Shadow Warrior 3 colorful screenshot

Shadow Warrior 3 was originally supposed to be released at some point in 2021, but due to the team needing a bit more time to "sharpen its blades" it ended up getting pushed back to early 2022. While nothing has been officially announced since then, the freshly updated pre-order bundle on the Microsoft Store now lists the new release date as March 1, 2022!

Before you start making any sort of plans, it's worth mentioning that this could simply be a placeholder date. I personally doubt it as it's a bit too close to offer the Microsoft Store much leeway to work with, but it's still a possibility and so I would recommend against getting to attached to this specific date.

Overwatch Genji and Pharah concept artwork

In what is quite possibly the biggest acquisition in the gaming world, Microsoft has just purchased Activision Blizzard, all of their studios and IPs for a whopping ~69 billion dollars. In other words, Microsoft now has access to Call of Duty, Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, Spyro, Hearthstone, Crash Bandicoot, StarCraft, Candy Crush, and a whole bunch more.

"Until this transaction closes, Activision Blizzard and Microsoft Gaming will continue to operate independently," reads the announcement from Phil Spencer. "Once the deal is complete, the Activision Blizzard business will report to me as CEO, Microsoft Gaming."

Gameplay screenshot of the Paragon inspired MOBA Overprime

Given Paragon's constantly dwindling playerbase and the meteoric rise of Fortnite, Epic eventually decided to shut down their ambitious MOBA on April 26, 2018. In the process they did something a bit unexpected - they released all of Paragon's assets onto the Unreal Marketplace for absolutely no cost!

This is where the upcoming Overprime comes into play, as by using Paragon's elements as a base the Netmarble team is aiming to create a new and improved third-person MOBA. Rather than babble on, allow me to share with you one of the gameplay trailers. It's a little bit outdated at this point, but it should give you a pretty good idea of just what the team is trying to do with Overprime. Have a look:

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox official artwork and logo

In an update that came pretty much out of nowhere, the PC version of Ys IX: Monstrum Nox has just received local co-op, which also includes online multiplayer through Steam's Remote Play Together feature! Under the co-op system both players will have access to all of the movement and combat abilities, will be able to discover landmarks and open chests, as well as initiate dialogue and start events. The only thing reserved for player one is the ability to interact with the menus, which includes the world map.

What this looks like in actual gameplay, however, that you can find out through the recently posted preview. Have a peek, it's pretty exciting stuff:

Total War: Warhammer 3 screenshot of the leaked custom Daemon Prince lord

While Creative Assembly has revealed the vast majority of content coming in with Total War: Warhammer 3, they have kept the identity of the final Legendary Lord a closely guarded secret. Considering his importance in the lore and his status among fans, I fully expected this to be Be'lakor at the head of a Chaos Undivided faction, but it looks like it's far more exciting than that!

According to a leak that has just sprung on the Total War subreddit, the final Legendary Lord will be the most awesome one in the entire setting - you! If this isn't some sort of elaborate hoax, it seems like Total War: Warhammer 3 will allow us to play as our very own Daemon Prince, dedicate ourselves to whichever gods we like, and then create our very own Chaos faction from their units.

Pharaoh: A New Era screenshot of a large, vibrant city

When it comes to city building games you can't go far into a conversation without bringing up one of Impressions Games' classic series like Pharaoh, Caesar, Zeus or Emperor. With highly stylized visuals and deceptively addictive gameplay, these games have managed to stand the test of time and are still some of the finest examples of the genre today.

With that in mind, I'm quite happy to say that the original Pharaoh is getting a modern remake - Pharaoh: A New Era! The new and improved version will recreate the city-building classic with all-new code, 4K graphics, improved mechanics and UI, as well as an assortment of quality of life changes to make everything play just a bit smoother.

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II screenshot of the giant

Given how well the original Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice ended up doing, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to hear that Ninja Theory is currently hard at work on a large-scale sequel. Unfortunately, while we do know that Senua's Saga: Hellblade II is on the way for PC and Xbox, the actual details behind its gameplay and story are currently still shrouded in mystery.

If you would like a little teaser of things to come, however, then you'll be glad to hear that Ninja Theory has recently shared the very first gameplay preview for Hellblade II. The video won't exactly tell you what Hellblade II's story is all about, but it will at least give you a pretty solid impression of what sort of tone and atmosphere the devs are going for, as well as how fancy they're making the visuals. Have a look:

The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero official artwork and logo

If you're a fan of the long-running Trails series and wish to explore as many stories set in its universe as possible, I have some pretty good news to deliver! After well over a decade of waiting, the PlayStation Portable exclusive The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero is finally getting an English version this Fall!

While the exact release date has not been set just yet, you can expect to see Trails from Zero land onto PC, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Similarly, there is currently no gameplay preview showing off the new version, but you can at least get a little sneak peek at it through the announcement trailer. Have a look:

World of Warcraft artwork for the Black Temple raid

I hope your guild has decided who's getting the almighty Warglaives, because Blizzard has just revealed that Phase 3 of Burning Crusade Classic will be launching on January 27th. With it you can expect to see the arrival of The Black Temple and The Battle for Mount Hyjal raids, as well as the Netherwing daily quest hub with its always delightful Netherdrake mount rewards.

Much like before, in order to even enter the new raids you'll need to first complete the attunement quests. For The Battle for Mount Hyjal you'll need to defeat both Kael'thas Sunstrider in Tempest Keep and Lady Vashj in Serpentshine Cavern, while The Black Temple will have you complete a lengthy quest chain that starts with the "Tablets of Baa'ri" in Shadowmoon Valley. It's a bit of an ordeal, I'm not going to lie, but the heaps of new loot definitely make it an attractive proposition regardless!

Forspoken screenshot of a giant ring in the distance

Developed by the Luminous Productions team, many of which worked on Final Fantasy XV, Forspoken is an upcoming action-adventure with a focus on open-world exploration and magically-enhanced parkour. Besides being used to skate around on ice, these magical abilities will also enable a wide variety of playstyles - everything from running at the enemy while screaming incoherently to more subtle, stealth focused approaches.

On the story side of things, Forspoken will have you take control of Frey Holland, an ordinary person from New York City that has found herself trapped in the bizarre land of Athia. With the world dying due to a mysterious corruption, your arrival and inexplicable magical powers will be seen as both a blessing and a curse. So as you might expect, you'll need to prove yourself to the locals, put a stop to the endlessly spreading corruption, and hopefully also find a road back home somewhere along the way.