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Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier Game Announced

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After the success of the new Planet of the Apes trilogy, FoxNext Games has officially unveiled their plans for a game based off the series. Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier has just been announced by developer The Imaginarium as a game that takes place in the same universe as the films.

Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier is a choice-based, cinematic game similar, from what it appears, to games like Until Dawn and Heavy Rain. From what’s been shown so far for the game, we don’t currently know if we can fully control a character or not. However, the player has the ability to make various decisions throughout the game as both apes and humans. So far, the only confirmed playable characters are an ape named Bryn and a human named Jess. Players are also promised multiple endings and decisions that make a lasting impact, thus there is (hopefully) no illusion of choice.

The game is set between Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes, the last two films in the trilogy. Various events from the two films are promised to be applicable to the story and at least one from the beginning of War is in the trailer for the game. For the sake of avoiding spoilers, I won’t elaborate on this scene.

That being said, it seems to tie very heavily into the new Planet of the Apes movies. This has been the explicit goal of FoxNext Games ever since its creation earlier this year. 20th Century Fox created FoxNext as an answer to popular games based on Fox movies, especially Alien: Isolation. FoxNext’s goal in the game industry is to work with other developers in creating games based off pre-existing Fox movie franchises. Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier seems to largely fall in line with this philosophy.

The developer that FoxNext chose to work with on this game is The Imaginarium, who just recently created a games division. The Imaginarium is renowned for their motion capture work on the new Planet of the Apes films. They’ve also done the motion capture for Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron and for Maz Kanata and Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The company was founded by Andy Serkis, Caesar in Planet of the Apes, who is reportedly executive producing Last Frontier.

Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier is set to release later this fall for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

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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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