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Showing posts with label Steam. Show all posts

Friday, January 17, 2020

Summerford Teaser Trailer

Indie developer Noisy Valley Studio revealed first teaser trailer for their upcoming survival horror game Summerford.

While fans of survival horror genre are getting remakes of their favorite titles these days on modern consoles, developer/publisher Noisy Valley Studio has been working on their indie horror game Summerford for some time.

Heavy inspired from legacy of survival horror classics like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, Noisy Valley has recently released a grim new trailer for their upcoming project, which currently has an estimated release window of Q4 2020.

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Summerford Teaser Trailer

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Newly released official Summerford teaser trailer offers a short tour of the titular village of United Kingdom.




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There is not much footage to dive deep into but this brief video nicely captures its overarching themes. Adapting a third-person action adventure playstyle, the game follows same aesthetics and camera angles as golden age horror games.

With a small development team of three members from rural England, Summerford explores a story set in a small UK village of the same name where protagonist character Sam goes looking out for her friends after getting separated.

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Whatever tiny fraction of gameplay is shown gives out similar vibes of early Silent Hill games and developers are attempting to take a modern approach to key-elements from these classic types with improved controls and UI.

They are trying to create an English village that suffered radioactive fallout many years ago. Taken over by nature, countryside surroundings feature less heritage sites and more regular shops where player character would go exploring.

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In terms of enemy types, Noisy Valley would like to ditch psychological aspects of horror and would try to make players feel secluded. There could be a bunch of yet to be revealed grotesque creatures lurking around somewhere there.

Konami has been quiet about reboot of their iconic franchise after 2015 cancelled Hideo Kojima project Silent Hills. However, a sub-section of that genre can still live up to expectations of horror fans through Summerford later in 2020.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Grand Theft Auto 4 No Longer Selling on Steam

Over the weekend, Rockstar Games has pulled off selling for PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV on Steam, for now.

Almost like every other game from Grand Theft Auto series by developer/publisher Rockstar Games, 2008 action-adventure title Grand Theft Auto IV has made headlines for controversy and sold out millions of copies over its lifetime.

Most recently, GTA IV has been restricted from purchase for players on PC digital distribution storefront Steam without any prior announcement because the game is not supported on Games for Windows Live platform anymore.

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Grand Theft Auto 4 No Longer Selling on Steam

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A technical issue arises lately upon Microsoft deciding not to continue supporting a prominent online gaming feature that allowed players to cross-play between PC and Xbox 360 and for which, GTA IV was originally created for.

Now that their service is no longer available, Rockstar Games can't generate keys anymore to sell the game. Currently, they are considering any viable option to digitally distribute Grand Theft Auto 4 on PC once again in future.

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Rockstar has released an official statement on inquiry of what made them take such a step all of a sudden.

Grand Theft Auto IV was originally created for the Games For Windows Live platform. With Microsoft no longer supporting Games For Windows Live, it is no longer possible to generate the additional keys needed to continue selling the current version of the game. We are looking at other options for distributing GTAIV for PC and will share more information as soon as we can.

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After a marketplace shutdown notice back in 2013, Microsoft officially discontinued Games for Windows Live a year later. Although it was accessible through Steam, many developers have removed its system integration over time.

Rockstar has made sure that no one can buy a copy of GTA 4 on Steam but a product page is still up there and this latest issue with Windows Live services following its demise will now affect sales of its PC version on similar outlets.

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Last year, players faced issues regarding soundtracks for the title and developers stepped in to disable in-game music. Even though many have found ways to avoid losing access to licensed songs, similar treatment may arise for its sequels.

There have also been rumors of a planned remake or remastered version of GTA IV and its expansions to make them playable on modern consoles but it seems like Rockstar is more concerned with Grand Theft Auto VI right now.

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Despite its sequel Grand Theft Auto V being one of the best-selling games of all time, there are still many who are in love with journey of protagonist Niko Bellic trying to find his place in Liberty City and would love to keep playing.

Rockstar Games launcher for PC made its debut nearing end of last year and players are heavily speculating that they simply removed Grand Theft Auto IV from Steam and other digital platforms to add the title to their own launcher.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Steam Top-Selling & Most Played Games 2019

Valve has revealed the best-seller games and the ones that are played most throughout 2019 on Steam.

Nearing end of 2019, Valve Corporation has proudly unveiled their top list of best-selling and most played PC games on digital distribution storefront Steam throughout whole year with impressive number of concurrent players.

Majority of these titles are also part of ongoing Steam Winter Sale, offering some really good titles for a greatly discounted price. So, be sure to check that out as well if you are interested in saving some bucks on annual good deals.

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Steam Top-Selling & Most Played Games 2019

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Top 100 games from each list are parted into Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze categories based on sales number and total revenue earned. Some of these ground-breaking titles are from last year and some are new releases of early 2019.

Platinum set of top sellers include Total War: Three Kingdoms, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, Warframe, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Grand Theft Auto V, Dota 2, Destiny 2, Civilization VI, Elder Scrolls Online and more.

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Top Selling Steam Games of 2019

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Path of Exile, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, The Witcher 3, Dead by Daylight, Mordhau, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Rocket League, Total War: Warhammer II, Final Fantasy XIV and Devil May Cry 5 are following up on Gold class.

Drawing a Silver line this year are Stellaris, Cities: Skylines, Black Desert, ARMA 3, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, Planet Zoo, Risk of Rain 2, ARK: Survival Evolved, Borderlands 2, Remnant: From the Ashes, Code Vein and Rust.

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Bronze section gets glorified with Dark Souls III, Hitman 2, Terraria, Kenshi, Jump Force, XCOM 2, Stardew Valley, GreedFall, Hunt: Showdown, Frostpunk, Mortal Kombat 11, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Farming Simulator 19, Gears 5 and RAGE 2.

With a solid simultaneous player number of 100,000, Destiny 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Sekiro, CS: GO, Path of Exile, Total War: Three Kingdoms, Dota 2, Dota Underlords, PUBG, Warframe, Halo: MCC and Grand Theft Auto V are most played games of 2019.

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Most Played Steam Games of 2019

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Games such as DMC 5, Civilization 6, BL2, Rust, Terraria, No Man's Sky, Rocket League, Monster Hunter: World, Mordhau, Atlas, RE2 Remake, Team Fortress 2, DBD, RDR 2 and Football Manager 2020 gets 50,000 or more players on regular basis.

Continually generating around 25,000 players are 7 Days to Die, Human: Fall Flat, Oxygen Not Included, NBA 2K20, MK11, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Paladins, Payday 2, Hearts of Iron IV, ESO, Planet Zoo, Stardew Valley, FFXIV and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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New releases this year that did exceptionally well are Remnant: From the Ashes, Total War: Three Kingdoms, Halo: MCC, Jedi: Fallen Order, RDR2, RE2 Remake, Code Vein, Sekiro, Planet Zoo, Devil May Cry 5 and Mordhau.

Steam had an overall good year in spite of losing a handful of AAA-titles and indie favorites to their rival platform Epic Games Store. Nevertheless, they are still reigning supreme as platform with their dedicated fan-base and unmatched superiority.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Dead Cells: The Legacy Update Live Now

Motion Twin to allows players to enjoy older versions of Dead Cells on PC with brand-new Legacy Update.

Earlier this month, an announcement of upcoming The Bad Seed DLC for roguelike metroidvania title Dead Cells were made by indie studios Evil Empire and Motion Twin, which is currently scheduled to arrive on Q1 2020.

Following its original debuted in Early Access, the game has gone through many changes with regular updates but some prefer versions from early days and developers have allowed players to do that in recently released The Legacy Update.

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Dead Cells: The Legacy Update Live Now

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The Legacy Update is a latest patch that allows you to load up any older build of Dead Cells from current state to Early Access era. This has been a frequent request from player community for a very long time that is finally fulfilled.

From here on, Motion Twin plans on to keep this up with all of their major future updates as well. This way, dev team will be able to look back at how things have changed and players can take a trip back to nostalgia lane at any time.

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Aside from increasing replayability, Legacy Update includes new handy weapons Ice Shield and Ice Armor. Two more mutations for hardcore players as well as rework on least-used weapons are among latest noteworthy changes.

Available now on PC via Steam, the update will soon arrive for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. As part of continued post-launch content support, more upgrades will keep rolling as we move on to 2020.

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Added Weapon Reworks

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Like any major patch, Legacy Update introduces a bunch of common bug fixes and rebalances as par community requests. It also offers solution to a recent issue of cloud saves getting deleted by adding a regular backup system.

You can head over to Steam library to select which version of Dead Cells you would like to play from properties for PC. As a sweet holiday bonus, a Santa Claus skin for jolly occasion of Christmas is added on top of all improvements.

Witcher 3 Steam Player Count Rise Following Netflix's The Witcher Premiere

Player count on Steam for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sees sudden increase following Netflix's The Witcher premiere.

Last week, Season 1 of highly anticipated fantasy drama TV Series The Witcher has premiered on online streaming-service Netflix, which received huge fan approval in general and a recent peak of player count for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Following debut of Netflix's The Witcher on December 20, a sudden boost of players for 2015 action role-playing game Witcher 3 is seen on popular PC gaming platform Steam over the weekend, ranking it as 14th most played game.

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Witcher 3 Steam Player Count Rise Following Netflix's The Witcher Premiere

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According to analytics site Steam Charts, there was an abrupt spike of player number amassing to 50k peak on this Monday, positioning ahead of recently released Western-themed action-adventure title Red Dead Redemption 2.

For past six months, average players count for TW3 was over 13,000 on PC and it saw a slight increase in June, reaching 18,000 after first official teaser trailer for The Witcher TV Series was released at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel.

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Considering this current peak number is coming from Steam alone and not including other available platforms like Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, this is an impressive feat for a four year old game without multiplayer component.

There was an influx of players on such scale was back in 2016 when TW3 received its second and final expansion pack Blood and Wine. By mid-2019, the game has sold over 20 million copies worldwide across all major platforms.

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Based on fantasy novels of author Andrzej Sapkowski, Netflix's The Witcher TV Series casts British actor Henry Cavill (Justice League, Man of Steel) in lead role and series protagonist Geralt of Rivia, who is a monster hunter.

Cavill himself is a huge fan of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from developer/publisher CD Projekt Red and has read the books. Aside from having played the game several times, he finds acting as Geralt is similar to playing but in a different way.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Bleeding Edge Closed Beta Release Date

Gather your fighters and get ready for first Bleeding Edge Closed Beta, beginning on February 14, 2020.

Earlier this year at E3 2019 press conference, developer Ninja Theory and publisher Xbox Game Studios unveiled their upcoming multiplayer brawler game Bleeding Edge that is set to release on March 24, 2020 for PC and Xbox One.

After initial reveal, a new hybrid assassin fighter Cass is introduced during X019 livestream event. Its first Closed Beta program will kick-start on February 14, 2020 and then a second one will be available ahead of launch on March 13.

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Bleeding Edge Closed Beta Release Date

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A store page for the game has gone live on Steam recently for players to place their pre-order before March 2020 to earn access to Beta phase and bonuses like fighter skins, Rioter's Hoverboard, sticker pack and extra taunts.

Also included in pre-purchase incentive is exclusive Punk Pack for all available platforms. Players with membership to Xbox Game Pass will get automatic access to Closed Beta and receive all items by playing on first week of launch.

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A large number of crowds has signed up and participated in Technical Alpha following showcase at E3. Then Alpha Tests are run where player community enthusiastically took part for months to help dev team make further improvements.

For long, Ninja Theory has been secretly working on Bleeding Edge under direction of Rahni Tucker, who worked on DmC: Devil May Cry and has admiration for action combat that she intended to bring on multiplayer games.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Official Gameplay Trailer

Skydance Interactive releases official gameplay trailer for upcoming The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners VR title.

Originally slated to release in 2019, upcoming VR game The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners has been pushed back and now scheduled to come out in January 23, 2020 for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality and Valve Index headsets.

Saints and Sinners VR game from developer/publisher Skydance Interactive and their associate Skybound Entertainment is much more than a typical immersive experience through virtual reality as it offers some gameplay depth as well.

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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Official Gameplay Trailer

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Skydance releases a brand-new official gameplay trailer showcasing brutal world of The Walking Dead.




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The trailer starts by asking players a simple question, "Who are you?" before they embark a journey into a world ravaged by zombie-apocalypse where all of their actions and way of survival will truly define who they really are.

You can choose to help people who need it or be violent in dealing with them; all your deeds will bear consequences. Use from a bunch of melee or ranged weapons to defend yourself from hostile humans and group of Walkers.

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Based on fictional universe of acclaimed comic-book series The Walking Dead by creator/writer Robert Kirkman (Haunt, Invincible), Saints and Sinners is set around in New Orleans and takes place three months after initial outbreak.

In stores for pre-order right now, there are three different versions of the game to choose from. Aside from regular Standard Edition, a Tourist Edition and Tower Edition for TWD: Saints and Sinners will be available for purchase.

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Face Gut-Wrenching Choices

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You can get your hands on "The Sheriff" revolver for buying Standard Edition early alongside base game. Tourist Edition pre-order bonus includes craft recipes for weapons, original soundtracks, New Orleans voodoo dolls and more.

Tower Edition will feature all of the above-mentioned digital content and unique physical items such as 16 GB "thumb" drive, buttons, collector's challenge coin, concept arts, magnetic camping lantern and a reversible backpack.

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Though developers are currently focusing on select release platforms, ports for Oculus Quest and PlayStation VR will be launched later. Tower Edition of Saints and Sinners will come with a dynamic theme exclusive for PS VR versions.

Given track record of some really bad TWD games in past, Skydance is looking forward to take a new direction unlike any other for The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners; first-ever VR title set within same universe with choice-based narrative.

Telltale Batman Shadows Edition Out On PC and Xbox One

Batman: The Telltale Series gets an all-new makeover in Telltale Batman Shadows Edition re-release for PC and Xbox One.

In its original release, point-and-click episodic graphic adventure game Batman: The Telltale Series had a successful run for two seasons until developer/publisher Telltale Games shut down in 2018 and some of its IPs were acquired by Athlon Games.

Telltale is reformed by LCG Entertainment, Inc. now and has announced a collection bundle titled Telltale Batman Shadows Edition earlier, which is currently out for PC via Epic Games Store and Steam as well as on Xbox One platform.

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Telltale Batman Shadows Edition Out On PC and Xbox One

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Shadows Edition is a noir-style take on already dark tone of The Dark Knight mythology explored throughout Batman: The Telltale Series and a grim version of that fictional world is thrown into shades of black and white.

All 10 exciting episodes from two narrative-driven seasons of storied Telltale's Batman series are enhanced with remastered textures to deliver the definitive adventures of Caped Crussader in an ominous new look for re-release.

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Noir-Style Makeover

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Rather than going for a simple use of desaturation process, a group of former Telltale artists were tasked to work on lights, textures and vfx elements to provide a gritty makeover to for fans to experience these stories from a new perspective.

Therefore, some elements are left in shadows and some remained in color to highlight certain key-moments and plot themes. This reworked iteration of Batman series lets you to relive the game in a way that is different than original version.

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Players who already own both games from Batman: The Telltale Series can simply upgrade to Shadows Mode by purchasing it as standalone DLC pack and you should own at least one episode of the game to use this add-on content.

Right now, PC version of Shadows Edition is priced $11.99 on Epic Games Store and $14.96 on Steam at 25% discount. There was plan for a Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 version release as well, which will be launched in near future.

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Sinister New Gotham

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It is time for fans to revisit Gotham City and to witness the evolution of Joker from time as an inmate named "John Doe" in Arkham Asylum to finally become clown prince of crime while come across many other classic characters.

Telltale Batman Shadows Edition takes you in for a twisted journey of Bruce Wayne in two episodic installments; Batman: The Telltale Series and Batman: The Enemy Within that you can either play through in black and white or in original color.

Friday, December 13, 2019

PlanetSide Arena to Shutdown Online Server

Developers at Daybreak Games announced to shut down PlanetSide Arena servers by next month.

Originally announced back in December 2018, massively multiplayer online first-person shooter title PlanetSide Arena was launched on Steam Early Access on September 2019 and despite being a free-to-play game, has struggled to gain players.

After constantly losing players for past few months following its debut, developer/publisher Daybreak Game Company has finally made an official announcement of shutting down all of its servers by January 10, 2020, 5:00 PM PST/8:00 PM EDT.

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PlanetSide Arena to Shutdown Online Server

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Despite aiming with an ambitious vision to arrange large-scale combat among players online through various game modes, current state of player count for their game will not make it possible for them to continue anymore.

Developers at Daybreak already had a year one roadmap planned out for the multiplayer shooter spin-off to PlanetSide 2 that was aiming at 250 on 250 deathmatch but now, that is not going to happen anymore after server shut down.

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It started with a concurrent player number above one thousand and it started to fall gradually over time. At one point last month, there was only one participant logged in, which is an all-time low for a game that should have much more.

There was a plan to launch a PlayStation 4 version alongside Steam release this summer but that has seemingly been cancelled as well. Arena suffered from lack of players and that is due to a very generic gameplay style, which feels dated.

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Daybreak also offered refunds to all players who made any purchase in Early Access period and trying to make sure they get automatically get their money back in their Steam Wallet when all servers are eventually shut down next month.

All DLC and virtual currency for PlanetSide Arena are now removed from store but players can still spend any in-game money they have until January. When the game was initially delayed in January, everyone got refunds for pre-order bundles.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Darksiders: Genesis is Overpriced on Google Stadia

Google Stadia would charge $10 extra on regular price of Darksiders: Genesis and THQ deny commenting.

Latest installment of Darksiders series is a top-down hack and slash action role-playing game from developer Airship Syndicate and publisher THQ Nordic titled Darksiders: Genesis just came out on December 5, 2019 for PC and Google Stadia.

If suffering from a rocky launch last month was not bad enough for Stadia due to lack of promised features and latency issue, Genesis would cost people $10 extra on Google's cloud gaming service than it would for PC version.

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Darksiders: Genesis is Overpriced on Google Stadia

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Stadia Pro subscribers received an exclusive offer from Google of up to 50% discount on select games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Tomb Raider reboot from 2013 but members got no price off on Genesis purchase or pre-order.

It would cost you $39.99 to buy Darksiders: Genesis on Stadia whereas you can get a copy of at Steam for only $14.99 right now to save $25 right off the bat or get it from outlets like GOG or Humble Store at a standard price of just $29.99.

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A price difference with PC version is a very absurd idea for a service that just had a rough launch period earlier and very less to offer in terms of their game catalog, with major titles like Borderlands 3 to arrive later this year.

When reached out to THQ Nordic for comments on price variation between platforms, their representative chose not to speak on their price policy and there is clearly no indication of why Stadia would charge more for a game than other stores.

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Some players are trying to point out that console versions of games often cost more than PC release and Google is likely taking an additional $10 to follow similar pricing model but then again, Stadia is not a console at all.

Set before events from previous titles, Darksiders: Genesis is a spin-off prequel that awaits a console release on February 2020. Its plot explores a war between Heaven and Hell, featuring both Strife and War as two playable lead characters.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Dead Cells: The Bad Seed DLC Expansion Announced

Motion Twin has announced release of first paid DLC expansion The Bad Seed for Dead Cells in Q1 2020.

After spending a year on Early Access phase, roguelike metroidvania game Dead Cells from developer/publisher Motion Twin finally came out on August 2018 for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

Players have been receiving frequent updates including first free DLC, Rise of the Giant earlier this year. Today, developers have announced plans to deliver their first-ever paid content The Bad Seed for "Best Action Game" of 2018.

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Dead Cells: The Bad Seed DLC Expansion Announced

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Motion Twin has released an official teaser trailer offering a glimpse of what to come and get a slight idea.




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The Bad Seed will arrive in Q1 2020 as first paid DLC for Dead Cells on all available platforms and priced $4.99 only. This premium model will allow dev team to continue producing more free content and major updates in future.

Currently, at least two years worth playable content are on planned roadmap of the studio that largely depends on its success. Regularly introducing new improvements like creatures and secret areas will only increase replayability of the game.

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This brand-new DLC will feature two levels for The Prisoner protagonist to explore around, which are just alternative routes from early game. Some old enemies will return in Arboretum and Swamp biomes before enter a creepy boss fight.

Aside from new adversaries, players will get their hands on a giant scythe weapon to wield and a mushroom buddy to keep company. Despite being known for difficulty, devs are planning to make the DLC more accessible for everyone.

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To wrap up holiday season of this year, developers are in work for another major update that they intended for long and while nothing about it is revealed yet, it is quite safe to assume that it would arrive before upcoming DLC next year.

Upon handing over development of Dead Cells to a new studio named Evil Empire earlier this year to continue post-launch support, Motion Twin has been working on two new prototype projects and will likely to reveal them very soon.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Becomes Best-Selling Steam Game

Right after launching on PC, Halo: The Master Chief Collection becomes top-selling game on Steam.

After recent change in business strategy of introducing first-party games on PC and Xbox consoles in recent years, Microsoft Studios have announced to bring Halo: The Master Chief Collection to PC via Steam earlier this year.

Five years after original release on Xbox One, players can finally enjoy Halo: MCC on a platform other than console and this definitive series compilation becomes top-selling game on Steam following recent inclusion of Halo: Reach.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Becomes Best-Selling Steam Game

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Master Chief Collection on PC comes with key-features like better optimization settings, 67 campaign missions, over 120 multiplayer maps, access to Halo Insiders program and more, which are clear improvements over Xbox release.

MCC bundle debuts with Reach and will continue to launch five more remaining titles by ending with Halo 4 in 2020. Those games will be adding more single-player and multiplayer content, which would possibly draw more players then.

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Before debuting on popular PC gaming platform Steam, players had to purchase through and play the game using Windows Live service. However, things have changed for better and Microsoft is even offering Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Launching in parts, you can purchase MCC at Steam for $39.99 only or get it on Game Pass for PC at just $5.99. Currently, they are offering a deal of only $1 for three months but fans are mostly heading over to Valve outlet.

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Right now, Master Chief Collection is outperforming other global top-selling and most played games like Monster Hunter: World and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, both of which are available at 50% discount on the platform.

Although Microsoft is more interested in garnering more members for Game Pass service, Xbox head Phil Spencer considers people buying the game on Steam or their subscription service a major win despite their main focus on the latter.

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Military sci-fi first-person shooter series Halo undoubtedly is one of the most iconic video game franchises from Microsoft Studios but MCC topping PC sales chart was largely unexpected now that it is gotten old and was buggy at launch.

It has likely happened because Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been a console-exclusive that has debuted on largest community platform for PC players and Microsoft has fixed a lot of its issues for port over past few years.

DayZ: Livonia Out Now

Survive an unfamiliar land in latest DayZ: Livonia DLC map, available now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Back in September 2019, developer/publisher Bohemia Interactive announced to include a brand-new map for open-world multiplayer survival game DayZ with intent to add more content for players on all available platforms.

Livonia marks first official DLC and second official map for the game that is out now on PC via Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Hunters can now pack their belongings and head over to a new territory seeking adventure while trying to survive.

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DayZ: Livonia Out Now

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Take a brief look at what notable features Bohemia has added to their Livonia DLC map in latest trailer below.




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Time to move to a new region of a harsh post-apocalyptic world that covers an area of 163 square kilometers and heavily covered in lush green forest, a landscape that is ideal to get lost into and find new survival experience.

When you have wilderness surrounding, it is pretty natural to come across various wildlife creatures but be very weary of deadly Eurasian Brown Bear, exclusive to Livonia that can severely injure or even kill you upon contact.

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Encounter Other Survivors

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Since there are limited supplies out there for scavenging, it would be wise to go hunting if you are not willing to die starving. Engage in fishing to pass time or just to get food even though often time you will only catch junk.

Due to late-summer climate change, you can expect recurrent rainfall, which you need to be on a lookout for other than fellow survivors and zombies. So, try finding protective gear and shelter within remnants of an abandoned society.

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Get Into Fishing

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Newest range of weapons like Blaze, BK-43, Kolt 1911 and Vaiga are finest addition to your arsenal that would come in handy when fighting Bears, fending your base from intruders and taking care of crazy infected packs.

DayZ: Livonia DLC coming along with update 1.06 for PC and consoles, bringing bug fixes, quality of improvements and more for both maps. Plus, usage of mouse and keyboard are now fully supported for players on PS4 and Xbox.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Dota 2: Outlanders Update Details

Valve introduces biggest gameplay changes for Dota 2 is latest Outlanders update by adding two new heroes and more.

Although efforts for spin-off title of Dota 2 have not been much successful, this multiplayer online battle arena game from developer/publisher Valve Corporation is still largely focused on their player community on PC platform.

At their annual eSports world championship "The Invitational" this year, Valve revealed two new characters coming to their renowned MOBA title with a host of improvement to core gameplay in latest Outlanders update.

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Dota 2: Outlanders Update Details

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Also known to fans as gameplay update 7.23, it brings wide array of changes that are hard to keep track of for anyone. However, it will help recruit new players into fold and add more depth for veterans to get back on course.

Outlanders update adds brand-new content by introducing two previously revealed heroes, a reworked map and tons of items. These two new recruits have joined battlefield with their unique set of skills to make their mark.

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Joining in as first hero, Void Spirit is here to unite with his spirit brethren and offer a showcase of his powers.




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Having mastery over dark matter of an alternate dimension, Void Spirit is elder among his spirit brothers who carefully observe all. In battle, he will aid Earth Spirit, Ember Spirit and Storm Spirit with his elemental powers to lead charges.

He can pull remnant aspects of himself and stand ground towards a single direction to strike at enemies when in contact range. These hollow constructs can act as guard and can be placed strategically to set an elaborate yet simple trap.

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New Carry Hero Void Spirit

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Using his enigmatic ability to step in and out of mortal plane, Void Spirit can vanish and reappear from a number of portals. Appointed as a carry, he has a defense move of generating a protective shield that take damage and hits back.

Then there is his quick charge attack at approaching adversaries that not only injures them but leaves a void mark. It will eventually slow their movements down and make them explode shortly after he rips through reality.

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A hardened granny goblin who loves to make cookies, Snapfire is joining Dota 2 and Dota Underlords very soon.




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This grandma goodness carries a scattergun to scare intruders off and treats her close ones with yummy cookies. She heads into battle on her trusty dragon Mortimer that is almost identical to Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon.

Matching notes from her reveal trailer, Snapfire is going to be a support hero who would buff her teammates with baked cookies. Her normal attack would involve a ranged shotgun and would use lizard mount for mobility.

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New Support Hero Void Snapfire

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A powerful machine gun on her mount would act as a long-range primary nuke, which is probably because she is here for buffing and damage. Despite being small in size, she sure packs a heavy punch through her cooking and shooting skills.

Her pet lizard spits a molten ball of fire called "Mortimer Kisses" that completely wrecked Timbersaw's armor in the trailer above. When launched at aimed opponents, those burning globs will deal damage and slow them down.

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As part of general changes, all players will have their own courier from now on and their leveling is tied to heroes they belong to. Respawn time and values for XP bounties will both max out once someone is above level 25.

There is a new level cap of 30 for each hero and once you reach that point, entire talent tree will be unlocked. Even if you are under spell immunity, magic that can penetrate that resistance would deal damage to target as well.

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All items that were previously available on base are now exclusively on Secret Shop but bottle has been removed. Newly added neutral building type Outposts will be set in past location of Side Shops and drop unique items to share with allies.

Almost every other playable hero has gone through at least some changes or had a particular ability tweaked. For more detailed information on biggest changes of Outlanders Update, read out full Patch Notes from official Dota 2 site.

Generation Zero: Alpine Unrest Out Now

Explore the island of Himfjäll in latest Generation Zero: Alpine Unrest expansion, out now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Based on a machine invasion on alternate-reality Sweden, Generation Zero is an open-world online survival game from developer/publisher Avalanche Studios, which came out on PC via Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in May 2019.

Dev team of Avalanche has been working for months to release their first expansion for the game, Alpine Unrest and it is finally out now on all major platforms offering players achievements, clothes, collectibles and weapons.

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Generation Zero: Alpine Unrest Out Now

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Continuing story of Generation Zero, Alpine Unrest takes players to island of Himfjäll that is comprised of a few locations like cafés, caravan parking lots, military bases, shops, ski slopes, burning church and ski hotel Björntunet.

Once a popular ski destination has now become a ghost town but there are answers to find that you were probably seeking for long time. Aside from new missions, this island will introduce players to new band of survivors as well.

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Apocalypse Class makes its debuts as new enemy class that is deadlier than ever, using flamethrowers and biochemical guns at you. Almost every killer robot types you have faced so far, this group is seems to be the nastiest.

You will be handed out enough firepower in form of KVM 59 machine gun and KVM 89 squad automatic weapon to fight back. Despite having these powerful tools in your arsenal, it would be wise to take on these mean machines with caution.

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Island of Himfjäll

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Some may come across those deadly enemies in mainland of Östertörn and before you can get your hands on latest weapons, you have to defeat a few of them first but no challenge will make you struggle without some rewards.

A host of bug fixes just came in for animations, challenges, missions, UI and weapons marked as issues by player community. Instance of crashes along with audio, localization and voice over are resolved as part of regular game updates.

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Even though enemies are on constant lookout, you can still make it out of hotel hideout and perhaps take assistance from local community. It is time to meet more of fellow survivors and stand together against a mechanical uprising.

Set around a post-apocalyptic landscape, Generation Zero: Alpine Unrest takes place following events of main game on Swedish countryside. By putting up some teamwork and working in shadows, there is a chance to survive this invasion.

Friday, November 22, 2019

State of Decay 2 Coming to Steam

Undead Labs announced to release PC version of ultimate zombie survival fantasy State of Decay 2 via Steam in early 2020.

Last year, open-world zombie survival game State of Decay 2 from developer Undead Labs and publisher Microsoft Studios came out for Windows PC and Xbox One, amassing an impressive number of over 6 million players so far.

A successful sequel to 2013 survival horror title State of Decay, the game is currently available for purchase on Microsoft Store and Xbox Game Pass. According to an official announcement, SoD2 will also arrive on Steam in early 2020.

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State of Decay 2 Coming to Steam

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Following its release, Undead Labs has received a lot of fan-requests for bringing their ultimate zombie action-adventure to Steam. Even though it took them a year and so, they finally decided to bring the title to digital storefront of Valve.

SoD2 will come to Steam with Xbox Live cross-play support that lets you play with three of your other friends over Windows PC and Xbox One. After all, joining with group of friends will better your chances of survival in a post-apocalyptic.

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Initially, survivors could jump into action on any of two select platforms using Xbox Play Anywhere system. Then an accidental leak from PAX East 2018 hinted at possibility of future Steam release before only a month of its launch.

An error message popped up unexpectedly during a developer live-stream on Twitch regarding a login issue of Steam. Though all video evidence was deleted, people were skeptical when they found Valve's launcher listed in FAQ page as a topic.

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Original SoD found home in Early Access of Steam a few months after console launch, followed by remastered release of Year One: Survival Edition, most likely because there was no timed exclusivity period for Xbox console back then.

Since no definitive release date has been revealed for Steam launch yet, you can go ahead and add State of Decay 2 on wishlist to get instant notifications on any updates made to store page in future while you wait for its release next year.