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

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Bethesda Settle Lawsuit Against Westworld Mobile Game

Bethesda settles their lawsuit claim with Fallout Shelter developers over Behaviour Interactive Westworld mobile game publisher Warner Bros.

Back in June 2018, Bethesda Softworks filed a lawsuit against Behaviour Interactive over the allegation that they have made base-building mobile game Westworld a shameless rip-off of their free-to-play simulation game Fallout Shelter.

Apparently, both parties and Warner Bros. Entertainment has agreed to resolve the lawsuit claim over the matter after reaching an amicable settlement recently. The plaintiff has filed a notice in federal court on December 12 following the resolution.

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Bethesda Settle Lawsuit Against Westworld Mobile Game

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Behaviour has previously worked with Bethesda to develop Fallout Shelter that was launched for Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 2015. Even though it lacked endgame goals, people found it quite addictive to play.

The game based on the popular HBO series debuted lately with almost similar gameplay features in addition with some of the same bugs from an early version of Bethesda's title, causing them to raise eyebrows in suspicion of Behaviour re-using their code.

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If the animations and art style of the game was not similar enough to recognize, the glitches made it obvious and for using their copyrighted code, they proceeded with a lawsuit against their former partner until they assured of not using any code from Fallout Shelter.

Westworld rights holder and publisher of the mobile game based on the same sci-fi Western franchise WB was also included in the claim suggesting their involvement in encouraging the developer to re-use the code to speed up the release.

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Bethesda has now come to a peaceful settlement with Behaviour Interactive and Warner Bros. Entertainment under undisclosed terms. They also agreed to bear their own cost regarding the dispute and fees for their attorneys.

Currently, sci-fi thriller mobile game Westworld is still available on App Store and Google Play to download and enjoy on both Android and iOS devices. On the other hand, Fallout franchise owners have solved their second lawsuit of 2018 after the Oculus VR headset debacle with Facebook.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Blizzard Cancelled Heroes of the Storm eSports 2019

Blizzard axes down Heroes of the Storm eSports events for 2019 and will release less content in the future.

When Riot Games came up League of Legends and Valve with DOTA 2, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment responded by creating a multiplayer battle online arena game of their own that we know today as Heroes of the Storm in 2015.

Each year, these two competitor companies arrange international world championship events that attracts millions of viewers, whereas Blizzard literally struggles to get a steady bunch of spectators and now they are cancelling their 2019 eSports events.

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Blizzard Cancelled Heroes of the Storm Esports 2019

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Whenever it comes to take part in the world-class gaming events, every other renowned franchise in MOBA games offers massive prize pool for the winners and on that comparison Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC) has very little to offer.

Moreover, the company is moving their resources from development teams away from the game to work on other unnamed projects. Company president J. Allen Brack states this to be a hard decision and also claims that such action has led to new games that they are proud of today.

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We do understand that saying such actions in past has brought us some of the biggest games they ever made, is just a desperate attempt to try and convince their fans who are very pissed at them these days due to their recent negligence to what the community really wants.

The step to scale back development of the game is caused by many new and unannounced projects they are currently working on. To help those stand on their feet, they decided to swing talented heads for their years of expertise and skills.

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Heroes of the Dorm Cancelled Too

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Without going into much deception, they also cleared out that even though they plan on continue supporting the game, fearing players may start outright abandoning the title but the devs will do that with a fewer flow of content release from this point.

The company has obviously choosing other priorities and it led them to cancel two of the major upcoming eSports events for Heroes of the Storm in 2019, HGC and Heroes of the Dorm series. Thanking the fans and players for their support, the official site has echoed somewhat the same dialogues.

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Ever since we got past the BlizzCon 2018 event, Blizzard Entertainment is slowly revealing their dark side that doesn't know what the fans want from them anymore and is constantly at fan backlash that started with the announcement of Diablo Immortal.

Only a month after that PR disaster, they are slowly cutting off support for Heroes of the Storm now. Blizzard has been taken over by Activision recently and the shareholders clearly want them to pursue projects that drive more money. This way, they will effectively kill popular franchises one by one in time.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Hearthstone Rastakhan's Rumble Single-Player Mode Rumble Run

Hearthstone adds new single-player mode Rumble Run for their newly released expansion Rastakhan's Rumble.

During the BlizzCon 2018 event, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment announced the newest expansion pack Rastakhan's Rumble for their free-to-play online collectible card game Hearthstone, which has now introduced a brand new single-player mode.

Titled Rumble Run, this mode is similar to the single-player content of the game like Dungeon Run and Monster Hunt. It will let you challenge AI opponents into deck-building puzzle and is made available from today, December 13, 2018 for Android and iOS devices, Mac and PC.

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Hearthstone Rastakhan's Rumble Single-Player Mode Rumble Run

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Even though the latest expansion came out on December 4, the solo mode waited a few weeks extra to drop in. The game lets players start as young troll Rikkar and pick a Shrine as his faction for the run to defeat champions from other factions in the arena.

You start with a class, 10 Health and with a weak deck to enter for your first match. For defeating a boss, you gain extra 5 Health each time and can gain up to 45 Health by the time the eighth and final boss arrives. Additionally, participants get new cards for each victory to make their deck stronger.

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The only setback of losing is that one has to start over and that is only understandable, right? People having the option to choose from different classes and explore the random elements scattered around are the appealing charm that gives it replay value.

Although Rastakhan's Rumble has been receiving mostly positive feedback from fans, some are complaining that the newest set is relatively weaker than the earlier and with modes like Rumble Run, there is always scope for newer cards to shine.

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For years now, Hearthstone has been a successful competitive collectible card game title from Blizzard that has millions of the fans engaged since 2014. A several few expansions later, the game is still relevant to the players and the developers continue to pour in contents for them.

Currently, the king of digital card game genre, the title has over 100 million registered players that are making hundreds of millions each year, generating one quarter of the total market revenue alone and such new experiences like Rumble Run will only keep it going.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Gameplay Trailer

The new gameplay trailer for Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales showcases how an ordinary card game has evolved into a great RPG adventure.

The dark world of Witchers and monsters you remember from The Witcher series of games by developer/publisher CD Projekt Red gets a spin-off in the form of an upcoming free-to-play collectible card game, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales.

The game will feature cross-platform play and is currently scheduled to release for PC on 23 October. It will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 4 December, 2018. Recently, a gameplay trailer is released for this single-player role-playing strategy adventure.

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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Gameplay Trailer

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The newly released official gameplay trailer offers the detailed first-look at the in-game world derived from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.




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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales focuses on a prominent character that remains largely unexplored throughout the lore, Queen Meve of Lyria and Rivia. It helped the developers create a unique game yet maintain a link to The Witcher saga.

Those who have played Gwent: The Witcher Card Game before would recognize many aspects of these games pretty similar since it allows players to make moves on the vast area of the exploration map as Meve and her army.

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Another Genre Classic

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Just like the world of Witcher, the maps are significantly bigger and filled with quests alongside events, locations and NPCs. By traveling around the world and encountering horrid creatures, you will gather supplies and resources necessary for your war camps.

You are to train your armed forces in camps where you need to upgrade them and boost their weapons before commencing into battles. Challenging conflict will present them during the campaign and epic battles will be fought where each action have consequences.

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The World of Witcher

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This anticipated card game is building a narrative-driven gameplay that offers various puzzles to solve and turn-based card battles. Even though that sounds like any typical game from the genre but the exploration to the expanded world of Witchers is an experience unlike any other.

Most of the card games are mostly an extension of games like Might & Magic VII or Magic: The Gathering. Thronebreaker however, takes inspiration from these classic digital card game titles and improves in overall to stand proud.

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.