The MOBA genre has grown exponentially since League of Legends and DOTA 2, each new take on the genre riding on a few new features and a unique style. Hyper Universe is taking the genre to an entirely new plane by turning it into a side-scrolling brawler but with all the usual fixingsMOBAs have to offer, including minions, turrets, and unique champions called Hypers. The developers have ironed out the kinks and will be going live and free-to-play when it launches later this month on January 17.
Anyone that has gotten their hands on the Early Access version of the game will have a lot to get excited forat launch. A major update will hit and it will include six new Hypers: Tae-guk, Sonya, Perseus, Han, Camilla, and Gulunbabringing the total to 41.
“Since releasing through Steam’s Early Access program this past August, the development team carefully reviewed all player feedback, implementing wide-ranging gameplay changes,” said Jungsoo Lee, General Manager of Nexon America, in the press release for the announcement. “We want to thank our passionate and dedicated community for their hard work to help shape the development of this game and we eagerly await their response when it goes live for everyone later this month.”
In addition to the news of the launch, Nexon America is starting a new even that rewards Hyper Universe players for sharing the game's new trailer on Facebook. 150 shares earns one Hyper coupon, 250 earns three, and 400 shares will earn a coupon to unlock a character's skin. Rules and information for the event can be found on the Hyper Universe Facebook page.
Amidst the holidays, things have been somewhat quiet on the Destiny 2 front. However, we're set to get a small update this week along with a batch of server maintenance that will render the game unplayable for a period of time on Wednesday, Bungie has announced. [Update: Destiny 2's maintenance is officially underway.]
The maintenance period will follow a similar pattern to those we've seen in the past. On Wednesday, January 3, at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET / 3 PM GMT (2 AM AET on January 4), maintenance will begin, at which point players will no longer be able to log in on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. An hour later, everyone who was playing when maintenance began will be booted offline. Bungie expects maintenance to conclude at 12 PM PT, although, as always, that is merely an estimate.
At the same time that Bungie wraps up maintenance, it will release a new update, hotfix 188.8.131.52. The studio has not explained what this update will do, but these hotfixes tend to focus on bug fixes and other minor improvements, so you shouldn't expect any major new features to be introduced. We do know there is a lingering exploit involving the Warlock's Voidwalker Super ability in the Mayhem Crucible mode, but Bungie previously said that would not be fixed before the ongoing Dawning event comes to an end on January 9.
The Dawning has introduced a ton of new items to Destiny 2, though the easiest way to obtain them is through Eververse purchases with real money. For a look at what you can get, you can check out our gallery of all the new Dawning armor and gear. Even if you're not interested in paying for any of the content, there are still some new things to do, such as checking out the aforementioned Mayhem mode.
Platinum Games, the company behind action titles like Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and Nier: Automata, has a number of projects in the works right now. We already know the company is making Bayonetta 3 for Nintendo Switch and co-developing Lost Order and Granblue Fantasy Project Re: Link for mobile and PlayStation 4, respectively, but it seems there are even more projects on the way.
The company's head of development, Atsushi Inaba, told Game Informer that Platinum is in the initial stages of planning a further two projects: "We've pretty much opened the company up to 'Anybody can pitch a game,' and so over the last year we've gotten about 70 design documents from different people," Inaba said. "So [2017 was] about us basically diluting which stuff we wanted to focus on and not focus on, and drilling down to the point where we now have two designs that we're genuinely focused on."
He continued: "We can't put together a AAA, $10 million-plus game, because we just don't have that sort of cash as an independent developer. However, we don't plan to go the indies route with just a few people on a team making a game, so it'll be somewhere in the middle, looking at probably about 20 people on the staff making the game, so that'll still be a healthy [size]."
Inaba also stated that Platinum is looking to self-publish more of its games going forward--every one of its games so far have been published by other companies. "One of the things Platinum is focused on is we're looking into creating our own IP, creating our own game," he said. "Up until now, obviously we've worked on original IPs for a wide variety of publishers. We've also worked on other Hollywood IPs for other publishers as well. But we're becoming more and more interested in the idea of self-publishing and doing our own title."
However, Inaba says this doesn't mean the end of Platinum working on other companies' franchises: "We will continue to do AAA games for other publishers and that's because, again, we don't have the cash flow to take on the risk to only do self-published games."
Bayonetta 3 will be published by Nintendo, but we don't yet know a release date. Until recently, Platinum was also working on a game for Xbox One. However, Microsoft canceled Scalebound, saying the move would be "better for Xbox gamers."
Regular updates to Grand Theft Auto V continue in 2018. Although the first weekly update of the year is not a massive one, Rockstar has released a cool new vehicle and announced some new discounts and extended bonuses that may get you to boot up the game on PS4, Xbox One, or PC.
GTA V's newest car is a rally vehicle, the Annis Savestra Sports Classic. It's available now through Legendary Motorsport, and while it looks to be a worthwhile ride on its own, it can get even better. Those with access to an Avenger or Mobile Operations Center have some optional upgrades for the Savestra, including mounted machine guns.
If you don't yet own a MOC, you can pick up the cab for 50% off its regular price from now through January 8. You can get also get 30% off the Coil Cyclone or Grotti Visione, or 25% off the Ocelot Ardent (a weaponized vehicle), the FH-1 Hunter helicopter, P-45 Nokota plane, and HVY APC (another weaponized vehicle). In the case of the latter three, the discount applies to both the buy-it-now and trade prices.
On the bonus side, Adversary modes Slashers and Occupy are awarding players with double GTA$ and RP until January 8. The Premium Stunt Race is Duel, with a restriction to Muscle-class vehicles, while the Time Trail is Up N Atom. The Premium Race hands out big GTA$ payouts to the top three finishers, while everyone gets Triple RP. The Time Trial offers GTA$ and RP for those who can beat the target time.
We're in the last week of Sony's big holiday sale, and the PS Store is also releasing its first set of new weekly PSN deals for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 3. Most of the sales start today and go until the middle of the month (you should check each specific offer to be sure of its end date).
There are deals on a duo of expanded editions for PS4 players: the Diablo III Eternal Collection is half off, available now for $30, and the deluxe edition of Tekken 7 is $46.74. Dark Souls III, also for PS4, is a good deal at $21, Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is $16, Dragon Ball Xenoverse is $10, and you can pick up Firewatch for just $8. If you have a PSVR, Batman: Arkham VR is on sale for $12.
There are also a bunch of Resident Evil games on sale for PS4. Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil 6, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and Resident Evil 0 are all on special right now. Meanwhile, Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is on sale for all systems: you can get it for $24 on PS4, $16 on Vita, and $20 on PS3.
PS3 players can also pick up the Digital Pro Edition of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for $36, with the Gold Edition being available for just $20. There are other Call of Duty deals, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for $35 and the Gold Edition of Call of Duty: Ghosts for $20. Meanwhile for PS Vita, you can get Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified for $13.59. You can find the full list of deals available now on the PlayStation Store.
2017 saw the launch of Destiny 2... and then plenty of downtime on a near-weekly schedule.
There were many, many things for Bungie to fix, of course, and few would argue that many more changes to Destiny 2 are not still needed.
And so the first changes of 2018 arrive today, when Destiny 2 will be brought offline from 7am-midday Bungie time AKA 3pm until 8pm here in the UK.