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Wednesday, May 04, 2016 Happy Star Wars Day!

Respawn Developing a Star Wars Game

A post by EA celebrates Star Wars day with the revelation that Respawn Entertainment (Titanfall) is developing a third-person action/adventure game set in the Star Wars universe. There's more on the news on the Respawn blog where there's a letter from Stig Asmussen calling the project "the chance of a lifetime," and noting they are adding staff to help complete the game. Here's more of what he has to say:
But it’s not all fun and games — we promise to pay respect to the Star Wars legacy at all times, a fact that will be constantly reinforced and honored as a central game design tenet. Fans should expect the exemplary level of quality first established at Respawn with Titanfall, a game that epitomizes our studio’s dedication to slick, larger-than-life action and fun, groundbreaking mechanics. Moving forward, we couldn’t ask for a better universe in which to continue this journey, and although I would love to share all of the exciting places we are going, we have the following piece of information to divulge with you all today:

We’ll be making a third-person action/adventure game set in the Star Wars universe.

Now, I understand on the surface this might sound a bit dry, but developing a game within the ever-expanding Star Wars universe opens up so many paths for us to go down, and an unparalleled playground to design within. We have already planted the seeds by assembling a small, but incredibly talented team, ready for the amazing journey that lies ahead. With this in mind we are looking to expand the dream.

Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Dust Line DLC Next Week

UbiBlog announces new Operation Dust Line DLC is coming to Rainbow Six Siege on May 11th, adding a pair of new Navy SEALs operators to the tactical shooter. Here's a Dust Line teaser trailer and here's the announcement:
The Rainbow Six team has announced the official release date for Operation Dust Line. The desert-themed DLC will be available May 11 and will feature two new operators from the US Navy SEALs: Valkyrie and Blackbeard. Valkyrie takes the defensive role, and is equipped with sticky cameras that provide an extra level of surveillance. Blackbeard is the attacker, and will sport a shield-and-rifle combo, allowing him to take point in tough situations. You can catch a special live demo of the two new Operators in action on May 7 on the Rainbow Six Twitch channel before the start of the PC Pro League Grand Final.
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Black Desert Online Mediah Part Two

The Black Desert Online website announces the launch of part two of the Mediah expansion for Daum's MMORPG. They offer this video showing what they've added to the game, while the patch notes go into more detail. Here's word on the expansion as well as an art competition where everyone's a winner, though be warned this blurb may cause seizures in anyone oversensitive to Talk Like a Pirate Day:
Ahoy! Daum Games t’day announced that th’ secon’ part o’ th’ Mediah expansion be live in Black Desert Online, th’ most mARRRvelous MMO ever t’grace th’ worldwide web seas. Bring yer mateys ‘n set sail t’ward new lands ‘n adventures, but beware o’ privateers ‘n those tryin’ to steer ye off course.

New lands t’plunder:

  • Kuit Islands (Pirate Islands) - Adventurers brave enough t’challenge th’ wicked Pirates of Kuit Islands be returnin’ with fine booty if they be skilled enough not t’walk th’ plank
  • Tungrad Forest - Only th’ mightiest scallywags should enter Tungrad Forest, or rival landlubbers be eatin’ them faster than a bad case o’ scurvy
  • Hasrah Dungeon - A dark ‘n mysterious cavern filled with th’ broken remains o’ ancient golems that be sendin’ chills down yer spine soon as ye look at it

Startin’ t’day, ye be able t’loot precious rum from lifeless scallywags ‘n turn it in for exclusive treasure like decorations for yer dwellin’ or dashin’ gARRRments in th’ quest Yo Hoho & A Bottle of Rum.

‘N addition, daily quests be added to celebrate Mother’s day. The rewARRRd: mouth-waterin’ grub conferring mighty buffs to sea dogs who be showin’ some love t’th’ good hearty who raised them.

Daum Games also be announcin’ a new fanARRRt competition. All scallywags who submit pirate-themed Black Desert Online ARRRtwork will receive a seven-day pirate costume, while th’ ten most shipshape scrawlins will earn shiny Pearls.

Patch notes can be found here in layman's terms for ye landlubbers.

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Evening Patches

On Sale

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

  • DOGOS -- Steam Greenlight. "Inspired by classical Shmups! DOGOS uses current tech to bring gaming experience to the next level."

etc., etc.

Thanks Kxmode.

Fallout 4 Far Harbor This Month

A new trailer from Bethesda Softworks shows off the upcoming Far Harbor expansion for Fallout 4. The clip shows off new content they are adding to their action/RPG sequel, and also reveals a release date, saying: "Preview your journey to Far Harbor, the next game-on for Fallout 4. Far Harbor docks on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on Thursday, May 19th." This will be sold separately (though the original game is required), and is also part of the game's season pass.

Star Wars Battlefront Free Trial

EA is celebrating May the 4th's Star Wars Day with free access to Star Wars Battlefront, special content in Star Wars: The Old Republic, as well as special offers in Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, their mobile game. This announcement has all the details, and here are the specifics on what's going on for existing or new Battlefront players:
Earlier this month, DICE shared details on free* content coming to Star Wars Battlefront this spring, and the next expansion pack* Star Wars Battlefront Bespin will be available for purchase in June 2016. There’s also some special goodies for players on May the 4th!

  • Log-In Reward – For one day only, players who log into Star Wars Battlefront will receive 4,444 credits*† to use on blasters, Star Cards, or the latest Hutt Contract.
  • New Hutt Contract – Jabba the Hutt has a new challenge waiting for all Star Wars Battlefront players on May the 4th! Spend 3500 to 8000 credits and complete bounties to unlock the powerful Bacta Bomb Star Card which provides a health boost to you and your allies.
  • Origin Free** Trial – If you haven’t given Star Wars Battlefront a try, the Origin team is hooking you up! Starting May 4 at 11 a.m. PT, players can visit to try the game for four hours for free** and experience the different maps, game modes and missions the base game has to offer. This does not include Outer Rim or future expansion content.

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide: Drachenfels DLC This Month

Fatshark announces Drachenfels, a new DLC pack coming to Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide, showing they haven't lost their touch with catchy titles. The pack will come on May 26th, and will imbue the game with three new maps and more additional content. Here's word on what this will add:
Today independent developer Fatshark announced a new DLC with the name Drachenfels for their hit game Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide.

“Players get to explore three brand new levels around the abandoned Castle Drachenfels.“ says Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark and continues “Drachenfels also introduces deadly traps and torches to help navigate the pitch black dungeons”

The Drachenfels DLC will be released on May 26, and contains three new levels set outside of Ubersreik. Fight your way through the halls of Castle Drachenfels, dodge the deadly traps and navigate The Dungeons with the help of a torch, and stop the Skaven from completing their vile plans at Summoner’s Peak.

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide has sold over half a million copies to PC, and will reach consoles later this year. Two free DLCs has been released, and this is the second DLC that comes with a price tag – which will be announced closer to release.

Key Features

  • Castle Drachenfels - Walk through the ancient rooms of Castle Drachenfels, covered in the blood and bones of the past.
  • Summoner’s Peak - Foil the Skaven’s plan by destroying the Nurgle portals and put a halt to their reinforcements.
  • The Dungeons - Stumble your way through the dark and dingy dungeon of Drachenfels, avoiding traps and using torches to light your way through the darkness.

Moto Racer 4 Detailed

Microïds and Artefacts Studio announce details about Moto Racer 4, saying the next installment in the racing series will come to Windows and OS X as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in October of this year. Word is: "Developed using Unreal Engine 4, "Moto Racer 4" has revived the craze for the winning formula that made the original trilogy so successful. High-speed races on powerful bikes alternate with motocross on more nimble machines for a white-knuckle ride that remains playable despite the need for technical prowess, with rules of fair-play often put to one side." Here's more:
With over 7 million units sold and critical acclaim both in the specialist press and among gamers, the first "Moto Racer" trilogy has left an indellible mark on the history of video games. Developed by Delphine Software, one of the great studios of the 90s and 2000s, it is still synonymous for many with extreme gaming pleasure and fierce multi-player contests.

"Moto Racer 4", which is still developed by Microïds and Artefacts Studio, under the supervision of its original designer, Paul Cuisset, will include no less than 15 single and multiplayer game modes. In addition to regular fixtures such as the Time Trial, Single Race and Championship, here are a few examples of what to expect:

  • KING OF THE HILL: Each rider starts with the same time on the clock. While time runs down for the leader, the other racers get extra turbo. The first player to get their counter down to zero wins the race.
  • LAST MAN STANDING: The last player to pass each checkpoint is eliminated.
  • SURVIVAL: The race starts with very little time on the clock. Players gain time by passing the checkpoints. In single-player mode, the aim is to survive for a specific length of time. In multi-player mode, the winner is the last player with time left on their clock.
  • CATCH-UP: The player's opponents begin the race with a headstart and the player must be in first place at a specific time.
  • WOLF PACK: The player begins the race with a headstart and must maintain it for a certain length of time without being overtaken.
  • GHOST BIKE: The player starts the race in last place and is not allowed to deviate from the road or collide with others. S/he must finish in a specified minimum place.
  • GOLDEN HELMET: Competitors must earn the one golden helmet up for grabs during the race. To do this, they must be first past the initial checkpoint. If the player wearing the golden helmet is knocked by another player, s/he surrenders it to that player. If a player falls off their bike, s/he loses the helmet and it is automatically sent to the next checkpoint.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood with DOOM Pre-Purchases

Steam News announces pre-purchases of DOOM are now available through Steam, and committing in advance to id Software's new shooter will get a free copy of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. The pitch here is super-short: "Developed by id software, the studio that pioneered the first-person shooter genre and created multiplayer Deathmatch, DOOM returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience."

Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline Free DLC

A new Road To Battlefield post helps raise excitement about the coming Battlefield announcement, offering free DLC for Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline. For the next week Battlefield Hardline: Robbery and Battlefield 4 Dragon's Teeth are free for owners of each game. Here's the overview:
A new Battlefield™ is coming later this year, and we're celebrating by keeping the action going in Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline. Over the next few months we'll be giving away previously released expansion packs for both games to anyone playing on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Origin for PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3. There are also new Community Missions and a whole lot more to get excited about. Let's take a look at what's going on right now.

Morning Previews

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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  • CM Storm Quick Fire XTi Gaming Keyboard on techPowerUp.
  • Corsair Carbide Spec-Alpha ATX Mid-Tower Case on TechSpot.
  • GIGABYTE X99P-SLI LGA 2011v3 Motherboard on HARDOCP.
  • Intel NUC NUC6i5SYK Skylake Mini PC on Legit Reviews.
  • LaCie P9227 Porsche Design Mobile Drive 4TB USB C on TweakTown.
  • MyDigitalSSD Bullet Proof 5 Eco M.2 SSD on The SSD Review.
  • Phiaton BT 110 Compact Bluetooth Sport Earphones with Mic on Benchmark Reviews.
  • Razer Blackwidow X Chroma Gaming Keyboard on RageQuitters.
  • SteelSeries Rival 300 CS-GO Fade Edition Mouse on Technic3D.
  • Synology DiskStation DS216+ 2-Bay NAS on Techgage.
  • Ultra High End Gaming Notebook Roundup on Hardware Canucks.
  • Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Edition Graphics Card on Hardware Slave.
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