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February 7th, 2019, 21:10
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Since Couch is lollygagging today… Deliberately pasting from this site and not another:
https://www.polygon.com/2019/2/7/182…ights-consoles
Not lollygagging just didn't post anything yet as I have to sleep or I get to cranky. Still it's hilarious how Beamdog keeps milking these games on every platform.
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February 7th, 2019, 21:15
Anthem Gameplay Series- Part 2: Endgame

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Continuing the series, this gameplay video showcases your first story in Anthem, along with javelin personalization and a look at the expanding world of Anthem and its endgame content. Game Director Jonathan Warner walks you through some of the contracts, Strongholds, and endgame content that will constantly offer new challenges for you to test your skills against.
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Patch v4.1.1 Released

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Pathfinder: Kingmaker Hotfix 1.2.3 Released

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February 9th, 2019, 00:40
131 Rapid-Fire Questions About The Outer Worlds

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In this exclusive Game Informer video, Joe Juba asks co-directors Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky 131 rapid-fire questions about The Outer Worlds' gameplay, companions, scope, Obsidian Entertainment, and (since they created the original two games) the origins of Fallout
Mage's Initiation: Reign of the Elements Reviews

Adventure Gamers - 4/5
GameSpot - 6/10
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PC Invasion - 3/5
Impluse Gamer - 3.6/5
VGU - 8/10

Outward Preview - GameBanshee
Overall, Outward is a curious specimen. Its story is pretty basic, its combat can be quite anemic, and some of its systems feel a bit underbaked. But at the same time, the lack of hand holding, a healthy degree of challenge, and the ever-present desire to find out what's hiding behind the next rock manage to balance those shortcomings out somewhat. As a result, it's hard for me to say whether the game will remain enjoyable in the long run, I just know that I had quite a bit of fun playing the preview version.

And if I, with my distaste for open-world games and survival elements, managed that, those of you who generally like these kinds of games should definitely put it on your radars.
Fallout 76 is in a Bad Place, and Bethesda May Not Be Able to Fix It - Polygon
I want to love Fallout 76, because I think it’s built on strong ideas. But Bethesda has followed a rough launch with three full months of controversy, server issues, lost progress, and anger. So much has gone wrong that it’s incredibly difficult to fix one thing without inadvertently hurting something else. It’s going to take a monstrous amount of work for Bethesda to fix the issues while also reaching out to players, begging that they stay involved in the game. The question remains: Is that even possible?
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February 9th, 2019, 14:08
Anthem Launch Trailer

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Unleash your power as you suit up in one of four javelins and take on a world full of danger. Team up with friends to overcome the toughest challenges you can find.
Monster Hunter: World x The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Available Now

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Free single player questline crossover with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt available now! Team up and take on the more powerful Ancient Leshen in the multiplayer quest "Contract: Woodland Spirit" to earn the Ciri α full armor set, coming February 15th.
Operencia: The Stolen Sun – Developer Diary (Inspiration, Lore and Art)

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Operencia: The Stolen Sun is Zen Studios’ classic-styled first-person dungeon-crawling RPG coming in spring 2019 for Xbox One, the Epic Games store and Windows 10. In this developer diary, you’ll gain a solid grasp of what inspired the ideas behind the game – everything from centuries-old stories that shaped the world to where the name “Operencia” comes from in the first place.
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February 9th, 2019, 14:14
Battle Brothers Developer Blog #113 - Company Origins
Welcome to our first dev blog on the upcoming ‘Warriors of the North’ DLC. One of this expansion’s major features is going to be a little thing called ‘company origins’, and that’s what we’ll be talking about this week and the next. Let’s dive in!
Phoenix Down 73.0 – DARK Podcast
Phoenix Down is hosted by Drew Leachman and Matt Quinn. Each segment focuses on an older game the duo decides upon with another member of the ZTGD crew or special guest. They play through and discuss the mechanics and how well it holds up today. It is the ultimate in backlog elimination. You know the poorly implemented stealth segments of an action game? That but an entire game.
Full Anthem Q&A With BioWare - Mp1st.com
Just yesterday, BioWare did a Twitter Anthem Q&A wherein the developers answered almost every fan question thrown their way. Taking part in the Q&A were Executive Producer Mark Darrah, Head of Live Services Chad Robertson, and Producer Ben Irving.

If you think wading through endless strings of tweets is not an efficient use of your time, we agree. Fortunately for us, Reddit user bepeacock has listed every answer all three BioWare devs gave and you can read ’em below!
Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition: The Good, The Bad & the Cliched - Techquila
Tales of Vesperia does ditch many of the JRPG cliches, but there are still a bunch of them that need to be discarded in favor of more immersive mechanics which most Western RPGs like Pillars of Eternity and Divinity Original Sin have embraced quite well.
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February 10th, 2019, 16:42
Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones Preview - PCGamer
Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones checks all the right boxes for an old school tactical RPG, but the bar has raised significantly in the age of Divinity: Original Sin 2. The eldritch horror theme helps set Stygian apart though, giving it a richly dark flavor that should make this descent into madness worth the effort.
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February 11th, 2019, 21:36
Wasteland 3 Overview - PC Gamer
Given how long fans had to wait for a sequel to 1988 RPG Wasteland—and how good that sequel was when it finally arrived—it’s no wonder that Wasteland 3 is one of the most eagerly-anticipated games of this year.

Its 2016 crowdfunding campaign raised more than $3 million, and late last year developer inXile was bought by Microsoft, giving the team even more firepower. From the sparse footage and screenshots we’ve seen, it looks more ambitious and polished than Wasteland 2. But what do we actually know about it for sure? To save you scavenging around the web for information, we’ve collected anything that’s important in one place.

Here’s everything you need to know about Wasteland 3.
Encased Update #30 - White Swan Station
CRONUS Foundation was actively exploring, and exploiting, the Dome right up until the Incident. Thanks to Blue Wing’s efforts, roads traversed the sands, settlements blossomed, and research complexes arose alongside the mysterious edifices of the Forefathers. Some of these facilities subsided deep underground, a strange predilection of the ancient race.

Some even survived the Incident, and a few survived more or less intact.

Bunkers. Who among us fans of the post-apocalyptic genre doesn’t like a bunker? Preferably ancient, dilapidated, and abandoned. Or on the contrary, well maintained and populated. Encased provides plenty of options - for every taste.

In such locations one may stumble upon rich rewards. Or perhaps run into trouble. Or reveal a secret of the ruined world. Or all of the above!

White Swan Research Station is just such a place.CRONUS Foundation was actively exploring, and exploiting, the Dome right up until the Incident. Thanks to Blue Wing’s efforts, roads traversed the sands, settlements blossomed, and research complexes arose alongside the mysterious edifices of the Forefathers. Some of these facilities subsided deep underground, a strange predilection of the ancient race.

Some even survived the Incident, and a few survived more or less intact.

Bunkers. Who among us fans of the post-apocalyptic genre doesn’t like a bunker? Preferably ancient, dilapidated, and abandoned. Or on the contrary, well maintained and populated. Encased provides plenty of options - for every taste.

In such locations one may stumble upon rich rewards. Or perhaps run into trouble. Or reveal a secret of the ruined world. Or all of the above!

White Swan Research Station is just such a place.
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February 11th, 2019, 22:04
Very surprise by the lack of fig updates on wasteland 3. No clue how it is actually progressing.

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February 12th, 2019, 09:04
New, Exclusive Impressions Of The Outer Worlds

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In this excerpt from The Game Informer Show, Ben Hanson, Joe Juba, and Matt Miller share new details on Obsidian's upcoming RPG The Outer Worlds based on Game Informer's new cover story.
Will The Outer Worlds Live Up To Fan Expectations?

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February 12th, 2019, 09:43
New Vampire The Masquerade Game Might be Coming Soon - RPS
Either Paradox, who these days own Vampire: The Masquerade & World of Darkness publisher White Wolf, are getting into the Netflix & Chill game, or they’re they’re gearing up to reveal a long-awaited follow-up to the legendary Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines.

They’ve come up with Tender, ostensibly a dating site. Whose metadata just so happens to read “Whether you’re looking for meaningful friendships, true love or simply a late night bite with a kindred spirit, Tender is here to help.”
JRPG “Eternal Radiance” launches on Kickstarter on February 12th - THEGG
Inspired by classic action JRPGs, Eternal Radiance is an action role-playing game about a squire named Celeste who begins a journey to prove herself worthy of becoming a true knight. Her quest takes her far from her home, across the continent in pursuit of a thief whose actions stem from a sinister plot. Its character-driven plot focuses on the interactions between Celeste and her companions as they hunt down the thief. Our goal is to make the game lighthearted and humorous, yet still tell a compelling story.
Yakuza Kiwami Reviews

Metro.co.uk - Score: 7/10
The problem with Yakuza Kiwami is that at its best it’s only able to draw level with Yakuza 0, while most of the time it feels like a poor man’s version of the same game. There’s not much the PC can do to improve things either, and although this version is optimised for 4K, with an uncapped frame rate and customisable controls, it’s not something PlayStation 4 owners are going to feel especially envious about.
Gamewatcher - Scpre:8.5/10
The best way to treat Kiwami is like the 2nd season of a show. It might reuse animations or games, but the budget saved from that allows for a greater focus on the new stuff. It’s both different and comfortable. It’s not the perfect introduction to the franchise, nor the most unique. Nevertheless, if you loved the world of Yakuza 0 and crave more serious crime dramas that let you bowl with your eyepatched rival, Kiwami is a wonderful port for an interesting game. So long as you can forgive minor design hiccups, you’ll be sure to have a blast in Kamurocho.
PCInvasion - Score: 4/5
It can be argued that the original Yakuza isn’t the best in the series. But it was, and still is, one of Sega’s finest action games. Yakuza Kiwami builds on the already solid foundation laid out in 2006, bringing everything to the modern era. It’s dazzling in motion, raw and violent, but blessed with emotion and remarkably fond moments. If this is your first foray into the world of Yakuza, Kiwami is an excellent place to start. This is the beginning of a legacy: the chronicle of a man known as the Dragon of Dojima.
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February 13th, 2019, 15:59
Conviction: An Anthem Story by Neill Blomkamp Trailer

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Coming February 14, watch a live-action short from the mind of Neill Blomkamp set in the rich world of BioWare’s Anthem.
New Combat Gameplay And Details For The Outer Worlds

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In this exclusive Game Informer video, The Outer Worlds' co-director Tim Cain and lead designer Charles Staples show off new gameplay and talk about designing a satisfying RPG combat experience (inspired by Fallout: New Vegas) for Obsidian's next game.
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Obsidian Isn't Happy With Fans Bashing Bethesda -GameInformer
Urquhart says he's surprised that some people assume the team at Obsidian would know back in 2015 when they started working on The Outer Worlds that the game's announcement would line up with a negative reaction toward Bethesda's Fallout 76 at the end of 2018. "People even said things about our trailer: 'Oh man, just slamming it home to Bethesda!' because we said the original creators of Fallout and makers of Fallout: New Vegas. We have storyboards from July that said that," he says. "I have no ill will for Bethesda, I love playing Fallout games… We’re not fighting for the same dollars."

"This isn’t meant to be negative – it can probably be taken as negative. We really enjoyed making Fallout: New Vegas and people really enjoy Fallout: New Vegas," Urquhart says. "Bethesda is looking to take the Fallout brand in a different direction. There's nothing right or wrong about that. That’s their choice. They own it, they get to do what they want with it. But in our mind, there are people that enjoy where Fallout was. That is what we wanted to do with The Outer Worlds, to give people that. And you know what? Maybe that’s a bad decision from the standpoint of the number of people that will buy it. I don’t know… People seem to really enjoy what Fallout: New Vegas was, so let's give them an experience that's as similar as we can to that."
Could Diablo Immortal Sell in the UK -Invisioncommunity
“This research turns the stereotype of the gamer on its head”, said Simon Spaull, Managing Director of EMEA at AppLovin. “Smartphones have really changed the game and opened up the target audience to a much larger base; the mobile gaming market has really grown in recent years, due in part to these new demographics.”
Nighthawks - Sunrise, Sunset And The Mechanical Jigsaw Update
Hail, people of the night. Richard here, with your regular dev-blog. So, here's the thing about RPGs. They're complicated beasts. This has been the theme of this month, in which I've been focusing on sorting out all the major parts that the game will need, and making them work together. This is the first part of my current task, greyboxing the first district of the game and the life-simulation mechanics.
7 Japanese RPGs game developers should study - Gamasutra
The Japanese role-playing game is one of the most enduring video game genres, and there are myriad good lessons to be learned from the classic JRPG formula. With that in mind, we reached out to some game makers and asked them to name some JRPGs that they believe all developers should study. They provided us with a diverse list of their highly personal picks.
A Look Back At Final Fantasy VIII - Xadara
Apparently today marks 20 years since the Japanese release of Final Fantasy VIII, an RPG with a mixed reception in the community but one that I absolutely adore.

Let’s go back to the mid to late 90’s. RPG’s were big. Really big. The genre which had been a bit more of a niche in the 16 bit era had grown to explode in the 32 bit era, thanks in major part to Final Fantasy VII, a game which Sony heavily pushed as an example of the kinds of incredible game that the PlayStation could provide – dozens of hours of high quality game play with an incredible cinematic story. In 1997, with that games release I feel RPG’s became a dominant force in American gaming.
Blizzard Working on "Several PC and Console Releases" - Twinfinite
Today, during Activision Blizzard’s financial conference call for investors and analysts, the company’s executives announced interesting plans for the Blizzard arm going forward.

We hear that Blizzard is “investing on other Warcraft games looking for more ways for the community to engage with this enduring and beloved franchise.”

We also hear that the number of developers working on the Diablo series will “grow substantially” as the teams work on “several projects underway for the franchise as well as the global launch of Diablo Immortal.
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February 14th, 2019, 09:18
The Outer Worlds' Directors On Fallout 76's Reception

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In this exclusive Game Informer interview, the co-directors of Obsidian's The Outer Worlds Tim Cain and Leon Boyarsky talk about attacks on Bethesda and Fallout 76 coming from fans of their upcoming RPG and why they find it upsetting to attack any developer.
The year Blizzard and Bethesda died to Me

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This rant has been a long time coming, and I wish I didn't have to do it because part of me still really does admire the worlds that these two titans have built.
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February 15th, 2019, 19:25
Full Anthem Trailer From Neill Blomkamp

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From Neill Blomkamp, Oats Studios and BioWare comes a live-action trailer of survival set in the world of Anthem, decades before the events of the game
Path of Exile Voice Acting Interview -Official Game Site
In Path of Exile: Betrayal we introduced 19 new voice actors which was a huge amount of writing and recording work. We thought this would be a good time to get a behind the scenes look at how the process works! To do so, we've interviewed Nick K, one of our game and narrative designers who created such beloved Path of Exile characters like Einhar, Niko, and more!
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord - Developer Blog Q&A
In a real-life battle, clever commanders will look for as many advantages as possible: they will try to get the high ground, outnumber their enemies, flank and surround them, strike by surprise… If they could do so, they would only engage battle when odds are overwhelmingly in their favour, so the battle ends even before it begins. Video games, on the other hand, are supposed to be fun – and for that, they need to be fair, especially in multiplayer. If you see yourself in a disadvantaged position, you should be there because of taking the wrong decisions, not because the game failed to find a balance where it’s the one with the best skills who win. In a game with deep gameplay, such as Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, with so many different factions, troop types, weaponry, terrain, etc., finding that delicate balance is particularly tricky. Our level and game designers work hard to make battles as fair and fun as possible; today we talk with Level Designer and Assistant Game Designer, Paul Kaloff, to find out what he is doing for the game. By the way, if you think his name and face rings a bell, you’re right: you probably saw him in last Gamescom’s livestreams!
Disco Elysium Faces of Revachol Update -Game Site
If ever there was a cat who got the cream, it’s Evrart Claire, foreman of the Dockworkers’ Union of Martinaise. Known locally as “the Union boss,” he wields power that far exceeds the powers granted by his office.

This should come as no surprise in Revachol, a city provisionally governed by a coalition of nations less interested in governing than in casual exploitation, where even law enforcement – and that includes you! – has little authority. People like Evrart who know how to be something for everyone flourish in such circumstances. You’ll find that the citizens of Martinaise either love him or hate him, but all of them are forced to reckon with him — and with the members of the Dockworkers’ Union, who think of themselves as the real police in Martinaise.
Outward Interview - TheXboxHub
Outward is fast approaching a release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, bringing with it a brand new open-world fantasy adventure game that will be found featuring deep simulation and huge amounts of immersion. In fact, it promises players that they will get to experience an entirely new kind of RPG! Sounds good eh? We think so and when we had the opportunity to quiz the creative lead on the game, we couldn’t let the chance pass us by. Guillaume Boucher-Vidal was more than happy to let us know more about Outward!
The Outer Worlds Feature Science Weapons -Game Informer
The Outer Worlds isn’t exactly a serious or believable game, but it generally adheres to its own internal logic. Except when it comes to science weapons. These unique items are difficult to find, but thorough explorers who amass a collection of them are treated to a variety of outlandish and entertaining effects. During our time at Obsidian Entertainment, we talked to the team in detail about one of these weapons – the shrink ray – and about how the science weapons in general are implemented in The Outer Worlds.
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Dungeons III:An Unexpected DLC Released -Steam

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An Unexpected DLC: The new Dungeons 3 DLC is available NOW with a 15% launch discount in the Kalypso Shop – one week prior to its official release on all platforms on February 15th! After the Absolute Evil’s continuous triumphs and his ultimate pwning of the Goddess of Light, the remaining little insec…er…heroes, have found shelter in the depths of the Queen of the Forest’s evergreen woods. In fact, this so-called Queen truly dares to oppose the Unconscionable-And-Defacing-Nature Evil. It’s time to clear woodland – Timbeeeeer! In Dungeons 3: An Unexpected DLC you take control over the Absolute Evil once more and face the Queen of the Forest in a completely new and fully voiced campaign. Enjoy the Dungeons 3 humour in three challenging maps and help the Absolute Evil to expand its reach even further.
Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption Update #110 - Valentine's Day Treat

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Game boxes and posters are going out! If you backed at a level that gets physical goods, you have probably gotten an email notice from Geekify.

If you’ve moved and haven’t updated your address on BackerKit, your package may end up in limbo, which will make everyone sad. There’s a small chance you can still fix that - Stop reading this and send your current address (along with your old address and email) to fulfillment[at]geekifyinc.com right now! Then update it on BackerKit as well, please.

What we aren’t shipping yet: Autographed postcards and Yearbooks. We have the postcards, and just need to get to them - probably next week. Digital rewards remaining - the Making of Art Book and the Hint Book. We’ve decided to make the latter available on the https://www.hero-u.com website for everyone.
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Battle Brothers Developer Blog #114 - Company Origins, Part 2
With an expansion focused on bringing variety and flavor to the northern parts of the map, it’s only fitting that there’d be an origin that has you start in the north as well. Playing as northern raiders let’s you start with veteran raiders that are well-equipped with some of the new nordic and rus inspired armor and helmets which we’ll show in an upcoming blog post of its own.
Iron Tower Studio 2019 - Business Diary Update
Another year has gone by, so let's tally up the numbers and see how we fared in 2018.

The Age of Decadence
  • 2013-2014 (Early Access & Direct Pre-Orders): 13,124 units – $320,157 – $24.39 avg.
  • 2015: 20,771 – $472,869 – $22.76
  • 2016: 48,798 – $620,914 – $12.72 (50% discount is introduced in March)
  • 2017: 43,808 – $293,714 – $6.70 (75% off on sale events throughout the year)
  • 2018: 27,121 – $151,786 – $5.60 (reduced the base price from $29.99 to $19.99; 60-80% off sale events throughout the year)
  • 2019: 7,110 – $24,316 – $3.42 (reduced the base price to $14.99 - I think it's a fair price for those who want to support development and buy at a higher price, everyone else will wait for the next sale anyway
160,732 units in total. Since the game was released 3 years ago, which is a long time for games, we decided it was the right time to do a bundle with Fanatical, which sold 43,081 units, so overall including the first 6 weeks of 2019 we sold 203,813 units.

Wishlists - 282,105 total, remaining 112,731, conversion rate 26.5%. The average seems to be 10-15%, so it seems we did well there. The demo was downloaded 49,703 times, the conversion rate was steadily climbing from 5.2% back in Early Access to 21.7%.

Dungeon Rats
  • 2016: 13,442 units – $85,383 – $6.35 avg.
  • 2017: 17,951 – $89,720 – $4.99
  • 2018: 13,152 – $44,453 – $3.38
  • 2019: 1,562 – $4,800 – $3.07
46,107 units overall, $224k in sales. So far we spent $74k on Colony Ship (payments to contractors), so at very least Dungeon Rats is doing a fine job paying these bills as we're far from done here.

Wishlist - 48,938 in total, remaining 24,296, conversion rate 22.7%
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