Jim Sterling has published a new video regarding what he believes is "the addictive cost of predatory video game monetization". In the half-hour long documentary, Sterling speaks about the impact of microtransactions and loot boxes and the effect they have on players. He looks "at the human cost of predatory monetization" and even speaks with a mobile studio CEO "whose tactics for hunting 'whales' sound scarily like instructions for selling drugs".
The latest Astellia trailer showcases The Colosseum, an enclosed space where parties of players take on ever-increasingly difficult waves of monsters. The goal is to reduce the number of monsters as quickly as possible which challenges party members to perform their roles successfully. Luckily, resurrection is automatic so players can rejoin the fray.
The latest in a series of developer video diaries for Ashes of Creation has been released, this time on the subject of animations. Senior Animation Artist Brad Constantine takes viewers through the process from receiving a character from the art team and bringing it to life in the game. Lead Designer Jeffrey Bard also chips in on the "synergy between design and animation" to create an immersive environment for players.
EVE Online capsuleers will need to be wary when taking to the skies as a galactic Drifter invasion has begun. In a new "news report" called The Scope (direct from New Eden), the devastating news of the Drifter invasion is detailed. "CCP reached out to the Drifters for comment, but they rejected the team's hailing frequencies. An image was intercepted that is causing a lot of consternation as it is unknown, though it appears to be something of a Drifter meme...
The latest edition of Inside Star Citizen has arrived, this time calling itself the "season finale". The team takes "a look at the three-headed chimera of AI systems (social, ships, and combat) and find out what Alpha 3.6 features the devs are most excited about".
The latest Starbase video is out and about, this time featuring both weapons and gunfights. Viewers will be treated to a visual of how combat will look, at least in this early stage, when the voxel-vertex-based space-themed MMO is released.
Respawn Entertainment has released a brand new trailer to introduce Apex Legends Season 2. Most notably, the main Apex Legends map is going to be packed full of new flora and fauna. "Kings Canyon will never be the same". Players can look forward to Leviathans that have invaded as well.
Human Head Studios has sent out a brand new trailer for Rune II. While he is supposed to die at the end of Ragnarok, Loki who has found a way to change the flow of time and sends the world into an "infinite cycle of chaos". Every era in the cycle is marked by a new variety of challenges: "perpetual night, giant-filled lands, harsh ice-ridden landscapes and more".
The MMORPG genre was once the king of gaming, but over the past few years there's been a noticeable decline in new MMOs released. The playerbase has slowly dwindled, and the quality of games has decreased. This has been a topic discussed many, many times... What caused the downfall of the MMORPG? It's a nuanced subject with many possible answers. TheHiveLeader has a bit of a different take.
EA and Respawn Entertainment have sent out an extended cut video replay that features Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay footage from E3 2019. Game Director Stig Asmussen has also written a letter to the community to provide insight into the combat and its inspiration. In addition, he takes a look at the "non-linear approach to level design" and much more.
When the v8.2 Rise of Azshara update rolls into World of Warcraft tomorrow (Wednesday in the EU), players will be able to complete Pathfinder Part 2 which will not only unlock flying in Kul Tiras and Zandalar, but also in the new Nazjatar and Mechagon zones as well. Doing so will see players earn the new Wonderwing 2.0 mount as a reward as well.
We have received an exclusive trailer from Rogue Snail about loot, Loot, LOOT coming in Relic Hunters Legend, the sequel to Relic Hunters Zero. Legends is a "character focused co-op that will task players with some 'timey wimey' travel to the past to thwart a mysterious villain" that is currently in Steam Early Access. Devs are priming the game for a 2020 release.
Ashen Eye is a new concept map for Ring of Elysium. It breaks the battle royale rules by eliminating a "shrinking map" scenario in favor of an erupting volcano. Players will be faced with toxic air and there will be no shrinking area to contend with. Instead, players will face the Ashen Eye that is constantly moving throughout the location.
The latest Inside Star Citizen is out and about this Friday morning. This time, Associate Creative Producer Jared Huckaby introduces several segments, the first of which is about an in-development pistol and an SMG, both of which will arrive in 3.6.
Killsquad is an upcoming action RPG by Killsquad Games. It's set to launch into Steam early access later this summer. The team has released a brand new gameplay trailer / tutorial about Cass, the Warrior Nun. She is a highly mobile Assassin who dishes out melee damage and uses invisibility and teleportation skills to surprise her opponents.