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Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Release Date Announced

Funcom has announced that Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden will be released for Xbox One, PS4, and PC on December 4.

Mutant Year Zero comes from Swedish developer The Bearded Ladies, and earlier this year we described it as “real-time exploration and XCOM-inspired combat.” Funcom describes one of Mutant Year Zero’s heroes as a “crossbow-wielding, bipedal, and unusually sassy duck,” which is surely a first for video game protagonists.

You can see more of Mutant Year Zero later this week on IGN Live from Gamescom 2018, which will be stream beginning today (August 21) at 3:00PM CEST / 6:00AM PT, and keep up with everything in our Gamescom 2018 hub.

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Shenmue 3 Release Date Announced

At Gamescom today, Deep Silver announced that Shenmue 3 will be released on August 27, 2019 for PC and PS4.

Shenmue 3 was first announced at E3 2015 alongside a crowdfunding campaign that went on to become the most successful video game Kickstarter.

It was later picked up by publisher Deep Silver and eventually delayed into the second half of last year before more recently being delayed once again into 2019.

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Resident Evil 2 Remake: First Screenshots of Claire Redfield Released

Capcom has shown off the remade version of Resident Evil 2’s co-lead, Claire Redfield for the first time.

As part of its Gamescom showing, the developer released a set of screenshots showing the teenager on the hunt for her brother, Chris:

We’ll have more impressions on Claire’s portion of the campaign this week.

We’ve seen a lot more of fellow star Leon Kennedy so far, with his section already indicating that Resident Evil 2 Remake is embracing the series’ horror roots in the best possible way.

The Resident Evil 2 remake will be released for PS4, Xbox One and PC on January 25, 2019.

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In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Destruction Becomes Lara’s Closest Companion

In the latest demo of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, shown behind closed doors at Gamescom 2018, Lara is faced with yet another bout of destruction as a city faces the wrath of the encroaching apocalypse. This iteration of Tomb Raider shows Lara at the end of her origin story, and while the previous two games explored her ability to survive and what it means to be a Croft, Shadow is looking to explore what it means for Lara to be a Tomb Raider and the responsibility that comes with it.

At this point, we’ve seen how Lara’s new adventure brings a bigger focus on puzzles and exploration and how she essentially causes an apocalypse and alienates herself in a darker story, but also how the hubs and gameplay feel very familiar to the previous Tomb Raider reboot games. This hands-off Gamescom gameplay, though short, shows off some more combat and yet another crumbling city.

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Out This Week: Morphies Law, Shenmue I & II, Guacamelee! 2

With so many new games and movies coming out, it can be hard to keep up. Lucky for you, IGN is here to help with a weekly round-up of the biggest releases each and every week. Check out the latest releases for this week, and be sure to come back next Monday for a new update.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

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Life is Strange 2 Trailer Offers New Story Details

DONTNOD and Square Enix have released new details alongisde the official reveal trailer for Life is Strange 2.

Life is Strange 2 tells a tale of two brothers, 16-year old Sean and 9-year old Daniel Diaz, who were forced to “flee their home in suburban Seattle after a tragic event changes their lives forever.”

They are on the run from the Police, and Sean decides their best chance at a good life is to head for their hometown in Mexico, Puerto Lobos.

Life is Strange 2 is a brand new story with “a new cast of characters, multiple new settings, new gameplay features and a brand new power for players to discover.”

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Update: Black Ops 4 Blackout Beta Start Date Announced for All Platforms

Update: Activision has announced when Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout beta will be coming to PC and Xbox One.

The publisher revealed on Twitter the open beta will arrive on September 14 on Xbox One. Meanwhile, the Blackout beta on PC will go live September 14 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET/6 p.m. UK for those who digitally pre-ordered Black Ops 4.

The PC beta will then be able to everyone with a Battle.net account on September 15 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET/6 p.m. UK.

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Grandia and Grandia II Coming to Nintendo Switch This Winter

Venerable Japanese RPG series Grandia is coming to Switch this winter. According to a statement by publisher GungHo, Grandia and Grandia II HD Remaster are both heading to Nintendo’s hybrid handheld.

The Grandia series is rooted in the halcyon days of PlayStation and Saturn JRPGs when the franchise first drew a dedicated following.

Originally developed by Game Arts, creators of Thexder, Sylpheed, and Lunar, Grandia is noted for its colorful sprite work and innovative battle system. IGN reviewed the original Grandia back in 1999, scoring the RPG a 9/10.

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Blizzard Teases New Overwatch Content, Animated Short for Gamescom 2018

Blizzard has announced its Gamescom 2018 lineup, and it includes Overwatch, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3 and Hearthstone.

Blizzard will be at the show between August 21- 25 in Hall 7 of the Koelnmesse, and is set to unveil new content for Overwatch on Wednesday, August 22. The full calendar of Blizzard’s main stage activities is available for attending fans, and the show will be streamed live starting 8 AM PT that Wednesday.

Overwatch will be receiving a big push from Blizzard at Gamescom, revealing new content, premiering a new animated short, hosting a German voice actors panel, and German Overwatch World Cup 2018 team members will play against audience participants in Lúcioball matches throughout the week.

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