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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Hades: Welcome to Hell Update Live Now

Supergiant Games rolled out Welcome to Hell Update for Early Access rogue-like dungeon crawler title Hades.

Announced a year ago at The Game Awards 2018, rogue-like dungeon crawler title Hades from developer Supergiant Games has debuted on Early Access program of Epic Games Store for PC platform and made impressive progress so far.

Aside from growing a dedicated player community, considerable amount of content has been added through regular monthly updates. Supergiant has recently released Welcome to Hell, a major patch for this month to add more change.

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Hades: Welcome to Hell Update Live Now

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Whether there are new enemy types or newly included territory of Underworld, players can always find its gameplay evolving and to keep up with that trait, latest update will either make Hell more of a suffering or an easy ride.

Newcomers can now try out "God Mode" if they wish to explore further into narrative and not so much of action. Seasoned veterans however can roll up their sleeves to test their skill set in "Hell Mode" by shedding the fear of dying.

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Getting in touch with characters and forming bonds with them would earn you Legendary Keepsakes that are truly of great value. As usual, more story events and voice lines will be included than any previous content updates.

Fated List has a long record of unavoidable yet minor prophecies that needs fulfilling, which comes with rewards of course. No bounty rewards are given up on random anymore but all of them are specific for various regions of Hell.

RELATED: Hades Comes to Steam Early Access

Some minor fixes and quality-of-life changes are just there for players to be thankful for. For more detailed description of full patch notes, you can look up to official Discord channel of Supergiant Games or see in-game menu.

By next week, Hades will join Steam Early Access on December 10, 2019 after spending a timed exclusivity period of one year at Epic Store. With more updates on the way, it now has a planned full release window set for Q3 or Q4 2020.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

BioWare Exec Producer Teased Dragon Age

Mike Darrah, executive producer at BioWare, simply Tweets "Dragon Age" to tease a possible reveal soon.

Last year, General Manager Casey Hudson of developer BioWare hinted at dark fantasy role-playing series Dragon Age shortly before an awaited reveal of Dragon Age: The Dread Wolf Rises at The Game Awards 2018.

Currently in development under that name, fans in general are calling the title Dragon Age 4 and executive producer Mike Darrah has taken social media to tease fans on some upcoming announcement shortly before TGA this year.

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BioWare Exec Producer Teased Dragon Age

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For over a year, there was no update on how they are progressing and that lead many to wonder whether there is any issue. Although, developers didn't say anything about current state of work but they always dismissed any concerns.

Just as they did earlier this month on 5th anniversary of Dragon Age: Inquisition by posting a letter from in-game character Solas, a random tease like this just before yearend and ahead of a grand ceremony like TGA can lead to some new reveal.

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Mike Darrah has taken Twitter to type nothing but simply "Dragon Age" and that was enough to have everyone guessing.


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It came shortly after BioWare revealed plans of working on a massive overhaul of their most-anticipated title Anthem. When they showed a trailer for "The Dread Wolf Rises" last year, the game was on an early stage of development.

A new trailer for Dragon Age 4 might be on its way to be shown at The Game Awards 2019, which is only two weeks away from now. Therefore, Darrah can very well have the pleasure of teasing eager fans a little in advance with his Tweets.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Sword and Shield Leakers to Face Lawsuit by Pokémon Company

The Pokémon Company is suing three unnamed defendants for leaking Pokémon Sword and Shield information.

Even though majority of Pokémon fan-base was largely upset over developer Game Freak cutting down many fan-favorites from Pokédex, recently released Pokémon Sword and Shield game has been doing exceptionally well worldwide.

However, Sword/Shield publisher The Pokémon Company has still decidef to go after original leakers who revealed some in-game information online shortly ahead of launch that caused massive backlash by filing a new lawsuit.

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Sword and Shield Leakers to Face Lawsuit by Pokémon Company

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A few weeks before release, pictures of exclusive Pokémon and their unseen forms from Sword and Shield strategy guide was posted on 4Chan and Discord that eventually spread across internet and various popular social media.

Images start showing up at a Discord server on November 1, starting with a new Pokémon, Gigantamax Machamp. In less than an hour, 18 photos showed up on the forum that eventually found its way on Reddit and everywhere else.

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Seattle based law firm, Perkins Coie has been hired to find out three unnamed defendants who was responsible for the alleged leak that unveiled their stolen trade secrets from official strategy guide to audience worldwide.

Lawyers have found associate Discord accounts related to those images but it is hard to track true owners because of the platform's feature to post anonymously and without knowing who true leakers were, they cannot move forward.

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Sword and Shield strategy guide came out lately on November 22, a week after the game launched in November 15. Besides, The Pokémon Company took extensive level of security measures to ensure safety of their secrets.

People with access to these secrets have to sign a non-disclosure agreement, which even applied to contractors and vendors with restrictions on cell phones or cameras but someone along the line has probably broken a rule or two.

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Game Freak has most likely received major harsh criticism of enraged fans because of early leaks of cutting of National Dex. If they would have revealed it to fans themselves, their reaction would have been a bit less explosive.

Before this information was out, people were genuinely happy about release of a new Pokémon game but when they saw almost half of their favorites were missing, developers have totally lost any credibility they had to player-base.

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Of course, they received extra bashing from fans with #GameFreakLied hashtag when they claimed to d extra work on overall visual for cutting down Pokédex and outright denied reusing models from previous games on Nintendo 3DS system.

Although it doesn't seem like there was no major financial blowback from the leaks, Pokémon Company simply wants to make a statement for anyone who will try to leak anything from their upcoming releases with threat of a lawsuit.

RELATED: Pokémon Sword and Shield Becomes Fastest-Selling Switch Game Ever

According to latest report from official source, Pokémon Sword and Shield has sold over 6 million copies worldwide in its launch week and became fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time despite huge fan boycott.

Nevertheless, The Pokémon Company is hoping to get some compensational damages for wrongful doing of the leakers and settle matters in a court of law but to at least confront them, they have to find these John or Jane Does first.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne X Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds Event

Frozen frontiers of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will collide in frosty new Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds event.

A running trend for action role-playing game Monster Hunter: World, developer/publisher Capcom frequently arranges special limited time event by teaming up with popular franchise of their own and various others for.

In a latest collaboration quest, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion is having a crossover with The Frozen Wilds DLC of 2017 PlayStation 4-exclusive title Horizon Zero Dawn, which is live now for players on Sony consoles.

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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne X Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds Event

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For a two-part event quest adventure, HZD protagonist character Aloy will step into icy grounds of "New World" to hunt down terrifying beasts. Being a natural hunter of mech creatures, she will have no trouble fitting in a frigid terrain.

Aside from playing as Aloy, there is a chance for Hunters to craft Light Bowgun, Stormslinger Prototype. This one is a ranged weapon from HZD expansion DLC that nicely fits into MH: World in terms of design aesthetics and usage.

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Light Bowgun Stormslinger Prototype

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Stormslinger used to be an upgrade for spear that Banuk shaman Ourea wielded in The Frozen Wilds and it now acts more like a ropecaster. Not only its power capacity has been expanded but an overcharge can also cause major blowback.

Similar to fierce canine beast Scorcher from HZD, you have thunderous beast Zinogre to face in Iceborne next month but make sure that you at least have a Master Rank of 24 or above and packing some Thunder Resistance before a confrontation.

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Frigid Hunting Grounds

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Those who think that Light Bowgun doesn't quite suit your style can still get some high-tech flair. Upon completing Into the Frozen Wilds quest, players can earn two Banuk Warrior Symbols that can be forged into Focus Pendant.

Second part of Horizon Zero Dawn collaboration with Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will be kick-starting at some point in December 2019 and players will be able to take part in these events from now until January 10, 2020.

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Armor Sets and Palico Gear

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Not too long ago, Capcom brought in Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy from classic survival horror game Resident Evil 2 Remake for Halloween events. However, The Frozen Wilds quests will remain exclusive to PS4 platform unlike that event.

Monster Hunter: World came out in January 2018 as latest installment of Monster Hunter mainline series. Its first expansion Iceborne has already launched on consoles while waiting for a scheduled PC release on January 9, 2020.

Pokémon Sword and Shield Becomes Fastest-Selling Switch Game Ever

Selling over 6 million copies in launch week, Pokémon Sword and Shield is now fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time.

In spite of controversies regarding developer Game Freak cutting off a significant number of beloved Pokémon from Pokédex and fan backlash over reusing old modes, Pokémon Sword and Shield has seen a great launch week.

Currently titled as fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time, Sword and Shield has managed to sell over 6 million copies worldwide in first week of its release, according to reports from publisher Pokémon Company.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield Becomes Fastest-Selling Switch Game Ever

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Despite massive consumer boycott and fan outrage on social media, it sold 1.36 million physical units within first three days in Japan, successfully beating Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as fastest-selling Switch game in the country.

Nintendo confirms that Pokémon Sun and Moon released for Nintendo 3DS previously made a record sales of 16.17 million copies. Though these titles were fastest-selling games ever in Western market, they had a cheaper price tag.

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Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Eevee!, remakes of 1998 Game Boy titles has shipped an impressive 11.28 million copies last year and judging by first-week sales of latest series installment, Sword and Shield may cross that number soon.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are actually two identical games in terms of content that are released separately. Latest Pokémon games have seen great sales number, partly due to recent launch of Nintendo Switch Lite handheld console. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Diablo 4 to Bring Back Elective Mode

Blizzard confirms to add beloved "Elective Mode" for Diablo IV to let players assign skill categories.

Fans of hack and slash action RPG game series Diablo are excited once again after recent reveal of Diablo IV at BlizzCon 2019 by developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment following Diablo Immortal debacle from BlizzCon last year.

According to a latest official blog post, Blizzard has confirmed plans of bringing back popular "Elective Mode" system from Diablo III that would allow players assigning specific skill selection slots to buttons of their choosing.

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Diablo 4 to Bring Back Elective Mode

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Initially, certain categories such as defensive and primary skills will be allocated to set of buttons on controller or keyboard. What Elective Mode does is that gives players a choice to customize their own set as they want.

Maybe you have one particular skill type set on a certain button and that is not matching with what you have in mind, then you can simply place that skill under a different key using the feature, which gives you flexibility in playing.

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Because of a user interface from demo showed at BlizzCon this year, members of player community were speculating if D4 will lock skills under specific slots but Blizzard came clearing all confusion on that by confirming Elective Mode.

Lead systems designer David Kim stated that every skill categories will remain unlocked for all players to let them freely assign and select. Besides, the shown UI is not final just like many other aspects due to an ongoing development.

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Elective Mode From Diablo III

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Customization has always been a great part of the looter RPG and in terms of itemization, Blizzard looking to add more depth for base items. They will also allow people to spend money on in-game cosmetics and mounts for characters.

Diablo IV is announced to arrive for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One but an official release window is yet to be determined. Currently, they are mostly busy gathering feedback from fans to improve overall gameplay experience.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Won't Have Switch Release

Bandai Namco has confirmed that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot isn't coming to Nintendo Switch after all.

After an initial reveal back in January, upcoming action role-playing Dragon Ball game is announced to be Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot at E3 2019 event by developer CyberConnect2 and publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment.

It was recently confirmed by Bandai Namco that DBZ: Kakarot will not be launched on Nintendo Switch other than major three platforms unlike previously ported Dragon Ball FighterZ, fighting game set within same universe by Arc System Works.

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Won't Have Switch Release

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A report for a lack of Switch version came in earlier when questioned by news outlet AltChar about a running rumor of a port and Bandai Namco replied the game would only arrive on confirmed major platforms next year.

Centered on life of Saiyan Goku, Kakarot will be featuring many fan-favorite as well as untold new stories for all fans. Series creator Akira Toriyama has even joined to help with its narrative and created original character Bonyū.

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Despite being a commercial success and having some quality ports, Nintendo is greatly lacking of big-name titles like DBZ: Kakarot for their next-gen handheld console library these days in comparison to its predecessor system Wii U.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is currently scheduled to release worldwide on January 17, 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can reserve your copy through early purchase and receive a Cooking Item for Melee ATK boost as pre-order bonus.

Friday, November 15, 2019

BioWare to Overhaul Anthem

BioWare is reportedly planning for an overhaul for Anthem to bring it back through a massive update.

Though many have speculated for online multiplayer action role-playing game Anthem from developer BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts to be the biggest release of 2019, it has completely failed to live up to that expectation.

Despite major faction of player community abandoning the game, developers are reportedly working on a huge update in an attempt to revive the anticipated loot shooter, which would either be called "Anthem 2.0" or "Anthem Next".

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BioWare to Overhaul Anthem

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It all started with BioWare trying to publish an unfinished game that they had no clear vision for and then people who bought the game at full price starts seeing a series of problem it has in terms of content as well as many balance issues.

Morale among their development team had been at all time low and lead producer Ben Irving chooses to leave company three months ago. Following his departure, head of live service and community, Chad Robertson quickly took over.

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Moving ahead, he promised more transparency of work to fans but eventually, Robertson left his position earlier this month. Although he claimed that Anthem is currently in good hands, it is yet not clear who is leading the project right now.

At this point, many sources even started speculating whether the game is dead but recent report suggest that BioWare and EA has not given up support yet as they are planning to introduce a massive overhaul to save it.

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BioWare is preparing a total revamp in a last ditch effort to revive Anthem and are early stage of planning. Whether these updates would be launched one by one or roll out an entirely new game as "Anthem 2.0" or "Anthem Next" is not clear yet.

They can either release periodical series of patches like No Man's Sky or follow model of Destiny: The Taken King. This probably is why they have abandoned a planned roadmap of post-launch content to offer an improved experience.

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Since their continued support has been lackluster so far, one can only wonder how BioWare is doing on their latest plan. If they ended up releasing a brand-new product, then original players should be allowed to chime in for free.

Since most recent updates did very little to excite their deprived fan-base and Cataclysm mode has performed poorly, developers are to streamline mission structure and loot system of this multiplayer shooter title to address known issues.

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Redemption stories in video game are very rare but sometime there are great comeback stories like No Man's Sky with their regular updates or like Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, which saw a complete makeover from scratch.

Then there are examples like online action RPG title Fallout 76 from Bethesda Softworks that does little to nothing to fix their broken game and then try to charge their existing players for private servers that many were requesting for long.

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Lately, EA has recruited help from other development teams to help core dev team to make progress. Players are still hoping to see the game light up as originally promised and BioWare is working really hard not to disappoint fans again.

Electronic Arts have even added Anthem to their EA Access catalog of title back in September, only seven months within release. Although, we don't have an official confirmation yet, a complete rework of gameplay systems is likely to come soon.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Wasteland 3 Release Date

inXile Entertainment revealed a release date for upcoming isometric RPG game Wasteland 3, slated for next year.

Months after being acquired by Microsoft Studios last year, developer inXile Entertainment has announced their upcoming role-playing game Wasteland 3 during E3 2019 press briefing event in association with publisher Deep Silver.

Fans of Wasteland post-apocalyptic RPG series were looking forward to an official release date and recently at X019 livestream event, it is revealed to come out worldwide on May 19, 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Wasteland 3 Release Date

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A latest trailer launched by inXile depicts in-game setting of a dystopian world full of perils titled "1987".




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Whereas first trailer of the game was more fun-filled, this one delves deep into gritty realistic side of things. Civilization has gotten rid of concepts like democracy and freedom long ago to embrace a violent way of living after huge fallout.

Players are to move to 80s-inspired frozen wastes of Colorado for strategic combat and exploration as a Desert Ranger. You can pick your own crew with preferred set of abilities and perks in both single-player and co-op modes.

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Fighting to save Arizona, you seek help from Patriarch of Colorado and come across tyrant leaders or even giant mechanized scorpion. In a century-long period, fight for survival has only become more intense and suppressive than it ever was.

Isometric RPG title Wasteland 3 is planning to deliver a story-driven gameplay experience which largely put emphasis on tactical combat rather than going guns blazing and will repeatedly make you question each moral decision.

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Wasteland 3 Pre-Order Bonus

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Currently available for pre-order, bonus includes cosmetic items like Hat, Glasses, Ranger Badge and Snow Weapons Camo for Ranger General. It was hinted that their next trailer in near future would be focused on dangers of cannibalism.

Wasteland 3 was entirely crowdfunded on Fig and Kickstarter to continue success of its critically-acclaimed predecessor Wasteland 2 and inXile managed to reach a total threshold of $3.1 million before Microsoft acquired them.