Empire of Sin official artwork without logo

While there are quite a few turn-based strategy games available these days, very few of them devote any serious time or effort to non-combat elements. If you feel like that's a bit of a waste of potential, you might be interested to hear that Romero Games are currently working on Empire of Sin - a turn-based strategy game where combat and management stand shoulder to shoulder.

You'll be expected to make and break alliances, bribe cops and stay out of the public eye, spread your influence and recruit a variety of seedy characters, and perhaps most interestingly of all, ensure through any means necessary that your newfound allies remain loyal. Once diplomacy and sheer intimidation fail, however, you will need to resort to a rather familiar turn-based combat system in order to deal with your enemies and expand your territory.

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint screenshot of an ambush in the forest

During the recent Gamescom stream Ubisoft has announced that the upcoming Ghost Recon Breakpoint will feature two PvP modes for players to compete in. The first will be Elimination, a team deathmatch mode where the constantly shrinking map area will force players to get into increasingly more desperate battles as the match progresses.

Sabotage, the second PvP mode, will be an asymmetrical mode with quite a few similarities to Counter-Strike. In other words, one team will need to successfully detonate a bomb at one of two bomb sites, while the other team will have to do everything in their power to prevent that from happening. A fairly simple game mode, but certainly an exciting one if properly balanced.

Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition screenshot of an army at sea

If you're up for a bit of a nostalgia trip, or if you're curious about what one of the most celebrated RTS games has to offer, you might be interested to hear that Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition will be coming this November 14th! Much like its predecessor, Age of Empires 2 will be available on both the Microsoft Store and Steam.

The full list of changes and improvements hasn't been announced just yet, but you can expect to see greatly improved visuals, support for 4K resolutions, as well as a new and fully remastered soundtrack. Most importantly, Age of Empires 2 will also bring with it a bunch of new content - three new campaigns and four new civilizations!

Heroes of the Storm artwork for Alterac Valley

World of Warcraft: Classic is set to release on August 26th, bringing with it an almost perfect recreation of the original World of Warcraft experience. In order to celebrate this momentous occasion, as well as to give the community a chance to ask some of the most pressing questions, the WoW Classic team has recently held a Q&A.

You can find the full list of questions and answers over at the official forums, and I would highly recommend giving them a look as they offer some pretty good insights into the development process behind WoW Classic and the team's overall goals. But for now, however, I would like to highlight Blizzard's response to the all-important layering question:

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep official artwork and logo

As previously announced, Destiny 2 will be leaving Blizzard's BattleNet platform and transferring over to Steam on October 1st. Once this happens, Destiny 2 will also be adapting a free-to-play model with optional expansions, introducing a whole bunch of sweeping changes, as well as adding the long-awaited Shadowkeep expansion pack.

In order to have your BattleNet characters survive the move to Steam you'll need to link your two accounts over at the Destiny 2 website. Once you've done this successfully, your player account, expansions, currency, annual pass and that sort of stuff will be fully available once Destiny 2 launches on Steam. 

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden official artwork and logo

As you're probably well aware at this point, Epic is giving away an assortment of free games throughout the entirety of 2019. So if you have a bit of free time and you're feeling like taking them up on their offer, it's well worth mentioning that both Mutant Year Zero and Hyper Light Drifter are currently up for grabs!

Simply head on over to the Epic Games Store, go through the 'purchasing' process, and you'll be ready to play in no time. Just bear in mind that I'm more than a bit late with this announcement and that the whole thing will be ending on August 22nd, so do make sure to grab your games before the giveaway switches to something else entirely.

Ion Fury official artwork without logo

If you're in the mood for oldschool FPS action, you might be glad to hear that Ion Fury has now officially released from Early Access. It brings with it a variety of over-the-top weaponry, hordes of enemies to turn into a shower of giblets, hand-crafted levels with multiple pathways and plenty of secrets, and perhaps most importantly for its longevity, full mod support!

For those of you wondering why the name sounds a bit familiar yet still odd, it would be because Ion Fury was just recently known as Ion Maiden. However, due to the name being somewhat similar to Iron Maiden, 3D Realms was unfortunately forced to changed it or risk a prolonged and undoubtedly expensive lawsuit.