Check out what gaming news and trailers stood out for us in our round-up of January 23rd 2018, including God of War’s release date, the launch of the PlayStation VR title The Inpatient, and Square Enix’s latest old-school RPG Lost Sphear’s release.

– God of War finally gets an April release date and a new story-focused trailer

So, April 20th can’t come around soon enough – it’s the date gamers will finally get their hand on the PlayStation 4-exclusive God of War. The game looks outstanding, and, as if to spoil gamers even more, Sony even released a new story-focused trailer for the game today. You can check it out below:

“Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest.”

If you want to hype yourself up even more for the game, you can check it out on its official website through this link.

– Square Enix’s old-school RPG adventure Lost Sphear launches today

After the success of I Am Setsuna, Square Enix’s Tokyo RPG Factory are back with a brand new old-school style RPG – Lost Sphear. It launches today on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC.

“Lost Sphear is the story of Kanata, a brave swordsman who aims to restore the world with his gift of awakening lost memories. As a dark power threatens the fabric of reality itself, players must join Kanata and his friends to restore the disappearing world around them from being forgotten. Alongside the captivating story, players can look forward to exciting features such as: 

  • Enhanced Battle System with ATB 2.0 – new combat mechanics and options allow players to move around the battlefield for a tactical advantage against dangerous new foes and unleash dynamic new abilities.
  • Expanded Gameplay Options with new Machine Equipment – unleash the power of Vulcosuits in battle and on the field, using their unique abilities to enhance your characters’ potential and shape the world around you.
  • Beautiful and Emotional Soundtrack – previously composing the stunning soundtrack to Tokyo RPG Factory’s I Am Setsuna, Tomoki Miyoshi returns to score an atmospheric and moving soundtrack to Kanata’s epic adventure.”

Find out more about Lost Sphear on the official website through this link.

– Until Dawn’s virtual reality prequel The Inpatient launches on PlayStation VR today

Being a lover of PlayStation VR (as well as Until Dawn and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood), I’ve been pretty damn excited to check The Inpatient out. Well, the wait is finally over – it releases on PlayStation VR today! You can check out the launch trailer below:

“Open your eyes… and prepare yourself for the dread of unforgettable psychological horror. Set 60 years before the nerve-shredding events of PS4 smash hit Until Dawn, you awaken in a strange medical facility, with no memory. It’s up to you to discover why you’re trapped within Blackwood Pines Sanatorium – and uncover a chilling conspiracy lurking within its shadows.

Feel every spine-tingling moment as PS VR puts you in the heart of the horror with a full body model showing your legs, arms and hands on-screen – while innovative voice controls means your character says what you want.

Make meaningful choices in a branching narrative that leads to different endings as you try to figure out who you are, and why you’re here. But in a world where you can barely trust your own memories… how can you truly trust anyone else?”

You can find out more about The Inpatient on the PlayStation website through this link.

– My Time at Portia hits Early Access today – it’s also been confirmed to launch on consoles later in 2018

Team 17 and Pathea Games have brought their utterly delightful sandbox RPG My Time at Portia to Steam Early Access today, allowing gamers to live out their dream lives in the charming town of Portia. Oh, they’ve also confirmed it’s coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch later in 2018 too. You can check out a new trailer for the game down below:

“Arriving in the enchanting town of Portia, you’ll set up shop in a derelict workshop left to you by your Pa. It’s down to you to gather resources and put his trusty, old workshop handbook and workbench to good use, as your craft your home back to shape and make it your own. Then convert the empty woodland around your new residence into a quaint little farm, where you can grow your own crops using clever planter boxes and cultivation techniques!

As well as developing your own workshop, you’ll be able to take on daily commissions and villager requests which enable you to craft your way into the hearts of the local community. The town of Portia is filled with a vibrant cast of unforgettable faces all with exciting stories to share, energetic personalities and individual behaviours. Make sure you take the time to get to know them all – who knows, maybe romance could be in the air!

On the outskirts of town, you’ll discover ancient ruins and dungeons to explore. Here you can mine for resources and face fearsome monsters and bosses that stand between you and the secrets of Portia.”

You can grab My Time at Portia on Steam Early Access right now through this link.

– The Tomb Kings make their way to Total War: WARHAMMER II today in the game’s new ‘Rise of the Tomb Kings’ DLC

Total War: WARHAMMER II fans are in for a treat today with the release of the game’s new DLC – ‘Rise of the Tomb Kings’. You can check it out in the trailer below:

“Nehekhara stirs today as legions of skeletal warriors and their vast constructs rise from the sands to reclaim their former glory. The Rise of the Tomb Kings is here.

The Rise of the Tomb Kings Campaign Pack introduces an entirely fresh campaign experience with a raft of race-specific gameplay mechanics, victory objectives, and lashings of authentic lore. In battle, the Tomb Kings field countless skeletal units, supported by towering stone constructs such as the Tomb Scorpion, Necrosphinx and the colossal Hierotitan.

Playable in both the Eye of the Vortex and Mortal Empires campaigns, the Tomb Kings have their own specific victory conditions that focus on collecting the Nine Books of Nagash. With their own skills, traits, quest-chains, legendary wargear and situational challenges, players may embark on Tomb Kings campaigns as Settra the Imperishable, Khalida, Khatep and Nagash’s former lieutenant, the malignant Arkhan the Black.

Also released today as a free addition is Skaven Legendary Lord Tretch Craventail, who is playable in both the Eye of the Vortex campaign as well as the Mortal Empires campaign. Few Skaven possess the cunning and guile of Tretch, and he empowers his underlings to fight harder as they return from every rout. Tretch begins play in Naggaroth, and is available as a free download via his own Steam page under the WARHAMMER II free content listings.”

You can grab the ‘Rise of the Tomb Kings’ DLC on Steam through this link.

– Old-school 2D platformer Iconoclasts launches today

Iconoclasts has actually been on my radar ever since I tried it out at EGX a few years back, so I’m glad to see that it’s finally releasing today. You can see it in action in the trailer below:

“Robin just wants to be a mechanic and help people, but without a license she’s a sinner in Mother’s eyes. Ever since picking up her wrench, the world has been going nuts and she’s wanted to bolt it back together. Now Penance is raining down on everyone she loves and One Concern agents are after her.

But something big is going on – bigger than droughts of Ivory fuel and personal conflicts – and Robin’s in the thick of it.

  • Hours of nut-twisting platform action-adventure 
  • Numerous densely detailed locations filled with fine-tuned action and puzzles
  • 20+ gear-grinding, screen-filling boss battles stand in your way
  • Three game-changing difficulty settings supported by a unique tweak system
  • A heart-wrenching epic – can one mechanic fix the whole world?

Iconoclasts is the masterwork of indie developer Joakim Sandberg, seven long years in the making. Iconoclasts delivers awesome action, hilarious hijinks and an emotional rollercoaster of deeply personal storytelling.”

Iconoclasts is out today on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC, Mac and Linux.

– Dead by Daylight is getting new content based upon the SAW movies

God damn, I love the SAW movies, so this piece of news is particularly exciting for me – Jigsaw’s protégé Amanda Young will be making an appearance in Dead by Daylight! You can check out the trailer revealing the news down below:

“The SAW Chapter” lets players take on the infamous character of Amanda Young, one of Jigsaw’s most well-known protégés, with a brand-new power and feature: the reverse bear trap. In an innovative twist of a classic Dead by Daylight mechanic, Amanda, disguised as The Pig, can place reverse bear traps on survivors, spicing up the game of cat-and-mouse as every second counts for the survivors to escape. The new survivor introduced in the chapter is David Tapp, a relentless cop set on bringing down The Pig. The two will fight it out inside iconic locations from the films.”

Dead by Daylight’s new DLC ‘The SAW Chapter’ is available from today on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

– The quirky puzzle-platformer Shiftlings makes its way to the Nintendo Switch next week

I’m always happy to see new games coming over to the Nintendo Switch (especially when I haven’t played them), so it’s great to see that the quirky puzzle-platformer Shiftlings is releasing on Nintendo’s platform next week. You can see the game in action in the trailer below:

“Set in an intergalactic reality show, Shiftlings is a quirky puzzle platformer about a pair of space custodians who travel the cosmos completing complex challenges. Shiftlings’ special twist is that these two oddballs are linked by a single air hose, allowing them to pass gas back and forth between their space suits in an instant. This feature lets one character expand massively in size and weight, reducing mobility but providing clever ways to solve objectives and reach new terrain.

The quirky platform puzzler is a perfect match for the Nintendo Switch. You can tackle the 55 levels on your own or together with a family member or a friend while relaxing on the couch. Or spice up a long train or plane ride by playing a few levels of Shiftlings with a travel companion.

The enhanced Nintendo Switch version also features smooth 60 fps gameplay. The updated level layout and design improve the player progression and overall pacing of the game. New help features and all the play modes are available to the Nintendo Switch, offering enhanced single and cooperative experiences compared to the original.”

Shiftlings: Enhanced Edition is releasing on the Nintendo Switch on February 1st 2018. Find out more on the official website through this link.