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Action role-playing game Indivisible, crowdfunded in 2015 by the makers of Skullgirls, launches on P

Action role-playing game Indivisible, crowdfunded in 2015 by the makers of Skullgirls, launches on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on October 8 in North America, with a Switch release later in 2019. I played the prototype back in 2015 and can’t wait to get my hands on the whole shebang.

Source: Kotaku.com

Every Big Game Coming Out In Summer 2019

Illustration: Chelsea Beck

Summer used to be pretty sleepy in the world of video games. It was mostly convenient: School is out, beaches are open, and there are dozens of reasons to venture out and get some time in the sun. You know what’s also great? Not going out, because it is, like Cole Porter said, too darn hot.

Good thing the summer games drought is a thing of the past these days. Look at all the stuff going on: Super Mario Maker 2, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, and Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers are all bringing the heat over the next few months. There are games of all sorts incoming, so take a look at the list below and get ready to plan a staycation.

June 21

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled | PS4, Xbox One, Switch

The Sims 4: Island Living | PC

June 24

Heavy Rain | PC

June 25

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night | Switch

Judgment | PS4

June 27

The Sinking City | PS4, Xbox One, PC

Sega Ages Virtua Racing | Switch

Sega Ages Wonder Boy: Monster Land | Switch

June 28

Super Mario Maker 2 | Nintendo Switch

July 2

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers | PS4, PC

Red Faction Guerilla Re-Mars-tered Edition | Switch

Apex Legends Season 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC

July 4

Stranger Things 3: The Game | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

July 5

Sea of Solitude | PS4, Xbox One, PC

July 10

Dr. Mario World | iOS, Android

July 11

Griftlands (early access) | PC

July 12

Dragon Quest Builders 2 | PS4, Switch

God Eater 3 | Switch

July 16

The Sims 4: Island Living | PS4, Xbox One

July 19

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order | Switch

July 22

Beyond: Two Souls | PC

July 25

Kill la Kill — If | PC

July 26

Fire Emblem: Three Houses | Switch

Wolfenstein: Youngblood | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Kill la Kill — If | PS4, Switch

July TBA

The Division 2: Expansion 1: DC Outskirts | PC, PS4, Xbox One

August 2

Madden 20 | PS4, Xbox One, PC

August 6

Age of Wonders: Planetfall | PS4, Xbox One, PC

August 8

Necrobarista | PC (PS4 and Switch 2020)

August 20

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution | Switch

Rad | PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

August 22

Life Is Strange 2: Episode 4 | PS4, Xbox One, PC

Oninaki | PS4, Switch, PC

August 27

Control | PS4, Xbox One, PC

World of Warcraft Classic | PC

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey | PC (Xbox One and PS4 in December)

August 30

The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan | PS4, Xbox One, PC

Blair Witch | Xbox One, PC

Astral Chain | Switch

September 3

Catherine: Full Body | PS4

Conan Chop Chop | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Last Oasis | PC

Spyro Reignited Trilogy | Switch, PC

September 6

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne | PS4, Xbox One

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries | PC

September 10

Gears 5 | Xbox One, PC

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries | PC

September 13

Grid | PS4, Xbox One, PC

Borderlands 3 | PS4, Xbox One, PC

Daemon X Machina | Switch

September 17

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep | PS4, Xbox One, PC

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries | PC

AI: The Somnium Files | PS4, Switch, PC

September 20

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening | Switch

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered | PC, PS4

Ni no Kuni | Switch

Source: Kotaku.com

The Week In Games: Saint’s Row On The Go

Saint’s Row The Third will soon be playable anywhere. That’s right, with Saint’s Row coming to the Switch this week fans will finally be able to use a dildo bat to beat people up while they wait for their bus to arrive. What a great future we live in.

Let’s have THAT debate about Saint’s Row. You know what I’m talking about. Which one is better: Saint’s Row 2 or The Third? I’ve long been a member of team Saint’s Row 2, but not long ago I played through both of them again and I really think Saint’s Row The Third holds up better. I’ll always prefer Stillwater over Steelport, though.

Another quiet week with no real “BIG” AAA game release. Instead, some smaller games and ports. A new episode of Life Is Strange 2 releases this week, though I’m waiting for the full season to be out before I start playing. Shakedown: Hawaii looks cool and is heading to PS4, Vita, Switch, and PC. Finally, I’m loving the look of For The King, which comes out later this week for most platforms.

Other stuff is coming out this week! Check out the list below:

Monday May 6

  • Death end re;Quest | PC
  • GoVenture TYPING | PC, Mac
  • Divine D.I.V.A | PC, Mac
  • Bone Voyage | PC
  • Submarine Attack! | PC
  • Invisible Fist | PC, Mac
  • Danger Crew | PC, Mac

Tuesday May 7

  • Brief Battles | PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Puyo Puyo Champions | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • My Big Sister | PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One
  • Shakedown: Hawaii | PS4, PS Vita, Switch, PC
  • European Conqueror X | Switch
  • Reverse Crawl | PS4
  • Frane: Dragons’ Odyssey | PS4, PS Vita
  • For The King | PS4
  • Car Mechanic Manager | Switch
  • Grindzones | PC
  • Two Guns | PC
  • Thunder Paw | PC

Wednesday May 8

  • Legend Of The Tetrarchs | Xbox One, PC
  • The Adventures Of Bertram Fiddle: Ep. 1 – A Dreadly Business | Xbox One
  • Woodle Tree Adventures | Xbox One
  • Party Arcade | PS4
  • Meow Motors | Switch
  • Danger Gazers | PC

Thursday May 9

  • Life Is Strange 2: Episode 3 – Wastelands | PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • For The King | Switch
  • Doughlings: Arcade | PS4
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 | PC
  • Masquerada: Songs And Shadows | Switch
  • Lost Artifacts: Soulstone | PS4, Switch
  • Monster Puzzle | Switch
  • MachiKnights – Blood Bagos | Switch
  • Ican | PC
  • Pax Nova | PC

Friday May 10

  • Saint’s Row: The Third | Switch
  • Lovecraft’s Untold Stories | PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • DragonFangZ – The Rose & Dungeon Of Time | Xbox One
  • My Big Sister | Switch
  • For The King | Xbox One
  • ASCENDANCE – First Horizon | Xbox One, Switch
  • Super Space Serpent SE | Xbox One
  • Reverse Crawl | Xbox One
  • Dragon Pinball | Switch
  • Blazing Beaks | Switch
  • Grit: Overworld Survival | PC
  • The Last Hex | PC
  • Retro Pixel Racers | PC
  • Zombie Watch | PC

Saturday May 11

  • Air Battlefront | PC
  • Dear Diary | PC

Source: Kotaku.com

The Week In Games: Saint’s Row On The Go

Saint’s Row The Third will soon be playable anywhere. That’s right, with Saint’s Row coming to the Switch this week fans will finally be able to use a dildo bat to beat people up while they wait for their bus to arrive. What a great future we live in.

Let’s have THAT debate about Saint’s Row. You know what I’m talking about. Which one is better: Saint’s Row 2 or The Third? I’ve long been a member of team Saint’s Row 2, but not long ago I played through both of them again and I really think Saint’s Row The Third holds up better. I’ll always prefer Stillwater over Steelport, though.

Another quiet week with no real “BIG” AAA game release. Instead, some smaller games and ports. A new episode of Life Is Strange 2 releases this week, though I’m waiting for the full season to be out before I start playing. Shakedown: Hawaii looks cool and is heading to PS4, Vita, Switch, and PC. Finally, I’m loving the look of For The King, which comes out later this week for most platforms.

Other stuff is coming out this week! Check out the list below:

Monday May 6

  • Death end re;Quest | PC
  • GoVenture TYPING | PC, Mac
  • Divine D.I.V.A | PC, Mac
  • Bone Voyage | PC
  • Submarine Attack! | PC
  • Invisible Fist | PC, Mac
  • Danger Crew | PC, Mac

Tuesday May 7

  • Brief Battles | PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Puyo Puyo Champions | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • My Big Sister | PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One
  • Shakedown: Hawaii | PS4, PS Vita, Switch, PC
  • European Conqueror X | Switch
  • Reverse Crawl | PS4
  • Frane: Dragons’ Odyssey | PS4, PS Vita
  • For The King | PS4
  • Car Mechanic Manager | Switch
  • Grindzones | PC
  • Two Guns | PC
  • Thunder Paw | PC

Wednesday May 8

  • Legend Of The Tetrarchs | Xbox One, PC
  • The Adventures Of Bertram Fiddle: Ep. 1 – A Dreadly Business | Xbox One
  • Woodle Tree Adventures | Xbox One
  • Party Arcade | PS4
  • Meow Motors | Switch
  • Danger Gazers | PC

Thursday May 9

  • Life Is Strange 2: Episode 3 – Wastelands | PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • For The King | Switch
  • Doughlings: Arcade | PS4
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 | PC
  • Masquerada: Songs And Shadows | Switch
  • Lost Artifacts: Soulstone | PS4, Switch
  • Monster Puzzle | Switch
  • MachiKnights – Blood Bagos | Switch
  • Ican | PC
  • Pax Nova | PC

Friday May 10

  • Saint’s Row: The Third | Switch
  • Lovecraft’s Untold Stories | PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • DragonFangZ – The Rose & Dungeon Of Time | Xbox One
  • My Big Sister | Switch
  • For The King | Xbox One
  • ASCENDANCE – First Horizon | Xbox One, Switch
  • Super Space Serpent SE | Xbox One
  • Reverse Crawl | Xbox One
  • Dragon Pinball | Switch
  • Blazing Beaks | Switch
  • Grit: Overworld Survival | PC
  • The Last Hex | PC
  • Retro Pixel Racers | PC
  • Zombie Watch | PC

Saturday May 11

  • Air Battlefront | PC
  • Dear Diary | PC

Source: Kotaku.com

Valve’s Index VR Headset Ships In June, Full Set Costs $1,000

Following last month’s tease, today Valve officially announced the Valve Index, a “high-fidelity” virtual reality headset with impressive specs, cool new controllers and a $1,000 price tag.

The Valve Index headset features a pair of 1440×1600 RGB LCD displays running at 120Hz (with an experimental 144Hz mode.) It also has built-in stereo headphones that are off-the-ear, to provide a more natural soundstage for VR applications.

The Index headset is controlled by the new Index controllers. Each controller features 87 different sensors for detecting finger and hand position, movement speed, and other measurements necessary to translate real-world hand motions into virtual space. The Index controllers are compatible with all existing HTC Vive games and apps.

The controllers and the new Index base stations are also compatible with existing HTC Vive hardware. The controllers, which sell for $279 a pair, can be purchased separately, as can the $149 base stations. Vive owners with Vive controllers and the original base stations can opt to upgrade to the Index headset by itself for $499.

The full Valve Index kit comes with the headset, two controllers, and a pair of base stations for $999. That price tag makes the package seem like it’s not an entry-level VR setup, but more for people who’ve tasted what virtual reality has to offer at lower levels and want to take the next step.

Hit up the official website for more information on the Valve Index.

Source: Kotaku.com

Every Big Game Coming Out In Spring 2019

Illustration: Angelica Alzona

Today, just for an instant, the Earth’s equator will line up perfectly with the center of the sun marking the first day of spring, at which point we will be collectively thrust into another season chuck full of game releases.

“A walk on a spring morning is better than an eighty-mile ride in a hopped-up car,” wrote Ray Bradbury in his novel Dandelion Wine. “It’s full of flavors, full of a lot of things growing. You’ve time to seek and find.” Little did he know a stroll through the biggest games of spring can be just as rewarding.

Bookended by Dark Souls FromSoftware’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and an unlikely mash-up of an indie darling and beloved Nintendo series with Cadence of Hyrule, spring 2019 is full of potential delights both big and small. Here’s a look at everything coming out over the next few months.

March 20

Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy | PS4, Switch

Blaster Master Zero 2 | Switch

March 22

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice | PS4, Xbox One, PC

Peasant Knight | Switch

Unravel 2 | Switch

March 26

Danganronpa Trilogy | PS4

MLB The Show 19 | PS4

Final Fantasy VII | Xbox One, Switch

Generation Zero | PS4, Xbox One, PC

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland | PS4, Switch

Nelke & The Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World | PS4, Switch

The Princess Guide | PS4, Switch

The Walking Dead: The Final Season: Episode 4 | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn DLC | PS4, Xbox One, PC

March 27

DayZ | Xbox One

March 29

Yoshi’s Crafted World | Switch

Tropico 6 | PS4, Xbox One, PC

Assassin’s Creed III Remastered | PS4, Xbox One, PC

Assassin’s Creed Liberation Remastered | PS4, Xbox One, PC

March 31

American Ninja Warrior | PS4, Xbox One, Switch

April 2

Bomber Crew: Complete Edition | PS4, Switch

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition | Switch

April 5

Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission | Switch, PC

April 9

Dangerous Driving | PS4, Xbox One

Neo Atlas 1469 | Switch

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

April 11

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain | PS4

April 12

Nintendo Labo Toy-con 04: VR Kit | Switch

April 16

Anno 1800 | PC

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster | Xbox One, Switch

Tanks Meet Zombies | Switch

Wasteland 2 | Switch

April 18

Cuphead | Switch

Katana Zero | Switch, PC

April 19

Our World Is Ended | PS4

April 23

Mortal Kombat 11 | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen | Switch

April 26

Days Gone | PS4

BoxBoy + BoxGirl | Switch

April 30

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age | Xbox One, Switch

April (no date)

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: The Fate of Atlantis DLC Chapter 1  | PS4, Xbox One, PC

May 7

The Legend of Heroes: Trials of Cold Steel II | PS4

May 14

Rage 2 | PS4, Xbox One, PC

A Plague Tale: Innocence | PS4, Xbox One, PC

May 16

World War Z | PS4, Xbox One, PC

May 20

Resident Evil | Switch

Resident Evil 4 | Switch

Resident Evil Zero | Switch

May 21

Team Sonic Racing | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Assassin’s Creed III Remastered | Switch

Assassin’s Creed Liberation Remastered | Switch

May 23

Total War: Three Kingdoms | PS4, Xbox One, PC

May 28

Lapis x Labyrinth | PS4, Switch

May (no date)

My Friend Pedro | PC, Switch

June 4

The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr | PS4, Xbox One, PC

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth | 3DS

Warhammer: Chaosbane | PS4, Xbox One, PC

June (no date)

Super Mario Maker 2 | Switch

Spring (no date)

Cadence of Hyrule | Switch


We’ll continue updating this post as new games, release dates, and delays are announced.

Source: Kotaku.com

Allow the first Midsommar trailer to lower your defenses

Screenshot: A24

After steering modern horror into some unnerving new corners with last year’s Hereditary, filmmaker Ari Aster is back with his breakout’s follow-up, a slice of “Scandinavian folk horror” called Midsommar. Don’t let the bright colors of the film’s marketing comfort you, though, because, judging by the first trailer, this thing looks every bit as terrifying.

It begins with Fighting With My Family’s Florence Pugh stumbling into a vibrant Nordic hamlet, where a nine-day festival unfolds once every 90 years. From there, we’re brought into a tight POV shot, in which a white-clad young woman tells us we can no longer speak or move, but that our defenses have been lowered so we are opened up to “the influence.” Meanwhile, the town’s smiling denizens dance around a maypole when they’re not smearing blood on stone symbols or gutting a giant-ass bear.

As we’ve previously reported, the film follows “a couple that travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown for its fabled mid-summer festival,” where “what begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.”

Sing Street’s Jack Reynor, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’s Will Poulter, and Professor Chidi Anagonye himself, William Jackson Harper, round out the cast. Aster says Midsommar will be his last horror movie “for a long time,” so let us savor this lead up to the film’s August 9 release date.

Check out the film’s colorful poster below.

Source: Kotaku.com

Anthem Has Me Wondering What A ‘Release Date’ Even Is Anymore

Anthem releases today—even though plenty of folks have been playing it since last week. As games continue to evolve through patches and players pay for early access to fully priced titles, I find myself asking oddly philosophical questions: When is a video game “finished,” and when are games actually “released”?

Let’s be real: Anthem had been available to play since Feb. 15. If you were an Origin Premier member, you had full access to the full game. Your time wasn’t limited, and the content wasn’t partially locked off until the “release” day. If you wanted to play through the story, you could play through the story. Despite the insistence of corporate executives that the game was not really out, folks sure as shit were playing Anthem. I know because I was playing the game with them. While my access came from a code provided by EA, I was joined in game by my ex. She’s an enthusiastic BioWare fan who couldn’t wait to play Anthem. In order to play, she plopped down the full price for the game plus an additional payment for Origin Premier membership. If she wasn’t paying for the game and it wasn’t even “out”, what the hell was she paying for?

This is a more complicated question than it seems. When we buy games, we’re actually buying many different things. We’re buying copies of a work. We’re buying experiences. We’re compensating people for their effort while also lining the pockets of executives. In some cases, like Origin Access members who had limited 10-hour access to Anthem, folks aren’t paying for anything. But to imply that players who threw down cash on a game aren’t really playing the game is some 1984 doublespeak nonsense. Sure, they’re doing it with the understanding that patches are coming and things might be messy, but their receipts don’t say that they paid for “The Highly Convoluted Early Access to Anthem.” It says they paid for Anthem.

I have to confess: As an anxious overthinker, games patches freak me the hell out.

When in its lifetime we play a game has an effect on what we experience. When I think about when a game is “released” or “finished,” it’s clear this question is complicated by our ability to change games on the fly. While patches are good for fixing game-breaking glitches and ensuring players have access to the best possible version of a title, they also make questions of versions and finality far more complex. It’s the kind of shit that keeps me up at night.

Before I was working at Kotaku, I broke this down:

“Is the authentic Dark Souls 2 the original, unpatched version? The version where I can still bino-boost and perform other glitches? Is it Patch 1.07 Calibration 1.10, when fatal blows online were adjusted and where the Red Tearstone Ring no longer modified the damage of spells? Or is it the new patch 1.10 that adds a swarth of content? The Scholar of the First Sin update?”

These types of questions might seem unimportant, but they do creep up to affect video game players from time to time. Speedrunners, for instance, need to contend with patches and how they affect games, which can remove essential glitches. If the goal is to go fast, are you required to play on a specific version? Is that fair to competitors who might not be able to access these versions? In casual circumstances, patches and fragmented releases affect the experiences players have. Important moment in a game’s history—like Destiny’s infamous loot cave—come and go. Things that helped define experiences fade away.

If I’m sitting up in bed wondering about the ontological implications of game patches and remakes, I’m absolutely doing a double-take at the increasingly complicated ways that companies sell their games. Because the honest answer isn’t that these models exist to benefit players; they exist for the purpose of making players spend money on special editions, pre-orders, and additional services. But my gut reaction to Anthem’s release model helps provide an answer to my question.

Folks saying “it’s not even out yet” are often (but not always!) insisting on a difference as a way of excusing problems that aren’t necessarily patchable. They want us to overthink it, and while I love overthinking stuff, the truth is straightforward: Anthem is Anthem. I was playing it. My friends were playing it. If you buy it today, after patches have already started to altered it, you’re playing it.

Source: Kotaku.com