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Telltale Announces Majority Studio Closure

Telltale, the developer behind many successful story-based games such as The Walking Dead, Batman, and The Wolf Among us, has released a statement confirming that the studio is at least partially closing down. While the announcement doesn’t include what will happen to their titles that are currently development but the studio did promise more updates in the upcoming weeks. Telltale is now run by a skeleton crew of 25 employees, but it is unclear how long they will be working for the company. You can see the full statement below:


Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year marked by insurmountable challenges. A majority of the company’s employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of 25 employees staying on to fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners. CEO Pete Hawley issued the following statement:

“It’s been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.

Telltale will issue further comments regarding its product portfolio in the coming weeks.


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Unfortunately, other than this report and some tweets from employees, details surrounding the closure are few and far between. It is always a shame to see a developer of this caliber forced to shut their doors, but in an industry that is quickly growing saturated, it is a sad consequence of having access to a massive amount of quality games. Gigamax Games will be sure to keep an eye out for more details so check back here on GigamaxGames.com for all the latest.

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Major Announcements During Nintendo’s September Direct

Nintendo certainly doesn’t hold back when they have one of their beloved Nintendo Directs and the most recent one on September 13th, 2018 has left fans expecting quite a bit! If you’d like to watch the entire video, check out the footage below. For a quick look at some of the major announcements, keep on scrolling and see what the legendary video game company showed off for the Nintendo Switch.

September 2018 Nintendo Direct

Splatoon 2 Version 4.0

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New maps, modes, weapons, and abilities are heading to Splatoon 2 in the next big content update for the wacky third-person shooter. While Nintendo certainly hasn’t been shy about updating their take on an action shooter, it is always exciting to hear that a ton of new stuff is on the way. A release date wasn’t revealed during the Direct, but hopefully, we’ll hear more news soon!

New Super Mario Bros. U is Getting the Deluxe Treatment

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Fans of New Super Mario Bros. U will be excited to hear that the game is getting the classic Nintendo Deluxe treatment on the Switch. This updated version of the Wii U classic comes with more levels, characters, and modes for players to try out. Toadette and Nabbit are both joining the game as playable characters and they both have some cool abilities. Also, the entire game New Super Luigi U is included in the experience!

Mario Tennis Aces 2.0 Update

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Mario Tennis Aces is getting its first major content update in the form of Version 2.0. This means more characters such as Birdo, Paratroopa, Peetey Piranha, and Shy Guy are making their way to the court. A new cooperative game mode that lets players work together online to take on a variety of challenges will also be added.

Nintendo Switch Online is Almost Here

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Nintendo is gearing up to release their take on a subscription-based online service. Many games that were initially free to play online are now going to require a Nintendo Online Subscription like Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8, and Pokken Tournament. The subscription is the cheapest among major hardware developers with a year membership costing $20 USD. The service includes online play, access to a bunch of classic games that can be played at any time, and most importantly, access to a cloud-based save system that backs up all your data in case something happens to your console. All of this goes live on September 18th of this year.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

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Although Nintendo didn’t say much, the Direct gave a brief look at the next iteration of the Luigi’s Mansion series. Currently titled Luigi’s Mansion 3, it looks like our green plumber is going to have to face his fear of ghosts once again and take on the dastardly ghosts. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is in development for the Switch and as of now and is expected to release sometime in 2019.

Isabelle Joins the Fight

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That’s Right! Isabelle is giving up her mayoral duties to go join the fight in Super Smash Ultimate. This adorable fighter uses a variety of the tools found in the Animal Crossing world to take on her foes. While certainly an unexpected addition, it wasn’t as surprising as what Nintendo revealed next…

ANIMAL CROSSING SWITCH FINALLY ANNOUNCED

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After many Direct’s where fans assumed Animal Crossing Switch would be announced, Nintendo finally took the liberty of saying the game is in development. Much like the Luigi’s Mansion 3 announcement, the company didn’t divulge any details other than that the game will hit consoles in 2019. The entire Gigamax Games crew is certainly excited for this game. Be sure to stop by again soon for more updates the moment additional details are revealed.

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The Binding of Isaac: Repentance Revealed at PAX West

Fans of the hit indie game Binding of Isaac will be excited to hear that another massive expansion is making its way to the title. The upcoming update adds the very popular Anti-Birth mod into the core game and is named The Binding of Isaac: Repentance.

The big announcement was officially made by Binding of Isaac’s developer, Nicalis, and was also shared out by the game’s creator Edmund McMillen only a couple of days ago. Following the teaser, McMillen clarified a few more details about the expansion (in his own charming way of course).

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Fans were initially confused on what Nicalis could be teasing, considering they already have another title on the way, The Legend of Bum-Bo, that is set to look deeper into the Binding of Isaac’s lore. Although, The Binding of Isaac: Repentance turned out to be a surprise expansion for a game that fans thought was already complete.

Repentance is expected to add a ton of new content into the already jam-packed game. This includes new enemies, items, bosses, and an insane amount of new rooms for fans to fight their way through. On top of all that, a brand new secret ending that will certainly be the toughest challenge the game has ever seen was also included.

You can check out the initial teaser trailer above and for a more detailed look at The Binding of Isaac: Repentance take a look at Gamespot’s off-screen gameplay demo. Always remember to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com for the latest in gaming news and industry updates!

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Night Trap – Nintendo Switch Let’s Play Page

Night Trap mixes a classic 80’s B-movie with outdated video game technology like the Sega CD. Even with all its flaws, Night Trap gameplay is unforgettable. Players watch as a move unfolds and they’re tasked with traping enemies that are attacking a house. The house has occupants inside that need to be protected. It might all sound strange, and that’s because it is.

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Playing modern video games makes it easy to forget just how far they’ve come in such a short amount of time. Night Trap was not the standard of the late 80’s early 90’s when it came to video games, but it shows how many different ways companies tried getting video games into the hands of the masses. Early on, gamers had to put up with a lot of weird inventions and some, of course, were not a success. This is also not to say it’s a terrible game. Overall, it was actually a great time on the Nintendo Switch. It is just painfully apparent that it’s an old game and there’s a reason modern video games don’t take after Night Trap.

Background and Gameplay

In the Night Trap playlist, Gigs and Mack learn a little more about the background of Night Trap. With a little context about its development, it makes sense how this game came to be. The developers faced some challenges and instead of the Sega CD, the game was originally designed to be played on VHS. This is what gives Night Trap its memorable and unique gameplay style.

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Even though the Gigamax Games crew wouldn’t recommend this game if someone is searching for a fulfilling and expansive story, the game did have some redeeming qualities. A gamer looking for something a little different, or anyone interested in the history of video games might find this to be an entertaining experience.

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Thank you all so much for taking the time to stop by the playlist page. This will be the place to find all the latest episodes of Night Trap with Gigamax Games.

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Rocket League Gets New Progression System

Rocket League may have come out three years ago, but that fact certainly hasn’t slowed down Psyonix’s regular updates for the radically popular indie game. The most recent patch to hit the game is called the Progression Update and it certainly does what the title suggests. On top of a new leveling system, Psyonix added achievements/trophies, in-game clubs, and fixes for a number of problems fans had with the online multiplayer. Also included in the update is the game’s first Rocket Pass, which offers exclusive rewards, but it will cost you.

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The biggest change to hit the game is of course the progression system. XP can now only be earned through casual and ranked online matches and now instead of experience being tied to performance it now almost solely depends on match length. In order for players to earn any experience, a match will need to go on for at least 60 seconds. Experience will then be earned every second after that until eventually maxing out at 20 minutes of gameplay time. Players will still earn a small amount of experience for every goal they score, being MVP, playing multiple games in a row, and replacing a bot in a match.

Psyonix has also removed the level cap from Rocket League as well as removing the Rookie and Semi-Pro titles. The developer adjusted the ranks Veteran through Rocketeer to line up with their other changes:

  • Veteran: Level 20
  • Expert: Level 40
  • Master: Level 60
  • Legend: Level 80
  • Rocketeer: Level 100

Their are additional titles to earn after hitting level 100, but new titles are only earned every 100 levels. Although this may sound like a monumental task, it is made easier thanks to the XP cap the game hits after level 20.

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On top of the massive progression system overhaul, their are additional trophies/achievements for players to earn. All six of these can be earned through the game’s new online tournament mode or club feature. Clubs can be up to 20 players big and come with customizable names, tags, and color schemes. When entering a match, the stadium will change to reflect the Rocket League club’s colors. Players also have the option to verify their club so that it can’t be copied by anyone else.

Of course, these are only the major changes that made their way to Rocket League. For a more detailed look at the other updates, don’t miss Psyonix’s blog post that goes over every fix that has been patched into the game.

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Everything Announced in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct

Everything Announced in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct

On Wednesday, August 8th Nintendo held a Direct for their upcoming game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Needless to say, the entire gaming community was waiting in anticipation for whatever the company was ready to announce. Nintendo certainly didn’t hold back any punches during the direct, revealing more than enough information to keep the hype train moving faster than ever before.

Those that missed the direct can watch it below or look at our collection of the biggest announcements made throughout the presentation.

Luigi is Dead… JK! Simon and Richter Belmont Join the Fight

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That’s right! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate isn’t just getting the first protagonist of the popular side-scroller Castlevania, it’s also adding Richter Belmont from the title Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. While Richter is currently being considered the echo fighter to Simon, Super Smash Bros. developer Sakurai clarified that they both use moves unique to their games so it is hard to tell who is echoing the other. The characters utilize a host of different items from their Dracula killing adventures including: The signature whip, crosses, axe, and holy water. Their move sets include a variety of long ranged tactics that can absolutely devastate the competition.

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To keep the Castlevania theme going strong, Nintendo revealed that Simon’s stage would be Dracula’s castle and include 34 tracks from the collection of games set in this famous location. Different villains and bosses from Castlevania will hop in to disrupt the fight and leave chaos in their wake, even Dracula himself will sometimes grace the battlefield with his presence.

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Finally, to wrap up the Castlevania news, Nintendo revealed that the hero Alucard would be joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an assist trophy. The character uses his abilities from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night to take out foes and dodge attacks. Don’t worry, he can still be knocked out, but it will certainly take some skill.

Chrom and Dark Samus are Ready for Battle

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Two more highly anticipated fighters are joining the fight. Both Chrom and Dark Samus are making their way to the battlefield in the form of echo fighters for Lucina and Samus respectively. Fans have been asking for these characters for quite some time so it’s no surprise that Nintendo included them on the roster.

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Chrom fights identically to Lucina with a few extra tricks thrown in and he appears to be faster than the character he’s based on.

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Dark Samus seems to be a much more mobile version of Samus with a move set that utilizes the dark tools at the villains’ disposal. Also, the creature floats in its idle animation!

SO MANY STAGES!

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Nintendo revealed that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have a staggering 103 stages, This number doesn’t even include the omega and battlefield version that each map can be transformed into. Every stage can be played with up to eight players, and, for the first time, Nintendo is allowing players to turn off stage hazards to fight without any interruptions. Take a look at all the returning and new stages they revealed below!

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Transforming Stages

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A new way to play your favorite maps is heading to the next entry in Super Smash Bros. Stage Morph is exactly what it sounds like, during the duration of a match one stage will turn into another which the players choose at the beginning. As shown in the screenshot above, this style of play comes with plenty of options to experience and is perfect for the group that just can’t agree on what map to play. (But let’s be honest, winner’s choice is the only way to play!)

Nintendo Heard You Like Their Music

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800 songs, over 1000 including fanfare/soundtracks, and 24 hours of total music. This is the boisterous claim that Nintendo made during the Direct. Fans that have a hankering for some tunes from their favorite video games have the ability to listen to any song in the game whenever they feel like it.

Players are even allowed to make playlists of their own. During fights, each maps soundtrack is now based on the series it represents instead of each having their own individual playlist. Much like the last entry, players can go into the options and adjust the frequency at which each song plays on an individual map.

The Rules Are Changing

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The order that players set up their matches is also changing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Instead of it being player select followed by map selections it now goes: Rules, Map, Fighters. Nintendo says this makes things more organized and even allows fans to make their own rule sets for quick selection.

On top of time and stock battle, Super Smash is now treating stamina battle as a standard option due to the intense nature of these fights. Sudden Death has been made more nail-biting with the addition of a screen that constantly moves closer to the combatants in order to speed up the finale. Nintendo also added an option that allows players to charge their final smash throughout the course of a match, which results in a weaker version of the ultimate move.

New Battle Modes

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A host of new and returning game modes are available for players looking for new ways to take on their friends or play alone including: Squad Strike, Tourney, Smashdown, Training Mode, and Classic Mode. The one mode that players may not recognize here is Smashdown, which is a brand new way to play that eliminates chosen fighters after a match, making players choose a new character after every round.

Items, Pokemon, and Assist Trophies… OH MY!

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Super Smash Bros. is certainly no stranger to items, but Ultimate has the largest collection of wacky extras the series has ever seen. A new variety of items has been added and Nintendo showed plenty of them off during the Direct. Take a look at all the new stuff they revealed in the gallery below!

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RATHALOS!!!

King K. Rool is Ready to Throw Down

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To end the Direct on a big note, Nintendo revealed that the infamous Donkey Kong villain, King K. Rool, was joining the ever-growing roster. This alligator king is a heavy character much like Bowser or King DeDeDe and uses a variety of the moves fans will recognize from Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong 64.

No For Real… Luigi is Totally Dead…

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Start Time Revealed for Dragon Ball FighterZ Switch Beta

The start date for the Nintendo Switch Dragon Ball FighterZ open beta is right around the corner and Bandai Namco shared a few details of the event. The beta is set to start next weekend and will give owners of Nintendo’s hit console their first opportunity to play the critically praised fighting game before the full release launches in September.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Open Beta – Nintendo Switch

Players that want to take part in the trial version are required to download the open beta from the eShop or Nintendo’s website. The beta begins on August 10th at 12 A.M. ET and August 9th at 9 P.M. PT. The beta runs through the weekend and will conclude on August 11th at 11:59 P.M. PT.

Those that have downloaded Dragon Ball FighterZ’s beta will have the chance to try four different types of game modes including, Practice Battle Tutorial, Arena Match, Ring Match, and Ring Party Match. Players will also have the chance to try the entire starting roster for the game, along with Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, for a grand total of 23 playable fighters. Don’t forget to check out the full beta roster below.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ officially launches on the Nintendo Switch this September 28th. Bandai Namco revealed that the Switch version will include some new options for local multiplayer, specifically an offline six player Party Match mode and 2v2 and 1v1 type matches. Although, Bandai Namco has yet to clarify if these changes will be coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game.

There are some cool bonuses for pre-ordering the game, including immediate access to both Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta. Additionally, those that commit to the game before launch will receive a digital Japanese copy of Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden, a rare Super Famicom that has never been released in North America.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Open Beta Roster

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  • Vegeta (SS)
  • Piccolo
  • Gohan (Adult)
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  • Frieza
  • Captain Ginyu
  • Trunks
  • Cell
  • Android 18
  • Gotenks
  • Krillin
  • Kid Buu
  • Majin Buu
  • Nappa
  • Android 16
  • Yamcha
  • Hit
  • Tien
  • Beerus
  • Goku Black
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  • Vegeta (SSGSS)
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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Playlist Page

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Playlist Page

There’s a world of cuteness ready to be discovered and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is the perfect little puzzle adventure to put a smile on a gamers face. This adorable title is back on the Nintendo Switch and this amazing hybrid console breathes new life into Toads treasure tracking story. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a perfect match for anyone searching to spend some memorable hours working their way through a fun loving puzzle game.

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The game doesn’t offer much of a challenge but the puzzles do make gamers think. Using trial and error, persistence, and a little luck, nothing will hold a player back from conquering any challenge in their way. There are so many unique mechanics that come to life through all the features Nintendo Switch brings to the table. Open valves, flip entire sections of map, do whatever it takes and get Toad to the end of the level.

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Something special happens to any game that releases on the Nintendo Switch. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is no exception. Having the option to play mobile or dock the Switch and play on the big screen brings Toad’s adventure to an entirely new level.

Thanking about picking up Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker? The playlist above shows off the core gameplay and even a boss fight! Make sure to take a look before spending the money.

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Pokemon: Let’s Go Brand New Trailer With Plenty of Details

Pokemon: Let’s Go Brand New Trailer With Plenty of Details

Nintendo released a brand new trailer for their upcoming title Pokemon: Let’s Go. It showed off an impressive amount of new details for trainers to get excited about. The trailer, which those interested can watch below, bears the slogan “explore the Kanto region in a whole new way” and based on that short video, Nintendo certainly isn’t lying.

While the gameplay may be familiar to fans of the series, there is more visual detail packed into the world and sprites than players have ever seen before. It shows off trainers, both male and female, riding on the backs of select Pokemon such as Charizard, Onix, and Arcanine. There are short clips of battles and a look at how players will be able to customize and bond with both Pikachu and Eevee, the starters fans choose between depending on which version they buy. Much like in the more recent Pokemon titles, trainers will be able to pet and feed their monsters to keep their morale up.

Matching Pokemon Outfits? Yes, Please!

Players will have a variety of cosmetic choices to experiment with when customizing Pikachu or Eevee. Fans can choose between different hairstyles and clothing to personalize their Pokemon. The new trailer shows off Eevee in a charming blue hat and red bowtie combo, while Pikachu is looking sporty in a nice safari outfit. If trainers are feeling super close to their Pokemon, they can even wear matching costumes.

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Along with basic trainer battles, players will be able to take on the original gym leaders. The trailer gave a brief look at both Brock and Misty, who fans of the original games should remember very well. Gamers will also be able to experience the game together.  Co-op battling and trading with friends both online and locally will be available as well.

Pokemon: Let’s Go is meant to be friendly toward newcomers and fans of the long running series. Both those that started playing with the mobile game Pokemon Go or gamers that have been playing since Pokemon Red and Blue will all feel at home. The game features all of the original 150 Pokemon as well as their Alolan forms from Sun and Moon. However, instead of taking the traditional approach to capturing monsters, you simply acquire them by throwing stacks of Pokeballs at them just like in Pokemon Go.

Pokemon: Let’s Go is set to release on November 16th, 2018 and we’ll be sure to keep you up to date on all the information Nintendo puts out here at GigamaxGames.com!

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Digital Extremes Announces Two Major Warframe Expansions

Digital Extremes Announces Two Major Warframe Expansions

Warframe certainly came prepared with announcements for this year’s TennoCon, the expo that has been set up to celebrate the game. Fans were initially surprised to hear that the free-to-play ninja robot simulator would be heading to the Nintendo Switch. Digital Extremes followed this news up by unveiling the next major expansion named, Fortuna, which will take place in an open world setting on Venus. The update will add a new faction and expand the lore of the title. Another expansion that will build off of Fortuna will quickly follow it as well.

Warframe Continues to Grow

Fortuna is the follow-up expansion to the massive Plains of Eidolon update that released last November. The new faction making its way to the game is called Solaris United and is comprised of cyborgs who live in a debt-internment colony named, Fortuna, that feels heavily inspired by Blade Runner. Fortuna will serve as players hub city for the expansion much like Cetus in Plains of Eidolon. Fans of the co-operative shooter will discover a Venusian sci-fi landscape packed to the brim with seascape flora, giant mushrooms, rare creatures, and so much more.

Space Combat Is Coming

The second expansion that was announced for Warframe is Codename: Railjack, which will come sometime after the end of this year and will focus on space combat. Players will need to team up to pilot a spaceship and fill roles such as driving, weapons, and repairing/managing shields. The preview above gives a good look at how this new system will work in the game.

On top of all these announcements, Digital Extremes revealed that two new Warframes would be making their way into the game. For those that are unaware, these are the bio-mechanical suits players take control of to fight the alien menace.

Warframe is currently available on PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One. The game launched back in 2014, but has seen an amazing amount of post-launch support making it the fourth most popular game on Steam.

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