From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki, the mastermind behind the likes of Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and the upcoming Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, has shared his thoughts on the (oft-requested) possibility of a Demon's Souls remake.Demon's Souls is, of course, the 2009 PS3 game that first introduced the world to Miyazaki's mesmerising, and hugely influential, action-adventure template. We're rapidly approaching its tenth anniversary on February 5th this year, and that (alongside the fact that its official servers are no longer online), would seem to make 2019 the perfect time to give Demon's Souls the respectful remaster treatment. As Digital Foundry's Tom Morgan argued last year.But does its creator agree? Somewhat disappointingly, Miyazaki has now revealed to Game Informer that, even though the decision to create a Demon's Souls remaster would ultimately lie with IP holder Sony, it's not a project that he'd personally be interested in working on."It's like when you write - when you're … [Read more...] about Miyazaki shares his thoughts on much-requested Demon’s Souls remake
Paradox Interactive has revealed that its previously announced PS4 and Xbox One edition of interstellar grand strategy game Stellaris will arrive on February 26th.Stellaris originally launched on PC back in 2016 and, despite a few structural wobbles, was generally well received. Since then, its expansive take on intergalactic empire management - which is rather handily summarised in the Stellaris: Console Edition trailer below - has undergone some major changes, tidying up its flabby midsection, dramatically altering movement (and thus game flow) through the galaxy, and much more. From what I can tell, however, Stellaris looks to be coming to consoles in its Version 1.8 guise - meaning that it will be free of the rather seismic (and somewhat controversial) changes introduced on PC in Version 2.0. Paradox has also confirmed plans to support the console edition with its usual deluge of post-launch DLC - which, on PC, has so far expanded the game's story elements, its economy systems, … [Read more...] about Sci-fi grand strategy game Stellaris gets a February release date on PS4 and Xbox One
It's been a long wait, but Dontnod is finally poised to unleash the second episode of its so-far well-received Life is Strange 2. It's coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC on January 24th, and there's now a launch trailer to get you in the mood.Life is Strange 2 introduces new series protagonists Sean and Daniel Diaz, two brothers forced to go on the run following a tragic accident. Those yet to give the first episode (which debuted last September) a whirl, might want to avoid the trailer below for fear of spoilers - and, indeed, given the game's story focus, those fully up-to-date might want to tread lightly too. Unsurprisingly, Dontnod hasn't yet offered an estimated time of arrival for Life is Strange 2's remaining three episodes, but it said last December that it would be unlikely to match the release cadence of previous Life is Strange games if it was "to meet the quality of play and storytelling that our vision for a game like this demands and that you deserve." If the studio … [Read more...] about Life is Strange 2’s second episode gets a trailer ahead of this week’s release
Last year, it was revealed loot boxes will be coming to Trials Rising. It was surprising to see a series which prides itself on player skill yield to any kind of in-game monetisation, even if they are purely cosmetic, especially when the industry has appeared to turn tail on such practices.So how do Trials Rising's microtransactions work? At a recent press event, each time you levelled up in the campaign you are rewarded with a loot box - known as a 'Gear Crate' - giving you a random assortment of cosmetic items, including new outfits, bike liveries, stickers and racer poses.If you don't want what's inside, you can spend in-game currency (earned from completing events across the game) to reroll the contents of the loot box, allowing you to try again. Additional Gear Crates can also be purchased with in-game currency.You can also unlock items directly from a marketplace using both the in-game currency and Trials Rising's premium currency, Acorns, which is bought with real-world cash. … [Read more...] about What’s the deal with Trials Rising’s microtransactions?
Aspects of Trials Rising's multiplayer will be cross-platform, publisher Ubisoft has revealed.Though player-versus-player competitive modes will be restricted to each individual platform - unlike say Fortnite and Rocket League - other features such as leaderboard progress and user-created tracks will be shared across PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch.There are some caveats to the way it works. With ghosts, for example, "players play the track and record ghosts in leaderboards that afterwards can be accessed by players from other platforms", a spokesperson explained to Eurogamer, while track editor sharing might be bound by performance.Though Trials Rising on Switch offers all the same features as other platforms, more complicated tracks might see some restrictions."Although we share all UGC [user generated content] tracks across all platforms we might take extra precaution in the future to indicate if a specific track can be comfortably played on a select platform," explained Ubisoft. "For … [Read more...] about Trials Rising’s leaderboards and user-created tracks will be cross-platform