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Video games have been steadily increasing in production cost for years. Budgets expand ever larger as developers fight to create the next AAA smash-hit. With the development budgets  climbing to new heights, games need to sell more and more copies in order to turn a profit. DmC developer, Ninja Theory, aims to break this vicious cycle with their new game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.

Tameem Antoniades, the Creative Director for the new title, told Gameinformer that “the industry used to be in a place where people took a lot of creative risks.” He claims that with games becoming larger than ever before, game developers and publishers have to sell as many units as possible. “But to sell as much to mainstream, it means you have to make a game that satisfies everyone. One size fits all. So we are getting games converging into the same thing and its to justify a price.” He goes on to say that he wants to “break the price point” on games and make games cheaper on the developer side.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is a story driven adventure game set in a world of Celtic mythology. The game is set in pre-Christian Scotland (around 790AD) and seeks to address the mystery of what happened the Celtic population after the Vikings made landfall there. The game’s story is centered around the titular heroine, Senua. The lead protagonist suffers from mental illness and much of what she sees in the world is tied to that aspect of her character.

Further details on the game are scarce, but Hellblade aims to break from the formulaic design of modern games. It wants to engage players with its story and world. There are an abundance of games with massive worlds and budgets to match. Hellbade looks to provide gamers with an adventure that is narrower in scope, but with every bit of polish that comes with a AAA game.

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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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