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General : Duelyst Officially Launches

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Counterplay Games has announced that its collectible card game, Duelyst, has officially launched. Players can take part in several game modes including competitive modes that include ranked season play across five divisions; practice mode pitting players against AI; and draft mode called The Gauntlet.

Featuring distinct and strikingly beautiful character designs and game environments created by lead artists Glauber Kotaki (Rogue Legacy, Chasm) and Christophe Ha (Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Diablo III) and a veteran game design team, including creative director and producer Keith Lee (Diablo III, Ratchet & Clank) and distinguished board game designer Eric Lang (XCOM, Blood Rage, Dice Masters, Warhammer, Game of Thrones, The Others: 7 Sins, Bloodborne).

Check out the Duelyst site to learn more.


General : PAX East Indies - The Dwarves & ELEX

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

PAX East Indie round-up: This year we looked at quite a few indie games, here are a couple that caught our eye.

Read more of Terry O'Brien's PAX East Indies - The Dwarves & ELEX.

Exiles : Funcom Believes Exiles Has the Largest Financial Potential

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Funcom annual financial report has been released that reveals several interesting nuggets of information, most notably that the company is counting heavily on the potential earnings of Conan Exiles alongside the other three 'live games', The Secret World, Age of Conan and Anarchy Online, all said to be bringing in "solid revenues".

Funcom also has plans to develop several smaller titles based on The Secret World IP similar to what was done with the highly successful release of The Park.

Lastly, LEGO Minifigures Online has under-performed despite the best efforts of the developers. Further, the company "has therefore fully written off the underlying assets of the game" and it does not "find it likely that any of the game metrics will improve, and has adjusted its investment in the game accordingly." The report indicates that the licensing agreement with LEGO ends in October 2016.

You can grab the full report here.

Via MassivelyOP

EVE Online : EVE FanFest 2016 - A Journey Through Citadels

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Launching today, the Citadels expansion is a significant step for EVE Online. It’s the result of a journey that started with Rubicon, gradually handing more of the nuts and bolts of New Eden into the hands of players. What started as Ghost Sites and simple structures has grown into an artificial intelligence and full-blown Citadels. But this expansion is just a milestone on that journey, with much more to come in the years ahead.

Read more of Gareth Harmer's EVE Fanfest 2016 - A Journey Through Citadels.

Elder Scrolls Online : My First Murder - Impressions of The Dark Brotherhood

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

You can hear the faint sounds of hundreds of conversations happening at once in the town square. It a busy day for the vendors in Wayrest. A dog barks as a person walks pass, a strong breeze whisks through the alleyway, it’s as if the city fell silent for a fraction of a second and all that was heard was the blood bubbling from the throat of your victim, his lifeless body falling to the cobble path and the clamor of the city begins again. Unseen, unheard, you assassinate your targets without hesitation, without remorse, you are a member of The Dark Brotherhood.

Read more of Ryan Getchell's Elder Scrolls Online: My First Murder - Impressions of The Dark Brotherhood.

Dark Souls 3 : Current Game to be the Last According to Miyazaki

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

In a translated interview at NeoGaf.com (via Games Radar) Dark Souls III director Miyazaki has indicated that the latest game is the last in the series with "no plans right now for any sequels, spin-offs or tie-ins".

"What is certain for now is, to me personally, Dark Souls is over. So rather than make another sequel, I think it’s time we take a step to a new direction. Development of a new IP has already begun”.

Miyazaki also opined that any other games in the series would be developed by an outside studio.

Dark Souls III will see two DLC released, one this fall and one in early 2017.

Read the full translation of the interview at the link above.

General : Fire Emblem & Animal Crossing IPs Ready for Mobile Release

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Nintendo has confirmed that both Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing IPs will be arriving on mobile devices in late 2016. According to Nintendo, Fire Emblem will be 'more accessible' on mobile devices than on other other systems and will feature both RPG and strategy elements.

According to the press release, Animal Crossing will directly tie into other Animal Crossing games, though it remains unknown which ones.

Nintendo’s Next Mobile Apps: Building on the positive consumer reaction to Miitomo, Nintendo announced that its next two mobile apps would be based on the familiar and beloved Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises. Nintendo plans to release both of these applications this fall. As for the former app, while making it more accessible in comparison to the Fire Emblem games for Nintendo’s dedicated gaming systems, Nintendo aims to offer the great value of a role-playing strategy game. Nintendo will design the latter game so that it will be connected with the world of Animal Crossing for dedicated gaming systems. By playing both Animal Crossing games, users will find increased enjoyment. Both of these are pure game applications. Compared to Miitomo, they have more prominent game elements, and the game content will tie closely into Nintendo’s dedicated games business. Nintendo will provide more details about these applications closer to their launch period, and aims to have multiple types of apps that appeal to different audiences and different groups of players.

Nintendo will be providing more information as the date for release nears.

Hearthstone : Old Gods Released - IP Gains 10M Players in Four Months

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Blizzard has released some pretty astonishing numbers for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. According to the press release, Hearthstone's playerbase increased by ten million players in the past quarter and now has surpassed fifty million registered accounts.

The news came on the heels of the release of Whispers of the Old Gods, the latest expansion.

This spine-tingling expansionturns everything players know about Hearthstone inside out. Familiar allies have been corrupted, new monstrosities have appeared, and the Old Gods of Azeroth have resurfaced—spreading their sinister influence and game-changing powers throughout the tavern.

Read the full Hearthstone press release on the Activision-Blizzard site.

Albion Online : The Heretics Take a Starring Role in Latest Video

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Albion Online team is anxious to show off one of the game's factions with today's release of a new video that stars the Heretics.  Viewers can get some of the back story behind the Heretics as well as information about its origins. Check it out below!


Second Life : Art Imitating Life - Trump Supporters Invade Sanders Camp

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

It appears that Second Life players are taking this year's US presidential election into their own hands. After learning that a Bernie Sanders headquarters had been set up, Trump-supporting demons invaded in one of several waves of griefing supporters of Sanders.

Trump supporters have purchased property near the Sanders HQ that sports a gigantic Trump effigy that "spews fireworks from his orange-colored" head as Trump-supporting characters hoisting swastikas and hurling racial slurs wander into Sanders' location.

It's a surreal  look at art imitating life to many and you can read more about the incidents on the NWN Blog.

Thanks to MMOGames.com for a great find.

 

General : Cryptic Hiring Producers - What MMO is Next?

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Cryptic Studios may be looking to its stable of MMOs with yesterday's Gamasutra posting looking for producers for an as-yet unnamed project. Given Cryptic's rich MMO development of games including Neverwinter, Champions Online and Star Trek Online, it seems to be a promising development.

Cryptic Studios is currently seeking full-time Producers.  We are seeking sharp, motivated people to join our team and work on Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) games.

Located in Northern California in Los Gatos, we offer the fun, focused, and casual atmosphere of a small developer.  We actively balance our work with the personal lives of our employees.  At Cryptic, we look for people who have passion for what they do and work well in teams to create and operate fun and challenging online games.

Read the full job listing at Gamasutra.

Dragon's Prophet : New Community-Driven Content Released

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Gamigo has announced that new stability and  technology improvements have been applied to Dragon's Prophet servers in addition to new cosmetic costumes, and a new and simplified hatching function. Lastly, bug fixes for dungeons, quests and items have also been applied.

You can check out the full change log on the Dragon's Prophet site.

 

General : Nintendo NX Console Confirmed for 2017

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Nintendo has finally confirmed the rumors about a new console through a Tweet earlier today. Nintendo of America said that the NX will launch a new Legend of Zelda game simultaneously with the Wii U version. The first showing of the NX, rumored to be Android based, will take place at this year's E3.

The new Legend of #Zelda will be the focus of #E3 2016. It will launch simultaneously on both Wii U and NX in 2017 pic.twitter.com/icfBlybnkm

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 27, 2016
  • NX: Nintendo previously announced that it would release more information about its next system, code-named NX, this year. As the first announcement of any NX information, Nintendo confirmed that NX is scheduled to launch in March 2017. NX will not make an appearance at the upcoming E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles in June and will be unveiled later this year.
  • The Legend of Zelda: The latest installment in this classic franchise is scheduled to launch simultaneously for both Wii U and NX, and both versions of the game have been in development in tandem. Because developers need more time to polish the game, it will launch in 2017, but it will be the focus of Nintendo’s presence at E3.

Darkest Dungeon : PlayStation 4 Version Delayed Slightly, Mac Coming This Week

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Darkest Dungeon team has posted a lengthy note about the latest happenings in the game including the big news that the Linux beta version is now live and that Mac will be coming later this week. In addition, the PS4 version originally slated for late spring or early summer release has been shifted to late July or early August.

We are happy to announce that Linux is officially out as a supported platform! Earlier this month we put out a beta version of the Linux build and with the help of our community members we’ve addressed all the major issues and feel confident in the current stability of the build to give it a wide release.

Read the full report on the Darkest Dungeon Steam site.

General : Curse Introduces New Multi-Function VOIP

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Curse Inc. has taken the wraps off its new VOIP program called "Curse" that brings a new path of communication for gamers with YouTube integration, a fully-featured web client, overlay support, built-in giveaway support, Twitch synch, community engagement abilities and more.

Curse is the quintessential replacement for Skype, TeamSpeak and IRC, providing users an all-in-one app that offers unique features available with the new platform. Driven by fast server-based Voice Over IP (VOIP) technology, Curse equips everyday players, professional gamers and streamers with a high-quality, easy-to-use communication platform. Coupled with a fully-featured web client, Curse is accessible anywhere, at any time, so you never leave your team behind. It also takes extra steps to protect its users against cyber-attacks by not exposing their Internet protocol address.

Check out Curse to see if it fits your VOIP needs.

Overwatch : Celebrities to Take Part in EU Events After Launch

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

The Overwatch team has announced a series of live events that will bring celebrities together to take part in epic battles. Sports personalities, entertainers and game developers will fight for supremacy in England, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.

Overwatch stalwarts Lalna and Sjin from The Yogscast will be joined by the amazing Hollie Bennett from PlayStation Access, as well as Alan Ismail, better known as MoreConsole. Influencer favorites like the hilarious YouTuber Slogoman and the irrepressible Mantrousse will also head in to battle with the well-known Jamal Edwards MBE, founder of SBTV!

Check out more of the details on the Overwatch site.

General : SoulWorker Headed to the EU and NA Via Gameforge

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Gameforge has sent word that it will be bringing SoulWorker to both North America and Europe. SoulWorker is an action MMO with an anime art style that supports both keyboard / mouse and controller.

  • Enthralling Anime story based on humanity's battle for survival - Hordes of enemies threaten the barely standing world of SoulWorker: there's not only beasts from other dimensions, but also a private military conglomerate and other power-thirsty peoples trying to wipe out all of humanity.
  • Four classes at launch - At launch there'll be four classes to choose from, each exuding a true Anime feel. Players can decide between the 'Soulum Sword', 'Mist Scythe' 'Gun Jazz' or 'Howling Guitar'. An optimised third-person camera lets the action-laden battles shine and serves to highlight the beauty of the real-time effects.
  • Large PvE content with adventurous dungeons - Over 100 PvE dungeons with episodic final bosses are split across different difficulty levels. In doing so, the initial instances tell the story behind SoulWorker, whilst adventures in regions with a higher level or daily challenges offer opportunities for big rewards.
  • Crafting, guilds, housing and plenty more - There is a wealth of items to be crafted using blueprints. Players can also form a group or guild and fight to earn their own lands. Once acquired, their own four walls can then be made to feel like home with a selection of furniture pieces. A user-friendly marketplace also offers a chance to trade for armour, weapons and also special cards that promise strengthening magic.

There is not yet a site available, but we'll let you know  when it's live!

Chronicles of Elyria : Latest Tech Video Shows Off Aging & Dynamics Tech

Posted Apr 27, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Soulbound Studios has posted the second in a series of tech videos to show off core mechanics in Chronicles of Elyria. In this installment, both aging and body dynamics are shown. The aging process is revealed from age 25 to 75 and the differences in body visuals in relation to profession and more.

In this video, a character ages from 25 to 75 years old. This process normally takes approximately 7 months, but has been radically sped up to showcase the gradual transition in a more obvious way.

In addition to the aging system the video showcases the Body Dynamics feature. In Chronicles of Elyria, character customization doesn't end with character creation. Instead, it continues after you enter the world based on how you play your character. As a result, a baker, barkeep, blacksmith, librarian, alchemist, or champion will all look visibly different to reflect their chosen profession.

Check it out and let us know what you think!


Skyforge : Reapers' Revenge Begins

Posted Apr 26, 2016 by Suzie Ford

My.com and the Allods Team have announced that the latest Skyforge update, Reapers' Revenge, is now live on all servers. The patch brings a number of additions and improvements, including gamepad controller support, into Skyforge.

Players can look forward to Distortion Vectors, mount upgrades to make them faster and spawn more quickly; and D-Series Distortions for Pantheons to test their mettle.

Check out the full update notes on the Skyforge site.

The Repopulation : Fragmented Early Access Begins

Posted Apr 26, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Early Access for The Repopulation: Fragmented, a survival title based on the same game world as the original, has officially kicked off on Steam. Those choosing to buy Fragmented for $18.74 (25% off for now) will automatically be granted access. Backers of the original title have already been granted Early Access status. 

As part of today's Fragmented launch, devs deployed a brand new patch with several new features and bug fixes. 

You can check it all out by visiting The Repopulation: Fragmented Steam page.

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