Homeworld 3 Announced by Blackbird Interactive and Gearbox at PAX West


As the original THQ was falling apart, Gearbox was able to snag the license for the classic Homeworld RTS series. They subsequently revived the series with both a remaster of the original games and Blackbird Interactive’s Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak in 2016. The series has been quiet since then, though Gearbox finally began teasing a new game recently. 10 days ago, they confirmed that Blackbird Interactive’s new Homeworld game would be revealed during their PAX West Main Theater Show.

Well, that day has finally arrived, and Gearbox Publishing has unveiled Homeworld 3 with a cinematic trailer. In a era where the sci-fi real time strategy game genre is a bit malnourished, this should hopefully be a welcome addition to the libraries of RTS and Homeworld fans alike.

You can check out its reveal trailer below. Homeworld 3 is currently in development at Blackbird Interactive and Gearbox Publishing, and actually has a crowdfunding campaign on Fig for fans who want to be more involved with its development. If you back the game, you’ll also get Homeworld Mobile, which you can see a teaser for below. Currently, the game’s intended release date is Q4 2022.

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Risk of Rain 2 is Out Now on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch


Earlier this month, Nintendo’s Summer 2019 Nindies Presentation kicked off by confirming that Hopoo Games and Gearbox’s Risk of Rain 2 would be coming to Nintendo Switch. They later confirmed it would be coming to PS4 and Xbox One as well. At the time of its announcement, the port still had a Summer 2019 release window and Gearbox Publishing promised to reveal more about the early access game’s console ports on August 30.

While an official announcement regarding Risk of Rain 2’s console release is likely coming soon during Gearbox’s PAX West 2019 Main Theater Show, the game actually popped up early on all of the console’s storefronts, much like Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition did on Switch today. The console version of the game costs a bit more than the PC version at $29.99. This early listing spoiled the surprise launch, but DualShockers will let you know if Gearbox reveals anything new during their presentation.

Risk of Rain 2 is available in early access on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch right now, and is worth keeping an eye on if you enjoy roguelikes or cooperative shooters.

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Risk of Rain 2 Scorched Acres Update Out Next Week


Risk of Rain 2 is a multiplayer roguelike that takes everything from the original and brings it into the stylish third dimension. The game entered early access in late March and the team at Hoopoo Games have been enjoying a successful few months. They are now ready to release their first content update, Scorched Acres, next week.

Details about the update are relatively scarce. Hoopoo will likely reveal more details in the next few days as we near launch. That said, the team did take the update to E3 and showed it off on a few streaming stages. So, we don’t know much, but we do know something.

Most importantly, the update will only include content that is brand new to the Risk of Rain universe. The initial release brought forward quite a bit from the first game, which led to a feeling of familiarity in some places. This latest update won’t have that. Everything in Scorched Acres is new to the series.

Players who felt the initial cast of characters was full of too many humanoids will be happy to see the latest hero is plant/robot hybrid named Rex. At E3, we only got a short look at Rex in action, but he looks like fun to play. Other characters who might’ve felt weak at launch are also getting buffs. In some of the streams, the team specifically pointed to Artificer as someone who is getting a new passive to increase her survivability and maneuverability.

The update also adds a new stage, enemies, a boss, tons of items, and two drones. It looks like it’s shaping up to be quite a bit of content that should make fans happy.

Risk of Rain 2 is available in early access now on PC. Scorched Acres will be out June 25.

 

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Risk of Rain 2 Blows Past 1 Million Sales in First Month of Early Access


Risk of Rain 2 is a co-op roguelike action game that launched on Steam’s Early Access program in late March. Today, developer Hopoo Games announced that they’ve already passed 1 million sales.  It took them nearly five years to hit that number with the original Risk of Rain, so this is a big achievement for the company.

With so many players jumping into Risk of Rain 2, the devs have quite a bit to stay on top of. This is an Early Access game, so the game is still heavily in active development and players can help shape where the game goes from here. To that effect, they released an updated Early Access Forecast map a few days ago that outlines the changes and updates they have planned for the next year.

The forecast shows that the team is working on quite a bit. Every update will add new survivors, stages, and bosses. Players can also expect to see new items and equipment released with every update. The summer update will introduce “Skills 2.0”, while fall will bring something called the “Hidden Realms”. Winter will give players the “Artifacts 2.0” system and Spring 2020 is currently the target for the 1.0 launch.

Obviously, all of this is still very much in flux. Plans can change quickly based on how development is going. That said, Risk of Rain 2 has had an incredible level of early success. If they can continue that upward momentum, Hopoo Games is going to be in a very good place at this time next year.

Risk of Rain 2 is available now on PC via Steam’s Early Access Program.

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We Happy Few Finally Approved for Release in Australia


Gearbox Publishing and Compulsion Games’ We Happy Few was denied by the Australian Classification Review Board in May, which meant the game could not release in that region. Fortunately, after fighting this decision for quite a bit, the developers got this decision overturned, with We Happy Few receiving an R18+ rating and permission to release in the country.

According to the developers, they had to go through a “great deal of effort” in order to submit an appeal and get the decision overturned. We Happy Few was originally denied due to the focus on drug use within the game; however, in a new press release put out by the Australian Classification Review Board, the decided to give the game a rating because “the interactive drug use is high in impact.”

No content had to be modified so We Happy Few could be released in Australia, so players in that region won’t have to experience a neutered or censored version of the game. That being said, the game’s rating still does come with a consumer warning for ‘Fantasy violence and interactive drug use.”

We Happy Few is currently available on PC and Xbox One via Early Access and Xbox Game Preview respectively, and will officially launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on August 10.



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