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Final Fantasy XIV : Yo-Kai Watch Crossover Content Coming in v3.3

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

UPDATE: Check out the Letter from the Producer Live brief summary.

Final Fantasy XIV players and fans of Yo-Kai Watch will be happy to hear that, like the Lightning crossover a few months ago, content from the Square Enix RPG series will be heading into the game. The announcement came as part of the larger discussion of the v3.3, "Revenge of the Horde" update that will also see a pair of new dungeons, new main scenario quests and other questing content as well.

Yo-kai are the physical embodiment of everyday problems, and they live everywhere in our world—under cars, near vending machines, in the river—you just can’t see them.

With the power of the Yo-kai Watch, though, you can find these hidden Yo-kai, befriend them, and call upon their powers when you need their help. There are over 200 different types of Yo-kai just waiting to be discovered!

We'll keep you posted when the Letter From the Producer Live summary is posted on the Final Fantasy XIV forum.

Via DualShockers.com


General : Metronomicon - Mixing Rhythm Games & RPGs in a Fun New Way

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Being a fan of RPGs and Rhythm games it’s sort of weird to realize I’ve never considered the possibilities of mixing the two together. It might seem like mixing these two genres would be a bit weird but Metronomicon manages to meld them into a wonderfully entertaining and exciting package.

Read more of Robin Baird's Metronomicon: Mixing Rhythm Games & RPGs in Fun New Ways.

Black Desert Online : Hacker Hunting Initiative Announced

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Black Desert Online is giving players a chance to take part first hand in the effort to hunt down hackers and cheats in the game. A new post on the BDO forum has announced the "Hacker Hunting Initiative" that gives players the opportunity to report bots, hackers and "disruptive hackers" (i.e. griefers). The reward? Elion's Tears and GM's Blessings.

Now to be clear all submissions will be reviewed by our staff and the video needs to visibly include the server, channel, evidence of cheating and name of the player in question.  When you submit a video as described above and it leads to the removal of the cheater you will earn one of the following rewards.  Please note these rewards are only given to the first five confirmed reports and reports on players that have already been banned will not receive an reward.  Once the investigation is complete and ban is finalized rewards will be sent out.

Read more and participate in the conversation on the Black Desert Online forum.

Chronicles of Elyria : Bolstering Introduced to Equalize the Playing Field

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Chronicles of Elyria site has a new blog post that lays out a neat new in-game mechanic to help players maximize their time in game by equalizing the playing field when members of a "family" travel together. When a player of a higher level is partnering with others of a higher level, stamina is raised to the level of the highest character, though no additional abilities are added. In addition, "bolstering" as the CoE calls it, brings other stat increases to bear.

One thing I should point out is that Bolstering doesn't change the number of skills you have available to you. It only makes you better at the skills you do have. Learning new skills is a different mechanic.

The other thing I should make sure to highlight is that Bolstering only works with in-game family members. It doesn't work with guilds, dynasties, etc... This prevents people from going around Bolstering everyone, as it only effects those people they likely know in real-life. It also creates an additional disadvantage for Wards, as they have nobody to Bolster them.

In addition, a new in-game "currency" is being introduced that awards players for time in game and for anything that leads to advancement of skills or that rewards an achievement.

By granting Story Points it allows us to reward players who are contributing to the story without otherwise penalizing those who can’t play as much.

Another note about Story Points is that they are awarded in larger amount based on a character’s reputation or fame. Why? Because completing achievements and being productive in the world is more dangerous when one is a Count, Duke, King, or Legendary champion.

Lastly, CoE will allow players to 'earn to play':

In Chronicles of Elyria, the Story Points you earn while playing can be traded in between lifetimes in order to buy Sparks of Life. This is what we call the “Earn-to-play” model of funding. Now, we’re not the first to do this. There’s been a couple other games that have done something similar. But, as far as we know we’re the first to use a currency that rewards people for participating in the story, and as far as we know we’re the first do this that doesn’t use a subscription model.

It's a comprehensive read that you can check out on the Chronicles of Elyria site.

General : Vivendi Secures 18% More Stock in Ubisoft

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

While still denying a takeover attempt, Vivendi has increased its stock holdings in Ubisoft by 18% which gives the company a nearly 18% ownership stake in the gaming studio and 16% of the voting rights. Ubisoft has been actively seeking other investors to stop a takeover by Vivendi which only needs to gain an additional 12% of the available stocks to force takeover negotiations.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade : See the Swooping Hawk and the Striking Scorpion Today

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

During today's weekly Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade live stream, players will get a look at two Eldar leaders, the Swooping Hawk and the Striking Scorpion. The event will take place at 11:00 am Pacific / 2:00 pm Eastern in the Eternal Crusade Twitch.tv channel. This gives fans an excellent opportunity to chat with the team, check out more game footage and ask their burning questions.

Be there!


Robert Lashley : What’s the Deal with Early Access?

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

We’ve all seen the glut of games that are begging for your money in the guise of early access but where did they come from? Rob tries to tackle that topic this week.

Read more of Rob Lashley's What's the Deal with Early Access?

World of Warcraft : Pirate Server Admins Invited to Blizzard Campus

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

According to a Twitter post from the admins of the now-closed World of Warcraft pirate server Nostalrius, the group has been invited to Blizzard's headquarters this coming weekend though the agenda seems to remain unknown to them or they cannot reveal what the plan is as yet.

In addition, former Red 5 CEO Mark Kern will be attending the meetings this weekend and has gone on record as thanking Blizzard for listening.

Speculation is high among former players that this heralds Blizzard's announcement of vanilla / classic realms, though the weekend will reveal more.

See the Twitter post below for details.

Thanks to our anonymous tipster!!

@Blizzard_Ent is willing to meet us in their campus! An announcement is coming this weekend! pic.twitter.com/TnddNoSm3N

— NostalriusBegins (@NostalBegins) April 29, 2016

Tree of Savior : Review in Progress 3 - Combat and Replayability

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Victor discusses some aspects of combat and replayability in this installment of the Tree of Savior review in progress.

Read more of Victor Barreiro Jr.'s Tree of Savior Review in Progress #3 - Combat and Replayability.

Elite: Dangerous : Horizons Heading to XBox One in Q2 2016

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Elite: Dangerous XBox One players have a lot to look forward to in the coming months. Frontier Developments announced today that the Horizons expansion will will launch during quarter two 2016. Horizons will include planetary landings, the looting and crafting systems, multicrew coop missions and more.

Elite Dangerous: Horizons for Xbox One will also introduce players to The Engineers. The Engineers is a sweeping, game-changing update that brings even more personality and personalization to Elite Dangerous, putting a face to every mission and adding a range of customization and crafting options that will make every ship in the Elite Dangerous galaxy unique.

Learn more about Seasons by visiting the Elite: Dangerous site.


Tree of Savior : Now We Know - F2P Launch Coming May 10th

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

IMC Games has posted a quick announcement to give Tree of Savior fans looking for the free to play version launch some great news. The F2P iteration of ToS will officially launch on May 10th. The launch was delayed slightly due to issues with founder packs and regional costs. But all that is water under the bridge  and things are ready to go.

Greetings, Saviors.

We apologize for the confusion many of you had on our game's F2P release date. Due to the changes recently made, we had to push the release schedule back to May.

The game will be open to everyone on May 10th, and the exact time will be announced in the future once our regular maintenance hours are confirmed.

For detailed reasons why we had to postpone the release date, please refer to the post on our Deveoper's Blog:https://treeofsavior.com/news/?n=378

Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm for Tree of Savior.

Sincerely,
IMC Staff

Head to the Tree of Savior site to learn more.

League of Legends : New Hero, Taliyah, Teased in Lore

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The League of Legends site has been updated with a new lore piece that provides the backstory for a forthcoming hero named Taliyah. Called 'The Bird and the Branch', the story focuses on a young girl's exile and subsequent use of her powers. 

You can read the rest of the story on the League of Legends site and we'll keep you posted when more about Taliyah is revealed.

World of Warcraft : Duskwood in Unreal 4 -- a Dark & Haunting Location

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

YouTube user DanielL who has made a series of videos remaking locations around Stormwind in World of Warcraft is at it again. This time, DanielL takes on Duskwood, a dark foreboding place near Stormwind. It is beautifully done even here in an early phase. Treat yourself!


DC Universe Online : Pull On Your Tights, XBoxers, Launch Day Arrives

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

XBox One players can finally enjoy DC Universe Online when it officially launches for the console later today. The XBox One version joins the PC and PlayStation 4 versions of DCUO and will contain the same content as all other platforms. There will not be, however, be cross-platform play. 

Devs have sent out a launch day trailer and published a handy FAQ on the DC Universe Online site.


Battleborn : Trailer Reminds Us that Launch is Right Around the Corner

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Battleborn is ready to hit the ground running on Monday, May 3rd with the official launch. To get players stoked for Monday, Gearbox has released a brand new launch trailer with toe-tapping  music and a great look at all the game has to offer. Get hyped!

Battleborn will be simultaneously released for PlayStation 4, XBox One and PC.


General : Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization - Who Is Premier?

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Bandai Namco has put out a brand new trailer for Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization that introduces players to the enigmatic and mysterious NPC named Premier. The video also shows off environments and locations  filled with danger for players. See what you think and let us know!

But they will have to be careful, these beautiful landscapes hide terrible monsters amongst the environment: including Jelly Floaters, ShadowDemons, Verminous and the Shaman of Gigas, a strong boss using a strange magic!

During their trip through the universe of “Sword Art: Origin”, players will also discover the Town Of Beginnings: where a new storyline will begin for them and will take them into a brand new adventure.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization is expected to be released in Fall 2016 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. 


Uncharted Waters Online : Episode Atlantis Expansion to Set Sail on May 12th

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

OGPlanet has announced the first details about the forthcoming Uncharted Waters Online expansion scheduled to launch on May 12th. Called Episode Atlantis, the expansion will ultimately consist of three chapters beginning with the May 12th release. 

Players can look forward to new features including the Triangulation method to survey land masses to complete maps, the Atlantis Treasure Hunt, Endless Dungeon, Auto-Navigation, new astronomical object discovery and three new ships.

Learn more by visiting the Uncharted Waters Online site.

Kingdom Hearts 3 : Orchestra World Tour Announced

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Square Enix has announced the dates and countries for the first Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour . Fans in Japan, France, Great Britain, Singapore, China and the USA will be able to head to local venues to hear some of the series' most iconic music performed live by a full orchestra.

The idea of a Kingdom Hearts concert has been in the works for several years. But even so, I was astonished to learn that our music would be performed by a full orchestra, in other countries no less. I've been given the opportunity to oversee the creation of the title, logo, and many other aspects of this amazing production, and as the director of the series, I am confident that what we've created will touch the hearts of our beloved fans everywhere.

~ Tetsuya Nomura

The tour is scheduled for 2017 to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts series.

Check out the full details and purchase tickets for the  Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour.

Overwatch : Melee Combatant Reinhardt Shines in New Comic

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard is continuing the backstory exploration of the heroes found in Overwatch. In the latest comic installment, Dragon Slayer, melee hero Reinhardt takes center stage in beautiful illustrations that provide insight into this "elder" fighter's life.

Read the Reinhardt comic on the Overwatch site.

Lifeless : First Trailer Shows Off a Visceral Ultra Violent World

Posted Apr 29, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Rigid-Soft and Green Man Gaming have released one of the first new trailers for the ultra-violent zombie survival game called Lifeless. The game takes place in a persistent open world with faction gameplay. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

  • Welcome to Stillwater Bay. Maine’s most popular tourist spot has become a wasteland. Explore lush natural landscapes and deserted towns set after the world has collapsed. 
  • Learn To Survive. Find supplies, collect equipment, keep yourself fed and warm to stay alive. 
  • Choose A Side. Two factions fight for survival. Choose between the civilian Nova Guard, or the militant Spartan Phalanx. 
  • An Infected Threat. It’s not just the other faction you need to watch out for. Infected humans will stop at nothing to take you down.

You can learn more about Lifeless on its Steam portal page.


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