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    Kena: Bridge of Spirits Has Already Recouped Its Development Costs

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    Kena: Bridge of Spirits was released in September to largely positive reviews (including a 9 out of 10 from us) and has performed well in sales. So much so that, according to developer Ember Labs, the game has already broken even on its development cost.

    In an interview with Bloomberg, Ember Lab heads Josh and Mike Grier discussed Kena's road from development to release. To their surprise, the game has apparently sold well, and while they don't divulge specific sale numbers, they say it's already recouped its initial development costs. It's unclear how much money Kena had behind it, but this is great news for the small studio. 

    "It's hard to tell what's a huge success," said Josh in the article. "Sony's happy."

    Kena: Bridge of Spirits is a third-person action-adventure title that stars Kena, a spirit guide, who guides small critters called the Rot to purify a land plagued by a supernatural blight. Along the way, you'll assist wayward souls to help ferry them to the afterlife, while action consists of melee and ranged combat. The game has an old-school linear design and scope, plus it's quite the looker in the art department (Ember Labs cut its teeth as an animation studio, after all). Kena is available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via the Epic Games Store. 

    Be sure to read the full interview to learn more about the Kena: Bridge of Spirits' pre-release marketing, as well as our coverage hub for extensive background on the game itself.

    [Source: Bloomberg]

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    Beat Saber’s Multiplayer Mode Now Live On PSVR

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    After nearly a year-long delay, Beat Saber’s multiplayer mode is now live on PSVR. 

    Live today, this mode brings five-player multiplayer to the critically acclaimed rhythm game, which has players slice through colored blocks to the beat of a given song. Players can hop into public matches with players from all over the world, or they can face off against their friends in private matches. 

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    Any song from the PSVR version of Beat Saber’s soundtrack can be selected, as can DLC music packs from artists like Linkin Park and more. With this update, you’ll also be able to create and customize your very own multiplayer avatar. This avatar is what your opponents will see in the new Beat Saber lobby and multiplayer arena.

    Launching with this update today, Multiplayer Badges have been added to the game, and these let opponents see who’s best at what. For example, one player might earn a badge for “most precise slicer" after a match, while another might receive a badge for being the slowest slicer. With up to five players in a match, too, new customizable color options have been implemented. If you don’t want to slice the game’s standard red and blue blocks, you can switch it up to yellow and purple, teal and pink, or something else entirely. 

    With this multiplayer update launching so close to Halloween, a new song – "Spooky Beat" by Jaroslav Beck – has been added to the game for free. 

    For more about Beat Saber, check out our thoughts on the game in Game Informer’s Beat Saber review and then watch Brie Larson, Captain Marvel herself, slice up some blocks in the game. Read about how Facebook acquired Beat Saber developer Beat Games after that. 


    Will you be jumping into Beat Saber's multiplayer? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Rockstar Reveals PC System Requirements For GTA: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition

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    We now know what it’s going to take to run Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition on PC, thanks to the system requirements page on Rockstar Games’ website

    As you might expect for a remaster of three decades-old games, it won’t require the beefiest PC on the market to play. Here’s what you’ll need to play the game on its minimum settings on PC

    • OS: Windows 10 64-Bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-6600K/AMD FX-6300
    • Memory: 8GB
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2GB/AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB
    • Disk: 45GB

    Here’s what you’ll need to play the game on its recommended settings on PC: 

    • OS: Windows 10 64-Bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-2700K/AMD Ryzen 5 2600
    • Memory: 16Gb
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB
    • Disk: 45GB

    Word of GTA: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition began as rumors and reports before the collection was officially confirmed near the start of the month. Coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on November 11 (iOS and Android versions launch in 2022), this collection features Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas with multiple new gameplay and graphical improvements

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    When it releases, the game will launch as a digital-only title, and multiple aspects of each game have been approved to feel better (and look better) in 2021. For example, targeting, lock-on aiming, weapon wheels, and the radio wheel have been changed to feel more modern. There’s a better mini-map in each, as well, plus Nvidia DLSS on PC and new Accomplishments from the Rockstar Games Social Club. 

    In terms of graphics, each game has been improved using Unreal Engine. Changes include upgraded character and vehicle models, a new lighting system, a further draw distance, better shadows, a more dynamic weather system, and more. Check out Game Informer’s coverage of the improvements coming to Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition for more information about that. 

    Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will hit console and PC next month on November 11.


    Will you be picking up the trilogy when it launches on PC next month? Let us know in the comments below!
     

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    Darkest Dungeon II | Game Informer Live

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    Join us for a doomed caravan ride through the most tenebrous of places.  Darkest Dungeon II is a lot different from the original title but retains tons of signature style. Come check out how the game's new structure works as we dive into Early Access on PC. There will be many epic battles and massive meltdowns along the road as we attempt to carry hope to the end of the world. It all begins at 2 PM CST!

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    Join us live on Twitch for all the action! A Game Informer Twitch subscription also gets you access to our VIP discord, you can check out more details on that here.

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    The Dark Pictures Anthology’s Next Game And Season One Finale Is The Devil In Me

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    Supermassive Games' next entry in its Dark Pictures Anthology is called The Devil in Me, which will serve as the season finale for the series. Those who finished House of Ashes, the third installment in the series that launched last Friday (here's our review), we're treated to a teaser trailer for the next horrific adventure.  

    If you're asking, "wait, season finale?" Supermassive announced the Anthology as an eight-game series. This label signifies that the franchise is divided into two seasons of four games, with The Devil in Me evidently wrapping up the first half. The trailer sets the stage for a story revolving around some sort of serial killer and doesn't appear overtly supernatural at first glance, but we should hopefully learn more soon. While Supermassive hasn't released the trailer itself, players have already shared it online. Check it out in the tweet below. 

    The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me pic.twitter.com/o0vLCdnRSn

    — TheHunters (@TheHuntersV) October 22, 2021

    There's no release date for The Devil in Me, but it's likely to launch in 2022, given the yearly release cadence of the previous installments. For more on the Dark Pictures Anthology, check out our reviews of earlier entries, Man of Medan and Little Hope

    [Source: IGN]

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    Top Releases of September 2021

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    We're happy to announce our Top Releases of September 2021

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    As with previous lists, we look at every release for the month, highlighting the Top 20 games and Top 5 DLCs based on the first two weeks of revenue. We also highlight the top 5 free-to-play games, ranked by the number of unique players they acquired after launch.

    The Top Releases of September 2021[store.steampowered.com]

    A Whole New World
    September culminated with the release of the highly anticipated new MMO from Amazon Games - New World. A staggering number of players visited the supernatural island of Aeternum, making New World the most played release of 2021. We're excited to see what adventures await for the millions of players who helped bring this new world to life.

    Story Time
    As we build out these lists each month, there is never a shortage of variety in exciting game designs and creative new mechanics. But September brought along another type of variety, with a healthy dose of unique & unforgettable stories, praised by players and critics alike. The way these games integrate their stories directly into gameplay is also quite unique. So whether you are embarking on the latest Life is Strange journey in True Colors, discovering a world full of charm in Eastward, or uncovering the mysteries of Blackreef in DEATHLOOP, you're sure to find an engaging story that's as unique as the way it's told.

    Welcome New Devs
    Like previous months, we'd also like to congratulate the teams that are releasing their first Steam game. Some of these teams have been making games for a while on other platforms, while others are making their very first commercial game. A big welcome and congrats go out to these development teams on their successful Steam debuts.

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    If you're curious about previous months, here are more Top Release lists:

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