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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Hollow Knight: Silksong Revealed

Following the success of Hollow Knight, indie studio Team Cherry has recently revealed a sequel titled Silksong.

Originally started its journey as a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 for classic 2D adventure, Hollow Knight has turned out to be a universally acclaimed Metroidvania video game from Australian developer/publisher studio Team Cherry.

Following release, the title received several major content update for free and while they were working on another of their post-launch expansions, it eventually outgrew from its original scope and turned out to be a potential sequel titled Hollow Knight: Silksong.

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Hollow Knight: Silksong Revealed

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Team Cherry has officially revealed Silksong via a brand-new trailer that offer a brief glimpse into what players are getting into.




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Previously appearing on HK as a lethal hunter and a self-proclaimed protector of Hallownest, Hornet came into way of the titular insectoid Knight more than once and now has finally become a playable character on her own game.

She was always intended to go on her solo adventure set in a new world but they realized too late that it has outsized to be just a downloadable content anymore and the decided to make it a sequel with bosses, enemies and quests for fans.

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Adventure of Hornet

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To learn more about what is going on behind the scene, be sure to watch the developer diary by lead designers Ari Gibson and William Pellen below.




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Even though no official date of release is set yet, developers are currently planning to bring the sequel for Linux, Mac, PC and Nintendo Switch platforms with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are to follow later at some point.

Also, Kickstarter backers of original Hollow Knight will receive Hollow Knight: Silksong for free upon release and those who have pledged them with more than AU $10 can even select Switch their preferred platform instead of PC.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Final Fantasy XIV Free on Twitch Prime

Windows PC version of Final Fantasy XIV Online Starter Edition is free for Twitch Prime users until May 3rd!

For those who have been meaning to get into the world of massively multiplayer online role-playing game Final Fantasy XIV from developer/publisher Square Enix for some time, Twitch Prime subscription has you covered for now.

Users of Amazon's popular Prime subscription service can get a free copy of this popular MMORPG title from today until the offer runs out on May 3, 2019. So, whether or not you are having second thoughts, you have time to take a decision.

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Final Fantasy XIV Free on Twitch Prime

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You are allowed to play through up to level 50 and will have access to all the content that came out before first Heavensward expansion. In your 30 days time of given playtime, you can easily get more than one of your favorite jobs.

The best part of it is that, you don't need to make a separate character and your one character is more than capable of doing every job in FF14. Usually a free trial for the game offers players to get jobs until level 35 but there are no caps like that in this case.

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This promotional run will likely to bring more players rallying up for the upcoming FFXIV expansion Shadowbringers that is all set to arrive on July 2, 2019 for Mac, PC and PlayStation 4. You have to buy certain expansions to play certain jobs like Astrologian or Red Mage anyway.

To enter the world of Final Fantasy XIV with starter edition will cost you only $19.99 but Twitch Prime is giving it away for free. So, you might as well take this chance up while you can and save the money to spend on something else later.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Release Date

With new dungeons, jobs and raids, upcoming Shadowbringers expansion for Final Fantasy XIV will arrive July 2, 2019.

The enigmatic world of popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game Final Fantasy XIV is about to grow further with its upcoming expansion Shadowbringers, which was officially announced back in November 2018.

Following the success of early releases like Heavensward (2015) and Stormblood (2017), developer/publisher Square Enix has revealed the third one through director/producer Naoki Yoshida, which now has a release date set for July 2, 2019.

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Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Release Date

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Although an official announcement trailer was already dropped initially, another extended version is released and we got that right here.




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FFXIV raises level cap from 70 to 80 as battle against Garlean Empire rages on while including new dungeons and zones. Alliance raid will arrange a crossover themed on NieR: Automata titled YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse and may give away 2B armor or skin.

Standard Edition of Shadowbringers is priced only $39.99, whereas Collector's Edition will cost you $199.99 for physical copy and $59.99 for digital download. Square Enix is also offering starter edition of this classic MMORPG worth $19.99 to Twitch Prime subscribers for free.

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Final Fantasy XIV – Shadowbringers Collector's Edition

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New Job Gunbreaker and more!




One of the newest jobs that come to FFXIV: Shadowbringers is called Gunbreaker, a gunblade welding tank class. Current plan of development states that the job class starts at level 60 but that is still subject to change according to Yoshida.

You probably know already that another unique job is going to be introduced after update 4.5 and it is Blue Mage, inspired from the tradition of Final Fantasy V. This one will arrive long before the release of the expansion and from a level cap of 50.

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New Playable Race "The Viera"




On the FFXIV Fan Fest in Las Vegas, Naoki Yoshida was wearing a t-shirt featuring an image of Bugs Bunny standing beside a motorcycle and people were quick to predict humanoid rabbit race of Viera folks are joining as new playable race.

This peaceful race from the land of Ivalice and the short clip above displays a couple of variation of customizable outlook wearing their signature outfits. As they keep running around and wandering, we see no male members present within them.

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Viera Race Reveal

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Longtime series fans and other casual players can place their pre-order from February 6 and it would allow them an early access on June 28. Also, a Baby Gremlin minion and an earring come along with your copy as a special benefit to increase 30% bonus experiences up to level 70.

Final Fantasy XIV is already available to play on Mac, PC and PlayStation 4 with game's third expansion pack Shadowbringers launching on these platforms as well on July 2, 2019 holding promises for new adventures for everyone to enjoy.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Escape from Tarkov Devs Hits Another YouTuber With DMCA

After going against Eroktic, Escape from Tarkov developers tries to silence another YouTuber with DMCA complaints.

Although Digital Millennium Copyright Act was meant for movie, music or video game industry to have legal rights over the unauthorized use of their intellectual property, it has been used by many to harass streamers on YouTube and Twitch lately.

What happens here is that developer Battlestate Games of multiplayer tactical shooter game Escape from Tarkov repeating an act of misusing DMCA complaints on a content creator on YouTube after doing the same thing last month for the same reason.

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Escape from Tarkov Devs Hits Another YouTuber With DMCA

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Right after that news caught enough attention, another YouTuber running the handle "EL_Dee" came out sharing a similar story of receiving 47 claims from DMCA for video content on EFT for the given reason of using the watermark and logo of the Russian studio.

This is clearly a ridiculous excuse to hit someone with DMCA takedowns over false accusations by the developer team, because every other content creator does so. EL_Dee claims that their channel was singled out for allegedly creating "negative hype".

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When reached out for comments, a representative of Battlestate informed after a month stating that the claims were submitted almost 8 months ago by a company named AbsolutSoft, who were working on parts of the game then.

They also said that after their situation with Eroktic earlier, they are being very careful with anything that led to legal process. However, AbsolutSoft is a subcontractor for them and has links to their game producer Nikita Buyanov.

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Even though developers are unwilling to take any responsibility over this, Buyanov himself requested EL_Dee personally to take down his negative videos from YouTube before the channel got hit with claims. You can see screenshot of that posted on Reddit.

Whether or not Battlestate or Buyanov was involved against EL_Dee to issue those DMCA complaints, the studio is trying to evade any involvement and is avoiding any responsibility for causing these creators lose money from videos.

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In December 2018, Battlestate Games have chose to abuse DMCA by issuing over 47 copyright strikes against YouTube channel Eroktic, saying the videos were spreading negative hype using inaccurate information and even tried justifying their action.

When this news hit the web, both the community of players and other content creators rallied up in his support and Battlestate took back all of their claims except two. However, their unethical business practices made everyone distasteful at them.

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In both of the cases, Battlestate actually had no problem with the YouTubers using their content. In fact, what they were trying to do was hold back negative hype being created from their video as Eroktic originally exposed a leak of two million player profiles.

Of course the goal of DMCA was to give content creators and copyright holders the means to fight back anyone using their material without consent but if a corporation decides to exploit its merits to shut down any criticism, it is a real concern for everyone.

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.

RELATED: Artifact Adds Card Balance and Leveling

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.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Expansion Announced

Dragons are heading to Elder Scrolls Online in Elsweyr expansion as the Season of the Dragon is announced for 2019.

For the last five years, developer ZeniMax Online Studios and publisher Bethesda Softworks has been keeping their massively multiplayer online role-playing title Elder Scrolls Online bigger and more exciting with dangerous new challenges.

The next saga in Tamriel will continue to grow in similar fashion on the upcoming year-long Season of the Dragon story chapter, introducing the mythical fire-breathing creatures alongside the feline race of Khajiit and deadly mercenaries.

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Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Expansion Announced

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To herald the official announcement of Elsweyr expansion for ESO, Bethesda released a cinematic trailer recently.




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Elsweyr takes you to an epic quest that is the third major arc of ESO after it came out in 2014 and it will kick off with Wrathstone DLC dungeon pack before continuing throughout the rest of 2019 with newer dungeon and zone DLC packs.

The adventure will be unlike anything any fans have ever experienced and without tying with other stories into it, the entire chapter will run through in a continuous series of narratives from beginning to the very end.

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Season of The Dragon Begins!

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The update takes players to Elsweyr, the fantasy land of beloved cat people Khajiit for laying out foundation of a four-part story and according to details, it will be nearly as expanded as Summerset zone and there will be at least 30 hours of gameplay.

While checking out the incredible surroundings, you can take part in new challenging group events called Dragon Attacks or get into a 12-player Sunspire trial mode. The scorching deserts and grasslands will be reflecting the ancient culture and history of this realm.

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Master The Necromancer Class

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A powerful new class Necromancer is also added for you to master, who are well versed in forbidden arts can raise and command the undead and cast powerful elemental spells. One of the three skills they posses allow them to extend life from death itself.

Priced $59.99 only, pre-purchasing the expansion will immediately reward you with exclusive Rahd-m’Athra mount as well as a bunch of bonus in-game content at release. Buying the Standard or Collector's Edition digitally gives you access to base game, Morrowind and Summerset chapter.

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Pre-order Bonus Rahd-m’Athra Mount

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Since Season 8 of the fan-favorite fantasy drama TV series Game of Thrones is returning on 2019, Bethesda is probably trying to mach up the hype among ESO players by bringing in "Season of the Dragon" storyline to make people forget the Fallout 76 debacle. Just sayin'.

On June 4, 2019, Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr will be launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.  Starting May 20, early access will begin for Mac and PC, because everyone and their allies that would head over to Tamriel will not be from consoles.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Celeste Developers Cancelled Making Skytorn

Developers of Celeste cancelled their new 2D Metroidvania action game Skytorn, years in the making.

Noel Berry was the co-developer of 2018 platformer video game Celeste alongside Matt Thorson, which ended up winning in the "Best Independent Game" category at The Game Awards 2018 aside from receiving universal acclaim from critics.

He was also working on another Metroidvania game titled Skytorn from five years ago and the development was postponed for the making of the best indie title of last year but Berry always said that he would finish the game in future, until now.

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Celeste Developers Cancelled Making Skytorn

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People who knew about the project were very excited for it and the team behind the game invested a lot of time into it but unfortunately, they have come to the decision of not finishing the game anymore. It was mostly because they never figured out what they were making.

Even after working on it for years, they couldn't progress because they were developing a game without permadeath and that is contradictory with the themes of Metroidvania. At this point, it will require them to throw away a huge chunk of code and gameplay design.

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Just have a look at the amazing glimpse of the gameplay preview for Skytorn that was originally planned to drop back in 2017.




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However, he assured that he is sticking together with the "Celeste" team as they will be adding some very hard new "Farewell Levels" to the game according to an announced earlier and will also be working on their upcoming title.

It is really a shame seeing all that beautiful sprites and level design going away in waste as Skytorn really had the potential to become the next indie blockbuster. Hopefully, the entire team will be able to move on with their next project at hand and implement this learning experience.

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.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Escape from Tarkov Devs Silence YouTuber With DMCA Takedown

Escape from Tarkov developer Battlestate Games issues DMCA takedowns to stop YouTuber over false accusations.

Although copyright law Digital Millennium Copyright Copyright Act was originally intended to help content creators fight violations, it has a history of abuse as well. Things turned ugly this time between a Russian developer studio and a YouTuber.

Multiplayer tactical shooter title Escape from Tarkov developer team Battlestate Games have recently created a huge controversy within gaming community by issuing 47 DMCA claims on YouTube videos posted on the channel Eroktic.

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Battlestate Games Silence YouTuber With DMCA Takedown

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Recently, Eroktic received two copyright complaints targeting videos where the owner of the YouTube gaming channel discussed about an alleged security breach that could affect the user base of the game, based on information received from third-party.

The developers however, disproves of this claim and characterized them as misinformation and then to put a stop to these claims spreading any further, they submitted DMCA takedown claims against the videos posted on the channel to make them disappear.

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DMCA is actually designed to address copyright infringement and not to resolve other disputes, which was a problem in this case. One of the clips actually had seven seconds of in-game footage of Escape from Tarkov that comes under fair use but without any further investigation, they were taken down.

To make sure Eroktic will not be talking about their incompetence or spread "misinformation" anymore, Battlestate Games goes further to issue claims over 47 more videos from the esteemed channel that has no infringing material or whatsoever.

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They took Facebook to address the ongoing issue to the community but that didn't end well as you can see in the post below.



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The studio claims that user information such as passwords and personal details has not been leaked from their company database and Eroktic has falsely stated otherwise in his videos, thus damaging the company reputation.

Battlestate also said later that misinformation was only a partial reason for striking those videos and their primary concern was actually a potential "negative hype" that could've caused by them and that is how they are justifying their takedown actions.

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The problem with the DMCA act is that any infringement is an infringement regardless of the intent of both parties and that gives developers and publishers the opportunity to make such claims and looks like the studio in question is simply abusing the loophole.

To show solidarity with Eroktic channel, one of Battlestate's affiliated content creators OnepegMG has resigned while another influencer known as "Klean" decided not to continue creating his popular podcast Talking Tarkov anymore.

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Though many are alleging sites and YouTubers of clickbaiting as they are talking about the fiasco, we believe this is the one of the most effective way to reach out to the community. In fact, channels like BigfryTV and TheQuartering are fighting to get those strikes removed and help a fellow content creator.

Last year, YouTube star Felix Kjellberg AKA PewDiePie came under fire from co-founder of Firewatch developer Campo Santo after using a racial slur on a stream playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and threatened to issue DMCA takedown if he uses their content in any videos.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Blizzard Cancelled Heroes of the Storm eSports 2019

Blizzard axes down Heroes of the Storm eSports events for 2019 and will release less content in the future.

When Riot Games came up League of Legends and Valve with DOTA 2, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment responded by creating a multiplayer battle online arena game of their own that we know today as Heroes of the Storm in 2015.

Each year, these two competitor companies arrange international world championship events that attracts millions of viewers, whereas Blizzard literally struggles to get a steady bunch of spectators and now they are cancelling their 2019 eSports events.

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Blizzard Cancelled Heroes of the Storm Esports 2019

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Whenever it comes to take part in the world-class gaming events, every other renowned franchise in MOBA games offers massive prize pool for the winners and on that comparison Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC) has very little to offer.

Moreover, the company is moving their resources from development teams away from the game to work on other unnamed projects. Company president J. Allen Brack states this to be a hard decision and also claims that such action has led to new games that they are proud of today.

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We do understand that saying such actions in past has brought us some of the biggest games they ever made, is just a desperate attempt to try and convince their fans who are very pissed at them these days due to their recent negligence to what the community really wants.

The step to scale back development of the game is caused by many new and unannounced projects they are currently working on. To help those stand on their feet, they decided to swing talented heads for their years of expertise and skills.

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Heroes of the Dorm Cancelled Too

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Without going into much deception, they also cleared out that even though they plan on continue supporting the game, fearing players may start outright abandoning the title but the devs will do that with a fewer flow of content release from this point.

The company has obviously choosing other priorities and it led them to cancel two of the major upcoming eSports events for Heroes of the Storm in 2019, HGC and Heroes of the Dorm series. Thanking the fans and players for their support, the official site has echoed somewhat the same dialogues.

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Ever since we got past the BlizzCon 2018 event, Blizzard Entertainment is slowly revealing their dark side that doesn't know what the fans want from them anymore and is constantly at fan backlash that started with the announcement of Diablo Immortal.

Only a month after that PR disaster, they are slowly cutting off support for Heroes of the Storm now. Blizzard has been taken over by Activision recently and the shareholders clearly want them to pursue projects that drive more money. This way, they will effectively kill popular franchises one by one in time.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Hearthstone Rastakhan's Rumble Single-Player Mode Rumble Run

Hearthstone adds new single-player mode Rumble Run for their newly released expansion Rastakhan's Rumble.

During the BlizzCon 2018 event, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment announced the newest expansion pack Rastakhan's Rumble for their free-to-play online collectible card game Hearthstone, which has now introduced a brand new single-player mode.

Titled Rumble Run, this mode is similar to the single-player content of the game like Dungeon Run and Monster Hunt. It will let you challenge AI opponents into deck-building puzzle and is made available from today, December 13, 2018 for Android and iOS devices, Mac and PC.

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Hearthstone Rastakhan's Rumble Single-Player Mode Rumble Run

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Even though the latest expansion came out on December 4, the solo mode waited a few weeks extra to drop in. The game lets players start as young troll Rikkar and pick a Shrine as his faction for the run to defeat champions from other factions in the arena.

You start with a class, 10 Health and with a weak deck to enter for your first match. For defeating a boss, you gain extra 5 Health each time and can gain up to 45 Health by the time the eighth and final boss arrives. Additionally, participants get new cards for each victory to make their deck stronger.

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The only setback of losing is that one has to start over and that is only understandable, right? People having the option to choose from different classes and explore the random elements scattered around are the appealing charm that gives it replay value.

Although Rastakhan's Rumble has been receiving mostly positive feedback from fans, some are complaining that the newest set is relatively weaker than the earlier and with modes like Rumble Run, there is always scope for newer cards to shine.

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For years now, Hearthstone has been a successful competitive collectible card game title from Blizzard that has millions of the fans engaged since 2014. A several few expansions later, the game is still relevant to the players and the developers continue to pour in contents for them.

Currently, the king of digital card game genre, the title has over 100 million registered players that are making hundreds of millions each year, generating one quarter of the total market revenue alone and such new experiences like Rumble Run will only keep it going.

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.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Expansion Announced

FFXIV Fan Festival reveals new teaser of upcoming Shadowbringers expansion pack for Final Fantasy XIV.

Back in August, massively multiplayer online role-playing game Final Fantasy XIV from the popular Final Fantasy franchise made a crossover with action role-playing game Monster Hunter: World from Capcom in a collaboration event.

Today, in the festive mode of FFXIV Fan Fest in Las Vegas, developer/publisher Square Enix took the stage for director/producer Naoki Yoshida to announce the upcoming third expansion pack, Shadowbringers for the popular MMORPG.

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Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Expansion Announced

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We invite you to witness this brand-new, action-packed teaser trailer heralding the darkness that will arrive in early summer 2019 with Shadowbringers.




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The teaser revolves around the battle-worn protagonist having flashbacks of past events and battles where he drew his Gunblade against monstrous creatures. Questions regarding the Warrior of Light and Warrior of Darkness still remain unanswered for a later time.

For those who want to re-experience the story of FFXIV all over again will not have to make a new character to do that. A new game plus option will let you revisit main quests and job quests once again to relive the fantastic plot of the game.

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The expansion seems promising enough for fans to enjoy long after the release of Stormblood now. Like any other previous update, version 5.0 is about to bring an extensive story, new level cap raise from 70 to 80 and several new jobs.

Players are now free to fight back the evil Garlean Empire as Ala Mhigo and Doma are rescued in Stormblood expansion. Of course there will be new areas to discover, new beast tribes, dungeons and much more.

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The Blue Mage job has been a part of the fantasy universe since Final Fantasy V and FFXIV is not going any further from the tradition of the series. However, this will be a limited job that comes with update 4.5, which is long before the release of the expansion.

Instead of learning through level progression, players will learn job actions from monsters through combat. Blue Mage will begin from a level cap of 50 and the release of Shadowbringers will increase the number with new patches.

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This job is unique and unlike the other jobs that isn't linked to any class from the game. You might also want to take a look at the reveal, so here it is.




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An unknown new playable race has been announced without giving any details but given the dramatic camera zoom focus on Yoshida's t-shirt with a photo of Bugs Bunny on a motorcycle; we believe they are teasing the Viera race of humanoid rabbits from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance to include.

Finally, the game allows you to travel to your friend even if they are playing on a different server. From main cities like Ul’dah, New Gridania and Limsa Lominsa, you can teleport to other worlds. More details on Shadowbringers expansion will follow when they are out.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

World of Warcraft: Lost Honor – Cinematic

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

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

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

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World of Warcraft: Lost Honor – Cinematic

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 2, 2018

Warcraft 3: Reforged Announced

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

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

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

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Warcraft 3: Reforged Announced

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




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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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Reforged With Better Graphics

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

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

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

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