Little Nightmares release date slated for April, the cruelest month

Surreal children’s horror tale Little Nightmares is due for release on 28th April for PS4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam and GOG, publisher Bandai Namco has announced.

Developed by the Swedish Tarsier Studios (LittleBigPlanet Vita, Tearaway Unfolded), Little Nightmares was when it had the working title of Hunger. Looking like the unholy union of Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Jan Švankmajer, Little Nightmares follows the exploits of a young girl named Six who is kidnapped and brought to a terrifying subterranean fortress called the Maw where creepy creatures want to gobble her up.

Those who pre-order digitally will receive a couple of in-game costumes: the Scarecrow Sack and the Upside-down Teapot Masks. PS4 and PC pre-orders also receive a soundtrack and dashboard theme.

Tales of Berseria demo is now available on PS4 and Steam

Tales of Berseria, the next entry in Bandai Namco’s long-running Tales series of action-RPGs, now has a demo ahead of its 27th January launch (or 24th January in North America).

Available on and , this demo provides a brief glimpse at the “explosive drama and action” in this party-based globe-trotting adventure about pirates.

Those who pre-order Tales of Berseria will receive a 15 minute exclusive skit. Pre-orders on Steam will be 10 per cent off to owners of Tales of Zestiria or Tales of Symphonia, while reserving the title on PS4 will grant fans three soundtracks and a PlayStation theme.

It’s the 20th anniversary of the Soul Calibur series

It’s the 20th anniversary of once wonderful fighting game series Soul Calibur. And so to mark the occasion publisher Bandai Namco has released a new Soul Calibur Pachinko game in Japan.

The nine minute video, below, is a tough watch for fans of the weapons-based fighting franchise, which hasn’t seen the release of a proper numbered new entry since Soul Calibur 5 in 2012.

The Soul series began life in Japanese arcades with the release of Soul Edge in December 1995, but found global fame when it was renamed Soul Blade and released on the original PlayStation in December 1996.

Dark Souls 3 patch will adjust the game’s “poise” stat

Since it release earlier this year Dark Souls 3 has confused and disappointed fans in one small area: its “poise” stat has been tweaked in a way that nobody understands. This may be fixed in an upcoming patch, due this Friday, that promises to adjust this variable.

See, in previous Dark Souls games poise affected the player character’s response to getting hit. If your armour or shield had a strong poise value, it would mean you wouldn’t stagger when struck by a heavy blow. In Dark Souls 3, however, even heavy weapons and armour with high poise would get smacked around just the same as those with low-poise equipment.

Many believed this to be a bug, though publisher Bandai Namco told upon release that “The poise stat is working as intended” and that “the stat works differently than in past games and is more situational, which seems to be the reason for the confusion.”

Giveaway: 100 keys for the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 beta!

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is the sequel to last years 3D fighting game Dragon Ball Xenoverse. It features a whopping 87 characters from the Dragon Ball universe, including one Goku Black from Dragon Ball Super (though that’s only if you pre-order).

The games comes out on 27th October for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but before then, Bandai Namco will run two betas. For the PS4 only, a closed beta runs from 10am on the 8th of October, to 10am on the 10th of October. You’d normally get access to that by pre-ordering the game on the PSN store, but we’ve been given 100 keys to giveaway to some of you lovely readers.

All you’ll need to do to get one of these keys is enter through the Gleam below. Once that’s done, you’ll have your key, and you can redeem it on the PSN store.

Here’s the first trailer for Dark Souls 3’s Ashes of Ariandel DLC

Dark Souls 3’s first piece of DLC, Ashes of Ariandel, launches on 25th October, Bandai Namco has announced. According to the email blurb, players will travel to an unnamed frozen land, battling new monsters and uncovering a terrible secret pertaining to the deeper lore of the Dark Souls series. If you’ve been paying attention to it all this time, that is.

The accompanying trailer looks pretty good, I have to say; the whole area reminds me a lot of the Painted World of Ariamis, which was a snowy, optional area in the first Dark Souls game.

If you’ve played Dark Souls 3 for any length of time, you’ll know that there is some overlap between its setting and that of the first Dark Souls, so I wouldn’t actually be surprised if there is some connection between Ariamis and this new place, especially since the trailer seems to feature a blank canvas and one NPC offering you a torn piece of some painting.

Bandai Namco picks up evocative horror game Hunger, rebrands it Little Nightmares

Over two years ago Tarsier Studios, the Swedish team behind LittleBigPlanet Vita, . It received a last year and now Bandai Namco has picked it up under the new name Little Nightmares.

The eye-catching title follows the exploits of a little girl in a yellow raincoat who has been captured by monsters and placed onboard a horrific vessel called The Maw where creatures are trying to eat her.

As you can see in the following trailer, Little Nightmare’s eye-catching aesthetic is less LittleBigPlanet and more like the inspiring offspring of Jean-Pierre Jeunet (The City of Lost Children, Delicatessen) and Playdead (Limbo, Inside).

Tekken 7 gets Bob and Master Raven

Bob and Master Raven have joined the Tekken 7 lineup of playable characters.

Publisher and developer Bandai Namco released gameplay videos for both characters during the Evo 2016 fighting game tournament.

Here’s the video for Bob, an American fighter who uses freestyle karate:

Necropolis has been delayed on consoles

Earlier this year Harebrained Schemes’ co-op action roguelike Necropolis was so that it could have a simultaneous launch on PS4 and Xbox One, as per an agreement with publisher Bandai Namco. Unfortunately, things don’t always go according to plan and the console launch is still going to be several weeks after Necropolis comes to PC and Mac on 12th July.

A spokesperson for the studio confirmed to Eurogamer that Necropolis’ launch is “PC on July 12th, consoles are later this summer” and that the developer won’t have console code for “several weeks”.

It’s unclear if the PC version’s delay was in vain, though at the time Harebrained Schemes said “we believe this is absolutely the right decision, and that the additional time will make for an even better Necropolis for consoles AND for PC” so it’s quite likely the delay helped the developer polish that up a bit. Also unclear is whether the studio’s publishing deal with Bandai Namco is still on. We’ve asked Harebrained Schemes for clarification and will update should we here back.

Pac-Man: Championship Edition 2 outed by Korean ratings board

Pac-Man looks poised to make his debut on current gen consoles as a listing for Pac-Man: Championship Edition 2 has been spotted on the (via
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The first Pac-Man: Championship Edition was released in 2007 on Xbox Live. The acclaimed title was later ported to iOS, Android, 3DS, PSP and PS3.

Bandai Namco later followed it up with the fantastic Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX, which Eurogamer contributor (and former editor) Kristan Reed awarded top marks to upon its release in 2010.