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Square Enix Announces New Hitman Title

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Square Enix announced a new Hitman title at E3. Although the developer had its own press conference, it was actually during Sony’s press conference yesterday that the game was first revealed. That reveal didn’t include a lot of information about the game, other than that it would simply be called Hitman. They showed us a short trailer, revealing that Agent 47 would make his first appearance since 2012’s Hitman: Absolution. He looked as deadly as ever, but actual details were thin on the ground.

Today, however, IO Entertainment returned to the stage during Square Enix’s press conference to drop some more information about the new title. The game will take place after the events of Hitman: Absolution, with Agent 47 returning to his life as an assassin. It will feature locations from all over the world in what IO is calling “the most ambitious Hitman game ever.”

The main story will focus on Agent 47 being sent to assassinate an oligarch called Viktor Novikov, who’s on the verge of compromising some other operative. There will be a range of tools available to players for performing their assassinations, such as subterfuge, disguises, distraction, and good old-fashioned force. The major focus was on a new gameplay feature that provides an almost endless list of assassination targets and missions, as well as differing scenarios.

Christian Elverdam, the game’s creative director, said IO will be releasing a list of missions for the community to play through. Some of those missions will have their results permanently recorded, though, so players will have to stay on their toes. On top of the missions released by IO, there will also be community-created contracts, which will further expand the list of missions available to players.

Sony announced on Monday that Hitman would have an exclusive beta period for PS4 users, as well as 6 PS4 exclusive contracts. The game will see a digital release on December 8, 2015. You can check out the trailer below. Agent 47 actually looks younger than he ever has, but he’s also just as experienced.

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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