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Big XCOM 2 Announcement Hinted For E3

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Firaxis Games is hinting at the possibility of a major announcement for last year’s excellent strategy game XCOM 2 at E3 next week.

The official Twitter account for the rebooted XCOM series yesterday revealed a new promotional image with the tagline “the real war begins,” alongside the date and time for the 2017 PC Gaming Show E3 press conference. The words are backgrounded by a red-hued alien close-up and a new logo, simultaneously reminiscent of and divergent from the original key art for XCOM 2.

Although Firaxis has not released any details of its presence at E3 at the present time, the timing and nature of the tease suggests a major announcement for the title is inbound, with the highest likelihood being a major expansion on the scale of the previous title’s XCOM: Enemy Within DLC. Such speculation is supported by the similarities between today’s tease and the way that XCOM: Enemy Within was originally hinted at through an orange-hued revision of the Enemy Unknown’s logo.

Whatever the team is teasing will be revealed on June 12, during the PC Gaming Show press conference.

To date, XCOM 2 has received a number of minor updates and additions, but has also been heavily supported by the modding community. One of the more notable additions is the Long War 2 mod, which was developed by Pavonis Interactive, a studio founded after members created the Long War mod for the previous XCOM game, which is also currently working on a strategy game of its own.

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Kumo’s New Screenshots Showcase Some Beautiful Clouded Landscapes

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Kumo’s developer and publisher have released new screenshots showcasing the game’s stunning clouded landscapes.

Publisher Tales Art Studio and developer Benjamin Jason Gregg unveiled Kumo’s new screenshots on their Presskit page yesterday. The screenshots, embedded below, mainly show aesthetically designed ‘cloudscapes’ as well as the player character.

Kumo is a set to be a challenging puzzle game with memorable characters all within a clouded world. Players will journey through misty landscapes, ruins, across mountains, and even through a “strange mirrored temple.”

The page also includes information about the features in the upcoming title, which reads as follows:

  • Discover beautiful areas as you ascend the clouds.
  • A beautiful 10 piece soundtrack.
  • Freely control your ribbon using your spirit.
  • Lead Kumo into a second chance at life.

Tales Art Studio officially announced on Twitter that Kumo’s Kickstarter campaign will go live on 31 July:

Kumo is set to release on Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One should the Kickstarter succeed.

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