VGamingNews Headlines – 25th March 2021

25 March, 2021 - 6:00 pm by

It’s already Thursday and there’s a lot to get through today. There’s announcements from Sega, THQ Nordic and Square Enix. Of course we’ve also peppered the news with indie titles we think are shaping up nicely. We’ve got every platform covered and so many different genres, there is something for everyone. So let’s take a look at what’s happening in the world of video games today.

Here’s the summary of today’s headlines. Each one is clickable so if there’s something that catches your eye just give it a click and be taken to the article.

Biomutant Gets A New Trailer

It’s only a few months away, but for those who’ve been following Biomutant since it’s original announcement back in 2017, it’s been a tough wait. However, today not only do we have a tasty combat trailer to get stuck into but preorders are finally open. The game itself is an open-world, post-apocalyptic RPG, with a unique creatures who know various martial arts. The main plot of the game is to investigate a plague that has ravaged the Tree-of-Life and decide how you want the world to change because of it.

There’s a lot of choice when it comes to the editions with your standard, Atomic & Collector’s Editions, each with a varying degree of expense, however if you do preorder the game you’ll get first access to The Mercenary DLC. This character teased at the end of the above trailer has dual-wield as and is geared up with a classic Katana and the shorter Wakizashi blades. This will be available at a cost post-launch. Biomutant is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on 25th May 2021.

Hack and Slash RWBY: Grimm Eclipse – Definitive Edition Comes To Switch

RWBY: Grimm Eclipse – Definitive Edition, based on hit anime series, is coming to the Nintendo Switch on 13th May after only being playable on PC & PS4. The game sees you playing as RWBY characters, traversing Remnant in new storylines. New to the game are an exclusive two-player couch co-op play as well as four-player online co-op, eight all-new outfits and a host of extras.

We’re not overly familiar with the anime but we’ve been told that the game’s storyline is fully canon and includes the full voiceover from the cast of the show and an original score from RWBY’s composer, which should excite fans of the series. From our perspective, the game looks like a great hack and slash. The visuals are vibrant and pop off the screen and combat is fluid and previous versions have reviewed really highly. We’ll definitely give this a go when it launches for Switch on 13th May.

Square Enix Shadow Drops Final Fantasy VIII Remastered for iOS & Android

Smartphone gamers are in for a treat as Square have released the divisive Final Fantasy VIII Remastered today and until the 4th April you can pick it up for the sum of £16.99 (usually £19.99). The game has a number of features to help you out including Battle Assist for maxing out HP & ATB. No Encounters takes away enemy encounter options, and you can boost the game’s speed by three times.

Sega’s Humankind Delayed Until August

Sega & Amplitude studios have advised that their historical strategy game Humankind has been pushed back until the 17th August in order to work on working to perfect Accessibility, Pacing, Balancing, Diplomacy, and AI. We must admit, we’re taken back by the developer’s honesty in what they are working on. Usually we only hear “more time is needed to refine the game”.

Humankind is a historical strategy game where the entire narrative of humankind can be rewritten by the player. Culture, history, and your own values are all mixed together to allow you to create a unique civilisation that changes the direction of history. With such an ambitious project it sounds like more time in the oven is needed. Hopefully it’ll all pay off when Humankind releases on Steam and the Epic Store on 17th August.

Sneak Through The Wild West With El Hijo

El Hijo – A Wild West Tale is a game created by Handy Games and published by THQ Nordic. It’s a non-violent game where you have to sneak El Hijo past various outlaws and no-gooders in order to reunited him with his mother.

As El Hijo explores dark monasteries, deserts, and frontier towns in a spaghetti-western world, he has to solve tricky puzzles and distract bandits. To do this he’s armed with childish weapons used to distract and divert the fiends. This looks to be a great little stealth title and what’s better is that El Hijo – A Wild West Talelaunches today on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Tennis World Tour 2 Gets Next Gen Upgrades Today

Players of Tennis World Tour 2 and who own a spanking new PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S are in for a treat as the game has been updated with optimisations for your new console… That is if you own the Ace Edition of the game. This new Complete Edition has faster loading times, the ability to play in 4K at 60fps, ray tracing and enhanced particle effects. The PC version will also receive an update at the same time to offer players the same upgrades.

The Tennis World Tour 2 Complete Edition will feature a premiere of the new DLC Champions Pack, which includes six additional players: Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, Donna Vekic, Marin Cilic, Justine Henin and Diego Schwartzman. The DLC also includes the ATP CUP, four new stadiums in London and Melbourne, and new accessories and outfits.

FAR S Ultra Fills That F-Zero Shaped Hole On Switch

Futuristic racers seem few-and-far between these days. That’s why we’re highlighting FAR S Ultra from Zerouno games. The Spanish indie publisher have released Nurendsoft’s latest game on the Nintendo eShop today. For the ridiculously low £5.39 you can take advantage of 15 different tracks, all with varying weather conditions. There are five cups to race for, and to ramp up the challenge you have five difficulty levels to choose from.

If you’re looking for a lot of racing game then for such a small price FAR S Ultra will definitely scratch that itch left by WipEout and F-Zero.

Total War: Rome Remastered Set For April Release

20 years have passed since the release of Total War: Rome battled it’s way onto PC. To celebrate the occasion, Sega & Creative Assembly announced that a remastered version of the game is coming on 29th April. Created in collaboration with Feral Interactive, Total War: Rome Remastered allows players to relive the game with all-new modern features. Of course, players can now play the game in 4K but there are now an additional 16 previously unplayable factions to play on top of the original 22. There’s also tactical maps and improved help systems to make battles run smoothly. Finally, in a first for the series, you can play cross-platform PVP battles.

There’s a lot to take in with this package and doesn’t seem like your straightforward remaster. If you own the original Total War: Rome you’ll be able to enjoy 50% off the price of the new version when it releases on 29th April

Yakuza 6 Launches Today On Xbox Game Pass

We absolutely adore the Yakuza series at VGamingNews and while we’ve played through them all, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is up there as one of the best. Finally, Xbox players can enjoy the last chapter in Kiryu’s story in the Japanese underworld. Its available now through Game Pass or the Xbox store. What are you waiting for?

Build your own paradise with Hotel Life A Resort Simulator

It’s fair to say that people are missing the luxury of going away to a hotel to unwind for a few days. Publisher NACON and developers RingZero Game Studios have taken this one step further and have unveiled Hotel Life A Resort Simulator, which is coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PC & Nintendo Switch as well as PS4 & Xbox One.

Set in on an idyllic beach, you set about building your tropical paradise. Not only do you hire and fire the staff, but design the look and feel of the hotel, manage the hotel and increase it’s reputation to become the go to resort in the area. With many of us not being able to get away it could be the perfect cure for those holiday blues. Hotel Life A Resort Simulator releases during the peak holiday season – 26th August.