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Overwatch 2 revealed at BlizzCon

Blizzard has announced the next Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon 2019. It builds on the game’s critically acclaimed multiplayer title.

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More than 50-million players worldwide have teamed up to capture objectives, push payloads, and fight for the future in Overwatch. At BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard Entertainment revealed Overwatch 2, a supercharged sequel that will send players deeper into the world and story of Overwatch and builds upon the original game’s critically acclaimed foundation.

In Overwatch 2, players take on the roles of the world’s heroes in cooperative missions that challenge them to team up, power up, and stand together against an overwhelming outbreak of threats around the globe. Players will also battle each other in the next evolution of competitive Overwatch play, which carries forward existing players’ accomplishments and loot collections and features the current complete Overwatch roster, a new generation of heroes, and new internationally-inclusive maps that widen the scope of the world.

“With Overwatch 2, we’re building the cooperative, narrative-driven game experience that players have been asking for since the original—and that we’ve wanted to make for a long time,” says J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to telling the next chapter of this epic story in-game, and we’re excited to give players a whole-new kind of co-op experience built around progressing and customizing their favorite heroes—all while providing even more of everything they love about Overwatch today.”

In the sequel’s action-packed cooperative Story Missions, players can experience the advent of a new Overwatch as Winston, Tracer, and other members of the original Overwatch join forces with a new generation of heroes. Players can take an active role in the Overwatch saga as a new global crisis unfolds through a series of intense four-player missions.

The battle continues in Hero Missions, where the Overwatch team will be called upon to go beyond their limits as they deploy across the planet, defending cities against robot invasions, taking on elite Talon agents, and battling the villainous forces laying siege to the world. In this mode, players can level up their favourite heroes and earn powerful customization options that supercharge their abilities in co-op play.

To help realize these missions, the sequel also introduces significant engine upgrades that support larger maps for co-op (Player versus Everyone) play, as well as the wide variety of new enemies and factions that players will encounter on their missions. 

Overwatch 2 also renews Blizzard’s commitment to continue supporting the existing Overwatch community. Current Overwatch players will battle side-by-side with Overwatch 2 players in PvP multiplayer. In addition, current Overwatch players will be able to play Overwatch 2 heroes and maps, ensuring the core PvP experience remains dynamic and vital for today’s community in the Overwatch 2 era. 

More details on Blizzard’s plans, including some of the new heroes joining the fray, will be announced in the future as development continues.

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PAX East 2020: Focus Home shows off unreleased titles

Expo goers of PAX East 2020 will be able to play Insurgency: Sandstorm, Hardspace: Shipbreaker, and Curse of the Dead Gods, which are only set to release later in 2020.

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Focus Home Interactive has revealed its PAX East 2020 lineup, which features three new, recently announced titles showcased at the expo. The list of new titles includes:

Insurgency: Sandstorm will release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 25 August 2020.  With over one million players in the game’s first year on PC, the award-winning tactical shooter is renowned for its realistic depiction of modern warfare focusing on lethal close-quarters combat, objective-oriented multiplayer and cooperative gameplay.

Hardspace: Shipbreaker was announced last week, coming to PC and consoles, with Early Access beginning this summer on Steam. Become a cut above the rest in Blackbird Interactive’s next-generation sandbox spaceship salvaging game – pull off a top score within the time limit at the show, and you may be rewarded.

Othercide was also unveiled last week, where players must face their nightmares and protect reality in Lightbulb Crew’s twisted tactical RPG on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Combat in Othercide is an intricate dance of spectacular actions and counters: plan ahead of time and set up impressive chains of abilities to outsmart the enemy. You will fight. You will fall. You will rise again.

Curse of the Dead Gods will hit Steam Early Access on 3 March, but PAX East attendees have the opportunity to enter the accursed temple ahead of time with a playable demo of Passtech Games’ dark rogue-lite game.

These titles will be available to play at Booth 29017 during PAX East 2020.

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PAX East 2020: XSEED shows off latest games

Independent publishing brand XSEED Games is revealing its 2020 lineup of titles across its platforms, which include Nintendo Switch and PS4.

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XSEED Games is revealing its lineup of playable titles in its booth during PAX East 2020, which is running from 27 February 27 to 1 March at the Boston Convention Center, in the Expo Hall at Booth 16063. 

At the publisher’s first showcase at PAX East, playable demos for four of its upcoming and recently released titles are being featured, including Rune Factory 4 Special on Nintendo Switch, Granblue Fantasy: Versus on the PlayStation 4, Ys: Memories of Celceta on PS4, and Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin on the Nintendo Switch and PS4 system.

Granblue Fantasy: Versus (PS4 – Fighting)

Power, skill, and spirit collide in a quest to find the true champion of the ring in the highly anticipated fighting game. Japan’s megahit RPG, Granblue Fantasy has topped the charts, charming players across the globe with a wide range of lovable characters and story-driven mechanics. Now, ARC System Works and Cygames are teaming up to bring the universe to home console in an action-packed head-to-head fighter. It features a colourful cast of their most popular “crewmembers,” each with a different fighting style that is easy to learn but hard to master. Players can take on AI opponents or fight against human opponents in local or online two-player matches. The game will launch on 3 March, but PAX East goers will be able to play the game at the expo.

Rune Factory 4 Special (Nintendo Switch – RPG Simulation)

Experience a fantasy farming adventure like never before, with HD graphics in fully remastered form. The joys of growing crops, catching fish, and raising monsters await players old and new, while seasoned explorers will be delighted to discover an updated opening movie. Other farm-fresh features include Newlywed mode, which introduces special episodes about living the married life and new in-game cutscenes, and the inclusion of dual audio support for both the original Japanese and English voice options. Additionally, an even higher difficulty mode for expert players to take on a challenge that’s worthy of their skills. The game is available for purchase now from the Nintendo Switch eShop.

Ys: Memories of Celceta (PS4 – Action Role-Playing)

Nihon Falcom’s critically acclaimed entry in their popular Ys series, Ys: Memories of Celceta is coming to the PS4. Join Adeol Christin on his journey to rediscover his identity and help map the dangerous Great Forest of Celceta, one of the most expansive areas in the series history. Joined by allies to assist in his journey, players will partake in real-time combat while switching between playable party members to better tackle any obstacles. The PS4 version of the title will feature both the original Japanese voiceover in addition to English, and will support 60fps gameplay with full HD graphics. Attendees will be some of the first to get hands-on with the PS4 system version of the title, which will launch later in 2020.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (Nintendo Switch, PS4™ System, PC – Action/Simulation)

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin combines side-scrolling action with deep crafting and farming simulation. Players take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. As she explores the beautiful environments of the island, she will find a home in a mountain village, proving herself worthy of her title by harvesting rice and bettering the lives of humans. In addition to being a fresh take on Japanese mythology and a love letter to action games, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is an ode to rice and an engrossing simulation of the craft behind the agriculture. The game will be launched later in 2020.

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