After raising $660,000 via a KickStarter campaign in January 2014, Unsung Story, a tactical RPG, developers have announced that the project has hit the doldrums. While technically not cancelled, the project is on hold pending hiring external developers to assist with getting the game out.
Unsung Story was to have been released for PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita in summer 2015 putting any future release either far into the future or not at all.
After we posted our latest development progress, we unfortunately lost a few key staff members that were part of Unsung Story development, and that has had an impact on any progress since then, as well as our product focus. We now have one internal team capable of working on a single project, and for the financial strength of the company we need to focus on a few products in the near term that have the ability to get to a retail release before Unsung Story is able to. While this is a difficult choice to make, it is one we need to do for the ongoing financial health of the company. For Unsung Story, we will explore options for outside development help, and will look to see if we are able to bring on an outside team that can assist us in furthering development.
Read the full update notice on the Unsung Hero KickStarter page.
The Chronicles of Elyria Twitter account was updated late last week with a piece of concept art that shows off one of the unique creatures that will be found in the game. Called 'Canis Rabbit', it is quite literally a carnivorous Leporidae. Check it out!
Recently, Above and Beyond Technologies announced that The Repopulation, their long-in-development MMORPG would be switching to Unreal Engine 4 from the now defunct Hero Engine. Not only did we all breathe a sigh of relief when the news was announced, but we actually began to get excited for The Repopulation once more.
Read on for our exclusive interview with Joshua Halls...
Xaviant has announced the The Culling will be joining Steam Eearly Access beginning March 8, 2016. The Culling features 16 player battles for supremacy, coexisting alongside survival mechanics.
Unlike add-on modes in open-world survival games, The Culling redefines the battle royale genre by providing a tightly focused stand-alone experience that delivers incredible thrills and a competitive arena for players to duke it out. Only one will be crowned the winner. Do you have the guts to survive?
Find out more by visiting The Culling site.
Hero Zero has been updated with a new patch that brings Carnival into the game from now through February 10th. Players can run special event missions and earn Carnival items and even a special sidekick. In addition, February 14th is Valentine's day and players can score a romantic item.
What would carnival be without the perfect outfit? Get out of the winter clothes and into a funny, pompous or a traditional carnival outfit. These days, the Hero zero online shop provides several masks, suits or crazy accessories. As a matter of course, fitting gadgets and weapons should not be missed. A yellow not unknown, but special sidekick looks forward to meeting the players in the game. Be surprised!
Find out more on the Hero Zero site.
Bossa Studious has released the latest episode of the Worlds Adrift show with developers discussing news and information about the game as well as fielding questions from the community and some behind the scenes feature development.
Check it out and let us know what you think.
Bandai Namco Enternainment that the English language version of Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth has been released world-wide for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth is a turn-based JRPG that features cross-over play between PS4 and PSV.
Mysterious events have caused the digital world to merge with the real word, opening portals for dangerous Digimon to enter our reality intent on destroying it. Players will become cyber detectives as they cross-over between the two realities in a race to solve this diabolical digi-mystery. Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth enables players to interact with over 200 Digimon: including fans favorites such as Agumon, Patamon, Gaomon. Players will scan, raise, train, and digivolve their all-star Digimon team to take on their digital adversaries as well as battle other digi-destined players online.
Head to the Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth site to find out more.
At last year's PAX South, Dreadnought was fun but difficult to play. How has it improved since then? We've got the scoop from this year's con!
Read more of Jason Winter's PAX South: Dreadnought, Take Two.
ESTSoft has announced that Cabal Online will be released on Steam later this month. The Steam version will include player achievements and badges. It is unclear whether this is regional or world-wide release at this point.
The genre-creating masterpiece is back with more action-packed content than ever before. Master a deep and intuitive skill-based combat system during your journey through the mysterious land of Nevareth, a stunning world where fantasy and science fiction collide.
The Final Fantasy XIV's site has been updated with a small preview of one of the three towering pillars, named Sephirot. Sephirot will require a part of eight players to defeat and is available in normal and extreme difficulty.
Sephirot, the Fiend, was a deity once worshipped by a tree-like race native to Meracydia. Brought into being for the sole purpose of repelling the Allagan invasion, Sephirot inflicted ruinous losses upon the imperial army before finally being subdued and imprisoned in the central facility of Azys Lla. And now, millennia later, this immensely powerful entity threatens to awaken, his vengeful dreams disturbed by the careless ambitions of Archbishop Thordan VII. Topple the first pillar of the Warring Triad, or wheresoever his colossal shadow falls shall be visited by unthinkable catastrophe!
You can find out more by visiting Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward site.
Gameloft has sent out a new trailer to show the holiday festivities and other additions to Order & Chaos 2: Redemption. Keep an eye open for the new collectible cards and companions as well as the Valentine's day content.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
Online gaming community The Syndicate is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Calling itself "the most successful online gaming community in online gaming", the guild holds a Guinness World Record for the longest continiously operating online guild. In addition, there have been two books published about The Syndicate and much, much more.
- We have achieved a retention rate of over 99%. That means that hardly anyone ever quits The Syndicate (or gets kicked out) because they don't want to be part of the community anymore. We certainly have people who go inactive because their life pulls them away from gaming but its very rare we have a drama infused implosion of someone or an angry person who quits to join another guild.
- Over 80,000,000 guilds have been created... and have failed... since The Syndicate was first created. Since no other guild has achieved what we have, that means there is about a 1 in 80,000,000 chance of recreating The Syndicate by someone else. In the United States, you have about a 1 in 1.2 million chance of being struck by lightning this year. So you are 66.66 times more likely to be struck by lightning than you are to recreate The Syndicate's level of success.
You can find out more about The Syndicate by visiting its official site.
Wargaming has announced the release of update 2.6 for the console versions of World of Tanks. The new update includes 7 brand new maps and the Type 59 tank.
In addition, players taking part in the Sunday Showdown can earn up to 3 days of Premium membership.
For more details about the maps and other features of the update visit the World of Tanks site.
Robot Entertainment has announced the deployment of a large update to Orcs Must Die!: Unchained. The patch brings several feature enhancements and improvements to the game in addition to the new Campaign Mode that sets players on a 50 challenge journey across the entire universe.
The entire meta-game has been updated to provide a more fun and rewarding experience. The skull store has been removed. All cards are either now crafted with materials that drop during games, picked up through the new salvage system, rewarded from quests, or are dropped in chests. The dashboard UI has been updated with an all-new "workshop" to provide a one-stop shop for all things crafting-related.
Role System Revamp
Predetermined hero roles are gone. Players can now select any role they wish as a perk during hero selection. Each role provides associated bonuses.
You can read the full patch notes on the Orcs Must Die!: Unchained forum.
Daybreak Game Company caught much of the H1Z1 community off guard with yesterday's announcement that the game would be splitting into two different versions, H1Z1: Just Survive and H1Z1: King of the Kill. We had the chance to submit a few questions to the team to get more of the particulars behind the decision and about what players can expect.
Read more of Bill Murphy's H1Z1: Daybreak Reveals More About Dividing the Game In Two.
Dragon Nest EU servers suffered a severe technical failure in late January with servers only just now coming back online. As a result of the issue, most in-game data was lost including titles, missions, quests, achievements, guild points, inventory and storage items and more.
Publisher Shanda Games was able to reconstruct some of the data outside of the game and players will be receiving a reimbursement package and a compensation package by way of apology.
In the reimbursement package, players will have all characters on account automatically boosted to level 80 with all mandatory quests and missions already completed. Gold will be provided to purchase skills and each character will receive a level up reward box that includes legendary level 70 equipment materials and epic level 80 equipment upgraded to +10.
Cash Shop items will not be replaced, but players will be compensated any currency used in the past several months. Any items purchased prior to November 2015 will be re-sent to player accounts.
By way of compensation, players will receive a laundry list of items including mounts, pets, talismans, pouches and more. Inventory and storage will be fully unlocked and every account will receive 5000 DNP. Lastly, each account will receive a nice package of cash items for free.
From now through March 2nd, players will also enjoy a +200% drop rate increase and players will receive two Big Blessing Point Potions each day with Nests resetting every Wednesday to facilitate farming.
Read the full details on the Dragon Nest EU site.Source: MMOCulture
Square Enix will be holding a special event in Los Angeles to announce the release date of Final Fantasy XV and to give potential players more information about the highly anticipated title.
The event will be held at the Shrine Theater in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, March 30th at 7:00 pm Pacific / 10:00 pm Eastern.
We'll be keeping you up to date on all that happens during the event.
Beginning today, Gigantic closed beta testers can begin to write, speak about and stream their experiences with the game during the ongoing 24/7 closed beta test. Gigantic Beta 2.0 has just been introduced that brings the Crew (party) system on board, cross platform play between Win10 and XBox One players and the new progression system with its in-game currencies and account-wide benefits are also included.
No NDA Means More Gigantic News from Motiga
Now that the NDA has evaporated, we will be posting more and more updates to the community on the state of the game. Each new build will have public-facing patch notes, and weekly development blogs on the intention behind the specific features of Gigantic. We’re also increasing our engagement at our fansites through interviews and forum posts, as well as spending more time supporting our streamers and broadcasters with assets and developer chats. As part of our efforts to increase overall transparency, the forums are now publically viewable for all. Of course, you won’t be able to post to our forums unless you have an active closed beta account in good standing, but you can always check on the status of our game servers and the discussions we are having with our community by visiting forums.gogigantic.com.
Learn more about Gigantic by visiting the official site and signing up as a beta tester.
It sounds like a recipe for mediocrity, but Illfonic's and Psyop's zombie-packed shooter Moving Hazard has more to it than meets the eye. These are the same guys making Revival, and it's clear they're ready to turn other genres on their head.
Read more of Jason Winter's PAX South: You Got Zombies In My Military Shooter! Our Look At Moving Hazard.
The latest ARK: Survival Evolved update has been deployed that bring a number of neat features on board including the addition of grappling hooks that will fundamentally change the way the game is played by lucky owners.
In addition, Tribe Alliances, a fishing system upgrade and the Terror Bird (Phorusrhacidae Rapidesultor) have been added. The Terror Bird is a tamable, though aggressive bird that can sprint / fly in short spurts.
Read the full update notes on the ARK: Survival Evolved site.