Showing posts with label Deep Silver. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Deep Silver. Show all posts

Monday, June 10, 2019

Shenmue 3 Epic Store Exclusivity Creates Kickstarter Controversy

After Shenmue III has been announced as Epic Games Store exclusive for PC, backers are now even denied refunds on Kickstarter.

At E3 2019 event, renowned Sega developer and Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki took stage during PC Gaming Show 2019 to showoff brand-new gameplay trailer for Shenmue III and reveal that PC version will be an Epic Games Store-exclusive.

Now whether or not they decided to make it a timed exclusive is not clear yet but many backers are very upset over this decision of shifting platform since it was originally planned for a Steam release and are already asking for a refund.

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Shenmue 3 Epic Store Exclusivity Creates Kickstarter Controversy

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Delayed to November 2019

Right after their announcement at E3, development team has updated their Kickstarter page with new information to declare Epic Store exclusivity. What they explained as reason for their recent decision of changing outlet is given below.

We are happy to announce that Shenmue III for PC will be an Epic Games Store exclusive. Development for Shenmue III has been moving forward using Unreal Engine and the support we have received from Epic has been excellent. But most importantly, in looking for the most enjoyable experience on PC, it was decided together with Deep Silver after much discussion that the Epic Games Store would be the best distribution platform option.

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Apparently, it was publisher Deep Silver that pushed for Shenmue III exclusivity and their official statement of most enjoyable experience on PC being on EGS clearly shows how detached they are from players these days.

When they removed Metro Exodus from Steam earlier before launch to make it a timed exclusive at Epic Store, fans were enraged. They started review-bombing to plummet its overall score, which then took Steam to intervene and stop them.

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Official Kickstarter page of Ys Net is flooded with angry response from fans seeking either an explanation or their money back. Some pointed out that it was mentioned in early phase of campaign that they are to provide Steam keys for PC platform.

Even those who would purchase a physical copy would only have a box with a code in it that still need to be activated via Epic Store. Charging a $59.99 amount for a box that doesn't even come with a disc seems like a scheme to get some extra money.

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After Yu Suzuki launched the Kickstarter project looking for $2 million in funding back in 2015, it has been backed by nearly 70,000 people and raised over $6 million in a month, only so they can screw over players on PC four years later.

When you thought Epic Store exclusivity was the worst thing to happen to the game, Ys Net has denied granting any refunds for making this change, therefore leaving PC players with no option to either get their hard-earned money or preferred platform.

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Epic Games are definitely favoring developers by taking only 12% cut from sales rather than 30% and started a trend for exclusive games to incite competition but that is also leading studios into taking such controversial decisions.

A few months ago, Epic Games Store has bagged crowdfunded project Phoenix Point out of nowhere that was originally promised to launch on Steam but in that case, developers were generous enough to offer a refund to its backers at least.

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Denying request for refund was perhaps the most anti-consumer act from their part and maybe even led to some legal action, because ripping off people for their money with false pledges like this need some serious consequence enforced by law.

What happened as a result will now have people to be more suspicious before crowdfunding any project on Kickstarter. There is currently a Steam page for the game though but that is probably because they forgot to remove it.

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Epic may have given a hefty amount to Deep Silver and Ys Net for a store exclusivity deal like they did with Snapshot Games for having Phoenix Point. However, they should have considered how it would ruin reputation for both companies.

After years of development and a couple of delays, Shenmue III is finally all set to arrive on November 19 for PC and PlayStation 4. Only if they have kept promise of delivering Steam keys to backers, there would probably be a little less backlash.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Shenmue 3 Delayed to November 2019

Pushed over from August 2019, Shenmue III has been delayed once again for a November launch date.

Teenage martial art prodigy Ryo Hazuki was about to make his anticipated return in upcoming action-adventure game Shenmue III that was scheduled to release on August 27 this year but his arrival has been delayed now to November 19.

Though it is almost finished, creator Yu Suzuki and publisher Deep Silver have agreed to the point that the game needs some more polishing for truly being finished and revealed in public via its Kickstarter announcement.

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Shenmue 3 Delayed to November 2019

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Announced back at E3 2015, a third installment of classic series Shenmue entered into crowdfunding with an original goal of $2 million, which became fastest campaign for that amount by reaching their goal within just seven hours.

Aside from large sum of money collected from general mass, investors like Sony has also contributed with unknown amounts and that really raised eyebrows of many regarding budget transparency and how much it really takes to make a AAA-game.

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So far, this project has amassed a total of $7,179,510 in three years and became sixth-highest-funded Kickstarter campaign. Originally, the game was set to arrive on December 2017 before it was delayed to early 2018 and then on August 27, 2019.

Sega offered license of this cult favorite series to Suzuki's company Ys Net to develop Shenmue III independently and they jumped on board with development that will eventually see release over PC and PlayStation 4 on November 2019.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Killing Floor: Double Feature Out On PS4 and PS4 VR

Tripwire Interactive celebrates 10th Anniversary of Killing Floor by launching Killing Floor: Double Feature on PS4 and PS4 VR.

When co-operative first-person shooter game Killing Floor was launched back in 2005, it was met with an instant success, leading to Killing Floor 2 coming out in 2015 that was followed up by a VR title Killing Floor: Incursion in 2017.

To celebrate 10th Anniversary of this horde shooter franchise, developer/publisher Tripwire Interactive decided to offer ultimate KF experience by teaming up with publisher Deep Silver to launch Killing Floor: Double Feature.

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Killing Floor: Double Feature Out On PS4 and PS4 VR

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Double Feature bundles KF2 and Incursion together for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR platform for one great price of $39.99 only. It is packed with every gore filled seasonal content update released since launch for newcomers and veterans.

Developers have captured weapon animations at 240 frames per second so that players can see enemy blood spilling and bullet shell ejecting in slow motion Zed Time to have an immersive thrill amidst a bloody mayhem on PS4 consoles.

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Killing Floor Comes to VR

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Tripwire never stopped working on their project following launch and kept releasing free content featuring limited time events, maps and weapons, thus keeping its gameplay engaging for everyone from getting repetitive over time.

That means, you can wander around multiple maps, replay seasonal events, enjoy cosmetic skins for weapons, try out two new game modes while killing variety of new Zed enemy types and bosses or maybe even play as Badass Santa.

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Deadly Horde of Zeds

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Witness detailed graphics in 1800p resolution and up to 4K using enhanced power of a PS4 Pro system. As a PlayStation-exclusive bundle, Double Feature will also be including playable DLC character Mrs. Foster, which only comes with a retail version though.

Then head over to edge of Virtual Reality with PS VR system to enter Killing Floor universe like never before. Incursion employs a same gunplay mechanism of KF2 and equipped with full free movement in an attempt for more immersive storytelling.

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Mrs. Foster Playable DLC Character

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More than a decade ago, what started this franchise from a mod of Unreal Tournament 2004 has become one of the most engaging survival horror shooter out there and still continuing to grow because of community support from Tripwire.

Getting on board with Killing Floor: Double Feature now would be a great way to celebrate 10th anniversary of Tripwire Interactive critically-acclaimed first-person horde shooter series and indulge yourself into a messy blood sport of slaying zeds.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Metro Exodus DLC Expansion Pass Roadmap

Details on Expansion Pass content for Metro Exodus is revealed by 4A Games and its first DLC is coming this summer.

Despite having to delay its original release date and then facing some issue with moving to Epic Games Store by ditching Steam, developer 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver still saw success with first-person shooter title Metro Exodus.

Following its release on February, a Game Plus mode was added via "Ranger Update" for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One a month later. Now, detailed plans regarding upcoming DLC release roadmap for the world of Metro is revealed.

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Metro Exodus DLC Expansion Pass Roadmap

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Owners of Aurora and Gold Edition are already covered on Expansion Pass on their respective available platform. However, you can also place your digital pre-order now on Epic Store for $9.99 only and for just $24.99 on consoles.

Developers are currently working on two major story-driven expansion packs and players would be assuming roles of two new characters other than main protagonist Artyom that belong to Spartan Rangers and one of them is an American named Sam.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR METRO EXODUS.

Kick-starting from summer 2019, first DLC titled "The Two Colonels" that chronicles the journey of Colonel Khlebnikov who comes out of Novosibirsk to meet his son but survival on surface has not been easier lately and tough decisions should be made.

Then next chapter, "Sam's Story" is scheduled arrive on early 2020 that is centered on a US marine, Sam who wants to go back to his country to reunite with his family upon learning that many other city has survived the war like Moscow.

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First expansion will hand you over a brand-new weapon in form of a deadly flame-thrower to successfully fend off mutated creatures on your way and gameplay will likely be the same you had in post-apocalyptic wasteland of Russia already.

With launch of Metro Exodus earlier this year, developer 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver has completed a trilogy inspired by Dmitry Glukhovsky's novels and seems like this Expansion Pass roadmap is looking to extend that established legacy.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Metro Exodus Adds Game Plus Mode

4A Games drops free Ranger Update for Metro Exodus that lets players experience New Game + mode with additional features.

Drawing conclusion to a nearly decade-long Metro first-person shooter game trilogy, Metro Exodus by developer 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver has garnered nothing but praise upon launch back in February for keeping up their standard.

Developers have deployed their first major patch for the game titled the "Ranger Update" that would take up to 6GB worth drive space. Depending on whether you are on PC or PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, patch notes will vary a little.

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Metro Exodus Adds Game Plus Mode

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Owners of the game can get their hands on this free update on their respectable platforms today, which introduces a new game plus mode bundled with a bunch of gameplay features, improvements and essential bug fixes for everyone.

New Game+ would only unlock when a player completes the whole story once and then begin a fresh new campaign with every attachment and weapons they gained in the earlier playthrough from the get go without having to go look for them again.

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You can completely change how your next run would go in game plus by twitching enemy behaviors, increase their frequency or making them more tough and dangerous at the same time to have a more challenging experience.

Instead of having all available weapons at start, anyone can choose to reduce their inventory down to a single weapon for a more thrilling journey. You can also find developer commentary in as Green Tape Players collectible items to offer you a peak behind the scenes.

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An all-new way of going into a dark world of Metro; "Ranger Update" lets you have a new gripping take every time and even possibly to an alternate ending. Players on Xbox One are getting their desired mouse and keyboard support as part of the update.

Metro Exodus continues a journey into a fictional post-apocalyptic wasteland of former Russia as a follow up to previously released games Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, based on the best-selling novels of author Dmitry Glukhovsky.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Metro Exodus Out Now

First-person shooter game Metro Exodus from 4A Games and Deep Silver is now available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

The trilogy of survival horror themed first-person shooter video game series based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's novels is finally completing with the release of Metro Exodus today from developer 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Playing as protagonist Artyom, players enter into a Post-Apocalyptic wasteland of Russia following a nuclear war to deal with hostile humans and mutated creatures while looking for a means to survive amidst a devastated metro of Moscow.

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Metro Exodus Out Now

RELATED: Metro Exodus Story Trailer

Even though the game largely belongs to FPS genre, it nicely balances aspects of combat and stealth with the survival horror undertone. Classic gameplay style of the series returns once again in a sandbox exploration experience.

A beautifully designed in-game open world equipped with a dynamic weather system only compliments the tight story of the title so much. Whatever choices you make throughout your journey will have consequences and affect your companions in the end.

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Unique Sandbox Exploration

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Your surroundings will offer you scopes to scavenge and craft hand-made weaponry on the go to better prepare yourself for tactical combat whenever danger presents itself in form of deadly mutants and human enemies alike to survive.

Artyom and his fellow Spartan Rangers are accompanied by a returning character, Anna on their way to salvation. If you think fighting hostile creatures in the freezing weather of a nuclear winter is bad, just wait for the entire plot to unfold upon you.

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Fight Mutated Monsters

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As you begin your journey into the ravaged wasteland of Moscow, be sure to check out the official launch trailer of the game.




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Standard Edition of the game comes only with the base game whereas Metro 2033 Redux and Expansion Pass is included in Gold Edition. Spartan Edition offers all the above along with a 10.5" hand-painted resin statue of Artyom and other collectibles.

If you are new to the series and looking to catch up from the beginning of the trilogy then you can simply purchase Metro Saga Xbox One X Bundle that grants you access to full-game download of Metro 2033 Redux, Metro: Last Light Redux and Metro Exodus.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Catherine: Full Body Collector's Edition Announced

A hardcover art book, metal case, musical tracks and adorable Sheep Plush are what Catherine: Full Body Collector's Edition offers.

The enhanced port of 2011 puzzle platformer Catherine had a scheduled launch date for Japan ever since it was announced and now finally, Catherine: Full Body has a release window of September 3, 2019 for players of Western and European countries as well.

Also, developer/publisher Atlus has recently dropped details on two available collector's edition of the original remake from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 along with a new trailer for fans to tease the fans some more on Valentine’s Day.

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Catherine: Full Body Collector's Edition Announced

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Atlus also released a "Fine Wine" trailer as part of their ongoing tease with the tragic tale of protagonist Vincent Brooks.




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Premium Edition of the game is currently available as "Heart's Desire Premium Edition" in North America for only $79.99. The Collector's Box package it comes in resembles to the stages of the game that appears to be made of climbing blocks.

It includes a hardcover art book, metal case, a fluffy 5" sheep plush wearing Vincent's pink polka dot underwear and soundtrack CD. Launch Edition of the title on the other hand is a physical copy of the game coming in a limited edition metal case for a list price of $59.99 only.

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Catherine: Full Body Launch Edition

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Both of these exclusive editions are now up for pre-order at Amazon and would be a must for anyone who is excited to enjoy the game while eager to have some official goodies to collect for keeps; especially the art book by lead designer Shigenori Soejima.

Like a full-bodied bottle of wine, Catherine: Full Body remaster is coming with over 500 puzzles for PlayStation 4, which is twice as much content than the original game. Vincent's twisted love triangle can also be enjoyed in a "Safety Mode" by skipping puzzles.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Metro Exodus Will Be on Epic Games Store, Leaving Steam

Epic Games Store to include Metro Exodus, a high-profile title as their latest PC exclusive, ditching Steam.

We are less than a month away from upcoming first-person shooter game Metro Exodus to arrive for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While developer 4A Games is preparing for its launch, publisher Deep Silver had an announcement to make.

Partnering up with video game industry giant Epic Games, they are bringing the third and latest title from Metro franchise on Epic Games Store digital distribution platform and are still taking pre-orders till it finally arrives on February 15. 2019.

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Metro Exodus Will Be on Epic Games Store, Leaving Steam

RELATED: Metro Exodus Story Trailer

Even though PC players won't be able to purchase the game from Steam anymore on launch, any pre-order that was placed earlier for Standard Edition will be fulfilled including DLC for Gold Edition of the game through expansion pass in post-launch period.

Of course, players that previously enjoyed playing Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light would be looking for the upcoming open world FPS and the studio behind Fortnite recognized the obvious potential for the title to be on their store.

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Aside from the most obvious titles Fortnite Battle Royale and Unreal Tournament under their belt, Epic Games Store is housing exclusive titles like Ashen, Genesis Alpha One, Hades, Super Meat Boy Forever, Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season and World War Z.

It was only a few weeks ago when another AAA developer/publisher Ubisoft decided to ditch Steam for The Division 2 to become an exclusive for Epic Games Store. Considering the higher revenue split as a major game changer, Deep Silver claims this to be a win for them and players.

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Recognized as a pro-developer platform, Epic Games tries to be friendly with their valued customers as well. Instead of the regular price of $59.99, the game will be priced only $49.99 at Epic Games Store, a direct result of their 88% revenue split.

For those who are wondering whether or not Metro Exodus will ever be available on Steam in the future, the publishers has come up with a press release that says, the game will return to Valve's platform and other storefronts after February 14, 2020. You can probably get it for a discounted price then.