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XCOM: Chimera Squad announced and releasing next week

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XCOM: Chimera Squad announced and releasing next week

Fans of tactical strategy games are in for a treat, as today 2K and Fireaxis announced XCOM: Chimera Squad, a stand-alone entry in the beloved series set to release on PC next week on April 24.

As part of an upcoming XCOM franchise sale, Chimera Squad will be available digitally at a special introductory price of $14.98 AUD / $15.98 NZ before reverting to its suggested retail price of $29.95 AUD / $31.95 NZ on May 1.

Set five years after the events of XCOM 2, XCOM: Chimera Squad will see players commanding a squad of human, hybrid and alien agents with each of the eleven agents having unique personality and tactical abilities. In typical fashion for the series, victory won't come easy as players will have to take advantage of team synergies and cooperative actions.

XCOM: Chimera Squad features missions that focus on keeping the combat intense and unpredictable, but will still retain the high-level of tactical control players have become accustomed to.

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Rumour: Resident Evil 4 Remake in development

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Rumour: Resident Evil 4 Remake in development

Having blessed fans with fantastic remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, Capcom is reportedly already developing a remake to one of the most beloved entries in the series, Resident Evil 4.

According to a report by the folks at VGC, the remake is being handled by M-Two, a new studio established by the former president of PlatnumGames, Tatsuya Minami. The studio assisted with the development of the Resident Evil 3 Remake, but will apparently be taking the lead on development for the Resident Evil 4 Remake.

Series co-creator Shinji Mikami will not be taking the lead; he is said to be informally involved, offering the new studio advice on the direction of the remake. While M-Two is assuming the bulk of responsibilities, co-development is said to be handled by members of the Resident Evil 2 Remake and Devil May Cry teams.

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Sony reveal PlayStation 5 Controller

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Sony reveal PlayStation 5 Controller

Although we are still patiently waiting to see the design of the PlayStation 5 console, Sony has pulled back the curtain and revealed their next-gen controller.

The new design is a significant departure from previous controllers in its aesthetic and comes loaded with some exciting new features, which are sure to add to the immersion of next-gen games.

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Where is our Final Fantasy VII Remake Review?

Where is our Final Fantasy VII Remake Review?

As many of you would have noticed, most of the major outlets dropped their Final Fantasy VII Remake reviews today. The general consensus is very positive, but unfortunately, our review is not quite ready just yet.

In a continuing trend outside of our control, we did not receive review code until this last Saturday morning, at least several days after some other sites.

Our RPG aficionado, Chris Brown is hard at work on getting the review done, but there's a lot of game to get through in Square Enix's remaster. All of the writers here at Gameplanet (myself included) work on a volunteer basis purely for the love of writing about games and of course playing them a bit early when the gods permit.

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The Last of Us Part 2 sees another delay

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The Last of Us Part 2 sees another delay

Naughty Dog's hugely anticipated PS4 exclusive, The Last of Us Part 2 has been indefinitely delayed from it's planned release on May 29.

This marks the second delay for the game, which was initially slated for a February 2020 release, and is among many titles in development impacted by current events.

The studio announced the delay on Twitter with a message to fans, stating "even with us finishing the game, we were faced with the reality that due to logistics beyond our control, we couldn't launch The Last of Us Part II to our satisfaction. We want to make sure everyone gets to play The last of Us Part II around the same time, ensuring that we're doing everything possible to preserve the best experience for everyone. This meant delaying the game until such a time where we can solve these logistic issues."

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Mortal Shell set to scratch Souls-like itch later this year

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Mortal Shell set to scratch Souls-like itch later this year

Developer Cold Symmetry has today announced Mortal Shell, an Action-RPG in the ever-growing Souls-like genre set to release later this year on PC, PS4 & Xbox One.

The small studio consisting of only fifteen staff, revealed the game with a great trailer, showcasing the game's appropriately gloomy, yet impressive visuals and gameplay that will be immediately familiar to anyone who has played the Dark Souls series.

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Bethesda to skip any E3 digital event this year

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Bethesda to skip any E3 digital event this year

In the wake of E3 2020's cancellation, many publishers announced they would organise a digital event in some form – Bethesda has just confirmed it won't be one of them.

The publisher's VP of marketing and communications, Pete Hines stated as such on twitter, but did hint to announcements "in the coming months."

Microsoft, EA, Nintendo and Square Enix have all confirmed to be working on digital versions of their E3 press conferences.

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Wasteland 3 release pushed back to August

Wasteland 3 release pushed back to August

Previously scheduled to release this coming May, inXile Entertainment has announced that Wasteland 3 is being delayed to August 28 due to the widespread effects of Covid-19.

Studio head and series director of Wasteland, Brian Fargo took to Twitter to break the news to fans, stating that the studio "moved to a work-from-home environment some weeks ago, and that's of course introduced new challenges that many of us throughout the world have been learning to manage. We've been excited to see the Wasteland 3 beta so well received, but the reality is that with these new logistical challenges our release was going to be impacted... With that, Wasteland 3's new release date is August 28, 2020."

Wasteland 3 joins an ever-growing roster of games, movies & events delayed due to the impacts of Covid-19 as many companies transition to full remote-work. While it's a shame to see the game delayed, it's great to see more companies putting the safety and well-being of their workers first.

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Minecraft Dungeons delayed to May

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Minecraft Dungeons delayed to May

The dungeon crawler spin-off Minecraft Dungeons has been delayed to May 26.

Previously slated for a late-April release, develop Mojang has now pushed that date due to new precautions taken in light of COVID-19.

"As you all know, we initially planned to release Minecraft Dungeons by the end of April," said Mojang creative writer Per Landin on the developer's blog. "However, due to the current state of the world, this was no longer possible, as we wanted to guarantee the health and safety of our teams."

Wednesday 29 April

Gameplanet is shutting down
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Gameplanet is shutting down
Game over, man.

Wednesday 22 April

30 Under $30: Part 2: For a Few Dollars More
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30 Under $30: Part 2: For a Few Dollars More
Fifteen more great games under thirty dollars to play in isolation
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Thursday 16 April

30 Under $30 Part 1: Two Tenners or Less
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30 Under $30 Part 1: Two Tenners or Less
Stuck at home looking for something to play? Check out some of our top recommendations for PC gamers on a budget!
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Wednesday 15 April

XCOM: Chimera Squad announced and releasing next week
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XCOM: Chimera Squad announced and releasing next week
Make sure you grab it at the special introductory price!
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MLB The Show 20 Review
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MLB The Show 20 Review
As close as we can get to the real thing right now, but is it enough to please die-hard fans?
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Tuesday 14 April

Rumour: Resident Evil 4 Remake in development
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Rumour: Resident Evil 4 Remake in development
And now for my next number, I'd like to return to the classics.
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Friday 10 April

Final Fantasy VII Remake Review
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Final Fantasy VII Remake Review
Can Square Eniix deliver on the hype for the remake of one of the most beloved games of all time?
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Wednesday 8 April

Sony reveal PlayStation 5 Controller
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Sony reveal PlayStation 5 Controller
Less Shock, more Sense
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Tuesday 7 April

Where is our Final Fantasy VII Remake Review?
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Where is our Final Fantasy VII Remake Review?
It's a big world, and we still have more exploring to do.

Monday 6 April

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review
Nintendo provides a much-needed digital escape from isolation.
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Friday 3 April

The Last of Us Part 2 sees another delay
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The Last of Us Part 2 sees another delay
No new release date set
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Thursday 2 April

Mortal Shell set to scratch Souls-like itch later this year
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Mortal Shell set to scratch Souls-like itch later this year
More pain & punishment for Masocore fans
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Bethesda to skip any E3 digital event this year
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Bethesda to skip any E3 digital event this year
Just as well they've already announced the next decade of releases.
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Wednesday 1 April

Wasteland 3 release pushed back to August
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Wasteland 3 release pushed back to August
Yet another delay due to Covid-19.
Persona 5 Royal Review
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Persona 5 Royal Review
One of the biggest JRPGs of recent years gets the royal treatment and expands on the original in a wonderful way.
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Minecraft Dungeons delayed to May
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Minecraft Dungeons delayed to May
Thanks again, COVID-19 .
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Tuesday 31 March

Resident Evil 3 Review
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Resident Evil 3 Review
Capcom reanimates a twenty year old classic in spectacular fashion
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Monday 30 March

Square Enix announces NieR Replicant remaster
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Square Enix announces NieR Replicant remaster
A good way to celebrate 10 years

Friday 27 March

Nintendo Direct Mini reveals big titles coming to Switch
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Nintendo Direct Mini reveals big titles coming to Switch
Bioshock, Borderlands, Xcom & More
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Thursday 26 March

Wednesday 25 March

PlayStation Plus April Games Revealed
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PlayStation Plus April Games Revealed
Race through uncharted lands
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Tuesday 24 March

DOOM Eternal Review
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DOOM Eternal Review
Only ID could make Hell on Earth feel this Heavenly
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Ori and the Will of the Wisps Review
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Ori and the Will of the Wisps Review
A beacon of light and hope in trying times.
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Friday 20 March

New Zealand Games Festival postponed to 2021
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New Zealand Games Festival postponed to 2021
"We're as heartbroken as you are"
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Thursday 19 March

Wednesday 18 March

Nintendo reveal a slew of new titles during Indie World Showcase
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Nintendo reveal a slew of new titles during Indie World Showcase
The Switch's indie scene goes from strength to strength.
Sony's Mark Cerny to detail PS5 tomorrow
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Sony's Mark Cerny to detail PS5 tomorrow
Come on... Knack 3 at launch
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Tuesday 17 March

Microsoft reveal Xbox Series X hardware details
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Microsoft reveal Xbox Series X hardware details
The ball is well and truly in Sony's court now...
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