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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Hollow Knight: Silksong Revealed

Following the success of Hollow Knight, indie studio Team Cherry has recently revealed a sequel titled Silksong.

Originally started its journey as a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 for classic 2D adventure, Hollow Knight has turned out to be a universally acclaimed Metroidvania video game from Australian developer/publisher studio Team Cherry.

Following release, the title received several major content update for free and while they were working on another of their post-launch expansions, it eventually outgrew from its original scope and turned out to be a potential sequel titled Hollow Knight: Silksong.

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Hollow Knight: Silksong Revealed

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Team Cherry has officially revealed Silksong via a brand-new trailer that offer a brief glimpse into what players are getting into.




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Previously appearing on HK as a lethal hunter and a self-proclaimed protector of Hallownest, Hornet came into way of the titular insectoid Knight more than once and now has finally become a playable character on her own game.

She was always intended to go on her solo adventure set in a new world but they realized too late that it has outsized to be just a downloadable content anymore and the decided to make it a sequel with bosses, enemies and quests for fans.

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Adventure of Hornet

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To learn more about what is going on behind the scene, be sure to watch the developer diary by lead designers Ari Gibson and William Pellen below.




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Even though no official date of release is set yet, developers are currently planning to bring the sequel for Linux, Mac, PC and Nintendo Switch platforms with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are to follow later at some point.

Also, Kickstarter backers of original Hollow Knight will receive Hollow Knight: Silksong for free upon release and those who have pledged them with more than AU $10 can even select Switch their preferred platform instead of PC.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Final Fantasy XIV Free on Twitch Prime

Windows PC version of Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition is free for Twitch Prime users until May 3rd!

For those who have been meaning to get into the world of massively multiplayer online role-playing game Final Fantasy XIV from developer/publisher Square Enix for some time, Twitch Prime subscription has you covered for now.

Users of Amazon's popular Prime subscription service can get a free copy of this popular MMORPG title from today until the offer runs out on May 3, 2019. So, whether or not you are having second thoughts, you have time to take a decision.

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Final Fantasy XIV Free on Twitch Prime

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You are allowed to play through up to level 50 and will have access to all the content that came out before first Heavensward expansion. In your 30 days time of given playtime, you can easily get more than one of your favorite jobs.

The best part of it is that, you don't need to make a separate character and your one character is more than capable of doing every job in FF14. Usually a free trial for the game offers players to get jobs until level 35 but there are no caps like that in this case.

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This promotional run will likely to bring more players rallying up for the upcoming FFXIV expansion Shadowbringers that is all set to arrive on July 2, 2019 for Mac, PC and PlayStation 4. You have to buy certain expansions to play certain jobs like Astrologian or Red Mage anyway.

To enter the world of Final Fantasy XIV with starter edition will cost you only $19.99 but Twitch Prime is giving it away for free. So, you might as well take this chance up while you can and save the money to spend on something else later.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Escape from Tarkov Devs Hits Another YouTuber With DMCA

After going against Eroktic, Escape from Tarkov developers tries to silence another YouTuber with DMCA complaints.

Although Digital Millennium Copyright Act was meant for movie, music or video game industry to have legal rights over the unauthorized use of their intellectual property, it has been used by many to harass streamers on YouTube and Twitch lately.

What happens here is that developer Battlestate Games of multiplayer tactical shooter game Escape from Tarkov repeating an act of misusing DMCA complaints on a content creator on YouTube after doing the same thing last month for the same reason.

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Escape from Tarkov Devs Hits Another YouTuber With DMCA

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Right after that news caught enough attention, another YouTuber running the handle "EL_Dee" came out sharing a similar story of receiving 47 claims from DMCA for video content on EFT for the given reason of using the watermark and logo of the Russian studio.

This is clearly a ridiculous excuse to hit someone with DMCA takedowns over false accusations by the developer team, because every other content creator does so. EL_Dee claims that their channel was singled out for allegedly creating "negative hype".

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When reached out for comments, a representative of Battlestate informed after a month stating that the claims were submitted almost 8 months ago by a company named AbsolutSoft, who were working on parts of the game then.

They also said that after their situation with Eroktic earlier, they are being very careful with anything that led to legal process. However, AbsolutSoft is a subcontractor for them and has links to their game producer Nikita Buyanov.

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Even though developers are unwilling to take any responsibility over this, Buyanov himself requested EL_Dee personally to take down his negative videos from YouTube before the channel got hit with claims. You can see screenshot of that posted on Reddit.

Whether or not Battlestate or Buyanov was involved against EL_Dee to issue those DMCA complaints, the studio is trying to evade any involvement and is avoiding any responsibility for causing these creators lose money from videos.

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In December 2018, Battlestate Games have chose to abuse DMCA by issuing over 47 copyright strikes against YouTube channel Eroktic, saying the videos were spreading negative hype using inaccurate information and even tried justifying their action.

When this news hit the web, both the community of players and other content creators rallied up in his support and Battlestate took back all of their claims except two. However, their unethical business practices made everyone distasteful at them.

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In both of the cases, Battlestate actually had no problem with the YouTubers using their content. In fact, what they were trying to do was hold back negative hype being created from their video as Eroktic originally exposed a leak of two million player profiles.

Of course the goal of DMCA was to give content creators and copyright holders the means to fight back anyone using their material without consent but if a corporation decides to exploit its merits to shut down any criticism, it is a real concern for everyone.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Artifact Loses 97% Players

Only two months after its debut, Valve's online card game Artifact has lost over 97% players and still declining.

For the past few years, Hearthstone was dominating the ever growing market of online digital collectible card game genre and Artifact has debuted in November 2018 as an answer to the game from developer/publisher Valve Corporation.

Sure, Valve has a history of delivering huge hits like Half-Life and Left 4 Dead franchise that fans still love till date but sadly for their latest release, not even card game players are showing any interest as it is currently facing a concurrent player drop.

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Artifact Loses 97% Players

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Initially, the game has launched two months ago with a simultaneous players number of 60,740 at that time. By next month on December, it was surpassed by No Man's Sky on Steam and from ever since, that downward trend is showing no sign of stopping.

Seeing an all time low, their playerbase has come down to a drop of 97.5% in just two months after release and ranking at 145 on Steam Charts. Even Valve's first-person puzzle-platform and critically-acclaimed game of 2011, Portal 2 has more players online.

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Apparently, the DOTA 2 inspired card game is failing to pick up any interest among players and there are a number of reasons for that. The crown-jewel of online card game is following a free-to-play model, whereas Artifact is charging everyone $19.99 only to buy the game.

However, fans who believed in the developer still took part in the alternative model but when it was revealed that you simply cannot get newer cards without spending real money; it sparked a huge wave of complaints within the community.

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In the weeks that followed, it became very clear that Valve is not attracting new players to their anticipated online trading card game. Moreover, many angry people bombed the game's Steam page with negative reviews for their shoddy monetization scheme.

The developer tried to do damage control by adding balance and leveling where one could earn new decks by simply playing which was followed by an update that re-balanced some of the overpowered cards but it didn't help to impress their fallen playerbase.

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When Valve finally decided to return into making video games and roped in world-famous game designer Richard Garfield for the development of DOTA 2 based card game experience, people were genuinely hyped but seems like all of it was for seemingly nothing.

Artifact could have possibly made it if they chose to follow a free-to-play system rather than their widely criticized pay-to-play model on top of the staring fee of $19.99 bucks that no other title of the same genre has asked for ever, turning it into one of the most disappointing releases on Steam.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Expansion Announced

Dragons are heading to Elder Scrolls Online in Elsweyr expansion as the Season of the Dragon is announced for 2019.

For the last five years, developer ZeniMax Online Studios and publisher Bethesda Softworks has been keeping their massively multiplayer online role-playing title Elder Scrolls Online bigger and more exciting with dangerous new challenges.

The next saga in Tamriel will continue to grow in similar fashion on the upcoming year-long Season of the Dragon story chapter, introducing the mythical fire-breathing creatures alongside the feline race of Khajiit and deadly mercenaries.

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Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Expansion Announced

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To herald the official announcement of Elsweyr expansion for ESO, Bethesda released a cinematic trailer recently.




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Elsweyr takes you to an epic quest that is the third major arc of ESO after it came out in 2014 and it will kick off with Wrathstone DLC dungeon pack before continuing throughout the rest of 2019 with newer dungeon and zone DLC packs.

The adventure will be unlike anything any fans have ever experienced and without tying with other stories into it, the entire chapter will run through in a continuous series of narratives from beginning to the very end.

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Season of The Dragon Begins!

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The update takes players to Elsweyr, the fantasy land of beloved cat people Khajiit for laying out foundation of a four-part story and according to details, it will be nearly as expanded as Summerset zone and there will be at least 30 hours of gameplay.

While checking out the incredible surroundings, you can take part in new challenging group events called Dragon Attacks or get into a 12-player Sunspire trial mode. The scorching deserts and grasslands will be reflecting the ancient culture and history of this realm.

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Master The Necromancer Class

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A powerful new class Necromancer is also added for you to master, who are well versed in forbidden arts can raise and command the undead and cast powerful elemental spells. One of the three skills they posses allow them to extend life from death itself.

Priced $59.99 only, pre-purchasing the expansion will immediately reward you with exclusive Rahd-m’Athra mount as well as a bunch of bonus in-game content at release. Buying the Standard or Collector's Edition digitally gives you access to base game, Morrowind and Summerset chapter.

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Pre-order Bonus Rahd-m’Athra Mount

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Since Season 8 of the fan-favorite fantasy drama TV series Game of Thrones is returning on 2019, Bethesda is probably trying to mach up the hype among ESO players by bringing in "Season of the Dragon" storyline to make people forget the Fallout 76 debacle. Just sayin'.

On June 4, 2019, Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr will be launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.  Starting May 20, early access will begin for Mac and PC, because everyone and their allies that would head over to Tamriel will not be from consoles.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Celeste Developers Cancelled Making Skytorn

Developers of Celeste cancelled their new 2D Metroidvania action game Skytorn, years in the making.

Noel Berry was the co-developer of 2018 platformer video game Celeste alongside Matt Thorson, which ended up winning in the "Best Independent Game" category at The Game Awards 2018 aside from receiving universal acclaim from critics.

He was also working on another Metroidvania game titled Skytorn from five years ago and the development was postponed for the making of the best indie title of last year but Berry always said that he would finish the game in future, until now.

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Celeste Developers Cancelled Making Skytorn

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People who knew about the project were very excited for it and the team behind the game invested a lot of time into it but unfortunately, they have come to the decision of not finishing the game anymore. It was mostly because they never figured out what they were making.

Even after working on it for years, they couldn't progress because they were developing a game without permadeath and that is contradictory with the themes of Metroidvania. At this point, it will require them to throw away a huge chunk of code and gameplay design.

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Just have a look at the amazing glimpse of the gameplay preview for Skytorn that was originally planned to drop back in 2017.




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However, he assured that he is sticking together with the "Celeste" team as they will be adding some very hard new "Farewell Levels" to the game according to an announced earlier and will also be working on their upcoming title.

It is really a shame seeing all that beautiful sprites and level design going away in waste as Skytorn really had the potential to become the next indie blockbuster. Hopefully, the entire team will be able to move on with their next project at hand and implement this learning experience.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Artifact Adds Card Balance and Leveling

Valve's Dota-based digital card game Artifact has just received its first balancing patch with added features.

For long, developer/publisher Valve Corporation has been enjoying the success of their multiplayer online battle arena game DOTA 2 and then came up with a digital collectible card game Artifact based on the mythos of the community-created mod.

Debuted earlier on November 28, 2018 for Linux, Mac and PC, the title has been receiving quite an attention from critics and players. The game already got its first balance patch "Build Your Legend Update" for even more intense deck-building fun.

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Artifact Adds Card Balance and Leveling

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Players can now level up accounts with the newly deployed system, which will let them unlock tickets and card packs down the road. Ongoing card balance has a lot of perks for a digital game and realizing that, the company is just trying to embrace the change.

Valve has originally planned for the model to work like a normal trading card game and decided to ban cards only in emergency situations that calls for such action but they took a month to reach that conclusion. For more details on the changes made, take a look at the Patch Notes.

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After evaluating feedback from direct interactions, online suggestions and group discussions among their team members, they collectively decided to be flexible with improvisation. Those who have purchased the affected cards before can sell their cards back to the store within next two weeks.

However, players never expected to see a patch this soon after the launch of the game but it came as a statement from the developer team working on it. While the team was old-fashioned with some cards, they made significant alteration to others.

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Even only a few days ago, Artifact was listed among the bottom 10 of the top 100 best-selling games list on Steam and following the update, that place has significantly improved. People are mostly positive towards these new adjustments and hopefully the game is not dying down soon.

Seeing Valve taking such an agreeable approach to modification, we guess that there are more patches coming down for the foreseeable future. Despite the game being innovative, it pushes the player to spend more money and time, which can scare off many newcomers.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Escape from Tarkov Devs Silence YouTuber With DMCA Takedown

Escape from Tarkov developer Battlestate Games issues DMCA takedowns to stop YouTuber over false accusations.

Although copyright law Digital Millennium Copyright Copyright Act was originally intended to help content creators fight violations, it has a history of abuse as well. Things turned ugly this time between a Russian developer studio and a YouTuber.

Multiplayer tactical shooter title Escape from Tarkov developer team Battlestate Games have recently created a huge controversy within gaming community by issuing 47 DMCA claims on YouTube videos posted on the channel Eroktic.

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Battlestate Games Silence YouTuber With DMCA Takedown

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Recently, Eroktic received two copyright complaints targeting videos where the owner of the YouTube gaming channel discussed about an alleged security breach that could affect the user base of the game, based on information received from third-party.

The developers however, disproves of this claim and characterized them as misinformation and then to put a stop to these claims spreading any further, they submitted DMCA takedown claims against the videos posted on the channel to make them disappear.

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DMCA is actually designed to address copyright infringement and not to resolve other disputes, which was a problem in this case. One of the clips actually had seven seconds of in-game footage of Escape from Tarkov that comes under fair use but without any further investigation, they were taken down.

To make sure Eroktic will not be talking about their incompetence or spread "misinformation" anymore, Battlestate Games goes further to issue claims over 47 more videos from the esteemed channel that has no infringing material or whatsoever.

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They took Facebook to address the ongoing issue to the community but that didn't end well as you can see in the post below.



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The studio claims that user information such as passwords and personal details has not been leaked from their company database and Eroktic has falsely stated otherwise in his videos, thus damaging the company reputation.

Battlestate also said later that misinformation was only a partial reason for striking those videos and their primary concern was actually a potential "negative hype" that could've caused by them and that is how they are justifying their takedown actions.

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The problem with the DMCA act is that any infringement is an infringement regardless of the intent of both parties and that gives developers and publishers the opportunity to make such claims and looks like the studio in question is simply abusing the loophole.

To show solidarity with Eroktic channel, one of Battlestate's affiliated content creators OnepegMG has resigned while another influencer known as "Klean" decided not to continue creating his popular podcast Talking Tarkov anymore.

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Though many are alleging sites and YouTubers of clickbaiting as they are talking about the fiasco, we believe this is the one of the most effective way to reach out to the community. In fact, channels like BigfryTV and TheQuartering are fighting to get those strikes removed and help a fellow content creator.

Last year, YouTube star Felix Kjellberg AKA PewDiePie came under fire from co-founder of Firewatch developer Campo Santo after using a racial slur on a stream playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and threatened to issue DMCA takedown if he uses their content in any videos.