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Resident Evil Village announced, coming 2021 to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Steam
by Florin Bodnarescu
As part of the PS5 Future of Gaming event today, Capcom decided to take the wraps off of Resident Evil Village, the eighth entry in the series. You can check out the trailer above.
Here's what's in store for the sequel to 2017's the very successful Resident Evil 7: Biohazard:
The horror title is coming to the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC via Steam, carrying a tentative release year of 2021. More info about the game is set to be revealed in August, as per the official website.
Ebb Software's Giger-esque horror title Scorn, shown off at Inside Xbox
by Florin Bodnarescu
Today, kicking off the Xbox 20/20 series of events planned between now and the launch of Microsoft's Xbox Series X this holiday, was a special episode of Inside Xbox. During it, Serbian developer Ebb Software showcased the latest trailer for its atmospheric first-person horror adventure title Scorn, a game inspired by the works of H.R. Giger and Zdzisław Beksiński.
Published by Humble Bundle, the upcoming game is "set in a nightmarish universe of odd forms and somber tapestry". As you'd expect from something with the aforementioned source of inspiration, there is plenty of gore, violence, and other mature content. The game was Kickstarted and initially meant to be split into two parts, but later the decision was made to release the game as a whole.
Scorn does not have a release date currently, although the wording of the announcement on the Steam page makes it seem like this will be a Series X exclusive, at least on the console side:
Furthermore, it is not coming to current-generation consoles. It has been announced for release on Series X and PC, with folks on the latter platform being able to grab it from either the Windows Store, Steam, GOG, or play it via Xbox Game Pass at launch. Noticeable by its absence is Humble Bundle, which is odd given that currently this is the game's publisher. Only the Steam page seems to be up currently.
GSC Game World shares the first in-engine screenshot from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2
by Florin Bodnarescu
After quite a long time, Ukrainian developer GSC Game World has at long last shared the first in-engine screenshot from the upcoming S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, seen above. It shows off an anomaly and a brand-new environment.
Although the name of the developer may not ring a bell, the games it developed very likely will. Started in 1995 by Sergiy Grygorovych, GSC Game World was at one point the largest game developer in Eastern Europe, numbering 200 employees. It is behind legendary RTS series Cossacks and the open-world survival horror FPS series S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Following the release of 2006's S.T.A.L.K.E.R. : Shadow of Chernobyl, Andrew Prokhorov, Oles Shyshkovtsov, and Alexander Maximchuk split off to create 4A Games, which would, in 2010, release Metro 2033, the first title in the series. The three aforementioned devs, along with Sergei Karmalsky were the core dev team behind Shadow of Chernobyl.
In 2012, following the dissolution of GSC by Grygorovych due to personal reasons, Oleg Yavorsky, GSC's former PR manager started Vostock Games, which went on to create battle royale title Fear the Wolves and is currently developing the free-to-play shooter Survarium.
Reopened in late 2014 with Grygorovych at the helm, GSC announced that it was working on a remake of 2001's Cossacks: European Wars, which was released in 2016 as Cossacks 3. Following its release, GSC re-announced S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 in 2018, a title which it had cancelled before dissolving.
The screenshot at the top of the article is our first glimpse at the game, although the developer has promised to share more info throughout 2020.
Powered by the Unreal Engine, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is targeted for release in 2021 - which was discovered after the fan community decrypted a cypher -, although there's currently no word regarding which platforms or storefronts it will be available on.
Source and image: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. OFFICIAL (Twitter)
By George P
UK ads authority receives complaints over horror film ads on YouTube
by Paul Hill
The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has received complaints from three parents who said their children saw ads on YouTube for the horror film Insidious: The Last Key, which is rated 15+ in the UK. Two adults also complained saying that they found the ads distressing. The ASA said that the ads were shown before videos of songs from Frozen, Minecraft, instructions for building a Lego fire station, and a clip from the cartoon PJ Masks.
In a ruling, the ASA described some of the trailer that the children watched:
It went on to describe an alternate ad for the film which other children saw:
As a response to the complaints, Sony Pictures, the firm releasing the film in the UK, said that it had took measures to ensure children didn’t come across the content. YouTube said that it complies with the regulatory requirements and that advertisers administer their own ad campaigns.
Despite this, the ASA has said that the ads breached the CAP Code with regards to 'social responsibility' and 'harm and offence'. Sony Pictures have been told to ensure that future ads should be targeted appropriately and to ensure they don’t cause undue distress to their likely audience without good reason.
Source: ASA via BBC News