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Friday, November 8, 2019

Job Listing Suggests Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel in Development?

Recent job postings by Guerrilla Games hint at an anticipated sequel of Horizon Zero Dawn for PS5.

Throughout this year, developer Guerrilla Games has celebrated two major milestones for their 2017 action role-playing game Horizon Zero Dawn; its second anniversary of release on PlayStation 4 and selling over 10 million copies worldwide.

Back in April 2019, a sequel to HZD was confirmed to be in works by voice actress Janina Gavankar (Sleepy Hollow, True Blood) of its Frozen Wilds DLC but now a recent job listing has made it clear that her claims are likely to be true.

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Job Listing Suggests Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel in Development?

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A number of vacancies have been sighted recently on official website of the Dutch developer and they stated for post of a Technical Vegetation Artist, "We have four teams dedicated to creating the stunning environments of Horizon".

Hired designer would require creating vegetation assets for in-game world and it may be for Horizon Zero Dawn 2, unless they are working on new release from Killzone series or RIGS: Mechanized Combat League, which is very much unlikely.

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Besides, HZD had a lush environment full of jungle and freezing forests for most part, which is not a relatable case for their other known IPs. Since they have an established gameplay foundation at hand, HZD2 may see release in 2023.

A single mention of their biggest game and a job posting is not essentially a clear hint for anything related to a sequel but assembling a new crew is clearly an indication of something new that is going to be a platform exclusive.

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Now that Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced a release window for PlayStation 5 to be holiday season 2020, there are a lot of rumor and speculations over which titles will make debut on their next-generation console.

Reportedly, many developer studios are already working on their upcoming projects for Sony's new console and even though nothing is officially confirmed yet, it would only make sense for Guerrilla Games to work on a sequel for PS5.

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Despite being a commercial success, HZD only received a single DLC in November 2017 without any follow-up. However, Guerrilla can surely improve over its sequel using improved features of PlayStation 5, while boosting unit sales for the console.

Horizon Zero Dawn launched on February 28, 2017 to receive critical acclaim for character development and a gripping story. It is the fifth best-selling PS4-exclusive title ahead of God of War, Marvel's Spider-Man and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

Death Stranding Out Now

Open-world action game Death Stranding from Kojima Productions and Sony Interactive Entertainment is now available on PS4.

Set in a dystopian supernatural world of near future, open-world action strand game Death Stranding from developer Kojima Productions and publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment is now available for PlayStation 4.

After society has collapsed in a bizarre series of events, otherworldly creatures known as "Beached Things" has found their way to Earth and pushing it towards mass extinction but not if Sam Porter Bridges can help it.

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Death Stranding Out Now

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As people living in isolation require supplies, they rely on reputed deliveryman Sam, who works for a company named Bridges. Aside from handing out parcels, he attempts to reconnect United Cities of America under a Chiral Network.

He is aided by his "DOOMs" factor to be aware of mysterious BTs at all times but additionally he carries a Bridge Baby and an Odradek scanner. Sam is handed over his missions by fellow Bridges member Deadman and Die-Hardman.

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Battling Beached Things

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Amount of packages you carry out will affect your overall performance but you can always use a bike or steal an enemy truck to reduce trouble. Other than walking on foot, sometime you may have to rely on ladders and ropes on various terrain.

Having too much goods on your back will even hold you back from resisting when BTs will try to drag you out. Handing over these requested cargos would often bring you new cosmetic items, working tools or something to fight them.

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Handling Your Cargo

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Check out Death Stranding official launch trailer below for a better overview of its plotline and gameplay.




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Basic gameplay mechanics of DS is centered on traversing through uncharted territories while hiding from enemies using stealth. An asynchronous multiplayer mode exists to connect players online through a Social Strand System.

Death Stranding is game by creator Hideo Kojima that is totally unique to its genre and may come as an advanced walking simulator to many because of its slow-pace approach to tell a compelling story of connecting society. 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Death Stranding Update for Days Gone Live Now

Bridge Baby from Death Stranding makes its way into open-world survival game Days Gone in latest update patch.

Now that Death Stranding, hotly-anticipated action strand game of 2019 has been released for PlayStation 4, players can finally get a career of making deliveries in a post-apocalyptic world carrying their "Bridge Baby" in a pod.

However, PS4 owners can also go out exploring another dystopian world of survival horror in Days Gone from developer Bend Studio with its newest content update, carrying same theme from latest title of Hideo Kojima.

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Death Stranding Update for Days Gone Live Now

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Recent release of patch 1.6 brings exclusive cosmetic upgrades for free that are unlockable in both starting a new game and game plus mode. Your motorbike tank gets replaced with a BB unit usually carried around by Sam Porter Bridges.

You will be riding Deacon's same drifter bike model but it will be modified with tanks, decals, and frame paint. This probably doesn't give you the same weird vibe of Death Stranding but having BB sucking its thumb inside is pretty close.

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An official Tweet from developers have announced release of their newest update with a short preview trailer for it.


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Instead of being haunted by ghostly creatures known as "Beached Things", players will be running away from hordes of freakers. Whether they are chasing a guy on a bike or a baby in gas tank matters little to these mindless monsters.

Additional fixes include ability to numerously reset Ambush Camps, Hordes, Infestation Zones and Jobs. "Black Friday" leaderboard gets a one-time only reset and number of Freaker ears is increased to let you repurchase ammo and weapons.

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During development phase of DS, both Kojima Productions and Guerrilla Games were working together in collaboration. Bend Studio has contributed as well and now they are introducing gears and items inspired by the game.

Days Gone arranged an unconventional cross-promotion to celebrate launch of Death Stranding that only make sense in a twisted way. Another nice little common ground these two titles have is that they both divided critics and fans upon release.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Diablo 4 to Feature More Gore, NPC and Towns

Blizzard will make Diablo IV much darker; will add over 100 towns for more NPC interaction to tell a grounded story.

Revealed last week at BlizzCon 2019, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment is working on Diablo IV, next installment of hack and slash action RPG game series that is set to launch for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

Shortly afterwards, players have a chance to take a look at its story premise and brief gameplay overview. Blizzard is not only going to make Diablo 4 darker but is planning to feature more towns and villages with lots of NPC interaction.

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Diablo IV to Feature More Gore, NPC and Towns

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During a panel at BlizzCon, creative director Sebastian Stępień talked about its lore and world. Darkness will greatly serve its plotline by moving from infamously bright surroundings of Diablo III and more gritty vibes of Diablo II.

There will be lots of NPCs from more than 100 towns and villages for players to explore and learn from locals. This way, its story is approached in a much grounded way and players will piece together stories of regular folks.

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People living in these villages are not talking about kings, politics or anything but giving reference of dark medieval fantasy. These locations can also serve as a form of social hubs or may be used to host seasonal events in future.

In past, games of Diablo franchise would require players to take tour in certain areas in each act and they were branch of a central town. So far, number of towns was summed up to less than 10 but adding over 100 of them is quite a leap.

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More Towns and Villages

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Set in massive open-world locations, the game will share select areas and world bosses with fellow players online. Another aspect that has came to light lately is that D4 to be always online and not supporting a full offline mode

By the time Diablo IV was revealed at BlizzCon 2019, it was no longer a surprise to its audience because of numerous leaks and though a possible release window is not given yet, it is not likely to come out any time sooner than 2021.

PlayStation Now Adds Hollow Knight, Persona 5 and Shadow of War

Current lineup for PS Now streaming service adds Hollow Knight, Persona 5 and Middle-Earth: Shadow of War for November 2019.

This holiday season, PlayStation Now game-streaming service comes up with a brand-new lineup of exciting games on top of their already huge collection of over 800 games to let its subscribers steam on PC or PlayStation 4.

PS Now members can get their hands on Hollow Knight, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and Persona 5. Those who didn't sign up yet can get a monthly subscription for $9.99 only or just get a yearly membership for $59.99.

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PlayStation Now Adds Hollow Knight, Persona 5 and Shadow of War

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Award-winning indie action-adventure title Hollow Knight from developer/publisher Team Cherry let you experience a tale of insects and heroes. Players explore through ancient kingdom of Hallownest in metroidvania styled gameplay.

This is a modern spin on classic genre that offers a high level of difficulty as you wander around its bizarre, expanded world. Getting to uncover ancient history beneath, there is much new stuff to discover as titular protagonist Knight.

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Expanding upon the legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien in Shadow of Mordor, open world action role-playing game Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is largely praised for its innovative nemesis system and currently has all micro-transactions removed.

Biggest inclusion to PS Now this month remains to be acclaimed role-playing game Persona 5 that hails from developer/publisher Atlus and allows you to play as a member of Phantom Thieves group, possessing power of Persona.

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Below is a sizzle trailer for P5 that offers you a brief glimpse of its overall gameplay system and features.




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Although Hollow Knight is here to stay, both Shadow of War and Persona 5 will be available on the streaming service until February 4, 2020. Sony is likely to create advance hype for Western release of upcoming Persona 5: The Royal next year.

Also, don't forget to try out God of War, Grand Theft Auto V, Infamous: Second Son and Uncharted 4 from last month before January 2, 2020. Many members have been busy with these titles last month ever since they were added.

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PlayStation Now Hit Games in October 2019

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Alongside newly added above-mentioned titles, most playing PS Now games in October 2019 were Batman: Arkham Knight, Fallout 4, Farming Simulator 19, Mafia III, Mortal Kombat X, NBA 2K18, Rocket League and WWE 2K18.

Sony Entertainment has a plan to make PlayStation Now service a major part of PlayStation 5 console when it arrives next year. If you are interested to get a membership, then simply sign in for a 7-day free trial on PC or PS4.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Diablo 4 Will Have Cosmetic Micro-Transactions

Blizzard would offer players cosmetic micro-transactions for character skins and mounts in Diablo IV.

Earlier this month, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment kicked-off BlizzCon 2019 by officially revealing upcoming Diablo IV from renowned hack and slash action RPG game series Diablo for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

D4 is to take a darker path than its predecessor and will feature more than 100 towns to explore. It is also unveiled recently by a livestream from BlizzCon that they will include some micro-transactions for cosmetic items.

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Diablo 4 Will Have Cosmetic Micro-Transactions

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Blizzard representatives confirmed during their annual event that Diablo 4 will add character customization options and mounts, which players are allowed to spend money on to purchase these items for their characters.

Although developers are currently planning to do micro-transactions solely for cosmetics, there is no guarantee that they won't go for a different model of business in future and that is what concerns majority of player community.

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In a discussion with Twitch streamer Quin69, lead developer Joe Shely talks about in-game monetization.

Diablo 4 will be available as a base game, and we're going to have expansions. You also will be able to acquire cosmetics in the game.

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Shely also confirmed during a live broadcast at BlizzCon that these purchases can be made in an in-game shop. Even if they are in early stage of development, multiple expansions will be part of their post-launch content support.

Despite allowing in-game purchases for customization skins, players will never be allowed to gain power through build. Whether they are going for a subscription model is not clarified yet but for a full-priced title, that idea seems rather irrational.

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Given overall scenario of mobile game releases in recent years, Blizzard is more likely to pursue a heavily micro-transaction imbued business model for their upcoming Diablo Immortal title that would largely target Chinese market.

Since Diablo IV is expected to sell several million units followed by multiple paid expansions, they could make those items free for players. Even though deemed harmless, putting a price tag on cosmetics in a looter RPG is never a good sign.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Diablo 4 Will Be Always Online

Blizzard has confirmed that all versions of Diablo IV are online-only and won't support a full offline mode.

Only days ago at BlizzCon 2019, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has officially announced Diablo IV, latest installment of their hack and slash action RPG game series Diablo for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Of course, this news would make fans cheer in joy and maybe even have them forgive Blizzard for disastrous launch event of Diablo Immortal from last year but there is a catch; D4 will require you to be connected to the internet.

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Diablo IV Will Be Always Online

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Lead designer Angela Del Priore has recently confirmed on a panel at BlizzCon that Diablo 4 will not feature a full offline mode, which means players would need to have a constant access to internet connection if they want to play.

You are free to enjoy solo adventure and noting would force them to party up with others but they won't support a full offline mode. Anyone can experience campaign quest areas and play through dungeons in private anytime.

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Now this decision should not come as much of a surprise to players on PC platform since even for single-player mode, Diablo III would require them to connect to internet same as their other titles like Overwatch, StarCraft or World of Warcraft.

However, this action will most likely to affect player community on consoles, because Blizzard had an exception for those versions of Diablo 3 to play offline back then but now they will only support online play over all platforms.

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Blizzard Entertainment opting out of an offline mode support for the game is mainly because of their DRM policy but whether or not it would force console players to subscribe to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold is not yet confirmed.

Diablo IV is fourth mainline release from its respective action RPG franchise and has no set launch date yet but according to estimates from analysts; it would arrive sometime around 2021 since the project is still under development.

Friday, November 1, 2019

The Outer Worlds Player Beats Game on Max Difficulty, Non-Lethal Run

YouTube gamer Kyle Hinckley took a challenge to beat The Outer Worlds in hardcore difficulty and without killing anyone.

Within weeks of its worldwide release on all major platforms, sci-fi action role-playing game The Outer Worlds by developer Obsidian Entertainment and publisher Private Division has been making all sort of positive buzz in gaming world.

Since the game is offering players a bucket load of choices to pursue that adds value of replayability, anyone can choose to do anything and one player among all decided to avoid violence and play like a complete pacifist.

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The Outer Worlds Player Beats Game on Max Difficulty, Non-Lethal Run

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YouTuber Kyle Hinckley took a path to of peace where he keep away from killing anyone directly and see what that leads him to. If that was not already tricky enough to pull, he chose to do that in Supernova, toughest difficulty of the game.

Obsidian actually allows players to complete many in-game main quests without having to murder anyone. If there seem to be a situation where that doesn't seem like a viable option, you just need to come up with a way somehow.

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In one of his missions, he had to use a computer to wrap things up but there were two caterpillars on his way and he had to hide but since he cannot use the PC without alerting them, a tactical time dilation became his solution.

Another case presented a situation where he had to enter in a room with a character but it would lead to crashes. So, he made that NPC to do his bidding by using a mind control ray that lead into them attacking one another and he moves forward.

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Doing this has made the game completely skip an impending cut-scene for some reason but let Hinckley proceed anyway. In most cases, he simply talked his way out of troubles or simply ran away from clashes when deemed necessary.

Not only he was busy evading conflicts but also focused on none would get hurt by any of his cohorts too by setting them to passive mode. Occasionally, he used many tools and weapons to affect circumstances but never directly for killing.

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Kyle uploaded a series of playthrough videos on his YouTube channel "The Weirdist" for viewers to enjoy and here is where it all starts.




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Surviving in a hostile alien world of Halcyon requires skill and therefore, his character is armed with high charm and temperament. Though he lacked experience due to no combat, but smaller stuffs like hacking and lock picking took care of that.

The Outer Worlds is currently available on PC via Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with a Steam release to follow soon as well. A port for Nintendo Switch has also been announced lately for an early 2020 release.

Overwatch 2 Announced

Blizzard officially announces popular hero shooter sequel Overwatch 2 and new modes at BlizzCon 2019.

Following an exclusive report from ESPN and a leak within in-game store, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has finally revealed Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon 2019 event for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

One of Blizzard's major franchises, team-based multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch was launched on all major platforms back in 2016. It became a popular eSports title over time and now is ready to delve into its next chapter.

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Overwatch 2 Announced

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In a traditional manner, a new cinematic short "Zero Hour" is released by Blizzard to kick-off the announcement.




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The cinematic begins by focusing on Winston, who is reminiscing their old days while heading over to Paris with Mei and Tracer. They are off to fight a terrorist organization known as Null Sector and all they have is a small crew.

Taking charge of their operation, Winston jumps right in fighting and helping local populace. As he was getting overpowered by their forces, Mei came to his assist and Tracer joins them too but not before a giant omnic came out blasting.

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With their ride destroyed and Mei getting injured in an attack, Winston realizes that they can't possibly win. So, he instructs Tracer to get everyone out of harm's way and decides to stay behind, holding the line for as long as possible.

Running for cover, his friends look back to see him trying to make a last stand but is saved by Genji at last minute. Brigitte and Reinhardt came charging in, followed by arrival of heroic omnic Echo and guardian angel Mercy.

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Null Sector Invasion

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Brigitte and Reinhardt work together to display ability to create an interlock shield to deflect a beam from their giant enemy. Winston cooks up something up with cryo-freeze backpack and pulse bomb from his teammates to take it down.

By working together as a team, they managed to put that inside giant omnic unit and shattered it into icy bits. Effectively shutting down a Null Sector invasion, Overwatch team has reformed once again after so long and is back in action.

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An official gameplay video has followed up to showcase upcoming content and features of Overwatch 2.




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Vice President of Blizzard and game director Jeff Kaplan confirmed bringing new story-based missions to deliver co-op experiences that are highly replayable and heroes would make progress through a unique leveling system.

Those early rumors had mentions of new PvE story mode, new map, PvE content, introduction of a new hero and all of them came true. However, there will be at least two new hero characters; previously shown Echo and newcomer Sojourn.

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Replayable Hero Missions

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In a latest inclusion of hero characters, Sojourn from "Recall" animated short and origin video for Ana will be introduced. A former Overwatch captain, she was instrumental in Storm Rising mission and is about to re-join her old gang.

A brand-new map will be based on Canadian city Toronto and PvE story missions will help expand character stories. All current players will be allowed to play in a shared multiplayer environment with all new heroes and maps.

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Aside from story mode, a new competitive PvP mode, "Push" is coming soon to play over all existing maps. Player progression like game highlights, holiday skins, sprays and victory poses from Overwatch will be saved and can be accessible.

All of your favorite heroes are getting some sort of design changes and reinvented with visual updates. Blizzard will roll out regular content updates and seasonal events for original OW but they have no release window in mind for its sequel yet.

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Overwatch 2 Push Gameplay

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It was rumored long ago that Blizzard has been working hard on Diablo IV and Overwatch 2. Though everyone expected the former to come out, the latter was somewhat a surprise since it just launched a Nintendo Switch port recently.

Other than Diablo 4 reveal, one of the biggest announcements out of BlizzCon this year was sequel of Overwatch and Kaplan believes it will redefine everything a follow-up installment should stand for with steady stream of new contents.