Showing posts with label Battle Chasers: Nightwar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Battle Chasers: Nightwar. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

PlayStation Now Adds Mafia 3 and Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Sony's game-streaming service PS Now has added Mafia III and Battle Chasers along with more than 230 games.

Halloween is gone, Thanksgiving is coming soon and we are in the endgame (of the year) now getting readied for some new exciting games to the PlayStation Now lineup. The cloud-based gaming service of Sony Entertainment just added 11 new games.

Subscribers of PS Now are in luck as the newly added feature to download games from a huge library of over 200 titles on PS4 and PS2 on-demand makes it all better than ever. Not only are you allowed playing them locally, DLC and add-on support is also available once you purchase them separately.

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PlayStation Now Adds Mafia 3 and Battle Chasers: Nightwar

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The first one from the newly added games for PS Now is action-adventure game Mafia III from developer Hangar 13 and publisher 2K Games. It follows the journey of Lincoln Clay, who returns to returns to New Bordeaux to build a criminal empire back in 1968.

Clay came back seeking revenge on the mafia gang that wiped out what he considered as a family and left him to die. Set in a third-person open world, you can either stream the game or just download the game to your PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Pro.

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We offer you to take a look back at the game trailer to freshen up on what Mafia III is all about before you jump into action.




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Other highlighted games from the list are turn-based RPG title Battle Chasers: Nightwar, anime fighting game Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, puzzle platformer title LocoRoco Remastered, extreme sports game Steep and dungeon crawler Vikings: Wolves of Midgard.

Also includes in the lineup are racing game Baja: Edge of Control HD and action adventure title World to the West. Destroy All Humans! and Destroy All Humans! 2 from THQ alongside Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland hails from PlayStation 2 platform.

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On top of the download and local play feature, PS Now has assorted their huge library into Collections, where members can browse from nearly 700 games that are all grouped together based on their genres, platform and themes.

If you are not signed up yet, then you can try out the 7-Day Free Trial for PlayStation Now on PS4 and PC to get access to a vast collection of games to download and play most of the PS4 and PS2 games or stream all of them as much as you like.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Battle Chasers: Nightwar Released

Comic-book fans of Marvel Comics might have heard the name of the famous artist Joe Madureira (Astonishing X-Men, Ultimates 3), who rose to fame with his manga-styled drawing and left huge impact on the Uncanny X-Men series. He happens to be the creative brain behind the action role-playing hack and slash video game Darksiders. There was a time when he created a creator owned mini-series for Image Comics called Battle Chasers which did not receive an ending until now.

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar Released
Madureira formed Airship Syndicate in 2015 and started working on the game Battle Chasers: Nightwar, which is solely based on his own comic. Finally, we are getting some closure if not an ending at all. Always inspired by the sheer awesomeness of Japanese manga and anime, Joe wanted to bring back his creation to life and Nightwar is the completion of that dream.

Games like Final Fantasy, Lunar and Suikoden always fascinated him and the impact truly shows on his work, whether it is on paper or now flourishing in his own game. Whatever the fuel of his inspiration was, it worked out in the end. Because at that time, Battle Chasers topped many other superhero books out there and Battle Chasers: Nightwar has also shown promise to its Kickstarter campaign.

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The Devilhunter Alumon

Although he left Gully, Garrison, Red Monika and others behind after issue #9, his devoted fans who loved the series never let him forget about his unfinished work. Then came the formation of Vigil Games and Darksiders series. Vigil Games split up into two fractions; Airship Syndicate and Gunfire Games. The former is working on Battle Chasers: Nightwar and the latter is trying to make Darksiders 3 a reality.

Joe and his team had little to nothing to work on except years of working experience and they decided to come up with a plan to create an RPG that will have tactical turn based combat system. Since the cast of Battle Chasers universe was already pretty diverse and remarkably fit for what they are aiming for, it quickly became the subject of the game.

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World Full of Wonder

Then working on a prototype version for a year and more, seeking publishers for the project and getting ditched, leading them to head for Kickstarter. It was literally the last resort for the game to see light at the end of the tunnel and guess what? It created enough buzz among the gamers that publishers were also interested in taking another look at the project. Things got even better when old buddies from THQ Nordic offers a helping hand to take it to the next level.

The game is officially launched now after years of the path of struggle to reach out. Battle Chasers: Nightwar is currently available to play on Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Nintendo Switch owners however have to wait till the end of the year, December 31 to get their hands on this game.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Battle Chasers: Nightwar Artwork Released

After THQ was declared bankrupt, developers of Darksiders and Darksiders II from Vigil Games have formed Airship Syndicate. Their creative director and CEO Joe Madureira (Astonishing X-Men, Ultimates 3) happen to be a veteran comic-book artist for Marvel Comics and needless to say that his run on the industry was quite legendary as he played a key-role in revolution of the long-running Uncanny X-Men series.

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar Artwork Released

In his time as an artist for Image Comics, he left a series; Battle Chasers unfinished and when his team of Airship Syndicate selected the title to be made into their first turn-based RPG project, both Joe and his die-hard fans were jumping with joy in excitement. The game, Battle Chasers: Nightwar is going to see its release on October, 2017 and lead artist Joe Mad has released a couple pieces of concept arts ahead of the release.

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Gully

Most of the chat in this game takes place via 'dialogue portraits' as it used to be in the old days RPGs. Some of the characters were done before they came up with the concept for it. For example, the major role of the series is of a little girl named Gully. In the comic-book arc, she is younger but here in the game, she is more grown up now. The hood of her cloak is over her head now and she doesn't wear shorts anymore.

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Garrison

The second in line is the sword-wielding, lone-warrior Garrison. Though, he is not the character that the plot revolves around, yet he is the primary male protagonist here. Considering all other facts in hand, his design layouts probably remained the closest to the original he had.

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Red Monika

The game certainly is bringing back the gun-toting, beautifully voluptuous bounty hunter Red Monika. They had to bring her for her link with both Gully and Garrison. Here, her design gets under some changes as ‘proportions’ of her frame is slightly changed. While playing, she will have to jump around, fire those guns in her disposal and all that. So, Joe maintained a balance of keeping her agile and sexy at the same time, even though the changes have upset a lot of fans.

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Knolan

A wizard, who is fighting the good fight for centuries, Knolan is the same old' grumpy gandolf as ever. A mentor to Gully, his final designs also remained as closed to the original as was in the books.

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Calibretto

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Calibretto Concept Art

Another fan-favorite character from the series was the war golem Calibretto, who joined the heroes in their noble quest. This gentle giant returns as the fabled story has started adapting into a modern RPG and by the looks of it, the color scheme of his armor got brighter. Otherwise, every other aspect is almost the same as they were when we saw them on printed pages.

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Alumon

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Alumon Concept Art

Battle Chasers: Nightwar has introduced a brand-new character for the game, who never debuted on the pages of comic before. A demon hunter in nature, Alumon was added to the Battle Chasers roster of heroes after fans have stretched a goal on the Kickstarter campaign for the game. Alumon uses dark magic and he is a mysterious persona whom you might mistake as a villainous figure at first. The mask on his face is partially responsible for that vibe though.

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar Splash Art

Joe did the first piece of splash art for Battle Chasers: Nightwar, that colorist Christian Lichtner has later touched up. Now, this was the first time he drew the characters for the first time in many years and given the fact that the original colorist from the series also collaborated on this piece, made it even special.

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar Alternate Splash Art

The first piece of splash art is amazing and there are no doubts about it. Then, Madureira created another alternate version of the original. This one featured his line art and Grace Liu poured life in it with his exceptional coloring skills. This took quite a long time to finish as the artist constantly ran out of space on paper he was drawing on and had to attach more and more every time he did. The scan process was also tiring and the whole experience brought the sweet result in the end.

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Junkers and Bandits

The junkers and bandits you will come across during your exploring in the game have a little place in the concept board as well. The heroes will be meeting them on places all over the island they embark their adventurous journey on. Often, they might seem like the different variation of the same model if you notice closely.

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Wargolem Gunhulk Concept Art

The saga of Battle Chasers takes place in a steampunk reality setup where technology is blended into the mix of sword and sorcery very well. So, you shouldn't be surprised when you encounter a giant who wields a big-ass machine-gun and points it at your face as you plan to make your next move. The name Wargolem Gunhulk clearly announces the source of inspiration for creating such creature.

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First Combat Background

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The Second Dungeon

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Vibrant World Visual

While creating the concept for the surrounding environment, the artist made a couple of experiments with the already existing lore of fantasy setting that he created years ago. Sometime, he just took a few pieces of his previous work and meshed it with something entirely new. The final visual of the concepts are quite spectacular to be accurate.

Upon witnessing such a parade of masterful artwork for the game, it is safe to say that Airship Syndicate was totally aware of what they were designing and why fans were so hyped out for the project from its Kickstarter days. Needless to say that while the designs and drawings are a prime asset for the game, it doesn't lack in gameplay either. Battle Chasers: Nightwar will be available to play on Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from October 3, 2017. Owners of Nintendo Switch will have their hands on the game on December 31.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Making of Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Famous artist Joe Madureira (Astonishing X-Men, Ultimates 3) is a renowned name to the fans of Marvel Comics as they know how he impacted the longest running Uncanny X-Men series with his manga-styled artwork over the 90's era. Usually go by the name Joe Mad, he was also responsible for creating the action role-playing hack and slash video game Darksiders. Then THQ gone bankrupt and Joe formed his very own Airship Syndicate.

As they were looking for a project to work on which will have the vibe and feel of Japanese themed RPG games, someone pointed out that Battle Chasers, his decade old creation for Image Comics would probably be a perfect fit for the game they are willing to make and so, the team begins working on the title to turn it into a modern RPG classic.

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Making of Battle Chasers: Nightwar

A popular comic-book artist turned professional game creator, Maduriera himself is a huge RPG fan and his work on the Battle Chasers series perfectly reflects that. He probably jumped for the creator-owned series in the first place because the '90s superhero comic-books have failed to deliver him the traction he hoped that he would get. To pursue other goals, he eventually had to abandon the series in a cliffhanger on 2001.

At one hand, he always wanted to create something fresh and new, and on the other hand he always felt that call of unfinished project for years. Then he chose the path of side-scroller like Metroidvania but that was cancelled and his crew decided to make an RPG. So, he had to come back to his unfinished project 15 years afterwards.

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Classic Modern RPG

As the members of the team started working on the game, they realize that the world of Battle Chasers has a lot of cool stuff in it which they were looking for and it fits perfectly into the genre they are working with. So, when the game is finished, people who never heard of Battle Chasers will find it cool and fans who loved the series will surely love trying it. This eventually turned out to be true. The tie to the series definitely helped the game a lot during their 2015's Kickstarter campaign.

At first they thought about approaching a publisher with their RPG project but since that isn't deemed cool these days, the team approached towards Kickstarter. Because, they needed some financial backup as they pour their heart and soul in it and if fans loved their concept then there was a chance that this game could ever see the light. He pointed out that there are many small time side-scrollers which probably won't rock the market but they sure are doing a great job satisfying the fans.

In between the career shifts, Maduriera entered the vivid world of video games from the amazing comic-book industry to create his own place. He did that with former stuffs of Vigil Games after THQ went out of business.

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Classic JRPG Setting

In a small housed studio, Airship Syndicate started flying with a team of twelve stuffs and another dozen of freelancers. This actually progressed their work flow and since each and everyone could see what they all are doing over their monitor, they don't have to wait for another weekly meeting. Creative inputs to the game also came in frequently. They marched towards with one simple goal; to make the game as awesome as possible.

Any input given by anyone is implemented if it sounded good enough to the rest of the crew. This way, everyone feels connected to the project and can contribute to the growth of the game. Plus, the crowd-funding campaign of Kickstarter always kept them on the clock and worked as a constant reminder that they should get the game out as soon as they can. It keeps the accountability of the team in check at all times.

Initially, the game was destined to release on summer 2017 and they already built up the primary system to run the game on. The design of the game gives you the sense of the era you are playing in. Had it been released 20 years earlier, people would have surely called it a blend of Diablo and Final Fantasy meshed into a turn-based battle game. Maduriera admits, that somewhere in there they were influenced by these games and it is still very possible that the vibe remained within.

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Randomly-Generated Dungeons

These facts still doesn't let the game down as each battle you take part in is always in a randomly-generated dungeon. You can alter the difficulties a bit if you want but dungeon layout will still change, your enemy attack pattern will vary and treasure chests will be falling out of nowhere. If you can play up to the certain mark, you will get to face certain bosses.

From a roster of six characters, you can pick only three and craft weapons for them. There are unlockable character skins and Easter Eggs hidden inside the game that you will probably discover as you make progresses onwards. The story begins right from the point where Maduriera left it years ago and the whole event of the game is set in an island full of undead creatures, delivering the fantasy-horror feeling from the original media.

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Real-Time Combat

Following the release of the game, he wishes to complete his unfinished work on the remaining three issues of the comic series. The game on the other hand will continue to branch out its plot if ever there is a sequel to it. Otherwise the story of the comics and the game won't tie to each other.

RELATED: Battle Chasers: Nightwar Artwork Released

In a modern day fashion, the turn-based fighting system of Battle Chasers: Nightwar promises to deliver classic flavor or the Final Fantasy-esque RPG lovers. Since the creator of the source material Joe Mad himself is tied to the project, he is sure to bring his fictional characters to life and give them enough character depth through the development process. You will be playing as Calibretto, Garrison, Knolan, Red Monika or any other favorite character that you have from the books.

One thing that the creator of Battle Chasers: Nightwar loves doing is that to follow his passion and his Airship Syndicate is surely going to leave a mark with Nightwar when it comes out. Hopefully the game will be available on all major platforms like PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.