sniper-elite-4Fans hungry for more info on Sniper Elite 4 can now watch “Italy 1943″, the first in a series of new story trailers for 2017′s first AAA shooter.

Featuring previously unseen concept art, environments, factions and brand new story details, “Italy 1943” recounts the intricate machinations behind the Allied invasion of Italy. In Sniper Elite 4, Karl Fairburne will help release the country from the shackles of Fascism, fanning the flames of resistance, and in doing so uncover a terrifying Nazi technology threatening the whole of Europe.

In a detailed post for PlayStation Blog, Sniper Elite 4 Narrative Designer Colin Harvey sets the scene for the game’s thrilling World War 2 campaign:

In Sniper Elite 4, Karl is plunged into a country that’s been under the yoke of Mussolini’s Fascism for over two decades. Political opposition to the regime was either crushed early on or escaped abroad. Now, though, discontent is growing…

Look out for future intel videos in the coming weeks: Each one will offer choice insights into Sniper Elite 4‘s dramatic story, revealing the intriguing characters, stunning locations and absorbing subplots you’ll encounter in wartime Italy.

Sniper Elite 4 launches across PS4, Xbox One and PC on February 14, 2017.

For more info and to view the reveal trailer, head to the new Sniper Elite 4 website.

Let’s Talk About Sects. Monks & Mystics Coming to CK2

The bells of the abbey summon monks to prayer while, a continent away, the faithful are summoned by a muezzin’s call. Religious practice imposes a schedule on the chaos of medieval life, and the routine adds harmony to a divided realm.

Routine and harmony. We can’t have that, can we?

Monks & Mystics is the latest expansion to Crusader Kings II, the hit medieval grand strategy role-playing game from Paradox Development Studio. In Monks & Mystics, the religious aspect of the game is further explored with new mechanics and character associations that can tie a faith closer together or render it asunder.

The major feature of Monks & Mystics is the addition of Societies – secret and otherwise. Characters can join monastic orders, secret cults and Gnostic heresies. As the society gains members, it gains power and prestige for its leaders. Societies open new actions for characters and can lead to new event paths.

Monks & Mystics includes:

  • Monastic Orders: With lay offices available to non-clerical characters, monastic orders will increase your character’s piety – but they have expectations.
  • Cults: Gnostic heresies may flourish and its is rumored that the worship of Satan continues in the darkened fringes of the world
  • Climb the Ranks: Characters work their way up the ladder of Societies, unlocking new abilities and triggering new event chains
  • Hunt for Heretics: Send your chaplain out to find secret societies that undermine the holy church and your realm. But what if the hunter is guilty himself?
  • Other New Councillor Actions: Your Councillors have a fourth action that will make them more powerful and integral to sound rulership
  • And much more: Assassins, archaeological expeditions, holy relics, great treasures and more

Watch the announcement trailer here.

Crusader Kings II: Monks & Mystics is coming soon to major digital retailers, including the Paradox Store.

tigers-on-the-huntTigers on the Hunt has received a tremendous upgrade, bringing the game to version 1.0.51! This version aims to fix several bugs experienced by the players, making the game more realistic than ever!

You can download the update from here.

Bug fixes:

  • Russian SU 122 now has HEAT rounds (ISU 122 now does not have HEAT rounds)
  • Fixed 1024×768 resolution issue for Log Window being too big as well as the Pop up window was not positioned properly
  • When firing with an Ordnance/AFV vs target hex that only has AFV, the Infantry Target Type button will be disabled on the Target Type Dialog
  • An AFV was sometimes stuck in a Close Combat/Melee even after Close Combat Segment was over
  • Broken+ personnel unit in a Brush Hill hex is cannot be interdicted since Brush is not a clear terrain
  • Broken+ personnel unit in a Woods Hill hex is cannot be interdicted as Woods is not a clear terrain
  • AI, personnel unit firing with Flame Thrower will not now crash the game

Read the full changelog here.

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NVIDIA has today released their latest GeForce Game Ready drivers, in the form of the 376.19 WHQL release. The new drivers boast support for Oculus Touch launch titles, such as Crytek’s “The Climb”, Oculus Studios’ “Oculus First Contact”, Insomniac’s “The Unspoken”, The Stork Burnt Down’s “Home Improvisation: Furniture Sandbox” for all your furbishing-related needs and IKEA doctorate, as well as Escalation Studios’ “Please, Don’t Touch Anything”, along with an estimated 345 other Oculus Touch launch games (in reality, closer to 49 others;I admit, I picked some of the most interesting names). Also, remember that article about the VR bubble bursting?)

Lacking are any additional SLI profiles, though there are some resolved issues specifically on Windows 10: an issue where No Man’s Sky with the Foundation Update (1.10) would display severe texture corruption with SLI enabled, G-SYNC flickering issues on notebooks, as well as a notebook G-SYNC pendulum demo issue. For those of you using 3D Vision, there are some updates on that field as well, with four new profiles for Dead Rising 4, Mars 2030, Serious Sam and SuperHot.

You can download the new GeForce 376.19 WHQL drivers from GeForce Experience and GeForce.com.

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rising-storm2-vietnam-logoTripwire Interactive Invites Players Register Today to Participate in Upcoming Closed Beta

Tripwire Interactive has today released a brand new trailer highlighting the customization options for their upcoming tactical FPS, Rising Storm 2: Vietnam. The sequel to the smash hit Rising Storm, PC Gamer’s 2013 ‘Multiplayer Game of the Year’, Rising Storm 2: Vietnam will be published by Tripwire Interactive, and is currently being developed by Antimatter Games, the same team that created the award-winning innovative asymmetric gameplay of the original Rising Storm.

Select players wanting an early chance to go hands-on with Rising Storm 2: Vietnam will soon get their chance in the upcoming exclusive closed beta. For a chance to enter the beta, please visit the official Rising Storm 2: Vietnam website for more information. The closed beta is slated to begin in early December.

Rising Storm 2: Vietnam will pit players into a brutal, authentic recreation of the Vietnam War. As displayed in today’s brand new trailer, the options for customization are vast. Players can choose between two opposing sides, the United States Military and the Vietnamese resistance fighters. Each side has their own unique characteristics, allowing for deep customization of the characters varying from headgear, uniform variants, and facial items, all with an authentic reflection on the time period. The more players progress in the game, the more items that will be unlocked.

Rising Storm 2: Vietnam is currently under development by Antimatter Games and will be published by Tripwire Interactive for PC. The game is slated for release in early 2017.

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NVIDIA has released its latest GeForce “Game Ready” drivers. Version 376.09 WHQL comes game-ready for “Watch_Dogs 2,” the week’s big AAA open-world third-person RPG by Ubisoft. This includes game-optimization, GeForce Experience optimal settings, and SLI support (if the game supports it). The company is also running a promotion, in which it’s giving away UPlay keys to the game with purchases of new GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, and notebooks with factory-fitted GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile and GTX 1070 Mobile graphics.

You can download the new GeForce 376.09 WHQL drivers from GeForce Experience and GeForce.com.

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AMD has released the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.11.5 Hotfix, highlighting improved support for Watch Dogs 2, as well as the addition of a new AMD CrossFire profile for Dishonored 2 under DirectX 11.

As for other important tidbits, this release fixes instances of flickering on The Division and Battlefield 1, both occurring when using AMD Crossfire technology.

You can download the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.11.5 Hotfix here.

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flying-tigers-shadows-over-china-logoAir-combat action game developer Ace Maddox is pleased to announce the “Touchdown” Steam Update is live for Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China. The single player campaign has been completed and full voice over has been implemented to all 12 missions, there are new cockpits added for the B-25B bomber and the A6M2 Zero and P-51D Mustang fighters. There’s also a new option that lets aspiring multiplayer pilots restrict/set the control-style for online matches. Furthermore, rendering has been improved (again!) so aircraft, landscape and weather look vividly lit and more authentic. There’s also been a multiplayer menu refresh, now match modes are clarified/renamed to DOGFIGHT VS, TEAM DOGFIGHT, ROCKET MATCH VS, TEAM ROCKET MATCH, and FLY THE FLAG.

Check out the narrated YouTube video for details or skim through the changelog below for a quick overview.

Update History/Changelog:

  • Single player campaign mode completed, full with 12 voiced missions.
  • All campaign aircraft have cockpits implemented, including the B-25B bomber in the FINAL FLIGHT mission.Cockpits were also added for two non-campaign fighters, the Japanese A6M2 Zero and the P-51D Mustang.
  • Rendering has been improved once again so now aircraft, landscape and weather look richer and more vividly lit, especially if you’re running the game on the CINEMATIC graphics setting.
  • There’s also a new multiplayer setting that lets hosts restrict control-style for matches, so if you want to go head to head in an online game with players flying EXCLUSIVELY with the more advanced PITCH & ROLL setting, log into Steam, grab this update, get airborne and knock yourself out!
  • Match modes have been renamed for clarification, so for example, the MASTER OF THE SKIES multiplayer mode is now called DOGFIGHT VERSUS, and we’ve got ROCKET MATCH VERSUS and TEAM ROCKET MATCH, and so on.
  • Cockpits added for Japanese A6M2 Zero and the P-51D Mustang.

Get more information about the game at the official Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China website.