While CES 2021 has certainly dominated the news this week, there has also been some gaming news to cover, with one particularly significant announcement, but as I go by alphabetical order, I have something else to cover first. The Irregular Corporation with developer Fireart Games have announced TOHU will be releasing on January 28 for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia. This also means it can be pre-ordered now for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, and all pre-orders will have a 10% discount as well.
TOHU is an adventure game that follows The Girl as her world of fish planets is disturbed by a strange, shadowy creature. Seeking only chaos, The Stranger destroys the sacred engine for this world, putting life on every planet in jeopardy. The Girl must now go on a journey to save the world, and on the way she will meet several eccentric characters, including Juncle, a forgetful friend and former caregiver, and The Broker, a highbrow trader who lives in a bathtub. During the gameplay you will be able to swap between The Girl and Cubus whenever it is necessary to apply their different abilities.
Source: The Irregular Corporation (TOHU)
Now for that particularly significant announcement, which is Lucasfilm Games has been formed and will now be the identity for all gaming titles coming from Lucasfilm. This means Star Wars games are now going to controlled by it instead of EA, but also other Lucasfilm properties. MachineGames, the developers of Wolfenstein: The New Order and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, are working on an Indiana Jones game with an original story with Todd Howard of Bethesda Games Studios as an executive producer. The only other information we have for the title is the original story will be set at the height of the career of the adventurer, which would be around World War II.
Also revealed is that Ubisoft is working on a new, story-driven, open-world Star Wars adventure as well, with Ubisoft Massive specifically working on it. The studio’s most recent game is The Division 2. It will definitely prove interesting to see what additional studios will partner with Lucasfilm Games going forward, and what properties we can expect new titles in.
Motion Twin and Evil Empire have shared that Dead Cells next DLC, Fatal Falls, will be releasing on January 26. A new gameplay trailer was also released, to let you see what we can expect from the game’s second paid DLC since it debuted in 2017. Pre-orders for the new Dead Cells: The Fatal Seed Bundle have also begun on the Nintendo Switch, but we can expect it with a discount on other platforms late this month. Exactly when the sale starts will vary by platform, so you should check your preferred platform’s store on January 26 for details on the 10 discount period. This bundle includes the game with its 20 free updates and both of the paid DLC, The Bad Seed and Fata Falls.
With Fatal Falls the game will receive two new mid-game biomes to explore, a new boss, as well as new weapons and items to help you survive. You can see The Fractured Shrines and The Undying Shores biomes in the gameplay reveal trailer below, as well as The Scarecrow, the new boss. If you are already familiar with the game, you may recognize the boss as the Royal Gardener gone wrong with Malaise. For new weapons we have the maniacal sword that flies and scythes have been added. There are also lightning rods, Ferryman’s lantern, Scarecrow’s sickles, and more to help you slash your way through the enemies.
If you are interested in the game but unsure if you want to get the bundle, the base game will be on sale during the same period at 50% off for the first time. The Bad Seed DLC will also be on sale at 30%, its first discount. You can check out the latest patch notes with the source link below.
Source: Press Release Motion Twins and Evil Empire (Dead Cells Patch Notes)
Now for some news from Square Enix as the publisher with developer People Can Fly have released some information on the PC version of the upcoming OUTRIDERS game, including specifications.
|Minium (Low, 760p60)||Recommended (High, 1080p60)||Ultra (Ultra, 2160p60)|
|OS||Window 10||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|CPU (AMD)||FX 8350||Ryzen 5 1600||TBD|
|CPU (Intel)||i5 3470||i7 7700||TBD|
|Memory||8 GB||16 GB||16 GB|
|GPU (AMD)||R9 270X||RX 480 (8 GB)||TBD|
|GPU (NVIDIA)||GTX 750 Ti||GTX 1060 (6 GB)||TBD|
|DirectX||DirectX 11||DirectX 12||DirectX 12|
|Storage||70 GB||70 GB||70 GB|
As you can see there is actually a pretty good range here as 1080p60 at the High preset is only requiring an AMD RX 480 or NVIDIA GTX 1060 (6 GB). The exact specifications for enjoying the Ultra preset at 2160p60 are missing currently, but as the game will support DLSS, those with NVIDIA RTX GPUs may be able to apply that to help run at such a configuration. For those with other GPUs, dynamic resolution scaling can be applied to increase performance by reducing resolution, when necessary. There is also support for ultrawide monitors at 3440×1440, customizable HUD, key remapping, adjustable FOV, and NVIDIA Ansel. Those who prefer a different language will find 13 are supported for the interface and subtitles while nine have full audio support. There will be full cross play across platforms, so you can play with your friends whatever their preferred platforms, though Cross Save is limited to the same eco-system.
OUTRIDERS is releasing on April 1 for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, and PlayStation 5, though there will be a demo for these same platforms on February 25. The Google Stadia release will come later in 2021.
THQ Nordic has announced with Feld Entertainment Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 will be arriving on March 2 for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia. With this title the franchise will be expanded with online multiplayer, a larger truck roster, and five new worlds. You can see the gameplay in the trailer embedded below, and if it interests you, the base game will be priced at $39.99 while the Power Out Bundle will cost $59.99. Those who pre-order either version on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will receive the Inverse Higher Education truck, bringing their fleet of vehicles to 39. The Power Out Bundle, when pre-ordered on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, will also get 24 hours of early access, the original Monster Jam Steel Titans, and three DLC track packs.
Ubisoft has announced a cross over event between Ghost Recon Breakpoint and Rainbow 6 Siege that will allow the Ghosts to team up with Operators. Operation Amber Sky takes place across nine new and free missions as Ghosts and Rainbow investigate a gas being manufactured by Sentinal, and after completing the first mission you will be able to deploy Ash, Thatcher, and Finka in place of your regular AI teammates. With this event will also come the survival mechanic of needing to don a gasmask and replace filters in areas filled with the deadly gas. There will also be over 120 customization items added as part of this and completely all of the event missions will grant 11 unique rewards.
The event is arriving as part of Title Update 3.10 on January 19 and there will be a free weekend from January 21 to January 24, so anyone can try out the game and Operation Amber Sky on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and Google Stadia. During the free weekend the game will also be on sale for 85% off, and naturally any progression will carry over.
Those who have been looking forward to Riders Republic will have to wait a bit longer, as Ubisoft has announced the game has been delayed. This massive multiplayer, outdoor sports playground title is going to be coming out later this year as the development team feel they need the time to make it into the best fun fueled experience it can be.
Source: Ubisoft (Riders Republic)
This week has seen the release of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition, if you need something old that is new again to play. This version of the brawler includes all of the original game’s DLC and can be purchased on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, Amazon Luna, and Ubisoft for $14.99. For those with the newer Xbox Series X/S or PlayStation 5, it will be playable with compatibility mode.
For the biggest fans of the game, starting today you can pre-order Limited Editions of the game that will include a physical copy for the PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch, as well as exclusive merchandise. These editions will only be available for six weeks and only from limitedrungames.com. The Standard Edition, priced at $34.99 includes a reversible cover with new art from the original game artist, “Leo’s Place” ticket stub, and a full-color instruction booklet. The Classic Edition will be $54.99 and adds a hard clamshell retro box, CD of the soundtrack, folded overworld map, and sticker sheet. Lastly the K.O. Edition, priced at $139.99, adds on to the Classic Edition with “Sex Bob-omb” guitar picks, drum sticks, the soundtrack on cassette tape, seven card high-gloss holofoil trading card set, hardbound guide book, and an authentic, hinged hard-shell roadie case box with 3D pip-up scene with working lights and sound.