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

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.

pillars of eternity nintendo switch august 8 obsidian entertainment paradox interactive
Pillars of Eternity is Coming to Nintendo Switch

RELATED: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Post-Launch Content Roadmap

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.

RELATED: Pokémon Sword and Shield Won't Reuse Models from 3DS Games

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.

borderlands 3 oxygen not included vampire bloodlines 2 pulled epic games store sale
Borderlands 3 and Vampire: Bloodlines 2 Pulled from Epic Mega Sale

RELATED: Epic Mega Sale 2019

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.

RELATED: Fortnite X John Wick: Wick's Bounty Limited Time Mode

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.

RELATED: Epic Games Acquires Psyonix

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.

hades early access pulled epic games store sale supergiant games
Supergiant Pulled Hades from Epic Sale

RELATED: Hades: The Beefy Update Live Now

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.

RELATED: World War Z Season One DLC Roadmap

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.

RELATED: Borderlands 3 to Be Epic Games Store Exclusive

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.

vampire masquerade bloodlines 2 thinblood clan revealed vtm
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Reveals Playable Class Thinbloods

RELATED: Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Announced

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




RELATED: Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers comes to PS4 and Switch

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.

RELATED: Cyberpunk 2077 is Different Now from E3 2018 Gameplay

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.

RELATED: Warhammer: Chaosbane Second Closed Beta Live Now

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.

vampire the masquerade bloodlines 2 pc ps4 xb1
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Announced

RELATED: Diablo Trademark Hints Netflix Series

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




RELATED: Hades: Good Times Update Live Now

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.

vampire the masquerade bloodlines 2 seattle pc ps4 xb1
Dark Streets of Seattle

RELATED: Original Diablo Arrives on GOG

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.