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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Paladins Lore Cinematic: "A Realm Divided"

As Hi-Rez Expo 2018 came hot on our tail with ongoing Paladins World Championship and the SMITE World Championship, the last day of the event came to an end with the fourth annual Cosplay Contest by Hi-Rez Studios. Meanwhile, the developer studio thought it would be a good time to drop some new video regarding an origin story for the game Paladins: Champions of the Realm that they've been making for us and meaning to show us for some time.

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Paladins Lore Cinematic – A Realm Divided

Hi-Rez Studios released a brand-new cinematic video on Paladins titled "A Realm Divided", which takes the players further into the unexplored legacy of the game.




"A Realm Divided" goes way back into the ancient history of the Paladins from their golden age when they used to fight wars against dragons with their magical power to restore order and balance to the world. After all was settled, the Paladins retired and the former among them formed a council of magistrates. For centuries, there were peace and order under their guidance but then came a time when crafted crystals became a new source of power that brought a new revolution.

RELATED: HRX 2018 Paladins and SMITE Cosplay

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A Realm Divided

However, the uses of this new crystals caused accidents and the council deemed the use of it by common folks should be prohibited. Grand Magister Karnes took a zero-tolerance policy on this matter only to rebelled by an ancient Paladin warrior. As the rebellion stands against the magistrates with weaponized crystal magic, the former took heavy damage but became more determined in their cause. So, the battle to restore balance to the realm begins and the lore of Paladins takes a new step towards expansion.

RELATED: Paladins: Battlegrounds Announced

Hi-Rez Studios presents Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free-to-play hero shooter game available to play on Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For their latest announcement of joining online multiplayer battle royale, the studio itself and the game is currently a hot-topic on the gaming industry for the past couple of days. Then the release of this cinematic short also hints that the game is being readied for a long race in the upcoming time.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Paladins: Battlegrounds Announced

With the insane amount of increasing popularity PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has managed to garner, multiplayer online battle royale has become the new obsession of gamers. Another renowned online shooter game is 2016's Overwatch from Blizzard Entertainment. There is another lesser known yet trendy hero shooter game on Steam from developer Hi-Rez Studios called Paladins: Champions of the Realm. The only difference is that people are not overhyped about Paladins like they are about PUBG or Overwatch.

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Paladins: Battlegrounds Announced

Recently, the creators of Paladins have announced a new battle royale mode for this fantasy hero-based shooter called "Paladins: Battlegrounds". Hi-Rez Studios have already released an official trailer for Paladins: Battlegrounds game mode for the free-to-play game.




As for multiplayer online battle royale goes, a maximum of 100 players will hunt down each other in a large map and loot whatever they can as they explore the area in Paladins: Battlegrounds. The hustle will go on until there is a last team of Champions or a single Champion remains standing. A new "Team Deathmatch" is announced as well as a new Champion named Moji and a mobile game, Paladins Strike.




From the very beginning of their run, Paladins has always been compared to Blizzard's Overwatch for their similarities and now they are about to closely adapt aspects of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Plus, there is the name "Battlegrounds", which clearly draws comparison towards the game. Hi-Rez begs to differ on this issue because, Paladins: Battlegrounds will be more like a last team standing type of play. However, dropping from sky and looting gears in between battle remains almost the same.

Hi-Rez Studios presents, Paladins is already available for free-to-play worldwide on Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Paladins: Battlegrounds is a battle royale game mode for the game which will be accessible sometime around 2018 on all existing platforms.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Telltale’s Walking Dead Collection Announced

Developer studio Telltale Games has successfully mastered the art of episodic graphic adventure narrating through their acclaimed Walking Dead series and that is no news to the fans or the world. Then came two installments, a spin-off and an oncoming season is also in the line for 2018 release. Sometimes, we do wonder what it would be like if there was a collection of all the episodes from Telltale’s The Walking Dead series packed into one? It seems that we are not the one thinking about that.

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Telltale’s Walking Dead Collection Announced

Looks like, Telltale has also entertained the idea of a bundle where all 19 episodes from Season 1-3 and Michonne mini-series will be included along with The Walking Dead: 400 Days. They have taken an initiative of bringing their award-winning Walking Dead series into one place. Check out the trailer Telltale has released recently for The Walking Dead Collection.




Now, this is not the only exciting news. Every episode that came out before "A New Frontier" was released will be graphically enhanced to experience the horrors of a post-apocalyptic world to a new scale. To give us a better idea of how the visual experience will differentiate from the earlier installments from the visually upgraded version, Telltale has gave us a peek with some awesome side-by-side shots for comparison.

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The Walking Dead Visual Upgrade Sample 01

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The Walking Dead Visual Upgrade Sample 02

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The Walking Dead Visual Upgrade Sample 03

Telltale’s The Walking Dead series tells a story of a bunch of zombie apocalypse survivors and the main plot is revolved around the character Clementine throughout all three seasons of the game. Reportedly, she will also be the primary protagonist of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, awaiting a 2018 release date. The studio also announced the return of renowned writer Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Eli) in the house to consult the theme for the final season.

The entire box set, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection will be available to play on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from December 5th, 2017. Sources tell that the collection will be priced $49.99 only for physical copies or digital downloads. Any release date of the version for PC, Mac, Android and iOS devices are yet to be announced.

Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

Back in August, during The International 2017 Dota 2 Competition, Valve made an announcement regarding Dota 2, which was highlighted for them introducing two brand-new heroes. Now, the Dota 2 7.07 Update titled "Dueling Fates" is here and players can download it from Steam, which will take up 1.8 GB of your space. Now, this update also brings some changes to the gameplay and a few other aspects of this free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game as well.

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Dota 2 Dueling Fates 7.07 Update

RELATED: Valve Confirms New Dota 2 Heroes

The first character among the two is anthropomorphic pangolin goes by the name Donté Panlin, the Pangolier. This dashing fellow from Nivan Gallants has a resembling appearance of a cat that is stylized in the manner of the feline protagonist from Puss in Boots. In the beginning, some even mistakenly considered him as an armadillo too. This guy is always-on defense, ready to take on any monster and woo any creature that he crosses paths with.

Then there goes the innocent-looking fairy-like creature named The Dark Willow Mireska Sunbreeze, who is not as harmless as she seems. She was born to a fae merchant king and is full of fae tricks to charge at her enemies. Since she was raised in Revtel, she adopted the norms of manipulation and murder quite naturally. As it molded her character, she eventually ended up killing her own family and set out to choose her own path in life.

The Tweet from the official Twitter handle of DOTA 2 has twitted about the "Dueling Fates" update that contains all the details.



As per the official patch notes, Dota 2 matchmaking rating system is more accurate now, which ensures a better gaming experience for everyone in the arena. In this revamped MMR system, ranked and unranked players both will now be ranked on a six-month seasonal system. The exciting news is that the first ranked season is starting off within two weeks. There will also be profile medal for players on each season for their max MMR.

Keeping your previous season’s MMR on note, all of your MMR will be re-calibrated at the end of each season. Hero guide system has gone through the update to make more easily accessible for all 115 available heroes. The Turbo Mode will reduce your average re-spawn time, while serving you up more gold and experience. Ability Draft has gotten a new interface and the players are now allowed to change hotkey order of abilities.

There are so many stuffs detailed in the original patch note that is nearly impossible to mount up here. So, you are welcome to check them out by following the link given in the Tweet.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Battle Chasers: Nightwar Released

Comic-book fans of Marvel Comics might have heard the name of the famous artist Joe Madureira (Astonishing X-Men, Ultimates 3), who rose to fame with his manga-styled drawing and left huge impact on the Uncanny X-Men series. He happens to be the creative brain behind the action role-playing hack and slash video game Darksiders. There was a time when he created a creator owned mini-series for Image Comics called Battle Chasers which did not receive an ending until now.

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar Released
Madureira formed Airship Syndicate in 2015 and started working on the game Battle Chasers: Nightwar, which is solely based on his own comic. Finally, we are getting some closure if not an ending at all. Always inspired by the sheer awesomeness of Japanese manga and anime, Joe wanted to bring back his creation to life and Nightwar is the completion of that dream.

Games like Final Fantasy, Lunar and Suikoden always fascinated him and the impact truly shows on his work, whether it is on paper or now flourishing in his own game. Whatever the fuel of his inspiration was, it worked out in the end. Because at that time, Battle Chasers topped many other superhero books out there and Battle Chasers: Nightwar has also shown promise to its Kickstarter campaign.

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The Devilhunter Alumon

Although he left Gully, Garrison, Red Monika and others behind after issue #9, his devoted fans who loved the series never let him forget about his unfinished work. Then came the formation of Vigil Games and Darksiders series. Vigil Games split up into two fractions; Airship Syndicate and Gunfire Games. The former is working on Battle Chasers: Nightwar and the latter is trying to make Darksiders 3 a reality.

Joe and his team had little to nothing to work on except years of working experience and they decided to come up with a plan to create an RPG that will have tactical turn based combat system. Since the cast of Battle Chasers universe was already pretty diverse and remarkably fit for what they are aiming for, it quickly became the subject of the game.

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World Full of Wonder

Then working on a prototype version for a year and more, seeking publishers for the project and getting ditched, leading them to head for Kickstarter. It was literally the last resort for the game to see light at the end of the tunnel and guess what? It created enough buzz among the gamers that publishers were also interested in taking another look at the project. Things got even better when old buddies from THQ Nordic offers a helping hand to take it to the next level.

The game is officially launched now after years of the path of struggle to reach out. Battle Chasers: Nightwar is currently available to play on Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Nintendo Switch owners however have to wait till the end of the year, December 31 to get their hands on this game.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Battle Chasers: Nightwar Artwork Released

After THQ was declared bankrupt, developers of Darksiders and Darksiders II from Vigil Games have formed Airship Syndicate. Their creative director and CEO Joe Madureira (Astonishing X-Men, Ultimates 3) happen to be a veteran comic-book artist for Marvel Comics and needless to say that his run on the industry was quite legendary as he played a key-role in revolution of the long-running Uncanny X-Men series.

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar Artwork Released

In his time as an artist for Image Comics, he left a series; Battle Chasers unfinished and when his team of Airship Syndicate selected the title to be made into their first turn-based RPG project, both Joe and his die-hard fans were jumping with joy in excitement. The game, Battle Chasers: Nightwar is going to see its release on October, 2017 and lead artist Joe Mad has released a couple pieces of concept arts ahead of the release.

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Gully

Most of the chat in this game takes place via 'dialogue portraits' as it used to be in the old days RPGs. Some of the characters were done before they came up with the concept for it. For example, the major role of the series is of a little girl named Gully. In the comic-book arc, she is younger but here in the game, she is more grown up now. The hood of her cloak is over her head now and she doesn't wear shorts anymore.

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Garrison

The second in line is the sword-wielding, lone-warrior Garrison. Though, he is not the character that the plot revolves around, yet he is the primary male protagonist here. Considering all other facts in hand, his design layouts probably remained the closest to the original he had.

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Red Monika

The game certainly is bringing back the gun-toting, beautifully voluptuous bounty hunter Red Monika. They had to bring her for her link with both Gully and Garrison. Here, her design gets under some changes as ‘proportions’ of her frame is slightly changed. While playing, she will have to jump around, fire those guns in her disposal and all that. So, Joe maintained a balance of keeping her agile and sexy at the same time, even though the changes have upset a lot of fans.

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Knolan

A wizard, who is fighting the good fight for centuries, Knolan is the same old' grumpy gandolf as ever. A mentor to Gully, his final designs also remained as closed to the original as was in the books.

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Calibretto

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Calibretto Concept Art

Another fan-favorite character from the series was the war golem Calibretto, who joined the heroes in their noble quest. This gentle giant returns as the fabled story has started adapting into a modern RPG and by the looks of it, the color scheme of his armor got brighter. Otherwise, every other aspect is almost the same as they were when we saw them on printed pages.

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Alumon

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Alumon Concept Art

Battle Chasers: Nightwar has introduced a brand-new character for the game, who never debuted on the pages of comic before. A demon hunter in nature, Alumon was added to the Battle Chasers roster of heroes after fans have stretched a goal on the Kickstarter campaign for the game. Alumon uses dark magic and he is a mysterious persona whom you might mistake as a villainous figure at first. The mask on his face is partially responsible for that vibe though.

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar Splash Art

Joe did the first piece of splash art for Battle Chasers: Nightwar, that colorist Christian Lichtner has later touched up. Now, this was the first time he drew the characters for the first time in many years and given the fact that the original colorist from the series also collaborated on this piece, made it even special.

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar Alternate Splash Art

The first piece of splash art is amazing and there are no doubts about it. Then, Madureira created another alternate version of the original. This one featured his line art and Grace Liu poured life in it with his exceptional coloring skills. This took quite a long time to finish as the artist constantly ran out of space on paper he was drawing on and had to attach more and more every time he did. The scan process was also tiring and the whole experience brought the sweet result in the end.

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Junkers and Bandits

The junkers and bandits you will come across during your exploring in the game have a little place in the concept board as well. The heroes will be meeting them on places all over the island they embark their adventurous journey on. Often, they might seem like the different variation of the same model if you notice closely.

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Wargolem Gunhulk Concept Art

The saga of Battle Chasers takes place in a steampunk reality setup where technology is blended into the mix of sword and sorcery very well. So, you shouldn't be surprised when you encounter a giant who wields a big-ass machine-gun and points it at your face as you plan to make your next move. The name Wargolem Gunhulk clearly announces the source of inspiration for creating such creature.

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First Combat Background

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The Second Dungeon

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Vibrant World Visual

While creating the concept for the surrounding environment, the artist made a couple of experiments with the already existing lore of fantasy setting that he created years ago. Sometime, he just took a few pieces of his previous work and meshed it with something entirely new. The final visual of the concepts are quite spectacular to be accurate.

Upon witnessing such a parade of masterful artwork for the game, it is safe to say that Airship Syndicate was totally aware of what they were designing and why fans were so hyped out for the project from its Kickstarter days. Needless to say that while the designs and drawings are a prime asset for the game, it doesn't lack in gameplay either. Battle Chasers: Nightwar will be available to play on Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from October 3, 2017. Owners of Nintendo Switch will have their hands on the game on December 31.

Monday, September 4, 2017

SteamWorld Dig 2 Release Date

Are you a fan of platform or action-adventure video games? Have you ever heard of or played the game SteamWorld Dig that came out on 2013 and was later made available for all platforms? If you have and you had a great time then you have reason to rejoice as developer Image & Form Games has finally has a release date for SteamWorld Dig 2; the sequel of the game and that is coming this September.

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SteamWorld Dig 2 Release Date Announced

Now, before we all dug-deep into the offerings SteamWorld Dig 2 has in store for us, lets take a quick look at the release date trailer of the game.




Naturally, when a sequel to any game comes out, you expect it to be more updated and have new features. Well, guess what? There are.

Our favorite little ol' pal Rusty won't be there with us into the fun. Instead, Dorothy McCrank will join us in the quest, who became a hero of her own right from her days of being a sidekick. Since Dorothy will be busy saving the day on her own, you will still get a load of side characters along your journey. Some of them are good, some are bad. You have to find out which is which.

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Dorothy McCrank is New Protagonist

The upgrades that are added to the sequel are bigger and better than before. They will take you to places and help you fly in caves. There are so many of them, we cannot really fit all of their description here. As there are so many tools to get you going, you can normally expect that there will be danger on every other corner and you have to watch out. Considering all of that, the game looks like an absolutely fantastic package that will win the fans over again.

SteamWorld Dig 2 will come out first on Switch, then PC and afterwards in other popular platforms with more charm and excellence packed with it. Apparently, SteamWorld Dig 2 release date is going to be September 21 for Nintendo Switch on Nintendo eShop and then on September 26, it will see the worldwide release on Steam, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

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SteamWorld Dig 2 for Nintendo Switch

However, a solid release date for PC, OS X and Linux are still to be disclosed by the officials though. Currently, SteamWorld Dig 2 price is set to $19.99 and the game will be available to cross-buy on both PlayStation consoles. So, what are you waiting for? Prepare yourself for the underground adventure throughout the mining Metroidvania once again before the month is over.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Aegis Defenders Comes to PlayStation 4

In the age of high-definition graphics featured 3D video games are taking over the whole gaming and console industry. However, if done correctly, 2D games are still capable of winning hearts and being commercially successful. Keeping that in mind, developer GUTS Department has created a mixture of action RPG and tower defense game through Aegis Defenders, a project that was actually conceived back in 2014. It has a very interesting gameplay and an awesome environment for gamers to wander around while playing.

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Aegis Defenders Comes to PlayStation 4

Game director Bryce Kho calls it a “genre-mashup” and shared the announcement trailer with us all.




Basically, the Aegis Defenders game has three simple rules for the overall gameplay and those are; explore, build and defend. Set into the dark ages, the gamers will explore the wondrous world around him that will make him solve puzzles and twists in every turn to gather resources. Using those, you will build and set up structures at the end of each level before your enemy arrives in gang to overwhelm you.

Finally, when your enemy is at the gates, you got only one job to do and that is to defend your base at any cost. You might as well use help by switching between your players to do so.

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Explore, Build and Defend

You play the game as Bart and Clu, trying to survive attacks from wave of beasts and other threats, while constantly switch your characters through swapping system. GUTS Department actually went through their Kickstarter trailer and re-made the whole game with improved gameplay and updates.



Partnering with publisher Humble Bundle, Aegis Defenders will be released on PlayStation 4 platform this winter, which was already announced previously for Mac and PC with the final release date yet to be revealed.