Showing posts with label Paradox Interactive. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paradox Interactive. Show all posts

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Stellaris and The Division 2 on Xbox Free Play Days

Free Play Days event brings Planetfall, Stellaris and The Division 2 this weekend for Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate members.

Ever since the return of Free Play Days event, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members are getting chance to play new and exciting titles for free on Xbox One consoles that players are really enjoying very much.

On this weekend, you can try out Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Stellaris: Console Edition and Tom Clancy's The Division 2 for free starting from October 17, 12:01 AM PDT/3:01 AM EDT through October 20, 11:59 PM PDT/2:59 AM EDT.

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Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Stellaris and The Division 2 on Xbox Free Play Days

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Planetfall is a latest installment from turn-based strategy game series Age of Wonders from developer Triumph Studios and publisher Paradox Interactive that came out only a few months ago and features six factions to play with.

Another strategy game from Paradox Interactive, sci-fi title Stellaris is set in year 2200 and players are in charge of a species to lead them to space domination while engaging with other alien races and try to expand your empire.

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A long-awaited sequel to The Division by developer Massive Entertainment and publisher Ubisoft, action role-playing game The Division 2 has improved on its predecessor in terms of gameplay and story campaign.

This critically acclaimed third-person shooter has engaging co-op aspects and side missions to keep players hooked for months. From abilities, skills and weapons loadout, everything goes hand in hand with your playstyle.

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Sign into your account to install the games from Microsoft Store and play for free using Xbox Live Gold membership. Of course, you can carry out all in-game progress and Gamerscore by purchasing those titles to keep things going.

Offering some exclusive promotional discount, The Division 2 Standard Edition comes to a 65% off followed by Gold and Ultimate Edition at 70%. Also enjoy 40% price cut on Year 1 Pass to access VIP status and all Year 1 Episodes instantly.

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Age of Wonders: Planetfall Standard and Deluxe Edition can be acquired in 20% discount but getting Premium Edition will save you 30%. Both Standard and Deluxe Edition of Stellaris console version gives you a simple 30% off price.

Considering limited time Free Play Days event is here only for the weekend, try to make the most of your Live Gold or Game Pass Ultimate membership by keeping yourself busy with these exciting games or get them in a reduced price.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Surviving Mars Free on Epic Games Store Now

Build your first functioning human colonies on Red Planet as Epic Games Store is giving away Surviving Mars this week.

In a continuing streak of handing out free game on PC platform, Epic Games have come long way and has been making good on their promise for eleven months straight since launch of Epic Games Store back in December 2018.

In their latest giveaway queue, Epic Store is offering city building simulation game Surviving Mars and anyone with a free account can claim a free copy of the game for PC platform before October 17, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

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Surviving Mars Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Whenever someone talks about possibility of inhibiting a suitable planet other than Earth, often times Mars comes to mind and Surviving Mars lets players do exactly that by letting them establish a human colony on the red planet.

Step into a Martian colony as an overseer and try to ensure well being for all colonists living there. Following simple gameplay mechanics of any city builder simulation, you will always be challenged by the game to better your strategy.

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Surviving Mars is hailing from developer Haemimont Games and publisher Paradox Interactive, which tasks you to erect constructs and gather resources in an alien world that has many deep mysteries and secrets yet to discover.

Coming soon on next week, Epic Store has both action-thriller Alan Wake's American Nightmare from Remedy Entertainment and psychological horror game >observer_ by Bloober Team as their next freebie titles on October 17.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Pillars of Eternity is Coming to Nintendo Switch

Obsidian's award-winning isometric RPG title Pillars of Eternity comes to Nintendo Switch next month with all DLC and expansions.

Considered as a successor to Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale, isometric role-playing game Pillars of Eternity from developer Obsidian Entertainment and publisher Paradox Interactive was originally released on PC platform in 2015.

After it was ported to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in August 2017, a Nintendo Switch version is announced lately. Launching as Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition, the game will come out on August 8, 2019 and available for pre-order.

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Pillars of Eternity is Coming to Nintendo Switch

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PoE on Switch will include two parts of The White March expansion pack with all additional content and updates released for PC version. Obsidian is also offering an updated control and UI that is better suited for Nintendo's handheld console.

Plus, new difficulty levels, expanded party AI options and a raised level cap are all coming within same package. This will surely be a great jumping point for players on Switch without having to worry about missing out anything important.

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Player character wanders around the fantasy world of Eora to shape destiny with made choices on certain paths. Upon picking a race from available six, you are to master core skills like stealth, survival and more to progress forward.

Pillars of Eternity received critical-acclaim for reinventing tactical combat system of old school isometric RPG titles. Although it will be out on Nintendo eShop, neither Obsidian nor Paradox has spoken about a physical release yet.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Borderlands 3 and Vampire: Bloodlines 2 Pulled from Epic Mega Sale

Following huge price off announcement in Epic Mega Sale, Borderlands 3 and Vampire: Bloodlines 2 is pulled from Epic Store.

Ahead of annual Summer Sale of rival distribution platform Steam, Epic Games Store launched "Epic Mega Sale" that offered customers some pretty sweet discount deals and a generous $10 cash back on purchase worth $14.99 or above.

However, it appears that some publishers were not willing to be as generous with their games as Epic Games and therefore pulled off titles like Borderlands 3 and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 from first major sale of Epic Store.

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Borderlands 3 and Vampire: Bloodlines 2 Pulled from Epic Mega Sale

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Publishers often give a hefty 75-80% discount offer over select titles on various occasions but what Epic Store did to compete with Steam was not okay with some studios and they were not even notified on what final sale prices would be.

When this drastic move didn't sit well with fellow publishers, they pulled out games like Borderlands 3, Oxygen Not Included and Vampire: Bloodlines 2 simply because their mega sale was diminishing values of these games prior release.

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This unwanted debacle between distribution platform and AAA-publishers could have been avoided easily if Epic Games Store actually communicated with their partners before announcing the mega sale and didn't rush out things.

However, games bought during sales would still be honored at bought price even though some of them are currently removed from storefront. That includes highly anticipated upcoming titles from Gearbox Software and Paradox Interactive.

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Another title to create some stir during this sales period is Early Access action role-playing game Hades from developer Supergiant Games, which used to sale for just $10.99 and comes at only $6.99 after applying a 65% discounted rate.

Upon launch of Epic Mega Sale, this rogue-like dungeon crawler saw a rise in price cap that ended up being $24.99 and only came down to $14.99 following price off, so that it wouldn't be affected by newly reduced rate at all but players are not happy with such shady approach.

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Supergiant Pulled Hades from Epic Sale

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When fans took issues with a sudden change in pricing, Supergiant issued an apology on their official Blog and Discord channel for communicating poorly about their plans but it comes very suspicious why they would do it when the sale went live.

They also cleared out that players can get the game for $10 off by participating in ongoing offer that will end on June 13. From June 14, Hades would be available on $24.99 price since they updated it with so many new characters, events and features.

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Although claimed that they do not want to follow business model of Valve's Steam, Epic Games actually did worse by making expensive deals with major game developers to make their titles Epic Games Store exclusive on PC platform.

Response from PC gaming community was largely negative to this practice and some angry mobs even review bombed previous titles from those game studios on Steam; most recent examples being Borderlands 2 and Rocket League.

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Of course, Steam had their rough days in the beginning and stumbled many times before coming to a steady position. With time, Epic Store can eventually provide a better experience if they truly are here to change PC gaming for good.

Obviously, "Epic Mega Sale" was meant to benefit customers and developers but Epic Games clearly need to learn from their mistake and change their attitude of throwing money at everything whenever there is a problem.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Reveals Playable Class Thinbloods

First playable clan Thinbloods is revealed by Paradox Interactive for upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.

Fifteen years after, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has finally been revealed to be in works last month as a sequel to original 2004 action role-playing predecessor title and is set to arrive a year after in March 2020.

Belonged to RPG genre, there are several character classes for players to choose from at start, which developer Hardsuit Labs and publisher Paradox Interactive have shed some lights on by introducing Thinbloods clan in a new trailer.

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Reveals Playable Class Thinbloods

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Below is an animated cinematic short that gives glimpse at struggles Thinbloods go through in their daily life.




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The video opens with a man sitting in his dark apartment thinking about how things have changed lately for him. Presumably because of a recent encounter with a vampire, he thought he was dead but found himself very much alive and more.

Instead of going out in summer season and enjoy it like always, he simply chooses to stay in shadows. Then a terrible thirst from within eventually compels him to grab and feed on a nearby rat that was scouring through his dinner table.

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VTM Bloodlines 2 allows player to start as a Thinblood with a one of any vampiric powers disciplines; Chiropteran, Mentalism and Nebulation. These abilities are upgradable over time through gameplay and are accessible for certain blood cost.

Chiropteran lets one float above in the air and call on a small swarm of bats to engage enemies while Mentalism to move anyone and anything. Lastly, Nebulation grants its user to call an affinity to mist to get stealth advantages over opponents.

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Since they are a weaker strain of vampire, Thinbloods are a struggling class in social hierarchy of vampire society in Seattle. Though most of them are often discriminated, some can manage to join one of five Full-blood clans and earn respect.

Very soon, publisher Paradox Interactive intends to reveal more details on remaining playable clans of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 that is currently scheduled to release in Q1 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Announced

After 15 long years, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is officially announced to come out in 2020.

Based on a Dungeons & Dragons like tabletop RPG title, developer Troika Games and publisher Activision came up with an action role-playing game titled Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines in 2004 that involved blood-sucking vampires.

For long, there were no talks for a sequel and Bloodlines rights went to Paradox Interactive in 2015, who then teamed up with Hardsuit Labs to officially announce Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Announced

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Set to arrive by March 2020, the announcement for iconic vampire fantasy came out with an exciting new official trailer.




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Despite having potential, the original Bloodlines title got competition from renowned games like Halo 2, Half-Life 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, leading to a market sale of less than a hundred thousand copies worldwide.

Initial pitching of ideas to bring back one of the biggest cult RPGs started even before Paradox acquired the IP for World of Darkness in 2015. Set on city of modern day Seattle, the game will take players to stalk the streets once again as an undead revenant.

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Dark Streets of Seattle

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In the midst of a growing bloody civil war within various fractions of vampires, you would have to prey on or form alliance with creatures that lurks into darkness. With some fan-favorite characters reappearing, old-school fans would have a nice callback as well.

Although it took a solid 15 years for the franchise by White Wolf to make a comeback through Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, many would truly appreciate an amazing experience it will offer to explore a new narrative from World of Darkness.