Ubisoft is reviving Prince of Persia as a time-manipulating VR room escape game
Other / 12. 2. 2020

Almost a decade after its last appearance on home consoles, Ubisoft’s much-loved Prince of Persia series is being revived. You’ll probably want to keep your expectations in check, however; it’s returning in the form of a virtual reality room escape game. Those familiar with Ubisoft’s activities away from consoles will likely already be familiar with the concept. The publisher has released two other room-scale VR room escape games to date – designed to be played by teams of participants at dedicated, specially equipped venues – both themed around the Assassin’s Creed series. Ubisoft’s first Prince of Persia VR room escape offering, subtitled The Dagger of Time, tasks players with reaching the Hourglass Chamber of the mysterious Fortress of Time (last seen in 2004’s Warrior Within) at the behest of Kaileena, the Empress of Time. There’s an evil Magi to be stopped, and an army of sand monsters to thwart along the way. Read more

Two More Characters and Maps Added to Resident Evil Resistance
Other / 12. 2. 2020

Two new Masterminds and two new maps have been announced for Resident Evil: Resistance, the multiplayer component of the upcoming Resident Evil 3 remake. Alex Wesker and Ozwell E. Spencer will each be playable Mastermind characters, with an abandoned horror-themed park and a casino available to torment Survivors in. According to Capcom, Alex Wesker will have more traps compared to other Masterminds. She can set up barriers for Survivors like her plant-based bioweapon Yateveo. Yateveo doesn’t move but can be placed in front of objectives to cause some trouble for Survivors. Resident Evil 3 and Resistance producer Peter Fabiano told PlayStation Blog that he’s looking forward to seeing how players use Alex’s bioweapon. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/11/18/project-resistance-5-player-gameplay-in-4k”] “You’ve got a few plant-based enemies in the Resident Evil series. Plant 42, Ivy, and the Huge Plant from the Outbreak games, for example. Yateveo doesn’t take direct influence from any of them – or maybe it indirectly does from all of them – but we thought it would be interesting to have a Mastermind use a creature that’s fixed in one spot,” Fabiano said. “This could add a layer of strategy to how Masterminds could play.” Ozwell doesn’t even have a bioweapon. Instead, the character…

Mass Effect lead writer Drew Karpyshyn joins ex-BioWare vets’ new Wizards of the Coast studio
Other / 12. 2. 2020

Back in January, Magic: The Gathering publisher Wizards of the Coast unveiled Archetype Entertainment, a new video game development studio particularly notable for the fact that it’s being helmed by two ex-BioWare veterans – and now Mass Effect 1 and 2 lead writer Drew Karpyshyn has confirmed that he’s joined the team too. Archetype’s studio head is former BioWare creative director and lead designer James Ohlen – who previously worked on the likes of Baldur’s Gate, Dragon Age: Origins, Neverwinter Nights, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – while another BioWare alumni, Chad Robertson, will be vice president and general manager. Karpyshyn, who left BioWare for the second time in March 2018, joins the Austin, Texas studio as lead writer. Fans of BioWare’s classic output were already intrigued when Archetype Entertainment revealed it’s first title would be a new story-driven sci-fi RPG; couple that with the news its lead writer will be the man behind Mass Effect 1 and 2 – and who also has an enviable resume featuring the likes of Baldur’s Gate, Knights of the Old Republic, and Dragon Age – and that excitement is likely to raise a few notches higher. Read more

E3 2020: Here Are the Companies That Are Attending
Other / 12. 2. 2020

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the organization behind E3, has released a list of major publishers that will be attending this year’s expo. That list includes Microsoft, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Take-Two, Square Enix, Capcom, Bandai Namco, Warner Bros., and SEGA, according to the ESA. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=e3-2020-confirmed-companies-attending-the-show&captions=true”] The news comes shortly after E3 Coliseum producer-host Geoff Keighley announced he won’t be attending this year’s show. In response to a question on Twitter, Keighley elaborated on his decision, saying he doesn’t “really feel comfortable participating given what I know about the show as of today.” Sony previously announced it’s skipping E3 for the second consecutive year, as the company doesn’t “feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year” — a year that includes a console launch in PlayStation 5 this holiday season. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2018/11/27/why-e3-2020-is-critical-for-xbox”] The ESA also announced public registration for E3 2020 will open on February 15. The company said E3 2020 will feature new experiences for attendees and livestream viewers, including an “all-new floor experience that will be streamed to bring exclusive conversations with leading industry innovators and creators.” A report published in September stated the ESA is looking to…

All Heck Has Broken Loose in Trove on Xbox One
Other / 12. 2. 2020

Dragonfire Peaks, a toasty-warm beautiful world ruled by all kinds of Trovian Dragons, has suddenly been overrun by an army of amorous visitors from the faraway lands of Defiance. Heckbugs! Heckbugs everywhere! What’s a Trovian to do when faced with such plight but to help these poor hapless creatures? All they want is to be loved! Qubesly needs your assistance with granting those Heckbugs their dearest wish. Skitter along for eight new quests that will take you from the caves of Geode to the mountains of Dragonfire Peaks. Take good care of the additional little ally following you, it will melt the hardest shields around the most glittering carapaces and maybe find their ideal match along the way, too. Set Heckbug hearts aflutter and they might drop you a Skittering Heart Box as a prize. Don’t worry, you won’t be joining the Lonely Hearts Club either: Spread the love and you will ride away on a truly electrifying new mount! Let’s all join up, and make sure that it’s Heckbugs in Love all around. Trove Trion Worlds Inc. ☆☆☆☆☆ 482 ★★★★★ Get it now Trove – Going Green now live! Gardening is now bigger and better than ever. With new…

Long-in-the-works kingdom management sim Yes, Your Grace is finally out next month
Other / 12. 2. 2020

Developer Brave At Night’s long-in-the-works pixel art kingdom management sim Yes, Your Grace is finally making its way to Steam on 6th March. Those entering its world of regal manipulations will don the crown of King Eryk, put-upon ruler of the medieval kingdom of Davern, and set about juggling their royal responsibilities and tumultuous family life, ultimately influencing the fate of their three bickering daughters. Predominantly, those duties involve listening to the plight of visiting petitioners – be they penniless peasants or royalty from neighbouring regions. Players will decide who’s most deserving of the kingdom’s gold and resources; they’ll hire generals, hunters, and witches to aid in their efforts; they’ll even forge alliances to garner support in the event of battle. Read more