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Housemarque’s new multiplayer game Stormdivers sounds like a battle royale

The first game of Housemarque’s post-arcade future will be Stormdivers, a multiplayer game. A very brief video was shown during Housemarque’s Reboot Develop 2018 talk today (embedded below – skip to 45 minutes). The trailer shows a moody forest with some basic structures in and a storm raging through it. Housemarque said Stormdivers began as a concept three years ago and had been in production for two. It is multiplayer-focused and made in Unreal, but the studio gave no detail beyond that. I found out more, however, speaking with head…

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Hearthstone game director Ben Brode announces departure from Blizzard

Hearthstone game director Ben Brode has announced his departure from Blizzard after 15 years with the company. Brode made the announcement in a post on the official Blizzard forums earlier today, telling friends and fans that, “After 15 years at Blizzard and almost 10 years working on Hearthstone, I have made the incredibly difficult decision to embark on a new journey”. “I am very fortunate to be able to take a crazy risk right now in my life,” Brode explained, “and I’m excited to be scrappy and a little scared.”…

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Binding of Isaac prequel The Legend of Bum-bo gets its first gameplay trailer

Binding of Isaac creator Edmund McMillen has released the first gameplay trailer for his upcoming turn-based puzzle RPG (and Isaac prequel), The Legend of Bum-bo. First announced back in 2016, The Legend of Bum-bo pits the titular lead character against “hordes of paper goons”, according to McMillen’s latest blog post. Victory means more coins, which can be gambled away at casinos. Bum-bo’s assailants can be found throughout the game’s dungeons, which “much like Isaac”, are randomly-generated to provide an always unpredictable mix of monsters, bosses, traps, puzzles, and spells. The…

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Infamous 90s FMV horror Night Trap is on its way to Switch

Developer Screaming Villains has announced that infamous (and gloriously naff) 90s FMV horror Night Trap will be making its way to Switch this summer. Night Trap originally released on the Sega CD back in 1992 (although it was originally planned to launch on Hasbro’s ill-fated Control-Vision console in 1989), and tasks player, in the role of a special agent, with running surveillance on a teenage slumber party which quickly falls foul of vampiric intruders. It’s an FMV adventure (as was popular at the time, thanks to the dizzying storage possibilities…

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PUBG’s new Metal Rain mode lets you summon armoured vehicles from the sky

Metal Rain, developer Bluehole’s latest limited-time event for PlayUnknown’s Battlegrounds, is now underway on PC. Metal Rain is a Battle Royale experience designed for multiple eight-man squads, and unfolds across PUBG’s classic Erangel map. Differentiating it from the usual rules of engagement, combatants are able to summon huge, heavily-armoured UAZs by firing flare guns into the sky. Flare guns spawn randomly in normal loot locations and have different effects depending on where they’re fired. Inside the white safe zone, flares will cause special care packages to fall to earth. It’s…

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War for the Overworld gets final expansion and big new update

Wesley Yin-Poole Deputy Editor @wyp100 Dungeon Keeper-style game War for the Overworld gets its final expansion today alongside a big new update. The expansion, called The Under Games, is a new seven-level campaign that revolves around skirmish-like matchups across new game modes. The AI has been overhauled, there are three new underlords and there are multiple difficulty settings that should go down well with veteran fans. Meanwhile, patch 2.0 adds new scripting support for the map editor as well as a remastered main campaign, with new cutscenes and an extended…

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The hugely charming Yoku’s Island Express has a release date

Tom Phillips News Editor @tomphillipsEG Yoku’s Island Express will launch for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 29th May, publisher Team17 has announced. If you’ve not heard of Yoku before, well, it’s a pinball-based platformer where you play as a dung beetle postman solving problems and delivering mail. It’s even better than it sounds. It’s an odd pitch, but there’s plenty of depth to the game – a large world to explore, missions to solve, and special abilities to equip. Here’s a new trailer, so you can…

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Watch God of War’s director discover how well critics responded

If you haven’t heard already, the new God of War is rather good. It received a Recommended stamp of approval here on Eurogamer and, according to Metacritic, is now the highest-rated PlayStation 4 exclusive released to date. Maybe the game’s creative director, Cory Barlog, had a suspicion reviews would be positive when he sat down to record this reaction video. Maybe he didn’t. Either way, seeing the moment he finds out how critics have responded to five years of his life is something pretty special. On finding out the game…

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Patrice Desilets shows pre-alpha Ancestors: A Humankind Odyssey footage

Patrice Desilets showed in-game footage of his new human evolution game Ancestors: A Humankind Odyssey on stage at Reboot Develop 2018 today. The presentation was shown off-stream and wasn’t to be videoed or captured. It was a pilot for experiences in the game, and was a pre-alpha build. It began with a vulture flying over an African jungle, then went down to the floor as we saw the ape player run, climb, jump and swing through it. Trees were scaled quickly and effortlessly, and long distances could be jumped. The…

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Ubisoft’s The Division movie adds Deadpool 2’s director

Tom Phillips News Editor @tomphillipsEG Ubisoft’s ambitions to turn The Division into a film are still, slowly, rumbling along. Announced several years ago, the project now has a new director attached – David Leitch, who has just finished work on Deadpool 2 (thanks, Variety). Hollywood stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain are still down to front the movie, which is expected to dramatise the post-pandemic New York setting seen in Ubisoft’s shared world shooter. Here’s hoping it’s better than some of the banter below. Filming on the project is expected…

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