Issue 476
February 1st, 2014
According to FirstAdopter, several fairly credible rumors are out there about Blizzard's various IPs. The column states that Hearthstone numbers are 'off the charts', the revenue model for Overwatch is still up in the air, the next Starcraft II expansion is ready for deployment and, most interestingly, projections for the success of Heroes of the Storm are being lowered.
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ArenaNet has confirmed that Heart of Thorns is indeed an expansion for Guild Wars 2. The confirmation came during this weekend's PAX South convention. We are live blogging the event.
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Blackguards 2 is the sequel to 2013's strategy role playing game Blackguards by Daedalic Entertainment. At the beginning of Blackguards you will find yourself at the bottom of a dungeon and at the edge of your sanity with your only companions a jailer who hates you and spiders that want to eat you. From these humble beginnings you will wage a campaign to rule the world.
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In the latest post on the Crowfall site, the team introduces players to the next character class, the Stoneborn Forgemaster. High in strength but low in intellect, Forgemasters are melee specialists. In addition to the archetype class, the team also shows off the way that worlds will be individualized and feature their own rulesets. Players will be able to travel between the worlds to take part in activities as they wish rather than be 'stuck' on one server type.
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It's no secret that we here at have been excited for the release of Darkest Dungeon for some time now. After all, we enthusiastically gave the game our Best Indie RPG award for PAX Prime 2014. Since then, many of us here have been chomping at the bit waiting for Darkest Dungeon to enter Early Access so we could finally spend more than 20 minutes with the game.
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Rebel Galaxy is a sci-fi sandbox adventure game with RPG elements. The developers call it a "swashbuckling space adventure" and emphasize the edge of space, rebel quality to the game, drawing inspiration from such things as the TV series Firefly and space operas. The game isn't just a sandbox, not a strategy game, and not just a shooter it's a blend of genres that lets you choose how you wish to play. Will you be a pirate? Will you salvage and trade? As hinted at in the title, rebellion in some form is encouraged in this universe, which will let players buy and fly seasoned ships, meet many new characters, and make decisions that impact the procedurally generated world they're in.
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