Temtem, an online monster-catching RPG, releases January 21

My favorite pastime I've had my fill of creature collecting this year – or have I? Not a chance. There's always room for more. The monster-battling RPG Temtem is next on my list with a January 21, 2020 launch on PC via Steam Early Access. It's like Pokémon, but with a shared island world and the ability to team up in co-op.

Hitman 2 plans to have itself a deadly little Christmas

Santa's slay IO Interactive has revealed Hitman 2's content plans for the Holiday season. The coming weeks will see the return of disguises, missions, events and even weapons that all feature a dash of Christmas cheer.From today through December 20, the murderous stealth title will see the return of missions such as Snow Festival and Holiday Hoarders, the completion of which will unlock the Santa 47 and Snow Festival suits, along with the nasty Ice Pick utensil. Returning Elusive Targets and Escalation contracts include The Chef, The Truman Adventure, The Rafael Misadventure, and The Stowaway, among others.The trailer below, presented by master-of-pointing Clemens E. Koch, will give you a mission briefing on the upcoming events.

Mario Kart Tour London event includes Waluigi and Holiday Daisy

Consider yerself... at home... Mario Kart Tour has pulled into London on the next leg of its global racing competition. Nintendo has dropped a new trailer, showing off some of the characters, karts, and other items currently waiting in the mobile title's notorious "Pipe."Two new racers have arrived in the form of "Holiday Cheer Daisy" and a pretty dapper-looking "Bus Driver Waluigi," who can also take to the track in a neat looking miniature double-decker bus. Red Koopa Trooper also joins the roster, rocking a backwards baseball cap like it's '91.Of course there is also a new London circuit for our drivers to whiz around, as well as several other kart and glider variants available. All of the above items are available to find in-game until December 17, Holiday rewards, such as the previously-revealed Santa Mario, will remain available until December 31.

A Plague Tale: Innocence may have a sequel in the works

I hate them meeces to peeces A Plague Tale: Innocence is one of my favourite games of the year. And I'm hoping it receives the chatter it deserves over the next few weeks - as the industry at large focuses on the Resident Evil 2s and Death Strandings of the world. Regardless, the grim tale of two aristocratic children's journey to survive the pestilence and misery of 14th century France made an indelible impact on me.Citing a "verified source", French website Xbox Squad are reporting that a sequel to A Plague Tale is on the cards, and is currently undergoing pre-production at developer Asobo Studios. The article reports that the sequel will be announced in 2020, with a supposed 2022 release date.This led Eurogamer to contact Focus, whereby they received a statement neither confirming nor denying the rumour. "Focus Home Interactive and Asobo are very proud of the critical and public reception of A Plague Tale: Innocence, and the sales," the publisher said. "We're delighted to have received a solid number of awards and nominations, including for Best Narrative at the Game Awards next week... Of course, we announced last year we are partnering with Asobo for a future project but never confirmed if it was a sequel to A Plague Tale or not - and will give more details on that title when the right time comes."

Beyond a Steel Sky delayed until early 2020

Not quite rusty enough Revolution Software has announced that its sequel to classic DOS adventure game Beneath a Steel Sky will not be ready for launch in 2019 as initially planned, as will now emerge from the smoggy wastelands early in 2020."From the very outset, our vision has been to make Beyond a Steel Sky our most ambitious adventure to date. We re-invented conceptual innovations going back to our earliest adventures," said Revolution in a blog post. "We’re pleased to say this vision is very close to being realised, but - as the eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed - the original release date was penciled in as late 2019. Owing to a need to extend the development period, we can now confirm the launch of Beyond a Steel Sky will come a few months later in 2020."

Dead Cells is finally getting into DLC with The Bad Seed

Releasing in 2020 for $4.99 Dead Cells has been super generous with free updates, and that post-launch support is not coming to an end anytime soon. Evil Empire is planning to continue releasing updates "at the same steady rhythm and of the same quality as seen in 2019." That said, I think many of us are ready for some paid DLC.

Under Night In-Birth: Exe:Late [cl-r] releases European date and Londrekia trailer

You CAN get the staff Arc System Works has revealed its western roll-out plan for its upcoming fighter Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late [cl-r]. The pretty anime punch-up - as previously noted - will arrive in North America and Japan on February 20, with European players only having to wait a further day to get their hands on the updated release.ArcSys also released a trailer for the solitary new star who will be headed to the Under Night roster that day. Londrekia is an aristocratic-looking young member of Ritter Schild, whose prowess in battle is spoken of in hushed whispers. Known as the "Frozen Fang of Eternity," Londrekia's attacks have a frosty feel, while his movement has the grace of an ice dancer, not dissimilar to King of Fighters' Kula Diamond in his fighting style.

Operation Shifting Tides now live in Rainbow Six Siege

Magnets, how do they work? If you're one of the multi-million members of the Rainbow Six Siege playerbase, then you better start protecting your dome, as the final season of 2019, Operation Shifting Tides, is now live on all formats, bringing with it one of - if not the - most powerful single-shot weapon in Siege history.Shifting Tides sees the addition of private mercenary faction NIGHTHAVEN, specifically its captain, Kali, and her top agent, Wamai. Both operators are hoping to shake up the meta with two particularly powerful new tools. A masterful sniper, Attacker Kali's CSRX 300 is a frightening firearm, that can punch through walls, barricades and skulls with relative ease. Slow to fire and reload, the CSRX nevertheless will drop a mark in a single shot, and has ridiculous magnification capabilities.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne videos outline 12.01 update

New gear, new locations, new monsters, new ways to die We are just one day out from the arrival of the huge 12.01 update for Capcom's uber-popular adventure title Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. The publisher has released two videos to get the community geared up for the deadly confrontations awaiting in the frozen tundra.The first video is a developer diary, and sees producer Ryozo Tsujimoto, director Daisuke Ichihara, and art director Kaname Fujioka discuss almost every element of the update, interspersed with footage of the new content in action.You can check out the description on the YouTube page for timestamps, if there is a particular aspect of the patch you're interested in.

Fairy Tail RPG will launch on all platforms March 2020

Once upon a time... New word out of publisher Koei Tecmo is that its upcoming RPG, based on the popular fantasy series Fairy Tail, will finally be ready to spin its web of magic and mayhem on PS4, PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on March 19, 2020.The release date was announced in a new trailer, which also confirms further playable characters "Master Swordswoman" Kagura Mikazuchi, "Sky God Slayer Mage" Sherria Blendy, "Handsome Mage" Ichiya Vandalay Kotobuki, "The White Dragon" Sting Eucliffe, and finally "Shadow Dragon" Rogue Cheney.
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