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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.

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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.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Untitled Goose Game Hits 1 Million Sales

Indie developer studio House House celebrates recent milestone of 1 million units sold for Untitled Goose Game.

Shortly after its original release back in September 2019 for Nintendo Switch and PC via Epic Games Store, quirky puzzle-stealth title Untitled Goose Game by developer House House became very popular and gained a huge following.

This smash-hit indie eventually made debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms in mid-December. Within three months of launch, the game has now sold over a million copies according to announcement form publisher Panic.

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Untitled Goose Game Hits 1 Million Sales

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What started as an inside spoof within circles of dev team with a stock photo of a goose has sprung into waves of conversations, fan art and memes over various channels of social media worldwide, making it an internet phenomenon.

They decided to keep its unusual name after coming up with it before a video game festival and then it stuck. None of them though that putting people in the role of a mischievous goose to bully a small English village would be so much fun.

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Studio co-founder Cabel Sasser takes Twitter to thank fans for their amazing support to their second indie project.


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Crossing over a million sales is quite an achievement regardless of being a major AAA-title or a brand-new indie game. Majority of this number was generated from Linux, Mac, PC and Switch release before it came to PS4 and Xbox only weeks ago.

It is also worth noting that, many players on PC platform were only able to purchase the game from Epic Store, due to it being a timed exclusive and a possible Steam release can contribute to an impressive amount to overall revenue.

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Now this amazing milestone has only increased chances of seeing more of slapstick winged fury in future, which could be a sequel or a DLC. Developers have yet to confirm whether or not there are any possibilities for some extra content.

Stealth-based sandbox title Untitled Goose Game offers a highly engaging experience even though relatively short in length and a simplistic approach to a goofy concept is what helped win the hearts of millions of fans for UGG.

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, November 1, 2019

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Expansion Announced

Blizzard announces Shadowlands expansion for fantasy MMORPG title World of Warcraft at BlizzCon 2019.

During opening celebrations event at BlizzCon 2019, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has announced upcoming Shadowlands expansion for massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft.

Despite being fastest-selling WoW expansion, Battle for Azeroth failed to keep up hype, probably because of recently launched WoW Classic but Blizzard plans on bringing more content update for their players anyway.

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Expansion Announced

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In a newly released cinematic trailer, Blizzard builds up premise of Shadowlands, next chapter in WoW lore.




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Sylvanas Windrunner walks up to Icecrown citadel to confront Lich King Bolvar Fordragon sitting on his Frozen Throne. Realizing her intent, the lord of Scourge led all of his forces after Banshee Queen who has broke free of his control.

Sylvanas successfully takes them all down and eventually brought Bolvar down on his knees before defeating him and break his Helm of Domination, opening a portal to realm of life and death to unleash its nightmarish horrors.

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Shadowlands, Realm of Death

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Battle for Azeroth allowed players a level cap of 120 that many could reach to but rather than going any further, WoW will be capping levels at 60 and everyone currently at max level will start their journey of Shadowlands from level 50.

This action is to ease up leveling process and make players feel rewarded for ongoing progress. Instead of going over all sorts of different content, you can simply play up Mists of Pandaria expansion as a newcomer and go to level 50.

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Though a huge chunk of player community is busy playing WoW Classic mode these days, Blizzard is still keen to add more content update each year ever since it was released and has a considerable size of player base even this day.

Therefore, revelation of Shadowlands was nothing sort of a surprise as WoW has been dropping hints for its next expansion for some time. Ahead of BlizzCon 2019, a leak from Blizzard gear store has showed glimpse of new Lich King, Bolvar.

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On top of upcoming gameplay overhaul, a new continent will come to play as well as NPC factions to join up. Realm of Death is not linked to physical plane like Kul Tiras or Zandalar from past expansions, so it may take a weird route.

Shadowlands has always been a part of World of Warcraft lore outside of physical universe from its very beginning as this is where players go after death but its dark realm has never been merged with Azeroth, up until now.

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There is Tower of the Damned for class-specific challenges, which will play out in roguelike fashion. Now that Bolvar is dethroned, every race can have a Death Knight and Banshee Sylvanas may appear as a raid boss.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands expansion is currently available to pre-order and is scheduled for a 2020 release window. Blizzard will have a zone restricted for new players only where they can learn the basics before entering world of Azeroth.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Fortnite: Save the World October 2019 Roadmap

Epic Games teases most challenging battle ever coming to upcoming roadmap for Fortnite: Save the World.

From the period of its inception, people are so caught up with free-to-play online shooter Fortnite Battle Royale that they often forget about original "Save the World" game mode of Fortnite cooperative shooter-survival game.

While developer/publisher Epic Games was pretty busy pulling their biggest marketing stunt for official reveal of Fortnite Chapter 2, they clearly didn't forget about where it all began and has released a new roadmap for STW recently.

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Fortnite: Save the World October 2019 Roadmap

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In coming weeks, version 11 update will bring in a number of significant changes from October 15. Since we are on Halloween month and players can definitely look forward to some themed event Fortnitemares by the end of October.

Players who are away from keyboard will be kicked off from sessions much sooner than before. Those who contribute less in objectives will receive lesser rewards compared to other teammates who actually are doing their part.

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Players should beware as following content update V11.20, Mythic Storm King will return for some epic boss fight. There will be new challenges, gameplay mechanics and enrage timer to make your battles most difficult in STW mode.

However, those who are brave enough to take on this challenge can earn exclusive weapons of Storm King. They will unlock special behaviors, let you shoot projectiles, charge laser blasts and even summon meteors on Husk enemies.

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Mythic Storm King Returns

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When Fortnite Battle Royale map and everything else was sucked into a black hole, Save the World also became unavailable to digital storefronts but now that Fortnite Chapter 2 is kick-started, STW got its relaunch as well.

Although there was rumors earlier that Fortnite: Save the World may go free-to-play like battle royale mode but so far, no noticeable change made by Epic Games in upcoming roadmap suggests that is a possibility for rest of 2019 at least.