Sniper: Ghost Warrior


CI Games has announced the sequel to its disappointing Sniper Ghost Warrior 3. As expected, it will ditch the series' failed attempt at open-world gameplay.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts, due to launch in 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, will distill the series' scope back to smaller environments and - as its name suggests - add in a new contracts system.

Set in Siberia, Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts sees the player shooting people over the snowy wilderness for fixed fees, with bonus payouts if you complete secondary objective.

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2

The first additional downloadable content for Warhammer: Vermintide 2 has been announced. It's called Shadows over Bogenhafen and will be released 28th August on PC and Xbox One. Vermintide 2 isn't yet available on PS4 but will be at some point later this year.

There's not much known about Shadows over Bogenhafen yet - and the trailer barely reveals anything - except it will apparently, according to a press release, test heroes like never before. The baddie behind the mayhem is Plague Lord Nurgle, also known as Grandfather Nurgle (and a string of other names).

Bogenhafen, in the world of Warhammer, is a market town. Presumably it's now in rather a bad situation you will have to clear up.

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Switchblade

The next title from Lucid, the studio founded by ex-Bizarre Creations developers, is a MOBA-style vehicle combat game called Switchblade.

Switchblade comes out as an Early Access title on PC via Steam and on PlayStation 4 on 28th August. Two teams of five battle against each other, and you're able to switch between vehicles at any time. The idea is the players work together to take down the opposition towers while fighting and escorting mobs.

It looks like this:

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Eurogamer

If Andrew W.K.'s sudden appearance at E3 this year wasn't enough partying to meet your yearly partying quota, you might want to stock up on the kind of couch co-op, phone-controlled insanity that only Jackbox can bring. Enter the current Humble Bundle, which will help you do just that for a price of your choosing.

As is the norm for Humble Bundles, the more you end up paying, the more games you'll end up getting out of it and a chunk of the proceeds (which you control via the slider at the bottom of the page) will go to charity. This month's chosen charity is charity:water, which goes to help more people get access to clean water. You can, however, nominate a different charity if you prefer.

Here's what you can get:

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Tropico 6

Dictator simulator series Tropico will release its next instalment in 2019 - a little later than previously planned.

Tropico 6 has been set for a January 2019 release date on PC, Mac and Linux. Console versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will then follow on in the summer.

A previous teaser - from all the way back in June 2017 - pegged the project for launch in 2018. Obviously that's no longer the case.

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Eurogamer

FIFA 19 recently held a closed beta which was under embargo - but that hasn't stopped images and videos leaking out.

Hot on the heels of the leaked image that showed new FUT chemistry ratings for players, new videos have shown a raft of new celebrations for some of the most famous players in the world.

First up, we have Jesse Lingard doing the Milly Rock dance.

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season

In a bit of a first for episodic game developer Telltale, the company has revealed release dates for all four instalments of its latest, and final, season of The Walking Dead games.

In the past, Telltale's series have followed a wildly changeable release schedule, which could see new episodes release up to three or more months apart - one of the many reasons (alongside the fact that Telltale has traditionally started sales on its games way before a season has ended) why some players prefer to wait for a near-complete season to release before getting stuck in.

After all, three months is a long time to be expected to remember the important details of an unfolding story.

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Eurogamer

The latest Xbox One system update - rolling out now to alpha testers - has several handy new features for fans of streaming, shopping and avatars.

For the first time, broadcasting via Mixer will let you toggle on the ability to include "everything" you're doing on your console - including on the dashboard.

Until now, Mixer would pause any time you switched games or brought up the Home screen. There are options to hide your email and notifications for your privacy.

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Realm Royale

The battle royale genre is a cut-throat business, and its latest victim appears to be Hi-Rez Studio's Realm Royale.

The game was released on Steam in early access on 5th June, and despite attention from high-profile streamers such as Ninja it has failed to retain public interest. According to stats on Steamdb (via GitHyp), the game has lost 94 per cent of its player base in only two months. Peaking at 105,440 players on June 10th, the number yesterday slipped to a mere 5561.

Realm Royale began life as a game mode in Hi-Rez's (more successful) hero-shooter Paladins. Realm Royale differs from other battle royales in a few ways: there are five different character classes, there's a crafting system, and players transform into chickens when killed. Yet even this gimmick has failed to prevent players from flying the coop.

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Siege - Amethyst Weapon Skin

This year's Pride month had a greater presence in gaming than any before it. Several companies adopted pride colours over their well known logos, PlayStation sponsored London Pride and The Last of Us 2's lesbian kiss took centre stage at E3, the world's biggest gaming event. The talk online seemed to be that gaming was now an inclusive space and the conservative elements holding it back had at last been vanquished.

Adopting Pride colours sends a message to the ignorant out there but did this show of support translate into any meaningful action? Not really. PlayStation sponsoring London Pride was the strongest effort made by any large video game company and while public celebrations of queerness are important, paying to essentially have PlayStation branding all over a parade doesn't exactly strike me as real support. "Corporate pride" is a real problem and it goes without saying, big companies and corporations are not your friends.

It was still more than what most companies did. No public donations to LGBT charities, shelters or activist groups. No efforts to help out queer developers, to boost their presence on platforms like Steam. Nothing.

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