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Logic Artists

2014-08-08

A short Q&A with Logic Artists

We asked the Danish developer Logic Artists a few questions about their upcoming game Clandestine and a possible sequel to their sleeper hit Expeditions: Conquistador.
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Konung 2: Blood of Titans

2014-07-30

Konung 2: A Hidden RPG Gem?

Fluent takes us a decade back to the year in which Konung 2 was released and shares his opinion on whether or not you should play this game, if you haven't already.
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Saturday - August 16, 2014

After Reset - Post-Funding Updates

by Myrthos, 23:35

Several updates for After Reset saw the light of day these last few days. There is an update on some of the U.G. Army mottos and Creeds and an update on the Black Sands Mottos and Creeds. Besides these there is a Backer only update on how After Reset could have become a card game on Facebook and an update on them backing Hard West.

Here are some mottos and creeds from the U.G. army:

- If you don't want a war, there is always someone else who does.

- The heroism of soldiers is a consequence a General's mistake.

- If we send our men on a mission unprepared, then we betray them.

- If you want peace, prepare for war.

- You can’t spend too much on information and ammunition.

- The size of your biceps doesn't affect the speed of a bullet.

Information about

After Reset

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Post-apoc
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

Details

Dex - Available On Steam Early Access

by Couchpotato, 14:13

Dreadlocks annouces that Dex is now avaiable for Early Access on Steam, and that they also released a new trailer for the game. Here are the details.

Dex Available On Steam Early Access + New Trailer!

Hey there, friends and backers! We told you earlier that big things would be coming right before Gamescom. First and foremost:

Dex is now available on Steam Early Access!

Everyone can now buy the current version of the game! You are welcome to do so now directly on Steam or later via Humble Widget on our website (coming soon)!

What does this mean for you, our valued backers?

  • We’d totally appreciate any kind of supporttweets, Facebook shares, letting your friends know, writing on forums related to videogames/cyberpunk/RPGs, etc.), tagging walls in your city with Dex graffiti (well, this might be too much, but hey) – anything that can help us raise awareness!
  • You will be able to recover your Steam key. We’ll be sending links for Steam key recovery later this week. If you want the game on Steam, you can recover it and have it up permanently till the final release! Keep in mind that, unless you purchased specific add-ons to receive multiple keys, you are eligible to receive only 1 digital key for Dex. If you choose Steam, you will not be able to receive the OUYA or Wii U key. In other words, if you bought, for example, the Deluxe Digital Edition for £15 and you want to play Dex on your Wii U, do not recover the Steam key. Sounds a bit complicated, but it’s simple: 1 backer = 1 key of your choice. (Note: Early Access on OUYA coming soon!)

Dex Early Access For All Backers Who Purchased The Game

We’ve decided that from the Steam Early Access release on, we will give access to the game to all our backers (anyone who bought the game; that is £7 pledge and above).

The main reason is that we feel that now is a good time to begin inviting more participants into our test community, so as to receive more feedback and test the game on a wider variety of hardware and software configurations. In other words: We can really use your help testing the game and would appreciate any feedback you can give us about bugs you find! (Note: Everyone in £7 and £12 tiers will receive an email with instructions on how to acquire the build! For tiers of £15 and above, the process is the same as with previous builds. Plus, there is the Steam key option mentioned above.)

Dex Forum

We have opened our forums (http://forum.dex-rpg.com/) to the public. So, if you are reading this and aren’t registered yet, you are welcome to register and join us for Dex- and cyberpunk-related chat at the forum!

Information about

Dex

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-fi
Genre: Adventure-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Pillars of Eternity - Another Gameplay Trailer

by Couchpotato, 14:02

Well here is another gameplay trailer from Gamescom this week from Gamereactor.

Obsidian take on the classic 90s RPG with their Kickstarter-funded project.

Information about

Pillars of Eternity

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Shadowrun Returns - Director’s Cut Details

by Couchpotato, 13:58

The latest update from Harebrained Schemes on the games kickstarter page has news about the upcoming Director’s Cut version, and sharws a few new screenshots.

Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director’s Cut FAQ

Why did you guys decide to make the Director’s Cut?

We posted a Kickstarter update recently explaining our motivation behind the Director’s Cut. Check it out!

The Director’s Cut will be the same price as the DLC? Why aren’t you charging more for this?

We decided to leave it at the same price because an increase didn’t feel right. After the original release, we frequently heard comments like ‘I wish it was standalone’ and ‘the story left me yearning for more’. By creating the Director’s Cut, we wanted to do both (and more!) without making your wallet cry.

I own the DLC version of Dragonfall, do I have to buy the Director’s Cut to play the new content?

If you purchased the DLC version through a major digital retailer, you’ll receive the Director’s Cut for free! Kickstarter backers that claimed their DLC code will also be given the Director’s Cut! It will show up as a separate title in your Steam, Humble, or GOG libraries on launch day - look for “Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director’s Cut”. If you have issues finding it in your library, contact the store for help.  

Can I use my existing saves with the standalone version of Dragonfall? What about my characters?

Saves and characters created on the DLC version of Dragonfall won’t carry over to the Director’s Cut. Since we reworked and added so much to the Director’s Cut, loading a DLC save would cause parts of the game to not make sense - both functionally and narratively speaking.

Will the DLC and Director’s Cut use the same Editor and Steam Workshop?

Much like existing saves and characters, the new editor has some pretty significant changes. To make sure your content remains intact, the Director’s Cut will have a separate Editor and Steam Workshop. Missions made in the SRR editor, will be uploaded to the SRR Workshop. Likewise, missions made with the DC editor will be available in the DF:DC Workshop. We’re putting together instructions on how creators can “update” their existing UGC missions to work with the new editor and Steam Workshop, so keep an eye out for further information.

What will happen to the DLC version of Dragonfall?

Because they’re both same price, the DLC version will be removed from sale when the Director’s Cut is released. However, if you already own the DLC version, you’ll still be able to access it at any time through Shadowrun Returns. (We’re just removing it from sale, not from your existing library.)

Is the Director’s Cut coming to tablet?

A tablet version of the Director’s Cut is also in the works! We’re shooting for an October release on iOS and Android.  

Is there any possibility of a Director’s Cut for Dead Man’s Switch?

Currently, we don’t have plans for a DMS Director’s Cut. However, we've released several updates to DMS over the course of the last year, including a major update with the new save game functionality when Dragonfall first launched. A few weeks ago, we pushed another DMS patch which includes some balance changes to key parts of the game. While it’s not a Director’s Cut, we hope those changes will provide a better experience for everyone.

Does HBS have plans to create another standalone campaign?

We would love to - but we don’t have any firm plans for one yet. To be honest, we've been heads down on the Director's Cut and are still exploring what to work on next. But rest assured, if we start on a new Shadowrun title, you guys will be the first to know!

Information about

Shadowrun Returns

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Technofantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Witcher 3 - Collector's Edition Unboxing

by Couchpotato, 13:53

CD Projekt RED released a new video that unboxes the console version of the Collector's Edition, and they seem to have started an uproar on the games forums.

The game is scheduled to launch February 24th, 2015.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game, set in a fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher 3, you play as Geralt of Rivia, one of a dying caste of monster hunters, and embark on an epic journey in a war-ravaged world that will inevitably lead you to confront a foe darker than anything humanity has faced so far—the Wild Hunt.

Information about

Witcher 3

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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King's Bounty: Dark Side - News Roundup

by Couchpotato, 13:47

In case any of you are curious the release date for King's Bounty: Dark Side is August 19th, and will be available in two versions according to the developer on Steam.

Release version of the game will be available starting from August 19, 2014 in two editions:

  • King’s Bounty: Dark Side for suggested price 17,99 EUR/24,99 USD/15,99 GBP.
  • King’s Bounty: Dark Side Premium Edition for suggested price 21,99 EUR /29,99 USD/ 18,99 GBP.

Premium edition includes Dark Side Cookies bonus DLC that features:

  • Clot of Darkness amulet providing bonus to money and experience
  • Two additional locations
  • Over a dozen additional quests and a new unit

I also found a new early review on Strategy Informer.

King's Bounty: Dark Side is absolutely not a bad game, in fact it's fun and very addictive. The trouble is that they've already released it at least three times under different subtitles and with the absolute bare minimum of tweaks. Katauri haven't bothered to update literally anything to the point that you'll hear the same music and sound effects, see the same loading screens, and use the same units and magic powers you did in The Legend, Armored Princess and Warriors Of The North. No voice acting, no cutscenes, no multiplayer, no new graphics engine, there's not even a f***ing tutorial this time since they know their audience entirely consists of people who don't play any other games. It has no respect for gamers so I'm not having any respect for it. If you still fancy more King's Bounty after playing the last three then by all means pick up Dark Side. Everyone else: don't play it, Legend is cheaper.

Information about

King's Bounty: Dark Side

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Risen 3: Titan Lords - EU Launch Trailer

by Couchpotato, 13:42

Deep Silver released a new launch trailer to celebrate the release of Risen 3.

Defeated, killed, deprived of his soul, a new hero has Risen, out to fight for what was taken from him.

More info at http://bit.ly/risen3titanlords

The world has been abandoned by its gods and is scarred from the rampage of the Titans. Humanity is struggling to regain strength and rally its forces. You, however, have more pressing concerns: your own life has been shattered and you must set off to reclaim what is lost amidst the darkness that is spreading throughout the world. Who knows, maybe you'll even save the world at the same time?

Information about

Risen 3: Titan Lords

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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The Legend Of Heroes - Review Roundup

by Couchpotato, 13:39

I rounded up three new reviews for The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky.

Chalgyr's Game Room - 8/10

In all seriousness, though, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is a wonderful title. While it has a number of fairly big bugs, the gameplay and story as rock solid and bring out the best in a genre that needs more attention. I may be the target audience that Nihon Falcom had in mind, with their use of well-known voice actors to fans of anime / certain types of video games, and the emphasis on grinding, captivating combat, a wonderful crafting (cooking) system, and an engaging story, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, with a little work will be one of the better JRPG releases of 2014. The problem is the bugs are just too prevalent in the game and the workarounds (not fixes) are simply not acceptable in this day in age. For all of its faults, though, I am deeply attached to The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky.

Capsule Computers - 8/10

Trails in the Sky snuck up on me, albeit very slowly. It’s a traditional JRPG that does nothing new, but executes the tropes and mechanics of the genre to a very high standard. The game has been translated cleanly and works like a charm. The story and characters benefit from the slow burn in the end, and the lovely soundtrack and solid battle system make for an engrossing experience. With two more parts to go it is certainly a great investment for gamers looking to dive into another universe for many, many hours. Bring on part two.

Hardcore Gamer - 4.5/5

Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is one of the finest JRPGs in the history of the genre, and that still holds true for its Steam debut. Even as it revels in nostalgia for its forebears, it forges ahead on its own path. Trails offers a thrilling adventure through one of the most complete and enthralling worlds ever rendered, and lets you take it alongside a cast of charming, affable heroes. Anyone looking for their RPG fix, be they fans of western or eastern design, will fall in love within seconds.

Information about

The Legend Of Heroes

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: J-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Lords of the Fallen - Leaked Gameplay Trailer

by Couchpotato, 13:33

If you want to watch a cam version trailer of some gameplay footage for Lords of the Fallen from Gamescom this week then here is your chance, and I warned you of the quality.

Lords Of The Fallen Gamescom 2014 Leaked Gameplay (Offscreen)

Information about

Lords of the Fallen

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Shadow Realms - Interview @ PC Gamer

by Couchpotato, 13:27

PC Gamer has a short interview with Bioware Austin about their next game Shadow Realms. You can check out the games details in another post on our site.

James Ohlen, our creative director, said that [despite how amazing some RPGs are now], we still don't have that thing we had in D&D—a dungeon master sitting at the edge of the table creating things and changing things and being dynamic in the game. We have AI, it's awesome, but imagine if you enhanced it with a dungeon master."

From that starting point, BioWare built out the capabilities they wanted their DM to have: spells that affect the heroes, the ability to spawn monsters, controlling the overall monster makeup of a level, spawning tricks and traps. "That was the pretty straightfoward stuff," Hickman said. "Then you get into: can we allow him to change the world? In its simplest form, as players are passing through [a level], the shadowlord says: there's two doors in the room. That door will open, that door will not. Or there are two destructible walls, or whatever—he makes a choice and says that one won't open, that one will. By giving the shadowlord those kinds of things to do, we can change the flow of the environment."

Hickman also hinted that BioWare has ambitions about how the shadowlord may even be able to affect the story. "The shadowlord is part of the story. As of right now, he can't change the story directly, but he definitely has an impact on the story in some ways...[that's something] we're going to continue to experiment with."

BioWare plans to use the Shadow Realms alpha to get feedback on the 4v1 shadowlord gameplay—the feel of the action RPG combat, difficulty, balance. "When we get to the point where the players and us think it feels good, we'll put the progression system in, and the loot system, and the story," Hickman said.

Information about

BioWare

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Styx: Master Of Shadows - Demo Preview

by Couchpotato, 13:22

PS Gamer has another preview this week for Styx: Master Of Shadows  based on a short demo,and they enjoyed what they played in the presentation.

After getting my hands on this game, Styx: Master of Shadows is now one of my most anticipated games of 2014. I left the Focus Home Interactive booth with a wry smile on my face. After 20 minuets of play time, I had already grown a soft spot for Styx and this is one ass hole I eagerly await meeting again.

Information about

Styx: Master Of Shadows

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Might & Magic Heroes VII - Gameplay Trailer

by Couchpotato, 13:18

Here is another gameplay trailer from IGN at Gamescom for Might & Magic Heroes VII.

The first gameplay demo from the newest Might & Magic live from IGN's Gamescom stage.

Information about

Limbic Entertainment

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Friday - August 15, 2014

Sacred 2 Gold - Released on GOG

by Couchpotato, 08:00

GOG announces that you can now buy Sacred 2 Gold DRM-Free for $7.99.

Release: Sacred 2 Gold

Decide the fate of Ancaria!

Sacred 2 Gold, an old-school-at-heart action-RPG with combat galore, tons of epic loot, and an engaging struggle between darkness and light, is available 60% off on GOG.com.That's only $7.99 until Monday, August 18 at 9:59AM GMT.

I can feel the disturbance in the energy. It sings to me a sad song of chaos and destruction to come. Are you here to help Ancaria regain its balance? Or will you let it descend into madness of war? It wasn't always like that, you know. This mystical power, the source of all magic and life, was controlled and watched over by the Seraphim and the world was at peace. Then, the angels passed on their knowledge to the High Elves and so it began. It corrupted them, brother turned against brother, empires went to arms, drowning the continent in blood. The energy itself became perilous creating foul and chaotic creatures wherever it spilled, now mutated beasts roam the land praying on simple folk. Will you heed my call, mighty warrior? Are you the one to decide the fate of Ancaria?

Sacred 2 Gold, set two millenia before the epic events of the original Sacred, allows you to hack 'n' slash your way through a vast world full of foes of all shapes and sizes. The amount of weapons and armor you'll have at your disposal is mind-boggling. With plenty of choices between following the light or shadow campaign quests, an addictive levelling system, and multiple character races considerably affecting playing styles Sacred 2 delivers on its promise of hours upon hours of fast-paced fun. Acting as a prequel to the original game, Sacred 2 Gold Edition comes packed with bonus content, including the awesome Ice and Blood expansion adding new regions, a new playable character, and countless new items.

Embark on an action-packed quest to bend the mystical T-Energy to your will and decide the fate of Ancaria in Sacred 2 Gold, for only $7.99 on GOG.com! The 60% off discount is in effect for the next 72 hours.

Information about

Sacred 2

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Release: Released

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Witcher 3 - Extended Gameplay Demo

by Couchpotato, 06:42

If you haven't spoiled the game by watching the other trailers in the last few months then head on over to IGN who has a new Extended Gameplay Demo from Gamescom.

CD Projekt Red stops by the IGN booth with a brand new demo of The Witcher 3, live from Gamescom.

Information about

Witcher 3

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Kalypso Media - Digital Steam Sale

by Couchpotato, 06:39

Steam is now offering a discount for all Kalypso Media games this weekend. The sale has a mix of many genres, and contains a bunch of RPGs. So click the link for the details.

Information about

Kalypso Media

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Pillars of Eternity - Gameplay Trailer

by Couchpotato, 06:32

GameStar has posted a new video presentation for Pillars of Eternity from Gamescon.

Information about

Pillars of Eternity

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Hard West - New Kickstarter Updates

by Couchpotato, 06:29

PlayWay has posted two more updates for Hard West this week. The first update is for everyone on the watch, and discusses the games RPG elements.

A Word on the RPG Angle

The good folks over at rpgwatch.com pointed out that we should highlight the RPG features clearly. Since we have a few.

Pleae note: I wouldn't dare to call Hard West a full fledged RPG, out of respect for the RPG crème de la crème. (you know what games I'm talking about) Plus, we I won't try to deceive you that it's everything at once.

Then again, it does have enough stuff to put it in line with numerous other games that call themselves RPGs :-)

The second update talks about stretch goals.

Stretch goals

For one, we'll really push it with EA. That's just $5k away from the base goal, but we really want to do it early on. It's a way of saying: we want it; if you want it too, you can have it.

For two, +2 scenarios, so a total of 8 instead of 6. Some of you have said that you'd wish more scenarios with the same character, so we could try to make a chain of 2-3 scenarios with one hero, and progression carried over. How does that make sense? Leave a comment, let us hear you.

For three, a lot of you have been asking about it.

And before I forget the game has made $47,340 of the $70,000 goal.

Information about

Hard West

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Historical
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Blackguards 2 - Gamescom Presentation

by Couchpotato, 06:22

I found a new Gamescom presentation video for Blackguards 2 with  Producer Kai Fiebig on Orkenspalter TV. Were also on luck as the video audio is in English.

Information about

Blackguards 2

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Lords of the Fallen - System Requirements

by Couchpotato, 06:19

The official Steam store page for Lords of the Fallen has released the game’s PC system requirements for anyone who his interested in them. Here are the requirements.

Minimum:

-OS: Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8 (only 64 bit OSs
-Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 @ 2.66Ghz or AMD Phenom II X4 940 @ 3.0Ghz
-Memory: 6 GB RAM
-Graphics: GeForce GTX 460 or better
-DirectX: Version 11
-Hard Drive: 25 GB available space
-Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers

Recommended:

-OS: Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8 (only 64 bit OSs
-Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 @3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 X8 @ 4 GHz
-Memory: 8 GB RAM
-Graphics: GeForce GTX 560 ti or better
-DirectX: Version 11
-Hard Drive: 25 GB available space
-Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers

Information about

Lords of the Fallen

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Invisible, Inc - Steam Early Access Trailer

by Couchpotato, 06:15

Klei Entertainment posted a new trailer for Invisible, Inc which will be released on Steam Early Access on August 19 for buyers to test out the beta version.

Invisible, Inc. is a procedural turn-based stealth game from Klei Entertainment. Steam Early-Access begins August 19th.

Information about

Invisible, Inc

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Modern
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Dragon Age: Inquisition - New Screenshots

by Couchpotato, 06:10

Here are a few more screenshots for Dragon Age: Inquisition with a few in-game characters, and locations from Gamescom at Game Idealist.

The newest screenshots from Dragon Age: Inquisition are now available at Gamescom. The new set displays some characters (Cole, Varric and Vivienne) along with locations (Breach, Fade, Hinterlands, Red Cliff and War Table).

I'm to lazy to upload them to our site instead.Wink

Information about

Dragon Age: Inquisition

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Runemaster - Gameplay Story Trailer

by Couchpotato, 06:06

Paradox released a new gameplay trailer for Runemaster at Gamescom this week.

In Runemaster (PC & PS4), players will write their own sagas as they guide customised heroes through a chaotic conflict across six worlds of Norse mythology. Turn-based tactical combat will separate the brave and cunning from the common folk, while an emergent narrative told through procedural quests and an ever-changing world will ensure every story is unique to its player.

Information about

Runemaster

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Diablo 3 - Patch 2.1.0 Preview

by Couchpotato, 06:04

Blizzard has posted a preview of the next patch for Diablo 3 on Battle.net.

Amidst the chaos of battle, ragged opportunists sneer and scuttle to collect the loot of the fallen. Hunched over by the weight of their purloined wealth, these mischievous scavengers represent a more recent addition to Sanctuary's bestiary, with sightings increasing (perhaps unsurprisingly) shortly after the Fallen Star appeared. While not much is known about these so-called "treasure goblins," one thing is certain: they're not native.

As quickly as they enter our world, they depart—disappearing into mysterious portals and escaping with their misbegotten goods. But from where do these enigmatic visitors hail? And to where do their strange doorways lead? No mortal has ventured into nor even seen beyond their gilded veils to provide such answers. . . .Until now.

Information about

Diablo 3

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Hack & Slash
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Neverwinter - Tyranny of Dragons Released

by Couchpotato, 06:02

Perfect World Entertainment sent over a new press releases with news the next expansion for the F2P RPG Neverwinter called Tyranny of Dragons has been released.

CULT OF THE DRAGON INVADE FAERÛN WITH NEVERWINTER: TYRANNY OF DRAGONS

New Expansion Brings Scourge Warlock; Dragonborn to Epic Encounters with Dragons

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 14, 2014 – Today, Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a leading publisher of widely-acclaimed free-to-play MMORPGs, announced that Neverwinter’s newest content update – Tyranny of Dragons – has officially launched in North America and Europe. Neverwinter: Tyranny of Dragons brings forth one of the largest content updates for the Dungeon & Dragons MMORPG, including a new playable class, a new playable race, new heroic encounters and a new dungeon and skirmish for adventurers to explore.

Starting today, players can play as the Scourge Warlock class. Offered as part of the free update, the Scourge Warlock focuses on ranged damage and curse mechanics, making it an excellent support role for parties. The new Scourge Warlock adds unique options for teams of players as they battle through regions overrun with the Cult of the Dragon, culminating in new heroic encounters with several dragons from Dungeons & Dragons lore.

Neverwinter: Tyranny of Dragons also brings a new skirmish and dungeon that puts the teamwork skills of Neverwinter players to the test. These new instances take players on a journey through unfamiliar environments including Lostmouth and Tuern as they uncover storylines from Dungeons & Dragons fiction. Also available is the new Dragonborn premium race, allowing players to step into the role of the dangerous and powerful Dragonborn.

“As fans of the series, we are constantly looking at ways to build on our players’ Neverwinter experiences, and ensuring that they live up to the lore of Dungeons & Dragons and the core D&D experience we all love,” says Rob Overmeyer, Executive Producer of Neverwinter. “It’s not possible to have too many dragons in Neverwinter and our team has heard the calls from our community. We work tirelessly to continue to bring great gameplay, good times and epic moments to our game. We look forward to watching our players take on the onslaught of dragons in Neverwinter: Tyranny of Dragons.”

Watch the Official Gameplay Walkthrough Trailer here: youtu.be/zY5EbnifL0k?list=PL27253BF6D727E4D4

Information about

Neverwinter

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: MMORPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Mass Effect - New Retrospective Video

by Couchpotato, 05:58

Noah Caldwell-Gervais sent us a link to a new video retrospective he put together on his Youtube channel that takes a look at the entire Mass Effect series.

This is a whole-series retrospective on the Mass Effect trilogy and all of its DLC. It looks at the games in terms of design, character development, and plot. It also tries to put a finger on what's special about the Mass Effect experience and why it's so beloved. This takes a long time to do-- don't think I made the video thinking you'd sit there listening to me for two and half hours. It's like an audio book-- choose a chapter and watch as much or as little as you like. It's also got major spoilers for all of everything Mass Effect, but if you haven't played the games by now, maybe spoilers is what you'd need to change your mind about it.

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Mass Effect

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-fi
Genre: Shooter-RPG
Platform: PC, Xbox 360
Release: Released

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Hellraid - Preview @ Gaming Lives

by Couchpotato, 05:54

Gaming Lives has a new preview of Techlands Hellraid from Gamescom.

The demo drew to a close shortly after this fight and I was left suitably impressed with plenty of questions left unanswered. Why was the king cursed? Who was the player in all of this? Why were we at the monastery and why was it full of monsters? Techland promised that the final game will have plenty of outside areas including swamps and mountains. They went on to say that there is focus on the weaknesses of mankind and how evil monsters prey on those weaknesses.

In closing, Techland mentioned that they are aiming for a 2015 release and that there will be Early Access via Steam in due course. This seemed like a strange decision, but they insisted that it was to check the balancing and replayability, and test the arena and mission modes. Personally, I have no problem with this, provided it isn’t their way of getting Q&A done via the public – there’s a reason why people are paid to do that.

That concern aside, I’m very excited for Hellraid. It looks like a gritty, challenging, and harsher version of Skyrim with an intriguing storyline and a heavy emphasis on combat and player development.

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Hellraid

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Hack & Slash
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Thursday - August 14, 2014

Witcher 3 - New Interview & Trailer

by Couchpotato, 03:31

Well here is the promised trailer from CD Projekt from Gamescom 2014. So sit back and relax as you watch six minutes of the next game of the year on RPG Watch for 2015.

“The war awoke an ancient power. An evil one that feeds on bloodshed. Nightmares haunt our nights and days”. Will Geralt help solve the mystery of the Whispering Hillock and find out what’s killing villagers from Downwarren? See our newest The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gameplay video!

I also have another video interview with Senior Gameplay Designer Damien Monhier.

1985FM sits down with Damien Monhier, the senior gameplay designer for The Witcher III : Wild Hunt

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Witcher 3

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Obsidian Entertainment - Pathfinder License

by Couchpotato, 03:25

Turns out the news from yesterday was right as Obsidian Entertainment has acquired the right to make Pathfinder Games. Unfortunately the first game is a card game.

Obsidian to partner with Paizo Inc. to release electronic Pathfinder games

INDIANAPOLIS -- August 13, 2014 -- Obsidian Entertainment, the developer of Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: the Stick of Truth and the Kickstarter phenomenon Pillars of Eternity, announced that they have entered into a long-term licensing partnership with Paizo Inc. to produce electronic games based on its popular Pathfinder Roleplaying Game intellectual property

Obsidian's first licensed product will be a tablet game based on the highly successful Pathfinder Adventure Card game, a cooperative game for 1 to 4 players. Players each have a unique character composed of a deck of cards and a set of stats. Characters have classes such as fighter, rogue, wizard and cleric, as well as numbers that define attributes such as strength, wisdom and charisma etc. Players will be able to customize their deck to better suit each individual’s vision of their character.

"At Obsidian we have a long history of working with the greatest RPG franchises, and we're thrilled to get to play in the Pathfinder universe now," said CEO Feargus Urquhart. "We're huge fans and can't wait to bring what we do in the electronic gaming world to Pathfinder fans everywhere".

In the world of Pathfinder, players take on the role of brave adventurers fighting to survive in a world beset by magic and evil. The Pathfinder RPG is currently translated into multiple languages, with hundreds of thousands of players worldwide. The Pathfinder brand has also been licensed for comic book series, graphic novels, miniatures, plush toys, apparel, and is being developed into a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game.

"Obsidian is a video game developer at the top of its game", said Paizo CEO Lisa Stevens. "Being able to bring that type of experience and passion to Pathfinder can only mean great things, both for our loyal Pathfinder community and for all fans of great CRPG's.

Don't worry as a CRPG game will be annouced at a later date.

There will be a CRPG. Just no details to announce right now. Our deal with Obsidian is a long term partnership. I expect there will be many games over the coming years. The card game app was easier for them to get up running fast. There will even be a demo at our booth at GenCon. But there are other plans that will be revealed in time.

Super excited that this is finally public! Looking forward to working with Obsidian on a bunch of awesome Pathfinder games!

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Pillars of Eternity - Live Beta from Gamescom

by Couchpotato, 03:19

Josh Sawyer & Adam Brennecke play the beta of Pillars of Eternity live on the official Gamescom Twitch.tv stream. It starts at 1:04:35 for the impatient ones.

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Pillars of Eternity

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Might & Magic Heroes VII - Announcement

by Couchpotato, 03:08

Ubisoft & Limbic Entertainment announced Might & Magic Heroes VII at Gamescom today, and released a trailer to go along with the news.

Today, Ubisoft announced Might & Magic® Heroes VII, a return to the fan-beloved turn based strategy games. Developed by Limbic Entertainment, a team of devoted Might & Magic fans, Might & Magic® Heroes VII promises to be the best of the series, respecting its long-standing tradition and introducing new innovative features to the franchise. Might & Magic® Heroes VII will be available exclusively on Windows® PC in 2015.

For 20 years the Might & Magic® Heroes titles have set a new standard for computer strategy games. Combining a deep fantasy universe with a complete strategic experience, a rich RPG progression and a strong story narrative, Might & Magic® Heroes VII offers players a more detailed world than ever to explore and conquer, a complex economic system to master and legendary creatures to face in epic battles.

By joining the Shadow Council, available on the Might & Magic® Heroes VII website, fans will be able to share their passion and enrich the game formula with their own contributions. Being part of the Shadow Council will allow fans to chat with developers, comment, share, interact and influence the content of the game, each step of the way granting them its own reward. As a remarkable start, fans will be able to vote for 2 of the 6 factions that will be available in the final game.

The story of Might & Magic® Heroes VII depicts the civil war that changed the ruling dynasty of the Holy Empire. The Empress’ murder has left an empty throne, a realm in flames and too many hungry rivals intent on claiming it. The Duke Ivan calls together a prestigious council of six trusted advisors in search of a viable path for putting an end to this war of succession.

If your interested in the game you can  join the Shadow Council, and help in the direction of its development. Just like the last game Might and Magic X.: Legacy.

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Fallen: A2P Protocol - Run Out of Bullets?

by Couchpotato, 03:00

Red Katana released another update for Fallen: A2P Protocol about the games combat.

Run out of bullets? No problem, you can always find another way to make your point.

First, a quick recap on the progress for the KS and Greenlight: 

Almost 85% on Steam Greenlight TOP 100 race. Keep voting YES! and will make it happen soon :)

Almost 25% funded on KS, and still 24 days to go! We can make it! Please help us spread the word and with your help we can reach our goal and why not dream about the stretch goals!

We wanted to share with you something more about the gameplay.

Since Fallen: A2P Protocol happens in a post-apocalyptic world, resources will be scarce. And so will be the bullets, so you will have to manage your ammo wisely. You may want to think twice before making that shot. And if you don´t have enough ammo to keep firing your weapon you can always use melee weapons. 

In Fallen: A2P Protocol you can find some high tech cool weapons and some others more rustic but well, cool too . Take a look at some concepts and in-game pre-alpha assets... What do you think? Do you like melee combat?

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Fallen: A2P Protocol

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-fi
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Legend of Grimrock 2 - Ratlings! Update

by Couchpotato, 02:58

The Legend of Grimrock 2 website has a new update from Almost Human about a new race in the game called the Ratlings. Here is a small sample of the update.

As some of you may know, we’re introducing a new playable race in Legend of Grimrock 2. There is no place in the Northern Realms without them scurrying around. They have spread all over the lands as they seem to wander around endlessly and seldom stay in one place for a long time. Those creepy rodents are sometimes hated and feared for their scruff looks and contagious diseases they bear. But hardly anyone denies the fact that they find their way around the realms and that they are known to be some of the most seasoned creatures there is.

When you pick a ratling in the game’s character generation section, you get to choose your looks from the portrait gallery, done by our friend Emile Denis. Read more about the creation of the new portraits in here. In game terms ratlings have Strength -4, Dexterity +2, Max Load +15kg and are immune to diseases. Ratlings also get a chance to pick a special racial Mutation trait which boosts one randomly chosen ability score by 1 at level up.

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Legend of Grimrock 2

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Risen 3: Titan Lords - First 60 Minutes

by Couchpotato, 02:54

Here is a new sixty minute video preview of the beginning for Risen 3 from Robert Cram of Cram Gaming. Now a warning must be given as it will spoil the game for you.

 

A look at the Risen 3 gameplay in the opening 60 minutes of Risen 3 Titan Lords from Deep Silver. This is the PC version running on Max settings and using an Xbox 360 controller. Risen 3 releases from August 15th on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

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Risen 3: Titan Lords

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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LucasArts - An Empire Fallen

by Couchpotato, 02:50

Enthusiacs has a new three page article about the fall of LucasArts, and all the games that were canceled over the years. After reading it I need to go dry my eyes.

While many hope that Disney would eventually allow the Expanded Star Wars Universe to thrive and live to see another day under this new licensing agreement, more specifically a third installment for Knights of the Old Republic, that future remains in doubt. Many of the Expanded Universe books, video games, and tie-in products are considered “non-canon.” Instead, Disney considers the movies, and the upcoming movies, to be the only form of official Star Wars lore. Despite the fact that EA (who now owns BioWare, makers of the first KotoR and overseers of the second) now retains certain rights to make games under Disney, the future remains uncertain. “Always in motion, the future,” Master Yoda once said.

But the past has always defined the future. And this disconnect between the higher-ups of the old LucasArts developer, this seemingly lack of business coherency between the workers and the leaders, and more specifically the very person whose vision once encapsulated the entire universe, has blemished and tarnished that future, and many of the concepts and promised releases are now slowly fading into obscurity. George Lucas himself seems to have been as much an instrument of salvation as often as he was its weapon of damnation for his own company. And while the last 25 years at LucasArts brought us memorable moments both in and out of the Star Wars universe, eventually it wasn’t the lion of the modern gaming industry that brought the studio down. It was a mouse. And while Disney’s vision of the future is thus far set, it may very well be a vision that fans of the series may not like. We’ll know one way or the other when the new movies eventually make their way to the silver screen.

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Blackguards 2 - Official Teaser Released

by Couchpotato, 02:44

Daedalic Entertainment released the first trailer for Blackguards 2 earlier today.

Our Blackguards are back – better than ever before!

We listened carefully to all the community- and press-feedback on the games’ successful first appearance to make the second one even better.

Blackguards 2 will again be based on the RPG rulebook of The Dark Eye, but it will come along with some revisions, optimisations and simplifications. The gameplay will focus on turn-based battles once more and will now feature fraction-based gameplay-elements where you can can recapture the enemies’ territories.

If not in a battle, you have to take care of a lot of quests and the development of your characters. As common in RPGs, the quests will offer optional and alternative plotlines.

Furthermore, Blackguards 2 will have new weapons, armour, enemies and stamina as additional battle resource.

On top of that, Blackguards 2 will involve mechanics that have been requested by the community of the first game, like improved line of sight, cover and formation.

Blackguards 2 is planned to be released in early 2015.

http://www.blackguards-game.com/
http://www.blackguards2.com/

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Blackguards 2

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Next Mass Effect - A Generational Leap

by Couchpotato, 02:42

Dual Shockers had the chance to get a look at the Next Mass Effect game at Gamescom, and posted a short article about it's graphics from Bioware.

Today I had a chance to check out Dragon Age: Inquisition at Gamescom, and to chat with BioWare Creative Development Senior Director Alistair McNally, who is also working on the next Mass Effect.

While Dragon Age: Inquisition definitely looked impressive running on PC (and you’ll learn all about it in a dedicated preview soon) McNally was very clear in mentioning that the next Mass Effect looks a generation beyond the upcoming fantasy game visuals-wise.

That’s because Dragon Age: Inquisition is still a cross-generation game, and there are a lot of factors limiting the current generation version due to the fact that the gameplay needs to be the same on old-gen consoles.

The next Mass Effect (unfortunately I could not convince McNally to reveal its actually title, to the surprise of no one, even if he did confirm that the previously leaked code name Mass Effect: Contact was indeed used by BioWare, but it’s not the official title) will not suffer from the same issue, so BioWare will be able to complete the generational leap.

Well we all know graphics are the most important part of a game.Wink

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