Showing posts with label Arkane Studios. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arkane Studios. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

PlayStation Now Adds Prey and More

PS Now has added Prey, Project Cars 2 and more titles to Sony's game-streaming service in January 2019.

We are more than a week into January 2019 and PlayStation Now game-streaming service has added nine new games to their New Year lineup, courtesy of Sony Entertainment. The ever growing library of the cloud-based gaming service is just getting bigger.

In a massive collection of over 700 streamable games, players on PlayStation 4 can now get their hands on over 275 games for their consoles that they can either download to their devices to play later or directly stream at will.

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PlayStation Now Adds Prey and More

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Leading the top of the list is a 2017 first-person shooter game Prey from developer Arkane Studios and publisher Bethesda Softworks. A spiritual successor to System Shock, the game follows the adventures of protagonist Morgan Yu on board space station Talos I.

A science experiment gone wrong has ruined the station and Yu is now being hunted down by horrific aliens. Although he has some pretty awesome mind-bending abilities, there is an arsenal of unique and deadly weapons in his disposal to survive the onslaught.

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You can never be too busy to take a few moments off to look at the official launch trailer for Prey before heading over to Talos I.




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Other glorious titles that join the race are Chess Ultra, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Lock's Quest, Metro 2033 Redux, Onechanbara Z2: Chaos and Project Cars 2. Skydrift and Thunder Wolves among these are available for PlayStation 3 platform.

Considering upcoming FPS title Metro Exodus is only a month away from release, you can simply take a tour of post-apocalyptic Moscow in Metro 2033 Redux to freshen up memories. Japanese action game God Eater 2 and tower defense game Lock's Quest looks like a lot of fun as well.

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PlayStation Now Hit Games in December 2018

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Also games like Civilization Revolution, Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, For Honor, Mafia III, Mortal Kombat, NBA 2K16, Red Dead Redemption, Sniper Elite 4, Steep and WWE 2K16 remains the most played games on PS Now during the month of December.

With so many exquisite games available for download and local play feature enabled; this may be a great time for you to try out the 7-Day Free Trial for PlayStation Now. Of course, this trail offer is valid for new subscribers only as the current members are enjoying their subscription already.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider for Xbox One X

Since Xbox One X is the new craze and most powerful console on the market, Bethesda Softworks and Arkane Studios has been working on enhancing the third installment of the Dishonored series; Dishonored: Death of the Outsider for some time to be compatible with Microsoft’s newest console and may players can enjoy all the excitement of the game at the comfort of their own favorable platform. The wait is finally over and the game is already updated.

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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider for Xbox One X

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The update is exclusive to Xbox One X and it includes 4K Ultra HD support, shadows quality of the characters has been improved, shadows quality has been worked on as well as anti-aliasing. Because of the superior GPU power of the Xbox One X, graphics quality is now on high definition and the game looks a lot better than it ever did. Level details and texture definition are at their best and that is not exaggerating at all.

To give you people a primary idea of what this update changes in the game for you, Bethesda Softworks dropped a trailer for the update and it is definitely in full 4K.




The updates are already available and all they need is to be downloaded from Xbox Live but you should also keep it in mind that the size will be considerably huge and that's going to cost you a lot of bandwidth. The 4K definition features and textures are not something that comes in light but in the end, it would be worth it. The liquidity of the action scenes are just the way now as they were meant to be for the players from the beginning.

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Dishonored 2 + Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Updated for Xbox One X


Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is already out worldwide to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from onwards September 2017. Oh, and not only Death of the Outsider gets to celebrate the joy in 4K but Dishonored 2 gets the Xbox One X enhanced makeover at the same occasion too. So, get your hands on one of this stealth action-adventure games to experience the thrill with the powerful GPU of Xbox One X.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Gameplay Trailer

Since her mentor Daud was leader of the Whalers, it is only natural that Billie Lurk also have some reputation of her own when it comes to the killer-for-hire game. We haven't seen much of her in the previous installments of the game, then how do we know that for sure? Well, Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks chose her to be the protagonist of their standalone release of the series for a reason of course.

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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Gameplay Trailer

If you are still skeptical then below is the gameplay trailer for the upcoming game Dishonored: Death of the Outsider and enjoy it with Marilyn Manson's "Killing Strangers" track playing in the background.




Billie Lurk, professional assassin-for-hire is now a playable character in a game from Dishonored series and boy, does she have otherworldly powers at her disposal! From her first appearance on Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall, Lurk had less than none opportunity to display what she is capable of. She even came to the aid of the protagonists in Dishonored 2 but up until Death of the Outsider, Billie had to wait to show what she is capable of.

As her mission is to hunt and slay a mysterious god-like being, Billie has to go to an extra mile and by that, she will have to look into some cults, visit underground fight clubs and maybe even pull out a bank-job! She is an assassin, alright! Add supernatural abilities with weapons and gear to make her deadly enough to take down her mark. You can be deadly as you want or you can be sneaky. It's entirely up to you.

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Rosario Dawson as Billie Lurk

In both part of the series, Lurk's character was portrayed by Rosario Dawson. Actor Michael Madsen and Robin Lord Taylor also respectively played the character of Daud and the Outsider. Onward from September 15, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider will be available for $29.99 to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Revealed

Have you loved playing Arkane Studios' critically acclaimed action-adventure stealth game Dishonored (2012) and Dishonored 2 (2016)? If so, then maybe you have more news coming to your way that will cheer you up. Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks were busy for some time with the third installment of the franchise and it is a spin-off that is based on the world of supernatural killers titled Dishonored: Death of the Outsider.

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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Revealed

Watch the official announce trailer for upcoming Dishonored: Death of the Outsider game from Bethesda revealed at the E3 showcase.




On The Knife of Dunwall DLC for Dishonored, we were first introduced to the character of Billie Lurk, who is second-in-command as well as a close acquaintance of Daud, leader of the Whalers. Billie herself has quite a reputation as an assassin-for-hire. Now, after a several months after the events of Dishonored 2, she returns to Karnaca seeking Daud, only to rescue from captivity.

As she reunites with her mentor, he asks her if she is up to one last job and upon asking, Daud reveals the target; the enigmatic Outsider. So now, to complete the ultimate assassination of the black-eyed mysterious entity, Billie Lurk will explore the dark depths of Karnaca and succeed at any cost.

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New Clockwork Soldiers

You might have witnessed or experienced Corvo Attano and Emily Kaldwin using the wide-array of paranormal powers during their missions and guess what? Billy Lurk has her own powers to wield and she'd use them against the Sisters of the Oracular Order, a cult that is obsessed with the Outsider. A new band of Clockwork Soldiers will be on her way as well as some old enemies from the series. Players are already familiar with the merciless fighting system that this world has to offer and there will be new weapons too.

In hunt for a century-old figure like the Outsider, Billy will be faced with difficult moment of choice that will turn the tides of the events and uncover deep-dark secrets regarding the target.

Even though Death of the Outsider is a standalone game, you don't need any previous experience to jump right into the play and get indulged into this mystical world. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider will see worldwide release on September 15, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Dishonored 2 Free Demo

Back in the day, we could get a demo version of almost every game before the hit the stores and the discs used to come with a magazine. We don't get a lot of game demos these days, yet sometimes we get lucky. For instance, a couple of days back Bethesda Softworks and Arkane Studio promised us for a "Free Trial" of Dishonored 2; the long anticipated sequel to their 2012's hit stealth action-adventure game Dishonored. In accords to their announcement, here it is.

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Dishonored 2 Free Demo

Here goes a brief glimpse of what the "Free Trial" of Dishonored 2 has in stores for us. So, go ahead and take a quick look at it.




What the demo offers you is to play as supernatural assassin in steampunk and you can chose to play as either Corvo Attano or Emily Kaldwin to declare war against the wicked witch Delilah. The "Free Trial" lets you play and enjoy the first three missions of the game and the best part is, if you decide to upgrade to the full game, they allow you to carry on all your saves and progresses.

Also, there is no time limitations on the demo. So you can play those first three missions as many times as you please. Available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC platforms, you will be able to download the free trial from PSN Store, Xbox Marketplace and Steam. That means, now you can pre-experience a good chunk of the game without spending a single penny before you finally decide to buy the whole game. Sounds pretty good to me!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Prey Player Choices and Consequences

There was a time when we used to play game with many different approach yet meeting with same conclusion. Then as time passed, developers started being creative and introduced the concept of "Choices and Consequences" that matters in the end result of games. Recently, Telltale Games has taken that concept and making people feel more responsible for the consequences against their actions. Looks like, developer Arkane Studio is following the same footsteps with their upcoming project Prey.

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Only Yu Can Save the World

The following clip titled "Only Yu Can Save the World" contains clip from the game detailing a few cut-scenes and the people behind the game talking about "Choices and Consequences".




Abroad Talos-1, everything you do, every step you take, is going to matter in the end no matter how insignificant that might be. For example, as Morgan Yu, you will come across many survivors during the course of Prey. Some of them will want your help to live or some may even ask for favor. What you choose to do next by either saving them or abandoning them by ignoring does not essentially make you a bad person but it sure will affect the outcome of the game. Morgan will also discover his brother Alex Yu, also the CEO of TranStar Corporation is in fact alive and planning for something fishy.



One other thing is that, you can constantly upgrade yourself and obtain more and more alien abilities to become more powerful and to best your chances against your Typhon enemies. But consequences also chase you here as there are a breed of Typhon called Nightmare and their job is to hunt you down. The more you will increase your alien powers, the better they are aware of your presence and it becomes easier for them to prey upon you.

Defined as a successor of System Shock and Dead Space by fans, this concept of the game sure is gonna be a favorable aspect of the game to gamers when it comes out on May 5, 2017.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Top 3 Prey Enemies to Look Out For

Morgan Yu woke up to prepare himself for his first day at work, at the space station Talos I of TranStar Corporation. But then things went wrong and Yu discovers himself in the middle of a sudden alien invasion, fighting deadly enemies that poses threat to him or anyone else. This is how Bethesda Softworks has set up the premise for their latest first-person shooter game Prey. Previously, we had a look at "Prey Gameplay Highlights From Opening Hour", that slightly explores what the game is all about and what type of dangers gamers will be facing but there were not much details on the alien enemies.

Prey – Typhon Research

The recently released clip from Bethesda titled "Prey – Typhon Research" not only introduces a wide-array of hostile Typhon aliens but also offers a up-close look at these vicious enemies.




To start with, we know the invading alien race are called Typhons, who are no doubt unfriendly and damn-straight hostile. Arkane Studios introduced us with an aggressive species that is going to make the game playing experience of Prey better for sure. The clip gave us a brief yet prominent features about the Typhons and we are picking our top 3 most dangerous enemies out of them.

Nightmare

Nightmares
One of the evolved categories of Typhons, Nightmares are one of the most-powerful enemies abroad Talos I. A pretty intimidating bad-guy in Prey who leaves you only a few choice to evade him. We have learnt from a previous announcement that, "Your Decisions Matters" in Prey and seemingly Nightmares are a way by which means the game will be reacting on your moves. As much as you will upgrade your abilities with Neuromods, the more they will be aware of your presence and come to hunt you down.

Phantom

Phantoms
Phantoms are just short for Typhon Anthrophantasmus, a skill combatant class of the aliens that are literally a "Phantom Menace" to the protagonist. It actually a hybrid form of The Weavers, means it is probably based on a dead human host body and that is why it shares a similar neural pattern like humans. But make no mistake of having any compassion from a Phantom as they are very deadly in close-up fights.

Telepath

Telepaths
Now we have left the best for last. Telepaths are one of the most-dangerous Typhons to record. Any environmental obstacles are no reason to worry for them and psychic energy blasts can temporarily render you unable to use powers. Also spawned from The Weavers, Telepaths can control other life forms and make them do his bidding.

Then there are organic matter absorbing The Mimics, transformed deceased life forms tuning into The Weaver and the invisible sinister known as Poltergeists. The game Prey will soon be available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming systems upon its release on May 5, 2017.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Prey Gameplay Opening Hour Highlights

For those, who may not know, Prey is a recent addition in the first-person shooter genre of game from Bethesda Softworks. Recently, the game showed us some highlights from its opening hour and there are a couple of things that you may find lovely about it.

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Prey Opening Hour Gameplay Highlights

So, here goes the gameplay highlights from the stunning first hour of Prey.




The first thing Prey does is to hit you with some awesome view from the protagonist Morgan Yu's apartment. You wake up as Morgan, head for the testing facility in a chopper, undergo some aptitude tests (probably for space), break out of some intriguing daydream and fight the Typhons in your office. There are some really stunning reveal that awaits the gamer which promises to be a great experience for them.

It is about Morgan Yu's first day at work on a space station and then suddenly everything goes to hell when the alien invasion starts. You go scavenging in your now abandoned workplace looking for supplies, weapons and upgrades while interact with the hostile mimics as they try to attack you. Though this official clip does not offer a very detailed look into the game but if you were lucky enough to play it, you would have a lot more access to the story and the surroundings.

Wandering through the space station, you discover a lot of things and a few nods (or Easter Eggs) towards other fan-favorites. Arkane Studios did a fantastic job bringing back the System Shock vibe into it with a setting to match. The game offers a player driven experience and its own sense of style that sets it apart. However, at times, the game might feel like a mix of BioShock and Dead Space to some.

If you have previously missed this awesome release from Bethesda Softworks, here is the first official gameplay trailer for Prey.




Releasing on May 5, 2017, Prey will be available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming systems.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Dishonored 2 Concept Art

Action game genre has always been able to draw more gamers to their fold, because action is pure fun. When certain developers added a twist of stealth in it, stealth action category made a unique fan-following that started revolution with games like Metal Gear Solid and Splinter Cell, to the more recent day hit like Batman: Arkham series of games. So, when Bethesda Softworks decided to bring a game like Dishonored back in 2012, everyone lost their mind in it.

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Dishonored 2 Concept Art

Previously, the game allowed the players to take the role of royal assassin Corvo Attano, who set out to protect Princess Emily. Four years have passed since and Bethesda also felt like the game deserved a sequel where they will not only bring back Corvo but also introduce his Empress Emily Kaldwin as a playable character.

With their unique setting for the game to character design and gameplay style, the world of Dishonored is truly a fascinating one. Ever wondered how these behind-the-scene stuffs goes before the game goes public? Well, courtesy of Arkane Lyon's art director Sebastien Mitton for Dishonored 2, we here have some exclusive character concept arts to peak at the early stage of development.

Emily Kaldwin
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Emily Kaldwin Dishonored 2 Concept Art

When the studio initially made an internal reveal that they are about to work on a sequel and Emily Kaldwin is going to have her own adventures in it as well, the entire creative team was very excited and all they tried is to give everything they got in store for their love to her. How Emily became such an elegant royal figure and a lot of that came from fashion shows in particular.

Corvo Attano
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Corvo Attano Dishonored 2 Concept Art

In the game's timeline, it has been 15 years since the events of the first game took place. So, it was time that series protagonist Corvo Attano undergoes some changes while still retaining his iconic posture. As he has moved on from his former position, he has aged too. So, his costume has gone through change and it perfectly reflects his position in the society as well as what his true identity is. His well tailored suit allows him great mobility and the mask also got some tweaks to adjust to his face.

The Outsider
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The Outsider Dishonored 2 Concept Art

Returning roles like The Outsider did not receive heavy changes though but still got some for the sake of passing time. Except for the outlines of his attire balanced and details are slightly redesigned, there will be no significant change to notice.

Delilah Copperspoon
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Delilah Copperspoon Dishonored 2 Concept Art

Seeing whatever improvement the sequel brings for Delilah may give you the idea that the designers just took a couple of issues from Vogue and l’Officiel magazines to get their inspiration for her concept. Actually, that is sort of what happened there but it's not like they did it to save time or they were out of imagination or something. Sure, a few specific dresses have pointed the idea to the designer but in the end, they did it in their own style.

Anton Sokolov
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Anton Sokolov Dishonored 2 Concept Art

The design for mystic alchemist Anton Sokolov has seen some great change compared to his previous look from Dishonored. Since he is also a painter, designers looked for inspirations from historic figures like Grigori Rasputin, Leonardo da Vinci and Nikola Tesla.

The Duke
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The Duke Dishonored 2 Concept Art

Luca Abele is the acting Duke of Serkonos in this story and his costume speaks for his character portrayal as well. It boldly announces his authority, while retaining his monstrous nature just like his lunatic father.

Kirin Jindosh
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Kirin Jindosh Dishonored 2 Concept Art

The Duke's very own Grand Inventor and the twisted mind behind The Clockwork Mansion, the design of Kirin Jindosh reflects his sharp and analytic personality as players comes face to face with him when he is an assassination target.

Civilian Portraits
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Civilian Portraits Dishonored 2 Concept Art

As you play, you will probably notice many typical yet unique faces living up in Karnaca. They might remind you of a mixture of many ethnic groups but the one thing they all have in common is that their dresses are well tailored and their body have witnessed some rough histories over the course of time. Their clothing and characteristics got more detailed attention of the designers.

Guards
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Guards Dishonored 2 Concept Art

Another batch of characters that might seem insignificant at times but has a lot to represent the game was the Guards. Do you happen to know Agustin Casasola of the Mexican Revolution by any chance? I, for one didn't at first. The one in the right side on the picture above shares quite a lot resemblance to him.

Mindy Blanchard
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Mindy Blanchard Dishonored 2 Concept Art

Yes, she belongs to the Howler gang and works under Paolo; Mindy Blanchard can be found near the black market and is introduced in Dishonored 2. The tattoos over her body tell a lot of stories about who she is and she is designed to portray a dark-shady person.

Breanna Ashworth
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Breanna Ashworth Dishonored 2 Concept Art

Another dark-natured person we cannot simply overlook here is Breanna Ashworth, also introduced in the sequel. Her concept was conceived to echo the path of darkness she represents as one of the witches working with Delilah.

Clockwork Soldiers
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Clockwork Soldiers Dishonored 2 Concept Art

The fascinating monsters of a steampunk setting of the world, Clockwork Soldiers were quite challenging to design for the creative team. What you see above is just a prototype work of these mechanical terrors before the animators and VFX artists perfected their final look for the game.

Throne
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Throne Dishonored 2 Concept Art

The biggest and greatest thrill for the art team was to design the royal throne, which is improved with better design. The four key aspects the designers kept in mind while working on it were Power, Magic, Assassin and Mystery. Can you say that they have failed? Don't think so. Otherwise, Corvo and Emily would've looked awful in there. This is what great work of devotion looks like I suppose.

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A Study In Clay

Time has surely passed by a lot in the world of Corvo Attano and it clearly shows in every detailed design around. It sets the mood and tone of Dishonored 2 pretty well. If you are familiar with the game and its surroundings, you will see the amount of work the entire team has put through to make you feel that 15 years have passed in terms of the game's timeline and they really care about it. Set to release worldwide on November 11, 2016, Dishonored 2 will be available for play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dishonored 2 Comics in Development

The studio that published games like Assassin’s Creed and Dark Souls; Bethesda Softworks have announced to publish a comics series and novel tie-ins this summer, teaming up with Titan Comics. The initiative is taken for the upcoming release of Dishonored 2 in November, 2016. According to Bethesda, the comics will be a four-issue limited series featuring series protagonist Corvo Attano and will debut its first issue on August 3.

Dishonored Comics, Issue #1

Titan Books will be publishing two miniseries that will start from the ending of the first Dishonored game and both of them will tie into the upcoming sequel. By November 29, the full set of collection for both series will be available on stores.

Scripted by writer Gordon Rennie (Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper) and illustrated by artist Andrea Olimpieri and Marcelo Maiolo (Batman Beyond, Old Man Logan), the Dishonored comic series is revolved around assassin Corvo Attano's quest to find a worthy successor even after his mission was over almost twelve years ago. The first issue of the series will release three variant covers by artists Andrea Olimpieri, Charles Bae and Fabio Listrani. Then there is a Dishonored: Definitive Edition cover which is the fourth.

Here’s a quick look at the first three preview pages of Dishonored comics.

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Dishonored, Issue #1, Page #3

Since a lot of gone through the world, the young Empress Emily Kaldwin has also grown up, who were quite young when Corvo was trying to save her from enemies. Emily has now become a supernatural assassin with guidance from her mentor. The novel, Dishonored: The Corroded Man will be focusing on her story of rising to power to the events of Dishonored 2, scheduled to come out in September and by 2017, there will be probably two more comics or books on Corvo and Emily.

Dishonored: The Corroded Man

From November 11, Dishonored 2 from Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks will be available on Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for all to play.