CD Projekt RED announces plans to include a virtual card-based game titled Gwent
within The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, the next installment in their RPG series
(we were surprised that "Gwent" didn't trigger our spell-checker, but it turns
out to be an ancient
county preserved within Wales, and no, there won't be a test). They also
announce that the Xbox One Collector's Edition of the game will also include a
physical version of Gwent. Here's a description of the game, though the history
it outlines may not actually be 100% true:
Gwent is a fast-paced card
game that can be played within The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on every platform.
Invented by dwarves and perfected over centuries of tavern table play, Gwent is
a game of initial simplicity and ultimate depth, something beloved by both
road-weary travelers during long nights around the campfire and elegant nobles
looking to liven up dragging dinner parties. The game is about the clash of two
armies locked in mortal struggle on a battlefield where the players are the
leaders and the cards their forces. With four different factions offering unique
combat styles and endless paths to victory, Gwent is every adventurer’s first
choice when it comes to one-on-one card-based dueling. Take risks and think on
your feet, strategize and deliver cunning combos, use potent magic and mighty
hero cards and be the last one standing on the field of honor!
Over 150 unique playing cards
4 distinct factions: the mighty and cunning
Nilfgaardian Empire, the brave Northern Realms and their siege weapons, the
agile and devious Scoia’tael, and the brutal monsters of No Man’s Land.
Powerful spells allow players to control the
weather and affect units on the battlefield.
An array of combat styles caters to individual
playstyles: close range with heavy knights, long range with skilled archers
or artillery with powerful siege weapons.
Paradox reveals plans for new expansions for both Crusader Kings II and
Europa Universalis IV, maximizing efficiency by announcing both add-ons
simultaneously. Crusader Kings II will expand with the release of Charlemagne,
while Europa Universalis IV will be updated with Art of War, and the expansions
will come to Windows, Linux, and OS X, though no release dates are specified at
this time other than "the near future." Here's a
Crusader Kings II:
Charlemagne announcement trailer and here's a
Europa Universalis IV: Art
of War announcement trailer with looks at each, and here's word:
Paradox Interactive today revealed two new game expansions for their
award-winning grand strategy titles Europa Universalis IV and Crusader Kings II.
The expansions, entitled “Art of War” and “Charlemagne,” coming respectively to
Europa Universalis IV and Crusader Kings II, will add new events, new mechanics,
new in-game abilities, and plenty of new ways to change the course of history
for strategy fans everywhere. Both expansions will be available for their
respective games on Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs in the near future.
Charlemagne will introduce Crusader Kings II players to the man who became the
“Father of Europe,” uniting much of the continent for the first time since the
since the fall of Rome and founding the Holy Roman Empire. Now starting in 769
AD – another century to play! – the expansion will include a series of story
events that follows his rise to power, and will come with new game options to
allow players to chart their own places in history – such as a new in-game
“Chronicle” that highlights a dynasty’s conquests, marriages, and labors for the
faith. Kingdoms are also more customizable in Charlemagne with the option to
create your own with custom names and banners.
Deep Silver announces that Risen 3: Titan Lords is now available for Windows and
consoles in Europe, as planned. A
new EU launch trailer
for the action/RPG sequel celebrates the news, and they offer the following
refresher on the game:
The world of Risen 3 is abandoned by all gods and
suffers from the Titan Wars when a new threat rises from the soil. A young
warrior is attacked from the shadows and deprived of his soul. He sets off to
reclaim what is lost amidst the darkness that is spreading throughout the world.
The banned Mages could be powerful allies on his quest. To get their help, he
needs to find the Mage sanctuary on Taranis, also known as the Island of
Thunder. Protected by the Guardians, the Mages search the mines of Taranis for
crystals loaded with magic energy. Will the player join the Guardians to get in
contact with the Mages? Or will he choose one of the other guilds in Risen 3 to
reach his goals?
ATLUS announces a slight delay for Citizens of Earth, saying the
retro-styled role-playing game is now due in November, rather than October, even
though the game's official
website still reflects the old date as of now. Here's the explanation, which
includes pricing details:
The good news is that we'll be releasing
Citizens of Earth for $14.99 on each of the five platforms it's available for.
That's PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and PC if you
haven't been keeping count!
In effort to have more champagne time - whoops, I mean CAMPAIGN time! - we are
pushing back the release of Citizens of Earth from October, 2014, to the
coincidentally-more-suitable election month: November!
No one likes delaying games, but hopefully the $14.99 price point for 30+ hours
of classic JRPG-inspired entertainment will assuage those pains.
EA announces that Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is the latest
game getting the free access treatment through their
Origin Game Time program. This will allow anyone with an Origin account to
download the game and play for free for 72 hours. The clock on the free play
period does not start until you first launch the game, but it does not pause
when you quit, so this allows as much game time as you care to fit into a single
three-day stretch. This offer apparently includes special perks, as they
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare pits teams of plants against squads of zombies
to see who can dominate suburban arenas in 24-player multiplayer action. The
better you do, the more you unlock. The more you unlock, the crazier it gets.
Download PvZGW with
Origin Game Time and your experience will include tons of great new content:
a new map (Crash Course), a new game mode (Suburbination, a zany take on the
Domination-like “capture the waypoints” challenge), a brand new character (a
community-choice custom take on the Pea Shooter) and much more.
Early access to IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is now available
through Steam, allowing
the chance to get behind the yoke in the latest installment in 1C's World War II
aerial combat game. In addition to a standard version, they also offer a Premium
edition, though one of the perks for that had been even earlier access, which is
no longer a factor. Those who prefer to hold off until the game is completed don't
have long to wait, as it is set for official release next month. Here's a
refresher: "IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is a combat flight simulation
dedicated to the Battle of Stalingrad, one of the most decisive and fierce
battles on the Eastern Front in WWII. This new project from 1С Game Studios
represents the next generation of combat flight simulations with the latest
development technologies – from a new higher level of physics modeling, damage
modeling and aerodynamics to modern modes of gameplay with detailed, immersive
Rebellion announces the launch of two new DLC packs for Sniper Elite 3 today,
adding content to the sharpshooting sequel. One is a free update, and the other
is a paid pack, and word is these will each come to the console editions of the
game "in the near future." The free map is the third of four planned freebies,
and the premium weapons pack add a rifle and a machine gun. Here's word:
Plantation multiplayer map
The third of four FREE multiplayer maps for Sniper Elite 3 players on all
platforms, Plantation sees Rebellion’s Runcorn studio play with the typical
conventions of the series’ multiplayer design.
Once again highlighting the lush variety offered by the game’s North African
setting, Plantation is flanked by a traversable swamp while a water wheel
irrigates the surrounding areas via a network of shallow trenches, offering
opportunities for stealthy movement and quick escapes.
Eschewing the traditional battles for a handful of commanding views, Plantation
offers an open and rewardingly complex environment encouraging snipers to think
creatively about their location and movement.
Eastern Front weapons pack
Imported from the bitter climes of Eastern Europe, some of World War Two’s most
iconic weapons are now available to play in Sniper Elite 3 via the Eastern Front
Available for use across all game modes the pack includes the Blyskawica
submachine gun, the Tokarev TT-33 pistol and the Mosin-Nagant rifle.
SEGA announces that owners of Total War: Rome 2 will receive a free
content update for Creative Assembly's real-time strategy sequel today through
Steam adding new units. This will come along with a related premium pack for
purchase. Here's word:
ROME II players will find their game updated via
Steam today with a new, free content pack. The August Warriors Update adds
unique units such as the Hex-Bearers, Amazonian Riders and Scythian Noblewomen
to several playable factions, and includes a significant upgrade to the Suebi
Also available for purchase today, the Daughters of Mars Unit Pack brings
fearsome new warriors to ROME II. Whether in defence of their homelands or
called upon to fulfil their part in glorious conquest, female combatants
featured throughout the ancient world. Adding a swift and deadly mix of fighting
styles and abilities to the fray, generals will wisely place value on those who
aspire to be the avatars of the war gods themselves!
Daughters of Mars expands the faction rosters of Rome, the Lusitani, the Suebi
and Sparta. These new units can also be hired as mercenaries from specific
provinces, whichever faction you play as.
The Team Fortress 2
website has word that Valve is soliciting designs for actual hats and such
to sell to fans of Team Fortress 2, the teamplay shooter and virtual hat
simulator. Here's the deal:
For decades, humanity looked at the common
baseball hat and just saw a thing you put on your head. It took a special kind
of person to look at it and think, "I could attach beer cans to the sides of
that thing so I'll have my hands free to hold two additional beers." It took a
special kind of person to look at a t-shirt and realize, "I could draw a tuxedo
on that t-shirt and trick people into thinking I'm wearing a tuxedo."
Who were these people? Drunk idiots, mostly. But also visionaries. And now we're
giving the Team Fortress 2 community the chance to join that pantheon. How? By
submitting your t-shirt and poster designs to be voted on by the Team Fortress 2
community. Simply navigate to the ‘Merchandise” tab in the
Team Fortress 2 Workshop.
Once the votes are in, we’ll curate the top-rated entries, and the best of the
best designs will be made available as official merchandise at the Valve Store
and various online retailers. You won't just be ensuring your place in history:
You'll also get paid a handsome royalty for every unit sold. (For more info on
submitting your designs, visit the FAQ.)
plans for a Warlords of Draenor Collector's Edition, after
yesterday's announceent of a
November 13th release date for the World of Warcraft expansion. Besides
the expansion, this will include a behind-the-scenes feature, the soundtrack, an
art book, a mouse pad, and the following "epic" in game loot, 75% of which
relates to other games:
World of Warcraft Dread Raven Mount and Dread
Hatchling Pet — Descend from the skies on the back of a black-winged
Dread Raven mount, a mortal progeny of Anzu. Then devour your prey in your
next pet battle with the adorably ferocious Dread Hatchling.
StarCraft II Portraits — Summon the
strength of two deadly Iron Horde war chiefs—Grommash Hellscream and
Blackhand—as you take on the Dominion with these two StarCraft II portraits.
Diablo III Warsong Pennant — Don this
battle-worn pennant and channel the rage of the Warsong Clan against the
demonic forces of Sanctuary.
Hearthstone Card Back — Your adventures in
Draenor will be the talk of the tavern after outfitting your champion’s deck
with this custom card back forged in the fires of Blackrock.
new Gamescom trailer on GamesTrailers showing off Arena of Fate, Crytek's
upcoming MOBA. The clip runs a bit over two and a half minutes, offering a look
at the familiar characters that will populate the game. The video is narrated by Little Red
Riding Hood, whose cockney accent alone may be enough to drive you into battle ready
to kill something. Continue here to read the full story.
It was 45 years ago today that the Woodstock Music Festival opened up in Bethel,
NY, which for those familiar with the area, is actually nowhere near Woodstock
(which has not prevented Woodstock from remaining a hippie Mecca ever since).
There are apparently
anniversary events this weekend to commemorate the occasion, but no word on
whether anyone is bringing the brown acid.