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Jul: Pyre
Jul: Startrail HD
Aug: Hero-U
Aug: InSomnia
Aug: Luckless Seven

Monday - July 10, 2017

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.

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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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Non-RPG General News

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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Bard's Tale IV - First Look

by Silver, 03:06

PCGamer takes a gander at The Bards Tale IV.

We go to inXile for an exclusive inside look at Brian Fargo's return to the world of The Bard's Tale.

We're standing in the most beautiful dungeon I've ever seen in a game-which happens to be a lush green forest peppered with highlights of orange and red, not the dank catacombs I think of when I hear the word ‘dungeon.' And when we start walking forward, peering side-to-side and climbing a set of stony stairs, there's something else odd: our free, unconstrained movement, a far cry from the rigid step-by-step, block-by-block exploration of classic dungeon crawlers. This is what it looks like to build a new game in a genre as old as PC gaming itself.

Developer inXile has invited me to its studio for an early look at The Bard's Tale 4, the first game in the series since 1991. After the blinding glare of a bright southern California morning, the inXile office, a floor above a local surf shop, feels a bit like a dungeon itself. But a cool one-it's small and intimate, decked out with Christmas lights and artwork for Wasteland 2 and only the occasional baby doll hanging from the rafters. For the next hour, I'll get to see a game that feels at once delightfully old-fashioned and tantalizingly new. The Bard's Tale 4 is the first dungeon crawler that's really grabbed my interest since I sat on my dad's lap playing the original Bard's Tale circa 1993, getting lost in the endless streets and abandoned houses of Skara Brae. Partially because, damn, is it ever pretty, but mostly because inXile is walking a tricky tightrope of nostalgia and innovation.
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Bard's Tale IV

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

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Friday - July 07, 2017

Monster's Den: Godfall - Released

by Hiddenx, 17:53

The dungeon crawler Monster's Den: Godfall has been released on Steam:

The popular dungeon-crawling RPG series comes to Steam!

Monsters' Den: Godfall is a new game, larger in scope and richer in content than ever before.

  • A turn-based role playing game focused on dungeon crawling and advancement.
  • Found and manage a Mercenary Company. Maintain a roster of heroes, upgrade your keep and adopt doctrines for universal bonuses.
  • Take direct control of a party of up to four adventurers to lead on missions.
  • Battle groups of enemies in turn-based tactical combat.
  • Procedurally generated dungeons, loot and missions.
  • Overland travel- visit new cities and dungeons, search ruins and find hidden places of interest.
  • Improved character advancement means increased freedom to personalize your team of heroes.
  • Hundreds of unique items that can be customized with enchantments.
  • More than 100 enemy types, each with unique skills requiring different tactical approaches.
  • Random dungeon modifiers add new wrinkles to each mission.
  • Story missions uncover the mysteries of the Godfall.

Story

In the beginning, there were many gods. Until war came to heaven. One by one, the gods fell. Each Godfall brought with it a fierce meteor shower, as well as the sudden deaths of their worshippers. As the gods continued to fall and entire kingdoms were brought to ruin by the sympathetic deaths of the devout, many renounced their faith in the hope of being spared. Without divine protection, large numbers succumbed to possession and corruption as the demonic powers forced their entry into the world. Now, there is but one god. Her clerics exert dominance over the human remnants, ruling with an iron fist. Nomadic greenskin tribes pillage and burn their way across the land. Ambitious necromancers harvest the bones of fallen civilizations to amass undead armies of incredible size. The human heretics of the Cult of the Outward Path seek to break free from this world, risking it in the process. The dwarves of the Earthern Nations burrow ever deeper, trying to escape the madness of the surface world. Horrors wait there in the depths, ready to boil out and claim the old places. And all the while, sinister forces yet unseen lurk in the shadows and lay their plans. The fate of humanity hangs by a thread. Time to get to work.

Fifty years after the last Godfall, the winnowing of humanity has passed. The survivors and their descendants struggle to survive and rebuild in a world whose balance has dramatically shifted against them.

Monster's Den: Godfall

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

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Mass Effect: Andromeda - Patch 1.09 Released

by Aries100, 17:23

Bioware has released patch 1.09 for Mass Effect Andromeda. You can find the patch here
you can also read the full notes for this patch. Apparantly, Bioware has been working hard fixing and improving the facial animations in this game along with some problems. Here's an excerpt from the patch notes:

Various improvements to facial animations and cinematic scenes

Improved stability
[MP] Platinum difficulty added
Fixed issue where certain hair textures could disappear from female custom heads when using Facial Reconstruction Suite
Fixed issue where negative AVP could be displayed after reaching Nexus level 20
Fixed various quest progression blockers
Fixed issue where Ryder could be killed even when following directions during the guarded walk through Aya
Fixed issue where player could commit to relationships with both Jaal and Cora concurrently

Mass Effect: Andromeda

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

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Robothorium - Available this Summer

by Myrthos, 14:13

The creators of Dungeon Rushers will be making Robothorium available in the coming months (mid 2017 is mentioned).

Robothorium is a futuristic tactical RPG combining rogue like gameplay and turn-based combat. Lead a robotic uprising by playing the AI, choose your allies by taking decisions and manage your team of robots to free them from the Human domination. Get the best items for your characters and specialize them through their talent trees to succeed in an advanced combat system!

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Play an AI to lead your own robotic uprising and deploy your robots in many places from factories to highly secured laboratories with different objectives to achieve. Select the best robots combination to succeed in your missions and to overcome traps and enemies guarding experimental projects or top secret datas. Upgrade the skills of your robots with their talent trees to make them even more efficient and dispose them strategically to achieve victory. Craft your equipment with components gathered during your missions thanks to an intuitive but deep crafting system. Complete randomly generated campaign levels and take decisions to choose your allies and your enemies. Build your own factory, orbital base or hangar in which you can spread traps and guards to prevent other players to steal your datas!

  • Campaign mode with different types of missions and a storyline
  • Randomly generated levels and enemies scaled with your level
  • Wide assortment of exciting environments, locations and fearsome enemies
  • Deep sci-fi universe with a lot of philosophy and reflection
  • Decisions to take to choose your allies and your enemies
  • Visual evolution of your robots when you equip them with different weapons and armors
  • Tactical turn-based combat with advanced mechanics
  • Wide array of skills and Ultimates to choose for your robots
  • Randomly generated stats on items depending on their level
  • Crafting system featuring many recipes to unlock
  • High replay value thanks to the random missions generator and level scaling
  • Online arena system with matchmaking and rankings

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The game will be available on PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Xbox One, PS4 and Switch.

Robothorium

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

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Legends of Ellaria - Coming to Early Access

by Myrthos, 12:14

The sandbox game Legends of Ellaria, merging FPS, RTS and RPG features in one, will be available in Early Access July 28.

We are excited to announce that after four years of development, hard work, and the support of our community, Legends of Ellaria is finally coming to Early Access on July 28, 2017!  

We prepared a Launch Trailer just for the occasion, and it would help us infinitely if you can like, share, and even comment on your thoughts about release!  

Our Official Steam page is approved as well, please add the game to your wishlist and follow it for release, and the more feedback we have from as many players as we can, the more we will improve into the full release of a truly epic game :).

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Legends of Ellaria

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

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XCOM 2 - Inside Look: The Skirmisher

by Silver, 09:28

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

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Get an in-depth look at one of the new Resistance Factions joining the fight against ADVENT: The Skirmisher.

XCOM 2

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

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Shadow of War - Bring your Nemesis

by Silver, 07:05

@PCInvasion Shadow of War will allow you to import your nemesis from Shadow of Mordor.

Warner Bros will be letting players of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor import their top Nemesis and Follower to Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

With the Nemesis Forge, the personal stories that were created in the first game can be carried over by importing the highest ranking Nemesis and Orc Follower. Simply put, it’s a neat way to carry over the story into the new game if you played the first game.

New players obviously won’t have access to a Nemesis import so to address that Warner is making Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor free on Steam from today until 9 July. The trailer below demonstrates how this will work.

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Shadow of War

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

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Kingmaker - All About Skills & Paypal Available

by Silver, 03:31

Pathfinder: Kingmaker has a new update about skills and announces that Paypal is now available.

Luck is merely another word for skill

Dear Pathfinders,

You can now support our game through PayPal

Got any friends who want to help our project, but can't use the payment methods accepted by Kickstarter? Visit https://owlcatgames.com/preorder and support us through PayPal! Please spread the word and let your friends know. Thanks!

And now getting to the topic of this update - Skills in Pathfinder: Kingmaker

Skills are an incredibly important part of most pen and paper RPGs, including Pathfinder. What are skills? Skills represent some of the most basic and yet most fundamental abilities your character possesses, like, for example, Perception - a skill to take note of details around you, to timely notice a deadly trap or to hear the muffled breath of a hidden adversary. Be it finding your way through the unknown lands or high court intrigues, be it searching for forbidden knowledge in the academy library, in a dusty tomb or a shady tavern - all of this is what skills are for. Without them, characters would be mere murderers. It is the existence of skills that allows them to resolve challenges and conflicts without resorting to bloodshed.

While it is a daunting, perhaps impossible, task to make skills just as useful in the CRPG as when playing Pathfinder on the table, it is not our goal to replace the original Pathfinder RPG, but rather to provide you with an experience similar to the fascinating atmosphere of pen and paper gaming. To do that we need to make the application of skills at least as frequent and at least as important as it is in pen and paper, if not as varied.

For our skill list, we decided to use our own approach to what is known to Pathfinder players out there as Consolidated Skills - a system where most skills from core Pathfinder are aggregated into bigger, wider skill groups. Our approach to this also includes our idea that skills should not only be used in dialogues but also in common gameplay and that these skills should be useful and applicable to the characters that archetypically should have those skills.

For this reason we, for example, made Lore - Nature, the archetypical skill of Rangers and Druids, to be based on Wisdom, and to include the knowledge about animals and insects, survival in the wilderness, handling of animals and tending to companions who were wounded or had succumbed to sickness. For that reason, we had made Lore - Religion to include knowledge about both Gods and their servants - outsiders, and plan to make it possible to use Lore - Religion to heal afflictions of the mind.

For those, who rely more on scholarly education, there are the branches of academic knowledge. Knowledge - World studies Golarion and everything specific to it, be it races and cultures that live there, their history and current interactions, trade and politics. Knowledge - Arcana deals with research and knowledge about various unnatural phenomena, eldritch spells, enchanted items and otherworldly entities such as elementals and magical beasts.

For those who crave action, there are Athletics and Mobility, the first of which deals with the skillful application of physical strength, mostly to surpass obstacles or to remove them from your way altogether, and the second deals with avoiding those obstacles and hazards through graceful movement and acrobatic feats. And those more cunning may find for themselves skills like Stealth, which allows you to move unnoticed behind the enemy lines, and Trickery, that allows you to pass through more complex obstacles like locks and traps.

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Kingmaker

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

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Thursday - July 06, 2017

Darkest Dungeon - Crimson Court Review

by Hiddenx, 19:46

The Daily Emerald has reviewed Darkest Dungeon: Crimson Court expansion:

Review: ‘Darkest Dungeon: Crimson Court’ adds a whole extra layer to the challenging RPG

If guiding a party of disease-ridden neurotic adventurers on a hopeless quest isn’t enough, imagine managing their vampiric addictions, keeping them from flogging themselves to death and dodging zealous hammer-wielding madmen along the way. Red Hook Studios found a way to make its turn-based dungeon crawling RPG “Darkest Dungeon” even more strenuous with its first major DLC expansion the “Crimson Court.”

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While a challenging and immersive experience on its own, “Darkest Dungeon” is thoroughly improved by the addition of “Crimson Court.” The expansion not only adds extra depth to the already deep gameplay and narrative, but it creates a certain sense of urgency and purpose in the main campaign.

 

Darkest Dungeon

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

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Battle Brothers - Mount & Blade meets XCOM

by Hiddenx, 19:35

PC Gamer checked out Battle Brothers:

Battle Brothers is turn-based Mount & Blade meets XCOM

'It's basically an open-ended, Dungeons & Dragons-style campaign for players who prefer combat over storytelling.'

We recently, and rightly, complained on this website that Final Fantasy Tactics needs to come to PC. Yeah, we've got XCOM 2, Xenonauts, Shadowrun, Massive Chalice, and BattleTech is on the way, but fantasy turn-based tactics games where you're playing chess with customized soldiers are hard to come by.

As it turns out, a follow-up to FFT has been hiding in plain sight—a German equivalent of it, anyway.

I started Battle Brothers over the Memorial Day weekend after hearing designers Josh Sawyer and David Goldfarb rave about it on Twitter, and it's exactly the sort of combat-focused strategy game I've loved since Shining Force on Sega Genesis.

Battle Brothers is basically an open-ended, Dungeons & Dragons-style campaign for players who prefer combat over storytelling. You roam a procedurally-generated overworld map fighting goblins, varieties of undead, orcs, brigands, and competing mercenary companies on outdoor battlefields split into hexagons. Some of these threats are roaming, and will even chase your party around the map, but most of them sit and wait for you in forts and encampments.

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Thanks henriquejr!

Battle Brothers

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

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Age of Decadence - Mods

by Hiddenx, 19:19

Pladio spotted a thread at the Iron Tower forums about mods and modding for Age of Decadence:

Let's discuss various modding aspects and post our mods here.

Standard installation of the mod (unless otherwise specified):

  1. Make a copy of original files ./art/gui.aod and scripts.aod in the game dir to any other place.
  2. Download the archive.
  3. Unpack it to the ./mods/ folder in the game dir.

Uninstallation:

  1. Delete the mod's sub-folder in the ./mods/ folder in the game dir.
  2. Copy your previously saved original files ./art/gui.aod and scripts.aod to the game dir.

The files ./art/gui.aod and scripts.aod in the game dir are an archives, actually, and could be navigated through by some unpackers or file managers (i.e. Total Commander) like usual folders.

How to enable/disable mod (without uninstalling it):

  1. Find the file .taml inside the mod's sub-folder.
  2. Find the line Enabled=x inside of that file. Where x:

1 - enables the mod
0 - disables the mod

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Age of Decadence

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

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Fictorum - Release Date: August 10

by Hiddenx, 19:11

The Action RPG Fictorum will be released next month:

Fictorum Update #46: Event and Visual Effect Improvements

We’re about a month away from releasing Fictorum, with our plan to release on August 10th! We have added more events and polish to our game in version 0.9.6, which will be our last major beta release with v1.0 coming soon.

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Thank you for the info, rjshae!

Fictorum

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

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Prey - Will there be a sequel?

by Silver, 12:46

@PCGamesN Arkane are making an online game next amidst disappointing sales for Prey and Dishonored 2.

A new job ad suggests Arkane's next project will be an online game, and probably a live, ‘service' game of the kind that are so popular these days.

The advertised role is for an online game engineer at Arkane's Texas studio - they collaborated with Arkane's Lyon team on Dishonored 1 before the two studios split to focus on their own projects. Arkane Lyon worked on Dishonored 2, while Arkane Austin handled this year's Prey. Both are thought to have sold under expectations, particularly Prey.
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Prey

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

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Wednesday - July 05, 2017

Arcanum - High Resolution Patch 1.5

by Hiddenx, 20:54

Version 1.5 of the High Resolution Patch for Arcanum has been released:

Version 1.5

  • The patch is now configured and applied via a config file, no more command line prompts.
  • Many more settings and features are now available in the config file, to be further configured by the user to their liking.
  • The vertical position of the middle screen menus (e.g. inventory or load save) can now be set to top, bottom or center (default).
  • Most UI graphics have been cleaned up, the top shading has been removed and full size borders have been added.
  • Added fullscreen backgrounds to the main menu, 3 variants are available: just black, fade to black, fullscreen wooden background (also applies to options and credits).
  • Compiled a completely new crisp sharp size 18 dialog font which is true to the original.
  • Increased preload distance, so that you won't see stuck objects at very high resolutions. This feature is also user configurable.
  • Increased broacast distance, so that the followers can heed your commands at greater distances. This feature is also user configurable.
  • Splash screens are now centered.
  • Fixed all lingering UI bugs, such as the map menu navigation button not working properly.
  • Resolved the issue with the Half Ogre Island captain not spawning.
  • Added options to force the game to use windowed mode, software rendererer and double buffer.
  • Scrolling distance is no longer patched to be smaller, and both scrolling distance and scrolling FPS can now be configured in the config file.
  • Streamlined and cleaned up a lot of code. All patch scripts are fully commented.
  • Fixed a 'run as administrator' prompt on newer versions of Windows.
  • The DDrawCompat wrapper is included in the patch and can be optionally installed, recommended for Windows 8/10 users.

Arcanum

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

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The New World - New Website

by Hiddenx, 20:42

Iron Tower Studio created a new website for The New World:

In the Year of Our Lord 2754…

You will never feel the sun’s warmth under a blue sky, never hear the wind in the branches of a tree, and never swim in the ocean, because you had the misfortune to be born on the Ship. You have never seen Earth, and you’ll never see Proxima Centauri either, your past and future both sacrificed by some dim and nameless ancestor to the greater good of the Mission.

Starfarer, they called her, a pretty name for a retrofitted interplanetary freighter. She had already been twenty years in service when she was rechristened, and showing every minute of it. No one is certain the Ship will actually reach its destination, and nobody much cares, since no one alive now will live to see it. Might as well get on with your life and try to make the best of it.

The New World is an isometric, party-based RPG inspired by Heinlein’s Orphans of the Sky. Your character's world is a “generation ship,” a massive spacecraft on a centuries long voyage to colonize a distant planet. The Ship's original government has been disbanded following a violent mutiny and you must negotiate a treacherous path among your fellow passengers and the contentious factions striving to dominate the Ship. Your choices alone will determine who your friends and enemies are.
  • Skill-based character system, with feats and biological implants.
  • Tactical turn-based combat, featuring standard as well as targeted attacks and weapon-specific special attacks such as Fanning and Long Burst.
  • Multiple quest solutions, mutually exclusive questlines, and a branching main storyline.
  • 12 recruitable party members with different personalities, agendas, and beliefs.
  • 3 main factions and a score of lesser factions and groups.
  • A large arsenal including melee weapons, firearms, energy pistols, grenades, and fancy electronic gadgets like the Reality Distortion Field.
  • 16 environments to explore, from the Engine Room and Hydroponics Lab to the dystopian cities of the Habitat and the Wasteland, the now uncharted corridors and decks that bore the brunt of the fighting during the Mutiny.

The Ship was launched by a neo-Christian conglomerate dedicated to establishing a religious colony on a distant world. The original fifty thousand passengers, the so-called First Generation, were true believers in the Mission. They sacrificed whatever lives they had on Earth and demanded strict obedience to the laws of God and the Ship from their children.

Unfortunately, the generations that followed lacked their forebears’ fervent will to sacrifice. Dissatisfaction led to open revolt against the authorities, called the Mutiny, and the mutiny metastasized into a civil war. While the mutineers dealt a decisive blow to the old order, they did not eradicate it completely. When the fires died and the smoke finally dissipated, three factions emerged from the wreckage of the old order: the Protectors of the Mission, The Brotherhood of Liberty, and the Church of the Elect, each of them promising their own version of the future.

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The New World

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

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Beyond Good & Evil 2 - Keeping the Camera

by Silver, 15:11

@PCGamesN Beyond Good & Evil 2 is keeping the camera from the first game.

Sometimes you can work out how far along a game is just by observing the demeanour of its developers. Watch Michel Ancel gush about Beyond Good & Evil 2 and it's clear the game he's directing is only now entering production. Far from the feature lockdown and excruciating trade-offs of beta, right now it's a big ball of potential - and the giddiness of its creator is palpable.

Ancel says Beyond Good & Evil 2 is going to have planets, and outer space, and spaceships. It's going to have smaller ships that go inside those spaceships, and huge procedurally generated cities, and a monkey who swears a lot. It's a maximalist sequel that fills in the gaps between everything its predecessor attempted to do. Which makes it all the more important that the game, for all its ambition, is able to find focus.

To that end, Beyond Good & Evil 2 is also going to have a camera. It might be small, but it's everything.
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Beyond Good & Evil 2

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

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Prey - Flying was cut

by Silver, 15:07

@PCGamesN There was an attempt to make flying work in Prey but it was cut to save the graphics designers sanity.

One of the best things about Prey is how it gives you the tools you need to get to unexpected places. With a jetpack hover, a pillar of levitating energy, and a cannon filled with hardening adhesive, you can get almost anywhere you want with a bit of imagination. At one point, though, Prey's levels were fully open, from top to bottom - you could fly.
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Prey

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

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Kingmaker - The Art of UI

by Silver, 08:18

The latest update for Pathfinder: Kingmaker takes us through Owlcats UI design process.

The art of UI design

Dear Pathfinders,

In today's update, we would like to share with you our approach to User Interface (UI) development.

Interfaces are a huge part of any CRPG game. There are a lot of entities like characters, skills, abilities and spells, all of which are striving to attract the player's attention. An important factor here is that everything needs to be represented with a high level of detail and our task is to make all these sheets, formulas and endless columns of text easier to read and understand. We constantly balance between informativeness, aesthetics, and user-friendliness. Therefore, while designing every single UI element we are focused on two main principles: convenience and immersion. It should be stressed that from the very beginning, we decided to give preference to immersion.

With our focus on immersion in mind, we always start designing a new UI element by searching for real historical items, which fit the setting of Pathfinder: Kingmaker for visual reference. These can be old books, scrolls, chests, cabinets, writing utensils and chairs, maps and travel notebooks. Their visual appearance, materials and decor elements are a good starting point to inspire a UI designer's creativity.

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Kingmaker

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

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