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Pre-Orders for Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Now Available

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Japanese RPG sequel Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is coming January 19, 2018 for PC and PlayStation 4. You can pre-order the game starting today and receive the Day One Edition. The Day One Edition  comes with the Special Swords Set, which includes five unique blades.

A number of different version are available for pre-order. In addition to the Special Swords Set, the Digital Deluxe Edition includes an exclusive theme and five avatars for PlayStation 4. You also get the Season Pass and yet another sword. The Season Pass will provide access to “two large pieces of DLC,” which have yet to be detailed or announced.

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The $79.95 Premium Edition comes with special packaging including a Steelbook case. It also includes the Special Swords Set, 3D papercraft Kit, and soundtrack on CD. Strangely the Season Pass does not appear to be included.

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Finally you can plump down $199.99 for the Collector’s Edition. The Collector’s Edition includes everything in the Premium Edition, plus a Making-of Blu-Ray, a Visual Arts book, Lofty Plush, Chibi Mechanical Rotating Diorama, and the Season Pass.

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Ni no Kuni II is the sequel to 2013’s Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch for PlayStation 3. The JRPG was praised for its writing, characters, and beautiful animation; the cutscenes were produced by beloved Japanese animated Studio Ghibli.

The sequel takes place hundreds of years after the first game, in a world made up of humans as well as anthropomorphized cats and mice. It stars Evan, a young prince who is recently deposed and must rebuild his kingdom. The sequel will not be involved with Studio Ghibli but will aim to fulfill the same style and animation the first game was praised for.

Ni no Kuni II was originally announced in 2015 and was recently delayed to early next year. Developer Level-5’s CEO Akihiro Hino posted a video announcing the delay last month.

The sequel has not yet been rated, but the first game squeaked by with an E for Everyone with a number of content descriptors. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is due out January 19, 2018 for PlayStation 4 and PC.

 

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Multiplayer First Person Shooter LawBreakers Out Today

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After a brief stint in retirement, game design veteran Cliff Bleszinski formed new studio Boss Key Productions a few years ago. Their first game is LawBreakers, an online multiplayer shooter that features multiple classes and gravity-defying maps. LawBreakers is launching today on PC and PlayStation 4 for $29.99.

“From the beginning, we committed ourselves at Boss Key to find the fun first when making LawBreakers, and place gameplay ahead of everything else. Since then, we’ve worked to push the genre into a new direction, taking everything we’ve learned in the past to deliver a super fast FPS that challenges gamers to be their best and truly compete in gravity-defying combat,” said Cliff Bleszinski, co-founder and CEO, Boss Key Productions. “We’re thankful to all the fans that participated in the various alphas and betas we rolled out. We always strived to do open development, and found that being upfront and honest with our testing, along with no NDAs, provided invaluable, transparent feedback. Without this rapport, the game wouldn’t be what it is today – and we think we have something really special because of it.”

LawBreakers features a future world where the laws of gravity have been shattered. All eight maps feature sections of low gravity for aerial combat. You can choose between nine different classes, from melee assassins to heavy weapons and support. A total of five different modes are available, including slight twists on king of the hill, control points, and capture the flag.

Boss Key partnered with Nexon, a Korean publisher who specializes in online gaming, to help publish LawBreakers.

“We’re very proud to be publishing the debut title for Boss Key Productions, one of the hottest new American game development studios,” said Jungsoo Lee, General Manager of Nexon America.“We truly believe Cliff and team have developed something great, breathing fresh air into the multiplayer FPS genre and pushing it to a new level.”

LawBreakers has been rated M for Mature, with Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, and Strong Language. By comparison, Overwatch is rated T for Teen.

LawBreakers is out now for PC and PlayStation 4.

 

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Presented By Humble Bundle’s Mystery Fifth Game Revealed

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UPDATE 08/17: Aegis Defenders is now also coming to PlayStation 4.

When Humble announced the first five indie games to be published under the Presented by Humble Bundle label, they kept the fifth game a mystery. Today Humble reveaeld the mystery fifth game. It’s called Aegis Defenders, a 16-bit action-platformer coming to PC and Mac later this year on Steam and Humble Store.

“The unique gameplay and gorgeous character art inspired by Japan won me over instantly,” said John Polson, Humble Bundle publishing lead. “I am truly humbled to be able to help them now cross the finish line, delivering a unique blend of Metroidvania and tower defense that is addictively fun and fresh.”

Aegis Defenders combines Metroidvania gameplay with tower defense elements and a 16-bit art style that reflects the SNES/Genesis era.

It’s being developed by GUTS Department, an independent studio who ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for Aegis Defenders back in 2014. It raised $145k from over 4,000 backers. Aegis Defenders initially started as a student project at the University of Southern California before becoming a full game.

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“All of us here at GUTS Department are so thankful to the Aegis Defenders fans we’ve gained over the years to help us get where we are today,” said Bryce Kho, Creative Director. “Humble Bundle are among our biggest fans, showing care for the game and making sure our story could be told just how we wanted. We’re looking forward to introducing the world to Bart and Clu later this year!”

Aegis Defenders features two player drop-in/drop-out co-op with dual protagonists Bart and his granddaughter Clu. Bart specializes in building structures while Clu takes care of hunting and traps. A total of four characters will be available and you can switch between them at any time.

Aegis Defenders is coming to Windows PC and Mac later this year.

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LEGO Worlds Adding Monsters DLC Pack this October

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Warner Bros. and Traveller’s Tales have announced the newest DLC for sandbox game LEGO Worlds. LEGO Worlds’ second DLC pack, The Monsters Pack, will add spooky themed content in time for Halloween. It will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for $3.99.

The Monsters Pack will add a new location – Monster Town. It’s always Halloween in Monster Town, with haunted houses, spooky vehicles, scary new creatures, and some new quests.

LEGO Worlds is also coming to Nintendo Switch on September 5. The physical disc version will include the Classic Space and Monsters DLC packs. The digital version will be cheaper but only include the base game, with DLC sold separately.

The Classic Space DLC was released earlier this summer. It included the Moon biome as well as new quests, characters, and vehicles from classic LEGO space playsets. Excitable retro astronaut Benny from The LEGO Movie is very pleased.

LEGO Worlds launched earlier this year after a two-year stint in Steam Early Access. It’s a Minecraft-like sandbox title using LEGO pieces and figures. Since launch LEGO Worlds has received two significant patches. The first added a Sandbox Mode with most building features unlocked. Patch 1.2 added the NEXO Knights and their related toys and playsets in LEGO Worlds.

LEGO Worlds has been rated E for Everyone with some minor Cartoon Violence. It’s available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (Steam). The Monsters Pack arrives in October. LEGO Worlds comes to Nintendo Switch September 5.