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Overwatch comes to Nintendo Switch

The watch begins today for Nintendo Switch gamers around the world: Overwatch Legendary Edition has been released for the handheld console.

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Following three years’ worth of content updates and gameplay enhancements, Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed team shooter comes to the Nintendo Switch system. The game features a cast of 31 heroes and counting, and a variety of casual and competitive game modes set across 28 locations around the world.

Nintendo Switch players who join the fight for the future can experience all the additions that Overwatch has seen to date. These include the game’s 31st hero, Sigma, an eccentric astrophysicist with the ability to control gravity; Havana, the newest locale; and the Workshop, a powerful game-building tool with which players have already shared hundreds of thousands of creative game modes that are playable across platforms.

Nintendo Switch players can also use the console’s gyroscopic motion controls to experience Overwatch in a new way. By tilting their Joy Con controllers, they can guide Junkrat’s RIP-Tire to achieve maximum mayhem, soar through the skies and rain justice on their enemies as Pharah, and land a Graviton Surge with surgical precision as Zarya.

“The Legendary Edition reflects more than three years of ongoing development on Overwatch, and we can’t think of a better way to introduce the game to Nintendo Switch players,” says J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “Whether they’re playing at home or on the go, we’re thrilled to welcome our newest heroes to the ever-evolving Overwatch universe.”

Overwatch Legendary Edition for Nintendo Switch is available now as a boxed version (containing a code to download the game) and digital version via the Nintendo eShop for a suggested price of $39.99. Both versions come with 15 bonus skins—including Police Officer D.Va, Blackwatch Reyes Reaper, and Valkyrie Mercy—as well as a three-month Nintendo Switch Online Individual Membership, which is required for online play.

Overwatch – Game Features

  • Play as 31 Heroes – Choose from a diverse and expanding roster of heroes. Zip behind enemy lines as time-jumping Tracer; heal your team from afar with elite sniper Ana’s Biotic Rifle; or manipulate gravity as brilliant astrophysicist Sigma, the latest hero to join the fight.
  • Battle Across the World With Your Friends – Capture control points, push payloads, and complete objectives across 28 international locations—wherever you have Internet access, thanks to the portability of the Nintendo Switch system.
  • Join Forces in 6v6 Game Modes – Jump into Quick Play to get matched up against players of similar skill, Play Vs. AI in multiple difficulty settings, or put your skills to the ultimate test in Competitive Play to earn seasonal ranks and rewards.
  • Discover New Ways to Play – Explore the Arcade or Game Browser to find matches with new rulesets. Unleash your creativity in the Workshop and use powerful scripting tools to build elaborate custom games that can be shared and played on any platform.
  • More to Come – Overwatch Legendary Edition on Nintendo Switch will continue to be updated with new content, including the game’s limited-time seasonal modes, and gameplay updates.

To learn more about Overwatch Legendary Edition on Nintendo Switch, visit the official website at playoverwatch.com/nintendo-switch.

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Biking game Descenders gets physical

Extreme downhill biking game Descenders is set to get a physical release on PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

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Sold Out games has announced that it has partnered with No More Robots to release the physical version of extreme downhill biking game Descenders on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, which will release with the digital versions on these formats this year.

From the developers of Action Henk, Descenders is extreme downhill mountain biking, with procedurally generated worlds where mistakes have real consequences.

No More Robots provided the following information on features

  • Procedurally generated worlds: Take on different jumps, slopes and hillbombs every time you play
  • Freestyle bike controls: Control every subtle movement of your rider, with an in-depth physics system made for slick whips and scrubs
  • Rogue-Bike: Earn special mutators each time you play, and work out which abilities work best for your riding style
  • Build your Rep: A fully-featured online Rep system lets you show off your worth, and earn new bikes and threads
  • Fully licensed soundtrack: Partnering with drum & bass label Liquicity to deliver the perfect soundtrack for hitting the mountains
  • Become the next Descender: Can you survive the game in a single run, and reach the ranks of the legendary Descenders?

“We’re extremely excited to work with Sold Out on the retail releases for Descenders,” says Mike Rose, Company Director at No More Robots. “Our players have been begging us for a physical release for a while now, so getting to work with Sold Out on a worldwide retail release is essentially fulfilling a long-standing dream for all of us.”

Garry Williams, CEO of Sold Out, says: “Descenders is an awesome fast-paced game which players love on digital platforms, so we’re thrilled to be partnering with No More Robots to release the physical editions on PS4 and Nintendo Switch at retail.”

Descenders will be available physically and digitally on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in later in 2020. Look out for more information to be announced soon at https://www.descendersgame.com/

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Get ’90s horror throwback with Song of Horror

Song of Horror is set for an alarming 2020, with the fourth and penultimate chapter, called The Last Concert, launching on 30 January.

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In an era where first-person, jumpscare-based horror games are the norm, Song of Horror brings back the atmosphere of classic horror games like Alone in the Dark, Resident Evil and Silent Hill. While the settings may seem familiar, what players won’t expect is the unfathomable entity known as The Presence, who adapts and reacts to the way they play.

Lose against this unpredictable adversary, and the character will die permanently. As fans progress through each new episode, the tension of potentially losing more characters increases.

The fourth (and biggest) episode of Song of Horror, The Last Concert, continues its nostalgic journey through the classics of the genre. This time, it takes inspiration from Frictional Games’ celebrated modern horror adventure Amnesia: The Dark Descent, bringing players to the most haunted area of the game: St. Cecilia’s Abbey. How many characters will survive this holy place, now tainted by the influence of The Presence?

The intricate design of St. Cecilia’s Abbey, made by real architects, immerse players in a chapter that takes more than 8 hours to finish – for context, three times bigger than the main location of the first episode.

In this part of the story, players can:

  • Discover what happened to the monks of the macabre St. Cecilia’s Abbey after interpreting the cursed song, while facing the diverse manifestations of The Presence, now more powerful than before.
  • Experience a new narrative structure: Explore St Cecilia’s Abbey from different starting points depending on which character is chosen.
  • Experience more than 8 hours of exploration-based play in the biggest episode to date.
  • Say hello to another new character: Ernest Finnegan, a renowned archaeologist past his glory days and a dear friend of Husher. After finding out how dangerous the Abbey is, and haunted by his own guilt for leaving Husher alone, he is now looking to help his close acquaintance to survive his current predicament.
  • Returning characters will join the adventure depending on who you played with and who survived in previous chapters.

“We’re in the final stretch, and Episode 4 ramps the tension up somewhat – just as you might expect,” says Carlos Grupeli, founder of Protocol Games, the studio behind Song of Horror. “It’s an emotional time for the studio. After two cracks at Kickstarter and a fair few more humps in the road along the way, everything is coming together. There’s still so much more to come, too. We have the fifth and final episode coming in just a couple of months, and then PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gamers can take on the entire game in one run when it hits console later in the year.”

The first episode of Song of Horror can be picked up on Steam today for $8/€8/£7, while the second and third and fourth can either be purchased individually for $8/€8/£7, or as part of the Season Pass that will also unlock the final episode at launch for $22/€22/£19.

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