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Interactive musical series ‘We are OFK’ hits PlayStation, Switch and PC on August 18th

Back at the 2020 edition of The Game Awards, we learned about We Are OFK, a new project from Hyper Light Drifter co-designer Teddy Dief and their collaborators at Team OFK. It was supposed to debut in spring 2021 but, as has been the way of things for the last few years, it was delayed. Now, We Are OFK finally has a release date. Or, more accurately, release dates, since it’s an episodic series. The first two episodes will hit Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS5, Steam and Epic Games Store on August 18th. The remaining three episodes will arrive on a weekly basis.

We Are OFK follows a virtual four-piece indie band called, strangely enough, OFK. It’s billed as an interactive musical biopic that OFK is making about its own origins. As Dief wrote on the PlayStation Blog, “What would it look like to create virtual musicians who watch performances of [pop stars] on their laptops in bed, and know they’re probably never going to play a stadium concert? We wanted to tell that story — how hard it is to make music, to write even one song, to record another video to post online and hope someone leaves a nice comment.”

The game costs $20. Along with each episode, OFK and Sony Music Masterworks will release a new single. A vinyl package of the singles will be available from iam8bit for $32. A limited-edition physical version of We Are OFK is available to pre-order for PS5 and Switch too. You can also pre-save the group’s first EP.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s second set of new tracks arrives on August 4th

has the second wave of Booster Course Pass tracks for . One of them is a brand-new track that will be added to smartphone spin-off Mario Kart Tour at a later date. It’s called Sky-High Sundae and it’s bursting with colorful, oversized desserts.

Sky-High Sundae will be part of the Propeller Cup along with another Mario Kart Tour course, Sydney Sprint, Snow Land from Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Mario Kart Wii‘s Mushroom Gorge. The Turnip Cup offers Mario Kart Tour track New York Minute, Mario Circuit 3 from the original Super Mario Kart on SNES, Mario Kart 64‘s Kalimari Desert and fan-favorite Waluigi Pinball from Mario Kart DS. These tracks will hit the game on August 4th.

Nintendo back in February and said it would bring 48 courses from other titles to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch. The company released the first of six planned bundles of tracks in March. The last batch should arrive by the end of 2023. The Booster Course Pass costs $25 as a standalone DLC (you’ll need to own Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as well). The extra courses are also available at no extra cost to members of the subscription service.

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Document thriller ‘Papers, Please’ heads to phones on August 5th

Nearly a decade after it propelled creator to , “dystopian document thriller” Papers, Please is finally coming to phones. On Saturday, Pope to announce he’s bringing the game to Android and additional iOS devices next month. “‘Papers, Please’ but small. August 5th,” he said. Before Saturday’s announcement, the game had been available on iPads since 2014.

On Twitter, Pope said he spent about eight months developing the new port. Most of the work involved updating the user interface and making minor tweaks to make the game playable on smaller screens. “No zooming,” Pope in response to one question about the UI. “My vision is terrible and I wanted the game to feel natural on a phone so the interface is built around that.”

For those hoping to play Papers, Please on PlayStation and Xbox, Pope had news to share on that topic too. “On track for a console release in 2031,” he joked. In a later tweet, Pope said the mobile version would be a , but if you already own the game on iPad, you’ll get access for .

The arrival of Papers, Please on phones will allow a new audience to experience one of the most creative games of the past decade. In Papers, Please, you play as a border control agent for a Soviet Bloc-esque country known as Arstotzka. Gameplay primarily involves you checking the documentation of immigrants who want to enter Arstotzka and looking for discrepancies among all their entry forms. At almost every stage of its story experience, Papers, Please presents the player with moral dilemmas, asking them to consider how someone maintains their humanity in a job that is so frequently heartless.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 13-game anthology debuts August 30th

Shredder’s Revenge is great if you want a modern take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beat-’em-ups, but what if you’d rather stick with the classics? You won’t have to wait long to revisit those, either. Digital Eclipse, Konami and Nickelodeon have announced that TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection debuts August 30th on PCs (via Steam), PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. The bundle includes all 13 home and arcade games from the golden era of the half-shell heroes, including the Japanese versions.

You can return to the days of pumping endless quarters with the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game and its Turtles in Time follow-up. If you’re more familiar with the console titles, you can play everything ranging from the notoriously difficult TMNT for the NES through to the three Game Boy releases and Tournament Fighters for the Genesis and SNES. The games remain in their original aspect ratios, but you can play online with friends and take advantage of creature comforts like save games, rewinding and a gallery full of concept art.

You’ll still want to play Shredder’s Revenge if you prefer more recent game mechanics and up-to-date (if still retro-looking) graphics. Many of the frustrations you felt in the ’90s will still be present in The Cowabunga Collection. All the same, it’s easy to see the appeal — this is likely your best chance to play all of the early hits without running an emulator or digging your NES out of the closet.

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Netflix’s animated ‘Tekken: Bloodline’ series will arrive on August 18th

Netflix has launched a full trailer for its upcoming animated adaptation of Tekken, Bandai Namco’s famous fighting game franchise, and with it comes the show’s premiere date. Tekken: Bloodline is arriving on the streaming service on August 18th and will be available in several languages, including English and Japanese. The show focuses on Jin Kazama and takes place between the events of Tekken 2, which features his mother Jun Kazama as one of The King of Iron Fist Tournament competitors, and Tekken 3. Jin made his debut in the franchise’s third entry released back in 1996 after losing his mother and his home to Ogre, one of the franchise’s antagonists. 

In the series, Jin trained under his grandfather Heihachi Mishima, the tournament’s founder, in his quest for revenge. You’ll hear Heihachi tell Jin to shed the pacifist Kazama ways and to “stoke [his] Mishima fire.” Yes, Heihachi sounds positively villainous, because he’s the franchise’s main antagonist. The trailer also shows faces that would be familiar to long-time fans, as characters from the games also appear in the show. They include Hwoarang, Julia Chang, Nina Williams, Paul Phoenix, Ling Xiaoyu and Heihachi’s son Kazuya Mishima.

You can watch show’s official trailer below:

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‘Her Story’ creator Sam Barlow delays ‘Immortality’ to August 30th

Immortality, the next game from Her Story and Telling Lies creator Sam Barlow, has been delayed. Previously scheduled to arrive on PC, Xbox and mobile on July 26th, the game will now launch on August 30th. Barlow announced the delay on Twitter.

“Today we’re pushing back the release date for Immortality to August 30th, 2022,” he said this week. “It has taken decades for Marissa Marcel’s work to find the light of day, so we’re happy to spend a month more to ensure the experience is as polished as possible.”

Like Barlow’s past projects, Immortality is a full-motion video game. You’ll need to find out what happened to actor Marissa Marcel by watching lost footage from three films she starred in before her disappearance. Barlow hired Allan Scott and Amelia Gray – best known for work on Queen’s Gambit and Mr. Robot, respectively – to help with the project. Barlow previously hinted Immortality would make its way to other platforms after its initial release.

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Devolver’s demonic answer to ‘Animal Crossing’ arrives August 11th

Have you ever played Animal Crossing or Stardew Valley and wished you could subjugate the townsfolk? You’ll soon have your chance. Devolver and Massive Monster have announced that the cute-but-sinister Cult of the Lamb launches August 11th for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. There’s a demo on Steam to help whet your demonic appetite.

The game shares the community building and top-down perspective of games like Animal Crossing, but the plot is anything but kid-friendly. You play a possessed lamb forced to repay a debt to a creepy stranger by growing (what else?) a cult around him. You have to build idols, perform rituals, give sermons as you gradually convert the local population in a randomly-generated world. Naturally, you’l have to battle false prophets and anyone else who refuses to embrace your beliefs.

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Cult of the Lamb comes alongside premieres for a trio of new Devolver games due in 2023. Anger Foot is a first-person shoot-and-kick romp from the creators of Broforce and Genital Jousting. Sam Eng’s Skate Story (pictured above), meanwhile, is a stylish skateboarder that challenges you to escape captivity in the underworld by eating the Moon — yes, really. All Possible Futures’ The Plucky Squire rounds out the list by telling the tale of storybook characters who jump between 2D book pages and the 3D world beyond. The three titles are all coming to PC, while Plucky Squire will also be available on PS5, Switch and Xbox Series X/S.

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‘Saints Row’ reboot gets pushed back to August 2022

Saints Row, the reboot of the open-world shooter with an emphasis on gonzo fun and campy excess, has been delayed. Volition’s chief creative officer, Jim Boone, has announced that the title will now land on August 23rd, 2022, back from the original launch date of February 25th.

In a statement, Boone reiterated that the title wasn’t undergoing any wholesale changes and that the team had adapted well to the adversities imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. But that the original deadline did not offer the team enough time to “do our vision justice,” especially given the “size and scope” of the new game.

Boone added that the extra time will be spent ensuring that the game gets further “fine tuning,” with an emphasis on improving the title’s “overall quality and polish.” He closed the statement by saying that the finished product will have “been worth the wait,” especially given how much is riding on the launch.

Saints Row (2022) is a clean-sheet reboot of the series, which had lain dormant since 2015’s Gat out of Hell (we’re still not counting Agents of Mayhem). Earlier this year, Volition’s developers said that while there was a degree of affection for the series, narratively it had run its course — especially since the last title was a rock musical-themed journey into hell.

Consequently the new title is set in the Four Corners region of the US, with the player character flanked by a trio of new associates. And whereas the previous series spun out into parodying whatever genre was en vogue at the time, this new title is focused more explicitly on the material concerns of its crew. Except, you know, it’s a Saints Row game, so put your tongue in your cheek while you’re doing all of this.

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Best PS5 Game Deals for August 2021

The PlayStation 5 is finally here, offering lightning-fast loading speeds and significant visual enhancements, and if you’re among the lucky ones who already own the next-generation console, you should always keep an eye out for PS5 game deals. The PlayStation 5 is among the hottest items that you can find in retailers’ gaming deals, followed by PS5 game sales, as you don’t want to keep such a powerful machine idle. They don’t appear as often as discounts for PlayStation 4 games, so if you see PS5 game deals for titles that you like, don’t hesitate to take advantage of them.

Most of the PlayStation deals that you see will involve the PlayStation 4, as well as its games and accessories. PlayStation 5 owners should be patient in looking for PS5 game deals — they’re few, but they’re certainly out there somewhere. The PlayStation 4 dominated the gaming industry with its long list of top-quality exclusives, and Sony will be working to make sure that this trend continues with the PlayStation 5. Whenever there are PS5 game sales, take the opportunity to start building what may be history’s best gaming library in the making.

Today’s best PS5 game deals

The PlayStation 5 library isn’t as expansive as that of the PlayStation 4 because the console has just been launched. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t get to enjoy the PlayStation 5, especially since you can enjoy savings by buying from PS5 game deals. Digital Trends has rolled out a list of the best PS5 games, and if you see these titles under PS5 game sales, you should purchase them right away. It’s fine to end up with a backlog of games if you bought them all below full price, as there’s no telling when they’ll be offered with discounts again.

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The PlayStation 5 is still relatively young compared to previous-generation consoles, but you’ll be surprised with the diversity of genres when you take a look at PS5 game deals. Additionally, console owners who subscribe to the PlayStation Plus service will gain access to the PS Plus Collection, which includes some of the best PS4 games. You didn’t buy the PlayStation 5 to play games made for the previous generation, though, so if you see PS5 game sales for the following titles, it’s highly recommended that you snap them up as fast as you can.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

The latest entry in the long-running franchise, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, is Ubisoft’s most ambitious attempt yet, set in a 9th-century open world that’s daunting at first because of the sheer number of things that you can do. Control Eivor, who helms a group of Vikings in expanding their new home of Ravensthorpe in Anglo-Saxon England from a small village to a thriving community. The combat system is a further improvement from recent Assassin’s Creed games, completely capturing the ruthlessness of Eivor’s clan of warriors. Lead raids, devastate your enemies, and improve your settlement in a game that will see you log 60 hours to complete the campaign and more than 100 hours if you want to explore everything that the game has to offer.

Demon’s Souls

The protagonist of Demon's Souls fighting against the Vanguard demon.

PlayStation 4 classics such as Bloodborne and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice trace their roots back to 2009’s Demon’s Souls, which is now in the hands of a new generation of gamers with a remake for the PlayStation 5. The challenging/frustrating level of difficulty that has made “Souls-like” games so popular is retained in the new Demon’s Souls, but with additional items, weapons, and armor to switch things up from the original. The enemies are vicious, the levels are unforgiving, and the boss fights are exhausting, so you’ll likely see the iconic You Died screen an unpleasant number of times. Finally breaking through is a glorious feeling, though, and that’s going to keep you hooked to Demon’s Souls.

Returnal

Selene, the protagonist of Returnal, shooting at purple alien parasites.

In Returnal, players take control of Selene, an astronaut who crash lands on the planet Atropos. The third-person sci-fi shooter plunges you into a loop that brings you back to your ship whenever Selene dies, with most gear removed. There are some skills that you permanently gain, though, as well as paths to succeeding areas after you clear boss fights. The influence of Demon’s Souls is also seen in Returnal‘s difficulty, but the fast-paced game beautifully takes advantage of the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller with haptic feedback that simulates different situations, different firing modes controlled by how far you press the adaptive triggers, and helpful clues from the built-in speakers. All of these work together within a haunting story that will keep you fighting to get Selene to the end.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Miles Morales in Spider-Man outfit fending off crime.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the sequel to 2018’s Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4, brings the superhero’s webs to the PlayStation 5. The action-adventure title retains the fast-paced core gameplay of its predecessor, but you’ll get to enjoy the new abilities of Miles Morales’ version of the wall-crawler. It’s a much shorter game, but it if you missed swinging around the skyscrapers of New York City, you’ll get to do more of that in addition to continuing the story with a fresh set of eyes. If you haven’t played the first game, Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition includes the remastered version of Spider-Man, so you can enjoy both games on the PlayStation 5.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Ratchet tethers through a portal in Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart.

While Returnal and Spider-Man: Miles Morales took advantage of the DualSense controller, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is the first game to showcase the true potential of the PlayStation 5, using the console’s solid-state drive for virtually no loading times in a visual spectacle. The 3D platformer brings back the titular characters, while introducing Rivet, a mirror version of Ratchet who you’ll control in just about every other level. They share an explosive and creative arsenal of weapons, including the Topiary Sprinkler, which transforms enemies into shrubs, and the the new and improved RYNO-8, which summons items from other Sony games. Playing Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart feels like taking part in a blockbuster movie, with all the action that you can handle combined with the classic humor that has made the series into a beloved one among PlayStation fans.

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‘Hades’ is coming to Xbox and PlayStation on August 13th

Zagreus might struggle to escape the Underworld, but he’s no longer bound by the confines of PC and Nintendo Switch. Hades, widely regarded as one of the best games of 2020, is coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4 and PS5 on August 13th. It’ll be on Xbox Game Pass on Xbox and PC on the same date.

Supergiant Games says the dungeon-crawling roguelike is targeting 60 frames per second at 1080p on Xbox One and PS4. It’ll run at up to 60 fps in 4K on Series X/S and PS5. 

Physical editions will come with a bonus download code for the soundtrack and a 32-page booklet. The Xbox One and Series X versions will be available on the same disk. Both the physical and digital PS4 versions offer a free upgrade to the digital PS5 version. 

Unfortunately, unlike the Switch version, you won’t be able to transfer Hades saves between PC and Xbox or PlayStation consoles. Still, Xbox and PlayStation owners will at last get their chance to tackle Hades again and again and again in a couple of months.

Update, 8/12/2021: The listing is now live.

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