Showing posts with label Season Pass. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Season Pass. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Shenmue 3 Backers Won't Get Pre-Order Content

Kickstarter backers will not receive Shenmue III pre-order content for free upon launch but sure can pay for it.

If debacles created around upcoming anticipated action-adventure game Shenmue III was not enough by now, we have more disappointing news at hand for backers who funded creator Yu Suzuki on Kickstarter to make this project successful.

Going Epic Games Store-exclusive was bad enough for many fans on PC but in a latest crowdfunding update, developer Ys Net also states that backer are not receiving pre-order content included in Deluxe Edition, unless they pay for it.

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Shenmue 3 Backers Won't Get Pre-Order Content

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Apart from going timed exclusive at Epic Store, it was announced at E3 2019 that developers are now working on post-launch content and they are likely to be added as pre-order bonuses or be included in Deluxe Edition and Season Pass.

Even though people who funds projects on Kickstarter receive some extra incentive limited for them as an appreciation for their support, Ys Net decided to completely deny them of any extra content and that includes higher tier backers as well.

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When someone at ResetEra forum asked for a response from YS Net about Season Pass, they had the following to say.

Dear Antonio,
We apologize for the long delay in responding. Your feedback is appreciated and we will look into having your noted points in future updates.
Standard and deluxe versions released through retail sales are not affiliated with the crowdfunding campaign, so will not be included with backer pledges, however, they will be available for sale separately. Kickstarter Backers will receive the Kickstarter version, Slacker Backers will receive the Slacker Backer version. Both have unique content respective to their versions not available in the retail versions.
A season pass is not included.
Trial version release date info has yet to be confirmed and will be announced in the updates when details are available. You will be receiving your trial version, but we must ask for your patience for a little longer.
There will be more information following in the days ahead concerning updates.
Sincerely,
The Shenmue III Team

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Epic Store Exclusivity Creates Kickstarter Controversy

According to their statement, backers are still getting some exclusive content respectively unique to Kickstarter and Slacker Backer version. Nevertheless, if you are so willing to enjoy post-launch content for Shenmue III, pay for it.

Though it was probably a decision made by publisher Deep Silver but Yu Suzuki has clearly forgotten how for all those backers who showed up pledging their support to his KS project at first hour has gotten major companies getting involved.

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Backers Getting Refund from Epic Store

A considerable faction of backers who gave their money to Suzuki and his company Ys Net for a copy of the game on Steam upon release now either has to wait a year if they are unwilling to install Epic Games launcher on their PC.

Although they were originally denied any refunds by Ys Net for this change, which created a major backlash and possibly had some lawsuits incoming but CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney came offering a full refund for damage control.

RELATED: Shenmue 3 Won't Cover Ryo's Complete Story

Suzuki revealed in a recent interview during PC Gaming Show 2019 that the game won't even be covering Ryo's complete story but only 40% of it, which means he already has plans for one or two more upcoming sequels in mind.

Given how his backers are scammed out of what they are promised in early phase of Shenmue III, his reputation is literally tarnished and he surely will face trouble gathering funds for next Shenmue game without Epic Games or Sony backing him.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Samurai Shodown 2019 for Consoles Out Now

Sword-based fighting game Samurai Shodown 2019 from SNK Corporation is now available on PS4 and Xbox One.

A much-awaited reboot to return to its legendary series roots, sword-based fighting game Samurai Shodown (2019) from developer/publisher SNK Corporation is launching today worldwide on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Not only has the title shifted from 2D graphics sprites to 3D animation renders but swordplay combat has been revamped as well. Most importantly, the franchise never disappoints when it comes to bring hardcore blood and gore on screen.

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Samurai Shodown 2019 for Consoles Out Now

RELATED: New Samurai Shodown Game Revealed

In an attempt to make players rely on precision and not on button mashing spree, "Combo" system has been removed. However, classic elements of Rage Gauge mechanic still allow you to inflict bonus attack damage on your opponents.

There is a Dojo Mode for players to hone their skills before jumping into any multiplayer matches. Through deep learning AI, a simulation can be created with your play style for a CPU-controlled "ghost" character to fight others online.

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Draw Your Blade

RELATED: Samurai Shodown 2019 Release Date

Many fan-favorite characters including Charlotte, Galford, Hanzo Hattori, Haohmaru, Nakoruru and Ukyo Tachibana are returning with three promising newcomers Darli Dagger, Yashamaru Kurama and Wu Ruixiang are joining to its roster.

SNK has revealed names of four characters meant to arrive in Season 1 DLC pack that are Basara, Kazuki Kazama, Rimururu and Wan-Fu. Upon purchasing the game before June 30 gets you free access to Season Pass contents as pre-order bonus.

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Season 1 DLC Characters Pack

RELATED: Samurai Shodown 2019 Adds Three New Characters

In a recreation of 1993 original SamSho intro, a brand-new launch trailer is released focusing some key aspects.




RELATED: Samurai Shodown 2019 Gameplay Overview

Take time to explore with different warriors and their unique playstyle to experience what made it so great. A Nintendo Switch release is currently due for Q4 2019 and PC platform will see launch probably sometime in early 2020.

Samurai Shodown assembles some deadly blade-wielding warriors in 2019 reboot to lead this weapon-based fighting series forward. Veteran series fans should be rejoiced to draw your blade once again after so long and embrace death with glory.

Hitman 2 Adds New York Location DLC

As part of Expansion Pass, first post-launch sandbox location for Hitman 2 takes Agent 47 to New York for new mission.

Agent 47 comes to visit New York as a brand-new sandbox location has now been added to first expansion pack of stealth action-adventure game Hitman 2 by developer IO Interactive and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Available from today on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, this first post-launch content update also includes a new mission "The Bank". Owners of Expansion Pass or Expansion Pack 1 can get in to access new unlocks on completing challenges.

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Hitman 2 Adds New York Location DLC

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In a new trailer, Agent 47 goes to a bank in New York location using a disguise to complete a mission at hand.




RELATED: Hitman 2 Ghost Mode Gameplay Reveal

While in New York, players are to pay visit to Golden Handshake bank to complete newest campaign mission. Contracts Mode will be applicable for The Bank for players to create new custom challenges for others in same location.

When he finally arrives at the bank, he is tasked to find its director Athena Savalas and eliminate her. Don't forget to retrieve vault data core before leaving and upon successful completion of your mission earn new achievements.

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47 can get his hands on useful tools and weapon new starting point using Mastery Progression system. Also, "The New Yorker" double-breasted trench coat and a customized Bartoli 12G shotgun are among new unlocks to carry over to other missions.

Not available for individual purchase, players can only get their hands on New York location and The Bank campaign mission via obtaining either one of Hitman 2 Gold or Silver Edition and Expansion Pass or Expansion Pack 1 for Standard Edition.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Gears 5 Won't Have Season Pass

Coalition will not feature loot boxes or a Season Pass for their upcoming cover-based shooter game Gears 5.

Following a spectacular show at E3 2019 press conference, developer studio The Coalition and publisher Xbox Game Studios announced that upcoming third-person shooter game Gears 5 will be launching on September 10, 2019.

Apparently, they have more plans to bring change to business model of this highly anticipated title from Gears of War franchise and one of their recent statement revealed that Coalition is getting rid of all Gear Packs and Season Passes.

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Gears 5 Won't Have Season Pass

RELATED: Gears 5 Release Date

In an attempt to focus on player experience, developers are making all DLC maps free and you can always earn some exclusive customization items. Escape and Versus mode will not only give you direct rewards but leaderboard placements as well.

By playing Tour of Duty, you earn character skins and other stuff to customize for completing daily challenges and rank up with seasonal medals. Nothing is pay-only and every piece of content out there is earnable through gameplay.

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Spending more time in multiplayer mode will increase rate of supply drops and your chance to get more random content. On picking a duplicate card, it will turn into scrap that can be used to upgrade character skills or crafting items.

Although purchasing supply drop content with real-world money is not an option, you can always buy in-game currency Iron to get exclusive customization from store but none of these will provide any competitive advantage or whatsoever.

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There is no randomness on your store purchases like Gear Packs and you get exactly what you see. However, buying Boost can accelerate progression like increased rate of XP gain and more frequent supply drops for a limited period.

By doing away with loot boxes and Season Passes, Gears 5 is really heading into a new direction. This cover-based shooter will be available on PC and Xbox One via Xbox Play Anywhere while also featuring cross-play within Microsoft platforms.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Warhammer: Chaosbane Post-Launch Content Roadmap

Warhammer: Chaosbane will get free updates and new DLC campaign featuring Tomb Kings in post-launch roadmap.

Just ahead of release on June 4 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, upcoming action role-playing game Warhammer: Chaosbane from developer Eko Software and publisher Bigben Interactive already revealed their post-launch roadmap.

If you happen to be a Deluxe or Magnus Edition owner, you can start your journey early on from today. Regardless of your selected version of the game, everyone can hop in for some free content aside from paid ones included in Season Pass.

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Warhammer: Chaosbane Post-Launch Content Roadmap

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Free Updates
Over next few months of post-launch period, Eko Software wishes to roll in some major updates for free. Completing entire campaign run will unlock Endgame mode, collector's guild and other contents for players to access at their will.

One of the game modes you get then is called Expedition where people can team-up with their friends on levels that are randomly generated or try out Relic Hunt for a change of difficulty levels and improve your chances of winning better loot.

RELATED: Classic Dungeons & Dragons Games Coming to Consoles

Among those high-quality gears lie new heroic sets, which grants you a permanent bonus and a very powerful set to match upon completing. Then there is a timed Boss Rush mode for facing off any bosses you already encountered during campaign.

Once you play through story mode, there is no need to start over with another new character and instead you will have all unlocked aspects ready at hand. This means, money and fragments earned by your main character would be shared with any other.

RELATED: Hunt: Showdown Out On Xbox Game Preview

Season Pass
Bunch of premium content will be rolled out after release and first downloadable content will feature an Emote Pack to taunt forces of Chaos with, followed by a new God Skill Tree and then a Pet Pack containing unique companions afterwards.

Finally in fourth DLC pack, a brand-new story set in realms of Tomb Kings will be explored with enemies and locations. Though not many details are out yet but developers assured to make it the biggest expansion for Chaosbane.

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Furthermore, post-launch content roadmap includes series of free updates such as new level of difficulty, gear, permadeath mode and more Endgame modes. Also, a new system to continue character progression will be introduced.

Although things are looking pretty promising for Warhammer: Chaosbane but not including any PvP mode in roadmap and letting player have chances to win better heroic items for money is lot like a pay-to-win mechanics at work that can ruin the experience.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Phantom Sight Revealed

Operation Phantom Sight DLC for team shooter Rainbow Six Siege reveals two new operators Nøkk and Warden.

Back in February 17, 2019, developer/publisher Ubisoft has announced a new free expansion Operation Phantom Sight for their popular online tactical shooter game Rainbow Six Siege on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

Currently is in Year 4 Season 2 content, Siege is including two new Operators and featuring a reworked version of Kafe Dostoyevsky map. Details of this upcoming DLC have been revealed during Pro League Finals, today at Milan, Italy.

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Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Phantom Sight Revealed

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Ubisoft released a new R6 Siege video detailing gameplay mechanics for new Operators and their gadget features.




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A member of Danish Jægerkorpset Corps, Nøkk is a new Attacker and a mysterious persona to even Team Rainbow. She carries an FMG-9 and SIX12-SD while uses a high-tech HEL Presence Reduction to become invisible to be detected by her enemies.

This medium-speed, medium-armor Rainbow attacker agent is good at infiltration and stealth like a ghost. However, her gadget might glitch but won't give away her position if she does nothing except moving on a normal or slower pace.

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Rainbow Six Siege New Operator Nøkk

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Then there is a dapper new defender from American Secret Service named Warden, who at first glance may remind you of Walter White from Breaking Bad. His primary weapon of choice is an M590A1 shotgun and an MPX submachine gun as a strong anchor.

Warden uses a pair of Glance Smart Glasses to remain impervious to flashes and see through smokes. A high-armor, low-speed Operator, he is highly effective against Blitz, Capitão, Glaz and Ying but have to wary of Thatcher and IQ for their gadget-disabling abilities.

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Rainbow Six Siege New Operator Warden

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Developers at Ubisoft has also reworked existing Kafe Dostoyevsky map to suit it better for competitive play. First floor of the café is now redesigned with a remodeled kitchen and second floor got new bomb sites, plus received other tweaks.

Season Pass owners for Year 4 of Rainbow Six Siege would have two new Operators, Nøkk and Warden already unlocked at launch on their platforms and others can purchase them only after seven days using their in-game R6 credits.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Metro Exodus DLC Expansion Pass Roadmap

Details on Expansion Pass content for Metro Exodus is revealed by 4A Games and its first DLC is coming this summer.

Despite having to delay its original release date and then facing some issue with moving to Epic Games Store by ditching Steam, developer 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver still saw success with first-person shooter title Metro Exodus.

Following its release on February, a Game Plus mode was added via "Ranger Update" for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One a month later. Now, detailed plans regarding upcoming DLC release roadmap for the world of Metro is revealed.

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Metro Exodus DLC Expansion Pass Roadmap

RELATED: Metro Exodus Out Now

Owners of Aurora and Gold Edition are already covered on Expansion Pass on their respective available platform. However, you can also place your digital pre-order now on Epic Store for $9.99 only and for just $24.99 on consoles.

Developers are currently working on two major story-driven expansion packs and players would be assuming roles of two new characters other than main protagonist Artyom that belong to Spartan Rangers and one of them is an American named Sam.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR METRO EXODUS.

Kick-starting from summer 2019, first DLC titled "The Two Colonels" that chronicles the journey of Colonel Khlebnikov who comes out of Novosibirsk to meet his son but survival on surface has not been easier lately and tough decisions should be made.

Then next chapter, "Sam's Story" is scheduled arrive on early 2020 that is centered on a US marine, Sam who wants to go back to his country to reunite with his family upon learning that many other city has survived the war like Moscow.

RELATED: Metro Exodus Adds Game Plus Mode

First expansion will hand you over a brand-new weapon in form of a deadly flame-thrower to successfully fend off mutated creatures on your way and gameplay will likely be the same you had in post-apocalyptic wasteland of Russia already.

With launch of Metro Exodus earlier this year, developer 4A Games and publisher Deep Silver has completed a trilogy inspired by Dmitry Glukhovsky's novels and seems like this Expansion Pass roadmap is looking to extend that established legacy.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Samurai Shodown 2019 Gameplay Overview

SNK is back to get players to "Embrace Death" once again with 2019 Samurai Shodown reboot.

Returning to their roots of blade-wielding fighting nearly a decade after, Samurai Shodown is the latest in legendary fighting game series by developer/publisher SNK that is scheduled to launch on 2019 for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Though it originally inspired a unique gameplay mechanics that allowed swordplay in genre of fighting games, a lot of that has changed somehow in its transition from 2D graphics to 3D animation renders over the years for better.

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Samurai Shodown 2019 Gameplay Overview

RELATED: New Samurai Shodown Game Revealed

SNK has dropped a new trailer today, which offers a better gameplay overview for this anticipated fighting game.




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As we mentioned about change in playing style, newest Samurai Shodown will deprive new and season players of "Combo", which is an intentional move by developers to gradually make you skilled in combat other than relying on button mashing.

In fact, relying on the latter and being impatient in a face-off can cost you dearly if you are not paying attention. So, learn from mistakes you made in each battle and hone on striking at a precise time to be far more effective in a fight.

RELATED: SNK 40th Anniversary Collection Announced for Switch

One core gameplay elements distinct to the franchise is Rage Gauge that gets heated up for each time you take a hit and when it is at max Rage, players get bonus attack damage for every single blow they can land on their opponent in a match.

Other than that and a Weapon Flipping Technique to disarm your rival, you can now deliver a Lightning Blade attack by performing Rage Explosion. Once used, it will take away your Rage Gauge and you are to survive with skillful moves.

RELATED: Samurai Shodown 2019 Release Date

It looks like SNK has added a Dojo Mode for players to "git gud" before they go butting heads in multiplayer. Through a revolutionary deep learning AI, your play style will be analyzed from offline or story mode playthrough.

Thus, the game creates a simulation with your unique way of playing into a CPU-controlled "ghost" character. You can either send your ghost fighter into clouds to challenge other players or even go up against a top professional from around the world.

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Intense and Epic Battles

RELATED: Samurai Shodown V Special Comes to PS4 and PS Vita

Classic characters like Charlotte, Galford, Genjuro Kibagami, Hanzo Hattori, Haohmaru, Nakoruru and Shiki are making their return to the current roster alongside newcomers Darli Dagger, Wu-Ruixiang and Yashamaru Kurama.

Additional characters will be added via post-launch DLC and placing a pre-order for Samurai Shodown reboot before June 30 would offer you a free Season Pass. It gives you access to four playable DLC characters and Nakoruru Retro 3D costume over first six months.

RELATED: Samurai Shodown 2019 Adds Three New Characters

Over a decade may have changed a few aspects of the series but a heavy influence of Japanese culture remains intact in its core to unleash a new era of samurai warriors upon us once again with a brand-new installment.

Despite being a weapon-based fighting game series, Samurai Shodown always relied heavily on a plot and upcoming 2019 game is no different. Set prior to the events of Samurai Spirits from 1993, this reboot can become another hit for staying true to its heart.