The Sinking City ‘Rotten Reality’ Trailer

Frogwares have released a new gameplay trailer for The Sinking City using never before seen footage that focuses on the H.P. Lovecraft inspired horror and insanity that runs rampant through the city of Oakmont.

The Frogwares team will also be attending E3 this year to show off the final version of the game just before the release on June 27th, 2019.

About The Sinking City

The Sinking City is story-rich, free investigation game set in a twisted H.P Lovecraft inspired universe. Step into Oakmont, Massachusetts – a place suffering decay and rot from unprecedented supernatural floods that slowly envelope the city and the minds of its inhabitants.

This is the world in which your character, private investigator Charles W. Reed, finds himself in. While slowly going insane from your own demons, you will need to use your detective skills to reveal the truth behind the unfathomable powers gripping you, the city, and its deranged citizens.

Rune: Ragnarok Re-titled Rune II, Launches This Summer

Prepare to tear an arm from your enemy and use it to kill Loki’s minions! Human Head Studios released a new gameplay trailer from its upcoming action RPG Rune II. (formerly Rune: Ragnarok).

The new video details Midgard’s brutal chaos, filled with a wide range of vicious beasts and monsters looming in the many ages of darkness! Chosen as Midgard’s savior, you will kneel atop the Divine Summit to receive a blessing and powerful abilities from the god of your choosing in the endeavor to end Ragnarok. It’s a race against time to prevent the conniving Loki from destroying Midgard as he keeps the world in a perpetual state of chaos.

Rune II is finalizing development and will launch worldwide on Windows PC on the Epic Games store in Summer 2019.

   

For more details on the story, bad guys, quests, and other items players will discover in Rune II, join Human Head at Twitch.tv/HumanHeadStudios on May 24 at 3PM CST/1PM PST for a livestream and Ask Us Anything event to see further reveals and chat with the developers. Have a burning question you want answered? Submit it in the official Rune II Discord (Discord.gg/PlayRune) in the #may-ama channel.

“We’ve spent the last few years building a story-driven brutal Viking experience and evolving it with the help of our fan base,” said Human Head Studios Co-founder and CEO Chris Rhinehart. “Players return to Midgard with a sense of familiarity, but with new mechanics such as god-given abilities, open world events, crafting, a full single/co-op campaign, along with UE4 enhanced visuals, making it a true sequel to the original.”

Inspired by the original Rune (2000), Rune II is set in a dangerous Norse universe during Ragnarok, the end of days, where beasts and the last remaining humans alike struggle to survive. You have been chosen by the gods to be Midgard’s savior – receive their blessings and powerful abilities as you endeavor to end Ragnarok! Race against time to prevent the trickster Loki from destroying Midgard as he keeps the world in a perpetual state of chaos. Alone or with friends, you will battle legions of Loki’s minions in brutal melee combat, travel the world collecting rare resources, locate precious artifacts to weaken the Realm Gate and craft the mightiest weapons the Nine Realms have ever seen. Are you powerful enough to take down Loki… or will a new age of darkness begin?

 

Become Midgard’s Savior!

• Choose Your God – Kneeling atop the Divine Summit, the gods call to you. You are no mere mortal. With promises of power, glory and honor, each deity beckons you to join them. Which god will you choose to give you the strength needed to take down Loki and put an end to Ragnarok? And can they be trusted?

• Character Creation – You’ve survived Ragnarok thus far, now you must earn your right to enter the hallowed halls of Valhalla. Choose and customize a male or female warrior and embark on your quest to the Divine Summit.

• Open World Exploration – Traverse the world of Midgard in search of resources, artifacts and runestones to grow your power and uncover its mysteries..

   

Enter the Mad World

• Quest Alone Or With Friends – Brave the end of days alone or invite fellow warriors to join your journey through Ragnarok. Sail a fleet of longships to overrun enemy fortresses, battle side-by-side against massive giants and vicious monsters, and stand as one force to face Loki himself.

• Brutal Chaos – Set in a rich world of Norse mythology, Ragnarok has driven its inhabitants mad. Only the most savage warrior will live. You must use any means to survive, including the bloodied severed arm of your enemy.

• Enemy Factions – Battle against Bandits, Cannibals, Giants, Dwarves, Surt Warriors, the Forsaken Einn Warriors, Draugr and more!

• Artifacts of Midgard – Powerful artifacts can be found throughout the world, each with their own god-given power, revealing stories of Midgard, Ragnarok, and of the Gods themselves. Artifacts are the key to opening the Realm Gate where Loki hides, and can grant the power necessary to end his treachery once and for all.

Battle Loki, The Trickster God

• The Ragnarok Timer – It is fated that Loki will die when Ragnarok ends. However, he has found a way to manipulate the flow of time and continuously resets the world, creating an infinite cycle of chaos.

• Perpetual Ages Of Darkness – Every time Ragnarok is reset, a new era begins, each filled with different obstacles: perpetual night, giant-filled lands, harsh ice-ridden landscapes, and more. You’ll need to traverse many ages before amassing the power needed to defeat Loki.

Upgrade Your Skills

• Take Up Arms – Craft powerful armaments to survive the treachery of Ragnarok or take Flaming Greatswords and other magic-imbued weapons from the bodies of your slain enemies.

• Build A Boat – A worthy Viking longship to transport you along your quest.

Development of Rune II is being funded by ESDF Management, a video game production and finance company.

The Surge 2 PC Closed Beta Applications Opened

Hello everyone!

The team has been working hard on The Surge 2 and we’ve now reached a stage at which we’d like to gather feedback about the game. Your reports will be instrumental in order to polish the experience as much as possible.

We’re looking for approximately 50 players to participate in a private Closed Beta for The Surge 2.

If you’re interested, please fill this form. We will contact you by email in the event that you are selected.

Thank you! – Deck13 & Focus Home Interactive

Apply here.

HP Launches The World’s First Dual Screen Laptop

Today at the HP Gaming Festival in Beijing, the company unveiled a powerful lineup of OMEN and HP Pavilion Gaming innovations, raising the bar for gaming experiences.

The OMEN X 2S – the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop1 – provides extraordinary power and multitasking capabilities, the OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 laptops bring exceptional power in their thinnest forms yet, and both HP Pavilion Gaming 15 and HP Pavilion Gaming 17 laptops offer outstanding versatility and mobility for gamers and creatives alike. In addition, with enhancements to OMEN Command Center software and new OMEN and HP Pavilion Gaming displays and accessories, HP has engineered an industry-leading gaming ecosystem that delivers everything gamers need to progress and achieve their goals.

Gaming industry insights show 82 percent of people use their mobile phones for messaging during gaming sessions, 61 percent listen to music, and 49 percent watch game related live streams, video content and browse websites2. With this in mind, HP has added an unprecedented second screen to the OMEN X 2S in the form of an easy-to-use six-inch 1080p touchscreen that lets players message friends in WeChat and WhatsApp, browse in Spotify, watch Twitch and YouTube, or even serve as a hub for OMEN Command Center software.

“Pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with game-changing evolutionary and revolutionary products reflects the philosophy of reinvention at HP,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer Personal Systems, HP Inc. “The OMEN brand continues to think big and OMEN X 2S is a prime example of how we are setting new standards and changing how a gaming laptop is used.”

Laptops Designed for Next-Gen Gaming

As the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop1, the OMEN X 2S shakes the foundation of what’s expected of a gaming laptop, with tremendous multi-tasking capabilities for various activities and support with dedicated hotkeys. Watching how-to videos while playing, listening to the right song on Spotify while grinding an MMO, or keeping current with Twitch chat or Discord is no longer an alt-tabbing hassle. The OMEN X 2S, further bolstered by a real-time screen mirroring feature that can cut and magnify parts of the main screen – including copying the map portion of a racing game – to the second screen, ensures vision is centered and head movement more vertical than horizontal.

This powerhouse is 20 mm thin with a full metal chassis and is the first 15-inch diagonal gaming laptop in the world to come with an applied liquid metal compound to the thermal system by way of Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut. The result is phenomenal heat dissipation at 10 times the thermal conductivity of silicon thermal grease3, up to a 28 percent4 frames-per-second (FPS) performance boost over traditional grease when testing in Apex Legends, and an 8.5 percent5 faster lead time in a Blender Benchmark test.

The path to smaller, cooler, and more powerful applies to the newest versions of the OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 laptops. With a 20 percent and 18 percent reduction in thickness over previous versions, they sit at a slim 20 mm and 27 mm thin.

All three laptops feature OMEN Tempest, an overhauled advanced thermal solution powered by a 12V fan, which utilizes three-sided venting to enable five-way airflow to keep things ultra-cool. Realistic visuals are delivered by support for up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 for the OMEN 17 and features Max-Q6 design for the OMEN X 2S and OMEN 15. Additionally, multitasking and grand-scale games – which take mountainous resources – have never been smoother, with up to the latest 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 high performance mobile processor7, powered by up to 5.0 GHz Turbo8, eight cores and 16 threads, and up to 32 GB of RAM.

Take advantage of the latest in-storage technology with options that include the newly announced Intel® Optane™ Memory9 H10 with Solid State Storage10. The new Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) designed to support gigabit speeds ups the wireless game with up to 3X faster file transfer speeds than Wi-Fi 5(802.11ac)11. Top it off with options up to an esports standard 240 Hz refresh rate12 1080p display that allows visuals to flow across the screen with viper strike-like speed and NVIDIA® G-SYNC® on the OMEN X 2S and available on select OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 configurations.

OMEN Command Center Updates

Since its creation, OMEN Command Center has evolved as the software solution for managing and enhancing gaming hardware. The evolution continues with two additions coming to the platform for all three new OMEN devices. Performance Control cranks up fan RPM to either maximize cooling or performance, based on the chosen setting. The new OMEN Dynamic Power feature manages CPU and GPU wattage based on what a game is utilizing at a given moment to maximize FPS. Combined, these powerful additions serve to improve gameplay while also adding a level of flexibility.

Play at the Speed of Esports

Meticulously crafted to take advantage of the max FPS found in top-tier rigs, and with a sturdy design used in collegiate and professional esports, the OMEN X 25 and OMEN X 25f*13 displays feature micro-edge bezels, one millisecond response times, and NVIDIA® G-SYNC® and AMD Radeon™ FreeSync™14technologies to synchronize industry-leading 240 Hz refresh rates12 to the GPU and keep visuals unsullied by tearing. The OMEN X 25 is an exceptional tool for climbing the ladder of professional play and can be seen in use by Overwatch League players throughout the 2019 season.

Game with Wireless Exceptionalism

Become a cord breaker with the OMEN Photon Wireless Mouse. With a variety of customization options, including removable rests and 11 customizable buttons, it’s laboriously crafted and includes a tensioning-balance system that ensures effortless optical-mechanical mouse clicks for big and little fingers alike. To address concerns of latency, connectivity, and battery life in wireless mice15, OMEN Photon features 2.4 GHz Proactive Wireless Technology, 0.2ms click response time, the ability to charge on any Qi enabled surface, and up to 50 hours of battery life16.

Constructed with Qi wireless charging capabilities, the OMEN Outpost Mousepad can fully charge the OMEN Photon Mouse in 2.5 hours and works with compatible smartphones. Added adaptability comes in the form of rigorously tested hard and soft anti-fray mat options, which can be selected by simply flipping the mat to the desired side. A USB-A Passthrough port for a wireless dongle and OMEN Command Center customizable RGB LED lighting cement the capabilities of this advanced mousepad17.

OMEN Lifestyle

Entering the apparel space requires a bold vision beyond simply slapping a logo onto a shirt or hoodie. OMEN Apparel has been designed with 20 styles from the ground-up by an in-house team focused on creating high quality comfort that can withstand the most intense gaming marathons, while still looking stylish.

Versatile Gaming on the Go

Designed with a thinner frame than before, the latest HP Pavilion Gaming 15 laptop arrives with an eight percent decrease in height over the previous model and is joined by the introduction of the new HP Pavilion Gaming 17 laptop. Technological improvements across the board arrive with options up to the latest 9thGen Intel Core i5/i7 high performance mobile CPUs7 and up to the recently announced NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q design6.

Expertly crafted to yield precise aim and cursor movement along with a variety of customization options such as on-the-fly DPI and RGB lighting effects, the HP Pavilion Gaming Mouse 200 gives users a superb gaming experience. It pairs brilliantly with the HP Pavilion Gaming Mousepad 400, which utilizes a fine-textured anti-fray cloth surface that is optimized for both speed and control playstyles while resting on a rubber base.

OMEN by HP Pricing and Availability18

  • OMEN X 2S Laptop is expected to be available by June via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $2099.99. The 240 Hz option is expected to be available in July.
  • OMEN 17 Laptop is expected to be available in June via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $1099.99. The 240 Hz option is expected to be available in October.
  • OMEN 15 Laptop is expected to be available in June via HP.com for a starting price of $1049.99.
  • OMEN X 25 Display is expected to be first available late June in Europe for 629.99 € and in North America early September via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $549.99.
  • OMEN X 25f Display is expected to be first available late June in the US via Best Buy for a starting price of $449.99 and in Europe late June via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of 459.99 €.
  • OMEN Photon Wireless Mouse is expected to be available in July via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $129.99.
  • OMEN Outpost Mousepad is expected to be available in July via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $99.99.
  • OMEN Apparel: is available now via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $29.99.
  • Pavilion Gaming 17 Laptop is expected to be available by June via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $849.99.
  • Pavilion Gaming 15 Laptop is expected to be available by June via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $799.99.
  • Pavilion Gaming Mouse 200 is available now via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $24.99.
  • Pavilion Gaming Mousepad 400 is available now via HP.com and other retailers for a starting price of $29.99.

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Bandai Namco Entertainment America and Double Fine Productions’ RAD to Launch August 20

Leading video game publisher and developer Bandai Namco Entertainment America, in partnership with critically acclaimed studio Double Fine Productions, today revealed that RAD will launch for Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One on August 20, 2019.

But that’s not all! Today will kick off the RAD fan art contest, where the community can submit their rad graffiti designs that best represent the game. Entries will be evaluated by the development team, with the winning design being featured in the game itself, and the grand prize winner receiving additional limited swag items, including a skateboard, glow-in-the-dark action figure, lunch box and floppy disk. Two runner up winners will also be chosen to receive the limited swag items. Those interested in entering and finding official rules and regulations can visit: RADArtContest.com.

 

“We’re almost at the home stretch and I couldn’t be more excited for everyone to jump into what we’ve built with RAD,” said Lee Petty, Project Lead at Double Fine Productions. “One of the best parts of developing RAD has been getting early feedback from the community with the Closed Beta. I want our fans and future players to know that they’re being heard and we’re going to bring an experience they’ll want to keep going back to.”

   

RAD is a 3D action rogue-like set in a post-post-apocalyptic world, where humanity has faced Armageddon not once, but twice. Players will take on the role of a teenage protagonist who must venture into the Fallow — an ever-changing, radioactive wasteland filled with unknown and unspeakable creatures. It’s here that they’ll find the solution to heal the world, and transform the cracked, barren landscape into a lush source of new life. The fate of the world depends on the player, a sweet bat, and whatever strange new abilities they gain as the world around them ravages their body — twisting and mutating them into something far less than human, but far more powerful.

For more information about RAD, please visit the official website at: bandainamcoent.com/rad.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Coming to Switch on May 28

Global videogame publisher 505 Games and developer Turn Me Up Games will bring the award-winning indie adventure game Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons to Nintendo Switch on Tuesday, May 28 for £ 9.99.

Starting today, players who pre-order Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons from the Nintendo eShop will receive a limited-time ten percent discount on the critically-acclaimed indie game from visionary Swedish film director Josef Fares (A Way Out).

The Nintendo Switch version of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons introduces an all-new two-player local cooperative mode, offering players an opportunity to experience the heartwarming fairytale adventure together with friends or family for the very first time. Players can embark on an epic journey in single-player or with a friend to solve puzzles, explore stunning locations and face off against harrowing bosses. In addition to the new two-player cooperative mode, the Nintendo Switch version of the game will come with exclusive bonus content, including a behind-the-scenes commentary from director Josef Fares and a concept art gallery.

GRID Announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC

Codemasters today announced that one of its most loved franchises, GRID, is making a long-awaited return when it releases on 13 September 2019 on PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC.

The fourth game in the series, GRID delivers intense wheel to wheel racing action, spanning four continents in some of the world’s most famous city streets and race circuits. Choose cars from GT, Touring, Stock, Muscle, Super-Modified and more, across race types including Circuit, Street Racing, Ovals, Hot Laps, Point-to-Point and World Time Attack.

   

GRID strikes the perfect balance, offering risk and reward for every type of racer. Handling is incredibly responsive with a learning curve that appeals to both casual arcade gamers through to the core simulation racers. Progression is rewarded through liveries, player cards, team mates, achievements and driving accolades. AI drivers push the player to their limits to earn a place on the podium and ultimate victory in the GRID World Series Championship. Realistic damage can affect both the car’s performance and handling and too much contact with the same racer will see them emerge as a nemesis who will stop at nothing to get their revenge in the race.

Established as one of the best modern-day drivers across F1, Endurance and Stock Racing, Fernando Alonso has signed as a Race Consultant and appears in-game. Players enter a series of events against some of Alonso’s Esports driving team ‘FA Racing’, across multiple classes of racing before coming face to face with the former World Champion in his infamous Renault R26 F1 car, in a final showdown event.

 

“GRID as a racing franchise is revered by our community and we are delighted to bring it to the current generation of consoles,” said Chris Smith, GRID Game Director at Codemasters. “The game offers so much variety and depth, from the number of modern and classic cars through to the locations and race options. Renowned for its handling, the game will appeal to all types of player, from casual drivers who want a lean-in challenge, to sim drivers who want some serious fun.

We are also delighted to work alongside Fernando Alonso who is arguably one of the world’s greatest ever drivers. His experience and knowledge has enabled us to make improvements to both the performance and handling of our cars. We could not be more proud to have signed him both in-game and as a Race Consultant. We can’t wait for our players to experience the final version when it comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this September.”

   

Fernando Alonso added: “Having competed across F1, Endurance and Stock Racing, GRID is the perfect game for me and I’m delighted the studio has added both myself and my racing team into the game. GRID offers so much variety and I welcome the challenge when players get to line-up against me.”

The pre-order for GRID and GRID Ultimate Edition (early access) is available today. Ultimate Edition includes Season 1-3 content. For more information go to gridgame.com.

Launch Trailer Unveiled for Sniper Elite V2 Remastered

Independent developer and publisher Rebellion is celebrating the hotly anticipated release of Sniper Elite V2 Remastered with a stunning new launch trailer.

Showcasing gripping gameplay, revamped visuals and new features, the trailer highlights the improvements fans old and new can look forward to when Sniper Elite V2 Remastered launches tomorrow on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Sniper Elite V2 Remastered takes players to Berlin, 1945, and the heart of World War 2. As veteran sharpshooter Karl Fairburne you must use skill, patience and cunning to prevent the unthinkable. Your mission is to go behind enemy lines and prevent the cataclysmic Nazi V2 rocket technology from falling into the hands of the Red Army. Deadly aim and a stealthy approach are vital as you find yourself trapped between two armies in a race against time.

Sniper Elite V2 Remastered amplifies the original’s iconic sniping and advanced ballistics with a host of improvements and added extras. In addition to impressive 4K and HDR support on available platforms, the game features stunning remastered visuals, from overhauled assets to modernized rendering and much more.

Sniper Elite V2 Remastered also adds a versatile new photo mode that lets you pause and move the action frame-by-frame for that perfect X-ray Kill Cam shot. You can also play the campaign and multiplayer modes as one of 7 new characters from Rebellion’s Zombie Army series. And now multiplayer is expanded for up to 16 players online across all modes.

On top of all this, Sniper Elite V2 Remastered includes all the DLC ever released for the game including the iconic “Assassinate the Führer” mission, making it incredible value-for-money.

Sniper Elite V2 Remastered is out tomorrow on digital platforms across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC, including Steam and GOG. Physical editions are available from Friday 17th May on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Sniper Elite V2 Remastered is priced £29.99 across all platforms. Steam and GOG users who already own the original Sniper Elite V2 can upgrade to Sniper Elite V2 Remastered for just £6.99.

Dauntless for PS4, Xbox One and Epic Games Store Launches May 21

Phoenix Labs today announced the release date for its flagship game Dauntless. Launching May 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC through the Epic Games store, Dauntless is bringing its cooperative, Behemoth-hunting action to a new worldwide audience. With over 3 million Slayers to date, there’s never been a better time to Live For The Hunt.

To celebrate the launch, a new Hunt Pass season will arrive in the Shattered Isles. Hunt Pass Season 5: Hidden Blades transforms the world of Dauntless into a Moon Blossom Festival and offers Slayers a huge variety of thematic gear to flaunt their inner ninja. As with previous Hunt Pass seasons, Slayers can work through 50 levels of content across both the basic and Elite tracks, earning cosmetic rewards as well as premium currency along the way.

Dauntless will also launch with numerous new improvements and content updates that recently arrived in the PC Open Beta. The Mastery system offers a new way for Slayers to hone their skills, earn experience, unlock achievements, and acquire new rewards. Each Behemoth and weapon has its own unique Mastery card for players to delve into.

Slayers can also look forward to a massive campaign rework. Everything from questing and crafting to meeting other Slayers and pursuing Behemoths has received massive updates. The rework also introduces a brand new “End of Hunt” screen, providing Slayers with a wealth of information, including progress made in various Mastery cards, quest rewards, Behemoth break parts earned, and more.

New players who’ve yet to experience Dauntless can kickstart their Slayer journey with the new Arcslayer Pack, which introduces a brand new mech-inspired armor set and includes premium currency and a number of consumables. This also marks the last chance for current PC Open Beta players to pick up the Ramsguard set before it is locked away in the vault.

For more information about the Dauntless launch, please visit the official Dauntless blog.

Rockstar Games Acquires Indian Development Studio Dhruva Interactive

Rockstar Games is proud to announce that it has agreed to acquire the leading Indian game developer and game art production studio Dhruva Interactive from Starbreeze AB.

Founded in 1997 by Rajesh Rao and headquartered in Bangalore, Dhruva Interactive was India’s first ever game development studio. Under Rajesh’s leadership the studio grew to a staff of nearly 300 talented developers specializing in every aspect of art and design. Dhruva Interactive has contributed to the development of games from dozens of high-profile international videogame companies.

While existing client projects will continue uninterrupted, the team will operate as part of Rockstar India alongside approximately 500 talented team members already working in Bangalore on Rockstar’s ground-breaking games.

“Dhruva Interactive has been a beacon of Indian game development for decades and we are excited to bring them into the Rockstar family,” said Daniel Smith, Studio Manager of Rockstar India. “The addition of the Dhruva team to the existing talent at Rockstar India will expand the studio’s capabilities and reinforces our belief in and commitment to the local development community.”

Rajesh Rao will work with Rockstar Games in the near term both to support the transition and to advise on how to continue strengthening the game development community in India.

“Rockstar Games are the undisputed leaders of innovation and creativity in modern game development, said Dhruva CEO and Founder Rajesh Rao. “Dhruva Interactive was founded with the aim of creating a world-class game development community in India, and so bringing the Dhruva team under the Rockstar Games label is further proof that we have succeeded in creating a talented team that can contribute to the best games in the world while helping to create a thriving local game developer community in India.”

The transaction is expected to close in the coming weeks.