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Blizzard may have canceled a ‘World of Warcraft’ mobile spinoff (updated)

Arclight Rumble wasn’t going to be the only upcoming Warcraft mobile game, according to a report. Bloomberg sources claim Blizzard and NetEase have canceled a World of Warcraft spinoff mobile title that had been in development for three years. Nicknamed Neptune, it would have been a massively multiplayer game set in a different era of the fantasy universe. It wouldn’t simply have been a WoW phone port, to put it another way.

While the exact reasons for the cancelation weren’t mentioned, one of the insiders said Blizzard and NetEase “disagreed over terms” and ultimately decided to scrap the unannounced game. NetEase supposedly had over 100 developers attached to the project. The two were rumored to have previously canceled another Warcraft mobile release, a Pokémon Go-style augmented reality game, after four years of effort.

Spokespeople from both companies declined to comment. If the rumor is accurate, it suggests Blizzard is struggling to adapt to the rise of mobile gaming. While Diablo Immortal appears to be a success and is joining the well-established Hearthstone, the developers will still have sunk massive resources into other games that never reached players.

There are strong incentives to take these risks, however. Mobile games can be highly lucrative, particularly in countries like China — Genshin Impact has pulled in $3 billion since release, according to Sensor Tower estimates. A hit could easily boost Blizzard’s bottom line, not to mention spur demand for its existing computer- and console-bound games.

Update 8/5 9:49AM ET: Spokesperson Andrew Reynolds told Engadget that Blizzard still has an “extremely successful relationship” with NetEase, and said it was “entirely untrue” that there were any financial disagreements between the two companies. There was no mention of the spinoff or its current status.

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Dead by Daylight’s ‘Hooked on You’ dating sim spin-off is out now

Behaviour Interactive is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and it marked the occasion with a stream that showed off some things it has in the pipeline, including what’s next for Dead by Daylight. Back in May, Behaviour revealed that a DBD dating sim would arrive sometime this summer. Fans can now dive into Hooked on You, since it has just landed on Steam.

Hooked on You is the first DBD spin-off and it was developed by I Love You, Colonel Sanders! studio Psyop. It’s a visual novel in which you can romance four of the killers from the main game on (where else?) Murderer’s Island. The stories it tells combine humor, romance and horror, though they aren’t canon. Still, they could let fans live out some of their DBD fantasies.

As for Dead by Daylight itself, Behaviour shed more light on what to expect from the second Resident Evil chapter, which is coming soon. The Resident Evil: Project W DLC will introduce Albert Wesker (who is called The Mastermind in DBD) and two new survivors: Ada Wong and Rebecca Chambers. In addition, Behaviour is reworking the Raccoon City Police Department map that debuted as part of the original Resident Evil chapter, which arrived last year.

The first Behaviour Beyond showcase included some new game announcements as well. One of them is Meet Your Maker, a base building and raiding game that’s slated to arrive next year. You can assemble deadly maze-like outposts packed with traps and guards to protect sought-after genetic material from other players. Of course, you (perhaps with a friend’s help in co-op mode) will infiltrate other players’ bases to try and steal material from them. A closed playtest starts later this month.

Also on the way is a 3D brawler called Flippin Misfits. Up to four players can battle each other in space. The game will hit Steam in September. In addition, the stream offered a look at a title codenamed Project S. It’s an open-world puzzle game that features single-player, co-op and large multiplayer modes. Behaviour is working on Project S, which it plans to release next year, with Lunarch Studios. More details will be revealed soon.

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‘League of Legends’ spin-off ‘Ruined King’ suddenly arrives on consoles and PC

When said it would soon provide more long-awaited details about League of Legends spin-off , few fans would have expected Riot Games’ publishing arm to suddenly thrust the game into the world. But hey, guess what? That’s exactly what happened. 

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is out today on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Steam, GOG and the Epic Games Store. It costs $30 and it’s backward compatible on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. A version of the game is in the works for those consoles and there’ll be a free upgrade available from the previous-gen systems.

This is a single-player, turn-based RPG developed by Airship Syndicate, the studio behind Darksiders: Genesis. It features some familiar faces for League of Legends fans, including the Champions Miss Fortune, Illaoi, Braum, Pyke, Ahri and Yasuo. You’ll assemble a party, explore Bilgewater and venture to the Shadow Isles to learn about the secrets behind the deadly Black Mist.

Ruined King was initially supposed to arrive . Riot back at the 2019 edition of The Game Awards.

As it turns out, this isn’t the only LoL spin-off you can play starting today. Side-scrolling rhythm runner , which costs $10, also hit Switch and PC. It’s also coming to in the near future at no extra cost to subscribers.

In addition, Riot Forge provided an update on another project it announced a while back, Conv/rgence: A League of Legends Story. Double Stallion is developing that game, which is now set to arrive on consoles and PC next year. Song of Nunu, from Tequila Works, is also scheduled to arrive next year. And that’s not all. Riot Forge also revealed during its showcase that a game set in the Demacia region is in development.

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‘Control’ is getting a co-op spin-off game

Remedy Entertainment’s excellent is one of the of the past few years. The developer has some good news for fans of the mind-bending adventure: there’s much more Control on the way.

The studio and 505 Games agreed to co-publish and develop a multiplayer spin-off. Condor (which is a codename) is a co-op player vs. environment game. You’ll be able to team up with three friends and tackle enemies — most likely controlled by the otherworldly force called the Hiss. Condor is being developed for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.

But that’s not all. According to , Remedy and 505 have initial plans “to further expand the Control franchise with a bigger-budget Control game, to be agreed in more detail in the future.” So, it sure sounds like there’s a proper Control sequel on the way too.

Don’t expect to learn much more about those games anytime soon, though. “It is going to be a long time before we show off these projects,” Mikael Kasurinen, game director of the Control series . However, “there are other Remedy experiences coming from our studio that I know you will love.” The studio is working on the single-player campaign for CrossfireX, which is slated to arrive this year.

“Control is an extremely successful game,” said Rami and Raffi Galante, the co-CEOs of 505’s parent company Digital Bros Group. It has sold more than two million copies, and it’s been a freebie on and . You can also play it through Xbox Game Pass too, and it’s definitely worth checking out.

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Control Is Getting a Multiplayer PvE Spinoff Game

Remedy Entertainment, the developer of the 2019 action-adventure game Control, announced that the game is getting a multiplayer spinoff title sometime in the future. Remedy is also working on a “future, bigger-budget Control game.” Both of the titles will be co-published by Remedy and 505 Games, with whom the studio has struck a deal.

While the original Control was critically acclaimed for its weird story and tight gameplay, it did not include a multiplayer mode. The new title, codenamed Condor, will be a four-player cooperative player-versus-environment game. Remedy did not mention any player-versus-player combat.

Condor will be available on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S, a step up from Control‘s launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The co-CEOs of Digital Bros Group, which owns 505 Games, said in a statement that “As a multiplayer game, Condor has the potential to engage the gaming community in the long run.” This points to the potential for Condor to be a game-as-service with microtransactions, loot boxes, or other paid content.

Beyond Condor, Remedy and 505 Games are also planning to expand the Control franchise with bigger-budget games. The studios have “outlined high-level collaboration terms to further expand the Control franchise,” with more details to come in the future. It’s unclear what direction these sequels or future games will take, as no announcement has been made about the continuation or expansion of Control‘s story.

The game takes place within the Alan Wake universe, which also has another game in development. It appears as though fans of both Control and Alan Wake will have much to look forward to in the next several years.

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Latest Yakuza Spinoff Lost Judgment Launching This Fall

Sega and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio have announced Lost Judgment, a sequel to the 2018 detective thriller Judgment and another spinoff of the Yakuza series.

This news comes after Sega teased the upcoming game extensively, leading up to a leak on the PlayStation Store last night. Lost Judgment is planned to launch worldwide on September 24 for PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

The game was revealed during a showcase that featured a lengthy discussion with RGG Studio’s key staff members, including executive director Toshihiro Nagoshi. Check out Lost Judgment’s announcement trailer below.

Like the first game, Lost Judgment stars protagonist Takayuki Yagami, a detective tasked with investigating a murder in Tokyo. Based on the trailer, this sequel will include many twists and turns. It will also feature an open world, with different locales such as Yokohama and downtown Tokyo. Players will utilize stealth mechanics to get through various encounters.

As explained during the game’s announcement, Lost Judgement keeps the same real-time combat from the first entry. This is notable because the recent Yakuza: Like a Dragon was the first installment in the series to implement a turn-based combat system — which garnered critical praise from fans. The core Yakuza will be turn-based going forward, while Judgment will continue with real-time action combat in future installments.

Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio told IGN that “the Yakuza series has been transformed into a turn-based RPG. On the other hand, over the year, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has accumulated resources and know-how of making flashy and exhilarating action games that are effortless to enjoy. We decided that we should let our signature action gameplay live on through Lost Judgment.”

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Yakuza spin-off Lost Judgment for PS5, Xbox Series X and more confirmed

Just yesterday, a leak revealed the Sega-produced Lost Judgment for PlayStation 5. A follow-up to 2019’s Judgment for the PlayStation 4, it didn’t take long for Sega to make it official, as today the company debuted the first trailer for the new game. We also got a release date for Lost Judgment too, and it’ll be out this September.

Specifically, Sega has announced that Lost Judgment will be available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on September 24th, 2021. Pre-orders are open today, and you cans see the five minute announcement trailer for the game below. The game follows 2019’s Judgment, which itself was a legal-themed spin-off to the Yakuza franchise.

The trailer does a pretty good job of setting the stage for Lost Judgment, which will put players in the role of Takayuki Yagami once again and task them with solving investigations. Players will travel to both Kamurocho and Yokohama in this installment, which keeps the action combat of the first game as well.

The combat of the Yakuza series is actually making headlines today too, with Sega telling IGN that the mainline Yakuza series will be making a transition to turn-based RPG combat following Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Those are looking for the classic, action-oriented combat of the Yakuza series will have the Judgment series moving forward.

Development will be handled by Sega’s Ryu ga Gotoku Studio, which has handled development on the Yakuza series since 2012. We’ll keep an eye out for more information on Lost Judgment and the Yakuza series in general, but for now, have a look at Lost Judgment‘s lengthy announcement trailer above.

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Rocket League Sideswipe is a standalone spin-off for iOS and Android

While the mainline Rocket League game continues to receive new content as a free-to-play game in Epic Games’ portfolio, Psyonix today revealed that it’s been working on a new spin-off. The spin-off is titled Rocket League Sideswipe, and it’s currently in development for iOS and Android devices. The new game should be ready to go at some point later this year, with testing even beginning in some regions today.

Rocket League seems like it would be a particularly difficult game to pull off on mobile devices (and with mobile controls no less), so it shouldn’t come as a complete shock that Rocket League Sideswipe looks quite a bit different from its more fully-featured counterpart. The objective is to still sink an oversized ball into your opponent’s goal using rocket-powered cars, but the perspective has changed for this mobile installment.

In normal Rocket League, the camera is positioned behind the player, but in Sideswipe, it views the playing field from the side. Arenas seem more designed around verticality than in Rocket League proper, and you’ll be participating in 1v1 or 2v2 matches – no 3v3s or 4v4s here. Psyonix also says that matches will only last 2 minutes.

Those who might be worried about hit-or-miss touchscreen controls are promised “mobile controls that are easy to pick up whether you’re a master of Rocket League or a new player still learning your way around the league.” Add to that a competitive ranking system, customization presumably similar to what we get in the standard Rocket League game, and “advanced mechanics” for those who want to take the game a little more seriously and it sounds like this could be worth diving into for Rocket League fans.

Of course, we’ll have to see more of the game in action before we can make that call, and if you’re in Australia and New Zealand, you’ll have the chance to do that today through a regional alpha that’s taking place on the Google Play Store. Psyonix says more betas are coming up in additional regions, so we’ll let you know when the studio shares more details on that front.

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