News | Extensive Dead Island 2 gameplay shown

Last night, a Dead Island 2 showcase aired, including extensive gameplay of the game.

For example, new weapons are shown, including burning katanas. Players can also upgrade these weapons. You can also see that players can become a zombie themselves. The game takes place in locations such as Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills, and Santa Monica.

It was also announced that players will be able to control the game with the help of Alexa Game Control. Allows players to use their voice to perform in-game actions. This feature is currently only available in English in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom – it is unknown if it will be available in other countries.

Dead Island 2 was already announced in 2014, but was revealed again last August. There are six playable characters to choose from, with each character having its own personality and unique dialogues. Each ‘Slayer’ can also be fully customized via a new skill system. The game can be played in co-op for three players.

Dead Island 2 will be released on April 28, 2023 on Epic Games Store, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, and Xbox One.

News | Elden Ring will receive new Colosseum DLC tomorrow

FromSoftware has announced DLC for Elden Ring through a trailer. Starting tomorrow, players will be able to compete against each other in multiple colosseums scattered across the in-game map.

The free update focuses on PvP (Player versus Player) and is styled the ‘Colosseum Update’. A press release surrounding the new DLC states that “the colosseums of Limgrave, Leyndell, and Caelid will open their gates, allowing players to engage in different types of combat such as duels, free-for-alls, and team battles.”

In the new trailer released this afternoon by Bandai Namco, we first see how two characters battle each other. Moments later, they both summon Spirit Ashes turning the fight into a two-on-two battle. Later on, a three-on-three battle is depicted, which was not possible in Elden Ring before.

That there is now DLC with colosseum battles is no surprise. Data miners already discovered unused arenas in the game’s data files in March.

Incidentally, there is speculation that more DLC is coming to Elden Ring. For example, there are rumors that a major game expansion will be announced during The Game Awards, which will take place on Thursday night. That would explain why FromSoftware releases this DLC right before the show, rather than after.

Elden Ring was released in February this year and is considered a favorite for the Game of the Year award.

News | Photo mode added to God of War Ragnarök

It was already known before the release of the game that the photo mode would not be in the game from day one, but since today the photo mode is available in God of War Ragnarök.

Santa Monica Studio has now released the update for the game that adds the photo mode. The developer already indicated before the release of the game that Ragnarök would not have a photo mode on day one, but that it would be added at a later date.

PlayStation Blog explains what players can do in photo mode. For example, you can play with Field of View, Focal Length, Camera Roll, Depth of Field, Focus Distance, F-Stop, Film Grain, Exposure, Filters and vignettes, borders and logos. You can also customize the facial expressions of characters.

God of War Ragnarök is now available on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4.

News | Orchestra and choir perform song from Hogwarts Legacy

In a video, an orchestra and choir perform the song "Overture to the Unwritten" from Hogwarts Legacy.

The song is played by The Seven Springs Symphony Orchestra & Choir. In addition to portraying the musicians, some soothing images from the game are also shown.

The game will be released on February 10, 2023 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One and PC. The game will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch at a later date. No release date has yet been revealed for that version.

News | Bioware reveals cinematic of Dragon Age: Dreadwolf

Bioware released a cinematic of the upcoming Dragon Age: Dreadwolf yesterday.

This is due to the fact that yesterday was Dragon Age Day. The cinematic comes from the game, but has a drawn style that can best be compared to artwork so in-game graphics cannot be seen.

In the video, the dwarf Varric Tethras is speaking. He tells of Solar, the Dread Wolf,  according to some an ancient elven god, according to others a traitor to his kind.

It has been known for several years that Bioware is working on a new Dragon Age game, but earlier this year it was revealed that the game will be called Dragon Age: Dreadwolf. Solas, the Dread Wolf, has an important role in the game. He also appeared in Inquisition.

The game will be released on PC, Xbox Series X and S, and PlayStation 5 at an unknown date.

News | Warframe now includes cross-play on PC and consoles

As of today, cross-play is available in Warframe on PC and consoles.

As anounced by developer Digital Extremes. This means that everyone can play Warframe with each other, regardless of the platform they play on. The option can be turned on and off in the menu.

In-game voice chat is currently not available through cross-play. In addition, cross-saves will be added at a later, yet unknown time.

Last year, Digital Extremes already announced cross-play for the free-to-play game. It was then reported that cross-play and cross-saves would be added at the same time, but that is no longer feasible. Last year, a mobile version of Warframe was also revealed, but little is known about it.

Warframe is free to play on PC, PlayStation and Xbox consoles, and Nintendo Switch.

News | Horror game Do Not Open is out now on PlayStation 5

The first-person horror game Do Not Open is now available on PlayStation 5. The game will also be released on Steam next Wednesday. 

The game revolves around Michael J. Goreng, a zoologist trapped in a twisted version of his home where his wife and daughter are missing. He has to solve all kinds of escape room-like puzzles while being plagued by paranormal forces.

According to the makers, the game runs in 4K and 60 frames per second on PlayStation 5. A version for PlayStation 4 and a VR version of the game should also be released in 2023.

News | Ubisoft unveils Far Cry 6 expansion the day after tomorrow

Ubisoft will unveil a new Lost Between Worlds expansion for Far Cry 6 next week.

Ubisoft  announced this via social media. The unveiling will be done via a special live stream. The stream will air on Ubisoft’s Twitch channel on November 29, starting at 7:00 PM Dutch time. It is not yet clear what content the expansion contains.

Previously, new Special Operations and missions in combination with Rambo, Danny Trejo and Stranger Things were released. There were also three expansions that allowed players to go through unique experiences with villains from previous Far Cry games – Vaas, Pagan and Joseph.

News | App lets players build bases for No Man's Sky

A mod-created app for No Man's Sky allows bases to be created and imported to the PC version of the game.

The app can be downloaded via the modding platform Nexus. According to maker DjMonkey, the app offers a fun way to design and color parts of your bases. The app is specially designed for No Man’s Sky, so that importing does not take long. He does warn about a few teething problems, because he is still optimizing the app.

Sean Murray, creator of No Man’s Sky, is impressed with the application. “Holy moly,” he wrote on Twitter.

No Man’s Sky will receive a free PlayStation VR 2 update on February 22, 2023. This means that the update will be released at the same time as the PlayStation VR2 headset. It is not yet clear what content the free update contains exactly.

News | Dead Island 2 Showcase will air on December 6 at 9:00 PM

A new Dead Island 2 Showcase will air on December 6 at 9:00 PM Dutch time.

It was already known that Deep Silver would broadcast a Showcase about the game on December 6, but now the exact time is also known. Viewers will be able to see more of the game, including “exclusive new gameplay footage”.

Players will explore a zombie-infested Los Angeles, including Beverly Hill and Venice Beach, in this sequel. There are six playable characters to choose from, with each character having its own personality and unique dialogues. Each ‘Slayer’ can also be fully customized via a new skill system. The game can be played in co-op for three players.

Dead Island 2  will release April 28, 2023 on Epic Games Store, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, and Xbox One.