Showing posts with label Free-to-Play. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Free-to-Play. Show all posts

Friday, August 10, 2018

Quake Champions Is Permanently Free-to-Play

id Software and Bethesda takes up stage at QuakeCon 2018 to announce Quake Champions free-to-play forever.

Developer id Software's effort to revamp Quake III Arena and bring out an expansion of Quake Live, first-person shooter title Quake Champions came to play on 2017 in Early Access of Steam after it came out of beta. Along with publisher Bethesda Softworks, they have announced the game to be free-to-play permanently today, at QuakeCon 2018. It was one of their long-running plans that the developers were keeping in mind for this title as a business model they want to follow in future.

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Quake Champions Is Permanently Free-to-Play

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Below is a new trailer for Quake Champions in spirit of QuakeCon and looking forward to the future of the game itself.




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Since gaming industry has changed a lot in past decade and people expects a lot from new games these days, the free-to-play version lets people participate right away with no strings attached and not putting their money on the line first hand. This way many interested players from around the world will be able to chip in easily and it is up to them if they want to unlock all the Champions as they continue playing by purchasing the Starter Pack or Champions Pack if they prefer.

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Born in the 90's, Quake franchise has pioneered fast-paced arena shooter genre and has evolved with time to become a true spectacle following its initial announcement in 2016. Aside from featuring known heroes from within the series, popular protagonists and other characters like B.J. Blazkowicz from Wolfenstein, Doomguy from Doom and most recently, Quake’s very own Death Knight joined the roster with all having distinctive abilities.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Bethesda Sues Westworld Game as Fallout Shelter Ripoff

Bethesda files lawsuit against Warner Bros. over the release of Westworld mobile game, for ripping-off Fallout Shelter.

Last week, a mobile game is released which is based on the popular science fiction western TV series on HBO, Westworld. As soon as it hit Smartphone platform, it is hit by a lawsuit from popular video game publisher Bethesda Softworks for shamelessly ripping off their free-to-play simulation game Fallout Shelter from 2015. They have sued Warner Bros. and developer Behaviour Interactive over this matter, because the latter were involved when both of these titles were being developed.

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Bethesda Sues Westworld game as Fallout Shelter Ripoff

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As a part of post-apocalyptic role-playing Fallout game series, Fallout Shelter puts player into the role of a Vault Overseer, who supervises activities and building for the accommodation of remaining survivors in an irradiated wasteland. Despite being a free-to-play entry in the series, it has micro-transactions and random loot box features that made it a commercial hit, leading its way to other major platforms like Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One afterwards.

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Canadian studio Behaviour Interactive previously teamed up with Bethesda during the development of Fallout Shelter and they were no stranger to working with licensed video game properties either. When Warner Bros. Entertainment hired them for the new Westworld mobile game, it came out as a copy of Bethesda's game in terms of designs and gameplay. So, wasting no further time, one publisher took it to the court against the company in charge of distribution for Westworld.

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Accusing the developer for multiple misconducts as breach of contract, copyright violation and stealing trade secrets to others, Bethesda filed a legal suit on June 21. Warner Bros. was also alleged to have influenced the studio for taking this unethical step that lead the publisher some considerable amount of damage. Instead of being coy about it, Bethesda simply calls out the Westworld mobile game a "rip-off” because of the uncanny similarities of art, animations and gameplay.

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They points out that there were some bugs in their early game, which they removed later but those same glitches are is still present on the game in question and that is a clear example of the codes being reused. While they are all worked up with newest entry from Fallout series, Fallout 76, Bethesda was just introduced their three-year-old Fallout Shelter on bigger platforms to explore possible financial potential and so they took it pretty seriously after learning of this plagiarism.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Paladins Comes to Nintendo Switch

Hi-Rez Studios' fantasy hero shooter 'Paladins' is debuting on Nintendo Switch Next Week with Cross-Platform support for Xbox One.

A popular hero shooter from developer/publisher Hi-Rez Studios that has been accused of being a shameless copy of Blizzard Entertainment's multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch, is now headed to Nintendo Switch. Nintendo's next gen console is going to release Paladins fantasy hero shooter on June 12, announced by the developers today. The game will run on 60 FPS on Switch and will be compatible for multiplayer cross-play with other players on Xbox One as well.

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Paladins Comes to Nintendo Switch

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Below is a brand-new trailer showcasing the brave champions of the realm arriving on Nintendo eShop this June.




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Although the game is a free-to-play title for Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, it will primarily launch on Switch for a $30 worth "Founders Pack", which includes all available characters as well as future and some cosmetic items exclusively for this console. Following this summer, the title will eventually return back to its free-to-play status. Since Sony is not interested in the idea of cross-play, PlayStation 4 owners are not joining a cross platform experience just yet.

RELATED: Paladins: Battlegrounds Announced

Apparently, a recent leak ahead of E3 2018 had us informed about a few games that were going to be announced soon and Paladins happen to be one of the leaked Nintendo Switch games from that list. A guy working in E3 showroom displays got his hands on a printed listing for unannounced games for Switch console and leaked a photo of it over internet. This means that we can expect a port for Dragon Ball FighterZ, Fortnite, Killer Queen Black, Overcooked 2 and rest of the titles from that leak.


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Paladins begin their journey on Early Access program of Steam in 2016 with 36 playable champions. Despite being constantly accused of cloning another popular shooter game, developers insist that they were actually inspired from Team Fortress 2 and it actually is a fantasy version of their 2010 release Global Agenda. Earlier this year, Hi-Rez Studios have released Paladins Battlegrounds, a spin-off version for 100-player battle royale currently titled "Realm Royale".

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Deckard Cain Joins Heroes of the Storm

Players who have enjoyed Blizzard Entertainment’s action role-playing Diablo franchise may remember the last Horadric scholar character Deckard Cain. Before he met his fate at the hands of Maghda and her Dark Coven, Cain re-forged the fallen archangel Tyrael's broken sword in Diablo III. You might be wondering why we are not talking about Diablo but just a recurring character who used to narrate lore and offer advice? Well, Blizzard is bringing him back once again.

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Deckard Cain Joins Heroes of the Storm

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Blizzard has officially announced Deckard Cain from Diablo series is going to be drafted as a playable character for their free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game Heroes of the Storm, available on Mac and PC. Cain will be joining the Nexus this April and we have a spotlight trailer here to showcase his abilities.




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Deckard Cain is introduced as a support hero to aid his fellow Heroes of the Storm characters during battle by handing out healing potions for them. When he will give up potions, it will heal the first nearest ally and then another and at a time, he can drop five of these. He can throw out Horadric Cube as one of his offensive abilities to deliver 80 damage to his enemies within range and also slow them down to 40 percent for a brief time, which is 1.75 seconds to be exact. This one is a great tool to control opponents and set up your allies.

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Deckard Cain's Scroll of Sealing

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Cain's Scroll of Sealing spreads out a magical triangle to root his rivals in their place for 1.5 seconds and dealing 150 damage inside this protective scroll. One of his famous line from Diablo series was "Stay Awhile and Listen", which is Cain’s ultimate ability in Heroes of the Storm. Enemies in range will be put to sleep for two seconds as he will tell stories to them. By sticking close to his allies, he gains 10 armor his basic abilities charge back twice faster than usual.

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Now, this is not a new news for Heroes of the Storm players that Blizzard brings out many popular character into this popular online hero brawler from Diablo, Overwatch, StarCraft, The Lost Vikings and Warcraft series every now and then. Though, many followers of the HotS franchise initially thought his inclusion to be an April fool's joke, we think it would be interesting to see how his character works out into the mix.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Valve's Dota Plus Subscription Service Released

A community-based mod created by Valve Corporation for Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, that has become the most popular free-to-play multiplayer online game of all-time on Steam with the highest number of concurrent players hooked on (until the recent ground-breaking debut of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds), Dota 2 has already brought revolution in gaming. Now, a new subscription service for the game named Dota Plus is live from Valve.

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Valve's Dota Plus Subscription Service Released

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Dota Plus effectively creates a revolution that literally overthrows Majors Battle Passes and promises regular features and content updates. Majors Battle Passes was introduced back in 2016 which used to bring various challenges on a daily or weekly basis. Dota Plus will do almost the exact similar thing but there will be literally hundreds of challenges and some of them will be hero-specific. The biggest difference is that while Majors Battle Passes were seasonal, Dota Plus is ongoing.

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The service is designed to improve your gameplay and performance to help your hero make progress, which is the sole purpose of the new Hero Leveling system. While a certain hero will level up by playing matches and earning level badges, it allows you to earn XP. Upon leveling up, the hero can unlock badges and Shards as rewards. If you complete at least a minimum of three games per week, you can get extra Shards to purchase rewards.

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Hero Suggestions

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Plus Assistant is a newly featured tool that will suggest abilities, heroes and items for more optimized build. It actually analyzes data from millions of games played recently from all skill levels and helps you choose wisely. The tool also advises you on which hero to pick or which one will be more effective for you based on your playstyle. However, you can always decline the suggestions from Plus Assistant and choose your own course of action.

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Battle Cup Is Back

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There are weekly Battle Cup tournaments where Dota Plus subscribers will get free entry whereas non-subscribing participants will have to purchase $0.99 worth Battle Cup tickets each to partake. The winner will get profile accolades, special emoticons and 20,000 Shard as the new in-game currency. In the current trends of eSports, Dota 2 is one of the very popular titles and this weekly tournaments will make player more competitive about the game.

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Charged only $3.99 per month for their subscription service, Dota Plus also offers you a 6% discount if you sign up for 6 months and 12% if you choose 12 months. Despite being a free-to-play multiplayer, Dota 2 lets you purchase cosmetic skins and announcer voices. So, adding a paid subscription is not very surprising but can be a huge game-changer for sure.

Hearthstone: The Witchwood Expansion Announced

Developer Blizzard Entertainment's free-to-play online collectible card game Hearthstone is getting an expansion with 135 brand-new cards. Titled "Hearthstone: The Witchwood", this expansion is the first of 2018 that will usher Year of the Raven. Though they have not stated any specific release date for it to arrive yet, The Witchwood pack will probably drop anytime before April 30.

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Hearthstone: The Witchwood Expansion Announced

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Now check out the following clip where the game developers of Hearthstone go to the Irvine California backwoods to reveal more about The Witchwood.




The newly introduced 135 Hearthstone cards are themed on the haunted forest of Gilneas to fend off the spirits of Witchwood. There will be new type of cards and a shift from the usual gameplay mechanics to a new style. For example, if you are to build your deck with Baku the Mooneater or Genn Greymane, then you either has to own odd or even cost cards, so that the former will grant Hero Power upgrade and the latter will cost 1 Hero Power for the whole game for any class.

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New Cards and Mechanics

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The Phantom Militia has the power of Echo, which allows you to play the card many times in the same turn depending on how much mana you are packing and this one is one of the many from the set. Though Rush card Militia Commander cannot attack the opponent's hero like Charge cards, they will attack other minions on a same turn. Before the expansion goes live, claim three card packs and a random Class legendary card for free just by logging into the game.




It also launches a single-player experience called Monster Hunts and it will start within two weeks of the release of the expansion. If you have played Kobolds & Catacombs then this mode may seem familiar to Dungeon Run to you. Players collect their loot bounties to upgrade a deck upon killing the bosses following eight progressively challenging fights for staying alive and exploring further into The Witchwood.

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Hearthstone: The Witchwood expansion pack is priced only 49.99 and you can get a special 50 card pack bundle on pre-purchase. As an included bonus, you will also receive the exclusive In a Dark Wood card back and 20 more The Witchwood card packs. The only other thing that you will need is a Blizzard Battle.net account to enjoy playing this intense collectible card game on Warcraft folklore.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Amnesia Collection Free on Steam

What developer Frictional Games have done with their survival horror Amnesia game series is quite commendable. Even YouTube's most popular channel PewDiePie used to post videos of Felix Kjellberg playing Amnesia a lot back in the days! If you are fan of the series, then we got good news for you. Amnesia Collection containing with two of the titles from the franchise is now absolutely FREE this weekend on Steam for a limited time.

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Amnesia Collection Free on Steam

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Collecting Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs as a bundle that is worth $34.99, this offer is something that you cannot afford to miss if horror games are your favorite. Frictional Games have previously offered Amnesia: The Dark Descent for free and that was quite a long ago. It is very much possible for you to miss that opportunity to grab the copy and look now; you can have the entire series at one place.

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To have Amnesia Collection free for lifetime, all you have to do is to go to Steam within the period of this limited time offer and then click "Install Game". Both The Dark Descent and A Machine for Pigs will start installing and the games will remain in your library even after the exclusive offer is expired. There was no word on how long this promotion will last but we believe either it would be over within the weekend or over the week long.

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The Dark Descent and A Machine for Pigs

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Two of the titles from the series have the near similar taste of horror but apparently, the sequel has made things a bit simpler. That being said, it still is more than enough to scare the hell out of you on any given day and will leave you in chills.

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So, go and grab those two modern horror-classic games from Steam while you still can, so that if you are in crave for some good horror-game time, you can just get your fill with either one of Amnesia series. Playing Amnesia series will give you the idea of from where the scare tactics of Resident Evil 7 got their inspiration from.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Dota 2 7.10 Update Details

During the release of their Spring Cleaning update 7.08, IceFrog and Valve Corporation announced that they will be releasing biweekly patch for their free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game Dota 2 from now on. As per the announcement, Patch 7.10 is released on live servers and although it isn't another major update, this brings a huge wave of change to the game's hero pool to make things interesting for players.

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Dota 2 7.10 Update

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The highlight of the update is that is enables ranged intelligence hero Dark Willow in Captains Mode, which makes her character available for professional tournaments from now on. Dark Willow was introduced to the game in October, 2017 though the "Dueling Fates" update. Since this is the first time she is in Captains Mode, we still have to find out how she fares in competitive tournaments. Currently, the character has a 54.69% win rate in 5,000 MMR and above.

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Dark Willow Added To Captain's Mode

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Base gold bounty for Bounty Rune was 50, which is now increased to 10, making it 60 but it no longer gives you XP. Tome of Knowledge XP bonus has increased to 200, as it was 500 before and now it is raised to 700. Melee Creeps gold bounty was previously 41 and now it has become 40 after reducing just 1. As an alternative for branch, you will get a Faerie Fire for Randoming. Bonus hero count is slightly increased from an earlier 10 to 12 now.

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A wide array of heroes from the likes of Abaddon, Ancient Apparition, Arc Warden, Axe, Clinkz, Crystal Maiden, Drow Ranger, Jakiro, Lina, Lion, Lone Druid, Monkey King, Nature's Prophet, Riki, Rubick, Skywrath Mage, Undying, Venomancer and Warlock got their Level 15 Talent increased, whereas Anti-Mage, Invoker, Luna, Necrophos, Phoenix, Sven, Treant Protector and Wraith King got it changed or improved slightly. The majority of change is related to Cooldown and Damage.

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Dota 2 Patch 7.10 Much Updated Heroes

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We see a vast number of heroes having their talents altered in different ways and abilities tweaked with this patch. In some cases, a few got the boot as their attack radius has been scaled down or exchanged with something else. Aspects as Health, Range and Speed got the secondary priority in update 7.10. Arc Warden, Gyrocopter, Invoker, Lina, Monkey King and Warlock are probably the ones that has received major tuning during the process.

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That's all for now from Patch 7.10 and according to their announcement of biweekly release of updates, IceFrog and Valve will be introducing two patches for Dota 2 every month. Despite the changes make some people happy and some furious for not having what they had in mind, we only hope to see the best outcome from them when they are tested on live matches to help the players strategize.