New Overwatch videos show off Hanzo and McCree

Hanzo and McCree join the Overwatch roster.

Blizzard has released two new videos showing off two of the playable characters from their upcoming team shooter.

McCree is a Wild West gunslinger armed with a pretty powerful six-shooter and clearly influenced by the classic FMV arcade shooter Mad Dog McCree.

The next one features Hanzo, the samurai assassin armed with bow for finding and marking targets on the map.

Overwatch is due to launch into beta on Mac and PC towards the end of the year.

Thanks DualShockers.

Tychus loses his cigar for his appearance in Heroes Of The Storm

StarCraft II's cigar-smoking mercenary has to quit smoking for Heroes Of The Storm.

Blizzard has been forced to strip StarCraft II's Tychus Findlay of his cigar in order for him to make an appearance in Heroes Of The Storm.

The game has received a Teen rating from the ESRB and as smoking is illegal for that age group in the US and also for anyone under the age of 18 in many other countries that the game is releasing in including the UK Tychus is a now a non-smoker.

Blizzard senior artist Phill Gonzales said on Reddit, "Heroes of the Storm is a multi-region game with a teen rating. There are a magnitude of guidelines we have to be aware of. From a development standpoint we prioritize making Heroes and Skins as utilitarian as possible, if a single model can be used in all regions, that's a huge win for development." Tychus loses his cigar for his appearance in Heroes Of The Storm

He went on, "Making two versions means more data management, multiple duplicates of the asset (if we update an animation, it has to propagate to all versions) such as the death ragdoll model, the facial animations, his morph into the Odin, and apply that process to every skin as well. This mountain of work affects multiple departments and has to be addressed every time we'd adjust Tychus."

Heroes Of The Storm has launched into open beta on Mac and PC and will see a full release on June the 2nd.

Thanks Eurogamer.

Capcom details the Ultra Street Fighter IV PS4 upgrades

And here's what it all looks like in the launch trailer.

Capcom has announced the full details of the improvements that they are bringing for the PS4 version of Ultra Street Fighter IV.

The PS4 version of Ultra Street Fighter IV will feature a full visual upgrade to a resolution of 1080p and a silky-smooth frame rate of 60fps. It also includes a fix for the minor input lag that was experienced in the PS3 version.

This also includes all of the downloadable content that has been released so far for the PS3 version including the recent Vacation and Wild constume packs.

Ultra Street Fighter IV is going to arrive on the PS4 on May the 26th for 19.99 GBP/24.99 EUR.

Codemasters releases a teaser for F1 2015

First rolling footage of F1 2015 looks rather good.

Codemasters has released its first teaser video for this summer's racer F1 2015.

The new video gives a quick look at how the Formula One series' first entry on next-gen hardware is looking and it does seem pretty impressive.

They've also announced a pre-order bonus of a F1 2015 steelbook case and a special Race Like A Champion guide book with hints and tips for winning races like Lewis Hamilton. Codemasters releases a teaser for F1 2015

F1 2015 will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on July the 8th in North America and July the 10th in Europe and the UK. Click on the image above to see a full gallery of new screenshots.

Total War: Arena gameplay unveiled

You can watch it being streamed live here tomorrow.

Creative Assembly has released a new video giving Total War fans a first look at the gameplay from Total War: Arena.

Total War: Arena is a free-to-play team-based strategy game giving Total War fans the chance to team up and take on opponents in massive ten-on-ten real-time strategy battles.

The game is currently in closed alpha in Europe with US servers coming soon. They are still accepting sign-ups for the alpha stage over on the Total War website.

They are also planning to host a live broadcast on Twitch tomorrow from an exclusive ESL event being held in Cologne starting at 4pm BST (11am EST, 8am PST). Watch it live here below. 

Warner Bros bringing Batman's cowl and cape from Batman: Arkham Knight to MCM Comic-Con this weekend

Artists give their interesting spins on the Batman cowl from Arkham Knight.

Warner Bros has announced that they will be bringing an exhibition featuring Batman's cowl and cape from Batman: Arkham Knight to the MCM Expo in London this weekend.

The exhibition offers up Batman's cowl done up with a variety of different artwork from artists like Nancy Fouts, Lauren baker, Hayden Kays, Pam Glew, INSA, The Connor Brothers and more. Click on the image below to see a few shots of the exhibition.

The exhibition will he hosted at the Warner Bros booth at MCM London Comic-Con between today and the 24th of May as well as a life-sized Batmobile made by West Coast Customs. Warner Bros bringing Batman's cowl and cape from Batman: Arkham Knight to MCM Comic-Con this weekend

Batman: Arkham Knight will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on June the 23rd. The PC version will receive a digital release only.

Red Thread gives an update on Dreamfall Chapters Book Three

Release date announcement to come in around a week's time.

Red Thread Games has released an update on the progress of Dreamfall Chapters Book Three.

The studio is working hard on getting the third episode of the game and right now they are reporting good progress. They are currently putting the finishing touches on the game's visual and audio assets prior to the final round of testing.

They are also close to announcing a release date for Book Three but they're going to wait another week before finalising the date in order to make sure that they've got a manageable workload in order to get it released. Red Thread gives an update on Dreamfall Chapters Book Three

They stated, “It's difficult to estimate exactly how long this final phase will take, and we're not going to announce a release date until we're about 5-7 days away (lesson learned from last time around!) but we are getting close.”

The full update is available over on the Dreamfall Chapters Kickstarter pages.

Sony has released a brand new gameplay video showing off the PS4 version of God Of War III.

The video shows nearly 10 minutes of gameplay from Sony Santa Monica's PS4 remaster of their epic God Of War debut on the PS3 in full 1080p.

The studio is working hard on knocking the game into shape so that it will run in 1080p at 60fps on the PS4. It will also be getting a Photo Mode for players to take and share their own epic images from the game.

God Of War III is set to launch on the PS4 both digitally and at retail on July the 15th in North America and July the 17th in Europe and the UK.

Techland shelves Hellraid to focus on Dying Light

Hellraid isn't fully cancelled, just shelved.

Techland has announced that they have put a hold on their first-person fantasy action game Hellraid.

The game was originally scheduled to be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One some time later on this year but it seems that Dying Light's success has caused the Polish developer to reassess the development of Hellraid.

Dying Light has been Techland's most successful release to date with 3.2 million plying the game after just 45 days on sale and it seems like it is the future for the studio for the moment. Techland shelves Hellraid to focus on Dying Light

Techland's statement reads:

“Dear Hellraid fans,

“We would like to officially announce that our dark fantasy FPP game Hellraid will not be released this year as previously planned, and the development of the game has been put on hold.

“In the recent months we conducted an internal analysis and came to the conclusion that Hellraid, in its current shape and form, is not meeting our own expectations for this project. Therefore, we decided the best course of action would be to send it back to the drawing board and invent our dark fantasy title anew.

“In the meantime, we will consolidate our development resources and focus on further expansion of our Dying Light franchise.

“We wish to thank all our fans for your support - you're the best!”

This means that the game is not fully cancelled, it's just going back onto a shelf to collect dust until they can figure out how it can meet their expectations.

Thanks Eurogamer.

Don't Starve gets a release date for the Wii U

Wii U gamers to get Don't starve in the next couple of weeks.

Klei Entertainment has announced a release date for their hit survive 'em-up Don't Starve on the Wii U.

Wii U gamers will get the Giant Edition of Don't Starve which includes the Reign Of Giants expansion that adds new seasons, additional dangers and new playable characters to the game.

It's already been a huge success on the PC, PS4 and PS Vita and the new Wii U version will support play on the Gamepad only as well as through the TV. Don't Starve gets a release date for the Wii U

Don't Starve: Giant Edition will be released on the Wii U's eShop on May the 28th in North America and June the 4th in Europe.

Thanks IGN.

Here's the trailer for the next episode of Telltale's Game Of Thrones

Episode Four of Game Of Thrones is set to launch next week.

Telltale has released a trailer for the next episode of their Game Of Thrones series.

Episode four is called Sons Of Winter and it continues to follow the fortunes of House Forrester through the eyes of Gared, Asher, Mira and Rodrik.

The new trailer does feature spoilers for those who haven't managed to play their way through the first three episodes but boy are thhings starting to heat up.

Game Of Thrones: Episode Four will begin rolling out across Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on May the 26th.

Thanks Destructoid.

Bloodborne will see DLC before the end of the year

Shu Yoshida promises more content for Bloodborne this year.

Sony has announced that From Software are hard at work on a downloadble expansion for their PS4 exclusive Bloodborne.

The announcement was made by Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida on Twitter after a barrage of fan questions about DLC for Bloodborne.

He stated, “So I have been asked by many people if we are making DLC for Bloodborne. I can say... An expansion is coming. More info later this year.” Bloodborne will see DLC before the end of the year

From Software has a pretty good pedigree as far as downloadable content goes as Artorias Of The Abyss was an excellent expansion for Dark Souls and the Lost Crowns trilogy of DLC for Dark Souls II was also well-received.

Thanks MCV.

CD Projekt RED addresses visual downgrade issues with The Witcher 3

“This is the nature of games development,” says CD Projekt RED boss

It's only been two days since The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt arrived on PC and consoles and CD Projekt RED are already fielding accusations that they downgraded the visuals for the release version.

Marcin Iwinski co-founder of the Polish studio explained that it isn't always possible to get the game running as well as the pre-release demos do especially with the a game as large and complex as The Witcher 3.

He stated, “We do a certain build for a tradeshow and you pack it, it works, it looks amazing. And you are extremely far away from completing the game. Then you put it in the open-world, regardless of the platform, and it's like 'oh shit, it doesn't really work'. We've already showed it, now we have to make it work. And then we try to make it work on a huge scale. This is the nature of games development." CD Projekt RED addresses visual downgrade issues with The Witcher 3

"If the consoles are not involved there is no Witcher 3 as it is. We just cannot afford it, because consoles allow us to go higher in terms of the possible or achievable sales; have a higher budget for the game, and invest it all into developing this huge, gigantic world,” Iwinski continued. “Developing only for the PC, we could probably get more, as there would be nothing else – like if we would develop only on Xbox One or PlayStation 4. But then we cannot afford such a game."

"Frankly speaking, we didn't see it as a problem,” he added. "In a way, because of us not seeing it as a problem, and working hard on the game until the very end, that's where we are today and that's why we have to explain. I hope it shows our intentions, because we are not hiding anything. Considering our values, hiding is the last thing we ever want to do. We don't agree there is a downgrade, but it's our opinion, and gamers' feelings can be different. If they made their purchasing decision based on the 2013 materials, I'm deeply sorry for that, and we are discussing how we can make it up to them because that's not fair.”

They do have a large patch on the way for The Witcher 3 on all platforms which includes 600 tweaks to the graphics and a function for the PC players to edit the .ini files which gives them much greater control over the graphical performance of the game.

Thanks Eurogamer.

Warner Bros has released a brand new live action TV trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight.

It may be a live action trailer for the most part but it was directed by Time and Jeff Croneneweth who have worked on Gone Girl and Fight Club.

Trent Reznor consulted on the music for the trailer too which has resulted in the action being set to The Wretched from disc one of the Nine Inch Nails album The Fragile.

Batman: Arkham Knight is set to be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on June the 23rd. The PC version is a digital-only release.

This year's Need For Speed is bringing back the narrative

The new Need For Speed is taking a few tips from the Underground games.

EA has announced this year's entry in the Need For Speed series and it's bringing back some of the more popular features from the NFS: Underground games.

The new game will drop Need For Speed fans into an night-time open world with a deep car culture, extensive customization opeions and what EA calls “an immersive narrative that pulls you through the game.”

The game's executive producer at Ghost Games, Marcus Nilsson said, “Need for Speed is one of the most iconic names in gaming, and we're returning it to greatness in this reboot. Pulling on our 20 years of history, and then taking a year out from releasing a game, we are making the game we’ve always wanted to. We're listening to the fans and delivering an experience that will capture their imagination and unleash their passion for cars and speed.” This year's Need For Speed is bringing back the narrative

Above is a teaser video for the new game and you can click on the image to see a full gallery of the first screenshots from the game. The game will get its first full trailer on June the 15th right in the middle of E3 week.

No Bard's Tale IV on consoles, InXile not ruling it out though

InXile Entertainment focusing on getting The Bard's Tale IV done on PC for now.

InXile Entertainment boss Brian Fargo has indicated that they aren't thinking about bringing The Bard's Tale IV to consoles for now.

The recent announcement that Wasteland 2 is coming to PS4 and Xbox One has prompted speculation that newly announced The Bard's Tale IV could be released on consoles although Fargo has dismissed this idea for now.

Fargo stated on their general release policy, "Everything is a case-by-case basis. Our bread and butter is the PC, and it's where our initial focus is. So we are not giving up any quality to make sure that the PC version is the best. But there will be times where console makes sense and times where it doesn't. So it's not a specific strategy, I guess it's more case-by-case." No Bard's Tale IV on consoles, InXile not ruling it out though

"We're not thinking about [Bard's Tale on console]," Fargo explained more specifically. "I mean we're using Unreal and as I get further into development and somebody says 'you know, Brian, the footprint size you're using you can get it over to console with no degradation of quality for not too much money' then that's we're going to do. If it's something that's going to affect us negatively then we wouldn't. Bard's Tale lends itself more to console, because it looks more like a console game. In terms of the first-person approach, is more console friendly than an isometric game. I expect there will probably be even more interest in this than anything, but again, we're just not putting too much effort into thinking about it right now."

InXile Entertainment will launch a Kickstarter campaign for The Bard's Tale IV on PC on June the 2nd.

Thanks GameReactor.

The white Xbox One is back with Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Microsoft uses the white Xbox One with Halo: The Master Chief Collection to tempt more gamers over to the Xbox One.

Microsoft has announced the return of the white Xbox One console in a new bundle.

The new bundle includes the same white 500GB Xbox One console that came was released in a bundle with Sunset Overdrive last autumn but this time it includes Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

The new package has definitely looks like a bit better value than the Sunset Overdrive bundle on the basis that it technically includes four games and not just one. The white Xbox One is back with Halo: The Master Chief Collection

The new Halo: The Master Chief Collection white Xbox One bundle is out now in the US for 349 USD. There's no news on a European release as yet.

Sony opens a new VR-focused studio in the UK

Sony continues to ramp up their commitment to Project Morpheus.

Sony has opened a new development studio in the North West of England which will focus on development for the Project Morpheus VR headset.

The studio is still in the early stages of getting set up and they're still taking applications for staff on the PlayStation jobs website.

Sony stated, "We are still in the early planning phase with this studio, and are currently focused on hiring the right team. We look forward to sharing more news and formal announcements in the near future." Sony opens a new VR-focused studio in the UK

The move sees Sony moving back into a region of the UK that was once packed with their development talent including the now-defunct Wipeout devs Studio Liverpool.

Thanks Eurogamer.

King's Quest gets another behind-the-scenes video looking at the art

The Odd Gentlemen talk about the hand-painted art in King's Quest.

Sierra and The Odd Gentlemen have released a new behind-the-scenes video looking at the art in King's Quest.

The video features art director Evan Cagle and producer Lindsey Rostal talking about the art of their new King's Quest game.

The Odd Gentlemen have worked with Neil Gaiman as well as making their own silent-movie themed puzzle platformer about a pie-addict, PB Winterbottom and have a unique art style and they've decided to use a hand-painted style for King's Quest evoking classic titles like King's Quest V.

King's Quest is due to be released later on this year on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Heroes Of The Storm hits open beta today

Blizzard's MOBA is now open to the public.

Blizzard has announced the launch of their new MOBA Heroes Of The Storm into open beta.

From today members of Battle.net will be able to download and play Heroes Of The Storm on Mac and PC without the need of a beta key.

It's odd to think that this is the first time Blizzard has dipped their toes into the MOBA genre given that the whole genre was pioneered by Dota which began its life as a mod for Warcraft 3. Heroes Of The Storm hits open beta today

Heroes Of The Storm will remain in open beta until the game 's full launch on June the 2nd.

Mastodon and Deftones added to Guitar Hero Live's setlist

Guitar Hero Live gets a little bit heavier.

Activision has announced another ten tracks that will be featuring on the setlist for Guitar Hero Live.

The additional tracks add more heavy music to the line-up from bands like Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Deftones and Royal Blood.

This is in addition to tracks from a broad array of bands from Pantera and Fallout Boy to the Rolling Stones and The Killers. Mastodon and Deftones added to Guitar Hero Live's setlist

The full list of new tracks is as follows:

  • Royal Blood – Little Monster
  • Marilyn Manson – Disposable Teens
  • Killswitch Engage – In Due Time
  • Marmozets – Move Shake Hide
  • Of Mice & Men – Bones Exposed
  • Deftones – Diamond Eyes
  • Vista Chino – Sweet Remain
  • Bring Me The Horizon – Shadow Moses
  • Mastodon – High Road
  • Trivium - Strife

The Behemoth reveals the first 20 minutes of Game 4

Have a good look at how The Behemoth's Game 4 is coming along.

The Behemoth has put together a brand new video showing off the first 20 minutes of their upcoming title, Game 4.

The studio has been busy working on the game in between showing it off at PAX and PAX East and the video shows off gameply footage from the very latest build of the game which was produced earlier this month.

The game's art director Dan Paladin said, “You might have first seen our blueberry farmer at PAX Prime 2014 when he was first flung into the chaos we’ve code named 'Game 4'. We’ve put together a video of the first 20 minutes of said chaos in case you missed it, or just want to see some of the changes since then.”

As well as the new video showing off how the first 20 minutes of Game 4 plays Dan Paladin has written a new blog post detailing the new changes that have been made since the game's last showing.

Frank Gibeau departs EA after 23 years

EA loses the head of EA Mobile.

Frank Gibeau, EA Mobile executive vice president, is to leave EA after spending the best part of 25 years with the publisher.

Gibeau spend 23 years at EA and was one of the company's longest-standing executives and has served all over the company before landing as the head of EA Mobile.

CEO Andrew Wilson said of Gibeau, "Throughout a more than 20-year career, Frank's made many significant contributions to the company, our people and our games. Most recently, he's worked to strengthen EA Mobile by building a great team. We'd like to thank Frank for his achievements at EA, and we wish him all the best in his next chapter." Frank Gibeau departs EA after 23 years

Wilson has emphasised that EA's mobile division will continue to be a core focus of the company in the wake of Gibeau's departure.

Thanks GamesIndustry.biz.

Cossacks 3 heralds the return of STALKER devs GSC GameWorld

GSC GameWorld is back with RTS sequel Cossacks 3.

GSC GameWorld is back but they're not returning to the series that they made their name with just yet.

While STALKER is by far the one series of games that GSC GameWorld is known for the studio's first title after they returned from the dead is to be a revival of an old real-time strategy series in Cossacks 3.

Cossacks 3 is set in the 17th and 18th centuries and features 12 playable nations spread across five historical campaigns. It's got realistic projectile physics, randomly generated maps and resource gathering and construction mechanics alongside the battles that will feature up to 10,000 units. Cossacks 3 heralds the return of STALKER devs GSC GameWorld

Cossacks 3 is in development on the PC and it is due to be released some time later on this year.

Thanks PC Gamer.