A new eye-catching action RPG that combines mutants, kung-fu, and weird-ass machinery has made its debut at Gamescom.
Biomutant is an open world title from a new indie team called Experiment 101, which is led by former Mad Max and Just Cause game director Stefan Ljungqvist.
According to the studio, Biomutant lets players change their character’s abilities and appearance with powerful mutations, bionic prosthetics, and weapons. That means you can grow claws, sprout wings, or attach a robotic leg, and each choice will impact the way your hero plays in real-time combat that blends melee martial arts and firearms.
Said mutant will scurry around a post-apocalyptic universe filled with fantastic creatures, looking to stop a plague that is ruining the land. There's also something about the Tree-of-Life is bleeding death from its roots, and the usual 'you are the special one that will shape this world for good or for ill' carry-on, but I won't subject you to it.
Biomutant is expected to launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC in 2018.
Caves by Matthew Gatland, Sky Noon by Lunar Rooster, Ten Thousand Coins by Tough Love Productions, and Ultra Break by Autotelic are the finalists in this year's Kiwi Game Starter competition.
(Here's a piece we did on Matt, and here's one on Sky Noon.)
The annual event is organised by the New Zealand Game Developers Association, which tasks individuals or teams with submitting business plans and playable prototypes to its a selection panel.
A recently-formed Aussie CS:GO team has shot to prominence with a pair of tournament wins.
Kings Gaming Club now has the attention of the CS:GO esports community as its men's team won both the Unikrn Australian Showdown and the ESL AU/NZ 2017 Season 2 CS:GO Championship last weekend, picking up more than AU$7,500 in prize money in the process.
It's a feat made more impressive by the fact that Kings has only been around for two months. The team consists of former Winterfox player Chris "emagine" Rowlands, ex-Tainted Minds members Jay "liazz" Tregillgas and Travis "wizard" Richardson, and former Avant Garde members Jordan "Hatz" Bajic and Kiwi Simon "Sico" Williams.
CD Projekt Red's Witcher digital CCG, Gwent, is getting both a single-player campaign and a US$850k esports series.
The campaign is called Thronebreaker, and it centres around Meve, a war-veteran queen of two Northern Realms who facing an imminent foreign invasion.
It will explore never before seen parts of the world of The Witcher, challenging players to gather resources and engage in custom-made story battles, while twisting the game’s rules in unexpected ways.
Sign-ups are now open for the ASUS Republic of Gamers ROG Masters ANZ Qualifiers 2017.
The ROG Masters is a global Dota 2 and CS:GO tournament that features amateur and professional teams playing for a share of a US$500,000 prize pool.
Australia and New Zealand qualifiers begin on August 26, with CS:GO teams playing a three-week double elimination tournament. The tournament will run through Saturday September 2, with semi-finals and grand finals held on September 9.
The finals of a new Formula 1 esports event will be held at the decidedly non-virtual Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this November.
Formula 1, Codemasters, and Gfinity are teaming up for the annual esports event, called the Formula 1 Esports Series.
The competition, which starts in September and is open to all, aims to uncover the best virtual F1 driver in the world.
Acclaimed Aussie puzzle game Framed 2 is now available on both iOS and Android devices.
Framed 2 is a noir puzzle game where you re-arrange panels of an animated comic book to change the outcome of the story.
Despite the numbering, it's actually the prequel to 2014's multi-award winning Framed, which was Hideo Kojima's favourite game of that year.
Final Fantasy XV is coming to PC early 2018, Nvidia and Square Enix have revealed.
The announcement was made during Nvidia's press event at Gamescom, so naturally there was a fair amount of Nvidia feature promotion.
"With the help of Nvidia, we are creating a stunning visual experience in Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition, one worthy of this beloved franchise," Final Fantasy XV director said Hajime Tabata.
"Fullbright has a warts-and-all approach to creating characters that makes them feel consistently genuine."
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