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Expected Releases

Jul: Pyre
Jul: Immortal Planet
Jul: Startrail HD
Aug: Hero-U
Aug: InSomnia

Wednesday - July 12, 2017

Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates - Announced

by Hiddenx, 20:27

The developer Coin Operated Games announced their new RPG today:

Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates is a top-down isometric RPG that takes place in a Neo-Victorian New York circa 1911.

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Featuring a top-down isometric presentation, Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates will rekindle old-school PC RPG fans with feelings of some of the classic story driven RPGs of the 90s. While the combat should feel familiar to veteran players, there’s a new twist in that the game uses a hybrid Real Time/Turn-based System. Players can enter a “Planning Mode” where they choose actions for each character in their party while combat is paused, and when entering into the “Action Mode” all characters will perform simultaneously, giving players complete control over their party while presenting a streamlined combat system that eliminates waiting for each character to act in sequence.

Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates is the story of an alternate New York in which the entire city is flooded by rising oceans and the citizens must learn to live in a new reality where there is water everywhere, but none of it possible to drink. The player must make their way in search of a fresh water supply source, picking up companions along the journey. But the trip won’t be easy, as there are many threats both human and inhuman that players will encounter.

“One of the things we strove for when designing Empyre is authenticity during an ‘Age of Technical Wonder’ in the United States, the Gilded Age,” said John Randall, Creative Director of Empyre. “For example, the New York City we all know is the city in this game, and history buffs will recognize many iconic locations that existed in the city during the 1910s, but with a unique, waterlogged twist. People and society exist and act as they did in the early 20th Century. We feel this level of detail will give players a one-of-a-kind experience that they haven’t seen anywhere before.”

Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates pays homage to historic accounts by adding authentic items such as patent medicines including poisons or tonics made from dangerous ingredients. Many of the games’ objectives and side quests will tie directly into the experiences that someone in the 19th century would have. The game’s authenticity reflects scenes from New York during the 1900s, while tying the storyline to current day themes such as global warming and the rising of the oceans.

Thank you for info, TechRaptor!

Empyre: Lords of the Sea Gates

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

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Devoid of Shadows - Release: Mid-July

by Hiddenx, 20:04

The vampire action RPG Devoid of Shadows will be released mid-July on Steam:

Devoid of Shadows

Galidon is a vampire kingdom. You’re a lawful heir. The power struggle and an intriguing plot are in place. 21 levels contain quests and crafting. The gameplay is rapid, bloodthirsty and intransigent and doesn't forgive a single mistake. Devoid of Shadows is a heat in the chill dungeons of the Labyrinth!

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Spend Your Summer in the Chill Dungeons of the Labyrinth! Devoid of Shadows is a vampire saga inspired by the sentiments taking us back to the 2000’s. The graphics of the game locations is dark.

  • It is a true АRPG with roguelike elements.
  • There are three types of the characters and advanced crafting.
  • You will have dozens of skills based on the Power of Blood.
  • The game has 21 levels of dungeons with random world generation.
  • A magic painting depicting the Royal castle. One can move there from any location and relive, improve the workshops and craft the weapon, armours, potions, combat scrolls and everything that helps you survive. All this is accompanied by sweet sounds of guitar strings.
  • Galidon is a powerful vampire kingdom. You are a lawful heir to the throne. The power struggle and an intriguing plot are in place.
  • Each level contains quests.
  • The gameplay is rapid, bloodthirsty and intransigent that does not forgive a single mistake. It is the same feeling when there is little left to live being surrounded by merciless enemies.

Thank you for the info, Marina!

Devoid of Shadows

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

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Brigand: Oaxaca - Released on Steam

by Hiddenx, 19:37

The FPS/RPG hybrid Brigand: Oaxaca launched on Steam:

Boom

It is finally up. Please buy my game and help me support my many addictions.

I am planning to release an update in about 2 weeks that will include the world editor, higher resolution options, and hopefully any bug fixes that you report to me.

I'm confident that there are no bugs left in the core engine. However, there may be some mistakes remaining in the game scripts, but those are easy to fix as they are just text files -- it won't require a new compile and it won't require you to start a new game. Please don't hesitate to send me any bugs you find.



Brigand: Oaxaca is a highly difficult post-apocalyptic RPG/FPS set in Mexico. The story will take you from a banana plantation to dark toxic caverns, to the sprawling city of Pochutla, to the flooded coastline, to deadly demon-infested jungles, and more.

There are 14 unique skills to upgrade with skill points, ranging from agility to firearms, hacking, hardware, voodoo. Unlock up to 80 special abilities that allow you to do things such as throw your weapon, upgrade your guns, and control the weather.

Dangers include rival tribes fighting for fertile land, mutated ghouls that emerge from their caverns at night, vicious demons that hunger for your flesh, a flooded and irradiated coastline that eats away at civilization, disease, insanity, and hunger.

You will die often, and you will like it.


Key Features:
  • Branching story with dynamic characters, dialogue trees, and multiple endings
  • Total freedom of movement and action: jump from roof to roof, steal things, blow things up, or murder friendly characters (if that's your thing)
  • Extensive character customization with 14 skills to upgrade and over 80 abilities to unlock, ranging from firearms to crafting, hacking, and voodoo
  • Crafting system largely based on the Anarchist's Cookbook: make various grenades from empty beer cans and the proper chems, etc.
  • Explore a vast region of Oaxaca, taking you from a banana plantation, into toxic caverns, bustling cities, disease-ridden jungles, and a flooded coastline

Thanks Neon!

Brigand: Oaxaca

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

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Kingmaker - Goblin Companion Funded

by Silver, 05:43

Pathfinder: Kingmaker managed to reach the Goblin companion stretch goal.

Goblin companion joins the party!

Posted by Oleg

OMG! It is almost unbelievable - you made it!

You helped Nok-Nok find new friends and make his first and very important step in becoming the Fifth Goblin Hero!

We are so...so...filled... with emotions that it almost impossible to express our thanks by mere words:

It will be our pleasure to work on the companion from the race that Pathfinder made so unique and so delightfully twisted. Their imagery became somewhat iconic to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and Golarion. But there is another outstanding image, or should we say, the order in the Inner Sea that also became synonymous with the Pathfinder. Yes, we are speaking of they who are the weapons of desperate times and soldiers with the force of will to do whatever must be done. They are intimidation, relentlessness, and unwavering conviction. They are the black-gauntleted fist of absolute order. They are the Hellknights!

For far too long the Stolen Lands were the den of thieves and murderers, sanctuary for those who ran from the Law, home of the chaotic and capricious fey, the embodiment of everything Hellknights abhor. They arrive in this lawless land with the important mission, and it will be up to you to decide whether they are friend or foe. Befriend them, prove that you are worthy, that your rule is the lawful one, that your country is the beacon of stability in the region and you will be welcomed into their ranks. Help them complete their mission in the Stolen Lands, and you will be taught secrets and mysteries only a few are privileged to know. Antagonize them, and you will find them to be a powerful and extremely well-organized adversary, vanquish them to seize their relics and discover the truth behind their appearance in the Stolen Lands.

This stretch goal will provide your character with even more options to choose, with unique abilities for Hellknights and Hellknight Signifers and specific items thematic to the Hellknights, as well as new quest line dedicated to the Hellknight presence in the Stolen Lands. Face them on the field of battle or fight side-by-side, it is your choice to make.

Hellknights is our next stretch goal, they will be unlocked when funding reaches $1.1M

Hail to the Kings!!!!

The Happiest Owlcats in the World!

Kingmaker

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

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XCOM 2 - Inside Look: The Warlock

by Silver, 04:09

This video for XCOM2 expansion War of the Chosen explores The Warlock.

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Get an in-depth look at one of the Chosen tasked to take on the resistance: the Warlock. SUBSCRIBE for Inside Looks at new characters and enemies, features and insights from the XCOM 2 development team: http://2kgam.es/XCOMYT

XCOM 2

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

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Sword Legacy: Omen - Indie game with global ambitions

by Silver, 03:36

@VentureBeat Sword Legacy: Omen is a tactical turn based RPG which explores the time of King Arthur.

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Building a world and IP

Sword Legacy unfolds over 11 main levels, each with mission objectives and a focus on the environment. Players can customize each of the four characters on their team, shuffling through 10 skills that you unlock for each. They can also decide who will lead the team as they explore and pick up loot, which can have an effect on battle order if they're ambushed. Some skills and characters are better suited for manipulating the environment - such as flammable barrels, which can be detonated or moved around - and the player's party can gain an advantage if it attacks from higher ground.

Scattered throughout the levels are documents that contain snippets of world lore, something that's optional for those who are interested in learning more about the "candlepunk" world. Candlepunk, Pine says, is something he discovered in his research that's akin to steampunk only set in medieval times instead of the Victorian era.

"We thought it was a good fit for our medieval world, especially the alchemical undertone we have. We have lots of potions in the game, and the potions always have side effects," said Pine. "The player can try a potion that will increase their health, but it also might reduce their attack stat, or increase defense but reduce attack, or whatever."

Sorcery is less common in Sword Legacy, where alchemy and blood magic take precedence. It abides by the grim atmosphere, where willpower is something that players can exploit for extra moves or super-powered attacks, but can also result in stress and loss of control and affects both heroes and foes alike.

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Sword Legacy: Omen

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

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Demiurgos - Alt-History RPG on Kickstarter

by Silver, 02:51

Demiurgos: Path of the Leviathan is a history Driven - open world - RPG-Adventure now live on Kickstarter and seeking 8K.

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Detailed Open-World

  • Roam a continuously opening, growing and ultimately entirely open, accessible, vivid and detailed world.
  • Meet historic social classes: the industrial proletariat, the spartan helotes or the victorian bourgeoisie.
  • Strive for the benevolence of the factions to further your own agenda or remain faithful to your spartan homeland.
  • Traverse vast areals with numerous enterable buildings - travel throughout the mediterranean and oriental world with modern means of transport.

History Driven

  • Simulate authentically arranged events of the antic Persian wars - in the late age of the industrial revolution.
  • The historic continuum has been shattered - the fragments reconstructed like a cubistic painting.
  • Interchangeability of historic events, in light of prevailing principles, gives you an altered and unusual perspective on history and it's conception.
  • Blending of philosophic positions and theories demonstrates ambivalence and principality at the same time.

RPG-Adventure

  • Experience a gripping action thriller with 9 varying and 3 distinctly different endings.
  • Nearly every action influences the course of history - often considerably and sometimes substantially.
  • You are no nameless hero.
  • You are Achos Polikron - first commissioner of messenai -known to the Politeia for his zealous fervor and great virtue.
  • As a powerful individual you step into an unstable world and it is your destiny to fight for true order on this planet.

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Kickstarter Games

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

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Phoenix Point - Pre-order Store & Forums are Live!

by Silver, 01:42

The latest update for Phoenix Point announces that the pre-order store and forums are now live.

The Phoenix Point pre-order store is now live.

We have been working with CrowdOx to get our pre-order store up and running. If you wish to back Phoenix Point but haven't already done so, now is your chance. The pre-order store offers a large selection of our original backer tiers. For those of you that have been asking for PayPal support, there's good news. Our pre-order store does support PayPal.

Visit our pre-order store and secure your copy!

Snapshot Games Forums are up and running.

Our new forum is now live and waiting for you to sign up. Here, you can keep apprised of all the latest Snapshot Games and Phoenix Point news, engage with other Phoenix Point enthusiasts and chat with the developers.

Get yourself a forum account and start chatting today. Alternatively, if you prefer live chat, our Discord server is also available.

Retcon Raider's Informative Videos

A community member and Phoenix Point backer has been making very informative and thought provoking videos revolving around the mechanics and lore of Phoenix Point. If you haven't done so already, visit his YouTube channel for some fascinating theories on Phoenix Point.

Phoenix Point

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

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Pillars of Eternity II - From the Director Part 2

by Silver, 01:35

Pillars of Eternity 2 has a new update that brings to light some new features.

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Join Producer, Katrina Garsten, once more as we dive into some videos that Pillars II Game Director, Josh Sawyer, posted on social media in the past month.

To learn more about Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire go to: https://www.fig.co/campaigns/deadfire

To learn more about Pillars of Eternity: https://eternity.obsidian.net

To join the conversation about this update: http://forums.obsidian.net/topic/9317...

Pillars of Eternity II

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

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Tuesday - July 11, 2017

Bethesda Softworks - Creation Club @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 20:21

PC Gamer reports that some modders like Bethesda's new creation club:

Top Fallout 4 and Skyrim modders weigh in on Bethesda's Creation Club

How Bethesda's paid mods program differs from Steam's, and why three top modders like it.

The Creation Club was Bethesda’s most contentious E3 announcement. A follow-up to Valve’s failed paid mods program, the Creation Club will allow third-party developers, including modders, to create sanctioned add-on content for Fallout 4 and Skyrim: Special Edition. This content will be sold through in-game marketplaces for Creation Club Credits, which can be purchased via Steam.

The short version is that it’s paid mods. Bethesda insists that the Club isn’t paid mods, but it is. Crucially, it’s also a dramatically improved version of paid mods. Many questions remain unanswered, but we do know that Bethesda will screen applicants, curate Club content and optimize everything themselves to prevent conflict between mods. Club content must also be original, meaning existing mods won’t suddenly cost money. Perhaps most importantly, Bethesda says “there will still be plenty of free mods as well.”

Assuming Bethesda follows through on these rules, the Club could actually be a positive development for modding. It’s not perfect; as our own Chris Livingston wrote, Club content would be better off free, with the store itself acting as a way to promote the best mods and compensate talented modders. In any case, it is a rare opportunity for modders to profit off their passion.

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Thanks henriquejr!

Bethesda Softworks

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Unknown Realm: The Siege Perilous - Kickstarter Update

by Hiddenx, 20:01

Some Kickstarter news for the C64-RPG Unknown Realm: The Siege Perilous:

New in-game content items on Megafounder now!

Hello backers!

Just a quick crowdfunding update... we mentioned we would be posting some new in-game add-ons for you on Megafounder before we wind down that campaign. We plan on closing down the Megafounder campaign on July 24, at which time we’ll finalize our numbers for production and manufacturing.

If you’ve been secretly wishing you pledged for a Ziplock Bag Edition or the Collector’s Edition Box instead of an all-digital tier, now is your last chance to remedy that problem. ;-) There are only 16 PC Collector's Edition boxes left and then these feelies will be gone for good.

The new in-game content add-on tiers are live on Megafounder now. These include Dungeon Master, Create a Monster, NPC Portrait, and Name a Mountain.(These add-ons are available exclusively for new and existing Ziplock Bag or Boxed Edition backers.)

Head on over to Megafounder now and get your add-ons before they are gone!

Thank you all for helping us bring back the classic 80's RPG experience! Please help us spread the word about this final opportunity for classic RPG fans to enjoy an old school, big box PC game the way it's meant to be!

-Bruce & Laura

Unknown Realm: The Siege Perilous

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

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Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem - New Trailer

by Hiddenx, 19:46

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem Early Access version 0.5 comes with a new trailer:

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem - Early Access Trailer

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Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem

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

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Behold Studios - Present Galaxy of Pen & Paper

by Silver, 16:01

The creators of Knights of Pen & Paper and Chroma Squad have announced their new game, Galaxy of Pen & Paper. The game will be available on Steam July 28th.

ABOUT THIS GAME

*** NO IN-APP PURCHASES! ***
*** Pay once and play the complete game forever! ***

THE ULTIMATE ROLE-PLAYING SIMULATION GOES TO SPACE!

Galaxy of Pen & Paper is a turn-based meta RPG about a group of players rolling dice in the year 1999! Create your own game master and RPG party, as they roleplay, explore distant planets in their imagination, fight weird aliens and save the galaxy in the era of dial-up internet and floppy disks!

TURN-BASED COMBAT SYSTEM
Assemble the party of your choice, picking your players, races and classes! Unlock new content with the blood, sweat, and luck of your party's ingenuity and dice rolls!

CUSTOMIZATION
Will your party include a Slayer Simian Savage or a Thinker Green Medtech? Customize everything from your battle encounters to your Game Master's table!

EXPLORE THE GALAXY OF QUESTS AND LOOT
Gather your adventurers and travel trough a galaxy of pen and paper, and discover the newest threat as they leave Earth. All the fun of a pen and paper RPG with none of the lost dice!

COMPLETELY NEW GAME
Prepare to be amazed with so much new things! Spaceship battles, stories with multiple decisions, sci-fi classes and races, side-way battles, planet navigation and exploration, and of course, traveling through space and time!

Behold Studios

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ADOM - UI Improvements

by Silver, 15:48

Ancient Domains of Mystery (ADOM) has had a great deal of work put into UI improvements.

Another week of UI work

9 JULY - THECREATOR
Hi everyone!

After being a bit spammy last week I'm trying to keep it to weekly updates here. The past week again saw a lot of work on improving the UI and starting two days ago I'm now playing my own game mouse-only (although I love the keyboard controls) in order to learn more about what actually is missing for a great mouse-based UI.

Soon we'll also run more supervised test games with ADOM newbies to learn more about what works and what doesn't in the UI.

This blog post summarizes the latest advances: http://www.ancientdomainsofmystery.com/2017/07/a-week-of-work-on-adom-ui.html

If you have more wishes or ideas regarding improvements for the UI/UX please submit them _now_ at http://www.adom.de/bugs - it's the perfect time as we really want to improve on this for the next release.

Thanks & stay tuned for the next update!
Thomas & Team ADOM

ADOM

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

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Kingmaker - Archetypes Funded

by Silver, 14:41

Pathfinder: Kingmaker has moved past the Archetype goal and now has a new goal of a new playable race at 1 million.

Archetypes are funded! Moving on to Goblin companion!

WOW! It took just a little more than one day to fund the Archetypes! You are absolutely incredible!

Now, not only the narrative designers run around the office with ideas about the Extra chapter, but all system designers also rub their hands in anticipation - oh those mighty builds they would love to add to the game. Post your comments and let us know what would you prefer to play!

Our excitement goes through the roof - with your overwhelming support, we feel like there are no limits to the expansion of the game! And as we start our race towards the Goblin companion, it is time to reveal one more stretch goal for you. It is just one day left on Kickstarter, but let's see how far we can go!

We believe that a maximum character variety is paramount, and races are an aspect we haven't addressed yet in the stretch goals. We are happy to cover the basic set of playable races - human, dwarfs, half-elves, elves, half-orcs, gnomes, halflings - nevertheless, we would love to deepen the character customization even more.

So (drumroll!) the $1.0M stretch goal is... a New playable race!

And to make it even more fun, we have another surprise for you. It seems we can't make up our minds about which race to add; too many temptations... So let us turn to YOU for this decision! We will provide three options that match the Pathfinder: Kingmaker best, and let you select your favorite through a poll. The races to choose from are still in discussion with our partners from Paizo, but we will come up with the available options as soon as we start funding for that goal.

Let us know about your favorite races in the Comments section!

 

Hail to the Kings!

Owlcats.

Kingmaker

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

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Monday - July 10, 2017

Regalia - Review @ Bleeding Cool

by Hiddenx, 19:15

Bleeding Cool reviewed Regalia: Of Men And Monarchs:

Regalia: Of Men And Monarchs Is Quirky, Good Fun

Klabater and Pixelated Milk’s RPG, Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs has received mostly positive reviews since its release on Steam back in May and it has absolutely deserved them. Regalia is an absolutely charming turn-based RPG adventure game, which manages to pay homage to the usual tropes while also poking some fun at itself. In Regalia: of Men and Monarchs, you are tasked with investigating your family’s ruin, and bringing your town back to life. But don’t let that fool you into thinking this is a tower defense game.

[...]

Regalia: of Men and Monarchs is a throwback game in the best sense of throwbacks. It isn’t a mindless attempt to ape an older style for profit, and it isn’t a trumped up remaster, it takes all the best moments of older RPGs as well as their low points, and sends them up with clear affection. When a vampire trots out a silly accent, the game’s protagonists usually respond with faces of disdain, and in doing so, Pixelated Milk invites us to share in the joke. And that might just be the best thing about it.

Score: 9/10

Regalia

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

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The RPG Scrollbars - The Many Faces Of Villainy

by Hiddenx, 19:08

Richard Cobbet looks at the evil side of RPGs:

The RPG Scrollbars: The Many Faces Of Villainy

Not only does a great hero need a great villain, villains are usually just so much more fun. Whether it’s the tortured lost soul who can only find peace by destroying the universe or the cheery psychopath looking to see the world burn, it’s no wonder that many of the greatest films of all time have been defined at least as much by the baddie as any individual scene. Darth Vader, the Terminator, Norman Bates, Dracula… villains get people excited. A great villain lives forever, death be damned.

[...]

Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun

General News

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

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Kingmaker - Chris Avellone Interview

by Hiddenx, 18:56

Shane Plays geek radio interviewed Chis Avellone about Pathfinder: Kingmaker:

Chris Avellone & Pathfinder Kingmaker! - Shane Plays Radio Ep. 107

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Kingmaker

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

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Mass Effect: Andromeda - Denuvo DRM Removed

by Silver, 05:53

@DSOGaming Mass Effect: Andromeda no longer has Denuvo DRM.

We don’t know whether this was intentional or not. After all, we’ve seen developers rolling out patches without the inclusion of the Denuvo anti-tamper tech and then re-applying it via a new update.

But anyway, right now, the 1.9 version of Mass Effect: Andromeda is not powered by the Denuvo anti-tamper tech (though the game is still protected by ORIGIN).
[...]

Mass Effect: Andromeda

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

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Kingmaker - New Stretch Goal

by Silver, 01:37

Pathfinder: Kingmaker has reached its extra story chapter goal +mac/linux versions and now has a new stretch goal of Goblin companion at 900K.

Dear Pathfinders,

Extra story chapter is funded!

Thanks to your incredible support, we have just reached the stretch goal that will expand original Pathfinder Kingmaker AP story! O_o there was a dеmonic laughter just heard in the owlcats cave - narrative designers were celebrating the ability to weave new secrets into the game plot...

And what is more, those of you who pray Mac & Linux will not need to change your deity - Pathfinder: Kingmaker will be available on your sacred ground.

The result of the campaign so far exceeds our initial dreams, you can't imagine how excited we are that your help allows us to make our game so much bigger and better. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to each and every one of you!

With the extra story chapter funded we are happy to present our new stretch goal:

900K - Extra Companion

and here we have the special tale about our new companion from our Narrative Designer Chris Avellone.

The Goblin's Tale

The goblins of Golarion have a bad reputation, to be sure. Of course, that's usually the perspective of someone who hasn't spent much time around goblins and has never seen the positives goblins have to offer.

For example, goblins can be especially devoted. Whether to their four goblin hero-gods, or to you. Of course, their attempts to earn your favor can be much like the family cat leaving dead animals on your door step, except it might be someone's fingers. Such is the way with our goblin hero Nok-Nok, which is much like the sound his skull makes when his tribesmen beat it with clubs. (Which happened enough that he was mistaken for a drum at times.) He's not only eager to help, but he's incredibly effective in tormenting your enemies until they beg for mercy - or a swift death.

At the start of Kingmaker, however, Nok-Nok's fallen on difficult times - very difficult times, as his tribe intends to use him as a sacrifice. You're the only one who can save him... and as far as Nok-Nok is concerned, your arrival is divine proof that he's destined for greatness. He should know, because as he explains, he's the fifth goblin god, and you've earned his favor.

As it turns out, Nok-Nok aspires to be more than a warty, scabby head-drum - he is convinced that he is a deity-to-be. He's just having some difficulty making anyone else realize it. He can recite many tales of heroics and can expound at great length on how he's bravely fled from dogs, how he set fire to his own hair when he couldn't find firewood (he neglected to cut it from his head first), and how he's learned how to block kicks and punches by using his head as a shield. And that's just the beginning of his legendary journey to greatness.

Nok-Nok is a skilled thief. He excels in scuttling about, valiantly stabbing enemies in the back, and setting off every trap in the area (so much so, Nok-Nok's attempts to disarm a trap come very close to being literal - the trap usually threatens to dis-arm him). He does, however, have an incredible resistance to pain, attracts an unusual coterie of "pets," and embraces various junk and trinkets you find on your journey as if they were hard-won trophies of his heroics.

If you lend him a helping hand, Nok-Nok's quick to call you family - play your cards right, and he might even let you be among his worshippers of Nok-Nok (the Fifth, or in his words "the Fith" or sometimes, in other's words, "the Filth").

Hail to the kings!

Owlcats.

Kingmaker

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

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Sunday - July 09, 2017

Steam - UI Overhaul Incoming

by Silver, 22:31

@RockPaperShotgun Valve confirmed at Indigo 2017 that they are working on a UI overhaul for Steam which will see changes to the library and game launch pages.

The slides from Valve's product designer Alden Kroll, posted on the ValveTime forum, say that there's an "overall UI refresh and update coming", but give no date for the changes. Specifically, Valve plans to add the option to quickly launch recently played games from the library home page. That'd be welcome - if you've got a large collection and you're juggling 3 or 4 games, it's a (very minor) pain to have to keep scrolling between them.

The tweaks will also highlight games in your library that currently have some activity, whether than be events, updates, or simply titles your friends are playing.

Valve also promised a new "rich display of content" on game launch pages. The company says the reworked pages will better highlight your friends' activity in that game and flag community screenshots, artwork, and guides.

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Deus Ex - GMDX v9.0 released

by Hiddenx, 09:55

Version 9.0 of the GMDX mod for Deus Ex has been released:

GMDXv9.0 Release Trailer

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GMDX is a modification of the classic video game Deus Ex for PC.
Frequently cited by fans to be the "Definitive Deus Ex Experience", GMDX faithfully improves nearly every aspect of the game in consistent logical fashion.
GMDX is available in English, French, German, Spanish and Russian.

GMDX also comes bundled with the excellent HDTP and New Vision graphics mods, and improves upon the efforts of both.

Official Website: http://www.gmdxmod.com
Download GMDXv9.0 on moddb: http://www.moddb.com/mods/gmdx/downloads

Deus Ex

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

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Vampyr - Preview @ Gamereactor

by Hiddenx, 09:47

Gamereactor checked out Vampyr at the E3:

Vampyr

Living as a vampire in 1918 London ain't easy.

If you've ever dreamed yourself back to those good old days when Vampire: The Masquerade was the hottest thing you could play on your PC, then you might have been starving for another experience like that, and you might have also been disappointed by the vampire-themed games that you've played since. If that's you then you might want to keep an eye out for Vampyr, a game from the Paris-based studio Dontnod which not only lets you become a bloodthirsty night crawler, but also lets you decide the fate of a whole community of innocent people.

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Vampyr puts a fresh spin on the vampire experience, and the mechanics that revolve around the lives of the people of London look especially interesting. With an intriguing story, a large open world to explore, fun combat, and family tragedies waiting to happen, we came away from the presentation wanting to feed on some poor souls even more than we did before, and that's a good sign. Vampyr will be released on PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One this November.

Vampyr

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

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Kingmaker - Kickstarter Update

by Hiddenx, 09:18

There are 3 days left for the successful Pathfinder: Kingmaker Kickstarter campaign:

The final 3 days! Fan feedback, games media impressions and Skydiving!

As we're approaching the end of our Kickstarter campaign, we're giving it everything we've got to reach those stretch goals. This means we are going to up the frequency of our updates for the last days of our campaign.  

Compilation of press feedback  

Since we had announced Pathfinder: Kingmaker almost two months ago we saw quite the interest from the game media. It is always very exciting to get feedback on your game, especially at the early stages of development. For those of you who missed the articles we made a brief compilation.

North America:  

"Almost everything I asked about in terms of story seemed to have a layer beyond what I expected--the advantage of having years of tabletop playtesting, perhaps. If these different aspects of Kingmaker can coalesce into a dramatic whole, this could be special."IGN.com  

these are many common elements in a CRPG title, but Pathfinder's setting and lore makes this particular outing feel otherwise distinct... If the alpha build was any indication, then there’s plenty of opportunities to shape your own identity and leave your mark on the world.” Gamespot.com  

“Pathfinder: Kingmaker is a much-anticipated isometric RPG take on the classic pen-and-paper game.” – PCGamer.com  

"For fans of the tabletop game, this will be a great opportunity to translate their fantasy adventures to their desktops." – Game Informer  

"First impressions from in and around the bandit lord's fortress; the game looks incredible. The in-progress menus are attractive and orderly, the environments lush and vivid, the character portraits appealing and refined. What voice acting there was, was convincing and professional." – mmorpg.com 

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Kingmaker

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

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They Are Billions - Steam Page

by Hiddenx, 08:35

The RTS They are Billions has a steam page now. The game will launch this fall:

They Are Billions is a Steampunk strategy game set on a post-apocalyptic planet. Build and defend colonies to survive against the billions of the infected that seek to annihilate the few remaining living humans. Can humanity survive after the zombie apocalypse?

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

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Saturday - July 08, 2017

Antiquia Lost - Released

by Hiddenx, 08:27

The J-RPG Antiqua Lost has been released. You can play a slime...

An authentic RPG of a journey with a girl made of slime! Enjoy fluid 2D turn-based battles!
Bine is a young man who lives in a small rural village. One day, he is asked by Lunaria, a girl who lives near the village, to go with her to the royal capital.
With more and more disappearances occurring, the rulers' reactions are mixed.
And there is a forgotten existence, too...
'Trusting hearts' become 'strength'. This is just the start of the story...

The heroine, slime?

The heroine is... slime!By eating gems, her statuses are strengthened, and she can learn new skills.
In battle, she has a powerful death-blow skill: she can mimic monsters!

Put different characters at the head of the party

Special actions, such as smashing rocks or squeezing through narrow gaps, are possible, depending on the character at the head of the party.Try to find all the hidden items!

Plant seeds and harvest items

By planting beans in plant pots, you can harvest many different items. Every now and again, you might grow something incredible!

A wide range of challenges

The game offers many well-loved challenging features, including weapon development and arenas where you can fight against strong enemies.
This app features full controller support with the Xbox 360 Controller on Windows.

Antiquia Lost

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

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Legends of Iskaria - Released

by Hiddenx, 08:13

The indie RPG Legends of Iskaria: Days of Thieves has been released:

DESCRIPTION
Legends of Iskaria is a 2D RPG which claims to be non-linear and immersive.
The game is mainly focus on story-telling, dialogs and exploration.
Built with love for 16bits graphics, it takes up some components of classic RPGs while playing with genre codes.

PLOT
To the East of the Elven kingdom and the Dwarven lands, the small city of Algenroc lies, quiet and peaceful.
However, strange events are going to disrupt the tranquillity of its folk.
A cooper named Arlando, almost retired, will be forced to live as an adventurer to save his daughter...

KEY FEATURES

  • Dialogs with multiple choices. Each of which will impact on the game storyline.
  • Rich tone. Sometimes funny and light. Sometimes deep and poetic.
  • More than one way to finish the game. Different ways to lose!
  • Full of secrets to discover.

Legends of Iskaria

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

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Icewind Dale 2 - Searching the Sourcecode

by Hiddenx, 07:48

Beamdog can't find the sourcecode for Icewind Dale 2:

Real Talk - Icewind Dale II, Enhanced Edition Patch Progress, and a Beamdog Client Update

Icewind Dale II

In the last few weeks, Enhanced Edition fans who follow Trent on Twitter may have noticed few tweets like these.

 At this time, the source code for Icewind Dale II can not be found. We’ve reached out to former developers and publishers with no luck. No one seems to know where it’s got to. Consider this our open call to fans for the code, patched or otherwise.

We’d love to complete the Infinity Engine series and bring you all the game you’ve been asking for, but to make Icewind Dale II: Enhanced Edition a possibility, having that source code, preferably patched, is needed before we can even start assessing whether the project is doable.

UPDATE:  If you personally have a copy of the code, we'd love to get in touch. Please do not contact former developers and other IWD2 team members on our behalf.

Enhanced Edition Patches

As mentioned in previous posts, the team is hard at work on iOS 64 bit patches to ensure Enhanced Edition players will be able to continue enjoying their games after iOS 11 is released. These patches will be released game-by-game in the months ahead, starting with Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and will include a few bug fixes, but the focus will be on 64 bit compatibility.

The real fun begins once the 64 bit iOS patch series is complete. Planning has only just started on the patches for the Enhanced Edition titles beyond what we’re currently working on so committing to specific release dates, bug fixes, and features at this point is difficult. What we can say right now is that the next update series for BG:EE, BGII:EE, and IWD:EE will include the following:

  • Bug fixes and lots of them
  • A selection of community-requested features
  • 64 bit compatibility on all platforms
  • Restored multiplayer compatibility on all platforms
  • All stores updated to the latest version (Yes, even the Mac App store)
  • Completed localizations
  • And more!

Our attention is currently on BG:EE, BGII:EE, and IWD:EE, but we haven’t forgotten about Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition. As soon as we have more about updates on that front, we’ll be sure to share it!
Beamdog Client Update
A small patch for the Beamdog Client will be released today with the following updates:

  • Fixes for a few reported user issues
  • Spanish and Italian localization for the Client
  • An updated version of the Beamdog logo

Thanks rjshae!

Icewind Dale 2

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

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