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Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

2018-07-25

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Review

Maylander checks out the successor to Pillars of Eternity to see if it is a better game or not.
» Continue reading the article...

West of Loathing

2018-06-07

West of Loathing Review

Find out if playing a supernatural comedy western with stick figures is something for you.
» Read the article

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Thursday - August 09, 2018

Monster Hunter: World - Released

by Hiddenx, 18:10

The Hunting RPG Monster Hunter: World is now available for the PC:

Monter Hunter World

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Welcome to a new world! In Monster Hunter: World, the latest installment in the series, you can enjoy the ultimate hunting experience, using everything at your disposal to hunt monsters in a new world teeming with surprises and excitement.

Monster Hunter: World

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

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City of the Shroud - Released

by Hiddenx, 18:03

Chapter 1 of City of the Shroud is out now:

City of the Shroud

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Chapter 1 of City of the Shroud is available on Steam for Windows and Mac! Take part in a live, player-driven story as it unfolds over four chapters. Your choices, and the choices of every player, will drive a living tale of shifting alliances as you race to uncover the truth of the magical shroud that holds Iskendrun captive.

City of the Shroud

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

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Torchlight Frontiers - Announcement Trailer

by Silver, 14:44

A new hack and slash game has been announced called Torchlight Frontiers.

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REKINDLE THE FLAME IN 2019!

www.torchlightfrontiers.com

Torchlight Frontiers combines the heart of the beloved Torchlight series with a shared, persistent and dynamically generated world. In true Torchlight style, players will team up with friends and devoted pets to hack and slack their way through a vibrant world, discover ancient ruins of lost civilizations and brave dungeons filled with riches and dangerous creatures.

General News

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

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Ni No Kuni 2 - Free DLC “Adventure Pack”

by Silver, 12:18

@Gematsu Ni No Kuni 2 has received a free DLC 'Adventure Pack'. Watch the trailer for it below.

As previously detailed, the Adventure Pack provides new challenges, including additional floors to the Faraway Forest cave, which upon clearing, players will be rewarded with new costumes for Evan and other characters.
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Ni No Kuni 2

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: J-RPG
Platform: PC, PS4
Release: Released

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Blizzard - Multiple Diablos in the Works

by Silver, 11:57

@Nichegamer Blizzard has teased that there are multiple Diablo games in development.

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The company said they have “multiple Diablo projects” in development and that they “may have some things to show you later this year,” news confirmed by community manager Brandy Camel in the above video update titled “The Future of Diablo.”

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Thanks Darth Tagnan!

Blizzard

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Realms Beyond - Going to Gamescom & New Screenshots

by Silver, 11:19

Ceres Games will be heading to Gamescom and have some new screenshots to show off from Realms Beyond.

Heading to the Gamescom 2018!

You probably noticed our updates have become less frequent lately, but after weeks of very intensive work, we can finally announce our participation in the Indie Arena Booth 2018 at the Gamescom starting less than two weeks from now (21st-25th August).

We want to allow visitors to enjoy the complete gameplay experience of Realms Beyond, therefore we had to finish and polish all relevant gameplay elements in these last few weeks and months.

You can find more information about us in the Indie Arena Booth press kit here: Indie Arena Booth – Realms Beyond

If you plan to attend the Gamescom in Cologne this year, you can find us in hall 10.1. We are looking forward to see you at our booth where you can have a shot at playing our game, where you can see as-of-yet unpublished features like the world map first-hand. Visitors to our booth can also expect a special surprise to take away!

Meanwhile, our level designers have been very productive, so please have a look at these screenshots:

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Realms Beyond

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

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Wednesday - August 08, 2018

Unavowed - Released

by Hiddenx, 20:21

The Adventure RPG Unavowed has been released today:

Unavowed

A demon possessed you one year ago. Since that day, you unwillingly tore a trail of bloodshed through New York City. Your salvation comes in the form of the Unavowed – an ancient society dedicated to stopping evil.

You are free, but your world is in tatters. You have no home, no friends, and are wanted by the police. Your old life is gone, but perhaps you can start a new one. Join the ranks of the Unavowed, and fight against the oncoming darkness.

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Features:

  • Choose a male or female protagonist
  • Three playable origin stories
  • Branching storyline
  • A total of four companion characters to choose from, each with their own talents and abilities.
  • Twice the resolution of a typical Wadjet Eye Game!
  • All the usual guff – voice acting, commentary, original music, etc

Unavowed

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

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InSomnia - Hands-On Impressions

by Silver, 14:14

Insomnia: The Ark has been previewed by many outlets now that the beta embargo has been lifted.

Cram Gaming Impression can be read at the link or you can watch the videos:

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The Opening Segment:

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Cultured Vultures shared their gameplay impressions:

When you’re fighting in an area, you’ll notice some characters have yellow names and some have red, as well as some of them having different symbols, too. The symbol tells you what type of weaponry they use, and yellow names generally mean that they don’t see you as a threat to be attacked, whether that means they see you as an ally is a different question, although they will defend themselves if your enemies get too close to them. Red names mean they see you as an enemy, but that can also mean that they cower in fear and hope to not die.

TechRaptor came away positive:

There are also quite a few very clever minigames for hacking, lockpicking, and mechanic fixes. The influence of the minigames in BioShock is very obvious, but there is an original strain here that makes them satisfying and fun to play. Some of them require a substantial amount of crafting material, making it challenging and rewarding. It’s not just a distraction, it fits the setting and the RPG system in a way that is seamless and compelling.

Thanks Farflame!

InSomnia

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

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Age of Wonders: Planetfall - Dev Diary #7 and #8

by Silver, 14:06

Some new development diaries for Age of Wonders: Planetfall. Diary #7 focuses some more on Combat Units (P2) while Diary #8 looks at Global Resources.

Hello there! Today we're going back to the world map, and starting with an overview of the global resources in Age of Wonders: Planetfall. Next to some familiar items from Age of Wonders III you’ll notice that there are many changes and additions.
 
  • Energy. Energy is the main universal currency in the game. It is used for the production and upkeep of units, colony structures, unit modules and operations. Energy is generated by your colonies and no empire can go without it. Energy can be traded, and can be found as nodes and pickups on the map.
  • Cosmite. This rare material has an origin beyond the void and is required for advanced units and unit modules. Cosmite is mainly gained from map nodes (Craters!). The rarity of this material means that high tier units can’t be mass produced and Sectors containing Cosmite are highly contested.
  • Influence. Influence is the diplomatic currency used to manipulate other players and NPC factions, it can be used for things like asking NPCs to surrender locations, hire NPCs mercenaries, and to make diplomatic pronouncements. Influence is gained by performing Quests and from an inherent generation of your empire. Cooperative Doctrines and friendly play styles give bonusses on Influence generation.
  Quest for The Growth NPC Faction with influence among the rewards.
  • Reputation. Your reputation determines how other Empires and NPC factions see you. Reputation modifies your Influence gain and Global Morale. Similar to AoW3’s alignment, your Reputation is influenced by your in-game actions.
  • Knowledge. Knowledge is used to rediscover and apply the lost technologies of the Star Union. You might notice there are two Research like slots in the top bar of the latest screenshot, more on this later!
  • Tactical Operation Points. After feedback on AoW3 we’ve decided to split “Casting Points” for Planetfall in two. Tactical Operations Points are used to launch the Operations (Air strikes, Psi Storms, etc) you can call in during tactical combat, when a battle takes place within your Operational Coverage. The Tac Ops value resets every turn.
  • Strategic Ops. Used to launch Strategic Operations that are used on the world map. Strategic Operations include summons, sector (de-)buffs, and covert actions.
  • Doctrine Slots. Determines the amount of global doctrines (e.g. empire wide bonuses) you can have active at once.
  • Global Morale. Overall morale of your empire affecting Unit Morale and the Happiness of your colonists. It is influenced by the wars you enter and how justified they are perceived to be.
Note there are more variables but they are not global. Like colony food and production capacity.

Got Questions? Feel free to ask them. In future journals we’ll be going in-depth on the topics these resources govern.

Finally I’d like to use this space to give my thanks the community members sending the flowers and the well-wishes for the birth of my second child! Much appreciated. Everybody is doing well. Now I’m back to the relative quiet of the office 

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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Conan Exiles - Jewel of the West Trailer

by Silver, 14:01

A new trailer for the 'Jewel of the West' DLC for Conan Exiles.

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The Jewel of the West Pack is now available! For our second paid DLC we're bringing the grandeur of Aquilonia into the Exiled Lands, with three new sets or armors and 9 new iron-tiered weapons. The new building marbled tier 3 build pieces will let you build high temples and mighty fortresses that gleam in the sun. Statues, braziers and silken divans bring the spirit of Aquilonian bath houses and merchant palaces into your homes.

Conan Exiles is available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4!

For more information, visit www.conanexiles.com

Thanks Farflame!

Conan Exiles

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

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Kingmaker - Physical Rewards & UI Updates

by Silver, 13:54

The backers of Pathfinder: Kingmaker are receiving some neat loot which you can see in the latest update. You may also want to check out the retrospective UI updates here.

Dear Pathfinders!

Digital distribution is great. When you want a new game in this day and age, it's usually just one click away, then you're instantly downloading it. No need to go to the shop, hope it's still in stock, queue up to pay, it's all nice and hassle-free. After all, if you want a glass of water, you don't get your jug and walk down to the village well. You turn on the tap. 

With that in mind, some gamers do miss the physical side of the experience. Getting something you can touch and feel, something to remind you of and connect you to a game you care about, to bring back memories of adventures in a virtual realm. Some of us just like to have something in the real world that we can touch and that we associate with the games we love. Makes them feel a little more real. 

This is why we offered physical rewards and add-ons to you, our backers. Those among you, who pledged for tiers, which include physical rewards may be wondering how these goodies are coming along. So today's update is dedicated to some of these sweet, sweet items you'll be getting. Let's have a look, shall we?

The Artbook  

Pathfinder: Kingmaker is full of weird and wonderful creatures and characters, magical weapons and armors, class outfits, spells and, perhaps most importantly, the landscapes of the harsh and unforgiving Stolen Lands. And if you've pledged for the physical version of our artbook, then you can look forward to enjoying hundreds of lovingly-crafted concept images, sketches and drawings of all that and so much more on 175 pages in a beautiful hardcover book. 

The Dice  

Check out these bad boys! When playing at the table, the dice rule over everything - disarm or spring a trap, hit or miss a monster, barely scratch a foe or cleave them asunder with a mighty critical hit. Life or death. We can't guarantee you'll crit any harder or more often with this becautiful dice-set made of brass. But even if you screw up your difficulty checks, you'll be doing so in style. Here is a 3D-model of the dice.  

Time to retire those shoddy plastic dice. Get classy! Bring on the brass! 

The cloth map of the Stolen Lands 

You asked for a cloth map, we give you a cloth map - 42 x 88 centimeters, made of grey flax. You will never get lost in the Stolen Lands again with this beauty! You may get murdered by bandits, eaten by wyverns or flayed alive by a bunch of crazy cultists, but not once will you feel lost!

Show it off to your friends when you play the Kingmaker Adventure Path in tabletop. Decorate your personal gaming space with it. Wear it as a cape and confuse people at the local shopping mall. We're not telling you how to live your life. We're not even your real mother!

The miniatures

  Nyrissa prototype, 250mm

When we had our community poll for the companion miniature, our backers decided they want Octavia. While her 30mm minature is still in production, you can preview the 3D model of her here

  Nyrissa progress

And if you have pledged for a tier, which includes the 120mm miniature, you'll be receiving this Jabberwock. Behold:

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Please be aware that these miniatures are early prototypes and still work in progress. 

And this concludes our preview of some of the physical rewards our community has pledged for. Do you like how they turned out? Let us know in the comments section. And if you want to see a few more images of these fine items, we've prepared a little collection for you online. Some of the pictures in there show additional miniatures on our cloth map. We added them for flavor, they're not part of the pledge rewards.

   

One more thing - The Localization Beta

If you're one of our beta testers, we'd like to remind you that we've just uploaded a new build on Steam. It contains the prologue and the first chapter of the game with a work in progress version of our localization in German, French, Chinese and Russian. If you're in the beta and you're a native speaker in one of these languages, we'd appreciate your feedback on our translation efforts. You can find more information in the beta testing section of our official forums.

Hail to the Kings!

Owlcats

Thanks Farflame!

Kingmaker

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

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Phantom Doctrine - Launch Week Contest

by Silver, 05:20

Phantom Doctrine has a launch week contest for the chance to win a special prize.

LAUNCH WEEK CONTEST | EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

8 AUGUST - CFG_HITCH

Greetings, Agents.

As August 14 is drawing near, we have yet another contest for you!

The Eye of the Beholder is watching us closely while we make our final preparations for the big day. We ask you to pay close attention to our social channels, where vital intel should start appearing come August 8 (tomorrow).

You will embark on a special mission, during which you will be tasked with obtaining strategic launch codes the Cabal desperately needs to even stand a chance against the Conspiracy.

Those of you who prevail, will get a chance at winning a special prize which, at this time, is

CLASSIFIED

Are you ready to go deeper?

Our social channels:
Official website[www.phantomdoctrine.com]
Discord[discord.gg]
Twitter
Facebook

Phantom Doctrine

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

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 - System Requirements Revealed

by Silver, 02:16

@Gamingbolt The system requirements for Valkyria Chronicles 4 have been revealed and the Steam page is up.

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You can check out the system requirements for the game below. Valkyria Chronicles 4 is set to release for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on September 25.

Minimum Requirements:

  • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 6100 or equivalent AMD
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 650Ti 2GB
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 71 GB available space

Valkyria Chronicles 4

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

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Larian Studios - Interview @Invision Community

by Silver, 00:52

Invision Community has an exclusive interview with Larian Studios Kieron Kelly, product manager at Larian Studios and Edouard, Senior game designer.

On a personal level, I love Divinity: Original Sin 1 / 2, I also love Divinity 2, I played it loads and loved the action-packed game and story, will you ever come back to that genre? Or it too much of a risk?

We’re glad you loved it! I wouldn’t say its too much of a risk, but we’re enjoying making these types of rpgs right now. And the success of Divinity: Original Sin 2 is just showing more and more people that they like this type of game too. SO while we won’t rule anything out for the future, we think its fair to say that this type of RPG is growing its audience, and we’re not done with it yet.
– Kieron

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Larian Studios

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Tuesday - August 07, 2018

Monster Hunter: World - Review @ RPG Site

by Hiddenx, 19:39

RPG Site checked out the PC version of Monster Hunter: World:

Monster Hunter: World PC Review

Earlier this year Monster Hunter: World hit the PS4 and Xbox One to mass acclaim from critics and fans alike, becoming the highest selling game in Capcom's 40+ year run in the games industry. A PC version was promised from the start, but it didn't materialize into something you could actually play until today.

We reviewed Monster Hunter: World back when the console version launched, all of the game's various systems and gameplay mechanics are already broken down there so it's advised to read that review first. For the PC focused review, we are just looking at the quality of the PC port, so let's take a look at what's under the hood.

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Monster Hunter: World is a staggeringly interesting game, with a breadth of content and plenty complex mechanical options, it's a perfect fit for the PC gaming enthusiasts that like like to lose themselves in a game for months at a time. The port may have come a good tick after the console versions, but the wait was largely worth it. While the slight performance issues and crashing are a disappointment, Capcom has already committed to fixing these problems. If you have been eagerly awaiting this version of the game, don't let some slight technical issues hold yold back from picking it up.

Score: 8/10

Monster Hunter: World

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

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Sekiro - Gameplay Impressions

by Silver, 13:33

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice gameplay impressions from Siliconera.

The gameplay starts off with the main character standing on a tree trunk. Using his grappling hook hidden in his arm, he swings over to a rooftop, and slowly approaches the line of enemy samurai below. Finding a straggler, he leaps down to perform a jumping stealth kill, but is discovered afterward by one of the others.

One thing surprising to note is how much of a stealth element there is in the game, which wasn’t highlighted much in the reveal trailer. Apart from stalking enemies from above, the main character can do stealth kills from a higher area, or by killing an enemy on the ledge just above him. It felt something out of an Assassin’s Creed game.

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Sekiro

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

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Hard West - 90% Off Sale

by Silver, 13:23

Hard West is currently 90% off on Steam for the next 29 hours.

Welcome to the Wild West like you’ve never seen it before. When a tragic turn of events sets one man down a path of supernatural chaos and revenge, he must brutally hunt down all those who wronged him. Follow Warren on his descent into the darkest recesses of the human soul, and try to survive in a world full of hard choices and even harder consequences. Because in this world, death is a constant presence and the black pacts which you make with forces beyond human comprehension will forever haunt all those around you.

Fight and survive through 8 unique story-based scenarios, and try your hand at 40 individually designed turn-based combat missions. Journey deeper into the world of Hard West and meet a colorful cast of playable characters whose fates are intimately intertwined with yours. Together you will need to make divisive choices to uncover the ultimate plans of the ancient powers at play, as you unravel a deep narrative storyline featuring multiple endings depending on the choices you make during the game.

Game Features

  • A Unique “Weird” West World: Explore a world where Western legends meet demons, arcane rituals and satanic cults and where the dead can walk the Earth again. For a price.
  • Compelling Turn-based Combat: Control 1-4 squad members in thrilling turn-based combat encounters and master a range of powerful western-inspired special abilities, from feats of gunslinging to survivability against all odds, to take out your opponents in a series of original tactical maps with unique story-based objectives.
  • Collect and Combine Special Abilities: Obtain new special abilities by collecting and equipping unique cards which are earned throughout the game by completing main- and optional objectives, exploration , bartering, treasure hunting and more. These cards can be combined to create even more powerful combos, and provide additional options in combat.
  • Choice and Fate: Experience a deep story where decisions made during and between combat scenarios will resonate through future events and change the ultimate fates of a divisive group of colorful characters
  • Luck of the Draw: Use a combat system that goes far beyond pure probability by featuring luck as a unique guardian of engaging and challenging combat
  • Dynamic Cover: Change the flow of combat thanks to an extensive cover system which allows for the creation of effective cover from objects in the environment, making flanking and maneuvering during battles a truly powerful tactic
  • Shadow Spotting: Exploit the Blazing western sun to Locate out of sight enemies by the shadows that they cast, along with the sounds they make
  • Ricochets: Utilize Metal objects to allow master gunslingers to shoot beyond the line of sight for increased tactical combat options, and diversified planning
  • 40 Historically Inspired Weapons: Equip and employ an eclectic collection of deadly shotguns, rifles, pistols and sniper rifles, all based upon real outlandish prototypes, designs and ideas from the era

Hard West

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

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ATOM RPG - Update 0.8 & Screenshots

by Silver, 04:40

ATOM RPG has been updated to 0.8 and there are lots of screenshots at the link.

Hello, friends!
Work is going according to plan. We have managed to create a whole lot of new content, some of it - inspired by your very own recommendations. In this thread, we will announce the major changes that will come to the game later this month.

- Many new characters and quests - from a peaceful project, where you help an aspiring writer publish his works, to a series of battles with the future of the Wasteland at stake! New quests will not only add hours to gameplay, but will also reward you with unique new items.
- Grenades now have much more tactical uses. You will get to see the damage radius, as well as throw the grenade on an empty square, for example to hit more opponents, or make a chain explosion by targeting a flammable piece of terrain.
- A unique new follower for your party!
- Doors now can be forced with a melee attack.
- A new perk tree, filled with special abilities your character gets to pick for himself and his team mates during the game.
- We are adding shields - a piece of equipment with unique mechanics, that will add to your frontal and sideways defence.
- New random encounters you can get into while walking the world map.
- Your actions in Peregon now have consequences.
- New melee weapon recipes for crafting!
- New cinematic!
- We got a SpeedTree licence, that will help us liven up the world by making plant life better. The first results are available on a new map we added.
- Lots of bugs fixed, including the disappearing body under objects bug the community found.
- Also, we would like to give a shout out to the new Atom Wiki run by the fans of our game. Finding this place on the web was a huge surprise. Thanks a lot, guys! http://atom-rpg.wikia.com/
As you can see, we have a lot of updates this time. So much so, we even passed on the idea of making a shiny new video announcement about the changes. We hope that the screenshots we took would be enough for the time being. And now, it’s time to get back to work. Thanks you for sticking with us, friends!
Bye!

ATOM RPG

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

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We Happy Few - Releasing August 10th

by Silver, 03:42

We Happy Few is releasing August 10th on Steam and GOG.

Steam Pre-Order Discount, Bonus Extended To August 12th

3 AUGUST - CAPTAIN SCARLETT
Hey everyone!

PC players may have noted that pre-orders are not currently available across all digital storefronts. To remedy that, we've worked with our partners at Steam and GOG.com to offer the pre-order bonus and discount for the entire weekend following the launch on August 10. The 15% discount and Jolly Brolly weapon will be available from launch until 11:59pm PT/2:59am ET on Sunday, August 12th.

We Happy Few launches August 10th, add the game to your wishlist if you are afraid to miss this window.

Compulsion Games

Additionally a season pass has been announced:

The Season Pass! What is it?

4 AUGUST - CAPTAIN SCARLETT
Hi everyone,

We're thrilled to share the first details about We Happy Few‘s post-launch content! These will not be available at launch but we wanted to give you a little taste of what's coming after.

Sandbox Mode

This free update will add an infinite mode, set in a world that you can customize as you wish (larger, smaller, more dangerous, less food, more Wellies, etc). You will be able to customize some of the rules of the game, including choosing to play as a Wellie (Wellie Mode!). This mode will bring back the systemic, sandbox world showcased in the early days of We Happy Few.

Also in the works is the We Happy Few Season Pass! Included in the We Happy Few Deluxe Edition, the Season Pass includes three different stories set in Wellington Wells:

Roger & James in: They Came From Below!

Precocious Roger and Impetuous James set off in search of adventure and love, only to uncover bizarre technology and a terrifying new threat. All is not as it seems. Or is it exactly as it seems?

Lightbearer

Heartthrob, artist, and personal trainwreck, Nick Lightbearer is Wellington Wells' most celebrated rock star-but what truly makes him tick? Tune in to Uncle Jack's late show to find out.

We All Fall Down

Much like any well-worn happy mask, all societies develop cracks in their veneer. But that doesn't mean you should go digging up dirt from the past. Right? *pops a Joy pill* Right!

The Season Pass is currently only available as part of We Happy Few Deluxe Edition, but will be available for purchase separately upon launch.

Compulsion Games

We Happy Few

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

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Dead Cells - Released

by Silver, 00:38

Dead Cells has been released on Steam.

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Roguelite? Metroidvania? Roguevania!

You grew up with the roguelikes, witnessed the rise of the roguelites and even the birth of the roguelite-lites? We'd now like to present for your consideration our RogueVania, the illegitimate child of a modern Roguelite (Rogue Legacy, Binding of Isaac, Enter the Gungeon, Spelunky, etc.) and an old-school MetroidVania (Castlevania: SotN and its ilk).

Features:

  • RogueVania: The progressive exploration of an interconnected world, with the replayability of a rogue-lite and the adrenaline pumping threat of permadeath.
  • 2D Souls-lite Action: Tough but fair combat, more than fifty weapons and spells with unique gameplay, and of course, the emergency panic roll to get you out of trouble.
  • Nonlinear progression: Sewers, Ossuary or Remparts? Once unlocked, special permanent abilities allow you to access new paths to reach your objective. Opt for the path that suits your current build, your play style or just your mood.
  • Exploration: Secret rooms, hidden passages, charming landscapes. Take a moment to stroll the towers and breath in that fresh sea mist infused air...

Interconnected levels and progressive unlocking of access to the island provides you with a real incentive to explore your surroundings. Add in a degree of evolution for your character and permanent weapon upgrades and you can see where Dead Cells borrows from the long line of MetroidVanias that precede it.

At the end of the day though, it's YOUR skills as a player that matter most! Roguelites are about constantly getting better, until what was an insurmountable obstacle becomes a walk in the park. Unforgiving combat wed to the absence of any kind of safety net makes for an adrenalin pumping ride each and every run and unrivaled replayability.

PC Gamer reviewed it favourably.

Dead Cells has robust DNA. This is an action platformer with Castlevania’s intricate environments and gothic bestiary, wed to Dark Souls’ exploratory structure and sense of risk. From Diablo it inherits weapons with randomised effects and deep combo potential, and from Spelunky it learns how to create that ‘just one more run’ feeling with new surprises and challenges to discover the deeper you go. This is an ambitious act of synthesis, successful because each of its component pieces has been executed beautifully.

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Dead Cells

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

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Fallout 76 - Won't Launch on Steam

by Silver, 00:10

PC Gamer reports that Fallout 76 will not be launching on Steam.

The Fallout 76 beta FAQ states, among other things, that "the B.E.T.A. [that's a Fallout-style acronym for Break it Early Test Application] and the game will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and on PC (via Bethesda.net only)." The Fallout 76 purchase page also bears only a generic "PC game" logo, with no mention of Steam. And today, Bethesda confirmed that neither the beta nor the full game will be released on the platform.

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Fallout 76

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

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Bard's Tale I - Remaster launches on August 14

by Hiddenx, 20:20

Here's the launch trailer for the Bard's Tale I remaster:

The Bard's Tale Trilogy launch trailer

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Bard's Tale I

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

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Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition Changes

by Hiddenx, 20:16

Eurogamer compares the Definitive Edition of Divinity: Original Sin II with the original:

The difference between the Definitive Edition of Divinity: Original Sin 2 and the original is striking

Light up the floor like a Fane!

Larian visited the Eurogamer office to show me the new and improved Definitive Edition of Divinity: Original Sin 2 last week. To do this the developer ran two versions of the game - old and new - side by side to highlight the differences. On one screen we had DOS2 as it exists now, played on a gaming laptop; and on the other screen we had the Definitive Edition of DOS2 played on an Xbox One X dev kit. The difference was striking.

It wasn't a Digital Foundry-style controlled test, with the laptop fans wheezing and picture coming through an older 1080p screen, but it got the point across. The Xbox One X version, running in 4K resolution and with high dynamic range enabled, was brighter, crisper and more vibrant. It was smoother and more responsive too, and will apparently run native 4K30 on Xbox One X, and dynamic checkerboard 4K30 on PS4 Pro.

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Broadly, because I don't want to spoil things, Larian has given them another pass, lavishing the kind of care and attention seen elsewhere in the game. Story arcs have been beefed out, level design altered and dialogue added (a whopping 250,000 words have been re-recorded, Larian said). There's more to do and it's more interesting and nuanced.

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Divinity: Original Sin II

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

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General News - 10 Best Story Rich Games

by Myrthos, 13:05

Here is a list of the 10 best story-rich games, put together by Techquilla. You might have a personal list that is different from this one.

BioShock Infinite

Ken Lavigne’s BioShock Infinite is one of the most popular story-driven games out there. The game follows gun-for-hire and brute Booker de Wit who supposedly owes some dangerous people a lot of money. Now he’s been given a chance to clear all his dues and perhaps even redeem himself of his past sins.

Booker is send to the floating city of Columbia which is ruled by one Father Comstock, who manipulates people into following him in the name of religion. Booker’s objective is to abduct Comstock’s daughter Elizabeth and take her back to New York with him. However this simple task turns out to be far more complicated than he initially anticipated.

General News

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

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Persona 5 - Editorial

by Myrthos, 12:17

Indian Noob has a write-up on the JRPG Persona 5.

As a video game journalist I am supposed to nitpick in otherwise entertaining games. On another note did you know that you cannot record gameplay or take Screenshots while playing Persona 5. Crazy right?

Anyways Persona 5 is all over the place.

Everything it does is near perfect. The story is great. The characters are cool. The gameplay mechanics are robust and well balanced. The Loading Times are insanely good for an RPG (I mean impressive level good). It has that sweet spot between too less and too many places to explore and it offers romantic relationships with multiple characters.

Great right? But then why is it so schizophrenic?

One day you will get 3 opportunities to work on your relationships or to hone your skills. But it could be followed by a week of pre-decided cutscenes that will have you doing nothing but going to sleep at the end of the day. Why?

Sometimes the cut-scenes are Anime and fully voiced. Other times they are in-engine but voiced. But mostly they are in-engine and not voiced. Why?

Sometimes you can rank up your relationship with other NPCs by 4-5 points in 1 week, sometimes it doesn't rank up even after 3-4 meetings with them. Why?

The thing is Persona 5 is impossible to plan. You don't know what the next day is going to bring. If you would be able to sit on the subway, or if you would be getting another request from the NPC to visit you if you say no right now.

General News

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

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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin - New Trailer

by Silver, 10:04

DSOGaming reports on action RPG Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, which has a new trailer.

Edelweiss has released a new trailer for its upcoming action RPG that combines side-scrolling action with deep crafting and farming simulation, called Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin.

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General News

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

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KotOR - Apeiron's KotOR Reveals

by Silver, 09:13

@MrMattyPlays Apeiron is remaking Knights of the Old Republic using Unreal Engine 4 and recently showed off some of the planets and Bastila Shan.

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I am proud to present alongside Poem Studios a bunch of unseen clips walking through planets in Apeiron's KotOR. My heart has exploded and my mind is blown.

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The possible model for Bastila Shan has been made and holy moly...

KotOR

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

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Graveyard Keeper - Releasing August 15th

by Silver, 08:42

Graveyard Keeper is a fantasy graveyard management RPG sim releasing August 15th on Steam.

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Graveyard Keeper is the most inaccurate medieval cemetery management sim of the year. Build & manage your own graveyard while finding shortcuts to cut costs, expand into entertainment with witch-burning festivals, and use all the resources you can find. This is a game of capitalism and doing whatever it takes to build a thriving business.

  • Face ethical dilemmas. Do you really want to spend money on that proper hotdog meat for the festival when you have so many resources lying around?
  • Gather valuable resources & craft new items. Expand your Graveyard into a thriving business, go ahead and gather valuable resources scattered in the surrounding areas, and explore what this land has to offer.
  • Make business alliances. These dead bodies don't need all those organs, do they? Why not sell it to someone who can put it to good use. Hey, think of it as recycling. Do you really want to know what's in your burger?
  • Explore mysterious dungeons. No medieval game would be complete without these. Take a trip into the unknown and find useful new ingredients which may or may not poison a whole bunch of nearby villagers. Capitalism.

Graveyard Keeper

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

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M&B: Warband - Best Game of Thrones Mod

by Silver, 08:18

The best Game of Thrones game we are likely to get is a Mount & Blade: Warband mod according to Gamecrate.

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The sheer size and scope of A World of Ice and Fire is impressive on its own, but for a fan-based mod what’s really impressive is how dedicated the mod author Produno is to doing justice not just to the subject matter but to the grim, cut-throat tone we all know so well. It’s an attention to detail and difficulty that pays off by making you feel like you’re actively struggling to survive not just in a game, but in Westeros itself.

If you’re interested in diving into the mod yourself, it’s available on its Moddb page and the Steam Workshop.

Mount & Blade: Warband

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

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DA:Inquisition - Control Scheme Mod

by Silver, 08:02

@DSOGaming Dragon Age: Inquisition has a new control scheme and camera mod.

Modder ‘n1ftucal’ has released a new version of his Intuitive Controls mod for Dragon Age Inquisition. As its title suggests, this mod overhauls the game’s controls and camera, allowing more fluid and intuitive gameplay. As such, it is now feasible to play without frequent pauses or cumbersome camera adjustments.

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DA:Inquisition

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

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Cyberpunk 2077 - Inherently Political

by Silver, 07:07

PC Gamer reports that Cyberpunk 2077 will be staying true to the settings themes.

"Cyberpunk 2077 is a game about people with power at the top and people at the bottom with none", he replied. "That power can come from money, hierarchies, technology and violence. The original Cyberpunk 2020 setting, like the setting of The Witcher stories, was a complex critique of the author's world, and we don't shy away from that in our games. On the contrary I think it's one of the things that sets us apart [...] Cyberpunk is an inherently political genre and it's an inherently political franchise."

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Cyberpunk 2077

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

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