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Friday - June 15, 2018

Legends of Ellaria - RPG System

by Myrthos, 16:19

The Legends of Ellaria team gave a short message that they have started working on the RPG system of the game.

We have now started to develop a full RPG system for Legends of Ellaria (yes, finally). For this reason, we will be releasing fewer updates in the summertime, with only bug fixes, optimizations, and some minor features to be released in the meantime.

However, this will all be worth your time since we will be releasing a Major update with a brand new RPG system that includes leveling, talents (similar to Skyrim's skill tree), new animations, attacks, skillsets, magic effects, improved combat system, classes, and much, much more.

Legends of Ellaria

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

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Shadows: Awakening - Featurette Trailer

by Myrthos, 16:17

A new trailer for Shadows Awakening is available, in which development director, Peter Nagy shows the features of the game.

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DARKNESS APPROACHES IN NEW SHADOWS: AWAKENING FEATURETTE 

Devour new insights into the world, characters and mechanics of upcoming action RPG

Bracknell UK, 15th June 2018 
Kalypso Media and Games Farm are proud to present a brand-new video preview of upcoming soul-sucking action RPG Shadows: Awakening, offering both series veterans and newcomers alike a sneak peek at the unique party system that makes every playthrough so thrilling and unique, as well as a more detailed look at the game world itself, combat and the cast of characters you'll meet on your journey through the darkness.

If the featurette has got you yearning for some soul-devouring action of your own, pre-order customers on Steam can be among the very first to play the closed beta ahead of the game's launch in Fall 2018. As well as instant access to the closed beta, pre-order customers on Steam will also unlock the Legendary Armory pack, a digital artbook, the digital soundtrack (available at launch) and a 15% discount.
 
About Shadows: Awakening
Shadows: Awakening is the new adventure in the Heretic Kingdoms saga. After the members of the secret council known as the Penta Nera are assassinated, their souls are consumed by the Devourers - evil demons which possess the ability to absorb the memories and personalities of the souls they acquire and materialize them as their puppets. Re-emerging into the mortal realm once again, the demonic Penta Nera continue their quest for power and immortality, but at what cost?

Shadows: Awakening is a unique, isometric single-player RPG with real-time tactical combat. You take control of a demon summoned from the Shadow Realm - the Devourer - to consume the souls of long-dead heroes and embark on an epic adventure with challenging gameplay, a gripping storyline and enchanting graphics. Do you have the focus and wits to master the world of the Heretic Kingdoms? Gather your party, control powerful heroes and use their skills to your advantage. But who is in charge... the demon, or the souls that it has devoured? It's up to you to either thwart a major threat and save the world, or to plunge it into complete disaster...

Features

  • A Tale of Two Worlds - In a parallel universe inhabited by demons and monsters; seamlessly switch between the Shadow Realm and the mortal plane and witness a gripping storyline in a world full of myths, destinies and legendary creatures.
  • Unique Party System - multiple characters in one demon, each retaining their own personalities with internal dialogues, rivalries and communication between the characters.
  • Wide variety of Skills and Characters - Choose from 3 heroes, each with their own personal storylines, quests and dialogues. Consume the souls of 14 playable characters, each with their own unique skillsets, like Kalig the Bandit King and Evia, Daughter of Fire.
  • Tactical Real-Time Combat - Combine the skills of your various characters to maximize the effects of your devastating skills and spells.
  • Extensive Gameplay - 20+ hours for a single playthrough, but with substantial options for replayability which accumulate to 60+ hours for the full experience.
  • Challenging Puzzles - Complex puzzles are scattered throughout the game, and will take you through a vibrant set of locations, from rustic towns to the deepest and darkest of dungeons.
  • Crafting and Looting System - Expanded crafting and looting system will let you use rewards to configure the ultimate adventurer.
  • Fully Voiced - All dialogues are fully narrated, including actors like Tom Baker

Shadows: Awakening is scheduled for a global release in Fall 2018.

 

Shadows: Awakening

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

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The Surge 2 - Gameplay Video

by Silver, 15:07

A new gameplay video for The Surge 2.

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Three minutes of footage from the upcoming sci-fi souls-like sequel, which is already looking like a vast improvement over the original.

Thanks porcozaur!

 

The Surge 2

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

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Thea 2: The Shattering - Pre-Alpha Gameplay

by Silver, 14:55

A new update for Thea 2: The Shattering shows some pre-alpha gameplay.

Hi everyone. 

So we've had a chance to show a short demo of some pre-alpha gameplay for Thea 2 at Digital Dragons last month and today, we want to share a play-through from that. 

Now, the video is a bit long, but we wanted to show as much as possible.

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Thea 2: The Shattering

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

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Dying Light 2 - Has Witcher Writers

by Silver, 12:31

@VG24/7 Dying Light 2 has some of the writers that worked on Witcher 3.

Techland is taking the story, writing and quests for upcoming zombie parkour game Dying Light 2 very seriously.

Not only has it hired the talent of designer Chris Avellone to shape the game, but it has also hired writers from CD Projekt RED who worked on The Witcher 3’s Bloody Baron quest.

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General News

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

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Cyberpunk 2077 - Interview @PC Gamer

by Silver, 12:00

An interview conducted by PC Gamer about Cyberpunk 2077.

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Another thing I noticed in that demo is there's a scene where you're walking down an alley and they point out a crime scene on the side and say "Night City's dangerous, crime's happening all the time." What I was curious about is how dynamic or how static Night City is. Is that crime scene something that's always going to be there in that district?

This stuff is going to depend on, we've got dynamic weather and day and night cycles. Things are going to happen differently depending on that time and weather. I can't go into too much detail, but there's going to be a sense of feeling a different space, and how it feels different in those time events, as well.

Okay, so returning to that same area, things will be changing as you go?

Yeah.

Because you're a level designer, I'm curious—this is a roleplaying game and a shooter, I feel like there's a massive challenge in combining those two very big genres and making both parts feel equally satisfying. Level design is so paramount to making a good shooter. How are you designing these environments that enable roleplaying, feel realistic and immersive, but also make for a good shooter experience? The two don't always go hand-in-hand, you know?

I think you hit the nail on the head when you say they don't always go hand-in-hand. But one of the things that's been great to work on this game, from my personal perspective, is that class system. We showed a bit today. There's the three you can have: netrunner, techie, solo. Each of these is going to have a different way to solve a combat encounter or an environmental challenge.

Having that makes this easier, in the sense that because it's about choice, that way there's more options for you to handle those situations differently. Because of that you'll be able to move through the space, and you'll have the traditional sense of that sort of shooter space, but to layer that extra stuff on top, that excitement when you use those abilities for that class system—that's what's made it an exciting thing, from my point of view, to make the levels. And I know the rest of the team, the other level designers, enjoy having those choices.

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Cyberpunk 2077

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

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Phantom Doctrine - E3 Tactical Gameplay

by Silver, 10:57

A new tactical gameplay video for Phantom Doctrine was shown at E3.

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Phantom Doctrine

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Historical
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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Mutant Year Zero - Interview with Mark Parker

by Silver, 10:41

@Shacknews An interview with Mark Parker who is working on Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden.

One of the best things about developing a hit game is that it allows studios to branch out into passion projects. Developer Funcom did a fantastic job with recently-released action title Conan Exiles, and the next game from the studio is set to blend strategy and adventure into a gorgeous game filled with unusual creatures. Shacknews caught up with Mark Parker, producer at The Bearded Ladies Consulting, at E3 2018 to learn more about the team's latest "tactical adventure" title.

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Mutant Year Zero

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

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Thursday - June 14, 2018

Cyberpunk 2077 - Angry Joe Interview

by Hiddenx, 21:50

Angry Joe has interviewed CD Project Red at the E3 about Cyberpunk 2077:

Cyberpunk 2077 - Angry Interview E3 2918!

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Cyberpunk 2077

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

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Nioh 2 - Video Interview

by Silver, 14:10

Gamebanshee reports that the developers of Nioh 2 were interviewed recently.

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The developers also mention that the first Ni-Oh was a learning experience of sorts for them. It gave them an understanding of how to better utilize the RPG elements in an action-RPG like Ni-Oh, and I have to say, I like the sound of that.

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Nioh

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

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The Sinking City - Releases March 21st 2019

by Silver, 12:21

The Sinking City will release March 21st 2019.

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The Sinking City

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

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Greedfall - E3 Video

by Silver, 09:36

A new video from E3 for Greedfall.

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[E3 2018] GreedFall paints the genesis of the game’s story in E3 Trailer GreedFall is the latest RPG from Spiders, currently in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Set in a 17th century setting embedded in magic, Greedfall has a unique visual identity inspired by European Baroque art, depicting grandiose sceneries in muted warm colors and dark undertones. This E3 Trailer reveals the origins of GreedFall’s story, as settlers, mercenaries and treasure hunters, fleeing a continent plagued by pollution and an incurable disease, set foot on a remote island seeping with magic, rumored to be filled with riches and lost secrets.

A grand journey filled with mystery follows, as you find yourself in the middle of ever-increasing tensions between the invading settlers and the locals, who are protected by manifestations of the island’s earthly magic in the form of supernatural beings. With a strong focus on its core RPG identity, GreedFall follows Spiders' experience in building intricate worlds filled with mysteries to discover, weaving deep character interactions, and offering players freedom to achieve quests and objectives in many different ways – through combat, as well as diplomacy, deception or stealth.

The island of GreedFall is a living, ever-evolving world. Your actions, from seemingly trivial choices to the most important political decisions, will influence and alter its course, as well as the relationship between the different factions established on the island. GreedFall releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2019. Hands off presentations and interviews are available at E3 2018.

Thanks porcozaur!

Greedfall

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

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Wednesday - June 13, 2018

Xenonauts 2 - Kickstarter 20th June

by Silver, 22:33

Xenonauts 2 will launch on Kickstarter 20th June.

At long last we've set a firm date for the launch of the Kickstarter for Xenonauts-2 - it will be happening on Wednesday 20th June, at 14:00 GMT / UTC.

We've been working on this Kickstarter for a long time and we hope you'll be willing to support us when we launch, as it really makes a huge difference to a crowdfunding campaign when you have a strong first 24 hours! Our funding target is £50,000 but we're hoping to raise more than that - the more money we have to spend during the last phase of development, the better the game will be!

I should also mention that Kickstarter takes a much smaller cut than the other sites on which we sell, so if you enjoyed Xenonauts and are pretty sure you'll be buying Xenonauts-2 at some point, Kickstarter is definitely a good place to do it - about 20% more of the money ends up in our pockets compared to you buying the game on Steam for the same price. It also makes the project look more interesting and popular, which means we're more likely to get press coverage about the game in the future and the people wavering about whether to support the game on Kickstarter would probably feel more confident in doing so!

We will be sending out a notification to everyone on our mailing list one week before the Kickstarter launches (13th June) and then a reminder on the day of the Kickstarter itself. 

Reward Tiers:
These are our plans for the reward tiers, all of which (awkwardly) have to be priced in £ rather than $ because we're based in the UK.

  • £1 - show your support, and get our project updates and notifications
  • £18 - get a copy of Xenonauts-2 on Steam / GOG when it launches onto Early Access (the game will launch at $30 when finished).
  • £25 - as above, but with a digital copy of the soundtrack and additional access to the three-month beta we will run on Steam / GOG prior to the Early Access launch (this tier is limited to 2000 backers)
  • £35 Option 1 - as £25, plus your name in the credits, and you can put a soldier in the random soldier pool with a name, nationality and gender chosen by you
  • £35 Option 2 - as £25, plus your name in the credits, and you get a second Early Access copy of Xenonauts-2 to give to a friend
  • £50 - all of the above, including both £35 rewards
  • £75 - all of the above, plus you can create your own unique face for the custom soldier using our portrait generator
  • £100 - ?????
  • £200 - all of the above, plus our portrait artist will paint you from an image you send him (tier is limited to 20 backers)
  • £500 - all of the above, plus you'll get to work with us to create a random event that can hit the player - possibly incorporating yourself (tier is limited to 5 backers)

We're expecting the beta testing period to be about three months long, and it should start 1-3 months after the end of the Kickstarter. You will have access to this if you back at the £25 tier or above. Once this beta test is complete the game will launch into Early Access and everyone who backed at the £18 tier will then get access to the game.

You'll notice we've gone in very heavily on the digital rewards. The physical rewards we did for the original Kickstarter were a massive pain to organise, particularly with regards to the shipping ... and I worked out afterwards that we actually lost money on them. Things are easier these days because specialised fulfillment companies exist but unfortunately I still don't think we'd be making much money from physical rewards.

The downside is that we're left a bit short on reward tiers. I honestly can't think of anything to put in at the £100 tier, and I'm open to suggestions - if we can't think of anything good then we'll just take that one out, but it's a nice round number and I'd rather include a tier at that level if I can.

If you want to see how the custom portraits look, here's the Beloved Leader himself drawn from a still from the Kickstarter video. Pretty good work, no? There's a total of 25 portraits available (5 of which are at the £500 tier) so if you're interested in getting some custom art done, you might want to grab the £200 tier early :)

 As I mentioned before, we'll be starting our PR push one week before the Kickstarter on Wednesday 13 June, so we've got a bit of time to tweak the reward tiers etc before that happens. If you've got any thoughts on the rewards tiers or how well the custom portrait editor program works, please let us know!

It would also be super-useful if you could spread the word about this to anyone that might be interested. Several hundred thousand people have played Xenonauts over the years but unfortunately we don't have contact details for most of them ... so we're reliant on our mailing list (and hopefully the gaming press) to reach them. Word of mouth can be a very powerful thing!

Xenonauts 2

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

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Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem - Review

by Hiddenx, 19:55

Tobe4funas checked out Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem:

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem REVIEW - Diablo 2 on Steroids!

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Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem - action rpg similar to Diablo 2. Absolutely loved how it captures the atmosphere and how it looks overall. It's currently in alpha (going into beta this September), so there's little content at the moment and obviously some bugs and stuff, but I'll be personally waiting eagerly for this one to come out.

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem

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

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey - E3 Demo & Trailer

by Silver, 14:24

Assassin's Creed Odyssey was shown off at E3.

Reveal Trailer

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From outcast mercenary to legendary hero, embark on an epic journey to uncover the truth about your past and change the fate of Ancient Greece in Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

Gameplay Walkthrough

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Watch the first ever gameplay walkthrough of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey! Visit the beautiful Mykonos City in Ancient Greece where our Spartan hero Kassandra prepares for her next adventure. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will feature dialogue options, weapons and combat ability

Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Historical
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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Call of Cthulhu - E3 Trailer

by Silver, 13:11

Call of Cthulhu has a new E3 trailer.

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[E3 2018] Call of Cthulhu defines madness in heart-pumping E3 Trailer Call of Cthulhu, the official videogame inspired by Chaosium’s classic pen and paper RPG, today defines madness in its heart-pumping E3 Trailer!

Uncover the chilling mysteries of this Narrative RPG game, descending deep into a world of cosmic horrors, creeping madness, and shrouded Old Gods within Lovecraft’s iconic universe.

Call of Cthulhu

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

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Sekiro - Not Story Driven

by Silver, 13:08

@USGamer Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will not be story driven according to the Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki.

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One of the major changes in Sekiro is the use of a fixed protagonist. While games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne allowed you to create your own character and choose a skill class. That freedom also meant that the story was told through atmosphere and world-building. With Sekiro there is only one class, and there is only one pre-made character players can choose from and exploring the world from a fixed perspective makes the storytelling a bit more straightforward, at least initially. 

"First of all, we think if you ask is it going to be easy to understand? We would say yes, at least initially. There are some themes and motifs particularly tied to using a fixed protagonist that allows to explore him as a character a lot easier," said Miyazaki during our interview. "It allows for a different way for a storytelling there which was not really possible with our previous games which did not have a fixed protagonist." 

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Sekiro

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Historical
Genre: Non-RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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Maneater - Shark Action RPG

by Silver, 10:35

Maneater released a trailer at E3 and has a Steam page with no release date as yet.

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About This Game

Maneater is a Single-Player Action RPG, set in the unforgiving waters of the Gulf Coast. Fight to survive in the open ocean, with danger lurking at every depth. Your only tools are your wits, your jaws, and an uncanny ability to evolve as you feed. Anything and everything is on the menu... kill or be killed.

Become a MANEATER

Play as a giant Bull Shark and terrorize the coastal waterways. Tear swimmers and divers limb from limb, give the humans a reason to fear you.

Explore a massive open world

Immerse yourself in a living, breathing world full of threats, and rewards. Explore sunken wrecks, lurk in swamps, or just cruise the open ocean looking for whales to feed on.

Deep Stats and Role Playing

Role-play and customize your shark with a variety of stat driven systems. Evolve different parts of your body to improve how they function, or pump up your ferocity to enter brief feeding frenzies.

Experienced Team

From the minds behind Depth and Killing Floor, our goal as an early access game is to push the feeling of playing as a shark to new heights, developing a strictly single-player experience that will challenge and engage the player from start to finish. Gritty, visceral, heart-pounding action games are our calling.

General News

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

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Cyberpunk 2077 - E3 Demo Impressions

by Silver, 02:34

Cyberpunk 2077 has been demoed for the games press and they wrote their impressions. You may find this interview by Variety of value also.

PC Gamer

Those were some of the biggest highlights of that hour-long demo, and I cannot wait to see more. Honestly, my head is still spinning, and it's hard to say whether the full game will be able to feel as dense and intricate. I never expected that our first look would have so much to cover, which is hopefully a good sign of how much more is still to come for Cyberpunk.

Gameinformer

This first taste of Cyberpunk 2077 was unexpected and nothing short of amazing We know CD Projekt Red has a firm handle on player choice and narrative – which are both evidenced here – but now we see this dev has first-person shooter chops as well. The combat looked dynamic, fun, and filled with RPG elements galore. Although we were treated to roughly an hour of finely polished and beautiful gameplay, the developer didn't share a release date or give any hint of when we might see it. That likely points to 2019 or later. Don't worry, it's for this generation, and is currently slated to hit Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

VG24/7

We met a lot of different characters in Night City, most of them clearly out for self. As one character puts it, “everybody gets fucked”. We met a gangster boss who gifted us a mission to prove our worth, a gun for hire, a corporate exec with nothing but disdain for the working classes. Don’t expect to make any friends in Cyberpunk 2077. And if you do, well, don’t trust ’em.

Thanks BoboTheMighty!

Cyberpunk 2077

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

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Tuesday - June 12, 2018

Fallout: The Frontier - E3 Mod Trailer

by Silver, 23:50

Fallout: The Frontier is a mod for New Vegas which has a new trailer.

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Exactly one year later, we finally reveal our brand new trailer! Join the Exiled NCR on a brand new adventure! Join us on Discord and discuss about the Frontier. Ask questions, talk to the devs, provide ideas, hang out… all are welcome!

Thanks Drithius!

Fallout: NV

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Post-Apoc
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Release: Released

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Vampyr - More Reviews

by Hiddenx, 19:46

Some more reviews for Vampyr:

Vampyr

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

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 - Confirmed for PC

by Silver, 15:33

Valkyria Chronicles 4 will be releasing on Steam sometime 2018.

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About This Game

A Continent Engulfed in the Bitter Flames of War!

Valkyria Chronicles 4 takes place in the same timeframe as the original Valkyria Chronicles, but with an all-new story focusing on Squad E of the Federation. Commander Claude Wallace and his childhood friends set out to fight in a desperate war, but bone-chilling blizzards, waves of imperial soldiers, and the godlike powers of the Valkyria stand between them and victory.

The BLiTZ Battle System and the CANVAS Graphic Engine return!

Features

  • A Coming-of-Age Story in a Time of War
    Take command of the determined, young Commander Claude Wallace, engineer/heavy weapons extraordinaire Riley Miller, hot-headed Darcsen Raz, ice-cold ace sniper Kai Schulen, and more. Together, they will experience the painful realities of war - but will the bonds of Squad E's friendships survive the frozen battlefield?
  • The Next Generation ""BLiTZ"" Battle System
    Part overhead turn-based strategy, part RPG, and part real-time 3rd person shooter, the "BLiTZ" battle system returns to the field. New features include an explosive new class called the Grenadier, numerous offensive/defensive battleship support options, chances for a unit to have a "Last Stand" action before death, and more. Plus, fight the imperial threat with more units on larger-scale maps than ever before.
  • CANVAS Aesthetics
    The series' signature hand-drawn visual style is back and overhauled for the newest generation. Inspired by watercolour compositions, the CANVAS Graphics Engine blends visual elements of reality and imagination to create an expressive world filled with colourful emotions. Watch the journey of Squad E unfold like an interactive painting!
  • The Return of a Legendary Composer
    The illustrious Hitoshi Sakimoto, original composer of the Valkyria Chronicles series and countless other emotional epics, returns to provide a sweeping orchestral score for the game.
  • Optimised for PC
    4K resolutions, customisable keyboard and mouse controls, even ultra- widescreen support. Also includes achievements and Steam trading cards.

Valkyria Chronicles 4

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

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Divinity: Original Sin II - E3 Trailer

by Silver, 13:36

Divinity: Original Sin II Definitive Edition will launch for Xbox One and Playstation 4 August 31st.

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Experience one of the most immersive RPGs of all time when Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition arrives on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on August 31st, 2018!

Divinity: Original Sin II

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

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The Black Masses - Hundreds and Thousands

by Silver, 12:40

The Black Masses continues to make progress with its technology. The video below shows hundreds of thousands at a playable framerate.

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This video demonstrates our revolutionary and re-written crowd rendering technology. All characters shown in the footage are fully animated meshes, there are no sprites or funny tricks. Unlike our previous crowd tech in Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator, this crowd tech works by animating the mesh itself on the GPU rather than baked frames. No CPU bottle necking occurs, opening doors to an infinite and brighter future in crowd rendering.

The Black Masses

SP/MP: Massive
Setting: Historical
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Yakuza 0 - Releasing 2nd August

by Silver, 11:53

Action RPG Yakuza 0 will release on Steam 2nd August.

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ABOUT THIS GAME

The glitz, glamour, and unbridled decadence of the 80s are back in Yakuza 0.

Fight like hell through Tokyo and Osaka with protagonist Kazuma Kiryu and series regular Goro Majima. Play as Kazuma Kiryu and discover how he finds himself in a world of trouble when a simple debt collection goes wrong and his mark winds up murdered. Then, step into the silver-toed shoes of Goro Majima and explore his "normal" life as the proprietor of a cabaret club.

Switch between three different fighting styles instantaneously and beat up all manner of goons, thugs, hoodlums, and lowlifes. Take combat up a notch by using environmental objects such as bicycles, sign posts, and car doors for bone-crunching combos and savage take-downs.

Fighting is not the only way to kill time in 1988's Japan: from discos and hostess clubs to classic SEGA arcades, there are tons of distractions to pursue in the richly detailed, neon-lit world.

Interact with the colourful denizens the red light district: help a budding S&M dominatrix learn her profession, or ensure a street performer can make it to the bathroom in time - there are 100 incredible stories to discover.

Yakuza 0

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Modern
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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Nioh 2 - Announced

by Silver, 05:12

@Gamerant Nioh 2 has been surprise announced at E3.

One of the largest and most surprising announcements of the PlayStation E3 2018 press conference is a sequel to 2017 hit Nioh. Nioh 2 was announced with a short cinematic trailer featuring glowing red demons, intense-looking samurai, and what looked to be a portal into hell. No release information or supported platforms were revealed as part of the Nioh 2 announcement, though it can be assumed that Koei Tecmo is publishing.

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Nioh

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

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Monday - June 11, 2018

Beyond Good & Evil 2 - Pre-Alpha Trailer

by Silver, 23:11

@DSOGaming Beyond Good and Evil 2 has its first gameplay video and a new cinematic trailer.

Ubisoft has released the first official pre-alpha gameplay video and a new cinematic trailer for Beyond Good and Evil 2. Beyond Good and Evil 2 is the spiritual successor to the cult classic, and a prequel that will transport players into a profoundly multicultural world. The game aims to capture the spirit of the original with “grandiose decors and intense dramas that play out across a vast universe.

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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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Wasteland - 30th Anniversary Bundle

by Silver, 22:18

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Wasteland InXile announce that Wasteland will be getting remastered and released early 2019.

Wasteland 30th Anniversary Bundle

The Wasteland - 30th Anniversary Edition remaster is currently in pre-production, with an expected completion date of early 2019. Anyone who purchases the bundle prior to then will receive the game at no additional cost upon release.

Wasteland

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

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Elder Scrolls VI - Official E3 Announcement Teaser

by Hiddenx, 19:36

The Elder Scrolls VI RPG is coming - it is revealed that there are some mountains in the game :)

The Elder Scrolls VI – Official E3 Announcement Teaser

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Currently in pre-production at Bethesda Game Studios, the acclaimed developers of Skyrim and Fallout 4. The highly-anticipated next chapter in the iconic The Elder Scrolls series.

Elder Scrolls VI

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

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Spy DNA - Missions Video & Complexity in Games

by Silver, 13:22

A new video for Spy DNA shows discovering and accepting missions. Additionally the developer wrote a new blog about complexity in games and how it doesn't need to translate into complexity for the player.

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When the Commander is at the base, you can use the intelligence screen to discover and accept new missions.

The background noise is actually from the game itself, I should have muted it in retrospect. The background noise actually serves a purpose, because it stops when the time stops, so the player gets a clear cue, aside from desaturation of the colors on-screen and the highlighted icon in the HUD. You can see this in action when I long-press to select "sprint" as a movement speed for the Commander. While the time is stopped, there is complete silence.

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Complexity in games

I want to talk about complexity in games. I think complexity is a very misunderstood subject. Game developers are sometimes seeking to “simplify” where there’s no need, while at the same time adding complexity without realizing it.

What is “complexity?”

When I say “complexity,” I mean specifically “perceived complexity.” In other words: Is the action considered easy or hard for a human to accomplish?

Here’s a practical example: If I asked you to throw a ball at a target, would you consider that a complex or difficult task? Probably not. However, hitting a target with a projectile is a task complex enough that solving the math behind it drove the creation of the first computers.

When video games were created, lobbing projectiles at things was a rich enough subject that entire games were built around the idea, such as Artillery Duel and Scorched Earth.

Let’s look at a more recent example. Is driving a car complex? Most people consider it so easy that they do all sorts of other things while driving. Yet teams of engineers are still struggling to teach a computer to do the same thing. Analyzing visual data is so challenging, that they have to use additional sensors (Lidar) that humans don’t have, or need. Objectively, driving is very complex and yet it’s still easy for humans.

And again many games are built around the idea of driving (or flying). Most of those games are considered very easy to pick up and start playing. Perfecting your technique and winning is the real challenge.

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Spy DNA

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

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Dying Light 2 - Gameplay Demo Video

by Silver, 11:57

Dying Light 2 was shown off at E3.

Announcement Trailer

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The fate of a decaying City is in your hands. Every choice matters. Discover the bold sequel to a best-selling open-world phenomenon.

Gameplay Demo

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Chris Avellone introduces Dying Light 2 in a narrated gameplay demo that shows off parkour, branching choices, and combat.

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

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