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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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General News

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!

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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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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...

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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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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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Non-RPG General News

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

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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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Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars - Announced

by Silver, 10:05

@Gematsu Strategy game Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars has been announced for PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. The game is expected sometime in September.

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Descend into a mythical world filled with horrors and legends with Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars, and hurl yourself into a compelling gothic adventure paired with a challenging game experience. Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars is an engaging strategy game set in a dark vampire world in turmoil, that combines empire management and turn-based combat with unique card-game elements. Discover the secrets of Nemire and experience an enthralling story from the perspective of four mighty vampire lords, each with their own goals and agendas.

Key Features

  • The Truth Unfolds: Discover the secrets of Nemire, and experience an enthralling story spanning across 12 meticulously crafted missions and four unique environments, from the perspective of four mighty vampire lords, each with their own goals and agendas.
  • Discover the Bloodlines: Command one of three unique vampire clans with distinctive units, powers, gameplay mechanics and characters. Play as the bloodthirsty Dracul, the ancient Nosfernus or the mystical Moroia!
  • Vampiric Powers: Original card game elements enhance the gameplay and provide a refreshing take on the genre. Each clan and vampire lord has access to their own set of cards, which can be synergized into powerful combinations.
  • Strategy and Tactics: Command your armies, recruit new units and unlock crucial technologies in the strategic Kingdom mode, and then put your tactical skills to the test in the action-packed Combat mode.
  • Varied Content: Choose from three different gameplay modes, such as the story-driven Campaign, the open-world Sandbox, and the hard-fought Skirmish mode.

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Non-RPG General News

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

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Editorial - Chris Avellone: "Leave the Answer to the Player"

by Silver, 09:59

OneAngryGamer wrote an article defending Chris Avellone's opinion on politics in games.

The interview was published on May 31st, 2019, and when asked about whether stories can be apolitical, Avellone stated…

“They may become political as societal norms change, but I believe it’s possible to do apolitical games. I also don’t condone developers who want to do political games or make a statement – I think a game is served better by asking a question, provide a range of perspectives on the question, but then leaving the answer to the player. I try to frame any politics in the parameters of the world, the lore, and the franchise.

 “The reason I take this approach is because I view games as entertainment. If you’re purposely pushing an agenda or point of view in your game – especially a real-world one that’s clearly divorced from the game world – and you’re dictating that perspective as correct vs. asking a question or examining the perspective more broadly, then it’s left the gaming realm and the ‘game’ has become a pulpit.”

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Setting: Unknown
Genre: RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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Kenshi - Post-Launch Recap

by Silver, 09:39

The post-launch recap for Kenshi confirms that Kenshi 2 is in development.

Current Plans

With the launch of Kenshi out of the way the studio now has three main focal points:

  • Bug Fixing: There's still a few quirks we're working out in Kenshi, as of writing the current public release is v1.0.27, updates are set to continue as we're keeping a keen eye on user feedback to solve any remaining issues as quickly as possible. If you encounter any issues please let us know, ideally through the forums.
  • Localisation: Kenshi has a surprisingly wide appeal with users telling us their stories from across the globe. We're working with the game's fans and external partners to give everyone the best experience we can by translating Kenshi into different languages where it makes sense to do so. Trust us in that we're monitoring where our users are and localising accordingly, currently we're focused on finishing up the Japanese translation and providing Chinese language support.
  • Kenshi 2: We're not willing to share too many details of the project just yet, but laying the groundwork for Kenshi 2 allows us to work on much needed engine upgrades which we plan to include in Kenshi for free as soon as they're ready. This should provide a large boost to performance in addition to several other perks we'll talk about later down the road.

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Kenshi

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

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Monday - June 10, 2019

Beyond Good & Evil 2 - New Screenshots

by Silver, 21:50

Twinfinite report on what was shown of Beyond Good and Evil 2 at E3. There are screenshots at the link.

The developers then showcased a video showing off the art created as part of the partnership with HitRecord. It includes covers of albums that will be collectible in the game. The partnership will be extended and details will be announced over the next few weeks. Artwork submitted in early times of the partnership will be reconsidered in the future, while new projects will be issued.

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Beyond Good & Evil 2

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Adventure-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Project Witchstone - Steam Trailer

by Silver, 09:46

Project Witchstone is a turn-based tactical RPG being produced by Spearhead Games.

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About This Game

Known for their innovation in video game narratives, Spearhead Games (Stories: The Path of Destinies, Omensight) intends to push the interactive storytelling further with adventures uniquely tailored to each player’s gameplay and dialogue decisions. In a living and reactive world, you will be offered unprecedented options to role-play your character and influence the environment, capturing the fun and freedom of a pen & paper RPG campaign.

  • A living world sandbox RPG with turn-based tactical combat
  • Impact the state of the world with your decisions
  • Gain a reputation or work from the shadows

Living World

The world you explore is alive, meaning that characters that inhabit this world go on with their daily lives and move around following a routine (from their workplace to their home, for example). They also own properties, have personalities, friends and enemies, likes and dislikes, appreciation towards you, allegiance to factions, perception of their surroundings, etc.

Sandbox

Using actions common in RPGs (dialogue, combat, spells, abilities, stat checks, stealing, etc.) and less common ones (stealth, influence interface, etc.), you can interact, manipulate, and shape this world as you see fit. Our goal is to give you the freedom to live the adventure you want. No overarching pre-defined main story thread, you get to decide how you want to proceed.

Want to frame a villager for theft or murder? Want to join a faction, become their leader, and destroy the other factions? Want to destroy the factions but scheme in a way that they never know you're responsible? Want to become a treasure hunter instead? Maybe the best solution is to blow everything up?

All of this Is possible In our sandbox.

How?

With our systemic approach to narrative, tailored events will occur based on your previous actions. All crimes will result in law enforcement running an investigation and attempting to arrest the suspect. Any violent act committed against a faction will result in retaliation. Taking over someone's house will work fine until the previous owner's relatives or friends come to visit.

These are some examples of the ripple effect you can cause in this world. And how you deal with the ripple effect will determine what happens after.

Project Witchstone

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

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Path of Exile - Legion released

by Hiddenx, 08:58

The Legion expansion is out now:

Path of Exile: Legion Official Trailer and Developer Commentary

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Path of Exile

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

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Emberlight - Announced for August 13

by Hiddenx, 08:44

The roguelike dungeon crawler Emberlight will be released on August 13:

Emberlight

Emberlight is a true roguelike dungeon crawler, set in a world where the Gods have given you a great gift - and a great curse.

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Explore procedurally generated dungeons as a Knight of the Ember Order. Conquer the quests set out before your party, and uncover the lore of the land. Grow your strength by absorbing the abilities of your slain enemies and collecting the powerful traits of dungeon bosses.

Become strong, become quick, become immortal - but be warned - as you fight using unstable Ember powers, they will begin to corrupt and twist your very soul. Every gift of power has its sacrifice; every ability has its cost.

As the Gods fight for control of their creations, you must decide what is good, and what is evil. To protect your people against the dangers of Ember power, you must use its power to your advantage. Will you conquer the dark, or will you lose yourself to corruption?

ABSORB
As a Knight of the Ember Order, you have the ability to absorb the abilities used by your enemies. Every ability used by enemies has a chance to be learned. This allows customization of each character towards whichever goals you have. But each absorbed ability has a cost...

CORRUPT
Every absorbed ability will corrupt your soul. You will slowly lose yourself to evil as the quest progresses. This expresses itself in unstable corruption traits which leads to metamorphosis into an evil being (such as a lich). And you will lose yourself to the corruption...

REPEAT

Each run will last between 30-60 minutes. After completing the quest, the most corrupted will kill off his former allies in an epic battle. This corrupted being will then begin attracting evil around them, and will act as a boss in a future quest once their influence has expanded enough. They will have all the powers you have provided them during the run, providing a never ending challenge in future runs. For every corrupted boss, a stronger party is required to defeat them. And the cycle repeats......forever?

Emberlight

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

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Sunday - June 09, 2019

Baldur's Gate 3 - Interview and Gameplay Info

by Silver, 21:17

@Fextralife An interview with Swen Vincke about Baldur's Gate 3 which reveals some gameplay details.

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Baldur's Gate 3 Gameplay details! In this video we show you our interview with Larian Studios Founder Sven Vincke and Mike Mearls of Wizards of the Coast and Creative Director of Dungeons & Dragons that took place at E3 2019. https://baldursgate3.wiki.fextralife.com/Baldur%27s+Gate+3+Wiki

Baldur's Gate 3

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

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The Outer Worlds - E3 Trailer

by Silver, 21:08

The E3 trailer for The Outer Worlds.

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Gameplay Trailer of The Outer Worlds. The latest from E3 2019 here!

The Outer Worlds

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

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Cyberpunk 2077 - E3 Trailer

by Silver, 20:59

The E3 trailer for Cyberpunk 2077.

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E3 2019 Cinematic Trailer of Cyberpunk 2077. The latest from E3 2019 here!

Cyberpunk 2077

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

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Wasteland 3 - E3 Trailer

by Silver, 20:56

The E3 trailer for Wasteland 3.

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E3 2019 Trailer of Wasteland 3. The latest from E3 2019 here!

Wasteland 3

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

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General News - An Unexpected Message from Deep Space!

by Silver, 08:58

@DogarandKazon Stardock and Frungy Games have settled their lawsuit amicably and in a positive way for fans of Star Control. More will be announced at E3.

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An Unexpected Message From Deep Space

June 08, 2019

Stardock® and Frungy Games™ (Fred and Paul) are happy and relieved to announce that all parties have settled their disputes amicably and in a way where the fans of Star Control® and The Ur-Quan Masters™ are the biggest winners.  Stay tuned to Channel 44 for more details next week from the E3 floor!

General News

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

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Octopath Traveler - Review @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 07:59

PC Gamer has reviewed Octopath Traveler:

Octopath Traveler review

This neo-retro JRPG is frustratingly close to something special.

What's new is old again. The trademarked 'HD-2D' art style of Acquire's likeable JRPG tips its hat to its publisher's rich genre history while acknowledging technical advancements since Square’s 16-bit golden age. Combining pixel art with contemporary effects—shallow focus, bokeh, real-time lighting and shadows, slightly excessive bloom—it's an immediately distinctive look. As a fusion of past and present, it works very well...up to a point. And, well, I'm sure you can see where I'm going with this.
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It’s a pity your party only really becomes a team on the battlefield. Outside it, the characters rarely feel connected, while potential conflicts are also conveniently ignored, even when two characters’ morals should theoretically be in opposition. Octopath Traveler gives us reason to care about the eight protagonists as individuals, but in failing to bring their stories together, it falls short of the classics that inspired it.

Score: 76/100

Octopath Traveler

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

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Warhammer: Chaosbane - Review @ NewGameNetwork

by Hiddenx, 06:37

NewGameNetwork checked out Warhammer: Chaosbane:

Warhammer: Chaosbane Review

Stuck in repetition perdition

There is a wide selection of games that fit into the Diablo mould. In recent times, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II, Torchlight 2, and Grim Dawn were all impressive action-RPG experiences thanks to a mix of combat, loot, monster variety, replayability, depth, and good presentation. Warhammer: Chaosbane is another such isometric hack-and-slash game, but it fails to compete. Aside from decent combat and good visuals, it suffers because of severe repetition and a general lack of refinement.
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Unless you’re a big fan of the universe, Warhammer: Chaosbane can be skipped. It’s just too repetitive and bland to provide more than a few hours of entertainment via its decent action and pleasing visuals. Level design suffers because environment chunks reappear many times over the dull eleven-hour campaign. Enemy variety is not much better, with some creatures overused on a per chapter basis and others persisting throughout. The boss battles are good on the first try but the game has weak replay value outside of trying every class. Multiplayer lacks features and is too unstable to provide consistent enjoyment. It’s impossible to recommend this title when there are so many other isometric action-RPG games that do just about everything better for longer.

Score:57/100

Warhammer: Chaosbane

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

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The Greater Good - Review @ TechRaptor

by Hiddenx, 06:32

TechRaptor has reviewed the turn-based indie RPG The Greater Good:

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This time I tried out The Greater Good, a game I’ve had an eye on for a while. It seems like the greatest good is the good I got from The Greater Good.

You play as Flint, a soldier in an army trying to remove magic from the world. When the king of said army summons a demon that outs Flint as a magic user, he’s promptly shot and throw into a river. Found by a resistance force, Flint joins up and makes it his goal to right his wrongs and help stop the king. While this is a simple setup, there’s more to Flint’s story than meets the eyes. Fans of classic jRPGs should find plenty to like in this tale.
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So if you need a new, indie, look on turn-based RPGs right now, then I highly suggest giving The Greater Good a shot. It’s fun to play, the story is interesting, and the world is lovely to look at. On top of everything, it easily contains one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard recently. It seems like I’ve totally reignited my joy for the genre.

The Greater Good

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

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Saturday - June 08, 2019

Stellar Tactics - 10 Turns Interview

by Silver, 21:59

TurnBasedLovers interviewed the sole developer behind Stellar Tactics.

4th Turn) I know that Stellar Tactics can be played easily like a sandbox game, but I’ve also read that you can follow a main story. So, in this regard, my questions are: how long will be the main storyline? What will be its importance for the player? And, lastly, there will be also articulated secondary quests?

I can’t say exactly how long the main story will be. The story will be released in chapters, there will be meaningful engagements related to your main character (the character you create who comes out of stasis at the beginning of the game.) Right now the game has about 10 hours of story and that is just the prologue that brings players to the sandbox.

There will be side quests for various factions in the game, a few key character quests and some larger universe altering missions. And then, of course, there are unlimited bounty’s/missions you can take right now in the game. I’ll be expanding on that system during BETA to make it a more “personal” experience.

5th Turn) Looking at the screenshots, it’s almost impossible not to notice resemblance to some cornerstone of the past, like the X-Com series and Freelancer. Besides these, is there something else in particular that inspired you?

Sure, I’ve been a gamer and game developer (Sr. Producer) in the game industry for many years. A few of the old games inspire me the most. It’s one of the reasons Stellar Tactics has an old-school feel to it. I’m finding the number of these games dwindling and I’d like to keep them alive. As big publishers continue to look for big dollars, these games have fallen off their development roadmaps and been replaced with high production value experiences that in some cases (not all) tend to feel a bit threadbare.

–Elite, Sentinel Worlds, Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday, Baldurs Gate, Eve Online and the list goes on. Many of these have been inspirations

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Stellar Tactics

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

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Tales of Arise - Revealed

by Silver, 21:19

DSOGaming reveals that Action RPG Tales of Arise has been leaked ahead of its official announcement. There are screenshots at the link.

Tales of Arise promises to be a dynamic action RPG featuring an updated battle system that retains classic Tales of gameplay, and below you can find a small description of its storyline.

“On the planet Dahna, reverence has always been given to Rena, the planet in the sky, as a land of the righteous and divine. Stories handed down for generations became truth and masked reality for the people of Dahna. For 300 years, Rena has ruled over Dahna, pillaging the planet of its resources and stripping people of their dignity and freedom. Our tale begins with two people, born on different worlds, each looking to change their fate and create a new future.”

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Non-RPG General News

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

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - Gameplay Video

by Silver, 21:16

A gameplay video for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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The Empire won’t stop until every Jedi is purged from the galaxy. As a young Padawan on the run, the odds are against you—but the Force is with you. Discover the Jedi abilities you must master to survive.

Become a Jedi on November 15, 2019.

Non-RPG General News

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

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Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark - Review @ Indie Ranger

by Hiddenx, 20:33

Indie Ranger has reviewed Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark:

‘Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark’ Is A Fashionable Final Fantasy

I am instinctively put off by games that flaunt how they are ‘inspired by…’ or ‘a spiritual successor to…’ a handful of games that defined the relevant genre. While it is understandably a way for games to garner a quick audience, especially when they rely on crowdfunding, it can raise expectations to an unreachably high level or in some cases suggest the developers aren’t really sure of their own game’s creative direction.
If your new third-person horror shooter is inspired by Resident Evil and Silent Hill, the two of which differ drastically in theme and playstyle from each other, what are you really saying about your game? Alternatively, when Fell Seal’s developers claim they are ‘following in the footsteps’ of strategy RPGs like Final Fantasy Tactics, the comparison is fully warranted.

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6 Eyes Studio had a clear goal with Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark, and it’s safe to say they accomplished it. A few control nitpicks aside (there is no camera control for battles due to the maps being hand-drawn, meaning enemies and items can be fully obscured at times), it plays like a slick strategy RPG inspired by the classics for all the right reasons.

Score: 72/100

Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark

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

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