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Expected Releases

Dec: Arcadian Atlas
Dec: Arcane Raise
Dec: Prevent The Fall
Dec: Seven
Dec: Shenmue 3

Wednesday - November 08, 2017

System Shock - November Update

by Silver, 01:59

The November update for the System Shock Remake shows off Mutant dismemberment and much more. The update also includes a FAQ section.

November Update

Hey there Hackers!

We’re going to try something new (for us) and show A LOT of what we’re working on… even stuff that’s a work in progress. We appreciate everyone’s patience with us as we find the best way to reveal things we’re working on. If folks like this format, we’ll try to do more of these in the future. Please let us know what you think:

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System Shock

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

Details

Tuesday - November 07, 2017

Ghost Story - Working on Immersive Sim

by Hiddenx, 20:34

PC Gamer reports that Ghost Story is working on an Immersive Sim:

Ghost Story Games, formerly Irrational Games, is making an immersive sim

Former Bioshock developer hiring for its art team.

In February, 12 former developers from Irrational Games—of System Shock 2 and Bioshock—announced their new studio, Ghost Story. It later emerged that the they were working on a "small-scale open world" game that drew inspiration from Shadow of Mordor's Nemesis system, and now we know that the title will be a first-person immersive sim.
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Thanks henriquejr!

Ghost Story

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Darkmere - Action RPG from the Amiga

by Silver, 13:40

@IndieRetroNews Darkmere is an action RPG from the Amiga that has been repackaged to be playable on modern PCs.

A bit of a slow news day to start Monday so kick it up a notch here's a lovely game you might want to play, and that's Darkmere ( Prequel to Dragonstone ), which was released way back in 1993/4 developed by Zero Hour Software and published by Core Design. This game classed as an action adventure RPG that has very decent Amiga graphics and a dark overtone, has since been packaged together with an emulator by Gamesnostalgia and can be launched on a PC or Mac without having to be set up!

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General News

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

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Nioh - Released

by Silver, 13:24

Nioh has been released on Steam.

About This Game

Ready to die? Experience the newest brutal action game from Team NINJA and Koei Tecmo Games. In the age of samurai, a lone traveler lands on the shores of Japan. He must fight his way through the vicious warriors and supernatural Yokai that infest the land in order to find that which he seeks.

  • The Complete Edition contains the full game, as well as the three expansions with additional story chapters: Dragon of the North, Defiant Honor, and Bloodshed's End.
  • Dragon of the North
    This expansion opens up the Tohoku region, where the "one-eyed dragon" Date Masamune is secretly gathering spirit stones.
  • Defiant Honor
    Fight your way through the Siege of Osaka's winter campaign as you follow the story of one of Japan's greatest generals from the Warring States period, the brave Sanada Yukimura.
  • Bloodshed's End
    Join the summer campaign of the Siege of Osaka as the Warring States period draws to a close in this, the final chapter of William's tale.
  • Steam Exclusive Bonus
    Enjoy wearing the "Dharmachakra Kabuto," a helmet exclusive to the Steam version of Nioh! You can claim yours by selecting "Boons" from a shrine.

Nioh

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

Details

Freaky Awesome - Roguelite about Mutations

by Silver, 13:19

@IndieGames Freaky Awesome can be described as a hectic action Roguelite about power altering mutations. You can play solo or in co-op on Steam.

Freaky Awesome tosses the player (and possibly up to four on- or offline co-op pals) into a randomly-generated factory, having them deal with an array of sickening mutants as they look for their dog. As enemies are defeated, each leaves behind a puddle of waste that players can pick up to heal themselves. However, each one of these they touch has a chance to mutate them, giving them different powers like throwing their own head to damage enemies, or creating vicious little clones of themselves.

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General News

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

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Odd Gods - 90s style isometric RPG

by Silver, 09:16

Odd Gods is a 90s-style RPG about the 1990s. An isometric tactical role playing game about subcultures, music, spacetime travel, and facing your pop culture demons.

Features

  • There is no chosen one. A grungy, low fantasy story set at the end of the 1990s.
  • Classic 'isometric' camera on 3D characters and scenes.
  • ​Colourful, 'low budget B-Movie' Art style
  • Subculture class system based on 1990s archetypes (Skateboarders, Goths, Ravers, Jocks, Nerds etc).
  • Music Genre 'alignment' system (Mainstream, Alternative, Underground).
  • Party-based turn-based combat system ('Same Phase' system with no RNG, no % to hit, just tactics).
  • Narrative features branching paths and multiple endings.
  • Hand-crafted exploration, narrative and combat content. No level-scaling, no procedural generation, no random encounters.
  • Original subculture soundtrack recorded with period instruments (where possible).
  • 90s-era difficulty. Odd Gods is not a game for the faint of heart, but the system is 'fair'. Friendly fire is on by default. No bullet sponges. Permadeath, mostly.
  • Take modern weapons back to older eras (Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern) and vice-versa, but keep an eye on your ammo count and penicillin, for example.
  • .... No elves, no magic swords, orcs, or any of that guff.

Estimated length: 12hrs including side content:
(a) we're a small indie studio and don't have the capacity for more
(b) we actually want players to finish the game.

General News

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

Details

Monday - November 06, 2017

Sands of Space - In Development

by Silver, 20:51

@Indiedb Sands of Space is a turn based RPG set in an alternative future of the 1980s. Active space exploration in progress. Many planets are inhabited, and some have already been abandoned.

 

Hey!

1. Speech bubbles added! NPC shows random phrases now!
2. Added path highlighting and path cost. I mean it's in combat mode of course.
3. Dialogs! We have a dialogs! But UI will be modified in a future, but functionality now working properly.
4. Added action pie menu! Do you likes pies?
5. Combat mode improvement - now you can hit the enemy throught a window, glass etc. Yeah!
6. Barrels now are explosive and it's your friend in combat. Just hit them and it will show the holy fire!
7. Fixed bugs. You really don't want to know what it was.

Just check it out on this video:

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General News

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

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Hand of Fate 2 - First Reviews

by Hiddenx, 20:14

Hand of Fate 2 will be released tomorrow - here are two pre-release reviews:

Gameplanet:

Hand of Fate 2 improves on its solid predecessor, but it's a couple of cards from a royal flush.

Score: 7/10 "Draw"

Finder:

Defiant Development has proven that the first Hand of Fate was far from a fluke. Hand of Fate 2 one-ups its predecessor in every way, delivering a unique and enthralling role-playing adventure that easily sits among the best games this country has produced.

Score: 9/10 "Amazing"

Hand of Fate 2

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

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The Crown Stones Mirrah - Demo Available

by Silver, 01:54

@IndieRetroNews The Crown Stones Mirrah is a Metroidvania type game based on an RPG book called 'Spiritum o Reino dos Mortos.' The game currently has an indiegogo campaign with a demo available here.

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I know some of you don't like the term 'Metroidvania', a cross between Metroid and Castlevania, but how about if the game is of a similar type but is also inspired by Demon's Crest and even Blackthorne, would you be interested? Well if you are, this is ' The Crown Stones Mirrah '; a very gory looking action platformer that doesn't just have lovely pixelated graphics but is inspired by an RPG book called "Spiritum o Reino dos Mortos", with the game set in the same universe of that book.

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General News

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

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Gothic 2 Gold - Complete Remaster

by Silver, 00:17

@SinitarGaming Gothic 2 is getting a complete remaster via a mod called Returning 2.0 which means new mechanics, quests, areas and more.

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Welcome folks! Description & links below. Our Discord: https://discord.gg/NpRg9Yy
If you can spare a dollar or more, please consider becoming my patron at https://www.patreon.com/SinitarGaming. It cost you little, but helps me significantly. Rewards include early access to videos, video calls with me, discord rewards, HD wallpapers and more. Gothic 2 "Returning" is a biggest gothic mod ever created.

Returning 2.0 is completely overhauling whole game in lore-friendly way, adds dozens of new locations, quests, items, new factions, story chapters and much more, giving 250+ additional gameplay hours in total.
Gothic 2 Returning 2.0 original forums(complete english installation guide coming soon):
http://rpgrussia.com/index.php?topic=...

https://rpgrussia.com/index.php?topic...
Returning 2.0 wiki: https://rpgrussia.com/returning-onlin...
Gothic 2 Returning 2.0 english forums:
https://goo.gl/7sDdHz
Latest Kai Rosenkranz music:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiWrN...
Me on other resources:
Twitch: https://go.twitch.tv/sinitargaming
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SinitarGaming
Background music - amazing Kai Rosenkranz

Cheers!

Gothic 2 Gold

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

Details

Sunday - November 05, 2017

Deus Ex - Deus Ex Revision Expands

by Silver, 23:46

@PCGamesN Deus Ex Revision has a new massive update that expands many areas of the game like Area 51 and is now available on Steam, GOG and Moddb.

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As you can see from the trailer above, Revision applies a generous lick of paint to the 17-year-old game, but the changes are far more than cosmetic. A lot of maps have been expanded to feel more like real-life spaces, allowing them to fit in a lot of extra combat encounters, secrets and areas to explore. Some rushed-feeling later areas such as Area 51 have been enormously expanded, making them feel almost entirely new.

...

It's been just over two years since the initial release of Deus Ex Revision, and developers Caustic Creative haven't been resting on their laurels. To celebrate the second anniversary of their launch, they released a massive update, entitled Mystic, with a smaller update this week polishing it up even further.

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Deus Ex

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

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Non-RPG General News - Free StarCraft 2

by Hiddenx, 21:49

Rock Paper Shotgun reports that a free version of StarCraft 2 will be available later this month:

StarCraft 2 launching generous free version this month

A huge chunk of StarCraft II is going free later this month as a sort of big ‘ol demo for the wider trilogy. From November 14th, everyone will be able to play the full Terran story campaign from the original Wings of Liberty, the competitive multiplayer including units from all three chapters, and — with some limitations — the cooperative mode too. If you dig it, you’ll be able to buy the other bits of SC2 separately or in one big lump.

Oh, and people who own Wings of Liberty but skipped Heart of the Swarm will be able to get that Zergy instalment free – if they claim it in time.

So! Free SC2, eh? Yup, Blizzard are turning the heart of it free, with one of the three big story campaigns, all the competitive multiplayer, and most of the co-op. There are, of course, restrictions.

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Thanks henriquejr!

 

Non-RPG General News

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

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Nioh - Launch Trailer

by Hiddenx, 21:42

Henriquejr spotted the launch trailer for the upcoming Action RPG Nioh:

Nioh Steam Trailer

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The game will be released on November 7.

Nioh

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

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Pillars of Eternity - Definitive Edition

by Hiddenx, 21:38

PC Gamer reports that the Definitive Edition of Pillars of Eternity will be released on November 15:

Pillars of Eternity: Definitive Edition arrives later this month, includes brand new items

Bundles the base game with previously released DLC.

Pillars of Eternity: Definitive Edition is coming out on November 15, developer Obsidian Entertainment has announced, and it looks to be a decent deal. For $39.99 you'll get the excellent isometric RPG plus both parts of its beefy expansion, The White March. At the moment, you can buy them combined for slightly cheaper, but that's a time limited deal on Fanatical (the renamed Bundle Stars) that runs out tomorrow.

Also, the Definitive Edition gets you all the extra goodies that were included in the Royal Edition of the game, which includes the original soundtrack, a digital collector's book and a novella set in the Pillars universe.

The edition will also feature some new DLC, called the Deadfire Pack, which is a reference to the upcoming Pillars sequel. It includes a few in-game items and portraits.
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Thanks henriquejr!

 

Pillars of Eternity

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

Details

ELEX - Review

by Hiddenx, 16:10

DankLord made an extensive video review about ELEX:

ELEX Extensive Review

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ELEX

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Post-Apoc
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release: Released

Details

Stellar Tactics - Ship Vendors Update

by Silver, 10:26

Stellar Tactics latest update focuses on ship vendors.

Progress update - 11/3/17

This week was all about ship vendors. Still have a little work to do on swapping ships and a bit of cleanup work on the UI. See the video below for details. Please excuse my monotone - I need to catch up on some sleep - coffee and Red Bull's aren't doing it anymore...

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Ship vendors can be found throughout the universe and they all carry fixed sets of ships that they sell. Purchasing a new ship requires that you either store your current ship or trade in your current ship for a cash credit towards the price of your new ship.

One issue is that your equipment, because it is ship specific, cannot be swapped between different ships. To make things easier, the merchant gives you credit for each item currently equipped on your ship during the trade in. The value generated is the current market value of your equipment + the current trade in value of your ship which is credited towards your purchase. Your charisma affects the trade in value of all items.

If you choose to store your current ship, it will remain on the station until with all of it's current equipment until you come back for it. I'll make sure there is an easy way to see where all your current ships are stored. The ship storage menu in the video is still a work in progress. There will be more information available that is visible anywhere, anytime. For example, the ship list will provide two lists - the first is a list of all ships and their locations in the universe and a second list displaying the ships currently on the station you are visiting.

Regarding cargo - if you have more cargo in your cargo hold than the new ship will fit, you will need to sell your cargo before purchasing the new ship. The hamsters in the cargo bays will go on strike and the ship vendor will reject the purchase. The rule is that the cargo in the cargo bay of your current ship needs to be less than or equal to the maximum available cargo on your new ship.

As you explore, you will loot ship specific equipment. If you plan in advance, you can horde items for that future ship upgrade and after purchasing your new ship, slot those items into your ship.

One last note: On the ship info screen you can see an area for "MISSILE MANAGEMENT". This will eventually bring up a menu that lets you fit various payloads on your missiles and tweak their subsystems for range, avoidance and a few other things. Missiles come in one main variant and you can adjust them for various purposes and damage types.

That's it for this week. Thanks everyone!

Stellar Tactics

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

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Ebony Spire: Heresy - Game Mechanics

by Hiddenx, 09:22

Game designer Constantin Bacioiu explains some game mechanics of his recently released dungeon crawler Ebony Spire: Heresy at Gamasutra:

 

Ebony Spire: Heresy

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

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Dungeons of Chaos - Update 2.1.010

by Hiddenx, 08:38

Update 2.1.010 for Dungeons of Chaos is now live:

BIG UPDATE INCOMING !

v2.1.010 is now live and brings the following:

  • after you have finished the game, a new game mode will appear when you start a new game; you can try the game with a preset party, preset difficulty and sometimes cap to achievement xp. Succeeding with any of these trigger new related achievements.
  • new boss: draco lich. and in-fight minions and surrounding undead minotaurs. all in new map: crumbling minotaur keep. new boss is the biggest yet and has nasty tactics
  • reduced the array of armor and shields that BA/BE can use. they should bash and kill, not tank and block like a knight.
  • added some new shields, will soon be added as unique loot or arena rewards
  • lifted str/dex requirements for some powerful armor.
  • added a new armor, will soon be added as unique loot or arena reward
  • changed both BA and BE level rotation bonus to "str","hp","armor +8","str","resist elem +3”,"hp","str"
  • fixed an issue where offhand weapons were deemed in use when fighting unarmed (fists or cestus/knuckles)
  • the rogue in the chapter 1 smuggler village now sells some basic offhand items
  • added RAGE to the skills the berserkers train
  • fixes speed bonus on juvenator staff

Dungeons of Chaos

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

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Warbanners - Review

by Hiddenx, 08:26

Bio Gamer Girl checked out Warbanners:

Warbanners Review (PC)

Warbanners is a fantasy strategy game which offers up a tactical affair with RPG leanings allowing players to manage a squad of mercenaries. Gamers get the chance to take their squad through tons of missions and battles for an overall immersive gameplay experience.

Warbanners offers gamers a turn-based, tactical strategy experience with role-playing elements. The action-packed combat is carried over a campaign over 42 missions offering up a wide variety of environments and enemies. The multi-faceted battle system allows you to master everything from the terrain to special units in order to win the battle.
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Score: 7/10

Warbanners

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

Details

Saturday - November 04, 2017

RPGWatch - New Curation List: Dungeon Crawlers

by Hiddenx, 20:52

In my function as a Game Curator I made use of a new Steam feature and created a list of our recommended Dungeons Crawlers. More lists will follow...

RPGWatch

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Fallout: NV - Revisited @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 10:44

PC Gamer looks back at Obsidian's 2010 RPG Fallout: New Vegas:

Fallout: New Vegas revisited: the most authentic 3D Fallout game

Revisiting Obsidian's much-loved 2010 RPG.

Left for dead, you wake up in the one-horse town of Goodsprings and begin a quest for vengeance in the Mojave Wasteland. That’s the beautifully simple setup for Fallout: New Vegas, which makes the vault sequence in Fallout 3, where you watch your character grow up, seem needlessly long-winded. After a quick chat with a local doctor, voiced by Saul Tigh from Battlestar Galactica, you’re set free. And it’s up to you whether you want to hunt down the people who tried to kill you, or just drift aimlessly around the desert like Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name.

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Thanks henriquejr!

Fallout: NV

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

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Brigand: Oaxaca - Version 2.0 released

by Hiddenx, 10:28

Version 2.0 of the challenging FPS/RPG Brigand: Oaxaca has been released:

Version 2.0

I finally got the new version up and everything seems to be working. I would back up your save file if you have one, though, as the sub-directories have all changed to accommodate for multiple story files. It's probably fine, but better to be safe.

Included is a save converter, so if you want to continue your character from version 1, run that program first on the launch menu, select your character, and wait a few seconds.

Major changes include a new World Editor launch option. The world editor could still use some work, but you can play around with it and start creating your own stories. I still have to implement a way to upload files, but it will probably be a while before any content is ready anyway. I was planning to have a free example DLC story with this release, but that will have to wait a week or so. It will be a single-map defense challenge.

As for bug fixes, the upside-down texture bug is no more. The solution was so simple that I now spit at my reflection in the mirror every morning for not fixing it earlier. I also increased the max objects per map from 2000 to 5000, so feel free to hoard as many guns and beers as you want on any map -- it won't crash the game.

There's a whole lot of other fixes, too. Check the Brigand Updates text file in the game folder to see everything that's been updated.

Brigand: Oaxaca

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

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Raven's Cry - Boxed Versions available

by Hiddenx, 10:20

Sir Brennus spotted that a Steel Book and a Collector's Edition are now available for Vendetta: Curse of Raven's Cry.

Raven's Cry

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

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.hack//G.U. Last Recode - Released

by Silver, 10:15

The .hack//G.U. Last Recode has been released on Steam. The package is made up of Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption, fully restored and remastered.

ABOUT THIS GAME

Log back into the .hack//G.U. trilogy and return to "The World," as Haseo tracks down Tri-Edge in .hack//G.U. Last Recode, now with enhanced graphics, improved gameplay, and brand new modes!
This collection includes all 3 original .hack//G.U. titles, Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption, all fully restored and remastered. As well as an all new exclusive 4th Volume: .hack//G.U. Reconnection.

• 15 years of .hack - Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the beloved global cross media franchise that first released in 2002

• Fully restored - Graphically enhanced gameplay and cut scenes now in 1080p and 60fps

• Improved system features - Enhanced battle balance and game pacing to provide an optimal experience for new and old fans alike.

General News

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

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Fable - Possible Continuation of the Series

by Hiddenx, 10:02

Gamespot reports that there's a chance that Microsoft will continue the Fable series:

Microsoft On The Future Of The Fable Series

Would you like to see Fable return someday?

In March last year, Microsoft made the announcement that it was closing long-running British studio Lionhead, which made the Fable and Black & White franchises, among others. The closure of the studio also meant that the Xbox One and PC game Fable Legends was being canceled. A digital card game called Fable Fortune was released, though this game was released by an outside studio (with support from Microsoft, which owns the Fable rights). But will there ever be another mainline Fable game? That remains to be seen, but if Microsoft were to bring it back, that would please Xbox boss Shannon Loftis, who heads up Xbox's first-party publishing team.

She told GameSpot this week as part of her PAX Aus travels that Microsoft loves Fable as a franchise. One of the main reasons why Loftis moved to England years ago was to help lead the production of Fable II.

"Fable is very near and dear to my heart," Loftis said. "Actually one of the primary reasons [I moved to England] was to work with the team on Fable II. Fable Fortune is now out, the card game. We love the IP. I can't talk right now about whether we're doing anything with it or not, but if I ever get the chance to go back to Albion ... "
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Thanks Farflame!

 

Fable

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

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Friday - November 03, 2017

Path of Exile - New Trade Website

by Silver, 21:38

@MassivelyOP Path of Exile now has a trading website.

One of the few features Path of Exile has traditionally lacked is an “easy” trading feature like an auction house, and that was by design: Grinding Gear Games feared bot farming, lowered drop rates, and high gear disparities between players, to say nothing of the lesson taught by Diablo III’s original launch. But players always find a way around the design, and as in many auctionless MMOs, players resorted to forum sales and whole websites devoted to facilitating the buying and selling of in-game gear.

“That’s where we are today,” GGG writes this week. “It’s easy to list items for trade, easy to search for items, and is often quite frustrating to complete a trade. This remaining frustration is the only thing standing in the way of trades being basically instant. While we understand that this sounds like a positive thing, we are very concerned regarding what will happen if that does eventuate. We have to prioritise the long-term health of Path of Exile.”

Consequently, the studio has now created its own version of the trade sites already run by players, though of course GGG’s is safer. It isn’t a full-fledged auction hall, however.

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Path of Exile

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

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Runic Games - Shut Down

by Silver, 21:34

@RockPaperShotgun Runic Games has been shut down less than a month after it released Hob.

The owners of Torchlight developers Runic Games, the Chinese free-to-play-focused publisher Perfect World Entertainment, confirmed today that it has shut down Runic’s Seattle studio. Seeing as that’s Runic’s only studio, er, that’s them basically gone – though their games will live on. This comes barely one month after Runic released Hob.

Perfect World have also laid off most the team at Motiga, the studio behind Gigantic – which only launched in July. Perfect World say these are unconnected but sheesh, not a good week to be owned by Perfect World.

“I’m sorry to say that today will be Runic’s last day open,” studio head Marsh Lefler said in a statement on their site. “For those that love the Torchlight series, there will be some news coming. And for all our fans, our community and multiplayer services will keep running even after the studio’s lights go off.”

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Runic Games

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Shogun no Kamigami - Feudal Japan RPG

by Silver, 21:30

On Square Enix Collective there is an action rpg called Shogun no Kamigami which is set during feudal Japan.

Gameplay

Imagine if Monster Hunter meets Princess Mononoke?

The game starts in your village. This is your safe place where you can access to all the main possibilities such as the forge, the spell instructor or simply choose your mission, where the battle begins. This is a customizable place where you can also invite your friends.

Fighting Kami is the main goal of this game. There is plenty of them, huge bosses who need a good preparation before the confrontation. Learn their pattern, learn their weakness. Use all your equipment, your tools, your spells at your advantage. Sometimes, you’ll also have to use the environment as a weapon: find the best spot to fight them, lure them where the situation is optimal.

The only way to be stronger is to have a better equipment, that you need to forge with resources gathered in the wild and on a Kami. You can craft small items like grenades and traps to help you in the fight, but the real progress is through your weapons and armors. To access to better equipment, you’ll also have to upgrade your village.

Story

Shogun no Kamigami is based on a historical period of Japan : the Sengoku Jidai. This times were complex and a lot of Clans fought to unify the country under their banner. Our story revolves around Oda Nobunaga, who aims to become the Shogun, the unifier of Japan. You’re going to meet his path several times in your adventures, considering him as an enemy or an ally is up to you.
But he’s not the only historical figure you’re going to encounter : Hirate Masahide, Hattori Hanzo, Muramasa, Ikoma Kitsuno and most of the other characters are based on real stakeholders of History.

Mixed to the historical facts, the story also include folklore and fantasy. Kitsune, Tengu or Yokai are real in this universe and play their role in the common life. But the most important creatures that you will encounter are of course the Kami, these powerful deities, masters of the elements.

Along your journey to protect your village from Kami and War, you’ll find various cutscenes and other elements that will help you take a side and discover the true nature of Oda Nobunaga’s plans. But who’s that strange white shape in the shadows ?

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

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Thursday - November 02, 2017

Assassin's Creed Origins - Review @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 22:34

Henriquejr spotted an Assassin's Creed Origins - review on PC Gamer:

Assassin's Creed Origins review

Putting an end to the machinations of the corrupt inner circle of Egypt's ruling class is on hold for a bit: first I gotta help this peasant boy I met thirty seconds ago, whose ox cart was stolen by bandits. Priorities firmly in order, I circle the bandit camp on horseback, dismount, creep close, take aim with my bow at the nearest bandit, and fire. Actually, I fire and then take aim: I have a skill that allows me to control my arrows in midair and in slow-motion. My arrow sinks into the bandit's shoulder, and he spins around and spots me.

The slow-motion feature of my bow skill doesn't just give me an advantage, it also allows me to see things I otherwise would have missed, such as what happens next. The bandit and I attack at the same time, me with my second arrow, him by throwing a fire bomb. My arrow and the bandit's lobbed grenade pass each other in midair. The bomb strikes the sand and explodes, the flame from the explosion lights my airborne missile on fire, and there's a satisfying fwoosh of my arrow igniting just before it hits him right between the eyes. The bandit drops, felled by a flaming arrow we created together.
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Naturally, once you've beaten the main quests you can continue exploring the world, and the biggest compliment I can give Origins is that I'd much rather be playing it than writing about it. It's a got a dazzling and beautiful setting, lots of enjoyable systems for mischief and mayhem, and has just the right amount of diversions and distractions to keep you busy without ever feeling like busywork. The extra year Ubisoft took with Origins didn't result in a completely new and novel experience, but it did provide one of the best games in the Assassin's Creed series.

Score: 84/100

Assassin's Creed Origins

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

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