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Monday, January 21, 2019

Yakuza Kiwami Comes to Steam

PC version of Yakuza Kiwami reveals a February release date by publisher Sega to arrive on Steam.

A remake of Yakuza, action-adventure game Yakuza Kiwami was originally a title for PlayStation 2, which has been rumored to receive a PC port ever since E3 2018 after developer/publisher Sega announced to bring Valkyria Chronicles 4 and Yakuza 0 on the platform.

Whereas both of these above-mentioned titles have already saw release on Steam last year, the titular game in question on Valve's digital distribution storefront had no mention of the launch date until now and we have a release window of February 19, 2019.

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Yakuza Kiwami Comes to Steam

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Up until this point, the app page for Yakuza Kiwami on Steam only stated "Coming Soon" for so long and Sega didn't stop people from speculating whatever they could come up with. They simply uploaded a GIF with a heading "MAJIMAAAA!"


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The animated file showcase a brief glimpse of Goro Majima, a rival for series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu appearing out of a manhole in the middle of a city street. There is a frame for a brief split-second that says "February 19th" and you know what that means.

This is not the first playful tease Sega has been giving us as earlier this month; they posted a tongue out image of a Sheep on the Steam page of Bayonetta to herald the news of Catherine coming to PC before it was confirmed by an ESRB Rating.

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The Yakuza remake saw release on Japan for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles in January 2016. PC version of the game will be offering options for 4K resolution, customizing controls, uncapped frame rates and widescreen support.

Yakuza Kiwami is already available for pre-order for the price of $19.99 only and the Digital Deluxe Edition will cost you $21.99. The site is also offering a 10% discount on pre-purchase of the title, which is a part of special promotion that will end on February 19.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Artifact Loses 97% Players

Only two months after its debut, Valve's online card game Artifact has lost over 97% players and still declining.

For the past few years, Hearthstone was dominating the ever growing market of online digital collectible card game genre and Artifact has debuted in November 2018 as an answer to the game from developer/publisher Valve Corporation.

Sure, Valve has a history of delivering huge hits like Half-Life and Left 4 Dead franchise that fans still love till date but sadly for their latest release, not even card game players are showing any interest as it is currently facing a concurrent player drop.

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Artifact Loses 97% Players

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Initially, the game has launched two months ago with a simultaneous players number of 60,740 at that time. By next month on December, it was surpassed by No Man's Sky on Steam and from ever since, that downward trend is showing no sign of stopping.

Seeing an all time low, their playerbase has come down to a drop of 97.5% in just two months after release and ranking at 145 on Steam Charts. Even Valve's first-person puzzle-platform and critically-acclaimed game of 2011, Portal 2 has more players online.

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Apparently, the DOTA 2 inspired card game is failing to pick up any interest among players and there are a number of reasons for that. The crown-jewel of online card game is following a free-to-play model, whereas Artifact is charging everyone $19.99 only to buy the game.

However, fans who believed in the developer still took part in the alternative model but when it was revealed that you simply cannot get newer cards without spending real money; it sparked a huge wave of complaints within the community.

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In the weeks that followed, it became very clear that Valve is not attracting new players to their anticipated online trading card game. Moreover, many angry people bombed the game's Steam page with negative reviews for their shoddy monetization scheme.

The developer tried to do damage control by adding balance and leveling where one could earn new decks by simply playing which was followed by an update that re-balanced some of the overpowered cards but it didn't help to impress their fallen playerbase.

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When Valve finally decided to return into making video games and roped in world-famous game designer Richard Garfield for the development of DOTA 2 based card game experience, people were genuinely hyped but seems like all of it was for seemingly nothing.

Artifact could have possibly made it if they chose to follow a free-to-play system rather than their widely criticized pay-to-play model on top of the staring fee of $19.99 bucks that no other title of the same genre has asked for ever, turning it into one of the most disappointing releases on Steam.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Catherine Classic on PC Out Now

Sega introduces the PC port for action-adventure puzzle title of 2011 as Catherine Classic, available now on Steam.

It was only a week ago when publisher Sega decided to tease players of the upcoming release of Catherine on PC platform through the News tab of the Steam page for Bayonetta, which was then confirmed shortly after by an ESRB Rating.

Today, the critically and commercially successful 2011 puzzle platformer from Japanese developer Atlus has made its way to the digital storefront of Steam and Humble Store, debuting on Windows PC as Catherine Classic, a port to the original console release.

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Catherine Classic on PC Out Now

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Sega was also generous enough to drop an official announcement trailer for series fans from the past and the normies to sink their teeth in.




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The recently launched port has received a several upgrades over the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 console versions. Players can unlock the frame rate while enjoying the nightmare quests in 4K resolution with now customizable controls for a better experience.

Also, the game offers you to choose between English and Japanese-language voiceover, something that was not a part of Western release in the past. Catherine Classic is priced $19.99 only and comes with all three original game modes.

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Although you get to play the story campaign and enjoy the two existing multiplayer modes, Atlus decided not to include an online multiplayer feature, which they plan on to include on the remastered version of the game, Catherine: Full Body with a third character named Rin.

Full Body will come out later at some point on 2019 and the Western version of the game will only be launched on PlayStation 4. Catherine takes you to a twisted journey of love, betrayal and the terror of a romantic thriller of protagonist Vincent between three women in his life.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Catherine on PC Confirmed by ESRB

After teasing on Steam, a recently revealed ESRB rating confirms that puzzle platformer game Catherine is coming on PC.

Before Catherine: FullBody was announced for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita as a remaster version of the 2011 puzzle platformer Catherine by developer/publisher Atlus, the original title was also available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Recently, an image of a Sheep with its tongue out was posted on the news section of the Steam page for action-adventure title Bayonetta by publisher Sega and people took it as a hint of Catherine coming to PC but it was later confirmed by an ESRB Rating.

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Catherine on PC Confirmed by ESRB


Even though there was no solid confirmation, fans were quick to point out that Catherine is coming to PC seeing the sheep on the site and taking it as a messenger. What the curious players want to know now is which version of this puzzle adventure game are they getting?

The game gets a Mature 17+ rating from ESRB for most obvious reasons like having partial nudity, sexual themes and strong language within its content but people already knew that. The updated version, Catherine: Full Body has additional contents that have everyone interested in it.


To simplify things, we took a look at the Australian Classification Board rate for the game where it is titled as "Catherine Classic", which most likely to suggest that this one is the 2010 release version and it was submitted by Sega as well.

Having to re-release a game when they are already developing an updated version is pointless but is it because the company wants to keep Full Body as a Sony consoles exclusive while re-launch the original on Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One?


It doesn't sound simply anymore, does it? If Atlus wanted, they could simply make the game backwards compatible on Xbox One. Or maybe they are doing this because they wanted to avoid confusion among fans on which version are they getting by renaming it.

It could also be that Catherine Classic will add the newly introduced third girl named Rin and new endings for her but will not include the many newly developed animated cut scenes and content from Catherine: Full Body. We hope an official announcement clear this out soon.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Steam Top-Selling & Most Played Games 2018

Valve has revealed the best-seller games and the ones that are played most throughout 2018 on Steam.

It is almost the end of the year 2018 and Valve Corporation came up with an updated list of the top best-selling and most played PC games with a great number of simultaneous players on their digital distribution platform Steam.

Some of the titles that made it to the list are also part of their ongoing Steam Winter Sale and you may find some really good games in it for a great discounted price. So, without any further delay, let's jump into the topper into the yearend list of 2018.

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Steam Top-Selling & Most Played Games 2018

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The top selling 100 games are categorized into four different classes like Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze based on their overall earned revenue throughout the last twelve months. Some of the best-sellers from the early count are still holding their grounds.

Games like Warframe, Far Cry 5, Rainbow Six Siege, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Rocket League, Grand Theft Auto V, DOTA 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Civilization VI and Elder Scrolls Online are on the top 10 of Platinum group.

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Top Selling Steam Games of 2018

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Players are counting Dead by Daylight, Path of Exile, Stellaris, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Total War: WARHAMMER II, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Assassin's Creed Origins and Jurassic World Evolution among the Gold standards.

Titles like Fallout 4, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Dying Light, Team Fortress 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Frostpunk, No Man's Sky, Final Fantasy XV, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 and Dragon Ball FighterZ are really finding a Silver lining on the list.

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In Bronze section we have Hunt: Showdown, ARMA 3, Total War: WARHAMMER, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Payday 2, Sniper Elite 4, Call of Duty: WWII, SMITE, Soulcalibur VI, For Honor, The Division, Watch Dogs 2, Darkest Dungeon and Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.

Currently, CS: GO, DOTA 2, GTAV, PUBG, R6S and Warframe are joined by Monster Hunter: World, Realm Royale and Path of Exile that has been on the peak with over 100,000 concurrent players being engaged to them.

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Most Played Steam Games of 2018

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With 50,000 players engaged in it in real-time Subnautica, ARK: Survival Evolved, Vermintide 2, Scum, Atlas and Artifact are apparently on the second tier. Left 4 Dead 2, Conan Exiles, NBA 2K19, Killing Floor 2, DayZ and H1Z1 is following that up with 25,000 and more.

At 15,000 players on a constant, Age of Empires II HD, AC Origins, Quake Champions, Borderlands 2, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Vampyr, Dark Souls III, Dark Souls: Remastered, XCOM 2 and Total War: ROME II are holding their line as well.

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Despite so many good games falling into the trap of "Broketober", the real good ones survived till the end. However, not many of them have seen a good time like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 or Red Dead Redemption 2 and died down.

Aside from the purchase of the base game, Steam also took account of the revenue earned from DLC packs. Though some of the elite on the lists are free-to-play, you can easily find some of the best AAA games of recent times within 33-85% discount for sure.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Artifact Adds Card Balance and Leveling

Valve's Dota-based digital card game Artifact has just received its first balancing patch with added features.

For long, developer/publisher Valve Corporation has been enjoying the success of their multiplayer online battle arena game DOTA 2 and then came up with a digital collectible card game Artifact based on the mythos of the community-created mod.

Debuted earlier on November 28, 2018 for Linux, Mac and PC, the title has been receiving quite an attention from critics and players. The game already got its first balance patch "Build Your Legend Update" for even more intense deck-building fun.

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Artifact Adds Card Balance and Leveling

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Players can now level up accounts with the newly deployed system, which will let them unlock tickets and card packs down the road. Ongoing card balance has a lot of perks for a digital game and realizing that, the company is just trying to embrace the change.

Valve has originally planned for the model to work like a normal trading card game and decided to ban cards only in emergency situations that calls for such action but they took a month to reach that conclusion. For more details on the changes made, take a look at the Patch Notes.

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After evaluating feedback from direct interactions, online suggestions and group discussions among their team members, they collectively decided to be flexible with improvisation. Those who have purchased the affected cards before can sell their cards back to the store within next two weeks.

However, players never expected to see a patch this soon after the launch of the game but it came as a statement from the developer team working on it. While the team was old-fashioned with some cards, they made significant alteration to others.

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Even only a few days ago, Artifact was listed among the bottom 10 of the top 100 best-selling games list on Steam and following the update, that place has significantly improved. People are mostly positive towards these new adjustments and hopefully the game is not dying down soon.

Seeing Valve taking such an agreeable approach to modification, we guess that there are more patches coming down for the foreseeable future. Despite the game being innovative, it pushes the player to spend more money and time, which can scare off many newcomers.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode Three Release Date

Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season will be returning next month with episode three, from Skybound Games.

When Telltale Games announced to shut down back in September, the future of Telltale's Walking Dead along with few of their fan-favorite titles became uncertain but then Skybound Games came forward to finish Clementine's story during the zombie apocalypse.

By the time they released the second episode, the studio was in a sudden near-closure but Robert Kirkman (Haunt, Invincible)'s production company took over the Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season project and start working on the remaining episodes from last month.

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Telltale's Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode Three Release Date

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Currently scheduled for a release window of January 15, 2019, Skybound Games released a new trailer for upcoming third episode of the game titled "Broken Toys".




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The trailer starts with a voice over from Lee Everett, the guardian angel who found little Clem and protected her from all odds as long as he could. Then she reflects on how she made it this far and now is in the same position of Lee, taking care of young AJ.

After surviving on the road for a while, Clem and AJ finally finds an abandoned schoolhouse where they met with a group of other kids but got kicked out later. In the last episode, Suffer the Children, she reunites with Lilly from season one and with that, her fight for survival continues.

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After starting their journey back in 2012 with season one, Telltale's Walking Dead as set a new standard for zombie games within the gaming community where players choices mattered and the developers went on to release three more seasons.

Players have witnessed the young girl becoming a toughened survivor in a post-apocalyptic world over the three season's period where she grew up, created bonds, took some heart-breaking decisions and now her story has finally come to an end.

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Although no one is ready yet to say goodbye to Clementine, we still are heading towards an inevitable series finale. Last month, major Telltale Games titles were removed from Steam even though it remained on GOG, PlayStation Store and Xbox Marketplace.

Skybound assured that previous seasons and new episodes are back on "almost" all platforms and by the launch of episode 3, the rest will be fixed as well. Those who already bought the entire season of The Walking Dead: The Final Season in advance will also get access to the upcoming episodes.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Epic Games Store Launch Lineup Revealed

A brand-new trailer featuring all the titles featured on Epic Games Store on launch is revealed at The Game Awards 2018.

For the majority of the year 2018, video game developer company Epic Games was in all sorts of news media for the immense success of their free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite Battle Royale that has become a major phenomenon.

It was only two days ago when they announced to start a digital distribution service, which seemingly will rival Valve Corporation's digital storefront Steam and now they have released a brand-new trailer to showcase their launch lineup.

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Epic Games Store Launch Lineup Revealed

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Let's take a look at the initial lineup of games featured at Epic Games Store during their launch in the following trailer.




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Aside from Fortnite wining over Best Ongoing Game and Best Multiplayer Game category, Epic Games took The Game Awards 2018 show to reveal upcoming titles they are bringing to their store from a renowned bunch of video game companies.

The store rolls in with jam-packed titles like Ashen, Darksiders III, Genesis Alpha One, Hades, Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek, Journey, Maneater, Outer Wilds, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, Satisfactory, Subnautica, Super Meat Boy and World War Z.

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Epic Games Store Launch Lineup

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Renowned studios like Annapurna Interactive, Supergiant Games, Team17, THQ Nordic and Tripwire Interactive are joining up the march to give tough competition to other platforms in the market and to make a long-lasting impact at the same time.

To get into the already dense competition, they already announced staggering 88% sales revenue for publishers who want to launch their tiles with Epic Games Store and even promised to cover the royalty sales percentage for using Unreal Engine in game developing.

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To make the new marketplace more developer-friendly, Epic is introducing a revenue-sharing system Support-A-Creator, building a bridge between developers and content creators to allow them great access over how to market their product and present to audience.

As they already have a history of working on titles like Gears of War trilogy, Unreal Tournament and the over the top success of Fortnite, Epic has re-branded them in the industry with a strong backbone to enter the world of digital distribution business.

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Epic Games Store Upcoming Lineup

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In recent years, Valve has come under fire for their actions on lack of curation on the platform and Steam Direct program but still considered as a tycoon in the market. CD Projekt tried to venture the industry with their GOG distribution service but couldn't become a worthy rival in a decade.

Epic Games has their independent launcher like Activision and Bethesda, which acts as an extension for the store. The upcoming contest over the control of market share in 2019 will be fun to watch as we may witness a shift in power after all these years.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Epic Games Store Announced

Launching as a competitor to Steam, Epic Games announced to start their own digital storefront Epic Games Store.

Whether you have been indulged into the Battle Royale mania with free-to-play title Fortnite or not you probably must have heard of developer/publisher Epic Games. Amassing a staggering number of 125 million worldwide in less than a year, they have scored big time!

After winning over the gaming world with a phenomenon game lately, Epic Games is currently focusing on a major online game distribution platform of their own, which would be a competitor to Steam, a prominent digital storefront of Valve Corporation.

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Epic Games Store Announced

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This is not something that Epic has jump on board with and in fact, they have been developing launcher for their own game compatible for Mac and PC that supports a digital commerce worldwide by handling several different payment methods.

So, to get into a direct relationship with players and help all developers, Epic Games Store will be launched soon. Though their initial plan only includes platforms like Mac and PC, there are plans for expanding to Android and other open platforms for a broader reach by 2019.

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Epic will open up with a hand full of curated games and then will expand their collection as they progress. People can either purchase the game from the store or just access it with Epic Games launcher but everything else will be handled through the application.

Current Fortnite players are already considered as users of their launcher and Epic Games decided to make their game exclusively available to their digital store. This is a practice that would be continued for the foreseeable future.

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Epic Games Store Revenue Split

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The biggest perk of the platform is that it offers a more flattering revenue split with developers than Steam or any other. Moving aside from the standard 70/30 revenue split, Epic Games Store is considering giving developers 88 percent of the revenue for the games.

It that is not sounding crazy enough, developers won't have to pay up the 5 percent engine royalty for using Unreal Engine to create the game. Epic will cover for that 5% of extra charge from their small margin on a total of 12%.

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Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney believes that business for digital storefronts have grown quite exponentially over the decade but the economies revolving around it has not benefited the developers much for years; especially indie developers.

Aside from that, Epic also launched Support-A-Creator program recently that will hook up content creators from YouTube, streamers on Twitch, video game Bloggers and such with developers to help them share revenue for affiliate marketing. That's so EPIC!

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Consumers of the store will be handed out at least one free game after every two weeks throughout 2019 and they will cover the fees of those releases on behalf of the developers, so they don't miss out or lose money over this.

Epic Games can easily become a digital distribution platform giant in no time if they stay true to their plan of incentives and promises to share more details about their plans regarding the store this Thursday, on December 6 at The Game Awards 2018.