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The onion Kingdom awaits as Overcooked! All You Can Eat launches on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5

Team17 and Ghost Town Games have announced Overcooked! All You Can Eat, the definitive edition of the award-winning Overcooked!, series has launched on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. Overcooked! All You Can Eat plates up over 200 levels of culinary chaos, including built-from-the-ground-up remakes of every original level from Overcooked! and Overcooked! 2 – and every downloadable content previously released for both titles – alongside an exclusive new adventure; The Peckish Rises, which adds seven new levels and three new chefs into the mix.

Every kitchen runs in 4K at 60 frames per second, with levels from the original Overcooked! playable online for the first time in the series, and cross-play multiplayer also being added as part of a free post-launch update. With more than 80 chefs to choose from, players will be able to cook up a storm as everything from a robot to an axolotl – with brand new colour options also available.

So that all chefs feel welcome in the Overcooked! kitchens, Overcooked! All You Can Eat will also include new accessibility options and an assist mode that adds features to increase level times; boost scores awarded for each meal; lengthen recipe times, and the ability to turn off order expiration. The accessibility options also include an option to enable dyslexia friendly text, a scalable user interface, and colour-blind friendly chef indicators.

Overcooked! All You Can Eat Key Features:

  • Every mouthful: Includes every piece of Overcooked! and Overcooked! 2 content, remastered and available in 60 frames per second in 4K resolution
  • Exclusive new kitchens & cooks: New levels, new chefs, and additional skins for every single chef – all exclusive to Overcooked! All You Can Eat
  • Trophies/Achievements: Brand new trophy and achievement sets for players to unlock
  • Cooking for all: Accessibility options and a new assist mode opens the game to more players than ever before
  • Multiple multiplayer courses: Levels originally from Overcooked! are playable with online multiplayer support for the very first time, with every Overcooked! All You Can Eat kitchen also featuring cross-play functionality in a post-launch update!

Overcooked! All You Can Eat will also be available in a physical edition for both next-generation consoles later this year.

Die by the Blade – First In-Depth Gameplay Video

We’ve previously reported on the Die by the Blade Kickstarter, and with the Kickstarter drawing to a close we have our first look at the gameplay mechanics.

Publisher Grindstone and developers Triple Hill Interactive and Toko Midori have released a brand new gameplay walkthrough video of their upcoming one-hit-kill sword fighting game Die by the Blade. The ten minute video, hosted by Peter Adamondy, development lead at Triple Hill Interactive, provides fans with the opportunity to take a deeper look into the game and combat mechanics including stances, movement, attacks and blocking. 

“During the Kickstarter campaign, we have had many questions from the backers and community about how the combat and one-hit-kill system will work.” Said Peter Adamondy, development lead at Triple Hill Interactive. “We wanted to give our community the opportunity to see how the game is progressing and to update them on our development plans. Instead of writing a blog we decided to record some gameplay directly from our recent pre-alpha build so they can actually visualise the combat mechanics for themselves”. 

Following the announcement that the initial Kickstarter funding target has been reached, the team also announced that the stretch goals are now live on the Kickstarter page. The first goal activated will be the addition of deadly ranged weapons to add to the arsenal of swords available for players to choose. Each character will have a special ranged weapon that can be used once in each round. Players will be able to block this with their sword, but timing will be crucial. The Kickstarter campaign will finish on 13th November so there is still a chance for fans to back the game and help shape the future development of this long awaited homage to classic sword fighting games. 

Drawing inspiration from legendary combat games like Bushido Blade and Way of the Samurai, Die by the Blade is a one-hit-kill sword fighting action game where players must take up their weapons and face off against deadly opponents. Choose your character, select your blade and engage in 1 vs 1 combat where the slightest mistake could seal your fate. Become a master of your craft and fight to the death with other players in tense, fast paced multiplayer matches or slash through tough AI enemies in the thrilling single player campaign.

Die by the Blade is being developed by developers Triple Hill Interactive and Toko Midori published by Grindstone and is scheduled for a 2021 release for PC and Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo consoles. Fans can wishlist the game on Steam by visiting the official page here 

Take-Two in talks to acquire Codemasters

gamesindustry.biz has reported that Take-Two are in talks of buying Codemasters.

During a investors call, Codemasters themselves have said they have had discussions with Take-Two for the sale of the company.

“In a separate announcement, Take-Two explained its thinking behind the acquisition, saying, “Take-Two believes that the combination of Take-Two and Codemasters would bring together two world-class interactive entertainment portfolios, with a highly complementary fit between Take-Two’s 2K publishing label and Codemasters in the racing genre.”

“In addition, Take-Two believes that it can bring benefits to Codemasters’ performance by leveraging Take-Two’s global distribution network and 2K’s core operating expertise in publishing, including live operations, analytics, product development, and brand and performance marketing.”

Source: gamesindustry.biz

EU Gets Physical Release of Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch

While the US and Australia had to contend with a digital release, or cases with a download code, or looks like the EU will be getting the game on cartridge.

Amazon UK has a new listing for Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (Nintendo Switch) and mentions that the box contains a Nintendo Switch cartridge.

This edition will include Mortal Kombat 11, Kombat Pack 1, Aftermath Expansion, and Kombat Pack 2. Release is scheduled for the 17th of November 2020.

Source: Nintendo Life

Mass Effect Legendary Edition announced for Spring 2021

Bioware have announced Mass Effect Legendary Edition coming to consoles and PC in 2021.

“Mass Effect Legendary Edition will include single-player base content and DLC from Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3, plus promo weapons, armors, and packs – all remastered and optimized for 4k Ultra HD. It will be available in Spring 2021 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with forward compatibility and targeted enhancements on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. More information to come in the new year!”

Not only are Bioware bringing the Legendary Edition to consoles and PC next year. A small veteran team have also been working on a new project.

“Meanwhile here at BioWare, a veteran team has been hard at work envisioning the next chapter of the Mass Effect universe. We are in early stages on the project and can’t say any more just yet, but we’re looking forward to sharing our vision for where we’ll be going next.”

Source: Bioware

Sega Asks Employees To “Voluntarily Retire”

Sega Sammy (the company formed after the merger of Sega and Sammy in 2004) has asked 650 employees to “voluntarily retire”, along with slashing the salaries of top executives.

Part of a structural reform, the company is adapting to COVID-19 and are looking for cost-reduction on fixed expenses.

Furthermore, the company’s Representative Director’s monthly salary will be cut by 30%, with the Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President also getting 20% and 10% monthly cuts respectively. These changes will be in effect from November 2020 to March 2021.

Sega Sammy expects a 10 billion yen loss in the fiscal year ending March 2021.

Source: Nintendo Life

DINOSAURS REIGN ON NINTENDO SWITCH WITH THE LAUNCH OF JURASSIC WORLD EVOLUTION: COMPLETE EDITION

Build the ultimate dinosaur park on the go with Jurassic World Evolution: Complete Edition, out now on Nintendo Switch™ on the eShop. Developed and published by Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV), in collaboration with Universal Games and Digital Platforms, this iconic park management game combines all the wonder and majesty of the successful 2018 original title with a wealth of additional content, to bring the ultimate Jurassic World experience to Nintendo’s hybrid handheld console.

In Jurassic World Evolution: Complete Edition, players construct a series of epic dinosaur parks across Las Cinco Muertes (The Five Deaths), a chain of five islands containing treacherous weather conditions and testing terrain worthy of its ominous name. Players start by sending out intrepid dig teams to unearth rare fossilised remains, then ordering gifted scientists to extract and bioengineer the precious DNA encased within, reviving awe-inspiring animals extinct for millennia.

Packed with every piece of DLC released since launch, Jurassic World Evolution: Complete Edition lets players dive into three major narrative expansions, where they can discover stunning new composite species in Jurassic World Evolution: The Secrets of Dr. Wu, including the audacious Ankylodocus and spine-tingling Spinoraptor; re-home dinosaurs following the cataclysmic events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in Jurassic World Evolution: Claire’s Sanctuary; and restore the site on which it all began in Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park, as Drs. Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcolm accompany players on the path to redemption.

The inclusion of these key characters, voiced by the talented actors who brought them to life on-screen, brings next-level authenticity to Jurassic World Evolution: Complete Edition. Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, BD Wong, and Bryce Dallas Howard all reprise their famous roles from the blockbuster Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment films, narrating events with signature magic and flair and allowing players to truly immerse themselves as they follow in their footsteps and help life find a way.

In addition, there’s the challenge mode, which introduces an adjustable difficulty for an enticing test of skill; the customisable sandbox mode, offering fans the opportunity to tailor their experience as they build and manage majestic dinosaur-studded vistas without financial constraint; and, of course, four Dinosaur Packs and the Raptor Squad Skin Collection, adding even more variety and marvel to the star attractions.

All of this, as well as the stunning visuals and optimised performance expected from a studio with Frontier’s pedigree, is available to play right now on Nintendo Switch in Jurassic World Evolution: Complete Edition for £49.99/$59.99/€54.99, available exclusively on the Nintendo eShop.