Rune Factory 5 Launches in Spring 2021 in Japan, 2021 in the West





The Stage is Set for a New Adventure, XSEED Games to Launch Rune Factory 5 in 2021

XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, announced that Rune Factory 5, the long-awaited sequel in the beloved simulation RPG series, will launch in 2021 on the Nintendo Switch system in North America. Most recently, Rune Factory 4 Special released in February 2020 to high critical praise with a Metacritic score of 81. In-game footage of Rune Factory 5 was revealed for the first time in the latest Nintendo Direct mini, showing off a brand new look at the game’s stylized and vibrant art.

About Rune Factory 5

Set off on a grand adventure in a fantasy world with the latest entry in the Rune Factory simulation RPG series. After losing their memory, the hero lands in a small town blessed by nature. There, they are recruited into a band of peacekeeping rangers, and their new life begins. In addition to their normal duties, the hero can farm the land, cast a line into the nearby river, and so much more! Team up with townsfolk to battle monsters and unleash powerful combination attacks—just one of the features new to the series. The stage is set, and the curtain rises on an exciting new adventure in Rune Factory 5!

Key Features

• Tame monsters or team up with townsfolk to explore a massive world.

• Defend the frontier and support your community as a peacekeeping ranger.

• Unleash uniquely powerful combo attacks with your teammates.

• Cultivate crops in the fields.

• Find friendship, love, and family with a colorful cast of character.

Developed by Marvelous Inc. and published in North America by XSEED Games and Europe by Marvelous Europe, Rune Factory 5 is scheduled to launch in 2021 on the Nintendo Switch.

Balan Wonderworld Launches March 26, 2021





Be the Star of the Show in Balan Wonderworld, Coming Marcha 26, 2021

Square Enix confirmed a release date of March 26, 2021 for Balan Wonderworld – the all-new action-platformer from the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog. Balan Wonderworld will be playable on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 console, PlayStation 4 console, Xbox One and Xbox Series X devices and PC (Steam).

As players explore the fantastical land of Wonderworld, they’ll be guided by an enigmatic maestro named Balan, who will help players restore balance to the world by clearing Wonderworld of Negati, physical manifestations of worry and other negative emotions. To accomplish this, players will jump, climb, fly, smash, and more, as they explore a multitude of unique areas, collecting over 80 unique costumes to assist on the journey. Each costume bestows its own special power, from the Pumpkin Puncher outfit that lets players smash through enemies or obstacles blocking pathways to the Air Cat costume that allows players to walk in mid-air for a certain amount of time.



The new trailer also showcases Balan Wonderworld’s cooperative multiplayer feature. With this feature, two players can explore the game in local co-op, using creativity to overcome challenges by finding ideal combinations of costumes that work well together. Players can work independently, using the abilities of their respective costumes, or, if both players enter close proximity of one another, they can enjoy the “Joint Play” feature and use their costume abilities together at the same time.

Balan Wonderworld is an all-new experience from renowned gaming industry talent including Director, Yuji Naka (Sonic the Hedgehog Franchise Creator, Sonic Team Co-Founder) and Character Designer, Naoto Ohshima (Sonic the Hedgehog, Doctor Eggman, Sonic Team Co-Founder). The game marks Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima’s first collaboration in 20 years and is the first game from the newly established Balan Company gaming brand. Balan Wonderworld brings together talented video game developers, visual artists, and composers to tell the greatest stories and provide the ultimate platformer experiences.



Balan Wonderworld will be available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 console, PlayStation 4 console, Xbox One and Xbox Series X with support for Smart Delivery and PC (Steam) on March 26, 2021. Pre-orders for current gen platforms are available now from the Square Enix store, next-gen will be added soon. For more information, visit: balanwonderworld.com

Sniper Elite 4 Coming to Switch in 2020





Sniper Elite 4 is Coming to Switch!

Independent UK developer Rebellion is delighted to announce that it’s bringing Sniper Elite 4 to the Nintendo Switch.

As unveiled during the new Nintendo Direct, the award-winning, BAFTA-nominated tactical shooter will come to the Switch later this year, both in boxed and digital editions.

Sniper Elite 4 is the most widely acclaimed entry in Rebellion’s sharpshooter series, which has sold more than 20 million units worldwide. It continues the series’ heritage of thrilling World War Two action, taking players to the lush Mediterranean landscapes of Italy, 1943 where the Resistance fights to defeat a terrifying new threat to the Allied fightback.

Sniper Elite 4 combines emergent stealth action with unrivalled sniping freedom in huge maps brimming with tactical possibilities. Switch owners can look forward to:

• Genre-leading sniping defined by advanced, authentic ballistics.

• An expansive campaign featuring massive maps and boundless strategy.

• Trademark X-Ray kill cams, including melee and explosive takedowns.

• Iconic WW2 weaponry; sniper rifles, pistols, SMGs, traps, grenades and more.

• Upgrade and customize your skills and weaponry as you progress.

• Tactical traversal mechanics; climb, hang, shimmy and leap across maps!.

• And much more.



On Nintendo Switch, Sniper Elite 4 offers exclusive new features including:

• Motion aim with gyroscopic controls.

• HD rumble support- feel your heartbeat and bullet impacts!

• Pro Controller support to take your precision up a level.

• Motion aim with gyroscopic controls.

• HD rumble support- feel your heartbeat and bullet impacts!

• Pro Controller support to take your precision up a level Stay tuned for more info on Sniper Elite 4 for Switch ahead of its release later this year.

Finally, Rebellion, Sold Out and GSE are partnering to release Sniper Elite 4 for the first time in Japan on PlayStation 4. Look out for more news soon. For more information, please visit Sniper.com.

Empire of Sin Launches December 1





About Empire of Sin

Empire of Sin is a new strategy game brought to you by Romero Games and Paradox Interactive that puts you at the heart of the ruthless criminal underworld of 1920s Prohibition-era Chicago. Slip into the shoes of one of the fourteen real and historically inspired mob bosses such as Al Capone, Stephanie St. Clair, or Goldie Garneau and assemble a rag-tag gang, build and manage your criminal empire, and defend your turf from rival gangs. It’s up to you to hustle, charm, and intimidate your way to the top and do whatever it takes to stay there—break a leg!

Key Features

Role-Play – Choose one of fourteen unique bosses based on fictional and real-world gangsters, then set out to build and manage your criminal empire in Chicago’s infamous Prohibition era.

Empire Management – Build your Empire of Sin and run Chicago’s underworld economy with business savvy, brutality or city-wide notoriety. Strategically manage your establishments such as speakeasies, supply chains, casinos and more.

Turn-Based Combat – Assemble your gang and slug it out in turn-based combat to defend and expand your territory – or send a message to opposing gangs.

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny Announced for PS4 and Switch





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Monster Hunter Rise & Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin Announced for Switch









Monster Hunter Rise and Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin Land on Nintendo Switch on 2021

Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, announced Monster Hunter Rise and Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, two all-new Monster Hunter experiences currently in development for the Nintendo Switch console. The award-winning and top-selling Monster Hunter series continues to soar to new heights with the worldwide releases of Monster Hunter Rise on March 26, 2021 and Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin in Summer 2021.

Monster Hunter Rise evolves the Monster Hunter series by providing hunters with an inventive set of new tools to track down and defeat threatening monsters. Players can tackle these challenges solo, or with up to three other hunters in local or cooperative online play. Offering a story-based RPG experience, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin will immerse players into the adventures of a new Monster Rider, as they journey to a variety of scenic locations, embark on epic quests and befriend magnificent monsters.

Monster Hunter Rise is an action RPG that will transport players to the colorful Kamura Village, an all-new serene mountain locale that attracts visitors with its unique culture and innovative hunting technologies. After hunters equip their armor and select from one of the various weapon types, all-new hunting grounds await, including the ancient Shrine Ruins and more. Featuring maps with no loading times, the continuous gameplay ensures that players will remain on their quests as soon as the hunt begins without transitions between areas.



The core gameplay experience in Monster Hunter Rise will feel familiar to previous Monster Hunter entries, but it also introduces several new and exciting mechanics for hunters to master. For the first time ever, wire-based grappling actions can be performed by using a “Wirebug” while standing or in mid-air, adding an all-new level of aerial maneuverability to hunting strategies and attacks. As players defeat monsters and progress through the game, items from fallen foes can be used to craft unique weapons and armor that will increase their chances of future success and survival.

Monster Hunter Rise will introduce Magnamalo, a menacing new flagship monster that will present a formidable challenge to hunters of all skill levels. Players can expect to confront additional new monsters like the shape-shifting Aknosom, the amphibious Tetranadon, as well as numerous fan-favorite and returning species from previous Monster Hunter games. In addition to the plethora of solo and multiplayer quests, the story mode will task aspiring hunters with discovering the secrets behind the puzzling “Rampage” events that threaten Kamura Village.

Monster Hunter Rise will also debut new hunting partners called Palamutes, personalized and rideable “Canyne” companions that will provide players with a new set of attack options, while “Felyne” Palicoes will return as support characters for actions like healing. On solo hunts, players can select both a Palamute and Palico to assist them, while multiplayer hunters can choose either one.



In addition to the physical and digital standard editions of Monster Hunter Rise available for pre-order, a special digital Deluxe Edition and physical Collector’s Edition are also being offered. The digital Deluxe Edition will include the standard edition of the game, as well as a digital DLC pack voucher that can be redeemed for bonus in-game content such as a “Kamurai” full layered armor set, exclusive gestures, cosmetic items and more. The limited Collector’s Edition (physical only) will contain everything from the Deluxe Edition, in addition to physical items including a monster icon sticker pack, Kamura mark enamel pin and an amiibo figure of Magnamalo, the flagship monster featured in the game. Pre-order options and pricing details for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin will be announced at a later date.

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin offers both RPG and Monster Hunter fans a unique new experience with a rich storyline featuring charming characters, challenging quests and friendly encounters with familiar monsters from the Monster Hunter series. Assuming the role of a young Monster Rider who can use a Kinship Stone to form strong bonds with monsters, players can gain experience and improve their skills to form deeper connections with these wonderful creatures. When ready, players can embark on memorable adventures filled with dramatic events and heartwarming friendships as the epic tale unfolds. Further details on Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin will be shared in the future.

Katamari Damacy Reroll for PS4 and Xbox One Launches November 20 in the West





Bandai Namco Entertainment Keeps the Good Times as Katamary Damacy Reroll Rolls Onto the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Leading video game developer and publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment America announced that The Dashing Prince and King of All Cosmos make their grand entry onto the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One in the Americas on November 20, 2020. Featuring truly unique gameplay that’s easy to pick-up and play and backed by a whimsical soundtrack, Katamari Damacy Reroll will transport players to a magical world of delight and fun where anything and everything can be rolled up into a Katamari ball.

The King of All Cosmos has knocked out all the stars in the sky after a particularly rambunctious night of fun. Realizing his mistake, The King has tasked his young son, The Prince, to go to Earth and roll up as many things as possible to recreate the missing celestial bodies. Paper clips, books, cars, buildings, mountains, and continents, nothing is too big or too small for The Prince and his adhesive Katamari ball. For players looking to challenge their friends to a “roll-off”, Katamari Damacy Reroll will feature a head-to-head local multiplayer mode where the player who rolls up the biggest Katamari ball wins praise from the King of the Cosmos.

“The Katamari Damacy series embodies pure joy and whimsy. The combination of its out-of-this-world story, colorful art style, cute characters, and delightful J-pop soundtrack, the game personifies light-hearted fun.” said Abelina Villegas, Associate Brand Manager for Bandai Namco Entertainment America. “2020 has been a trying year and we hope the arrival of Katamari Damacy Reroll on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will deliver smiles and laughter to households around the globe.”

MXGP 2020 Announced for PS5, PS4, Xbox One and PC





Milestone Announces MXGP 2020

Milestone is proud to announce MXGP 2020, the new release of the official FIM Motocross World Championship, available from 10 December on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Windows PC/Steam.

With MXGP 2020 you can fully experience the excitement of the current MXGP season, competing with 68 riders from both MXGP and MX2 categories on the 19 circuits of the 2020 season. Starting as a rookie, players can choose their path to glory: joining an official team or creating their own.



Official MXGP tracks aren’t enough? The Track Editor is back with some great features added in. Thanks to the new Heightmaps feature, players can replicate the real MX tracks configurations, often built on hills and mountains, adding realism and all the challenges that real riders face during races. There will be 4 different terrain types that players can choose and customize - Plain, Quarry, Vineyard and Forest - to create the track of their dream. All new tracks created, can be shared online with friends.

To enjoy free-roam riding, alone or with friends, in MXGP 2020 returns one of the most beloved features, the Playground. Players can test their riding skills in the new setting inspired to Norwegian fjords terrains, and this year they can also free ride together with other 3 friends*. And to create more fun in the Playground, the beloved Waypoint mode returns, now allowing races up to 4 players.



MXGP 2020 Multiplayer Mode will be boosted with Dedicated Servers for a lag-free gameplay experience, and Race Director Mode to create amazing Online tournaments, deciding starting positions, assigning penalties or choosing the cameras to focus on.

Last but not least, MXGP 2020 make feel every rider unique, with more than 10.000 items, all officially licensed from more than 110 brands of the Motocross world. Not only cosmetic customizations: bike performances can be also improved with real life replica of different bike parts.

New God of War Title Announced for PS5

Demon’s Souls Remake Five Minutes Gameplay Trailer





Demon’s Souls PS5 gameplay first look

We have been working diligently for almost three years on the legend that is Demon’s Souls. Together with the masters of the remaster Bluepoint Games, we have lovingly crafted this thrilling experience to bring it to stunning new life on PlayStation 5.

In Demon’s Souls, we send you back to the fog-ridden kingdom of Boletaria like you’ve never seen it before. Here, death is not the end, and again the challenge seems insurmountable. But this dark world draws you in nonetheless, with its sumptuous sights and chilling sounds. Through the power of haptics, you feel every visceral blow, making even small victories all the sweeter.



It was essential to us that we recreated Demon’s Souls in such a way that longtime fans are transported back to the Boletaria they love. It’s the Boletaria that has been growing and maturing in their imaginations for over a decade. A place where every room, corner, and corridor has a story to tell. Here, the original characters, encounters and battles are brought to life in greater fidelity, making the story even richer and darker.

Even as we went back to the drawing board to build upon the original art, sound, music, and feel, our goal was always to remain true to the vision of the original classic – its story, gameplay and level design. With this in mind, we fine-tuned the title to ensure the game remains fresh and appeals to new users accustomed to modern controls and experiences.

This time, we’re thrilled to bring you an extended look at gameplay, featuring the first challenge you’ll face on your arduous journey – the grotesque demon Vanguard.



Above all, this is to ensure the lands of Boletaria are living and breathing worlds, home to all manner of terrors, brimming with tension and challenge. In this way, we hope that Demon’s Souls is both parts new and familiar, welcoming to veterans and newcomers alike.

This time, we’re thrilled to bring you an extended look at gameplay, featuring the first challenge you’ll face on your arduous journey – the grotesque demon Vanguard.



The Demon’s Souls Digital Deluxe Edition, available to pre-order at PlayStation Store for $89.99 / €99.99, includes the full game and additional in-game digital content to prepare you for the ultimate challenge.

Pre-order any edition of Demon’s Souls from PlayStation Store to receive the Reaper Scythe weapon, once wielded by sorcerers who commanded the spirits of the dead. The Reaper Scythe is a pole weapon with a curved blade on one end that is so sharp that they say it can sever your soul from your body. It can mow down many targets in a single blow, but is difficult to handle and requires both strength and dexterity to use.

Gavin Moore- Creative Director, SIE Worldwide Studios External Development

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