To celebrate Company of Heroes 2’s fifth anniversary, Sega and Relic Entertainment are giving away the PC game for free on Steam

You only have until tomorrow (December 10 at 12 p.m. CT)  to grab it at no cost. The anniversary celebration is a bit late, as the game came out in June 2013, but Sega seems to be making up for it by letting you download the game for free.

Additionally, two DLC for the game, The British Forces and Ardennes Assault, are discounted on Steam until tomorrow. They are 75 percent off.

You can read our review of Company of Heroes 2, which we gave an 8/10, by heading here.

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With the release of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it’s time for players to undergo a time-honored tradition: unlocking a bunch of Nintendo characters over the course of a few hours.

In his otherwise glowing review of Ultimate, Jeff Cork does point out that the unlocking schtick is getting old. “It’s an unnecessarily tedious and antiquated process,” he said. Do you agree?

Personally, I’m kind of over it. I just want to play as Duck Hunt, Dedede and Snake already. The World of Light mode is okay, but I don’t want to feel like I have to play it to unlock everyone. I know there are other ways to do it, but nothing I’ve seen is fast or simple enough for me to want to really engage with it. At the same time, there’s a part of me that if all the characters were unlocked from the start, I’d be less motivated to play overall.

Let us know what you think in the comments.

Although today’s Kinda Funny Games Showcase had some interesting PlayStation-related news, there seemed to be a notable lack of announcements from the company itself. This was especially noticeable in light of the lack of a PSX show this year, where Sony usually has plenty of major announcements up its sleeve. However, that may not mean we’ll be dying for Sony-related news for much longer.

Replying to a tweet from a fan and streamer about the lack of PlayStation-related info that came out of Thursday’s The Game Awards show (especially compared to some of bombs Nintendo dropped that night), Shawn dropped a short but very meaningful message: “see you in the new year.”

https://twitter.com/ShawnLayden/status/1071065843692331010

The tweet is especially significant in light of Sony’s dropping out of E3, the other show where it tends to show its hand. Hopefully, we’ll find out what the tweet means soon.

What this could mean is up in the air, but it seems to hint that Sony isn’t going to be silent about what it’s got up its sleeve for much longer. In that announcement, the company said it was “exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.” Is this tweet hinting at whatever that was meant to be? Hopefully, Sony has some exciting announcements in the pipe for early 2019; although the triple threat of The Last of Us Part II, Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima already gives them a strong lineup for the year, new games are always more fun to learn about than deep dives on existing games, at least when it comes to the news cycle.

Today, Youtube Channel Kinda Funny Games unveiled its Games Showcase, in which it debuted trailers for nearly 70 games in a little over an hour. It was an interesting small-scale montage of new info. There’s a lot of neat info to sift through! But don’t worry: We watched the entire thing and have cherry-picked the bits of news you should pay attention to.

News Game Trailers And Details

Judgment Gets A Release Window, English Cast
As with most “conferences” of this sort, the best news saved for last. Yakuza developer’s new game, Judgment, received a Western released date and trailer, including the first sampling of its English cast. You can learn more about it here.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season’s Second Episode Has A Release Date 
After a turbulent development cycle, the team now working The Walking Dead’s final season, now called “Still Not Bitten,” announced the release date for the next episode: January 17. You can learn more about that announcement here.

There’s A New Conan The Barbarian Tower-Defense Game
Former Command & Conquer devs are working with Funcom on Conan Unconquered, a new strategy game set in that game’s universe. Here’s the rundown.

The Messenger Gets Free DLC Next Year
Picnic Panic brings The Messenger to a more tropical setting next year with three (free!) new levels.

Super Meat Boy Forever Comes Out In April
Along with a new trailer, we got one of the most important details about Team Meat’s latest game: A release window.

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG Comes Out January 17
Drawing from lots of interesting sources, the very weird YIIK is a little over a month away.

Cute Puzzle Game A Fold Apart Gets A New Trailer
A Fold Apart isn’t out yet but is already getting awards. If you haven’t seen this trippy, cute puzzle game in action before, here’s your chance.

Moving Out Is Physics-Based Puzzler About Moving Out Of Your Apartment
Sometimes you just gotta move a dead giraffe, you know what I mean?

The Minds Behind The Pinball FX Series Are Making A Dungeon-Crawler
Operencia: The Stolen Sun looks pretty neat.

Long Gone Days Leaves Early Access Next April
The promising military-tinged RPG is already available in early access, but the full release is just around the corner.

https://twitter.com/PlaydiusGames/status/1071494627503394817

Away: Journey To The Unexpected Gets A Trio Of Release Dates
Away’s Art style is very intriguing, and nice match for its first-person RPG gameplay. It’s out February 5 on PS4, February 7 on Switch, February 8 on Xbox One, and “later” on PC.

Fight Knight Brings The Action To PS4, Switch, And PC Next Year
The violent first-person brawler looks like a nice way to take out your aggression in retro form.

Other Noteworthy Headlines

There were also some interesting tidbits about games that have already released.

  • Slay The Spire, The PC card game doing well on steam, is coming to Switch next year.
  • All three Danganronpa games will be available as one collection on PS4, with a new collector’s edition that includes an artbook.
  • Windjammers and Celeste are getting new physical version on December 21 and January 1, respectively, courtesy of Limited Run Games.
  • Mike Bithell’s Quarantine Circular is coming to Switch.

There were, of course, more games than we could fit here. If you want to watch the entire showcase and see if anything else catches your fancy, you can watch the archive right here.

Tales of Crestoria, the next game in the Tales series heading to mobile, has finally been confirmed to have a Western release, and we won’t have to wait too much longer for it.

An official Tales of Crestoria English account recently popped up on Twitter, and has been posting character-based teasers for the last few hours. It also posted the first English-language teaser trailer for the game.

https://twitter.com/to_crestoria_EN/status/1071387966306578432

We don’t know too much about Crestoria as of right now, but we have a rather basic outline. For one, sin looks to be a theme this time around, as the character teasers had a wanted posted look to them, with characters talking about something they did the world thought was a sin. We also know that, as a mobile title, there is likely to be microtransactions, as players who pre-register for the game will receive “summoning tickets” based on the number of total people who do the same.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate already looks to be everything fans could have wanted from a sequel, featuring an enormous roster of veterans, newcomers, and echo fighters alike. One new fighters we won’t be seeing until later, however, is Piranha Plant, an unconventional fighter who, despite being a potted plant, has little feet he moves around with.

Anyway, if you’ve already bought the game, check your inbox. Nintendo has already sent out codes for those who’ve purchased the game digitally or and who bought it at retail and have met all the necessary steps for receiving a code. According to Nintendo, you can redeem the code now, although the fighter won’t be available until “early 2019.”

Of course, this code only entitles you to one fighter, not the whole DLC character pass, which now includes Persona 5’s Joker.

At the Kinda Funny Games Showcase today, hosts Greg Miller and Tim Gettys announced new details about The Walking Dead: The Final Season. The finale to the long-running episodic series based on Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic was caught in limbo when Telltale Games closed abruptly, leaving two of the four planned episodes unfinished. Earlier this year, Skybound games, which is owned in part by Kirkman, announced they would be resuming production with as many of the Telltale developers as they could gather.

Today, it was revealed that the team is working in the old Telltale offices on the third and fourth episodes while calling themselves the “Still Not Bitten” team, a reference to the second season where Clementine kills a zombie and proves that she hasn’t been bitten by a walker. The third episode will see release on January 15.

This is a surprisingly quick release date for the game, which was only announced to have been resuming development in mid-November. It is likely, though, that a significant portion of work had already been done on the third episode when Telltale closed down. Using much of the same team also likely helped with picking up where they left off.

There is no word on the fourth and final episode, but judging by how quickly the third episode is coming, it likely shouldn’t be too long. The Walking Dead: The Final Season is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

If you enjoyed the fun retro-twice-over platformer The Messenger and were looking to get a bit more of it, you won’t have to wait much longer.

Developer Sabotage has announced Picnic Panic, a new free batch of levels for the game. As the title implies, it’s features a tropical island setting across three new levels, each with its own boss. Of course, the base game’s time-travel mechanic is intact, as you’ll find portals that swap between the two retro styles. You’ll be able to get your hands on the new levels sometime next year on Switch and PC.

To see what we thought of the base game, check out our review.

Although we knew it was coming to the West, we didn’t have too many details about the English version of Project Judge, the latest game from Yakuza series developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. In the latest trailer, we got quite a few details about the game’s Western release date, name, and voice cast.

As part of the Kinda Funny Games Showcase, Sega showed off a new trailer for Judgment, the new Western name for the game. The trailer also features English voice acting for the first time – a change from Sega’s recent choice to not give the recent Yakuza games an English cast. You can watch the trailer for yourself and see if you’d rather play it in English or Japanese.

https://twitter.com/KindaFunnyVids/status/1071481575525609472

The trailer also revealed Judgement will be coming to the West Summer 2019. To learn more about how Judgment is a bit of a shift for Ryu Ga Gotoku, check out our previous coverage.

Funcom has announced that it, including some former Command & Conquer developers, are working a new strategy game set in the Conan the Barbarian universe.

 

The label of “strategy game” may be a bit misleading, however. The official press release says “Wave after wave of increasingly more difficult enemies will rush at your gates and you will need to manage resources, research new technologies to advance your defenses, and recruit an ever-growing army if you are to save survive utter destruction,” which means it’s more of tower-defense game than StarCraft. The game moves in real-time, but lets you pause to issue orders and create buildings. You’ll also be fortifying your buildings between rounds with defensive walls and the like, as well as unlock new heroes to play as. It also lets you fend off the randomly generated hordes in co-op with one other player.

You can check out the CGI trailer below.