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Just Cause Developer Announces New IP Titled Generation Zero, Can Be Played Entirely In Single Player

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Avalanche Studios’s new self-published title, Generation Zero, can be played entirely in single player, despite the project focusing on a huge open world with co-operative elements.

Yesterday, Avalanche founder Christofer Sundberg showed the first glimpse of Generation Zero with a Twitter post, before strongly implying this news would follow today.

In terms of overall design, Generation Zero follows many of the same open-world survival tropes that have defined much of 2018’s self-published landscape. The project focuses on drop-in co-operative play, but Avalanche was keen to state that solo players can enjoy the title, too. A description on the project’s website reads that players can “go it alone, or team-up with up to three of your friends in seamless co-op multiplayer.” Much like survival game State of Decay 2, which had significant focus on multiplayer, Generation Zero can be adapted to a single-player experience.

Described as “an explosive game of cat and mouse”, Generation Zero tasks players with battling and evading hostile machines that have invaded the Swedish countryside in the 1980s. By utilising guerrilla tactics and inventive thinking, players will unravel the mystery of this sudden invasion, all while revelling in nostalgia.

The announcement came with a trailer, embedded below, which shows off some of the title’s shooting mechanics, robotic enemies, ’80s inspired soundtrack and character design.

Generation Zero is expected to launch in 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Avalanche Studios is also currently co-developing Rage 2, with Bethesda trusting the company to take the project out of in-house development.

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Pokémon Developer Game Freak Emphasizes Original Game Creation

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Game Freak, best known for the Pokémon franchise, is starting to emphasize and prioritize original game creation.

In an interview with Video Game Chronicle, Masayuki Onoue, a director at Game Freak, says that the company has launched Gear Project, an initiative in which developers pitch ideas during slower periods between big releases to create more original games other than just Pokémon.

Onoue also spoke about Production Team 1 and Team 2 at Game Freak, the first prioritizing Gear Project for the company as a whole and the second focusing on Pokemon. He noted that Gear Project allows the developers to gain more experience working on different platforms such as PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, as well as transferring new skills and techniques they learned back to the Pokémon team.

Some of the games that Game Freak has released so far through Gear Project are HarmoKnight, Pocket Card Jockey, Tembo the Badass Elephant, and Giga Wrecker. Game Freak is also developing Town, an RPG game that was shown off in a Nintendo Direct back in September 2018 and is due out this year.

Additionally, Game Freak is working on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the latest entries in Nintendo’s flagship franchise. Both of those are set to release later this year.

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