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What new setting would be best for an RPG
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The Chronicles of Narnia
3.92%

Harry Potter
1.96%

The Dark Tower
5.88%

Avatar
3.92%

Mad Max
13.73%

The Matrix
1.96%

Riftwar
21.57%

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Saturday - June 15, 2019

GOG - Galaxy 2.0: Unite all Game Launchers

by Hiddenx, 15:13

PC Gamer reports that GOG wants to unite all game launchers with Galaxy 2.0:

GOG's quest to unite all game launchers just might work, and Microsoft is already on board

GOG Galaxy 2.0 wants to bring every game library and social interaction to one open source program.

Steam, Origin, Uplay, the Epic Games launcher, Battle.net, the Xbox app—there are too many launchers. It's the mantra of 2019, growing in volume and cadence with each passing day. Game companies want as much control over messaging and money as possible, and pushing their own game ecosystems is the way to achieve it.

From a strictly corporate perspective, I get it. But as someone that literally forgot he owns Forza Horizon 4 from launcher overload, I'm mad. I won't get into the weeds over exclusives and platform superiority here, but there's no debate that splitting our game libraries and friends across six or so different programs sucks. No matter where you stand, there's likely no changing the current trajectory of launcher-mania, which is why I'm so surprised GOG might solve the launchers problem with, well, a launcher.

In an E3 meeting with GOG representatives, I got an early look at GOG Galaxy 2.0, the launcher that just might unify them all. It sounds too good to be true and the tech is still taking shape, but if it works I am all in.

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Thanks henriquejr!

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GOD WARS The Complete Legend - Review @ Twinfinite

by Hiddenx, 12:29

Twinfinite reviewed the tactical RPG GOD WARS The Complete Legend:

God Wars: The Complete Legend PC Review

God Wars: The Complete Legend on PC

After debuting on PS4 and PS Vita and then expanding to the Nintendo Switch, God Wars: The Complete Legend is finally landing on PC via Steam almost exactly two years beyond its initial release.

Of course, this kind of game really doesn’t suffer from age, as it’s as classic as you can imagine in pretty much all of its aspects, from graphics to gameplay.

God Wars tells the story of Kaguya, a princess born at the foot of Mount Fuji, destined to be sacrificed to calm the raging gods. Yet, her destiny changes when the young Kintaro and his sidekick Kuma release her from her confinement within her village’s shrine.

From then on, she has to forge her own destiny, helped by her friends and surrounded by popular characters coming straight from the deepest layers of Japanese folklore.

This is one of the most charming elements of God Wars: its roots in local legends and lore are extremely solid, making the game a rather unique experience even for fans of Japanese games. The game’s atmosphere is the labor of love of its creators, and it shows in pretty much every aspect of the game including the story, the characters, and even the gameplay.

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Ultimately, God Wars: The Complete Legend is both a delightfully classic simulation JRPG experience and a small glimpse on how the genre could evolve without abandoning its turn-based structure.

It comes with all the depth veterans of the genre expect without necessarily feeling unwelcoming to newcomers, and with so much content that novices will become veterans before they’re done with a fraction of it. Add to that an absolutely fascinating setting and an enjoyable story, and we have a winner that I can wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who isn’t allergic to turns.

Score: 4/5 – Great

GOD WARS The Complete Legend

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

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Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory - Gameplay Video

by Silver, 12:06

Some gameplay video for Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory from IGN. You can read a preview here.

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Watch 10 minutes of Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory, a mix of classic CRPGs and tactical combat simulation, from E3 2019.

Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory

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

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Shenmue 3 - Gameplay and Trailer Video

by Silver, 12:02

New gameplay and trailer video for Shenmue 3.

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Approximately 13 minutes of Shenmue III gameplay!

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Shenmue 3 gets another gameplay trailer, this time full of punching and kicking as our hero takes on a band on drunken thugs. Revealed at the PC Gaming Show 2019, Shenmue 3 will also now be an Epic Game Store exclusive.

Thanks Farflame!

Shenmue 3

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

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Wasteland 3 - E3 Trailer Analysis

by Silver, 11:40

Retcon Raider analyses what is known about Wasteland 3.

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Goodness, it's been quite some time since we took our last look at Wasteland 3, hasn't it? With over two years worth of video clips, promotional images, and other assorted teasers - we've got quite a bit of catching up to do!

Where better to start than the recent 74-second trailer that InXile just showed off at E3 2019? It might be less than two minutes long, but it still gives us a LOT to talk about!

That said, this video WILL contain some modest spoilers related to the enemies and areas planned for Wasteland 3. If you're trying to avoid anything related to the game's planned storyline or scripted encounters, then you might want to skip this one.

I did back the crowdfunding campaign on Fig, but I'm not otherwise affiliated with InXile or Wasteland 3 in any way. I just love turn-based tactical role-playing games, especially ones set in bleak, post-apocalyptic landscapes.

Wasteland 3

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

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Warhammer: Chaosbane - Review @ ScreenRant

by Hiddenx, 08:04

ScreenRant checked out the action RPG Warhammer: Chaosbane:

Warhammer: Chaosbane Review - Diablo Without A Cause

Warhammer: Chaosbane tries to bring the Diablo formula to the Old World, but a fresh coat of paint can't cover the problems with the game.

Warhammer: Chaosbane is a hack and slash action RPG that takes place in the world of the Warhammer tabletop miniature game. The game takes the tried and true formula of slaying countless monsters in order to steal their treasure and transplants it to the world of Warhammer, but can a shift of setting help Warhammer: Chaosbane stand out from the competition?

It's impossible to talk about Warhammer: Chaosbane without mentioning the fact that it's heavily inspired by the Diablo series. Warhammer: Chaosbane is essentially a less ambitious and much shorter version of one of the Diablo games, with little incentive to keep playing once the brief story campaign is over.

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Warhammer: Chaosbane might be of interest to those who are fans of the franchise, or to those who are looking for a simpler version of Diablo, but there just isn't enough interesting content in Warhammer: Chaosbane to recommend it to anyone else.

Score: 2.5/5

Warhammer: Chaosbane

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Octopath Traveler - Review @ MMORPG

by Hiddenx, 07:59

MMORPG has reviewed Octopath Traveler:

The RPG Files: Octopath Traveler Steam Review

Back in July of 2018 the world received anew JRPG from Square Enix in the form of Octopath Traveler on the Nintendo Switch. Sadly, however, it seemed it was going to be a Switch exclusive, leaving a lot of fans out of the loop. Thankfully that wasn’t the case, and Octopath Traveler made its way onto the PC stage via Steam on June 7th just a week ago.

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Summary
Octopath Traveler is a great JRPG for what it is. While the story isn’t fantastic enough to please me, the general concept of the game from design all the way to combat is what held my attention. As a fan of both Bravely Default and Shin Megami Tensei, I can say the addition of their mechanics truly made the combat fun. The game isn’t perfect, but it’s far from mediocre. If you’re a JRPG fan you should truly enjoy this game.

Score: 8 / 10

Octopath Traveler

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

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Friday - June 14, 2019

John Wick Hex - Strategy Game at E3

by Silver, 21:21

PCMag reports on John Wick Hex at E3 and like its style of strategic assasinations.

Like its name implies, John Wick Hex is a hex-based strategy game. Everything takes place in environments defined by hex-shaped tiles, with only a single object or character occupying a tile at a time. The hex structure determines everything from line of sight to enemy positioning, providing forward and backward movement and four diagonal directions from any orientation.

At first glance, John Wick Hex looks like a turn-based strategy game. Without doing anything, the game is completely frozen as it awaits commands. The game doesn't use discrete turns, nor does it play in real time. Instead, every movement and action has a set amount of time it takes to execute, which is shown on a timeline at the top of the screen.

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Non-RPG General News

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

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Age of Wonders: Planetfall - E3 Video

by Silver, 21:04

The E3 video for Age of Wonders: Planetfall.

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Check out the E3 trailer and get to know some of the Planetfall factions, including the much-anticipated Laser Dinosaurs! And pre-order now: https://www.aow-planetfall.com

Thanks Farflame!

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

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

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The NOTHING - New Video and a Competition

by Silver, 21:01

The NOTHING has a new video on Facebook and you can vote for them in a competition.

You guys have been so amazing voting for the game (at www.mocaplikeapro.com) and sharing the posts!

So i've been working extra hard to get as much done as possible.

If we can get this mocap suit, you can expect an early-release alpha or beta demo :)

Anyways, here is the dog, finally sentient, alive and well (and viscous).

Dogs can have masters, they can belong to a faction or in a pack. They can also detect you if you are cloaked and near close range to it's face-mounted sensors.

This takes gameplay to an amazing new level

Thanks Farflame!

The NOTHING

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

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GOD WARS The Complete Legend - Released

by Hiddenx, 17:34

The tactical J-RPG GOD WARS The Complete Legend has been released today:

GOD WARS The Complete Legend

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Overview
The game introduces new elements such as “Status Effects”, “Hate Elements”, “Decoys”, and “Summoning Beasts” into this traditional Tactical RPG. It adds both fun and attraction while inheriting the lineage of classical Tactical RPG making this a truly advanced and ultimate edition of Tactical and Strategy RPGs.

Players can now enjoy the main scenario, “The Future Past” and additional challenging stages, “Labyrinth of Yomi” and “The Deep Levels” in this game. “Labyrinth of Yomi” is an intermediate level stage where players are required to fully develop their characters “Jobs” to clear the stage. New challenges for advanced players awaits at the last stage, “The Deep Levels” where players will need to configure and determine optimal formations from the character’s exclusive job and exclusive skills as well as coming up with effective strategical tactics.

Story

The heroine “Kaguya” controlling her destiny by her own will and her friends who join along the path on this journey establishes the legendary ancient kingdom of “Yamataikoku” by overcoming various obstacles and challenges. Among the friends and other characters who will come across in this adventure are 25 including “Momotaro”, “Urashima”, "Okuninushi", “Sakuya”, a motif of “Konohanasakuyahime”, and “Iwanaga” who are all legendary heroes of myths and fairy tales representing ancient Japan.

KEY FEATURES

  • The two new challenging stages “Labyrinth of Yomi” and “The Deep Levels” are additionally implemented to the main scenario.
  • An overwhelming game volume with a total play time of 160 hours
  • Playable by using your Mouse and keyboard!
  • An “Alignment” function to change character in the formation screen and an automatic placement function for your team members on the map are newly added!
  • The following challenging elements attractive and captivating to tactical RPG players are implemented:
  • 142 battle stages
  • 478 types of skills
  • 4 levels of difficulty setting
  • Multiple playthroughs are possible
  • Multiple endings are set

GOD WARS The Complete Legend

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

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The Outer Worlds - An Inside Look | E3 Coliseum 2019 Panel

by Silver, 10:26

An inside look at The Outer Worlds. The video features an interview with some gameplay commentary.

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Obsidian Entertainment have created incredible worlds and unforgettable experiences in RPGs for over 15 years. Join members of the development team as they provide the first public look at the E3 presentation for The Outer Worlds, their upcoming single-player sci-fi RPG published by Private Division.

The Outer Worlds

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

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Cyberpunk 2077 - New Screenshots

by Silver, 08:28

DSOGaming has some new screenshots for Cyberpunk 2077.

A couple of days ago, we shared some official E3 2019 screenshots for Cyberpunk 2077. And today, we’ve got some more screenshots to share with you, showcasing some of the environments and characters that players will meet in the game.

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Cyberpunk 2077

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

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Thursday - June 13, 2019

Alaloth - Story Trailer

by Hiddenx, 18:06

Porcozaur spotted the story trailer of Alaloth: Champions of The Four Kingdoms:

Alaloth - Champions of The Four Kingdoms Xbox One/PC Story Trailer

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Alaloth

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

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Golden Treasure: The Great Green - Announced for June 17

by Hiddenx, 17:57

The adventure RPG Golden Treasure: The Great Green will be released on June 17:

The Sun is your Father. The Earth is your Mother. All Beings are your Prey.

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Golden Treasure: The Great Green is a hand-painted game about choices, survival, and life as a non-human being. Players take on the role of a dragon and must survive the tender and dangerous years of childhood, forging a path to maturity in the beautiful and deadly world of Earth in the Bronze Age.

To survive, you must hunt prey, fight other dragons for dominance, plunder underground labyrinths for treasures, explore the far corners of the wilderness and, most importantly, grow and learn about the Great Green and its many inhabitants, from birds and beasts to ancient spirits. If you become wise and powerful enough, you may just change the history of our world and the fate of dragonkind.

Features:

  • Over 100 hand-painted scenes
  • Three massive open-world areas to explore
  • Thousands of choices and several completely distinct endings
  • Full combat system with 70+ opponents and dozens of special abilities
  • Four elemental paths of enlightenment to master
  • Original 3-phase hunting system; stalk, pursue, and destroy your prey
  • First-person labyrinths to explore, each with its own unique story and treasures
  • Dozens of unique artifacts and ancient secrets to discover
The free demo version includes the entirety of the Prologue and Part 1 of the game, including hours of original gameplay. Permanent unlockables (Tarot Cards, Animal Mastery and Artifacts) will be carried over into the full game.

Golden Treasure: The Great Green

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

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Commandos 2 HD Remaster - Announced for Q4 2019

by Silver, 12:32

Commandos 2 HD Remaster has been announced for Q4 2019.

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Relive the real-time tactics masterpiece that defined the genre like no other: Originally developed by the legendary Pyro Studios, Commandos 2 - HD Remaster is a true homage to one of gaming’s most celebrated masterpieces. Experience Commandos 2 Men of Courage like never before in high definition with reworked controls, UI and tutorial.

Take control of an elite group of commandos who must venture deep into enemy territory and utilize their combined expertise to complete a series of notoriously demanding missions set in World War II. Go covert into various environments based on authentic World War II locations and lead your team of commandos against overwhelming odds, operate covertly and turn the tide of war.

Thanks porcozaur!

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

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Gloomhaven - Early Access July 17th

by Silver, 12:26

Gloomhaven will launch onto Steam Early Access July 17th.

PARIS - June 11, 2019 - Asmodee Digital announced Gloomhaven will start its Early Access on July 17th. For the first time, the gameplay was revealed last week during a four hour-long exclusive stream on Twitch. This special event, hosted by Sam Dempsey, Social Media Manager at Asmodee Digital, with special guest Craig Oman, CEO of Flaming Fowl Studios, was followed by more than 110,000 viewers on Twitch.

As a board game, Gloomhaven has raised $4.4 million on Kickstarter thanks to more than 45,000 backers. Acclaimed by both board game players and critics, the Gloomhaven board game achieved the highest rating on BoardGameGeek and won 6 Golden Geek awards including "Board Game of the Year" in 2017.

In the digital adaptation of Isaac Childres' ultimate strategic board game, developed by Flaming Fowl Studios, you play as a squad of 2-4 mercenaries, in a world of darkness and trials. Gloomhaven is a balanced mix between Tactical, RPG and dungeon-crawling. Its legendary unforgiving difficulty rewards only the best strategic-thinking players. Gloomhaven will be released in Early Access with the same gameplay as the board game, adding a new exclusive roguelike mode. The campaign mode will be available at the official launch of the game.

Gloomhaven

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

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Griftlands - E3 Announcement Trailer

by Silver, 12:16

The E3 trailer for Griftlands which you can find more about here.

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Hello everyone!

As you may have seen at the PC Game Show, we are finally ready to talk about Griftlands. As always we try not to say too much until we’re reasonably sure we have solid information to give you, but we're feeling confident with the status of the game and want to fill you in.

We have a lot to discuss here: Alpha on the Epic Game Store, Early Access on Steam, and a big change in gameplay.

Griftlands, the RPG
Every time we make a game, we set out to make a new experience that’s never been made before. Over 4 years ago, we set out to make a new RPG, and the development of the game twisted and turned in many interesting ways.

After a couple years, we thought we were close, and announced the game. It turns out, we were premature in the announcement, and after another year of development, we realized that we were not delivering the experience we had set out to. Specifically, we wanted a world where you had the freedom to do what you wanted, and the world would respond systemically to it; where you could build relationships and the nuances of them would come back to haunt you. We wanted to let you wander a large expansive world, build out your party, and backstab your own party members when they least expected it. 

We wanted the story to be systemic, but it felt either robotic or too linear. We built a full trading simulation, modeling supply and demand, we built a fully featured crafting system, and a dynamic faction simulator. Unfortunately, the whole was never better than the pieces; we found that each piece of the game felt disconnected with the rest, and that actions often felt inconsequential. We built large worlds that felt tedious to travel around, and as designers we knew the systems were not working to provide a holistic experience.

What we did see was the people loved the world, and loved the premise of negotiation and manipulation. In short, we focused our design, and over the last year, we’ve been working on something new in the same world.

The New Griftlands
Today, we’re announcing a reboot of Griftlands, a single-player deck building game where you negotiate, fight, steal or otherwise persuade others to get your way. We put aside the huge simulation and RPG elements and focused on negotiation, combat, and manipulation. You play the game as one of three characters, and each decision you make is important -- which jobs to take, which side to choose, and which cards to collect. 

In Alpha, you play as Sal, a freelance adventurer out for profit and revenge, and you do the dirty work that other people won't. As you play, you build two separate decks: one for negotiation, and one for battle. 

The world of Griftlands is harsh, and death can come quickly. Each time you play offers new jobs and situations to encounter, and a chance to rebuild your strategies. A successful run will require a sharp wit, a sharp blade, and enough cunning to know when to use each.

Alpha and the Epic Game Store
As with our previous games, we will be running an Alpha period in order to iron out the kinks. We have partnered with Epic to bring the Alpha of Griftlands to the Epic Game Store exclusively for one year, and will launch in Early Access on Steam next June.

Klei has a history of partnering with new distribution platforms when starting new projects, for example the Don’t Starve Alpha was only available on the Chrome Webstore, and the Invisible Inc. Alpha was only available through the Humble Widget as a direct download. After rebooting the game, Epic approached us as a partner and we felt that this fit well with our process of going from Alpha to garner feedback before putting it on all platforms.

On July 11, we are going to launch the Alpha version of Griftlands for $14.99. 

Early Access on Steam and Early Roadmap
In June of next year, we will be releasing Griftlands into Early Access on Steam. Anyone who purchased on Epic will get the game on Steam for free, and vice versa.

Griftlands has taken a long time, and it’s gone through more twists and turns than any of our previously released projects. Making new experiences is never easy, and if nothing else it’s guaranteed to work out differently than we anticipated. 

We have quite a bit of work ahead of us. Our expected timeline is:

  • Alpha: The Sal campaign (days 1 through 4) is released
  • Fall: Character 2 campaign (days 1 through ?) is released
  • Early Access: Character 3 campaign (days 1 through ?) is released
  • Launch: Full campaign for all characters released

We expect the full game to launch in the Fall of next year, and we’re looking forward to taking that journey with you, from Alpha to Early Access to launch.

Best, 
Jamie.

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Griftlands

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

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Wednesday - June 12, 2019

Stardock & Star Control Creators - Settled with Mead and Honey

by Silver, 23:00

ArsTechnica has the details on how the Stardock and Star Control creators settled their differences with mead and honey.

The settlement's details are public, and Ford & Reiche have a blog post on their site explaining things. In summary, though, the terms are simple and straightforward:

  • All existing lawsuits between Stardock and Ford & Reiche are dismissed with prejudice (this simply means the suits cannot be re-litigated).
  • All parties are responsible for their own attorney's fees.
  • Stardock gets to use the Star Control name for its Star Control Origins game and can develop sequels and DLCs as it likes.
  • Ford & Reiche get to continue to develop their own direct Ur-Quan Masters sequel (which was previously called Ghosts of the Precursors but will be renamed).
  • The Star Control Origins universe (now known as "the Star Control franchise") will continue in a disconnected bubble from the Ur-Quan Masters/Ghosts of the Precursors universe (now known as "the Ur-Quan Masters franchise").
  • Reiche will contribute some writing to the Origins universe in a volunteer role.
  • All of the complicated arguments about who owns which copyrights and trademarks and who they bought them from and when and what's copyrightable and what's not are mooted. (Which is great because it means I don't have to re-summarize the mountain of IP arguments that both sides were making!)
  • The original three Star Control games can continue to be sold on other storefronts, including Stardock's, and Stardock will split revenue from those games' sales with Ford & Reiche.
  • No licensing money changed hands.
  • Brad Wardell of Stardock must furnish Paul Reiche with a specific amount of honey from Wardell's apiary.
  • In turn, Paul Reiche must furnish Brad Wardell with a specific amount of mead brewed from Wardell's bees' honey.

Wait... what?

Yeah, the last bit kind of threw me, too.

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

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Ni no Kuni - Announced

by Silver, 22:07

@JustPushStart Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered has officially been announced for PC and Consoles. The game will release September 20th.

Bandai Namco officially announced today, following a leak several days ago, that Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch remastered is indeed coming and will be released for PS4 and Steam- with the Switch version getting just the port of the original release.

Both titles will be released worldwide on September 20. For the PS4 and Switch version, there will be both physical and digital versions.

In the Remastered version of Ni no Kuni, fans can look forward to an enhanced version where it will feature enhanced graphics, while the non-remastered Switch version is simply just a port of the original release.

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Ni no Kuni

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

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Wasteland Remaster - In Progress Screenshot

by Silver, 22:01

On Twitter Brian Fargo showed off an in-progress screenshot of Wasteland Remastered.

The Wasteland 1 remaster is still coming later this year for Windows but a little surprise is that we are also going to bring it to Xbox!

Wasteland Comparison shot

Wasteland

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

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Wasteland 3 - Coming next Spring

by Hiddenx, 21:02

PC Gamer reports that Wasteland 3 will be released spring 2020:

Wasteland 3 is coming next spring

Hit the trail early next year.

Wasteland 3, which we saw from the E3 trailer is going let us trek through a very violent, eccentric post-apocalyptic Colorado, is now aiming for a spring 2020 launch, but backers and Early Access players will get their hands on it sooner.

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Thanks henriquejr!

Wasteland 3

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

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TRIALS of MANA - Seiken Densetsu 3 Remake announced

by Hiddenx, 20:54

The Seiken Densetsu 3 remake Trials of Mana will be released early 2020:

TRIALS of MANA

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When the world was shrouded in darkness, the Goddess of Mana drew forth the Sword of Mana to smite the eight Benevodons, monsters of destruction.

She sealed the horrors inside the eight Mana Stones, bringing the realm back from the brink.

Weakened from rebuilding the world, the Goddess changed herself into a tree and fell into a deep sleep for many years.

However, the forces of evil soon sought to free the Benevodons to gain control of the world.

They started a terrible war to further their plot and destabilize the kingdoms.

Peace was at an end. Mana itself began to disappear from the world and the Mana Tree started to wither...

Thanks henriquejr!

TRIALS of MANA

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

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Cyberpunk 2077 - E3 Trailer Analysis

by Hiddenx, 20:34

PC Gamer checked out the Cyberpunk 2077 E3 trailer:

This year's Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay demo is staggering in scope and detail

At E3 2019, we got a fresh look at Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay. Here's what we thought.

The latest 50-minute hands-off demo of Cyberpunk 2077 is the first time it's looked like a real videogame. At E3 2019, we're past the spectacle of seeing a new CD Projekt game for the first time and are finally figuring out what it actually is. We’ve seen the menus, the upgrade systems, shop inventories, dialogue systems, varying approaches to solving problems—the usual ‘go in stealthy versus guns-blazing’ approaches were mentioned. We’ve seen the box art and ridiculous collector's edition.

Cyberpunk 2077 feels like Deus Ex with an obscene budget and Keanu Reeves. Like a thing that we will conceivably play and finish in April of 2020. It exists. The demo wasn't a revelation in game design, even if the technology and art direction is staggering in scope and detail. This is CD Projekt pulling back the curtain and tamping down the cumulative years of excitement to remind everyone that it's made a very large role-playing game and that it looks very nice and that it's coming out soon. Here's what I saw and what I thought about it.

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Thanks henriquejr!

Cyberpunk 2077

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

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics - Announced

by Myrthos, 15:28

At E3 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics has been announced. It is supposed to be a strategy-RPG.

En Masse Entertainment Reveals New Strategy RPG, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
Developed by BonusXP, Based on the Highly Anticipated Upcoming Series from Netflix


SEATTLE - June 11, 2019 - En Masse Entertainment, a player-focused publisher dedicated to delivering great games and service, announced it will publish The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, a new multiplatform strategy RPG based on the forthcoming series from Netflix. Launching in 2019 and globally licensed in partnership with Netflix, the game will offer fans the opportunity to step into the fantasy world of Thra by playing through the events of the series and beyond, experiencing new characters, story elements and environments. Currently under development at BonusXP and targeting a 2019 release, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics will release for Nintendo SwitchTM, the PlayStation®4 entertainment system, Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, and PC/Mac.

In The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, players will return to Thra to lead the heroic Gelfling as they seek to restore light to the world and fulfill the prophecy. Over the course of 80 unique, turn-based campaign battles, players will recruit new allies and customize their forces, opposed at every step by the malevolent Skeksis.

"The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics will allow fans to delve further into the history and world of Thra as they conduct multi-layered and evolving tactical battles on the side of the Gelfling against the Skeksis," said Stefan Ramirez, Director of Live Services at En Masse Entertainment. "Players will experience living, unpredictable environments that encompasses not only the events and characters of the Netflix series, but new game-exclusive characters, stories, and challenges."

The expanded world of Thra in the game contains diverse territories, each offering the ability to learn more about the Gelfling clans and their histories. In turn-based combat, players lead the Gelfling resistance by using guile, planning, and cunning. Units can be customized for specific fights with gear, upgradeable abilities, and an expansive job system. Dynamic events on the battlefield, which can create opportunities or put the Gelflings at a disadvantage, may necessitate rapid changes in strategy to keep players on their toes. Thus, battles are highly replayable, and after completing the game players can also challenge a New Game+ mode with more difficult versions of the battles.

Fans will finally be able to re-visit the fantasy world of Thra when The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance debuts on Netflix on August 30, 2019. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics will arrive on game platforms later in 2019. More game details will be revealed in the coming months.

Published by En Masse Entertainment and developed by BonusXP, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics will release for Nintendo SwitchTM, PS4TM, Xbox One, and PC/Mac. The title has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

We also have a fact sheet with the following:

Over the course of 80 unique turn-based campaign battles taking place across the world of Thra, players will recruit new allies and customize their forces by assigning them jobs and outfitting them with new equipment.

Continue the Story in an Expanded World of Thra - Delve deeper into the legend of The Dark Crystal, learning more about the Gelfling clans and their histories across more than 5 diverse, modular territories. Choose from over 15 character jobs and play through reimagined and brand-new battles against the malicious Skeksis, and help lead the proud Gelfling to victory.

Gelfling Tactics - Devise unique ways for the outmatched Gelfling to fulfill their prophecy in multi-layered, turn-based tactical combat. Units can be customized for specific fights with gear, upgradable abilities, and a job system. Use guile, planning, and cunning to overcome superior foes!

Highly Replayable - Replay finished battles to earn full marks, or replay the entire game! Once completed players can challenge a New Game+ mode, keeping some progress from their first playthrough to re-experience more difficult versions of the battles with new mechanics and challenges.

Rich, Dynamic Environments - The world of Thra is a living, unpredictable environment as dangerous as it is beautiful. Dynamic events on the battlefield, which can create opportunities or put the Gelflings at a disadvantage, can necessitate rapid changes in strategy.

The release is cheduled for Q4 2019 and here is the trailer:

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The Dark Crystal

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

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Queen's Wish - World is Done. Release in September

by Myrthos, 09:16

In a tweet Jeff Vogel mentioned that Queen's Wish's world is done and he has started the process to finalize the game for a September release.

Queen's Wish

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

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Tuesday - June 11, 2019

VtM: Bloodlines 2 - E3 Gameplay Trailer

by Silver, 21:23

The Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 extended gameplay trailer.

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is the successor to the cult-classic Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines and features reactive storytelling, fast-paced combat, and compelling characters with their own hidden motives. Created in an act of vampiric insurrection, players start the game as a fledgling Thinblood whose existence ignites a war among the vampire factions in Seattle.

To survive in vampire society, players will enter into uneasy alliances with Seattle’s factions and join one of the full-blood vampire clans while stalking the city streets for prey, maneuvering complex political relationships, and balancing the need for blood against their withering humanity. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will launch on PC and consoles in 2020 and is now available for pre-order. To learn more about Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, please visit www.bloodlines2.com.

VtM: Bloodlines 2

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

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The Surge 2 - E3 Trailer

by Myrthos, 20:28

A new trailer for The Surge 2, soundtracked by The Prodigy, has been made available on E3.

June 11, 2019  [E3 2019] The Surge 2 smashes towards release with an incredible new E3 Trailer

The Surge 2 will continue Deck13 and Focus Home Interactive's excellent Action-RPG series on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 24. In a brand new, gorgeous E3 Trailer featuring The Day Is My Enemy by The Prodigy, get a glimpse of all the new features, stories, and enemies coming in this violent sci-fi sequel.

Inside the high walls of Jericho city, trapped in a technological apocalypse that threatens to consume everyone within, our hero fights to survive and uncover the truth of the disaster. Cult members hopped up on drugs, nanomachines, looters, and security forces will try to stop you wherever you go while a mysterious girl leads you to parts unknown.

This plays out on a backdrop of a world on the brink of simultaneous total collapse and technological ascendency. Self-evolving nanobeasts crush buildings with swipes of their massive claws while the downtrodden, infatuated with machines through malfunctioning implants and rising religion, roam the streets in packs. The rich and wealthy exist above it all, while hunters try to capture their valuable nano-prey and what remains of the military maintains a flimsy order.

This is the world of The Surge 2. Have a very safe day.

The Surge 2 releases September 24 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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The Surge 2

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

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Kingdom Come - Royal Edition Available

by Myrthos, 20:23

The Royal edition of Kingdom Come is now available on all platforms and includes all of the available DLC. Those who already have the base game can also buy all the DLC in one package. Note that A woman's lot is available to all backers for free,

Do you have friends who still didn't play Kingdom Come: Deliverance? With Royal Edition available now this is the right time to jump in! Enjoy the full Kingdom Come: Deliverance experience including:

  • Treasures of the Past
  • From The Ashes
  • The Amorous Adventures of bold Sir Hans Capon
  • Band of Bastards
  • A Woman’s Lot

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Kingdom Come

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

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System Shock - June Update

by Myrthos, 20:11

The June update of the System Shock Remake shows the creation of the Cyborg Drone character from start to finish.

There is some other stuff about props and puzzles and a video on the Research level.

 

System Shock

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

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RPGWatch Feature - Return of the Blobber

by Myrthos, 20:03

Forgottenlor uses his experience in playing blobbers through the years, to bring you an overview of the blobbers from the past and the ones that could be worth your time.

Way back at the end of the 1980s I discovered three games which turned me into a hardcore computer RPG fan. Those games were Bard's Tale 3, Wizardry 6, and Might and Magic. All three of the games are now defined as blobbers. Blobbers are games with first person gameplay, and usually a party of adventurers. Most of these games are classical dungeon crawlers, though Might and Magic and its successors always featured a huge outdoor world to explore. Dungeon Master was the first action Blobber, and it also inspired game series like Land of Lore and Eye of the Beholder. But these action games were never really my great love, like classical turn based blobbers were. Of course, we didn't call them blobbers, since most RPGs back then were blobbers (the Ultima series was a huge exception). With the success of Baldur's Gate and Morrowind, blobbers began to die out. Wizardry 8 was released in 2001 and Might and Magic 9 in 2002, and both of those releases marked the demise of their respective studios. For me that was a dark time in cRPG gaming, and even though I enjoyed many of the new, more action oriented RPGs, with their beautiful graphics and excellent stories, I missed the depth of character creation and tactical combat of early cRPGs. With the rise of Kickstarter and Steam, cRPGs have experienced a rebirth on the pc, with a massive number of indie RPGs, mid-sized studio RPGs, and Japanese console ports. Also, the traditional blobber, much to my joy, has returned and I have greedily bought up almost every turn based, hybrid, and RTWP blobber offered on the market. I tend to play six games in parallel, and one of them is almost always a blobber. With this article I wanted to share my love of blobbers with you and give you an overview of where you can begin or how you can expand your collection of blobbers, should you be so inclined.

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Phoenix Point - Releasing September 3rd

by Silver, 19:03

@BluesNews Phoenix Point will be releasing September 3rd through the Epic Game Store.

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Snapshot Games announced today as part of Microsoft's Inside Xbox presentation that Phoenix Point, the upcoming sci-fi strategy game from the creator of the original X-COM series, is expected to launch on Sept. 3, 2019, on the Microsoft Store and with Xbox Game Pass for console and PC, as well as the Epic Games store for PC and Mac.

A new cinematic trailer titled "Next Life" sets the stage for the changing face of war in Phoenix Point. Led by a massive Alien Queen, the game's enemies transform and evolve according to the choices players make over time. Given the power to mutate their own troops to gain an advantage, Earth's last desperate defenders will have to decide how much humanity they're willing to sacrifice to save mankind from this ever-changing extraterrestrial threat.

 

 

Phoenix Point

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

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ONINAKI - Announced for August 22nd 2019

by Silver, 10:55

@TechRaptor JRPG Oninaki has been announced for August 22nd on Steam.

During the Square Enix E3 2019 conference this Monday, we saw a trailer for the next RPG by developer Tokyo RPG Factory, called Oninaki. The E3 trailer highlights some of the mysteries that Kagachi will encounter during his epic adventure between the world of the Living and the realm of the Beyond. It looks like a highly ornate and stylish JRPG that should appeal to fans of more traditional Japanese Action-RPGs. It tells the story of one Watcher on a journey to “protect Life, after Death.”

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ONINAKI

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

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - Previews

by Silver, 10:25

GotGame wrote some of the things they have learned about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Meanwhile The Punished Backlog wrote that the game looks a bit bland.

This is Definitely a Respawn Entertainment Game

wall running

While the platforming elements take cues from Uncharted and Star Wars: 1313, there is still one distinctive difference. Respawn Entertainment being the developers, it comes as no surprise, but the wall running mechanic from their Titanfall series is used in full force in Fallen Order. From time to time, deep chasms will need to be traversed by having Cal run along a wall quickly. Sometimes, puzzles will even require the player to create a wall to run on. Even when Cal pilots an AT-AT early on, it shares a lot of similarities to piloting a Titan in Titanfall. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with this, and it’s good to see Respawn’s own staples stick to this licensed title.

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A Dynamic World… or is it?

As Cal made his way further into the facility, I began to key in on another thing that constantly bugged me throughout the demo: the scripted feel of the the world. At 3:48, right before the stormtroopers start their leisurely jog, they are slow to react to Cal’s presence. Later, at 7:15, a stormtrooper stays perfectly still atop a perched piece of terrain; the second Cal enters the environment, a pair of spider-like enemies “suddenly” appear, causing the guard and his fellow troopers to start moving into action.

We’ve come so far in the realm of believable scenarios in games. Uncharted, despite its linearity, makes the player feel like they are part of a perfectly paced movie. Tomb Raider, likewise, gives a sense of life to its semi-open environments, with wildlife that act on its own and guards that patrol areas of their own accord. Fallen Order, in contrast, feels like we’ve taken a time machine back to the PlayStation 2 era, when a lack of dynamism was a result of limited hardware resources — and certainly not a lack of creativity. It’s disappointing to see, especially from the people that brought us such wonderfully fresh feeling worlds in Titanfall and Apex: Legends.

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Thanks Farflame!

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Shenmue 3 - Exclusive to Epic Store

by Silver, 10:19

@Engadget Shenmue 3 has been announced as an Epic Store exclusive.

Surprise! The PC version of Shenmue 3 is now an Epic Games Store exclusive. That means the crowdfunded sequel, which was originally unveiled as part of Sony's E3 press conference in 2015, won't be sold through Steam or any other PC-centric storefront. "In looking for the most enjoyable experience on PC, it was decided together with Deep Silver after much discussion that the Epic Games Store would be the best distribution platform option," developer Ys Net said in a Kickstarter update. For now, it's unclear if backers who wanted the Steam version will be offered any kind of refund, or forced to accept the Epic Games Store version.

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Shenmue 3

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

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