Monday news, part two:
Fortnite Save the World's loot boxes will let you see what's inside them before you buy
Llamas, for some reason, are the loot boxes of the Fortnite world—technically llama pinatas, so you don't have to feel bad about smashing them open to get the goodies out. Today, Epic Games announced that it's changing Llamas purchased with V-Bucks in Fortnite Save the World to "X-Ray Llamas" that will enable players to see what's inside before opting to buy them.
A Plague Tale: Innocence video tells a tale of orphans in the time of the Black Death
A Plague Tale: Innocence is a game about two children in 14th-century France struggling to escape the soldiers of the Inquisition in a world overrun by deadly swarms of plague-ridden rats. It was unveiled at E3 2017 with a trailer that creeped Joe out pretty thoroughly, and earlier this week publisher Focus Home Interactive announced that it will be out on May 14 and released the first of a series of videos going behind the scenes of the game's development.
Subnautica: Below Zero early access release set for January 30
Subnautica: Below Zero is a followup to last year's outstanding underwater sci-fi survival game, set in a different region of the same planet after the events of Subnautica. I won't get into that too much in order to avoid spoilers, but it means that Below Zero could be a good bit different from its predecessor in some ways.
PlanetSide Arena delayed until March, closed beta launches next week
Multiplayer FPS PlanetSide Arena, which was due to launch next week, has been delayed until March 26, developer Daybreak Games has announced.
The shooter is set to launch with a 150-player battle royale mode and a 250v250 team fight, and while Daybreak has made "significant strides" towards getting it where it needs to be, there are still "crucial feature enhancements and core systems improvements we can make that will lift PlanetSide Arena to the level it deserves", it said in a blog post.
Ubisoft targets Rainbow Six Siege's 'crouch and lean spam' for future fix
If you've recently seen Rainbow Six Siege players moving in peculiar ways, they may well be "crouch and lean spamming"—basically, mashing those commands to make their characters jerk in unnatural ways, making them difficult to hit. Ubisoft is aware that the problem is on the rise and is "actively working on how we want to approach [it] and planning our next steps", it said in a Reddit post.
Wargroove will have cross-play between PC, Switch and Xbox One at launch
Chucklefish's strategy game Wargroove will have cross-play between PC, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One when it launches next week, the developer has announced.
The strategy game, which is out on February 1, will have a campaign as well as PvP multiplayer battles (including asynchronous play) and co-op. You can play with up to three other players, so the announcement is good news if you have friends that plan to play on console.
Peter 'Durante' Thoman opens his own studio for PC ports
Peter 'Durante' Thoman, known for his famous PC Dark Souls fix as well as for porting games such as The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel to PC, has launched his own studio called PH3 games.
On the Metacouncil forum, Durante said PH3 has been around in an unofficial capacity since September last year, but that "we just very recently got the final bureaucratic IDs required to consider it fully complete".
Cyberpunk RTS Re-Legion gets a release date, and it's next week
Cyberpunk RTS Re-Legion, in which you start your own cult, will be out on Thursday, January 31, developer Ice Code Games has announced.
It was initially due to release last year, but was delayed in October to give Ice Code more time to polish it. The original plan was to release it with both singleplayer and multiplayer modes, but the release version will only contain the singleplayer campaign, with multiplayer to follow at a later date.
Sequel to Anodyne, the excellent Zelda-a-like RPG, gets May release date
The sequel to dream-like 2D RPG Anodyne, which Tom scored a hearty 84/100 in his 2013 review, will be out in May, the development team has announced.
Anodyne 2: Return to Dust is very different—you'll still be crawling through dungeons from a 2D perspective, Zelda-style, but it also switches out to 3D view during some sections, giving you a clear look at some wonderfully strange surroundings.
Stories Untold dev will make Pekken, a pigeon fighting game, if it gets 10,000 retweets
Sometimes as a game developer you’ve just got to wing-it, stop trying to feather the nest for a while and let your imagination soar. That’s what Stories Untold dev NoCode has been up to lately, prototyping a fighting game called Pekken.
Resident Evil 2 Remake is three times more popular than Resident Evil 7 on Steam
Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 2 appears to be doing well for itself on PC, already boasting more than three times the number of players of the previous mainline entry in the series, Resident Evil 7.
Try Europa Universalis IV’s expansion Mandate of Heaven free for a week
Paradox is offering existing Europa Universalis IV owners the chance to try the Mandate of Heaven expansion for free for a week, the publisher has revealed.
The trial runs from right now until 13:00 CET on the 4th of February. Anyone who owns EU IV can download Mandate of Heaven from the DLC tab in their Paradox Account launcher. Once the trial week is over, Mandate of Heaven will be deactivated once again.
One Overkill’s The Walking Dead developer says they 'knew it was going to tank'
Overkill’s The Walking Dead was one of 2018’s flops, selling just a few hundred thousand copies when it was expected to sell millions, a failure that forced its publisher Starbreeze into effective administration. Now, Eurogamer has published an in-depth feature that says some designers on the project were fully aware of the game’s problems well before release, but were not given appropriate time to fix them.
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