Check out our gaming news round-up for January 17th 2018, including a closer look at Fortnite’s updated ‘Battle Royale’ map, a trailer showing off Yakuza 6’s mini-games, and the official release of free-to-play brawler Hyper Universe.

– Fortnite: Battle Royale’s map update gets shown off in a new trailer

Look, let’s all agree that whilst Fortnite: Battle Royale is absolutely amazing, it can be a bit boring running around the same map and seeing all of the same sights time and time again. Well, lucky for us, the game is getting a free update tomorrow that revamps the map, bringing with it a whole new city as well as a host of extra sights for us to see (including a Football pitch, whaaat). You can take a peek at these new additions right now in the game’s new trailer:

As an extra bonus, you can find out more about everything the game has managed to achieve in its first 100 days in the trailer below:

Fortnite: Battle Royale is available now on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Best of all? It’s free! Find out more on the official website through this link.

– Take a look at some of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life’s mini-games in this new trailer

The Yakuza series has always been known for offering a wide range of extra activities to take part in besides the main story, and that trend looks like it’s going to continue in Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. You can check out some of these activities/mini-games in the brand new trailer that has been released for the game today down below:

“The world of Yakuza 6, encompassing the cities of Kamurocho and Onomichi, offers a variety of amusement activities to pass the time in between critical missions and hilarious substories–like playing Puyo Puyo, managing a cat cafè or chatting up a hostess! Take a look at the Yakuza 6 minigames trailer to see all of the fun in store for Kiryu (and you!).”

Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is coming to the PlayStation 4 on March 20th 2018.

– Free-to-play 2D brawler Hyper Universe officially launches today

Everyone loves a free-to-play game, right? How about a free-to-play 2d brawler where you can challenge other players in fast-paced action? That’s exactly what Hyper Universe offers, and guess what – it’s available now on PC! You can check it out in the trailer below:

“Emphasizing individual skill and coordinated teamplay, Hyper Universe unleashes traditional fighting-style elements in a vertical, side-scrolling battlefield. With today’s launch, Hyper Universe boasts a roster of 41 total playable Hyper characters and nearly 90 pieces of equipment and consumables to implement the best builds for any combat situation.”

You can grab Hyper Universe for free right now over on Steam through this link.

– Strategy RPG Ambition of the Slimes gets a launch trailer ahead of its release on the Nintendo Switch

I’m sure anyone who has played an RPG has encountered a Slime enemy at some point, right? Well, in Ambition of the Slimes you get to play as them – neat, right?! The game launches on the Nintendo Switch this week, you can check out the launch trailer down below:

“The weakest monster in RPGs, the “Slime”, is now ready to fight back!

Slimes are surprisingly versatile in this strategic RPG – they can use magic, multiply and use various special abilities. Despite all of this they usually get bashed into a mush, not always by heroes but sometimes by village commoners – ouch!

That changes in Ambition of the Slimes, thanks to the ability to “Claim” enemies. Under your command Slimes are able to take control of their opponents’ bodies by jumping into their mouths! Use this Claim ability to inform your strategy in battle, taking over strong enemies and leading the Slimes to victory.”

Ambition of the Slimes is out on the Nintendo Switch on January 18th – that’s tomorrow, folks!

– Psychological action-thriller PAST CURE gets a new ‘behind the scenes’ trailer

Whilst I don’t know a whole lot about the game, the upcoming psychological action-thriller PAST CURE has certainly got me intrigued – it’s looking like it could be a great little title. The developers over at Phantom 8 have just released a new trailer for the game that gives gamers a little ‘behind the scenes’ look at the game, which you can check out below:

“PAST CURE puts you in the role of Ian, a former elite soldier, whose story begins at his brother’s safehouse where he’s hidden himself away from the world and his nightmares. After years of experimentation, coupled with years of torture in prison, Ian is now telekinetic and can also manipulate time. These powers take their toll on Ian, whose mind is fractured; often drifting between reality and hallucinogenic states. With the help of his Brother, Ian sets out on a path of revenge and discovery, not knowing what lies around the next corner.

Simon Gerdesmann, Managing Director, Phantom 8, said, “Developed by a team of only eight, we aim to showcase that desire, talent and ambition can help you deliver a title that stands apart from what’s traditionally expected from an Indie studio. PAST CURE is our first title, and having secured multiple awards throughout its development, the team is excited to finally have the game out in the wild.””

PAST CURE is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on February 23rd 2018. You can find out more about the game over on the developer’s website through this link.

– New and existing PlayStation Plus members can get fifteen-months for the price of twelve until next week

So I’m regretting renewing my PlayStation Plus earlier this month now – anyone who purchases a year of PlayStation Plus between now and Wednesday January 24th will get a bonus three months. That’s fifteen-months for the price of 12, what a bargain!

“PlayStation Plus boasts more than 31.5 million paid members around the world who can enjoy exclusive features and benefits including PlayStation 4 (PS4) online multiplayer, two PS4 games each month, exclusive PlayStation Store discounts, 10GB of online storage for game saves, and bonus games such as PlayStation VR (PS VR) title StarBlood Arena as well as PlayLink social party game That’s You!.”

The PlayStation Plus line-up for PlayStation 4 this month is pretty awesome too, with Telltale’s Batman and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided available for free. It’s a sweet deal and one I’d highly recommend gamers take advantage of.

– Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux’s European release date has been revealed

I’ve never actually played any of the Shin Megami Tensei games, but I know the series has a fairly dedicated fanbase. Looks like they won’t have too long to wait until they can play the latest game in the series either, with Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux releasing on the Nintendo 3DS in Europe on May 18th.

“A spatial distortion full of demons appeared in Antarctica, threatening to engulf the Earth in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey. The United Nations responded by tasking a team of highly advanced specialists with piercing the anomaly and figuring out how to stop it from the source. Well, get ready to don your Demonica once again in this new expanded port: Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux. Expect new story content, additional endings, a new dungeon to explore, and more in the return of this sci-fi tinged SMT adventure.”

You can find out more about Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux over on the official website through this link.

– Kerbal Space Program: Enhanced Edition is now available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

So this actually released yesterday, but I accidentally missed it out in yesterday’s round-up and I think it deserves a mention. Kerbal Space Program: Enhanced Edition is out now on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One! Take a peek at the game in the trailer below:

“In Kerbal Space Program, take charge of the space program for the alien race known as the Kerbals. You have access to an array of parts to assemble fully-functional spacecraft that flies (or doesn’t) based on realistic aerodynamic and orbital physics. Launch your Kerbal crew into orbit and beyond (while keeping them alive) to explore moons and planets in the Kerbol solar system, constructing bases and space stations to expand the reach of your expedition.”