Allkeyshop TV News 6 February (Recap)
No Cross-Play for Apex Legends at Launch
Although Apex Legends is out now for PC, Xbox One and PS4, the game won’t feature cross-play anytime soon. Respawn design director Mackey McCandlish told VG247 that their team is definitely interested in cross-play, even calling it an “opportunity”, but it seems that their priority was to get the game launched first. Its biggest competitor in the battle royale space, Fortnite, offers cross-play across multiple devices, so it’s something Respawn will want to achieve to draw in more players.
Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale Rewards Token that Grant Additional Savings
Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale is live and it features some special event tokens that could get you additional savings or other digital goodies. As soon as you head to the sale’s Redemption Booth page, you’ll get four thousand free tokens. You earn more tokens with each purchase from the sale. Fifteen thousand tokens will get you an additional five euro discount on your next purchase. There are also various profile backgrounds available for a thousand tokens each, while chat emoticons can be redeemed for 100 each.
A New Threat Arises in The Division 2’s Endgame
One of the biggest complaints about The Division was its endgame, or lack thereof. This is why Ubisoft focused on the endgame for the sequel. As soon as players finish the campaign and reach the endgame, a new faction called the Black Tusk appears. These new enemies roam Washington D.C. equipped with high-tech weaponry and state-of-the-art gadgets rivaling those of The Division’s. Thankfully, players will be able to unlock specializations and gear up with new powerful weapons to take on the new threat.
The Walking Dead will get Final Episode and Physical Editions come March 26th
Just a few months ago, it looked as if we would never see how Telltale’s The Walking Dead would end. Fast forward to today and Skybound Games has now announced that the last episode of The Final Season will be launching on March 26th for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch. Skybound also announced that physical editions of The Walking Dead will be launching side-by-side with the final episode for consoles. These will be available at major retailers and also at Skybound’s online storefront.
Human Fall Flat has Sold Over 5 Million Units
Curve Digital and No Brakes Games’ puzzle platformer Human: Fall Flat reached 5 million units sold since its release in 2016. The game had been one of the best selling games in Japan and is also part of Steam’s list for “The Best of 2018” games. It also has a spot in Steam’s “Top Sellers” as well as in the “Most Played” list. To commemorate this magnificent feat, four new skins are made available for the game which are: the Three Little Pigs, a Cowboy, a Rodeo Clown, and a Hiker.
Conqueror’s Blade Holding Closed Beta Starting this Week
Conqueror’s Blade will have a Closed Beta Test phase for a limited time and it will come with brand new tutorial missions. Here, warlords will prioritize conquest over everything. Players must secure lands, resources, settlements, and build fortifications. This will be on February 7th. After this closed beta, another one will be made available again which will test the game’s social functionality in the “House Members Only” closed beta on February 18th. You can sign up for the beta through the game’s website.
Bee Simulator to Release by End of 2019
Get to experience the world through the eyes of a bee in Bee Simulator. Developer Varsav Game Studios and publisher Bigben announced that the game will be launching by the end of 2019 and it will be available for PC and consoles, with boxed versions shipping worldwide on launch date. Get to compete in bee races, collect pollen, and explore the beautiful world that is inspired by New York’s Central Park. This is a family-friendly game which you can play with your friends.
Woodpunk Gets New Features and Content for Chinese New Year
Woodpunk is celebrating the Chinese New Year with new themed in-game objects, new art assets, as well as new surroundings. It will also come with several new features like the fully revamped weapons creation system. This will allow players to keep their weapons when going to the next stage. Also, the weapons will now degrade over time which should be repaired by the players, or have their robot companion named Theo create a new one for them. New suits will also be introduced along with the update.
Tycoon Game Weedcraft Inc Announced
An upcoming tycoon game by developer Vile Monarch and publisher Devolver Digital has a new trailer that was shared that features some scenarios of the game. The game is called Weedcraft Inc., it will have players exploring the industry of breeding, producing, as well as selling weed in America. You will be in control of how you would want the business to prosper. You could start small or go on the corporate route and create a nationwide weed empire in states that allow weed of course.
Dear Esther, Downwell, and More are Free for Twitch and Amazon Prime Members This Month
All Twitch Prime and Amazon Prime members can grab a new batch of fresh games for free starting now up until February 28th. First in the list is Pikuniku which is a crazy puzzle exploration game. The next one is Downwell, a platformer with roguelike elements where you are falling down a well. The Flame in the Flood is also available, it is an adventure survival game. Another game is Dear Esther: Landmark Edition, and lastly but of course not the least is Drakenek and Co. Puzzle Games collection.
Population Zero’s Customization and Perks Detailed
Character Customization Perk System has been introduced in Population Zero and players are able to upgrade their characters in varied ways. Every different activity will now allow players to earn perks efficiently. There are different conditions and values available to earn the perks. Perks can also be randomized. When you die, your perks will be dropped and can be picked up by others. You can go to the game’s official page for the complete details on the perk system.
Apex Legends Hits 1 Million Concurrent Player Mark in Just 8 Hours Since Release
1 million unique players have already played Respawn’s surprise battle royale Apex Legends in just 8 hours since it officially launched. This was confirmed by Respawn’s CEO Vince Zampella over at Twitter. The game’s popularity is partly thanks to influencers such as Shroud and Dr.Disrespect who were invited to give the game a try. It is currently the most popular game on Twitch. The game is still a bit glitchy, though, but that isn’t a surprise considering how ambitious the game is.
Nioh Sells Over 2.5 Million Units
Team Ninja’s Nioh has reached a huge sales milestone! Koei Tecmo announced that the action RPG has sold over 2.5 million units worldwide. This figure includes sales across PC and PlayStation 4. The announcement of this milestone also coincides with the game’s second anniversary. The publisher also added that they are continuing work on Nioh 2, however a release date is not available yet.
Overcooked 2 Celebrates Lunar New Year with a Survival Mode
Overcooked 2 celebrates the Lunar New Year with a free update! This update not only adds New Year festivities to the game, but also a brand new mode. The update is now available and it brings 7 new kitchens, dragon and pig chefs, and of course new recipes. The new mode is Survival Mode, and as its name suggests, chefs must make the most number of dishes as they possibly can within an allotted time. Each dish they serve will merit them with additional seconds. Survival Mode is available in all levels.
Anthem Demo Exceeds EA’s Expectations, Full Version to Include Fixes and Improvements
Although it had a rocky VIP demo run, Anthem’s demo made EA and BioWare quite pleased, and even exceeded their expectations. The recently concluded public demo was a success as no considerable amount of issues emerged during the run. On this note, BioWare promises to bring “many updates and improvements” to the game when it launches. The developer further added that they are now on the road to finalizing the game in preparation for its launch on February 15th for EA and Origin Access Premier members, and on February 22nd for everyone else.
Survival Horror Game Chernobylite Revealed
The Farm 51, the creators of games like World War 3 and Get Even, has announced a new game – the survival, horror game Chernobylite. It is slated to launch for PC, while it also planned to be released on Xbox One. Chernobylite will tell a story of “conspiracy, horror, survival, love, and obsession in a form of a video game,” as its description says. It is set in Chernobyl where the nuclear catastrophe started. Players will expect a “deep, emotional story, engaging survival and horror experience” set in the beautifully designed recreation of Chernobyl.
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 Out Now on the Switch
The Point-and-click game The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 has finally headed to the Nintendo Switch, THQ Nordic has announced through a press release. The game launched back in 2015 for PC, and was then released to consoles in September of the same year, while a Wii U version launched in 2016. The game features four characters: Wilbur, Ivo, Nate and Critter. Players will also enjoy its humorous story packed with references to Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and even World of Warcraft, to name a few.
Respawn Confirms Cross-Play for Apex Legends
Respawn’s Lead Producer Drew McCoy has confirmed that cross-platform play will be available in their newly-released battle royale game Apex Legends. Cross-play support is currently still in the works, and will be available to players sometime in the future. But having cross-play doesn’t mean cross-progression and cross-purchasing will be available as well. McCoy said that this won’t be possible due to “the way systems were set up early on.” Apex Legends is free-to-play and is available via Origin for PC, and on Xbox One and PS4.
Kingdom Hearts 3 Tops 5 Million in Sales
Kingdom Hearts 3 by Square Enix is the fastest-selling game in the history of the series, selling about 5 million copies worldwide. The game just launched a week ago, so this is really something to be proud of. The units counted includes both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One physical sales as well as the digital copies of the game. Not only is the game popular in the US and in Japan, it also had a successful launch in the United Kingdom.
French Wheeled Vehicles Coming to World of Tanks Battlefield
Wheeled vehicles are heading to World of Tanks! This marks the first additions to the game for 2019. These are French wheeled vehicles which players can acquire starting at Tier 6. These vehicles are: AMD Panhard 178B – Tier 6, Hotchkiss EBR – Tier 7, AML Lynx 6-by-6 – Tier 8, Panhard EBR 90 (mle. 64) – Tier 9, and Panhard EBR 105 – Tier 10. Two new mechanics will also be added which are the lock-in feature, and the Drive and Default driving modes.
Spike Volleyball Out Now
The very first volleyball simulation by Bigben and Black Sheep Studio is now available and it can be played on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One! You will definitely enjoy the game all thanks to the Unreal Engine 4 and motion capture so that every technique is faithfully reproduced. Choose from the 50 national teams that include both men and women. Play the Career Mode and build as well as manage your very own team. Play with other players across the globe in the local and online multiplayer modes.
Battlloon Launches on PC and Switch Later This Month
Balloon-battles are heading to the PC and Nintendo Switch later this month! UNTIES announced the launch of BATTLLOON, a balloon-battle party game, on February 28th. The game lets players take on 3 other players as they play as balloons fighting for the last balloon standing in different arenas filled with spiky walls, and other traps that could burst them. Players must also beware of the ghosts of dead balloons as they will seek revenge! If you think this game is for the weak ones, think again as it promises to challenge you like never before.
Apex Legends’ Year One Roadmap Revealed
The year one road map for Apex Legends has been shared and it comes with new legends, battle passes, and more. The game launched very well amassing one million unique players within just 24 hours of its launch. Because of this, EA and Respawn released a deep dive trailer for the game and it shared the roadmap for it. Battle Passes will be available in March, June, September, and December. There will also be new legends, loot, as well as new weapons. The Battle Pass will have exclusive cosmetic items only.
Latest Forza Horizon 4 Patch Increases Storage Limit
A new patch has been recently released for Forza Horizon 4, and it increases storage in the game. This is one of the smaller patches that players will be getting between the major updates. It may be a small patch, but it comes with more storage that allows you to store 750 cars in your car garage. The number of designs that can be kept is now 500 same as with the vinyl groups and tuning setups. Storage for photos has also increased, and players can now store up to 150 pictures.
Beacon Comes to Steam Early Access This Month
Monothetic’s Beacon will be coming to Steam Early Access on February 27th and it is available for 19,99€. If you make your purchase on launch week you will get a 10% discount. Beacon will have you playing as Feja Akiyama, a space privateer who is looking for the distress beacon of her ship that crashed. As you go on searching, you will get to find some weapons as well as items that will be useful for your journey. You will also need to collect the DNA of the enemies that you have defeated.
New Plants Vs. Zombies Shooter Confirmed
EA has announced that a new Plants Vs. Zombies title is on the way. EA CFO Blake Jorgensen announced this during a fiscal earnings call. It was not clear, however, whether this new PvZ game is a shooter under the “Garden Warfare” brand, or an entirely new game set in the Plants Vs. Zombies universe. On the other hand, it is confirmed that the game will be available on PC and consoles. Rumors of Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 3 emerged in March last year, but nothing is confirmed at this time.
Battlefield 5 Did Not Meet EA’s Sales Expectations
CEO Andrew Wilson announced during EA’s fiscal earnings that Battlefield 5 was not able to meet their sales expectations. Wilson said the game’s underperformance is due to several factors like the month-long delay in the game’s release which pushed the game into releasing into a busier month. Plus the prioritization of the single-player campaign over the battle royale mode is another reason. The game did sell 7.3 million, but is short 1 million from the expected sales.
Space War Arena Launches on Switch Next Week
Space War Arena is launching exclusively on the Nintendo Switch next week. This real-time strategy action game will be available starting February 14th. Space War Arena pays homage to the original Spacewar released in the 1960’s. Players will expect epic space battles with deep strategic elements. There’s also deck building with over 30 types of units. The game also offers solo campaign that pits players “against a variety of configurations and scenarios.”
Sea of Thieves Players Can Invite 3 Friends to Play for Free for a Limited Time
Sea of Thieves has a new promotion where players will be able to invite their friends to play the game for free. This promotion will start on February 6th and will run up until the 13th. This is available for the game on PC and Xbox One. An Xbox One Game Pass subscription is needed. The friends that will receive the codes will be able to download the game but an Xbox Live membership is needed. Along with this promotion is a 35% off discount for the game which will be available up until February 27th only.
Kabal, D’Vorah Join Mortal Kobat 11’s Roster
Two characters are returning and will be joining Mortal Kombat 11’s roster. First is Kabal who first appeared in the 1995 game Mortal Kombat 3. He skipped Mortal Kombat X, which is the most recent game released in the franchise. Kabal will come with his signature dual hooked blades as well as his popular moves like the Raging Flash and Buzzsaw. The next one is the insectoid fighter D’vorah from Mortal Kombat X. Both of them will be available once the game launches on April 23rd.
More Titanfall Will Be Coming This Year, According to Respawn
After Respawn surprised the gaming world with the launch of its battle royale Apex Legends, fans have been asking whether Titanfall is really not going to happen this year. The developer said that yes, Titanfall 3 is not in the works, however, a premium Titanfall game will be launching within this year, according to EA CEO Andrew Wilson. Wilson did not go into detail about this, so we’ll have to stay tuned as they reveal more details.
Phoenix Point Delayed
Phoenix Point, the X-com-like strategy game from Julian Gollop, will be delayed. Creative director Julian Gollop said that they need the extra time to test and polish the gameplay “much more extensively.” He added that he understands some people may be disappointed with the delay, and he was really sorry about it. The game will now be released sometime in September this year.
HITMAN: The Complete First Season is Free with PS Plus
IO Interactive has announced that Hitman: The Complete First Season will be free for PlayStation Plus members for the month of February! The Complete First Season features all the locations in Season One, as well as episodes “from the Prologue, Paris, Sapienza, Marrakesh, Bangkok, Colorado, and Hokkaido.” This collection also includes all Challenges, Opportunities, Escalation Contracts, and Featured Contracts. PS Plus players will also get access to all future content updates including new Elusive Targets.