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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

Cities: Skylines, Elder Scrolls Online and The Surge on Xbox Free Play Days

Members of Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate gets to play Cities: Skylines, Elder Scrolls Online and The Surge on current Free Play Days event.

Some exciting new games are heading to Free Play Days event of this weekend and one of them will be available for a week. Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can download and play these titles during this period.

Starting on November 6, 7:00 AM PDT, Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited to become available to jump on board with throughout an entire week and will be on hand for players up until November 13, 7:00 PM PDT.

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Cities: Skylines, Elder Scrolls Online and The Surge on Xbox Free Play Days

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Then on November 7, 12:01 AM PDT, both Cities: Skylines and The Surge comes to Xbox Free Play Days to be up to November 10, 11:59 AM PDT. Members will find these titles on Gold member area of Xbox One console dashboard.

Explore Tamriel within ESO base game that 24 playable zones like Morrowind and others as you want. Start your epic journey by becoming anyone from four classes with free 500 Crowns to get items you need from Crown Store.

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Otherwise, assume the role of mayor in a metropolis playing Cities: Skylines to build an aspiring city of tomorrow. Xbox One version for Free Play Days comes with After Dark expansion on top of its base game, offering more content.

If none of that suits your style and you want to get some taste of action role-playing, then 2017 sci-fi release The Surge from developer Deck13 Interactive and publisher Focus Home Interactive might be a good fit for you.

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Players who already experienced ESO in Free Play Days earlier can pick right up from where you left off. Enjoy a solid 50% off on Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited at $9.99 if you wish to continue playing even after this week.

Both Cities: Skylines and The Surge are also offering a whopping 75% off over their retail price. Picking up Augmented Edition of the latter on same discounted rates will provide you additional expansion pack and weapons DLC pack.

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.

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

Diablo 4 Announced

Blizzard Entertainment officially revealed highly-anticipated dungeon crawling title Diablo IV at BlizzCon 2019.

Although expected to be revealed last year, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment ended up showcasing upcoming mobile title Diablo Immortal instead of latest installment of mainline Diablo game from popular dungeon crawler series.

After multiple leaks from various sources and a series of rumors hinting its existence over and over to fans, Blizzard has finally announced hack and slash action RPG title Diablo IV for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at BlizzCon 2019.

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Diablo IV Announced

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A brand-new cinematic trailer builds up arrival of ultimate evil and it seems all that waiting was really worth it.




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The video show off a perilous journey of a group of adventurers looking for gold but among them was a scholar who was only seeking knowledge. Their small posse is chased to an underground dungeon by a horde of demonic creatures.

They ask the scholar to breach seal of a gate while they fend off those beings and he figured out it would take blood to open the door. So he asks two of his companions to willingly offer their blood and it does open but one of them is left behind.

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However, instead of gold what they find inside is terror unimaginable as their fallen companion returns to unveil a horrific truth to them. They have unwittingly entered a forbidden tomb and opened up a gate to hell that will usher doom.

Finally, they all three surrenders to darkness and a veil of blood is formed to call forth home Lilith, daughter of hatred. Her blood soaked introduction to D4 is only a sign of Diablo lore getting darker and gruesome than ever.

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At this point, a new Diablo game is not a surprise anymore since it has been reportedly under development for some time and probably even changed direction at least once but ultimately, Blizzard decided to go back to series roots.

Entire plot will focus on Sanctuary and mother of the Nephalem, Lilith will be serving as main antagonist. Taking inspiration from all past games of the franchise in terms of horror aspects and gameplay, Diablo IV aims to be gorier and grittier.

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Blizzard has also revealed a first gameplay trailer showcasing character classes and other notable features.




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First noticeable change to new installment of the series is a massive graphical upgrade and smooth gameplay. Inclusion of horses as mounts indicates vast open-world locations that would require transportation to reach to.

At launch, Diablo IV to have five set of unique character classes and initially only three of them are revealed. Barbarian, Druid and Sorceress have their different set of skills to play out and charge into battlefield for glory.

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Barbarian represents heavy hitting warriors wielding powerful weapons that they can swap and switch between at any time. This valiant class will run rampant amidst streets littered with corpses and cause destruction all around.

A Druid can transform into creatures as Werebear to Werewolf and command magic like no other. Sorceress can harness elemental powers like fire, cold and lightning aside from freezing enemies before breaking them in pieces.

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More Random Dungeons

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Players are allowed to customize each class with ability levels, cosmetics, rune words and skill trees. They are free to go anywhere and anytime they want as campaign is completely open to either explore its expanded world or go on side quests.

Certain in-game areas are now open as PVP zones to fight each other but this is just an option if anyone wants to opt out. Social areas are for gathering in groups, trade items and even taking on terrifying bosses together.

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Multiplayer World Boss

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Shortly before announcement, a leak revealed that Diablo 4 will have three character classes and will be set in an open-world. Players will be able to interact with surrounding environment like climbing walls or even ride mounts as well.

Many long-time fans would have a great experience with such improvement to gameplay mechanics and turns out, these leaks were actually true, which certainly helps generating more hype for upcoming isometric action RPG title.

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When Diablo III came out in 2012, it initially suffered from connection issue at launch but ended up selling over 30 million copies. Though originally debuted for PC platform, D3 eventually saw console release and even a Nintendo Switch port.

Blizzard is promising their fan-base every reason to get excited for Diablo IV but there is no official launch date yet, nor even a release year. Given they have been working on the project for some time; we probably won't have to wait too long.

Fallout 76 Buyers in Australia to Get Refunds

Australia is allowing some Fallout 76 players to get refunds after they were being "mislead" by Bethesda/ZeniMax.

In past, many players have tried getting refunds for a total train wreck launch of online action role-playing game Fallout 76 but all of their requests was denied by developer/publisher Bethesda Softworks back then except a lucky few.

Apparently, player frustration has reached to a certain critical point where Australian Competition and Commission had to make a move and now, some players in Australia has become eligible to get refunds for their purchase.

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Fallout 76 Buyers in Australia to Get Refunds

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ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda has misled their customers when their rights for a refund were denied on technical terms and they have accepted to ACCC that their actions were in conflict with Australian Consumer Law.

Bethesda has created a product that came in a messy state, had lagging and server problems along with many other issues that should have been fixed or given refunds to consumers in Australia when they experienced those faults.

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Regarding entire Fallout 76 debacle situation, ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court had the following to state.

When a consumer buys a product it comes with automatic consumer guarantees, and retailers must ensure their refunds and returns policies do not misrepresent what the Australian Consumer Law provides.

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Buyers were denied refunds by ZeniMax on the ground that they were not "entitled" to get one but ACCC has ordered them to give money back to players in Australia who made refund requests from November 24, 2018 to June 1, 2019.

Most recently, Bethesda has launched Fallout 1st, a paid subscription service for Fallout 76 and managed to let down their player community once again because of being released in a buggy state and having many key features missing.