Showing posts with label Real-Time Strategy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Real-Time Strategy. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Command & Conquer Remastered Announced

EA announces to remaster Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert from classic real-time strategy game series Command & Conquer.

Back in the 90's developer/publisher Electronic Arts managed to garner a dedicated fan-base for classic real-time strategy game series Command & Conquer. These games continue to influence the genre in modern days even after more than two decades.

Apparently, they intent to bring the series back to PC once again and this new initiative adds the 4K remaster for the titles. EA has partnered up with Petroglyph Games for the project, who previously worked on Guardians of Graxia and Star Wars: Empire at War.

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Command & Conquer Remastered Announced

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Petroglyph houses some of the former developers from Westwood Studios, the original studio that worked on the initial C&C titles. Lead Programmer Joe Bostic was the co-creator of both Command & Conquer: Red Alert and Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn.

When Westwood was falling, the studio was bought out by EA but that didn't help the franchise anyway. The series saw a bit change but after a series of disappointment, C&C was shelved. E3 2018 saw a revival of games with the announcement of Command & Conquer: Rivals.

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However, Rivals is a mobile strategy game Android and iOS that gamers didn't expect or wanted and thus, failed to get the traction EA was hoping to get. So, players can now look up to the Red Alert and Tiberian Dawn getting remastered for a change.

Both of these titles will come in a single remastered collection with three expansion pack Covert Ops, Counterstrike and Aftermath included in it. Don't expect to get your hands on it anytime soon as the development process hasn’t even started yet.

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The reason for announcing the project way before they development is that Electronic Arts was skeptical if they can remain faithful to the original experiences and waited for the right support for this remaster initiative for the past few months.

In recent time, publishers like Capcom and SEGA has found success by remastering some of their old classics. So, it is quite understandable when EA would join the race as well to make a quick buck from their old work.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

World of Warcraft: Lost Honor – Cinematic

Battle for Azeroth had Saurfang of Horde captured by Alliance but now he returns to fight for a different side.

The newest expansion of World of Warcraft, Battle for Azeroth has upstaged an epic conflict between two major factions, Alliance and Horde that resulted in heavy damage on both sides but most importantly, Horde General Varok Saurfang was captured.

During the opening ceremony of their BlizzCon 2018 annual event, news and updates regarding upcoming patch for the game was discussed and new videos were dropped. One of these clips focuses on the disgraced Horde warrior and reflects on what is coming next.

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World of Warcraft: Lost Honor – Cinematic

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The cinematic trailer shows a confrontation between King Anduin Wrynn and his prisoner of war Varok Saurfang, regarding the allegiance to their people.




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In Battle for Lordaeron, Sylvanas Windrunner unleashed her genocidal fury upon both the Alliance and Horde, which equally scared everyone. As Alliance King Anduin look at their last few remaining soldiers wondering what they did wrong, he is reminded by Genn Greymane that he is doing everything he can to stop the Banshee Queen.

He then goes to the cell where Saurfang is currently kept and asked why he didn't kill Anduin when he had the chance in Lordaeron? The veteran points out that he could kill him now but he wants his old Horde back, which Sylvanas is destroying.

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Anduin asks him again why Anduin spared him and to which, the Orc simply states that he thought it would stop her but the Alliance King replies, he can't do it alone. He then left the gate open while his prisoner states at him.

Just like the Horde’s most honorable soldier was previously spared by him for his sense of honor, he spared the Alliance King in hopes that it would probably stop destroying everything that his people stood for throughout ages.

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Within the next few months, the newest patch "Tides of Vengeance" will release for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth and players will witness how this new alliance between two honorable leaders changes the tide of battle.

The conflict of interest that has put Saurfang against his ruthless Warchief will surely have some grave ramification in the upcoming battle and maybe even led to something that he has been seeking for so long, if you know what we mean by that!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Warcraft 3: Reforged Announced

Blizzard Entertainment is bringing back their classic RTS title in an all-new HD remastered version as Warcraft 3: Reforged.

The question that arose back in February 2018 that whether developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment will release a remastered version of their fantasy real-time strategy game Warcraft III is finally answered at BlizzCon 2018 today and we couldn't be happier.

During their opening ceremony, Blizzard took the stage to offer everyone a glimpse of their reworked version of the game, now branded as Warcraft III: Reforged and it simply recaptures the intensity when it was first launched back in 2002.

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Warcraft 3: Reforged Announced

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The official trailer below for WIII: Reforged opens up in a cinematic re-imagining the original conflict that the game was based on.




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The cinematic opens up with two soldiers from Human Alliance and the Orcish Horde were fighting each other to an exhausting end in the middle of a field. Skies were roaring and then the army of Burning Legion returns with a reign of fire.

One of those comet-like object falls near the warriors and an Infernal in a glowing fiery aura comes out of it as a common threat to the Human and Orc. Moments later, two of them fell to their demise battling the demon and their blood soaks the land.

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We encourage you to take a look at the gameplay trailer to witness how every aesthetic of Warcraft is remodeled and redesigned for a greater experience.




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Announced for a 2019 release, Reforged is based on the original Reign of Chaos and comes with its original expansion pack, The Frozen Throne. Aside from graphical upgrade, the remake is upgraded with an advanced UI and World Editor to support mods.

Every hero, unit, building and environment elements of the classic real-time strategy are being recreated and now they have 4K support. Players can choose from four races to take on over 62 missions taking place into various continents of the game.

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When Patch 1.29 update for the game was released, it introduced the 16:9 widescreen display support and hero balance tweaks. This was slightly unusual considering the last update that came for the game was over a year ago and then a long pause.

It also got an updated installer with changed interface then alongside other fan-favorite titles like Diablo II and StarCraft to make them compatible for modern systems. From then, speculations started to fly from fans about a Remastered Edition.

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Reforged With Better Graphics

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However, developers were actually updating the client so the players who owned the original title would be able to play with the new wave of Reforged owners. Blizzard is already open for pre-orders including a Spoils of War Edition of the game.

Most of the community member has been asking them for years to polish the game visuals without making any further change in gameplay. This actually made things easier for the company and helped them balance the game like StarCraft.

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Die-hard fans of the series had high hopes for getting an announcement for Warcraft IV though but still everyone appreciated the remake. Besides, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos is what set the concepts for World of Warcraft lore in the first place.

So, regarding all the enthusiastic anticipation and respect it deserves from players, Reforged can very well turn out to be one of the biggest titles to come to Mac and PC in 2019 and it wouldn't be of any surprise if it does.

Friday, August 24, 2018

World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Azshara

Blizzard debuts the final animated short from World of Warcraft: Warbringers series with Queen Azshara.

We know now that the seventh expansion pack for massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft, Battle for Azeroth has already become the fastest-selling expansion pack of the game that is ever released and developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has been doing everything they can to make sure we catch up to the current status quo. Following two animated short from Warbringers series featuring Jaina Proudmoore and Sylvanas Windrunner, Azshara of Nazjatar takes the spotlight.

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World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Azshara

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Witness the third release from Blizzard's World of Warcraft: Warbringers series animated video on Night Elf, Queen Azshara.




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Before succumbing to the cataclysmic event of the Great Sundering, Queen Azshara was a mage and popular monarch among the race of Night Elves because of her golden eyes, which was a sign of greatness. When the Well of Eternity finally collapsed, it caused a huge tidal wave to erupt from the ocean and consume her city. She and all of her followers drowned under but instead of dying, she was reborn along with her fellow Night Elves turning into the vile, serpentine race of Naga.

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Horror From Beyond

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Dragged down beneath the bottom of the sea by her former subjects and haunting shadows, Azshara came across a very powerful entity with octopus like giant tentacle, which is an Old God named N'Zoth and is the one responsible for the transformation of her people. Claimed to have observed her for a thousand years, Azshara is offered a deal by the Old God to serve him by rebuilding his empire but she refused to act as a slave and in turn, offered a counter deal that N'Zoth couldn't refuse.

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Queen of Naga

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Azshara had her history in World of Warcraft from The Burning Crusade and Cataclysm expansions from past. Battle for Azeroth will see its first raid, Uldir on 4 September and in a future raid, she will appear. Considered as one of the most dangerous villains of the series, she sure will bring much in-game twists once she makes her presence in the battle to reestablish her reign.

Monday, August 6, 2018

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Novella is Free Now

Blizzard offers tales of two factions in "A Good War" and "Elegy" novella from World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.

Away from only a week to release on August 14, 2018, Blizzard Entertainment has been arranging for fans and newcomers to catch on to their massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft and its seventh expansion pack Battle for Azeroth. There is a hardcover novella within the collector’s edition of the pack that centers on the story of Alliance and Horde, leading towards the event. Today, Blizzard has announced that digital versions of the tales are free now.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Novella is Free Now

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Ordering collector's edition of the expansion pack only gets you the physical form of the novella. The developer/publisher however is being generous enough to offer free copies now on their official site. The two stories "Elegy" is focused on the Alliance faction of war, written by Christie Golden and "A Good War" is by Robert Brooks, explores the Horde. Both of these narratives represent the different perspective of the two respective parties involved and how they see things going.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Novella – "A Good War"

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It all begin following the burning of Teldrassil shown in a previous animated short, which of course have caused countless death of innocents and the decision of Banshee Queen has affected each parties including her own, also shown in "Old Soldier" cinematic where legendary warrior Varok Saurfang deems it as an action without honor. Although, none of these storylines will move the actual plot any further, it sure adds pieces of information on reactions of characters involved.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Novella – "Elegy"

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Set after the events of Legion, sixth expansion set of the popular MMORPG game, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is arriving in seven days on Mac and PC. It is focused on Sylvanas Windrunner, Horde Warchief trying to establish an uprising of their power on Kalimdor and eventually ended up colliding with The Alliance in doing so. Blizzard will let you download these two books worth around 90 pages in PDF format to help you get a head start before you enter the battle.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

World of Warcraft: Old Soldier – Cinematic

World of Warcraft releases a new cinematic trailer on one of Horde’s oldest soldiers, Varok Saurfang.

We are nearing very close to the release of the seventh expansion pack Battle for Azeroth for World of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game from developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment and they too are launching related tutorial guides and animated shorts to help us catch on to it. The latest in the line is a cinematic featuring one of the legendary Horde warrior Varok Saurfang, following the release animated clip on Sylvanas Windrunner a few days ago.

World of Warcraft: Old Soldier – Cinematic

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Titled "Old Soldier", this new cinematic clip has moved from the hand-drawn look to a completely rendered cinematic while focusing on Saurfang.




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Awaiting dawn, when an imminent battle awaits at Horde's doorstep, Varok Saurfang recalls events of the death of his son, Dranosh, where his son was granted a warrior's death instead of him. He looked over the approaching Alliance to exact vengeance on them for burning down the World Tree, Teldrassil. He was strongly opposed to Sylvanas’ decision as there was no glory in it. While still battling with his inner conflicts, he attempts to remove his heavy armor and then a young troll Zekhan came by.

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Apparently, Zekhan has heard a lot about Saurfang from his father Hekazi and considers him as a legend. To his comment of falling in honor and glory in coming war, Varok simply grunts and clarified that there won't be any honor except pain. When the orc starts to advance toward the Alliance army to face them and finally die, Zekhan tags along trying to convince him that for many like him, the Horde is all they have and thus, commander Varok returns toward the walls of Lordearon.

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Blizzard is slowly connecting all strands of these World of Warcraft short videos to the upcoming Battle for Azeroth and how each of these pivotal characters are being focused before entire community is joining the battle this August 14 on Mac and PC. Since Horde Warchief is so concerned with his honor, players on WoW subreddit are trying to start a movement by removing or hiding their shoulder armor to show solidarity towards him.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Sylvanas

Blizzard releases the second animated short from World of Warcraft: Warbringers series featuring Sylvanas Windrunner.

Keeping the release of Battle for Azeroth in mind, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has been trying their best for both newcomer and veteran fans to catch up the lore of their insanely popular MMORPG. Last week, they started a series of animated short focusing on renowned characters from the series and the first one was featuring Archmage Jaina Proudmoore. This week, they decided to shed light on the bloody history of Lady Sylvanas Windrunner, warchief of the Horde.

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World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Sylvanas

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Below is the newest release from Blizzard's World of Warcraft: Warbringers series focused on The Banshee Queen, Sylvanas Windrunner.




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During the events of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, high elf ranger-general of Silvermoon, Sylvanas and her fellow rangers were trying to oppose an invasion of the undead Scourge. When marched into Quel'Thalas the raiding necromantic forces were countered by and she took down many enemies on her own until she came across death knight Prince Arthas Menethil. He killed her only to raise her as a Banshee and making her a slave for unwittingly interfering in his affairs.

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Now, a leader of her Forsaken army and a successor to former Warchief Vol'jin, Sylvanas Windrunner sets her sight to the World Tree, Teldrassil with an intention of conquering it. Then a dying young ranger asks her of her true motives for invading it as there are only innocents living there. She responds saying, this is war but the ranger points it out to be hatred. She recalls back to her past events, when she used to be a fearless defender for her people and bravely fought to death.

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The World Tree Burns

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Of course, death has changed her and the journey of pain she did only made her cruel to reality. Seeing the dying woman shedding a drop of tear, Sylvanas tell her not to grieve as she will join her loved once soon but she responds by saying that, she grieves for Windrunner because she has made life an enemy for her and that is a battle she cannot win. Saying she can kill them but not their hope, the ranger provoked her into making a choice that is going to change the history on Azeroth.

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Battle for Azeroth, upcoming seventh expansion for massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft is currently scheduled to release on August 14, 2018 for Mac and PC. Blizzard also launched a tutorial guide series on YouTube, hosted by renowned personality over the platform for players to get into WoW. With already taking a peek at past events from the life of Jaina Proudmoore and Sylvanas Windrunner, Queen Azshara is up next to featured in Warbringers series.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Blizzard Responds to World of Warcraft Leveling Experience

Blizzard's Battle for Azeroth pre-patch is causing serious leveling problems for players in World of Warcraft.

In anticipation for the upcoming release of Battle For Azeroth, seventh expansion pack for massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment released a pre-patch earlier this month to remove some old content and update the classes while also adding new quests for players to enjoy. Even though patch 8.0 was meant to improve the experience for better, it unfortunately turned out to be a trouble-maker for all instead.

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Blizzard Responds to World of Warcraft Leveling Experience

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Blizzard immediately got on board with bringing some changes and revamping the level scaling system as soon as Battle for Azeroth got announced at BlizzCon 2017. When they lowered the overall numbers recently to provide clarity, it actually sparked some serious in-game issues for gamers that led to daily released patch hotfixes, simply to tend to matters at hand that they forgot to look over before deploying the pre-patch and they still are unsure about what do about it right now.

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On their forums, game director Ion Hazzikostas admitted that currently leveling curve is taking for each player 15% longer to go from 60-80 and the journey to 110 is a whole another story. In theory, 15 percent may not seem like that much but over the course of progressing through 20 levels, it can become a pain in the back. Despite their tireless attempt to get rid of these issues, he also apologized to the community for such setbacks, because this was never Blizzard’s battle plan with pre-patch.

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These problems could have arisen because they have reduced the number too much or probably messed up other combat calculations. However, instead of taking a quick action and unknowingly cover up real source of the problem, which could become an even bigger issue after the launch of Battle for Azeroth, developers have decided to keep investigating to apply a permanent solution. Because, this degraded experience for all WoW players is not what they had in mind and it should be fixed.

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After World of Warcraft has recently changed their pricing model to active monthly Subscription-only, the developers also made all previous expansions available to members along with the original base game. Whatever neutral field patch 8.0 was designed for to achieve, it ended up squishing player stats and item levels, resulting huge fan disappointment. Hazzikostas promises further updates from their team to take care of whatever mess the pre-patch has made.