NACON and Daedalic Entertainment today announced that they have signed a co-publishing and distribution agreement for the game The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. Developed for Xbox and PlayStation consoles, Nintendo Switch and PC, the game will be released in 2022. The two companies decided to join forces to ensure that the game will meet the expectations of fans of The Lord of the Rings and fully leverage the power of the new generation of consoles. The universe will be faithfully represented thanks to the partnership with Middle-earth Enterprises, the company that holds the adaptation rights to the novel series by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Bethesda Softworks’ Senior VP of Global Marketing and Comms Pete Hines joined the team at ZeniMax Online Studios on Twitch today to reveal this year’s big Chapter release – Blackwood – and details for The Elder Scrolls Online’s Year-Long Gates of Oblivion Adventure.
Releasing June 1st on PC and June 8th on consoles, The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood is this year’s story Chapter, tasking players with uncovering the schemes of the Daedric Prince Mehrunes Dagon 800 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Blackwood packs more than 30 hours of new main storyline, tons of side quests, countless quality of life features, and, for the first time ever, introduces Companions who will adventure through Tamriel alongside the player. The new Chapter will take players from the walls of the Imperial City of Leyawiin, first featured in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, to the murky bogs of Shadowfen, and of course to the mysterious region of Blackwood where players will uncover the Daedric plot at its heart.
Kicking off ESO’s 2021 is the Flames of Ambition Dungeon DLC pack coming March 8th for PC and Stadia and March 16th for Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Flames of Ambition opens the year-long Gates of Oblivion story with new dungeons that reveal the threat of Mehrunes Dagon and leads players directly to the Blackwood Chapter story in June.
On top of new dungeons dropping in Q3 after the Blackwood Chapter release, the end-of-year story DLC sends players into the climax to the year-long adventure, tossing them straight into the heart of the infamous Deadlands, Mehrunes Dagon’s personal realm of Oblivion. Bethesda will share more details on the Q3 dungeons and end-of-year story DLC in the future.
Earlier this week, 2K announced the fifth DLC for Civilization VI – New Frontier Pass – the Vietnam & Kublai Khan Pack – will be launching on January 28th. Today they’re revealing a First Look at Kublai Khan – an alternate leader for China and Mongolia.
2K announced today that WWE Hall of Famers “Ninth Wonder of the World” Chyna and “World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry will be joining the WWE 2K Battlegrounds roster alongside several current WWE Superstars and WWE Legends, including Christian, Dana Brooke, Otis and Tyler Breeze. The roster update starts January 27th and includes six new WWE Superstars, as well as a new arena, Hell in a Cell.
NACON and Cyanide debuted a new gameplay trailer for Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood ahead of the game’s release on February 4th. The video highlights one of the core gameplay elements: The different forms that the Garou Cahal shift into. Choose the Lupus form for exploration and infiltration. Choose the Homid form for stealth takedowns of guards and hacking into enemy defences. And when your rage reaches its ferocious limit, transform into a Crinos and cut a swathe through hostile forces with your claws and teeth.
Respawn Entertainment is getting radical in Apex Legends Season 8 – Mayhem with the new Legend, Fuse. Check out today’s new 80’s inspired gameplay trailer showcasing the chaos and mayhem Fuse brings to an obliterated Kings Canyon with new areas for players to traverse and survive. Available February 2nd, Season 8 – Mayhem also features a new battle pass, the debut of the 30-30 Repeater lever-action rifle, and for the first time, gold magazines.
Today, Koei Tecmo and GUST Studios announced that Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy is now available for Nintendo Switch, PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, and digitally on PlayStation 5. The JRPG picks up three years after Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout, as Ryza sets out in an all-new quest to discover the secrets behind the ancient ruins and the truth behind the lost legends.
NeocoreGames today announced that its role-playing tactical game, King Arthur: Knight’s Tale, is available now on Steam Early Access for $34.99 USD. King Arthur: Knight’s Tale’s Early Access version features the very beginning of the campaign, including two story missions and several side missions, seven playable heroes from four different classes, a level cap of 5 and some of the Camelot management mechanics.
After receiving negative feedback from users regarding its planned Xbox Live Gold price hike, which would have doubled the price of a 12-month subscription, Microsoft announced that they are reversing their Xbox Live Gold pricing updates. In addition, Microsoft will soon allow users to enjoy free-to-play titles without the need of Xbox Live Gold.
Today was not great. We always try to do our best for you and today we missed the mark.
We hear you, and we’re reversing our Xbox Live Gold pricing updates.
— Xbox (@Xbox) January 23, 2021
Microsoft has announced new pricing for Xbox Live Gold subscriptions. Going forward, new pricing will be 1-month for $10.99 USD, 3-months for $29.99 USD, and 6-months for $59.99 USD. If you’re an existing 12-month or 6-month Xbox Live Gold member, there’s no price change. If you choose to renew your membership, it will renew at the current price. If you upgrade your Gold membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, your remaining Gold time will also convert directly to Ultimate at no additional cost (up to 36 months).