters, a real-time strategy and battling game for compatible Android and iOS devices that is planned to release in Summer 2019.

In the trailer, which can be viewed on The Pokémon Company’s official YouTube channel, fans can learn more about:

Cooperative Play – Join two players from around the world for three-player co-op against AI opponents. Work together to unleash the unity attack, a special coordinated attack from all three sync pairs (a sync pair is the combination of a Trainer and their partner Pokémon).

3-on-3 Real-Time Battling System – Witness the thrill of the 3-on-3 real-time battling system. The trailer offers a look at Trainers teaming up with their partner Pokémon to unleash powerful sync moves.

Pokémon Masters League – Compete in the Pokémon Masters League tournament, which features 3-on-3 battles that take place only on the artificial island of Pasio. In this tournament, Gym Leaders, Elite Four members, Champions, and all-stars from every region of the Pokémon world have formed sync pair teams. Players will battle these teams all across Pasio to obtain badges and become champion of the Pokémon Masters League.

Sygna Suits (not pictured in trailer) – Special outfits that Trainers can wear into battle. When Trainers wear a Sygna Suit, their partner Pokémon changes to match. For example, when Brock dons his Sygna Suit, he teams up with Tyranitar instead of Onix.

Fans can also stay tuned to the official social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, and Twitterfor upcoming news about the game.

Northgard for Consoles Launches September 26, Free Expansion Announced for PC


Shiro Games expands Northgard universe with new Northgard: Conquest mode, console release date and board game

French indie studio Shiro Games has revealed today a series of major news for their best-selling Viking strategy game Northgard. The announcements come ahead of the team’s presence at gamescom 2019, where they will show all the Northgard projects behind closed doors.

Northgard: Conquest is the next major free expansion for the original Steam version (Windows/Mac/Linux) of the popular strategy game and will feature a new procedurally generated campaign mode. Northgard: Conquest allows players to cooperatively chart their way to victory with each player receiving tailor-made missions and objectives, ensuring that each playthrough will be radically different. The new mode is scheduled to be released in October 2019.


• Shiro Games is also bringing Northgard to the console, announcing today that the popular strategy game will make its debut on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on the 26th of September 2019. A physical retail version of the game will also be made available at the same time. Northgard on console will feature all the content found in the Steam base version including the major Ragnarok and Relics updates, as well as reworked user interface and controls.

Northgard: Uncharted Lands is a brand-new board game set in the Northgard universe. It transforms all the Viking clan action, resource gathering, village building, and strategic scheming from the digital original into a visually striking physical game steeped in Norse mythology. Aimed at strategy fans of all ages and experience levels, Northgard: Uncharted Lands is designed to be played by two to five players. As with the popular PC version, players take control of their own Viking clan and explore and conquer new territories, brave the harshest of winters, fight (or befriend) mythical beings and creatures, and defeat any foe on the road to ultimate victory.

Shiro Games will be present at gamescom 2019 to present all three of the above Northgard projects, as well as their upcoming cooperative action survival game Darksburg, to selected media. Appointments are available now.

Northgard was released originally on Steam Early Access on February 22nd, 2017, where it quickly rose to become one of the most popular strategy games on the platform, selling over 1 million copies. The game officially launched out of Early Access on March 7th, 2018, and was one of the highest-rated PC strategy titles to be released in the year, with a Metascore of 80.

More information can be found on the Steam, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

Daemon X Machina Third Trailer




About Daemon X Machina

The future of mech-actions games is here!

Defend the planet and defeat corrupted A.I. controlled robots using your Arsenal, a fully customizable mechanized battle suit. Choose and equip your Arsenal with a multitude of weapons, obtain more from downed enemy Arsenals, and swap them on the fly to suit your strategy in the face of ever-changing threats that may bring the end of the world.

It was the greatest disaster in recorded history… The moon tore apart, turning the sky into a kaleidoscope of red light that illuminated all who watched from below. Survive this apocalyptic new age as a mercenary and pilot powerful mechs in this brand-new action game from Kenichiro Tsukuda (Armored Core) and mech designer Shoji Kawamori (Super Dimensional Fortress Macross).

Key Features

• The player’s avatar is customizable with a variety of options.

• Each Arsenal can be equipped with different weapons on its arms and shoulders, as well as reserve weaponry on its back that can be swapped out during battle.

• Defeated enemies drop ammo and weapons, which the player can obtain and use on the fly.

• Online* and local wireless multiplayer** modes support up to four players.

PopCap Announces that Plants vs. Zombies 3 is Officially in Development


Lend Us Your Brains -- Plants vs. Zombies 3 is Under Construction

PopCap Games, the creator of Plants vs. Zombies, is excited to share that Plants vs. Zombies 3 is under construction! And we would like your help in making this amazing zombie-battling experience even better.

Starting today, PvZ 3 is launching a playable Pre-Alpha through the Google Play Store. During the Pre-Alpha, you should anticipate experiencing bugs (zombies don’t bathe very often) and other issues.

A limited number of downloads will be available for players in phases, so if the option to download isn’t available at first, be sure to check the page another day for your chance to play. Currently, the Pre-Alpha is only available on Android devices.

But don’t soil your plants just yet! PvZ 3 is under early construction and is not representative of the final game. Pre-Alpha is focused on getting feedback on combat features only. We’re saving a lot more for later!

To learn the details, see our FAQ below and sign up for further information.

Why are you making Plants vs. Zombies 3?

Because we love Plants vs. Zombies! At PopCap, we’ve been working on PvZ for years and want to bring our beloved plants and zombies to current players and the next generation of players everywhere. We’re hard at work testing out a lot of fun things that we want your feedback on, and hope you will come on this journey with us!

What is the Plants vs. Zombies 3 Pre-Alpha?

Pre-Alpha is where we give the community a first look at the early development of PvZ 3 and get your feedback. Any content you see is subject to change and will not appear identical when the game launches worldwide.

When will Plants vs. Zombies 3 be available worldwide?

We're still testing different features of PvZ 3 and can't wait to show you more! We want to make sure we have everything ready and in tip-top shape for you to enjoy, so we'll let you know when we have a worldwide release date. Until then, make sure you are in the know by signing up here.

What devices can download and play the Plants vs. Zombies 3 Pre-Alpha?

You'll need an Android device that is at least a Galaxy S7 or higher for specs, with Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or higher in order to play. Unfortunately, the PvZ 3 Pre-Alpha is unavailable for players on iOS at this time.

To play the PvZ 3 Pre-Alpha you must be logged into the same Google Play Games account that you downloaded the Pre-Alpha on, or you will not be able to access the game.

I wasn't able to get into the Plants vs. Zombies 3 Pre-Alpha. How can I play?

If you missed out on a spot, fear not! A limited number of downloads will be available for players in phases. If the option to download isn’t available at first, be sure to check the page another day for your chance to play.

Will my game progress be wiped and why?

We will be making a lot of changes throughout the game’s development and some of these changes will necessitate having to reset progress.

Is the Plants vs. Zombies 3 Pre-Alpha free-to-play?

Yes! The PvZ 3 Pre-Alpha is free-to-play.

Will there be microtransactions?

There are no microtransactions during Pre-Alpha.

What is happening to Plants vs. Zombies 2?

All the content you love in PvZ 2 will still be available.

Tell us more details!

We can't tell you everything about PvZ 3 just yet, but hope you will lend us your brains while the game is in construction! We are just as excited as you are about the next installment! To keep up to date with all the latest PvZ news, make sure you sign up here.

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Microsoft Announces Gamescom 2019 Plans


Xbox is Coming To Gamescom 2019

Following this year’s incredible E3 and the breathtaking reaction we’ve had from our fans, we’re excited to let you know that Xbox will be coming to Gamescom 2019 in Cologne, Germany. We’ll be bringing a great line up of games to the event from developers around the world with almost 200 gameplay stations in our booth, including the first public hands-on of both Minecraft Dungeons, Horde Mode in Gears 5 and fans in Germany can also try Project xCloud for the first time.

Here’s a quick overview of what we’ll be getting up to at the show this year:

Inside Xbox live from Cologne

To kick off the week, we’ll be hosting a special episode of Inside Xbox live from the Gloria Theatre in Cologne. Tune in Monday, August 19 at 5:00 p.m. CEST (8:00 a.m. PDT) for the latest news, games, accessories, and features that we can’t wait to tell you more about!

You can catch the show on xbox.com, Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

Xbox Open Doors

Held at the Gloria Theatre on Wednesday, August 21 to Friday, August 23, Xbox Open Doors offers fans a multiday experience during the week of Gamescom. Entry to Xbox Open Doors is free and fans will be able to participate in community events, game tournaments, panel sessions and other exciting experiences. Stay tuned for more information and announcements about Xbox Open Doors.

Xbox Booth

The Xbox booth will feature nearly 200 gaming stations with a fantastic line up of titles across a variety of genres and platforms, with many of these experiences coming to Xbox Game Pass for Console and Xbox Game Pass for PC at launch. If you’re coming to the show, make sure you pay us a visit – we’re in Hall 8 of the Koelnmesse (access via North entrance).

Gamescom will be the first time that fans in Europe will have the chance to jump in and try out many of our newest gameplay experiences from Xbox Game Studios including Age of Empires II Definitive Edition, Battletoads, Bleeding Edge, Gears 5, Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC, Minecraft Dungeons and more. In addition, we’ll have several highly anticipated third-party games available to play at the booth, including Borderlands 3, Doom Eternal, NBA 2K20, and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. Fans at Gamescom will also be amongst the first in Europe to get hands-on with Project xCloud and experience the true power of cloud gaming on mobile.

Lastly, at Xbox, we believe that gaming should be safe, inclusive, and accessible for all, and in that spirit we’re excited to announce that our booth is even more accessible to fans at the show this year. This includes Xbox Adaptive Controllers available for nearly every game on the booth, wheelchair access at every point of the booth and sign language interpreting support for all on-booth programming in both English and German.

Windows Gaming Powered by Xbox Game Pass

Featuring Xbox Game Pass for PC titles such as Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition and more at our Xbox booth, you can also check out the latest PC gaming hardware at our booth dedicated to gaming on Windows PC. We’ll also have custom-built PCs from BoostBoxx by CSL, the latest gaming laptops and desktops from Acer and other partners showcasing high-quality components that deliver powerful PC gaming experiences. Fans can even try the goliath of gaming chairs, the Predator Thronos!

Visit the Xbox Official Gear Shop

Returning to Gamescom in partnership with Game Legends, come and visit the Xbox Official Gear Shop in the Gamescom fanshop arena. Fly your gaming colors and show off your fandom for Xbox and award-winning franchises like Gears of War, Halo, and Sea of Thieves with all new apparel and collectibles including the Gamescom exclusive Xbox Green Tech Sphere pin!

Show opening times are as follows:

• Tuesday, August 20 – 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CEST (press/trade only day)
• Wednesday, August 21 – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CEST
• Thursday, August 22 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
• Friday, August 23 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
• Saturday, August 24 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST

Remember to keep your eyes on Xbox social channels for the latest news and updates surrounding Xbox at Gamescom 2019 – Mixer, Facebook, Twitter – we’ll keep you updated with all the great activity happening from the show. Can’t wait to see you there!

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Code Vein 'Invading Executioner' Trailer




New Code Vein Trailer Featuring the Invading Executioner Boss is Now Available to View

A new Code Vein trailer highlighting the Invading Executioner boss is now available to view.

The Invading Executioner utilizes her scythe for swift attacks with rhythmic precision. She is also capable of harnessing the element of water for devastating area-of-effect attacks and to close the distance between herself and the player.

Code Vein releases throughout the Americas on September 27, 2019 for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 Launches October 31




About Luigi’s Mansion 3

Luigi’s dream vacation turns into a ghostly—and gooey— nightmare!

Luigi embarks on a dream vacation with Mario and friends upon receiving an invitation to a luxurious hotel. However, his dream quickly becomes a nightmare when King Boo reveals everything had been a ploy to capture Mario and friends. With the assistance of Professor E. Gadd once again, the reluctant and cowardly hero Luigi traverses up and down treacherous floors of the now-ominous hotel on a quest to save them.

Wield the upgraded Poltergust G-00 to slam and blow away the ghosts’ defenses, or summon Gooigi, an all-green doppelganger that can help Luigi overcome obstacles he can’t get past alone. Interchange between Luigi and Gooigi as one player, or grab a friend and control one each. For more frenetic multiplayer action, race the timer to clear various objectives on a series of floors in ScareScraper mode. ScareScraper mode can be played online* or locally with up to eight players on four Nintendo Switch systems (additional games required; sold separately).

Key Features

• He may still be cowardly, but Luigi has more tools and abilities at his disposal than ever before. Master Luigi’s new powerful moves of Slam, Suction Shot, and Burst.

• Team up with Professor E. Gadd’s latest invention, Gooigi, an all-green doppelganger able to slip through tight spaces, walk on spikes, and otherwise help Luigi overcome obstacles he can’t get past alone.

• Interchange between Luigi and Gooigi as one player, or grab a friend and control one each at the same time.

• Explore the Last Resort, ascending through its differently themed floors full of quirky contraptions and haunting enemies.

• Race the timer with up to 8 players** to clear objectives on a series of floors in the ScareScraper.

Streets of Rage 4 'Behind the Tracks' Developer Diary




Streets of Rage 4 Soundtrack Details Revealed: Series Composers Yūzō Koshiro and Motohiro

Talent behind beloved, classic tracks for Street Fighter II, Kingdom Hearts, Sonic the Hedgehog and more also supporting soundtrack

Publisher and co-developer Dotemu (Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, Windjammers 1 and 2) with co-developers Lizardcube (Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap) and Guard Crush Games (Streets of Fury) today revealed that Yūzō Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima, the original Streets of Rage series’ incomparable composers, will be joined by an all-star ensemble in contributing brand new tracks for the Streets of Rage 4 soundtrack.

In a new video released by Dotemu, Yūzō Koshiro and fellow Streets of Rage composer Motohiro Kawashima detail their direction and goals in making an impactful, unforgettable score for Streets of Rage 4. Filmed earlier this year during BitSummit, the group discusses a range of subjects, from channeling the thumping club anthems fans loved in the original games to crafting sounds that weren’t heard in the previous entries.

Revealing that Yūzō Koshiro and studio Ancient pitched a sequel to Streets of Rage at one point, the video also candidly explores some of the internal pressures that the original Streets of Rage team was facing during development while directly competing with Capcom’s Street Fighter II, which at the time was being scored by Yoko Shimomura. The legendary Shinomura is revealed below as lending her musical mastery to the upcoming soundtrack as well.

Thanks to the help of Brave Wave Productions, a music label that brings the work of Japanese game musicians to global audiences, Streets of Rage 4 will feature original music from:

Yūzō Koshiro (Streets of Rage 1, 2 & 3, Ys I & II, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Revenge Shinobi, Shenmue I & II, Super Smash Bros. Brawl for 3DS and Wii U & Ultimate, ActRaiser 1 & 2)

Motohiro Kawashima (Streets of Rage 2 & 3, Shinobi II, Batman Returns)

Yoko Shimomura (Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Kingdom Hearts I, II & III, Super Mario RPG, Legend of Mana, Parasite Eve)

Hideki Naganuma (Jet Set Radio & Future, Super Monkey Ball, Sega Rally 2)

Keiji Yamagishi (Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Bowl, Captain Tsubasa)

“Among these names stand some of the most legendary and memorable musical architects in video game history,” said Cyrille Imbert, executive producer of Streets of Rage 4. “Since we first announced the title last fall, fans have been asking who will be involved in the game’s soundtrack as it is a vital element to the Streets of Rage games. We are thrilled to confirm this world-class lineup of musical talent for Streets of Rage 4.”

Streets of Rage 4 will be the first entry to the core series in 25 years, standing as Axel and Blaze’s glorious return to serving up side-scrolling beatdowns. With lush hand-drawn animations, new combat abilities, and fresh tracks from an amazing team of composers, Streets of Rage 4 will be a masterful tribute to and revitalisation of the classic action fans adore.

More information and surprises about the Streets of Rage 4 soundtrack will be revealed in the future.

To keep your skull-cracking combo on the latest Streets of Rage 4 news going, head over to streets4rage.com.