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RPGWatch - Game of the Year Awards 2018

by Myrthos

Here is your chance to vote in our yearly Game of the Year Awards for the best RPG in 2018 and most anticipated game in 2019. You can vote for the best, runner up and third best (or most anticipated) game. In total our GOTY consists of making 6 choices. If you feel you do not have anything to select you can either select no game or enter a game (only for most anticipated), which is not on the list by selecting other. If you select the same game multiple times, your entire vote will be invalidated.

The lists are based on games that in one way or the other got covered at RPGWatch. The resulting list for the Game of the Year 2018 is derived from a much longer list, which has been reduced in length in cooperation with our forum members. You might feel that some games should not be on these lists for some reason. If you feel heart-broken over our decisions, don't vote for those games or don't vote at all and discuss it on our forums if you like. More information on how we got to this shorter list can be found here.

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Monday - January 21, 2019

KotOR 3 - Rejected by EA on Multiple Occasions

by Silver, 06:35

@GamePressure Bioware has tried to start work on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 3 multiple times.

Jason Schreier from Kotaku shared on Twitter some quite depressing news for Star Wars fans. According to his sources, BioWare tried several times to start work on the third installment of the legendary RPG series Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. However, the studio did not have much luck. The game project was always rejected by the publisher, Electronic Arts. Unfortunately, we don’t know any further details in this matter. We don't know when exactly the developer presented the idea for the new installment or whether Lucasfilm wasn’t the reason for rejection.

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KotOR 3

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Canceled

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Sunday - January 20, 2019

Dragon Age - Mod Restores Hidden Content

by Silver, 21:37

@GameRant A mod for Dragon Age: Origins restores hidden content.

The mod, called Qwinn’s Ultimate DAO Fixpack, attempts to fix over 790 bugs that affected the game’s overall performance. Unlike previous mods for Dragon Age: Origins, this particular one does not intend to add any additional content aside from those that are already present in the game. The mod creator also made it clear that they did not alter the game’s combat mechanics, which is widely seen as clunky and unbalanced.

The fun part about this fan-created mod is that it also unraveled some hidden content that BioWare was didn’t put in Dragon Age: Origins. It is currently unknown why the developer decided to omit these elements in the final build, but it is assumed that time and budget constraints were the primary reason.

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Dragon Age

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

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Kickstarter Games - Littlewood - A Peaceful RPG

by Hiddenx, 09:15

Littlewood - A Peaceful RPG has been funded on Kickstarter:

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  • Explore the vast world of Solemn. Enchanted Forests, Bustling Fishing Towns, & Dark Mining Caves are some of the few places to visit.
  • Meet Townsfolk and convince them to stay in your town. Perhaps meeting people will unlock your memories of the past…
  • Collect rare items and materials found across the world and bring them back to your town for selling and crafting!
  • Harvest materials by chopping wood, mining ores, catching bugs, and fishing in rivers and ponds!
  • Unlock new structures to build by meeting new Townsfolk. Want a Tavern or a Lumber Mill? How about a Fishing Hut or a Magical Library? Your town's design is all up to you!
  • Fulfill your Townsfolk's requests. Some may want to live on a higher elevation, others may want to be surrounded by trees and water. Fulfilling the requests of your Townsfolk will earn you their hearts and unlock new relationship paths.
  • Gathering: Whether you’re picking fruit or picking weeds, your gathering skill will level up! The Gatherer’s Glove is needed to unlock this ability.
  • Mining: Looking for shiny ores to collect? Interested in rare materials for crafting? Then mining is for you!
  • Woodcutting: Those pesky trees and debris that keep popping up all over town needs to be chopped! Wood is an essential material for building new structures and furniture.
  • Bug Catching: Craft a Bug Net and catch all sorts of critters. Be sure to go bug hunting during each season and at different times of the day!
  • Fishing: There's nothing quite like relaxing by a pond with a fishing rod in hand. You can sell fish for a decent price at the Shopping District, or use them as ingredients for new cooking dishes.
  • Farming: Plant some seeds in tilled soil and wait a few days. Veggies are an essential ingredient to many cooking recipes! Also, they make your town look pretty.
  • Cooking: Once you've built the Tavern and have become good friends with Bubsy, you'll be able to start cooking delicious meals for your Townsfolk! Maybe you can attract rare Townsfolk by serving unique dishes...
  • Crafting: There are tons of structures, decorative monuments, and furniture to craft. Often times your Townsfolk will request specific objects that they would like to be placed in their home. Make sure you gather enough building materials!
  • Merchanting: Selling items at the Shopping District will net you large sums of Dewdrops, which is the main currency in Solemn. As you become a better Merchant, rarer items will appear for you to buy!
  • Tarott Master: Once the Dark Wizard was defeated, all of his monsters were sealed away into Tarott Cards. Many Townsfolk collect and battle with these cards, and there is even a big competition held each year in Dirboros. Get collecting!

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Setting: Unknown
Genre: Unknown
Platform: Unknown
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Tales of Vesperia - Review @ Heavy

by Hiddenx, 08:49

Heavy has reviewed Tales of Vesperia:

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition Review

Gamers are currently living in an age where the games from years past are getting remastered or completely remade. While some of the more underrated titles from the last two generations of gaming receive unexpected remasters, a good number of standout classics also get their just due in that category. In a surprising (and highly celebrated) move, Bandai Namco Entertainment announced a remaster for one of the best entries in its long-running JRPG franchise. Fans not only look towards that game as the entry that set the bar for the releases that came after it, they also regard it as one of the best JRPG’s of all time. If you consider yourself a fan of that sub-genre, then Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition is an easy recommendation to consider.
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This JRPG remaster does right by its legendary source material. The original version of Tales of Vesperia is still worth returning to on its own merit. But the Japanese PS3’s features that are a part of this remaster’s current-gen package turns it into a must-play for series fans. The extra characters/party members, skits, battle abilities, and costumes do a lot to endear itself to those in the know and those who want to experience it for the very first time. The lack of quality of life improvements hamper the experience a bit for current-gen gamers, but Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition still maintains the lofty praise the original version garnered in years past.

Score: 8.75 out of 10

Tales of Vesperia

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

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Heroes of a Broken Land 2 - Early Access in August

by Silver, 08:45

The Steam page for Heroes of a Broken Land 2 is available and states that Early Access will be available in August.

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Heroes of a Broken Land 2

The world has been shattered, destroyed by the corruption of the Wizard Council of old. You are one of the few remaining Wizards, it is your burden to correct the mistakes of the past. Trapped in crystal you cannot act directly, you must gather heroes to your cause and lead them in your quest to restore these broken lands.

Explore an Endless Land

Procedurally generated worlds means an nearly endless adventure. Customize the worlds you explore as small or as large as you desire.

Recruit a Team of Heroes

Manage multiple parties of heroes, recruiting only the best and bravest. Train them in dozens of classes to build the perfect party.

Build and Manage your Town

Build and customize your town to best train and equip your party and attract the most skilled heroes.

Heroes of a Broken Land

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

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ATOM RPG - Gameplay Video

by Hiddenx, 08:41

Many A True Nerd checked out ATOM RPG:

ATOM RPG - Crawl Out Through the Fallout

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ATOM RPG is a fascinating re-imagining of classic Fallout, with open-ended quests, skill checks, factions, deep lore, strategic turn-based combat, and everything else you could want from a Fallout game...

ATOM RPG

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

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Robothorium - Releasing January 31st

by Silver, 08:27

Niche Gamer reports that Robothorium will be releasing January 31st.

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Goblinz Studio and Whisper Games have announced that their sci-fi roguelite RPG Robothorium will be leaving Early Access on January 31st.

Lead the robot revolution and overthrow your oppressive human overlords in this narrative-driven roguelite. Take on missions across the world to expand your capabilities and weaken the forces of BreakTech Enterprise. Research new technology and equip your robot army with advanced weaponry scavenged from missions. You can check out a launch trailer above.

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Robothorium

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

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Saturday - January 19, 2019

Outward - A Tour of its World

by Silver, 19:54

@IGN A new video for Outward explains the importance of the backpack and explores the fantasy world.

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The developers of the medieval fantasy RPG Outward take you on a tour of the world of Aurai and explain the gameplay importance of the backpack during your travels.

Outward

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

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Feudal Alloy - Video Review

by Hiddenx, 12:01

Boomstick Gaming has reviewed Feudal Alloy:

Feudal Alloy: REVIEW (A Aquatically Robotic Metroidvania)

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Review for Feudal Alloy, a 2d platforming metroidvania where you control a robot… as a fish?! Gain distinct abilities, socket on new parts, and efficiently manage your heat gauge during combat.

Feudal Alloy

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

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Skyrim - Co-op Mod Entering Closed Beta Soon

by Silver, 10:54

@Wccftech The co-op mod for Skyrim will be entering closed beta soon.

A team of fans has been working on Skyrim Together for several years now, with the community’s funding support via Patreon. In November 2017, Bethesda denied them the chance to distribute the mod via Steam, though they allowed it as long as they used other means of distribution. This set the mod back as its developers intended to rely on the Steam API for the lobby and party systems, but a message shared with the community a few hours ago reveals that the Closed Beta test for Patreon supporters is due soon, with public testing scheduled not long afterward.

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Thanks Farflame!

Skyrim

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

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Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows - Review

by Silver, 10:50

Geeknifty reviewed Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows and found it solid but unimaginative.

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Overall Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows left a lot to be desired. It did the core of things correctly, but it never really got into complexities or changed things up. While some games can be forgiven for limitations, such as having a great/funny story or changing up gameplay, Steel Shadows got old fast because you could tell where the story was going and not care at the same time. However, it still is challenging and can be fun as a turn based strategy game in space. It just would have been nice to have a map of where it was all going.

Final Score: 7 out of 10

Thanks Farflame!

Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows

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

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The Sinking City - Five Reasons To Care

by Silver, 10:46

PSU gives five reasons why you should be excited for The Sinking City which will release March 21st.

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Investigations that have non-linear progression and multiple endings

With Frogwares being ultra-experienced at this whole detective lark (they do have numerous Sherlock Holmes titles under their belts after all), it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that all the sleuthing stuff in The Sinking City is actually pretty banging.

For a start, The Sinking City does away with the typical waypoint and quest marker system, and instead requires players to navigate their way to the destination by using landmarks and other points of interest. Additionally too, there are multiple ways to complete each case, which in turn leads to a variety of different endings too. In short, The Sinking City looks to actually make you feel like a proper detective, rather than someone who, well, isn’t.

Thanks Farflame!

The Sinking City

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

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Sense - January Update

by Silver, 10:41

The January update for cyberpunk game Sense.

#31 - Sexy Cyborgs, New Logos, and a special announcement

Posted by Benjamin W Widdowson - ProjectSenseDev (Creator)

Hello everyone! Today we have more exciting news on MANY fronts, so I'll be breaking it all down into sections to keep it all organized. 

First up, I wanted to show off the finalized Logo for Sense. We were unable to find a Hong Kong based graphic designer for a price we could afford, but having a native Hong Konger as wife and co-founder of the studio worked out just fine. With help from Kay's sister we were able to create something that's authentically cantonese and a much better representation of the game thematically and visually. Take a look! 

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Next, I wanted to announce the next collaboration NPC for Sense's neon-lit streets.  Brilliant "maker" and actual cantonese cyberpunk Naomi Wu, who you might know as the "Sexy Cyborg", will be testing out some new DIY tech in up-town Neo HongKong. 

We weren't sure if KS would allow this so we decided to link it off-site. So go check out the image here!

Naomi is an incredibly talented engineer, and a leading voice for bringing girls into DIY,  open source tech, and engineering. She's also a voice for freedom of expression and an open internet. Like Count Dankula, SUZAKU is very proud to extend a hand of friendship to Ms. Wu. 

Finally, I've got a BIG announcement concerning the whole "backer-builds" part of our kickstarter campaign. We'll be announcing the date of our first build very soon!  Our production toolkit is nearly complete, and once it is we can begin implementing a lot of the art, assets, and concepts I have crafted. So much art has been completed over the past few months, so this current bottleneck going away will be a huge gust of wind in our sails. The pieces of the jigsaw have been crafted, and soon we'll be able to put them together, so to speak.

That said, this is how our backer builds will look until launch;

- This first build will include the 2.0 demo content completely adjusted to the final game's logic and chains, and will also include a new segment of gameplay made to show a new gameplay mechanic we'd like your feedback on. We'll label this build Demo 3.0.

- Demo 3.0 will also be made available to the public after the backers (we're open to suggestions on the exclusivity period, and what you backers think is most fair to you, so please feel free to comment below!) We intend to use this new demo to reassure non-backers of the quality and build interest for new potential customers.

- Each build after this will be a short segment of gameplay meant to showcase a mechanic/puzzle/ or event we're testing out for polish and quality. This is where our forums will hopefully become more active and useful. 

All this said, The past few months have been insanely busy, so I hope no one felt like we were too quiet. From the launch of Demo 3.0 we will be very careful with what we show, but will be more vocal about what is happening behind the scenes. As always, thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm, we look forward to seeing what you think of the new content SOON! 

(Oh, and subscribe to pewdiepie)

Thanks Farflame!

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SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Unknown
Genre: Unknown
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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Genesis Alpha One - Gameplay Trailer

by Silver, 10:37

@DSOGaming A new gameplay trailer for Genesis Alpha One which is currently exclusive to Epic's store and set to release January 29th.

As the Captain of a Genesis starship, you journey into uncharted space on the ultimate mission. Build and manage a space vessel, explore the galaxy for resources and interesting new lifeforms and experiment with DNA and alien abilities as you clone new crew members. Your goal: Find new homes for humanity’s DNA and save the species from extinction.

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General News

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Unknown
Genre: RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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General News - Winterborn Making a Tactical RPG

by Silver, 10:33

Worthplaying reports on a new studio called Winterborn that is set to make a tactical RPG. The studio itself is made up of ex-Infinity Ward developers.

Winterborn is a passionate team working hard to bring an epic role-playing story to your fingertips as you explore a whole new world that has been built from years of tabletop play. We plan to release more information in the coming months, including interviews with the people who played the original tabletop version along with members of the development team. The goal at Winterborn is to make a game for both classic and new players that will be both rewarding and challenging as we bring the games we grew up on into the future.

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Thanks Farflame!

General News

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Unknown
Genre: RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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Friday - January 18, 2019

Thronebreaker - Review @ Worthplaying

by Hiddenx, 20:00

Worthplaying has reviewed the card-RPG Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales:

PC Review - Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a single player role-playing game set in the world of The Witcher that combines narrative-driven exploration with unique puzzles and card battle mechanics.

In 2015, it released a fantastic RPG in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and for many, the card collecting game Gwent was a captivating piece of side content. Three years later, CDPR has spun off Gwent into its own full-fledged story-based card game, and the results are nothing short of a masterpiece. With fantastic writing, gripping game mechanics, and fun side-quests to break up the tense drama, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a masterclass example of a well-crafted card game. It takes great strides in revolutionizing the CCG genre, and it's one of my favorite games released in 2018.

Gwent was a fantastic addition to an already vast collection of content in Witcher 3. To spin off the card game into its own stand-alone game though, CDPR needed to do much more with it, and in that regard, the title has more than exceeded my expectations. Forget everything you know about Gwent. This is a whole different animal with new rules, significantly more depth, and a ton of new factions and cards to explore. The end result is a competent card game that can compete with the best card games available today.

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Overall, Thronebreaker is a revolutionary game within the CCG genre, and I hope other companies take note. With a 40-hour story to support an engaging card game, there's nothing else quite like it, and its unique nature is to its overall benefit. It's made me realize how much I can and do enjoy card games when they're done right. I always loved the idea of CCGs, but it often takes a lot of time and grinding to get up to par with others. CD Projekt Red remedies this by slowly teaching the complexities of Gwent to the player with an engaging plot to keep players enthralled all the way through. It's time to take all my hard-earned rewards and experience gained in Thronebreaker and have my ego obliterated by a horde of Nekkers controlled by a 13-year-old kid — and I couldn't be more excited.

Score: 9.0/10

Thronebreaker

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

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Ghost of a Tale - Patch Adds More Music

by Silver, 19:12

The latest patch for Ghost of a Tale adds more soundtracks and a rolling quicksave for the stealth moments in the game.

Patch Release 7.91

Welcome to this special new patch for Ghost of a Tale!

In this one we've fixed quite a few things but also optimized the game even more (including the jail, commissary, etc.) in prevision for next month's release on consoles. The photo mode has also gained the often requested focus distance control and we've added a couple of items for Tilo to wear.

But most importantly, this patch contains brand new character theme tracks composed by Mathieu. As previously indicated they have been recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra and they're, simply put, amazing. But don't take my word for it and listen to the theme of Tam & Farrow here:

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In the same vein, whenever you transition to a new area in-game you will be greeted by new music tracks to emphasize the location's atmosphere. It's one of the things players always wished there were more of in the game.

On a different topic, over the last few months we've watched a lot of play-throughs and we've seen that most players just hit the quicksave button whenever they hide. Which means many of them will only have ONE save to rollback to (namely the autosave) if they decide they made a wrong decision in a dialog or if they stumble upon an issue that prevents them from moving ahead in a quest.

In order to alleviate that, we've implemented a new rolling quicksave system comprised of 5 slots. In other words, when you hit the quicksave button, the save will get created in the next available quicksave slot, looping from number 5 back to number 1. That way, you'll always have 5 quicksaves available for you to roll back to.

We hope this will make your playing experience even more enjoyable! :)

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Ghost of a Tale

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

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Age of Fear: The Free World - Released

by Hiddenx, 19:12

The Strategy RPG Age of Fear: The Free World is now available on Steam for free:

Age of Fear: The Free World

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Age of Fear is a long-running series of fantasy turn-based strategy games. Loved by fans for its tabletop wargame battle system and in-depth RPG customization.

Age of Fear: The Free World serves as a COMPLETELY FREE introduction to the series' tried-and-true gameplay, focusing on non-linear exploration and combat in an Open World style. Choose your faction (Undead Legion, Human Kingdom or Greenskins Horde), build a unique army and embark on countless exciting quests awaiting you throughout the realm! (scroll down for a list of features)

Age of Fear: The Free World

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

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System Shock - January Update

by Silver, 08:03

The January update for System Shock remake.

January Update

Posted by Nightdive Studios (Creator)

Hello backers! It’s Stephen from Nightdive with this month’s update. 

Due to the Holidays this update is coming a bit later than we would like but we’ve got some exciting things to share so let’s get right to it!

First up is a quick video preview we put together showing off the final art. There’s some confusion over the temporary art used in the Adventure Alpha video so hopefully this will clear that up!

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Next up is a ton of art!

Tom has been working on rest/lounge areas for Citadel employees. These areas were designed to provide a brief respite from the oppressive cold and brutalist working conditions within the station.

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System Shock

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

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Heretic Operative - Strategy RPG Releasing February 18th

by Silver, 06:53

Heretic Operative is a strategy RPG due to release February 18th which is being made by the lead designer of Age of Empires 2 Ian M. Fischer, and the lead programmer of System Shock 2 Rob Fermier.

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Magic is a sin. It corrupts everything it touches.

Those who use magic are branded as “Heretics” by the church, and heresy is punishable by death.

At the fringes of civilization, the mages of the Cultus Arcanum give themselves freely over to the Corruption – performing dark rituals to let loose untold nightmares upon the world.

It will take a powerful heretic to preserve the spark of magic against both the Church and the Cult.

You are that Heretic Operative.

  • Control a secret society dedicated to using magic for the benefit of the world, at a time when all mages are considered “heretics” to be hunted by the Templars.
  • Master over 50 different spells to overcome challenges in and out of combat. But be wary of the Corruption that accompanies magic. The more powerful you become, the greater the risk of losing control.
  • Fight enemy cultists, zealous templars, and ravenous monsters through a unique dice-based combat system. Employ mercenaries, devastating spells, and powerful artifacts to prevail.
  • Explore the Northern Reach, where the frayed edges of the Empire are under constant threat. From vast museums in the city of Ione, to the farms in the countryside, to ruined temples of ancient gods, to camps of raiding Orcs, every location offers unique challenges.
  • Make contact with other Heretic Operatives and recruit townsfolk to spread your Heretical influence and stop the diabolical Cultus Arcanum.
  • Encounter more than 270 different adventure cards, full of challenging decisions that change the way your story unfolds. Will you risk your life and mission to save innocents from a burning building or live with the stain on your soul from abandoning them? Will you stand your ground against the Orcs for honor’s sake or be more prudent and flee? Do you bother to learn all of the verses in the Elven Song of Greeting or is now the time to take a stand against ridiculous Elven ceremony?
  • More than 7 playable Operatives (and counting), 6 different story decks, and 4 enemy cults, means your story plays out differently each time. Use different strategies and wisely deploy your resources to defeat the most challenging combinations.

Heretic Operative intertwines deep gameplay with a dynamic story to create an innovative and original experience: a unique fusion of strategy, RPG, and board game mechanics.

Heretic Operative

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

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Thursday - January 17, 2019

Battle Brothers - Alp Reworked

by Silver, 20:49

A new update for Battle Brothers brings changes to the Alp.

Update 1.2.0.24

Battle Brothers

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

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Non-RPG General News - Metro Exodus Release: February 15

by Hiddenx, 20:20

The survival FPS Metro Exodus will be available on February 15 - henriquejr spotted a preview on PC Gamer:

Metro Exodus takes time to truly make sense as an open world game

But it's worth the wait.

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Metro is a series I associate with dingy, cold underground tunnels, so stepping into an environment that's almost entirely sand and sun is a bit of a shock. This is the Caspian Sea section of 4A's survival FPS, set during a scorching summer, and what was once a body of water has dried out, leaving miles of hot desert and rusty remnants of a port in its wake. Variously sized silhouettes of flying demons are a common sighting across the map. Artyom's train, the Aurora—on which you're taking a year-long trip to find a better life with the other survivors—needs fuel, and the people are desperate for water. As the all-purpose errand guy, you have to arrange both.

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Exodus is definitely taking a risk by going open world, but I'm pretty confident that I'll enjoy exploring these places and meeting these people. After an hour, I felt like Exodus was moving too slowly. After three hours, I wanted to see everything on the map before the Aurora moved on to its next destination, even knowing there'll be a lot of downtime in doing so.

Non-RPG General News

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Setting: Unknown
Genre: Unknown
Platform: Unknown
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GOG - 10 Year Journey @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 20:09

PC Gamer interviewed CD Projekt about GOG - Good Old Games:

GOG's 10 year journey to bring old games back to life

An oral history of Good Old Games: How it began, and how they track down classic games and make them work again.

10 years ago, not long after a young CD Projekt had founded a development studio and released The Witcher, the company founded something else: GOG.com. Back then, though, GOG wasn't just GOG. It was Good Old Games, a new digital store aimed at selling only old games. So much has changed about the way we buy and play games in that decade, it's hard to remember that that was, in 2008, a strange idea.

Digital distribution is now normal. DRM-free games are pretty normal, too, and so is selling classic games. But GOG had to be pioneer these concepts as its inexperienced team of upstarts from Eastern Europe built a platform, convinced developers and publishers to join them, learned to become IP rights detectives, and figured out how to make old software run on new hardware.

This is the story of how Good Old Games began, and how GOG today tracks down classic games and makes them work again, in the words of some of GOG's key players.

Good old days

When GOG managing director Piotr Karwowski started working at CD Projekt as a web designer 20 years ago, they faced a serious problem: game piracy in Poland was rife.

Piotr Karwowski: In the early 2000s, before CD Projekt got into game development, we were distributing games in boxes. Piracy in Poland was a big issue, but what were immensely popular were rereleases of classics in a mid-price format, where in one box you could find Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2, Icewind Dale and Planescape Torment all for $15, packed with maps. It was all about focusing on value to fight piracy, and also making it hassle free, with no activations so it worked out of the box.

Years later, as digital distribution rose, CD Projekt founders Marcin Iwiński and Michał Kiciński saw potential in using what they’d learned in fighting piracy for something new.
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Final Fantasy IX - ESRGAN AI-enhanced Texture Pack

by Silver, 19:56

DSOGaming reports that Final Fantasy IX has received a ESRGAN AI-enhanced Beta HD Texture Pack.

Since the reveal of ESRGAN, an AI technique that can enhance the textures of older games, a lot of gamers have been waiting for HD texture packs for the classic Final Fantasy games. And while there is currently one in the works for Final Fantasy 7, a beta version of an HD pack is currently available for download for Final Fantasy 9.

Created by ‘Ze PilOt’, this AI-enhanced HD texture pack can be downloaded from here. Now since this is a beta release, the modder stated that there might be some issues with it.

For example, gamers may experience corrupted backgrounds or bad animations. In case you experience such issues, you should report them to the modder (obviously with a screenshot and the location).

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Final Fantasy IX

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

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Feudal Alloy - Released

by Hiddenx, 19:45

The Metroidvania RPG Feudal Alloy is out now:

Feudal Alloy

Feudal Alloy is an epic action adventure with fish-controlled medieval robots!

Hi everyone,

This is it! We’re excited to announce that after more than three years of hard work, Feudal Alloy is finally out and ready for you to try!

We really hope you’ll enjoy exploring the unusual hand-drawn medieval world with your average fish-controlled farmer robot, Attu.

Also, here’s our new release trailer! You can view it here on Steam or on Youtube here:

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Feudal Alloy is an epic action adventure with fish-controlled medieval robots! Coming to Steam, GOG and Nintendo Switch on 17th January!

If you like to help us out by sharing the news and giving us a review, that would be awesome and we’d be really grateful!

Cheers,
Eva and Lukas from Attu Games

About The Game

Explore an unusual medieval world with a fish-controlled robot, Attu. Improve your combat techniques and skills by smashing many kinds of mechanical creatures in a beautiful hand-drawn world.

Attu is an ordinary farmer robot who lives in a small cottage in sunflower fields. He had been living a simple but pleasant life until a bunch of outlaws attacked the village, stole their oil supplies and burnt his house.

Fortunately, he managed to grab his old sword and fled into the woods.
Get lost and discover a huge interconnected world, filled with a wide range of enemies, bosses, skills, and equipment. Choose which paths you take and which enemies you face. Try to defeat the evil and find your way back home.

Features:

  • Fish-controlled medieval robots!
  • A dynamic action-combat system with swords, grenades, dodges and other special attack moves
  • A lot of different equipment that changes both player appearance and attributes
  • A huge, interconnected world to explore, filled with a wide range of enemies
  • Varied hand-drawn environments
  • Loot, a lot of loot!
  • Hidden collectibles
  • Secret areas
  • Achievements

Feudal Alloy

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

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Theseus: Journey to Athens - Steam Page Up

by Silver, 06:49

The Steam page is up for Theseus: Journey to Athens and the release date is set at around February 14th with the Steam date being incorrect at this time.

About This Game

Old-school Adventure/RPG set in Ancient Hellas. Heavily based on Classical source material. Choices have consequences!

Step into the sandals of Theseus and make your way to Ancient Athens! Your story begins in the small Peloponnesian town of Troezen, where you learn about your father's identity and a dangerous plot against your life. In light of these startling developments, you must leave under cover of night and discover your family heritage.

Key Features:

  • Over 20 unique locations to explore, all based heavily on primary source material.
  • Beautiful artwork created by Klaudia Jankowska.
  • Original music composed by Michael Landers.
  • Detailed choose-your-own-adventure style cut scenes, decorated with historical artwork.
  • Turn-based combat with many different opponents and items.
  • Player stats and party mechanics that have gameplay consequences.

If you appreciate classical antiquity and mythology, then this game will fit the bill.

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On another note, Steam is giving me a headache about changing the release date. It's not possible to release the game shorter than 2 weeks after the launch of the store page. I will therefore release in mid February; it says February 1st right now, but I will push it back another couple of weeks from there once I get the site to cooperate with my browser.

Theseus: Journey to Athens

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

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