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December 13th, 2021, 07:55
ELEX 2 FULL BETA Impressions & Elex 1 Comparisons

My Elex 2 beta impressions. Talking about mechanics, features, comparisons with Elex 1 & more!
Weird West Gameplay Trailer - Out January 11

Coming to PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Xbox Game Pass on January 11!
Fallout 76 - Night of the Moth Update Live

We released our final update of the year for Fallout 76 earlier this week, which brought the new Mothman Equinox Seasonal Event to the game, kicked off Season 7, implemented a wide variety of quality-of-life and public event improvements, and applied a new wave of bug fixes. If you haven't had the chance to keep up with what's new in Appalachia, we've got you covered!
Monster Hunter: Rise - Sunbreak Teaser

Chilling new monsters and mysterious characters beckon you to a land of perilous adventure: Elgado!
Solasta: Crown of the Magister - Sourcebook Preview
Hey there folks, Winter is fast approaching, so we hope you're all taking good care of yourself and staying warm. Although we aren't as active keeping you active with the latest Dev Update every two weeks, we've nonetheless been hard at work on things we'll hopefully soon be able to share with you. That said, this is not why we're writing this news todayā€¦
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December 14th, 2021, 23:57
Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning: Fatesworn Released - Steam

Explore Mithros and the chaos realm in a brand new content expansion that features a raised level cap, new items, enemies and crafting possibilities and lets you face the god of chaos.
Stargate: Timekeepers - A New Real-Time Tactical Game

Stargate: Timekeepers is a real-time tactics game where you lead a team of specialists through a story-driven campaign set in the SG-1 universe. Sneak your characters behind enemy lines, use their unique skills, craft the perfect plan to unravel a timeloop mystery, and defeat the Goa'uld threat.
The Elder Scrolls Online 2021 Retrospective - Bethseda
It is the end of 2021, so it's time to look back and take stock of the year that was and look forward to 2022. We do this every year, but this year seems different than the others even 2020, which was by every measure a difficult year in itself.
Cyberpunk 2077 The Strange, Unfinished Saga - The New Yorker
Watching the events of the past year unfold, speaking with people at CD Projekt and with people who know their games, I’ve thought often of my conversations with Mike Pondsmith, and his account of creating Cyberpunk more than three decades ago. When I last spoke with him, he had just finished wrapping up Cyberpunk Red, a new rule book for the tabletop game that brings its calendar up to the twenty-forties. In Cyberpunk Red, a computer virus renders much of the Internet functionally inoperable, diminishing the power of the megacorporations. “I was really fascinated by the fact that most of what we actually eat, wear, drive, whatever, is moved around the world at ridiculous distances, and it manages to show up just in time when we need it,” he told me, describing his thought process as he worked on the new edition. “When that breaks down all of a sudden, you know, half your fruit just disappeared, your components for the phone over there just disappeared. All those things are interconnected. And what we’re asking is, well, what happens when they’re not? How do we live in that society? Does everything grind to a halt or do we figure out new pathways?”¯
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December 16th, 2021, 07:02
SKALD: Against the Black Priory to be published by Raw Fury

It's official! Swedish publisher RAW FURY and I have formed an adventuring party and our quest journal is now crystal clear: "Quest Begun: Make Skald: Against the Black Priory" amazing!"¯
Telepath Tactics being Remade into Telepath Tactics Liberated
For those who never played Telepath Tactics, Telepath Tactics Liberated is a deep and engaging strategy RPG built upon the combat mechanics of Telepath games past, albeit with layers and layers of tactical depth poured on.

Featuring a cast of dozens of engaging characters, a well-told story, 72 classes, more than 150 skills, branching promotions, and mechanical depth still not seen in any other strategy RPG to date, Telepath

Tactics Liberated is an SRPG fan's SRPG. Think Fire Emblem, but with trees and foliage you can hack through; the ability to place traps; the power to build bridges or barricades on the fly; the option to shove enemies off cliffs, to pull them into water or lava, or to hurl them into each other for crushing damage. All of that is here and more!
Thronebreaker A Worthy Entry in The Witcher Series - PCGamer
Since the disastrous launch of Cyberpunk 2077, fans of CD Projekt Red have largely fallen into two camps. The first is in denial, desperately clinging to the studio’s commitments to make Cyberpunk better. The second has already moved on, accepting the loss and burying its hopes for future games to rival The Witcher 3. I’m here to tell you there’s a third way through the grieving process: Play Thronebreaker, CD Projekt's card-based RPG. It’s out now, and has been since 2018..
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December 16th, 2021, 07:11
System Shock Remastered Edition Update #83 - Partnering with Prime Matter
Welcome back Hackers, We are excited to announce that the System Shock remake is going to be published by Prime Matter!
Expeditions: Rome Developer Diary - Twitch Extension
Ave! Welcome to DevDiary 12, and this one is going to be special. This week, we'll be discussing how we've collaborated with Twitch extension development expert Muxy to build the most ambitious, expansive Twitch extension to ever exist for any game. This has been an effort that has stretched across many years, with collaborations with many different entities, including some streamers themselves. We're incredibly excited about sharing these details with you!
New World MMO Scot Lane Interview - PCGamesN
There has been a sharp decline in the game's active playerbase since launch, but as Amazon Games contend with these unforeseen issues and player feedback, the team is also focused on adding new content and expanding the MMO's world.

The first major post-launch update, Into The Void, landed halfway through November, and there's plenty more planned for the coming months, including a New World winter festival. Following the Into The Void update, we spoke to New World game director Scot Lane to find out more about the team's post-launch priorities, weathering the storm of bugs and exploits, and how Aeternum may change as New World establishes itself as one of the top MMOs around.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance won The best Czech Game of a Decade


We won The best Czech game of a decade this week Thanks everyone for your support and also everyone who made it happen!
Jeff Vogel - Can We Even Put Human Stories in Video Games Anyway?
A really good, polished game that tries something different? Oooh! Let’s dig into this!

My family just finished playing the hit co-op game It Takes Two. It's a two-player-only adventure through the mysteries of the human heart. I played it with my wife, and our teenager who was on hand to help us out when the game got too hard.

It's a very fun game with very unusual writing, and it's extremely and deservedly popular. A good topic for thoughtful criticism. Or at least making cheap jokes.

(Also, since I wrote this, it won Game of the Year from a popular infomercial.)

We enjoyed It Takes Two immensely. We loved the gameplay, we loved the visuals, and we loved loathing and mocking its characters.

It Takes Two is unique because, under all the flash and platforming, it’s about a family working through its problems. That is a unique and ambitious stretch for video game storytelling, so it deserves a good look.

Putting human stories in video games is a hard problem worth looking at. There are two big traps here: 1. The medium just makes it really hard. 2. Once you try to say anything complex about humanity, the Internet will scream at you, and it’s hard to ignore that.
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Nightingale is a new shared world survival crafting and building game coming to PC Early Access in 2022.
Why MMO ? Because MMO is the perfect DRM.
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He should have used the germ "mature".

Because all what younger "gamers" can think of is like this : "Mature" = rolling heads and lots of gore / blood !
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December 18th, 2021, 00:49
How Deus Ex Blended Genres To Change Shooters Forever

Today Ars Technica is joined by Warren Spector, designer and director of the highly influential Deus Ex. Released in 2000, Spector set out to create the game of his dreams, one that would blend aspects of stealth, role playing, and first person shooters in innovative ways - and the legacy of his success can be seen across all modern shooting games.
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance now available for PC - Steam, GOG, Epic
Experience the massively popular world of Baldur's Gate as never before. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance thrusts you into an epic Dungeons & Dragons adventure filled with intense action, intricate puzzles and sinister intrigue, where your mastery of cold steel and devastating spells is the only thing between you and ultimate evil.
Lionhead Studios A Misstep for Microsoft - PC Gamer
Microsoft has admitted that its handling of the defunct Lionhead Studios was "one of the biggest missteps" the company made. The comments came during a new six-part documentary series called Power On: The Story of Xbox. The sixth episode covers the tumultuous Xbox One launch and the gradual path the company took to prioritise gaming again, aided by its numerous studio acquisitions (thanks, IGN). When looking back at how it initially dealt with acquired studios, head of game creator experiences Sarah Bond said "one of the biggest missteps that we learned from in the past was Lionhead."
Hogwarts Legacy Might Have Multiplayer, Due in 2H 2022 - Wccftech
Hogwarts Legacy was originally scheduled to be released in 2021, but it was delayed very early, on January 13th, to 2022. Now, according to leaker AccNGT (who provided advance information on Quantic Dream's Star Wars Eclipse game ahead of the official reveal), the current release window is set for the second half of the year, with the developers focused on writing only minor parts of the game. Hogwarts Legacy will also include some form of multiplayer, even though it may be added with a post-launch update. Still, this shouldn't be considered a game as a service title.
First details for Quantic Dream's Star Wars Eclipse reportedly leaked - DSO
Here are all the details that AccNGT leaked.
  • It is an action-adventure game
  • It will feature interactive story-telling
  • Inspired by The Last of Us
  • It will be open world
  • Additionally, it will feature some multiplayer (competitive)
  • It is being described as an ambitious and original project
  • The action gameplay is described as being traditional
  • The story will be non-linear
  • It will feature more playable characters than any other Quantic Dreams game
  • The development started more than a year and a half ago
  • They are using their in-house engine for it
  • Developed by Quantic Dream Montreal and Paris
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December 18th, 2021, 21:31
Kingdoms of Amalur: Fatesworn Is the new DLC Worth it?

In this Kingdoms of Amalur video, we will be taking a look at the new Kingdoms of Amalur expansion Fatesworn DLC. We will be sharing a bit about what we learned, as well as some of our first impressions of the expansion.
Sands of Salzaa Hands-Ons Impressions: Is it Worth it?

Sands of Salzaar Gameplay Preview Action Adventure Sandbox RPG article, we're going to discuss the different classes, gameplay features, combat style, and siege system of the new Sandbox RPG developed by Han-Squirrel Studio and published by XD. Sands of Salzaar has recently come out of Early Access via Steam this December 16, 2021, and is now fully launched.
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Medieval Dynasty - Third Person View -The first big Roadmap update!

When playing games in first person view, some of you may experience something called “simulator sickness”. Originally this subset of the motion sickness was discovered when training pilots. Scientists – after researching this sickness – found two plausible theories: a sensory conflict or a postural instability, a balance disorder. Whatever the reason behind, the effects are the same: vertigo, nausea, disorientation, or discomfort. To ensure that everyone can enjoy Medieval Dynasty to the best extent possible, we are now introducing the Third Person View as an optional feature. .
King Arthur: Knight's Tale - December 2021 Early Access Update
December's here, and with it soon we'll have a new Early Access patch. And oh boy it's an exciting one! We're not only adding the optional PvP mode to the game, but new items, graphical enhancements and game changing balance and difficulty updates will be a huge part of this update.
Master of Magic Remake - December 2021 Developer Diary
As a continuation from last week’s community led Q&A, I will talk a little about community feedback and how we try to balance it as we develop the remake. We’ll also share a few pictures of our own improvements and try to explain the process behind it all. .
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December 19th, 2021, 02:35
Remnant: From the Ashes is free to own on Epic Games Store
Epic Games is currently offering free copies of Remnant: From the Ashes. For only one day, PC gamers can visit its EGS page and acquire their free copy.
FFVII Performance Issues Theory - BlueNews
As Digital Foundry’s Alex Battaglia calls it, Final Fantasy VII Remake “is literally the worst AAA release I have seen on PC in a good long time”. Massive stuttering issues, framerate drops, and the lack of crucial graphics settings like anti-aliasing or toggles for pretty much any option to improve performance all mar the experience.

Worse still, these issues may be down to something modders digging into the game’s files have discovered – which is that the build of Final Fantasy VII Remake on PC seems to be a debug version rather than a version ready for shipping. The files refer to the released version as a “PPBC_Development” build when it should be “PPBC_Shipping” for a final, polished release.
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which is that the build of Final Fantasy VII Remake on PC seems to be a debug version rather than a version ready for shipping.
Bruahaha.
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which is that the build of Final Fantasy VII Remake on PC seems to be a debug version rather than a version ready for shipping.
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Bruahaha.
While this would really be funny, it's most likely not true as pointed out in one of the comments on the reddit thread. The original posting has already been marked as misleading by the mods.
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Matt Chat 478: Temple of Elemental Evil

This episode features a long overdue look at Troika's Temple of Elemental Evil, a cult-classic with rather excellent turn-based tactical combat and adaptation of the tabletop ruleset.
Wartales Community Update #1 Now Live - Steam
Community Update #1 is now live! Based entirely on the feedback and suggestions we have received since launch, this update brings character customisation, Ironmen Mode, Tutorials, a Happiness system overhaul, bugfixes and more to Wartales!
George R.R. Martin Talks about Elden Ring - Blog Post
A few years back, Hidetaka Miyazaki and his incredible team of game designers, the creators of the DARK SOULS videogame series, reached out from Japan to ask me to help them create the backstory and history for a new game they were working on. Now, video games are not really my thing — oh, I played a few back in the dawn of time, mainly strategy games like RAILROAD TYCOON, ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS, and MASTER OF ORION — but this offer was too exciting to refuse. Miyazaki and his team from FromSoftware were doing groundbreaking stuff with gorgeous art, and what they wanted from me was just a bit of worldbuilding: a deep, dark, resonant world to serve as a foundation for the game they planned to create. And as it happens, I love creating worlds and writing imaginary history.

So I did my bit, and handed off to my new friends in Japan, and they took it from there. And years passed. Videogames are as big as movies these days (bigger, actually)… and take just as long to create.But the day of ELDEN RING is finally at hand. And I’ve got to say, it looks incredible.
The Next Mass Effect Will Likely Run On Unreal Engine - TheGamer
BioWare is reportedly using Unreal Engine 5 for the next Mass Effect game, which was confirmed to be in the works back in 2020. The studio is now actively hiring programmers with Unreal Engine experience for the project, which means we won't see the game any time soon.
BioSynth: Rising - Inventory, Item Rarity and Merchants
Do you love strong weapons and sturdy armors?Well, such items deserve a good inventory… so let’s talk about that! First things first: when you wear a nice piece of equipment, you want to see how cool you look, right? That’s why your character (or one of your companions) is at the center of the inventory. And you can zoom/rotate the character, to take a better look at your gear.
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Medieval Dynasty - Third Person View -The first big Roadmap update!
There is some positive news I have overlooked in my very negative thoughts about MMOs, I should really stop playing them. I was actually looking at this game, thinking that it could be fun.

I knew about Guild 1-3, but I don't know if pure simulation would be fun to play for me. I will definitely look at that.

So thanks for the news!
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December 22nd, 2021, 07:18
Diablo 4 Brand New Gameplay

The latest Diablo IV quarterly update blog has just released jam pack with new information and also some brand new gameplay and videos to watch. Check out different character abilities, combat animation differences, lighting effects, buff effects, and much more.
Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon launches for Steam Early Access in Q4 2022

Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon is an open-world RPG full of complex quests in which your decisions matter and your choices are respected. A vast world full of monsters, fallen heroes, and exciting places to discover. It will offer a dark storyline which will require players to balance the shades of gray and no good answers — paired with great freedom granted to the player and plenty of possible choices.
RPG/RTS Empire of Ember exits Early Access on January 20
Empire of Ember is a first-person epic fantasy action-RPG with real-time strategy and management elements, set in the fantastical world of its spiritual predecessor Ember. You'll play as a battlemage who inherits rulership of your city after your master was killed in an attack led by a mysterious cult. Now you will need to bring your town back to prosperity and avenge your mentor while investigating the strange events behind his murder. Lead your troops in thrilling battles of up to a hundred units in fully destructible environments, explore a world of procedurally generated maps and dungeons, and build and customise your town with total freedom!
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Celebrating 10 Years and Looking Forward
Today marks an incredible milestone for Star Wars: The Old Republic, our 10 year anniversary! Our amazing journey up until this point is one many of you have taken with us, and we're honored to have shared all these years of Star Wars adventures with all of you.
Witcher 3 Actor Who Voiced Vesemir Sadly Passes Away - Dualshockers
The actor who voiced the oldest and most experienced surviving witcher, Vesemir, has sadly passed away at the age of 60. Miłogost Reczek is a voice that all Witcher 3 fans will know well as he took on the surrogate father and role model of Geralt with gusto.

The Wrocław-born actor had unfortunately been battling cancer for many years and yesterday, December 14, he eventually succumbed to the awful and heartwrenching disease Multiple myeloma which is a type of bone marrow cancer.
Bravely Default II surpasses 1 million units sold
Square Enix has announced that Bravely Default II has surpassed 1 million units sold worldwide, including shipments and digital downloads. The game had reached 950,000 sold on Nintendo Switch alone ahead of its Steam version launch in September 2021.
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Bethesda 'Can't Wait' to Show Fans Starfield Next Year - GameRant

Happy Holidays to the members of Constellation from the team at Bethesda Game Studios. Starfield arrives exclusively on Xbox Series X|S and PC on 11.11.22. Play it day one with Xbox Game Pass. Join Constellation now and be among the first to receive news and updates on Starfield, including developer interviews and behind-the-scenes looks at the game. You can also join our Bethesda Game Studios Discord for access to exclusive AMAs and community conversations.
Dying 2 Know Let's Talk About UX With Agata

Guest of this episode is Agata, UI Producer at Techland, who is telling us more about UI, UX and accessibility in Dying Light 2 Stay Human.
Weird West Road to Weird West: Episode 2

WolfEye Studios creative director Raf Colantonio walks through the elements of simulation in their action RPG x immersive sim Weird West.
Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem -Monthly Development Update - December 2021
Hello everyone, we know you're excited about Wolcen's next patch and we are happy to say that its final phase is coming to a close, and the last Svriir has been hammered into place, after some minor developmental delays. This does mean, however, that our original delivery window was pushed closer to Christmas than planned. While releasing during the festive period was an option it is, ultimately, neither sensible nor desirable.
Get Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden for Free
We're heading out to Eden, yea brother! Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is now available for free on the Epic Games Store as today's freebie.
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Call of Saregnar Public Demo now Available - Steam
Dina has finally made up her mind! You can now snag the first official public demo for Call of Saregnar on Steam! Everyone on the dev team has been busting their butts to get this demo to you by Christmas so Ho-Ho-Hold any negative comments til after they've had time to spend the holiday with their families!

The public demo expands upon many of the areas and ideas behind the previous closed demo. While there is a fair amount of additional content, the majority of the work that went into this demo was getting the game into the smoothest version of itself that we could, and finishing the content that had previously been absent from the already created gameplay areas.

Thank you for checking out our demo! Please let us know how you feel about it through the proper channels.
Fallout 76 - A Look Back at 2021
2021 has been another great year of evolution and growth for Fallout 76. Whether you were excited to try out quality-of-life improvements, head into Fallout Worlds, conquer new quests, hit Rank 100 each Season, or anything in between, this year brought something new to the game for everyone. All of you in the Fallout 76 community have our sincere gratitude for sticking with us for another twelve incredible months, and for continuing to call Appalachia home, even though you may live thousands of miles away from the region in real life. As you read on, you'll catch an overview of new features and improvements we introduced this year, as well as highlights of your contributions to the community.
Queen's Wish 2: The Tormentor - December 2021 Update
Welcome to our new Queen' Wish 2: The Tormentor update! We've been working furiously on the game, and we have a bunch of news.

The game is being written. The engine is basically done, and we're about 30% of the way through the longest part of the job, writing the world. Queen's Wish 2 has a really intricate plot with lots of characters, factions, and tough choices to make. This means a lot of time-consuming dialogue writing, with many breaks to make sure everything is connected together and makes sense.

We are also gradually accumulating artwork and talking to contributors about what will be added to the game. Soon, I'll be taking a few days off from writing to play a bunch of the game and makes sure it feels right. The first internal testing will happen after that.

All in all, things are going well. The dungeons are fun, the setting is cool, and I'm pretty happy with the writing. (Or, as happy as I'm capable of being.) Barring disaster, we are still looking good for a release in the area of Fall, 2022.
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December 25th, 2021, 10:43
A Very Larian Holiday Shanty

We gathered our party to bring you this very traditional holiday shanty.¸ From our crew to yours, Happy Holidays!
Dark Envoy VFX Update - Development Update

My name is Stachu, and I am responsible for the design and creation of the VFX for Dark Envoy. Before I got into the video game industry, I worked as a fashion photographer, but one day I realized that I did not feel challenged anymore. I started learning how to program, and my goal was to become a game developer. After months of practicing and gaining experience, I joined one of the biggest game modding projects, Fallout Cascadia. I went on a few different adventures until I ended up working with the Dark Envoy team. So, here I am - a guy who traded taking pictures of beautiful people in nice clothes, for a deep RPG with guns and spells!
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A Very Larian Holiday Shanty
Now that was quite funny !
But also quite fast. I have took (and listen) to it again …
Has Larian really expanded THAT wide ?

Edit : You should really close your eyes and listen to the song. I like it.
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