GameSentral Rewind #018: May 27, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the GameSentral Rewind, a daily recap of the top gaming headlines.

The Witcher 3 gets two new free DLC this week

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will get a new contract and a new look for Yennefer in a double dose of free DLC this week, according to developer CD Projekt Red.

“CONTRACT: MISSING MINERS – Miners from a small Skellige village are disappearing. Investigate and find out what’s happening!

“ALTERNATIVE LOOK FOR YENNEFER – Check out this entirely new look for the mighty sorceress Yennfer of Vengerberg!”

-CD Projekt Red, in a Facebook post

Until Dawn launching August 25 on PS4

Until Dawn, Supermassive Games’ narrative-focused horror game, will be released on August 25 for PlayStation 4, according to the studio.

Supermassive also announced that Peter Stormare, the Swedish actor best known for his roles in the 1996 film Fargo and Prison Break television series, as a new cast member.

“[Stormare] gave some incredibly powerful performances in the motion capture studio and you can tell from the end result in the game that he had some fun with the character.”

-Pete Samuels, Supermassive Games executive producer, in a PlayStation Blog post

Until Dawn also stars Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere. The actors’ likenesses appear in game along with their voices. Players control the fates of eight friends in an adventure game that’s inspired by slasher flicks and other horror genres.

Resident Evil 0 remaster coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC, more in 2016

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Capcom will release a remastered version of Resident Evil 0 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in “early 2016,” according to the company.

Resident Evil 0 director Koji Oda will return to work on the remastered version of the 2002 GameCube title, as well as other team members from the original game.

Evolve gets new ‘life-or-death cage match’ Arena mode

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Turtle Rock Studios’ competitive shooter Evolve is getting a new gameplay mode called Arena as part of a free update, according to the developer. Arena will offer Evolve players a shorter gameplay experience that’s “just about the fighting,” according to Turtle Rock’s Chris Ashton.

Arena will do away with the hunting and trapping components of an Evolve match, turning the game into “a straight-up brawl,” according to Ashton. Four hunters and a monster evolved to stage two and with 50 percent armor will be dropped into a dome from the start of a round in a fight for survival. Once a hunter or monster goes down, they’re out, a rule that makes matches last about six minutes at the most, according to Turtle Rock.

The developer describes the new mode as a “life-or-death cage match” playable across 70 domes across Evolve’s 14 multiplayer maps.

Arena is available now for Evolve on all platforms, as part of a free update.

Nintendo gets all-indie Humble Bundle

The latest pay-what-you-want Humble Bundle is the first where Nintendo has made its games available through the service. It’s also the first time Humble Bundle has put console games up for sale.

“We are trying to talk to everyone and we are definitely exploring all possibilities. I’m optimistic that our future will hold more console promotions.”

-John Graham, Humble Bundle co-founder

The Humble Nindie Bundle presented by Nintendo eShop is named after Nintendo’s initiative to support independent developers. The bundle, which includes three 3DS games, three Wii U games, and two games for both platforms, also supports Code.org. The region-locked games are only redeemable on consoles purchased in North, Central, and South America (except Brazil), due to Nintendo’s region restrictions.

As with most Humble Bundles, the games are broken into three tiers. Core titles are pay any price, beat-the-average titles are included if you pay more than the average price and BT10 titles mean you pay at least $10 to receive the entire bundle.

The core titles are:

  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Wii U)
  • Woah Dave (3DS)
  • Mighty Switch Force! (3DS)

The beat-the-average titles are:

  • The Fall (Wii U)
  • OlliOlli (3DS, Wii U)
  • Moon Chronicles (3DS)

The $10 minimum titles are:

  • Stealth Inc. 2 (Wii U)
  • SteamWorld Dig (3DS, Wii U)

More titles will be announced mid-promotion.

“We got to know each other and we were throwing darts at the wall. We are all about promoting indie games and Nintendo has a lot of indie games.”

-John Graham

“Nintendo and Humble share passion and enthusiasm for indie games. This is an incredible opportunity to promote our talented Nindie community while supporting a great cause.”

-Damon Baker, Nintendo of America senior manager of publisher and developer relations

“Some [games] are brawlers, some are [like Cave Story], some stealth and a little bit of world craft. I think we just looked at the whole catalog.

“We like trying experiments, but we will never abandon the traditional model. We now have a big community and we find both sides inside of it: one which just wants indie bundles and one that wants bundles like THQ or Origin.

“I think we found the intersection of an awesome relationship with Nintendo and great indie content. I think Nintendo deserves credit for being really cool here and courageous for trying this.”

-John Graham

 

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