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  1. The developers at Virtuoso Neomedia Enterprises describe Blazing Legion: Ignition as "an introspective, character driven, tactical first person bullet-hell about mecha and the consequences of becoming who you have to be." It is a concept that the game's producer and lead developer Ethan Redd has summarized as "Top Gun meets Gundam." And, honestly, that's one appealing pitch for pretty much anything - someone turns to me and says, "Top Gun meets Gundam" and I'm gonna respond, "Cool, let's do whatever that is!" Players take on the role of Vana, a legendary ace mecha pilot, as she comes to the forefront of a populist revolution against a galactic empire. the action hops between the present day realities that threaten a massive space war and Vana's memories of past missions with the Burning Legion, her former comrades. The team at Virtuoso hopes to balance out the frantic action with more thoughtful, quiet moments that give context and meaning to the explosive, kinetic action sequences. If the striking color, stylish combat, giant robots, and dramatic sensibilities of late 90s anime are up your alley, then Blazing Legion definitely deserves to be on your radar. Blazing Legion: Ignition should be released for PC sometime in 2018 with a show-ready demo surfacing around GDC in March.
  2. The developers at Virtuoso Neomedia Enterprises describe Blazing Legion: Ignition as "an introspective, character driven, tactical first person bullet-hell about mecha and the consequences of becoming who you have to be." It is a concept that the game's producer and lead developer Ethan Redd has summarized as "Top Gun meets Gundam." And, honestly, that's one appealing pitch for pretty much anything - someone turns to me and says, "Top Gun meets Gundam" and I'm gonna respond, "Cool, let's do whatever that is!" Players take on the role of Vana, a legendary ace mecha pilot, as she comes to the forefront of a populist revolution against a galactic empire. the action hops between the present day realities that threaten a massive space war and Vana's memories of past missions with the Burning Legion, her former comrades. The team at Virtuoso hopes to balance out the frantic action with more thoughtful, quiet moments that give context and meaning to the explosive, kinetic action sequences. If the striking color, stylish combat, giant robots, and dramatic sensibilities of late 90s anime are up your alley, then Blazing Legion definitely deserves to be on your radar. Blazing Legion: Ignition should be released for PC sometime in 2018 with a show-ready demo surfacing around GDC in March. View full article
  3. The Valkyria Chronicles series returns next year with its fourth mainline entry coming to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. While that might throw off some fans of the first Valkyria Chronicles that released for the PlayStation 3 back in 2008, Valkyria Chronicles 2 and 3 were only ever released for the PlayStation Portable. That means that by the time Valkyria Chronicles 4 releases, it will have been a decade since a mainline game from the franchise has appeared on consoles. It should be noted that Valkyria Chronicles has been considered the core series while titles like the recent Valkyria Revolution and Valkyria Chronicles D are spin-offs of the franchise. The signature watercolor look of the series returns along with its World War II-inspired political turmoil, weaponry, and drama. Players will join the ranks of Squad E as they undertake a desperate mission to capture the enemy's capital and bring the war to an end. Losses in war will bring heartbreak, test friendships, and determine the fate of the war. Of course, Squad E will also have their encounters with the mysterious and powerful Valkyria. Sega has teased that other mysteries will be introduced in this entry, too. In addition to a new engine built specifically to help better render the watercolor aesthetic of the series, Valkyria Chronicles 4 offers the next iteration of its unique mash-up of real-time and turn-based combat. One part strategy, one part third-person shooter, and one part RPG, the revamped system offers a new class, the grenadier, battleship support, a last stand opportunity for soldiers near death, and larger maps than were possible on the consoles of the previous generation. Valkyria Chronicles 4 releases sometime in 2018 for PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.
  4. The Valkyria Chronicles series returns next year with its fourth mainline entry coming to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. While that might throw off some fans of the first Valkyria Chronicles that released for the PlayStation 3 back in 2008, Valkyria Chronicles 2 and 3 were only ever released for the PlayStation Portable. That means that by the time Valkyria Chronicles 4 releases, it will have been a decade since a mainline game from the franchise has appeared on consoles. It should be noted that Valkyria Chronicles has been considered the core series while titles like the recent Valkyria Revolution and Valkyria Chronicles D are spin-offs of the franchise. The signature watercolor look of the series returns along with its World War II-inspired political turmoil, weaponry, and drama. Players will join the ranks of Squad E as they undertake a desperate mission to capture the enemy's capital and bring the war to an end. Losses in war will bring heartbreak, test friendships, and determine the fate of the war. Of course, Squad E will also have their encounters with the mysterious and powerful Valkyria. Sega has teased that other mysteries will be introduced in this entry, too. In addition to a new engine built specifically to help better render the watercolor aesthetic of the series, Valkyria Chronicles 4 offers the next iteration of its unique mash-up of real-time and turn-based combat. One part strategy, one part third-person shooter, and one part RPG, the revamped system offers a new class, the grenadier, battleship support, a last stand opportunity for soldiers near death, and larger maps than were possible on the consoles of the previous generation. Valkyria Chronicles 4 releases sometime in 2018 for PS4, Switch, and Xbox One. View full article
  5. Titan Quest released back in 2006, and an expansion titled Immortal Throne followed on its heels a year later. From that second expansion until now, over ten years have passed. Today, THQ Nordic announced that a second expansion has been stealth released for PC. The new adventure goes by the name of Titan Quest Ragnarök. Whereas the core game took players around the ancient world fighting mythical beasts and gods in Greece, Egypt, and China, Ragnarök adds a new Norse adventure developed by Pieces Interactive. It brings a new story act to the base game with a slew of new quests. Players will test their mettle against the Celts, the enigmatic Northmen, and the gods of Asgard itself. The expansion also sprinkles new features and secrets into the base game. More masteries help players optimize their playing style and offer more strategic flexibility. The new weapons add different ways to fight enemies and new gear brings a fresh look to Titan Quest. Most importantly, after more than a decade, players of Titan Quest will finally be able to wear pants! Ragnarök introduces graphical and performance improvements, too. New shaders and effects go a long way toward sprucing up the mythological action. Players will have access to better control customization, UI, and modding tools to create their own Titan Quest adventures. Oh, and ragdoll physics, because how else are you going to properly convey the power of Thor without sending everyone flying? Ragnarök is not a standalone adventure and does require the recent version of Titan Quest, Titan Quest Anniversary Edition, to function. Some of you might be asking yourselves, "why now?" After all, it is a bit weird that a publisher would go out of their way to fund the development of a game that's over a decade old. Perhaps this stealthy release becomes more understandable when looking at the sales of Titan Quest Anniversary Edition. The anniversary release aimed to celebrate the cult classic with a revamped and retooled version of Titan Quest and that was probably about all that it was expected to cash in on. However, it seems to have become something of a stealth hit, raking in over 1.6 million sales in the past year. I suspect that information funded the development of Ragnarök relatively quickly. So what do you think? Will you be picking up Titan Quest Ragnarök?
  6. Titan Quest released back in 2006, and an expansion titled Immortal Throne followed on its heels a year later. From that second expansion until now, over ten years have passed. Today, THQ Nordic announced that a second expansion has been stealth released for PC. The new adventure goes by the name of Titan Quest Ragnarök. Whereas the core game took players around the ancient world fighting mythical beasts and gods in Greece, Egypt, and China, Ragnarök adds a new Norse adventure developed by Pieces Interactive. It brings a new story act to the base game with a slew of new quests. Players will test their mettle against the Celts, the enigmatic Northmen, and the gods of Asgard itself. The expansion also sprinkles new features and secrets into the base game. More masteries help players optimize their playing style and offer more strategic flexibility. The new weapons add different ways to fight enemies and new gear brings a fresh look to Titan Quest. Most importantly, after more than a decade, players of Titan Quest will finally be able to wear pants! Ragnarök introduces graphical and performance improvements, too. New shaders and effects go a long way toward sprucing up the mythological action. Players will have access to better control customization, UI, and modding tools to create their own Titan Quest adventures. Oh, and ragdoll physics, because how else are you going to properly convey the power of Thor without sending everyone flying? Ragnarök is not a standalone adventure and does require the recent version of Titan Quest, Titan Quest Anniversary Edition, to function. Some of you might be asking yourselves, "why now?" After all, it is a bit weird that a publisher would go out of their way to fund the development of a game that's over a decade old. Perhaps this stealthy release becomes more understandable when looking at the sales of Titan Quest Anniversary Edition. The anniversary release aimed to celebrate the cult classic with a revamped and retooled version of Titan Quest and that was probably about all that it was expected to cash in on. However, it seems to have become something of a stealth hit, raking in over 1.6 million sales in the past year. I suspect that information funded the development of Ragnarök relatively quickly. So what do you think? Will you be picking up Titan Quest Ragnarök? View full article
  7. The Steven Universe games are strange beasts. Save the Light releases tomorrow for PlayStation 4 and November 3 for Xbox One. It serves as a direct sequel to Attack the Light, which released on Android and iOS. That's the exact opposite of how most game series tend to work. On top of that, Save the Light will be the 15th game involving the characters from Steven Universe. Strangely, or perhaps less strange for fans of the hugely popular Cartoon Network series, the console adaptation of the franchise looks to be incredibly well put together. The aesthetic remains true to the show by adopting an almost Paper Mario-like style. The combat system also appears to be something that fans of classic RPGs and newcomers alike could enjoy with a variety of special moves, summon-like fusion forms, and unique battle mechanics that freshen up the hybrid real-time and turn-based battles. Steven, Garnet, Pearl, Amethyst, Connie, Greg, and Peridot all join forces to save the light tomorrow on PS4 and November 3 on Xbox One.
  8. The Steven Universe games are strange beasts. Save the Light releases tomorrow for PlayStation 4 and November 3 for Xbox One. It serves as a direct sequel to Attack the Light, which released on Android and iOS. That's the exact opposite of how most game series tend to work. On top of that, Save the Light will be the 15th game involving the characters from Steven Universe. Strangely, or perhaps less strange for fans of the hugely popular Cartoon Network series, the console adaptation of the franchise looks to be incredibly well put together. The aesthetic remains true to the show by adopting an almost Paper Mario-like style. The combat system also appears to be something that fans of classic RPGs and newcomers alike could enjoy with a variety of special moves, summon-like fusion forms, and unique battle mechanics that freshen up the hybrid real-time and turn-based battles. Steven, Garnet, Pearl, Amethyst, Connie, Greg, and Peridot all join forces to save the light tomorrow on PS4 and November 3 on Xbox One. View full article
  9. I have some words for you: Motor. Cycle. Wheel. Saws. If a combination of those words caught your attention, keep an eye on the upcoming Steel Rats. The 2.5D action arcade title combines motorized combat with stunts to create retro-futuristic destruction gameplay. Motorcycles operate based on the physics of Steel Rats with customization options. Players will pilot their battle-hardened racer on sketchy streets, over near-future rooftops, and through grungy tunnels. You might be asking yourself at this point, "What exactly is a Street Rat?" The Street Rats are a punk biker gang who rule the streets of Coastal City. You might think that makes them a threat to law and order, but quite the contrary. The Street Rats are the last remaining line of defense for a city under constant siege by an oncoming army of junkbots bent on its destruction. Players can choose their own characters, unlock special moves and bikes, and fight across the near armaggeddon cityscape of their once sacred turf. The soundtrack of Steel Rats is being created by the Japanese rock trio The 5.6.7.8's who are known for their song "Woo Hoo" featured in Kill Bill: Volume 1. “Steel Rats is set in an atmospheric, stylized, retro-future version of 40s and 50s Americana,” says Jacek Gburczyk, art director on the project, “we’ve taken everything we love from America in that time period and mixed it up with our favorite parts of dieselpunk and steampunk influences to create something that has a wholly original feel and character.” A new CGI trailer released today conveys the essence of what developer Tate Multimedia envisions for their project. Steel Rats comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018.
  10. I have some words for you: Motor. Cycle. Wheel. Saws. If a combination of those words caught your attention, keep an eye on the upcoming Steel Rats. The 2.5D action arcade title combines motorized combat with stunts to create retro-futuristic destruction gameplay. Motorcycles operate based on the physics of Steel Rats with customization options. Players will pilot their battle-hardened racer on sketchy streets, over near-future rooftops, and through grungy tunnels. You might be asking yourself at this point, "What exactly is a Street Rat?" The Street Rats are a punk biker gang who rule the streets of Coastal City. You might think that makes them a threat to law and order, but quite the contrary. The Street Rats are the last remaining line of defense for a city under constant siege by an oncoming army of junkbots bent on its destruction. Players can choose their own characters, unlock special moves and bikes, and fight across the near armaggeddon cityscape of their once sacred turf. The soundtrack of Steel Rats is being created by the Japanese rock trio The 5.6.7.8's who are known for their song "Woo Hoo" featured in Kill Bill: Volume 1. “Steel Rats is set in an atmospheric, stylized, retro-future version of 40s and 50s Americana,” says Jacek Gburczyk, art director on the project, “we’ve taken everything we love from America in that time period and mixed it up with our favorite parts of dieselpunk and steampunk influences to create something that has a wholly original feel and character.” A new CGI trailer released today conveys the essence of what developer Tate Multimedia envisions for their project. Steel Rats comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018. View full article
  11. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Revealed

    Developer Fatshark held a livestream today in which it pulled the covers off of the sequel to Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide. The company's modest attempt at creating a medieval fantasy version of Left 4 Dead has now given way to a much more expanded universe full of all kinds of creatures and dangers beyond the Skaven rat-men who plagued the first game. The heroes from the previous game have united to take on the remnants of the Skaven army who have allied themselves with the Chaos faction. The five heroes can choose from 15 difference career paths, each with different appearances, abilities, talent trees, and equipment. This team of hardy adventurers are the only thing standing between the oncoming hordes of rat-men, Chaos, and more that seek the destruction of the empire. As you might deduce from the earlier comparison to Left 4 Dead, Vermintide 2 continues the series penchant for four player co-op. Players will need to work together either with their friends or NPCs to survive each of the 13 deadly levels that take place around the fortress city of Helmgart on the border of the Empire. Vermintide 2 will come with integrated Twitch functionality. More information about just how exactly Twitch will be integrated into Vermintide 2 remains to be seen. More information will be coming during a livestream this December. “Vermintide 2 is the evolution of the genre. If you liked the first game, you’ll love the second.” says Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark, “We have listened to the community, analyzed hours and hours of online playthroughs, and combined this with our passion for co-op games to bring you the very best experience possible.” Warhammer: Vermintide 2 will be available first quarter 2018 for PC and consoles.
  12. Developer Fatshark held a livestream today in which it pulled the covers off of the sequel to Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide. The company's modest attempt at creating a medieval fantasy version of Left 4 Dead has now given way to a much more expanded universe full of all kinds of creatures and dangers beyond the Skaven rat-men who plagued the first game. The heroes from the previous game have united to take on the remnants of the Skaven army who have allied themselves with the Chaos faction. The five heroes can choose from 15 difference career paths, each with different appearances, abilities, talent trees, and equipment. This team of hardy adventurers are the only thing standing between the oncoming hordes of rat-men, Chaos, and more that seek the destruction of the empire. As you might deduce from the earlier comparison to Left 4 Dead, Vermintide 2 continues the series penchant for four player co-op. Players will need to work together either with their friends or NPCs to survive each of the 13 deadly levels that take place around the fortress city of Helmgart on the border of the Empire. Vermintide 2 will come with integrated Twitch functionality. More information about just how exactly Twitch will be integrated into Vermintide 2 remains to be seen. More information will be coming during a livestream this December. “Vermintide 2 is the evolution of the genre. If you liked the first game, you’ll love the second.” says Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark, “We have listened to the community, analyzed hours and hours of online playthroughs, and combined this with our passion for co-op games to bring you the very best experience possible.” Warhammer: Vermintide 2 will be available first quarter 2018 for PC and consoles. View full article
  13. The stealth, action RPG Seven: The Days Long Gone has come a long way since it was announced last year. Its developer, Fool's Theory, has revealed the upcoming release date along side the various versions of the game headed to digital storefronts and a new trailer. Seven: The Days Long Gone adapts the 3D isometric perspective popular in games like Divinity Original Sin to fit stealth-action RPG gameplay. Players take on the role of Teriel, a master thief bent on making his way in a "beyond post-apocalyptic" world ruled by the Vetrall Empire. His life becomes complicated when he finds himself possessed by an ancient daemon and sent off on a mission to the prison isle of Peh. Teriel is able to use his thieving skills to climb objects and buildings in an environment littered with mysterious technology, ancient legends, and more. Each mission offers multiple paths to completion in this adventure made by a team of ex-CD Projekt Red developers. Seven: The Days Long Gone launches for PC on December 1. Customers who pre-order the game can get the exclusive Shadowhand armor set. There's also a collector's edition that comes with the Shadowhand armor, a digital artbook that contains every sketch and piece of artwork from the development process, the soundtrack by The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt composer Marcin Przybyłowicz, a map of the island of Peh, and a guidebook for the world of Seven.
  14. The stealth, action RPG Seven: The Days Long Gone has come a long way since it was announced last year. Its developer, Fool's Theory, has revealed the upcoming release date along side the various versions of the game headed to digital storefronts and a new trailer. Seven: The Days Long Gone adapts the 3D isometric perspective popular in games like Divinity Original Sin to fit stealth-action RPG gameplay. Players take on the role of Teriel, a master thief bent on making his way in a "beyond post-apocalyptic" world ruled by the Vetrall Empire. His life becomes complicated when he finds himself possessed by an ancient daemon and sent off on a mission to the prison isle of Peh. Teriel is able to use his thieving skills to climb objects and buildings in an environment littered with mysterious technology, ancient legends, and more. Each mission offers multiple paths to completion in this adventure made by a team of ex-CD Projekt Red developers. Seven: The Days Long Gone launches for PC on December 1. Customers who pre-order the game can get the exclusive Shadowhand armor set. There's also a collector's edition that comes with the Shadowhand armor, a digital artbook that contains every sketch and piece of artwork from the development process, the soundtrack by The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt composer Marcin Przybyłowicz, a map of the island of Peh, and a guidebook for the world of Seven. View full article
  15. Extinction made a definite impression when it appeared at this year's E3. Players take on the role of Avil, the last Sentinel of his world, as he fights to prevent humanity's annihilation at the hands of an army of towering ogres. The Attack on Titan-like size disparity between the ogres and Avil leads to really interesting logistical problems - how do you best climb an angry skyscraper bent on killing you? The new gameplay trailer from Iron Galaxy showcases the different ogres, a lore tease, and some of Avil's handy acrobatic moves. Extinction is separated into multiple levels where Avil must defend his city against waves of ogre invaders. These ogres are able to completely destroy the environment - if Avil sits back to do nothing, the city could be completely leveled. In order to fight them, Avil will need to dash through city streets, climb towers, and use whatever the environment can provide to take down the ogres. Ogres come in all kinds of different variations. Some are heavily armored, others have light armor, but massive weapons. The gameplay trailer alludes to numerous other types of ogres that haven't yet been revealed, but we see hulking red brutes and ogres with barbed wire and bones around their piece of armor, hinting that what we have seen so far is only the tip of the ogre-sized iceberg. Extinction will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC early 2018.
  16. Extinction made a definite impression when it appeared at this year's E3. Players take on the role of Avil, the last Sentinel of his world, as he fights to prevent humanity's annihilation at the hands of an army of towering ogres. The Attack on Titan-like size disparity between the ogres and Avil leads to really interesting logistical problems - how do you best climb an angry skyscraper bent on killing you? The new gameplay trailer from Iron Galaxy showcases the different ogres, a lore tease, and some of Avil's handy acrobatic moves. Extinction is separated into multiple levels where Avil must defend his city against waves of ogre invaders. These ogres are able to completely destroy the environment - if Avil sits back to do nothing, the city could be completely leveled. In order to fight them, Avil will need to dash through city streets, climb towers, and use whatever the environment can provide to take down the ogres. Ogres come in all kinds of different variations. Some are heavily armored, others have light armor, but massive weapons. The gameplay trailer alludes to numerous other types of ogres that haven't yet been revealed, but we see hulking red brutes and ogres with barbed wire and bones around their piece of armor, hinting that what we have seen so far is only the tip of the ogre-sized iceberg. Extinction will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC early 2018. View full article
  17. UNTS UNTS UNTS. The beat of the music gets under your skin. UNTS UNTS UNTS. And rhythmic action seems to fit. Indie studio MythicOwl has revealed their upcoming arcade-music title Trancelation. With trance music blazing in the background, neon colors, and psychedelic shapes draped over unique-looking arcade mechanics, they are hoping to catch the attention of the criminally under-served music and rhythm gaming community. Oh, and it does all of that while attempting to teach the player new languages. “I love arcade games a lot – you dive into the flow, the rhythm, a kind of a trance really, which is maximized by the music and the lightning effects. And if you lose, you immediately hit 'retry' – involuntarily even,” said Piotr Korgul, Trancelation’s lead designer. “I wanted to make a game that would be enjoyable for those reasons. I’ve merged that idea with language learning, and I think no one has done something like this before – and turns out that those both elements fit together perfectly. Neon, trance, electronic music, languages… I know it sounds like a crazy idea, but who doesn’t like crazy ideas?” The core gameplay involves moving a lightning ball by putting together words from various languages. Other game modes task players with picking up glowing dots scattered across the maps. Players will need to navigate around enemies and obstacles or face the loss of a life. To help players have a good time, MythicOwl has included bombs, shields, extra lives, and points for every correct word pairing. Trancelation might not teach you the ins and outs of an entire language, but it might just be able to teach players enough to communicate with others, which would be very cool to see! No official release date has been announced, but Trancelation will be releasing on PC in the near future.
  18. UNTS UNTS UNTS. The beat of the music gets under your skin. UNTS UNTS UNTS. And rhythmic action seems to fit. Indie studio MythicOwl has revealed their upcoming arcade-music title Trancelation. With trance music blazing in the background, neon colors, and psychedelic shapes draped over unique-looking arcade mechanics, they are hoping to catch the attention of the criminally under-served music and rhythm gaming community. Oh, and it does all of that while attempting to teach the player new languages. “I love arcade games a lot – you dive into the flow, the rhythm, a kind of a trance really, which is maximized by the music and the lightning effects. And if you lose, you immediately hit 'retry' – involuntarily even,” said Piotr Korgul, Trancelation’s lead designer. “I wanted to make a game that would be enjoyable for those reasons. I’ve merged that idea with language learning, and I think no one has done something like this before – and turns out that those both elements fit together perfectly. Neon, trance, electronic music, languages… I know it sounds like a crazy idea, but who doesn’t like crazy ideas?” The core gameplay involves moving a lightning ball by putting together words from various languages. Other game modes task players with picking up glowing dots scattered across the maps. Players will need to navigate around enemies and obstacles or face the loss of a life. To help players have a good time, MythicOwl has included bombs, shields, extra lives, and points for every correct word pairing. Trancelation might not teach you the ins and outs of an entire language, but it might just be able to teach players enough to communicate with others, which would be very cool to see! No official release date has been announced, but Trancelation will be releasing on PC in the near future. View full article
  19. With Star Wars Battlefront II a little over a month and a half away, EA has begun kicking the hype machine into high gear. That that end, the colossal game publisher has thrown its weight around to get the lovable John Boyega, who portrays Finn in Star Wars Episode VII-???, to talk about Star Wars Battlefront II's various features and mechanics. Not going to lie - the first iteration of the current Star Wars Battlefront cycle released with impressive visuals, but lacking in content. Star Wars Battlefront II seems to be angling to address that problem by providing a variety of different modes, a single-player campaign, local co-op, fourteen different maps, and an overhauled system to allow anyone to earn different in-game drops like spawning as a hero or elite trooper. Star Wars Battlefront II launches on November 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
  20. With Star Wars Battlefront II a little over a month and a half away, EA has begun kicking the hype machine into high gear. That that end, the colossal game publisher has thrown its weight around to get the lovable John Boyega, who portrays Finn in Star Wars Episode VII-???, to talk about Star Wars Battlefront II's various features and mechanics. Not going to lie - the first iteration of the current Star Wars Battlefront cycle released with impressive visuals, but lacking in content. Star Wars Battlefront II seems to be angling to address that problem by providing a variety of different modes, a single-player campaign, local co-op, fourteen different maps, and an overhauled system to allow anyone to earn different in-game drops like spawning as a hero or elite trooper. Star Wars Battlefront II launches on November 17 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. View full article
  21. Halo 3 Turns 10

    Get out your battle rifles and yell at whoever grabbed the rocket launcher, today marks the tenth anniversary of the Halo title that asked everyone to believe one last time. 343 Industries, the heir to Halo's legacy after Bungie split from Microsoft to make Destiny, have put together a bunch of things to celebrate the occasion. Last Thursday, Halo 3 came to the Xbox One's backwards compatible library along with Halo CE: Anniversary, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4. People who want to get their 360-era Halo on can slide in their old discs or buy the digital version via Live. 343 has made sure that all of the map DLC for Halo 3 have been made available for free - and you will need those map downloads for Halo 3 multiplayer. In a post commemorating the tenth anniversary, 343 hinted that more content could be on the way for Halo 3 saying, "In honor of Halo 3's 10th birthday we've been working closely with [the back-compat team] on some additional awesome things for Halo 3. We can't spill the beans just yet, but stay tuned for more info soon." 343 has also been working with its Halo 5 community to put together something special for the occasion. For months, the company's "Sierra Team" put together a playlist with the help of community map makers to recreate some of the most iconic Halo 3 maps in Halo 5. The playlist will tweak the gameplay to have a more Halo 3 feel with disabled abilities, a bigger motion tracker, and slightly different physics. This tweaked Halo 3 Classic Throwback playlist will be available for a few weeks in Halo 5. If enough people play it, 343 says they'll consider letting it stick around or possibly even updating it.
  22. Gaming News:Halo 3 Turns 10

    Get out your battle rifles and yell at whoever grabbed the rocket launcher, today marks the tenth anniversary of the Halo title that asked everyone to believe one last time. 343 Industries, the heir to Halo's legacy after Bungie split from Microsoft to make Destiny, have put together a bunch of things to celebrate the occasion. Last Thursday, Halo 3 came to the Xbox One's backwards compatible library along with Halo CE: Anniversary, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4. People who want to get their 360-era Halo on can slide in their old discs or buy the digital version via Live. 343 has made sure that all of the map DLC for Halo 3 have been made available for free - and you will need those map downloads for Halo 3 multiplayer. In a post commemorating the tenth anniversary, 343 hinted that more content could be on the way for Halo 3 saying, "In honor of Halo 3's 10th birthday we've been working closely with [the back-compat team] on some additional awesome things for Halo 3. We can't spill the beans just yet, but stay tuned for more info soon." 343 has also been working with its Halo 5 community to put together something special for the occasion. For months, the company's "Sierra Team" put together a playlist with the help of community map makers to recreate some of the most iconic Halo 3 maps in Halo 5. The playlist will tweak the gameplay to have a more Halo 3 feel with disabled abilities, a bigger motion tracker, and slightly different physics. This tweaked Halo 3 Classic Throwback playlist will be available for a few weeks in Halo 5. If enough people play it, 343 says they'll consider letting it stick around or possibly even updating it. View full article
  23. Aliens have been conspicuously absent from Elite: Dangerous since its release in 2014. Space-faring ship commanders have been fighting with other humans out in the verse for the past few years with human technology. That's all about to change. The Elite franchise once had a species of alien known as the Thargoids, an insectoid race who served as antagonists in the very first Elite game from 1984. In Elite: Dangerous, they have passed into legend. Various bits of in-game lore have hinted at their existence, but most of the evidence that they even exist has been wiped out. It has been hundreds of years since the last Thargoid encounter... but now the humans of the Elite universe will have to adapt to the reemergence of humanity's boogeymen. "Expect a little bit of an arms race to be going on," said Sandro Sammarco on the revelatory livestream held earlier today to talk about the rollout of 2.4. The weapons of the Thargoids will indeed be powerful, however, they will be powerful in a way different from how power has been calculated for human vessels. Their function and abilities will be wildly different from the enemies Elite players have encountered over the past few years of combat and exploration. However, that doesn't mean humanity won't have a way of fighting the alien threat - new weapons effective against Thargoids will be releasing, too. Frontier Developments also showed off the first in a series of cinematic shorts designed to introduce players to the new dangers of the universe. These follow a group of commanders equipped with experimental technology as they attempt to understand the Thargoid incursion. Not all of the features and narrative beats will be present when 2.4 initially launches. Frontier Developments envisions this release as an ongoing process, with events slowly occurring around the universe. Changes will be coming to the way bounties are placed on player killers that haven't been unveiled quite yet, but Sammarco assures players that bounties will have more consequence and be harder to avoid if one is attracted. He also hinted that engineering will be receiving an overhaul, though he couldn't comment on any specifics. 2.4 will go live on September 26, though the full rollout of all features and story points will go beyond that date.
  24. Aliens have been conspicuously absent from Elite: Dangerous since its release in 2014. Space-faring ship commanders have been fighting with other humans out in the verse for the past few years with human technology. That's all about to change. The Elite franchise once had a species of alien known as the Thargoids, an insectoid race who served as antagonists in the very first Elite game from 1984. In Elite: Dangerous, they have passed into legend. Various bits of in-game lore have hinted at their existence, but most of the evidence that they even exist has been wiped out. It has been hundreds of years since the last Thargoid encounter... but now the humans of the Elite universe will have to adapt to the reemergence of humanity's boogeymen. "Expect a little bit of an arms race to be going on," said Sandro Sammarco on the revelatory livestream held earlier today to talk about the rollout of 2.4. The weapons of the Thargoids will indeed be powerful, however, they will be powerful in a way different from how power has been calculated for human vessels. Their function and abilities will be wildly different from the enemies Elite players have encountered over the past few years of combat and exploration. However, that doesn't mean humanity won't have a way of fighting the alien threat - new weapons effective against Thargoids will be releasing, too. Frontier Developments also showed off the first in a series of cinematic shorts designed to introduce players to the new dangers of the universe. These follow a group of commanders equipped with experimental technology as they attempt to understand the Thargoid incursion. Not all of the features and narrative beats will be present when 2.4 initially launches. Frontier Developments envisions this release as an ongoing process, with events slowly occurring around the universe. Changes will be coming to the way bounties are placed on player killers that haven't been unveiled quite yet, but Sammarco assures players that bounties will have more consequence and be harder to avoid if one is attracted. He also hinted that engineering will be receiving an overhaul, though he couldn't comment on any specifics. 2.4 will go live on September 26, though the full rollout of all features and story points will go beyond that date. View full article
  25. We finally have more details on the upcoming Square Enix title Project Octopath Traveler that was teased during the Nintendo Direct back in February. With Project Octopath Traveler, Square Enix seems to be angling to recapture the retro RPG fans with stylish presentation, a branching narrative, and a unique combat system. Watching Octopath Traveler in action and it immediately becomes clear that you've never seen anything quite like it. Square Enix announced that the title will make use of a new aesthetic technique that they have dubbed HD-2D. This new style looks like an old-school RPG format that has been tilted into a 3D world while retaining 2D characters. It's certainly unique and eye-catching while retaining that ye olden days RPG feel. We now know that the octopath in Octopath Traveler references the eight potential protagonists that players can select when beginning their adventure. Each character has their own story, motivations in the world, and a unique ability that will allow them to pursue their goals. The two characters shown, Olberic and Primrose, can manipulate NPCs. Olberic can challenge almost anyone to a duel to prove his strength or move characters out of his way. Primrose, on the other hand, can seduce NPCs to help her on quests or lure enemies into traps. While Octopath Traveler certainly seems like a retro RPG, Square Enix has been experimenting with combat mechanics. Turn-based battles that will be immediately familiar to RPG fans are present in full force, but the major difference in Octopath Traveler is the ability to gain Boost Points with every turn that passes. These points can then be used to boost attacks, doing two, three, or four times more damage. They can also be used to heal, cast spells, or even chain combos together. A demo for Octopath Traveler is currently available on the Nintendo Switch eShop. The full game is expected to release sometime during 2018 and, while it has certainly been covered in Nintendo events, it seems like it might be coming to other systems as well.