Showing posts with label Free-to-Play. Show all posts
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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Vigor Season 2: Hunters Live Now

Hunters arrive into Outlands as Season 2 of free-to-play loot shooter title Vigor goes live on Xbox One.

With arrival of a new season, developer/publisher Bohemia Interactive is planning to make it easy for Outlanders to keep track of progress in free-to-play multiplayer shooter game Vigor as they released Update 2.0: Hunters on Xbox One.

Season 2 will be introducing some changes in Battle Pass system for better as in past, only most dedicated players would have unlocked all great rewards in Battle Pass but now they are made more accessible due to players' feedback.

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Vigor Season 2: Hunters Live Now

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After recent inclusion of Preppers in post-war Norway, a new deadly class of survivors known as Hunters is added. Some of them are expert at tracking their prey, few can aim for absolute accuracy and many are just good at looting.

Most common weapon that Hunters usually prefer carrying is a crossbow, which is designed for single shot kills. Also, legendary weapon Mosin–Nagant rifle from Xbox Game Preview period is making a return for this hunting season.

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Season 2 Tools & Weapons

RELATED: Vigor Update 1.1: Bridges Live Now

An expert tracker doesn't rely on any scopes and often times they fool others using fake glint tool to reflect sunlight for distraction. Even camping within bushes is no longer safe for any Outlanders when one carries a portable signal detector.

First blood Hunters can show their pride using themed full-body uniform, emote, headwear and weapon skins through latest customization options. Aside from Battle Pass season, changes were made to in-game store following Update 1.2.1.

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Hunters Battle Pass

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Bohemia Interactive is focusing more on gameplay stability and players can keep track of all changes on changelog from title screen directly. Price point for cosmetic items was reduced recently to make them easily obtainable for players.

Vigor Update 2.0: Hunters have worked out some shooting mechanism like bullet penetration, damage over distance etc. To keep tabs on Update Preview program, you can keep an eye on regular streams of associate partners.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Apex Legends Season 4 Launch Trailer

Respawn reveals official launch trailer for Season 4: Assimilation of free-to-play battle royale shooter Apex Legends.

In anticipation of upcoming Season 4, free-to-play battle royale game Apex Legends has already teased its players a new Legend a few days ago who made a chilling debut in a shocking animated short before getting a full reveal today.

More details on newest playable character, Battle Pass and weapons are dropped by developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher Electronic Arts in latest launch trailer for Season 4: Assimilation, coming on February 4, 2020.

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Apex Legends Season 4 Launch Trailer

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A mysterious new Legend named Revenant is ready to spread his reign of terror on the Arena in recent new trailer.




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Respawn has previously released images of Hammond Robotics representative and a new contender Forge, who showed up in a talk show interview discussing his successes before being interrupted and getting killed by Revenant.

He is apparently taking Forge's place and has been a former assassin for Mercenary Syndicate. Although he used to be a human, extensive experiments and robotics has turned him into a nightmarish cyborg of death over time.

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He is designed to kill and then forget everything but now, programming has eventually failed and all he wants is retribution. Since he doesn't need a reason to kill anymore, it wouldn't bother him to take it upon a few Legends of Apex.

Get your hands on Sentinel bolt-action sniper rifle to take down rivals with unmatched accuracy in medium or long-range combat. Charge it using shield battery to deal heavy damage on enemy shields and make quick work of them.

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Sentinel Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle

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Season 4 Battle Pass will include exclusive legendary skins and weapons in an attempt to make things better. Plus, there are Daily and Weekly Challenges to let players earn Apex coins, crafting metals. packs, quips, XP boosts and more.

Apex Legends is currently available to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms for free. Season 4 is also marking one year anniversary of Respawn's widely-popular online shooter next month and things are expected to shake-up.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Half-Life Games Will Be Free-to-Play Through March 2020

Valve made announcement of making Half-Life series of games free-to-play for next two months on Steam.

On 21st anniversary celebration of original Half-Life series of games, developer/publisher Valve Corporation made announcement of their upcoming flagship VR game titled Half-Life: Alyx that is set to arrive soon on March 2020.

Keeping that in mind, Valve has recently made Half-Life games free-to-play on Steam for next two months, until Alyx launches. This is a huge opportunity for all newcomers and veteran players to catch up to this iconic franchise once again.

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Half-Life Games Will Be Free-to-Play Through March 2020

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From original Half-Life of 1998 to its latter addition of DLC missions like Blue Shift and Opposing Force are included. Also joining this free lineup is Half-Life 2 with its add-on episodes; Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

Valve has made it so that players can now play these old titles to get acquainted with characters and story elements while catching up to all past events that have led things to their VR-exclusive Half-Life prequel game HL: A.

RELATED: Half-Life: Alyx for VR Announced

Mainline games of HL series features theoretical physicist Gordon Freeman as protagonist who tries to save humanity from an alien invasion that originated from an inter-dimensional rift created after an experiment gone wrong.

Entire series received critical-acclaim from critics and players alike for its narrative style and puzzle solving. One of his closest allies named Alyx Vance will be appearing as lead character in next virtual reality game of the franchise.

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After sitting down for more than a decade, Valve has finally returned to game development business. Although fans are not getting long-anticipated Half-Life 3 just yet, a VR game set within same universe has everyone hyped regardless.

Entire first-person shooter games of Half-Life are currently available for Linux, Mac and PC platform. Half-Life: Alyx would run compatible with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, Windows Mixed Reality and Valve Index headsets.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Fortnite Getting New Creative Mode Liferun

Epic Games to add new Creative mode game Liferun for Fortnite, which will debut shortly at PAX South.

Aside from its lesser known survival-shooter game mode Save the World and free-to-play battle royale, Fortnite added a Creative mode in late 2018 that allows players freedom to freely build arena and even new games modes.

Reportedly, developer/publisher Epic Games will include a new Creative mode titled "Liferun" for Fortnite where people will get busy saving lives instead of getting kills and it will be first showcased shortly at PAX South 2020.

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Fortnite Getting New Creative Mode Liferun

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Players will be taking on roles of heroic Red Cross workers and race to save lives in golf carts through maps in four different missions. In a recent partnership with International Red Cross, this mode is developed by Team Evolve.

Liferun gets officially revealed between January 17 and January 19 at PAX South, San Antonio, Texas. Renowned streamers DrLupo, Lachlan and ONE_shot_GURL will be right there to play the game directly from convention.

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On Twitter, user ShiinaBR has shared some images from upcoming brand-new custom game mode "Liferun".



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Epic Games have yet to announce whether or not Creative mode Liferun will be a limited time collaboration/crossover event or here to stay as a permanent addition to Fortnite but we can expect it to last for a few weeks at least.

While some players are whining about Season 1 of Fortnite Chapter 2 being too long since it will run until February 2020 and no content update coming before next season, a new Creative mode is actually a breath of fresh air for many.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Fortnite is Highest-Earning Video Game of 2019

Even after seeing a 25% less profit than last year, Fortnite of Epic Games remained a top-earning game of 2019.

For past few years, developer/publisher Epic Games has been dominating video game sphere with their free-to-play online battle royale game Fortnite as well as its own genre by competing with titles like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.

Fortnite Battle Royale still remains the highest-grossing games of 2019 when it comes to overall revenue, even though it has seen a drastic 25% downward trend in profits compared to previous year, according to a recent report from SuperData.

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Fortnite is Highest-Earning Video Game of 2019

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In a recent review of digital gaming space, Neilsen Company SuperData revealed that Fortnite took top spot in profit charts for second year in a row by generating $1.8 billion revenue despite seeing a 25% decrease from $2.4 billion of 2018.

Due to their approach to overly popular battle royale genre with a free-to-play business model, Fortnite has appealed to many people. Epic Games also hosted high-profile eSports events to heavily promote their pride jewel to a mass audience.

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Moreover, collaborations with major franchises like Avengers, Batman, John Wick and Star Wars has drawn more players to the game. Lately, Fortnite premiered brand-new footage The Rise of Skywalker ahead of its theatre release.

During these limited time crossovers events, bundle of themed cosmetic items and Battle Passes are sold through in-game digital storefront known as Item Shop that players can pick up spending real-world money, thus generating revenue.

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Other free-to-play games generating a billion dollar revenue are Dungeon Fighter Online, Honour of Kings, League of Legends, Candy Crush Saga, Pokémon Go, Crossfire, Fate/Grand Order, Game for Peace and Last Shelter: Survival.

Although AAA-title release number is reduced, heading over to mobile platform has been a successful move for major publishers. Both Call of Duty: Mobile and Mario Kart Tour were able to offer experience of their console counterparts.

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Fortnite Crossover Events

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Two highest-grossing games of 2019 were FIFA 20 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, earning $786 million $645 million respectively. In comparison, free-to-play titles have earned so much more than these annual blockbuster series.

Most of those titles made it to the top due to their accessibility to players on PC, consoles or handhelds. In spite of taking a 5% dip in 2019 for year-over-year contrast, premium game revenue has totaled to a whopping $18.9 billion.

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Epic Games has done a great job in keeping Fortnite Battle Royale still relevant to have players engaged and invested. Many of their seasonal events and regular content updates are what drawing its player community across all platforms.

Last year, entire world of Fortnite was sucked into a black hole for few days nearing end of Season 10 and everything returned shortly afterwards introducing Chapter 2 of the game, signaling to continue a triumphant run in 2020 as well.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Vigor Update 1.2: Preppers Live Now, Introduces Battle Pass

Bohemia Interactive brings out Update 1.2: Preppers for free-to-play survival game Vigor on Xbox One, includes Battle Pass.

After spending a year in Xbox Game Preview program, developer/publisher Bohemia Interactive fully released free-to-play multiplayer shooter game Vigor on August 2019 for Xbox One and continues to roll frequent updates.

Following launch of Update 1.1: Bridges earlier, player community has conveyed their feedback to dev team as always and many of those concerns were addressed into latest Update 1.2: Preppers with added improvements.

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Vigor Update 1.2: Preppers Live Now, Introduces Battle Pass

RELATED: Vigor Update 1.1: Bridges Live Now

In post-war Norway, only very best of Outlanders have managed to get a hazmat suit for themselves and are known as Preppers. These folks are always prepared for almost any situations and very resourceful when it comes to survival.

Having a Prepper-like mentality will make you one of them and help you thrive in hazardous environments or widespread outbreak. Try to keep some homemade tools near you or at repertoire for any unexpected encounter.

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Full Hazmat Suits

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New handy tools such as alarm trap, contact bomb and transmitter are added in latest patch. Alarm trap will reveal nearby trespassers, contact bomb is there to take care of them and transmitter deceives radio signal detector.

Although these tools would require space and take up your scarce inventory slots, these are often come up as lifesavers. Players can either scavenge for them outdoors or craft them using blueprints included in Battle Pass.

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Preppers Battle Pass

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Preppers update has launched crafting boosters to craft your preferred loadout faster than usual and be ready before getting into a gunfight. All you need now are some proper plans and adequate materials to get what you want.

1.2 comes along with improvements like new guns, moving targets and variety of challenge options for shooting range. Those who donate more food to people in need via charity box will become eligible for better rewards in future.

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Introducing Crafting Boosters

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Vigor has finally introduced a Battle Pass for Outlanders to make it easy for everyone to keep track of their progression. Almost every actions of your playthrough will earn you XP now and there are many easy ways to get some.

You can start farming XP by doing something as simple as collecting resources, open crates, send food for people in need, try to polish your aiming skills at shooting range and a couple more things just to mention a few activities.

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Christmas in Outlands

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Earning more experience points helps you level up in Battle Pass and offer you cool rewards on your journey but if you want to reap better prizes, you can get a Premium Battle Pass anytime during the season to unlock all rewards.

In spirit of holiday season, Update 1.2: Preppers will bring a thematic change in Vigor by doing a Christmas makeover on all maps and your shelters to help Outlanders cheer up in post-war struggles and maybe even feel a bit festive.

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Elder Scrolls: Legends Halts Development

Bethesda to hold development for The Elder Scrolls: Legends, effectively cancelling its console launch and further updates.

Expanding on popular fantasy action role-playing series The Elder Scrolls, free-to-play collectible card game The Elder Scrolls: Legends from Bethesda Softworks has enjoyed average success on PC platform since its release back in 2017.

In a latest announcement on a social media post, Bethesda confirmed that development for TES: Legends has now been put on hold for indefinite period of time, therefore cancelling its upcoming official console launch and content updates.

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends Halts Development

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Community manager for Legends, Christian Van Hoose recently stated on Reddit that players would still be able to enjoy online or single-player modes and will receive continued support for monthly rewards and all in-game events.

However, any pre-planned expansion or update from March 2019 development roadmap is now effectively canceled. So far, they have rolled out three out of four DLC card packs and only the fourth one set to arrive on winter got axed.

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In an interview last year, Bethesda senior vice president of marketing, Pete Hines said that Legends was in a stable form in terms of number of players and he expressed that console release would likely to help that number grow.

In their keynote event at E3 2018, further plans for launch of a Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version was revealed with a scheduled window set for later that year, which never really saw light of the day.

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Original developer studio Dire Wolf Digital for TES: Legends was replaced by Sparkypants Studios in last summer, because publisher Bethesda wanted to move to a new direction and had nothing to do with their overall work.

Looks like Bethesda Softworks is more eager to focus their efforts on other projects like highly-anticipated The Elder Scrolls VI, a sequel to critically-acclaimed The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and next mainline entry into named franchise.

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Due to development halt, any amount spends on in-game items are now potentially wasted. To address this trouble and make good to players, a pack of three-attribute cards "The Tamriel Collection" is offered as free giveaway for everyone.

Despite a rise of trend in digital card games genre lately, The Elder Scrolls: Legends has failed to stay relevant to fans over time competing with titles like Hearthstone, Gwent, Magic: The Gathering Arena and Shadowverse.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Dota 2: Outlanders Update Details

Valve introduces biggest gameplay changes for Dota 2 is latest Outlanders update by adding two new heroes and more.

Although efforts for spin-off title of Dota 2 have not been much successful, this multiplayer online battle arena game from developer/publisher Valve Corporation is still largely focused on their player community on PC platform.

At their annual eSports world championship "The Invitational" this year, Valve revealed two new characters coming to their renowned MOBA title with a host of improvement to core gameplay in latest Outlanders update.

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Dota 2: Outlanders Update Details

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Also known to fans as gameplay update 7.23, it brings wide array of changes that are hard to keep track of for anyone. However, it will help recruit new players into fold and add more depth for veterans to get back on course.

Outlanders update adds brand-new content by introducing two previously revealed heroes, a reworked map and tons of items. These two new recruits have joined battlefield with their unique set of skills to make their mark.

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Joining in as first hero, Void Spirit is here to unite with his spirit brethren and offer a showcase of his powers.




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Having mastery over dark matter of an alternate dimension, Void Spirit is elder among his spirit brothers who carefully observe all. In battle, he will aid Earth Spirit, Ember Spirit and Storm Spirit with his elemental powers to lead charges.

He can pull remnant aspects of himself and stand ground towards a single direction to strike at enemies when in contact range. These hollow constructs can act as guard and can be placed strategically to set an elaborate yet simple trap.

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New Carry Hero Void Spirit

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Using his enigmatic ability to step in and out of mortal plane, Void Spirit can vanish and reappear from a number of portals. Appointed as a carry, he has a defense move of generating a protective shield that take damage and hits back.

Then there is his quick charge attack at approaching adversaries that not only injures them but leaves a void mark. It will eventually slow their movements down and make them explode shortly after he rips through reality.

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A hardened granny goblin who loves to make cookies, Snapfire is joining Dota 2 and Dota Underlords very soon.




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This grandma goodness carries a scattergun to scare intruders off and treats her close ones with yummy cookies. She heads into battle on her trusty dragon Mortimer that is almost identical to Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon.

Matching notes from her reveal trailer, Snapfire is going to be a support hero who would buff her teammates with baked cookies. Her normal attack would involve a ranged shotgun and would use lizard mount for mobility.

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New Support Hero Void Snapfire

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A powerful machine gun on her mount would act as a long-range primary nuke, which is probably because she is here for buffing and damage. Despite being small in size, she sure packs a heavy punch through her cooking and shooting skills.

Her pet lizard spits a molten ball of fire called "Mortimer Kisses" that completely wrecked Timbersaw's armor in the trailer above. When launched at aimed opponents, those burning globs will deal damage and slow them down.

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As part of general changes, all players will have their own courier from now on and their leveling is tied to heroes they belong to. Respawn time and values for XP bounties will both max out once someone is above level 25.

There is a new level cap of 30 for each hero and once you reach that point, entire talent tree will be unlocked. Even if you are under spell immunity, magic that can penetrate that resistance would deal damage to target as well.

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All items that were previously available on base are now exclusively on Secret Shop but bottle has been removed. Newly added neutral building type Outposts will be set in past location of Side Shops and drop unique items to share with allies.

Almost every other playable hero has gone through at least some changes or had a particular ability tweaked. For more detailed information on biggest changes of Outlanders Update, read out full Patch Notes from official Dota 2 site.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Crusader Kings 2 Permanently Free-to-Play

Paradox Interactive announces grand strategy game Crusader Kings II going free-to-play forever to celebrate PDXCON 2019.

In order to celebrate their oncoming annual convention, PDXCON, Swedish video game developer/publisher Paradox Interactive is offering widely popular grand strategy game Crusader Kings II to play for free on Steam.

This cult medieval action title is not just given for a limited time only but has gone free-to-play now and its official announcement has no end date. Paradox has confirmed the change and it is no longer available for purchase on official site either.

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Crusader Kings 2 Permanently Free-to-Play

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Following its release back in early 2012, CK2 has been on many giveaway or sales and if you have somehow missed all of that, then now is a great chance to grab a copy and start forming your own dynasty through European history.

There is more than a dozen of expansion packs released already and almost all of them are currently on sale at 50% discount. So, you can expand your experience even beyond the base game with any major DLC in under $5 only.

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Players are to come up with tactics of war and form helpful alliances to ensure succession of their dynasty. However, it has more complexity in terms of gameplay mechanics than typical feudal sandbox games of same category.

Paradox has recently revealed Crusader Kings III at PDXCON 2019, a follow-up sequel to Crusader Kings II that is set to arrive on 2020. CK2 going free-to-play is a great strategy to draw in many new players into grand strategy genre.