inXile Entertainment and Techland Publishing announce February 28th, 2017 will
be the release date for Torment: Tides of Numenera
, the upcoming
spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment. A
post on Kickstarter
(thanks nin) has word for backers on what to expect in
return for their support, and
celebrates the release date and offers details on the day one
edition. Here's the plan:
inXile Entertainment and Techland Publishing
have announced the release date for Torment: Tides of Numenera - February 28th,
Torment: Tides of Numenera is set one billion years in the future, using the
science-fantasy setting created by pen and paper RPG luminary, Monty Cook.
Players will experience a game of intricate choices and consequences with
thousands of meaningful decisions that will make every playthrough unique.
The game is created and developed by inXile Entertainment, which consists of
industry icon Brian Fargo and many other veteran creators of the original
Planescape: Torment - one of the most critically revered cRPGs in gaming
Pre-orders for the Day One Edition and The Collector's Edition are also now
available. For a full list of what is contained in the Collector's Edition along
with pre-order incentives, see the official trailer here.
the availability of DOOM – Bloodfall
, the third, and final, DLC pack for the shooter remake.
celebrates the release, and they offer the following details, including word
that an XP bonus is currently in effect:
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We’re thrilled to announce that
Bloodfall, DOOM’s latest multiplayer DLC, is available right now. Bloodfall is
the third and final DLC pack for DOOM, bringing three diverse new maps, a
Grenade Launcher, the Cultist armor set, and more to the game’s fast-paced
multiplayer. You’ll also be able to transform into the Spectre Pinky, a fan
favorite demon whose signature invisibility tactic allows you to sneak up on
To celebrate the launch of Bloodfall, we’re also holding a Double XP Weekend
from now until Monday, December 19 at 12pm ET. Play all new multiplayer content,
and try to level up to the new max rank of Echelon 11, level 50 to unlock the
DOOM Marine Armor, which was part of last week’s Free Update 5 release.
Bloodfall is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, and can be
purchased for $14.99 (£11.99 / €14.99 / AUS $23.95), or as part of the
DOOM Season Pass.
BLOODFALL INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
3 New Maps
- Empyrian – Fight in an ageless colosseum held
aloft by opposing energies, as the gilded battlements slowly crumble
- Boneyard – Battle in the outer realm of Hell,
where the landscape is made entirely of demon flesh, teeth and bone
- Outbreak – Engage in intense combat throughout a
UAC facility transformed after underworldly science breaks free from
- Grenade Launcher - Use this UAC-banned weapon to
bank grenades off walls and deal area damage, or use the secondary fire to
detonate a smoke grenade to conceal your position from enemies
New Playable Demon
- Spectre Pinky - As the fast and heavily armored
Pinky demon with Spectre abilities, stalk your enemies with invisibility, or
bull rush to insta-gib all in your path
Space Hulk: Deathwing
is now available
, offering a
first-person shooter set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
covers the release, and outlines all the improvements Streum On
Studio made over the early access version. Here's a bit, including word that
controllers are not supported at this time:
Here are some of the
highlights with regards to bug-fixes and improvements in the release version:
- Much faster loading times
- Loading times are reduced by rougly 40-50% on
- Huge performance increase
- The game should run more smoothly in most
situations across all hardware.
- Crash Fixes & Massive debug
- The vast majority of crashes and bugs from the
Beta have been fixed.
- GUI improvements
- The GUI has been updated according to Beta
- Changes regarding some multiplayer classes and
- Localization improvements & debugging
- Localization is almost final. Added some
indications on the tutorial keybinds.
- SFX Iteration
- Belial and Librarian voices have been updated
according to Beta players' feedback.
- Controller debugging
- Controllers aren't officially supported at
release. Controllers previously corrupted keybindings. This is no
longer the case, and the controller mapping has been updated. We're not
100% satisfied yet with controller support, and we strongly advise you
to play with keyboard and mouse for now.
- New Optional Multiplayer Game Mode: Codex Rules
- Class change during mission disabled.
- Equipment changing during mission disabled.
- Progression and XP system deactivated, with
access to all equipment unlocked from the start.
- All skills and equipment are unlocked from the
- Respawn is limited.
has details on the next patch for Dishonored 2
that this will be a free game update that will include various changes based on
player feedback along with a new game plus mode. This is currently available for
Windows in beta, and will be officially released for all platforms on Monday.
They also outline plans for a second free game update next month with more
customization options. Here's word:
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If you’ve wondered what it would be
like to combine Empress Emily Kaldwin’s all-new abilities with Royal Protector
Corvo Attano’s signature powers, you’ll soon have the opportunity to do just
that. Next week Dishonored 2 will get its first free Game Update, which – along
with various improvements based on player feedback – includes New Game Plus.
With this new mode, you’ll be able to combine Emily’s Mesmerize with Corvo’s
Devouring Swarm – or create any other custom combo of multiple powers that you
can you imagine.
Unlocked once you complete Dishonored 2 with either Emily or Corvo, New Game
Plus lets you begin anew with either character, but this time you’ll have access
to the full suite of abilities from both of the game’s heroes. You’ll also start
your new playthrough with all the Runes and Bonecharm Traits you’ve collected
from your previous game, but you’ll be able to re-assign those Runes so you can
choose the powers you want.
“Dishonored players have asked for it, so now New Game Plus is here for
Dishonored 2,” says Creative Director Harvey Smith. “If you've ever wanted to
make higher-powered characters, now's your chance. If you've wanted to play
Emily Kaldwin with Possession or Devouring Swarm, or Corvo Attano with Domino,
now you can. We've been having fun with it here at Arkane Studios, and we hope
you will too.”
The first of two free updates, Game Update 1 releases today as a beta on PC,
then will release in full for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on Monday, December
Game Update 2 will arrive in January, and will include two new features: Mission
Select and additional Custom Difficulty Settings, the latter of which allows you
to further tailor Dishonored 2 to your playstyle and adjust the challenge based
on a wide array of settings. We’ll have more info on Game Update 2 soon.
GAME UPDATE 1 RELEASE NOTES
has details on story missions in For Honor
, the upcoming hack-and-slash game.
They discuss the campaign, and offer
it off. And with the game due for release on February 14th, they also
plans for closed beta testing
that will take place between now and then.
That post has a trailer
own, showing off Viking gameplay. Here's word on testing and how to apply:
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Prepare for war. For Honor’s Closed Beta begins in January, giving you an
opportunity to don the mantle of a Viking, Knight, or Samurai and battle your
foes in new multiplayer experiences. To help up the ante, For Honor is also
introducing War of the Factions,
in which your faction allegiance impacts a persistent fight for supremacy
between For Honor’s Vikings, Knights, and Samurai.
In War of the Factions, all multiplayer victories (as any hero) will contribute
towards your declared faction and its global leaderboards. Entering the Closed
Beta automatically enrolls you in War of the Factions, and all participants will
receive a special in-game reward, with the winning factions earning additional
in-game rewards to be revealed at a later date. Want to be a part of it?
Sign up here for a
chance to turn the tide of war and help your faction reign supreme.
A new patch is now available for Galactic Civilizations III
Stardock's 4X strategy game to version 1.9.
has details, calling
the patch "massive," and also reveals that it includes the handiwork of company
founder Brad Wardell, as the CEO did some of the programming on the patch.
has more on the
patch and Brad's contribution:
Stardock released version 1.9 for its
popular space-based strategy game, Galactic Civilizations III today. Stardock’s
CEO, Brad Wardell, returns to the Galactic Civilizations team for v1.9 to
introduce several improvements and enhancements to the game. Better
optimization, advancements to enemy A.I., new Capstone Techs, and additional
balance adjustments, are among several new and updated features within v1.9.
"I’m excited to be back into the code for this game," Wardell said. "This update
is just the first step toward lots of enhancements and improvements that I have
planned. The team and I have been active within our player community and have
been listening to their thoughts. I think they’ll be pleased with the results."
Players can also look forward to additional challenges from the AI. v1.9
introduces several new improvements to AI playstyle, including smarter fleet
building, a more assertive approach to expanding, a greater focus on spreading
influence, among others.
New Capstone Techs are also now available once the Age of Ascension is reached.
Players will have the chance to research new techs that provide large but
temporary empire-wide bonuses. These techs can be researched repeatedly and
their bonuses stack.
A significant focus of the 1.9 update is speed. "I multithreaded the texture
loading at the start of a game in order to improve performance," said Brad
Wardell, CEO and President of Stardock. "New texture compressions for planets
and ships reduces the memory usage and boosts start up times so you can get
right down to conquering the galaxy."
The work on performance optimization has also allowed for the addition of more
stars and planets. These new details make each galaxy feel unique and even more
vast than before. Additional small updates and additions to the game, such as
the ability to see stat updates on the planet immediately after building on a
tile, further enhance playability and enjoyment for the player.
For a complete list of the updates in v1.9, please view the changelog
There are now patch notes
for a new update that's live in Heroes of the Storm
, Blizzard's MOBA.
This has a bunch of balance changes and bug fixes, introduces the game's newest
character, and kicks off their Winter Veil event, which includes a quest and XP
bonuses. This post
has specifics on the new hero Ragnaros, the fire lord. Word is: "As the lord of
Azeroth’s fire elementals, Ragnaros desires nothing more than to burn the world
to ash. Banished to Firelands eons ago, the Firelord now turns his rage toward
the Nexus, intent on incinerating everything and everyone within it." Here's
more on the winter event:
Celebrate Winter Veil 2016!
- Our 2016 Winter Veil celebration has arrived! Ring
in the holiday season this year with a 25% XP bonus, a new event quest, and
of course, quest rewards.
- 25% XP Bonus
- The XP bonus begins at 10:00 a.m. PST on
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 until 10:00 a.m. PST Tuesday, January
- Winter Veil Event Quest
- Quest: Play 25 games in any matchmaking
mode (Co-op vs. A.I., Quick Match, Unranked Draft, or Ranked)
- Rewards: Special Snowflake Portrait and
Festive Treasure Goblin Mount.
here for additional Winter Veil 2016
A free weekend for Tom Clancy's The Division
gets underway on Friday, and
that preloads are now available so you can play as soon as things get underway.
The game is on sale for the duration, and all progress from the weekend will
carry over for anyone who buys a copy. Here's the plan:
New York is in
peril. Its population has been decimated by a terrible virus, while violent
factions fight for control. As an Agent of The Division, you’re tasked with
infiltrating the streets of the city to save what’s left, and starting tomorrow,
you can do that for free. From December 15 at 10AM PST to December 18 at 1PM
PST, The Division will be free on Uplay PC,
allowing you to play through the entirety of the core game, along with all of
its free content updates, for zero dollars. Season Pass content is not included,
but the progress you make during this free period will transfer over if you
purchase the full game – both the regular version and the Gold Edition of The
Division will be available on the Uplay store
with a 50% discount.
- Stereo Aereo is available
on Steam for
Windows, OS X, and Linux. This is "a rhythm and story driven space arcade
shooter that is inspired by the pop-culture influences of the 80's."…
- Doom 2 on optimus
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences announces Todd Howard of
Bethesda Game Studios will be their 22nd Hall of Fame inductee at their 20th
awards ceremony in February. Here's part of the announcement:
of Interactive Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce its 22nd Hall of Fame
recipient, Todd Howard, Executive Producer and Game Director at Bethesda Game
Studios, who has created some of the industry’s most successful games by
pioneering open-world gameplay. Howard has been integral in the creative
direction and growth of such well-loved franchises as The Elder Scrolls and
Fallout, which have been recipients of numerous D.I.C.E. Awards throughout the
years. Both The Elder Scrolls and Fallout are known for their experiential
approach to world-building and storytelling. The scale of their open worlds,
variety of questlines, and near-endless cast of characters has ensured no two
players have the same experience.
“The Academy is thrilled to be honoring Todd Howard as our next Hall of Fame
recipient during our 20th D.I.C.E. Awards celebration,” said Mike Fischer,
President, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “I know that many of us in
the industry have spent countless hours enthralled in the vast, open worlds that
Todd has created. He’s made us all reconsider the player-game relationship and
extended the storytelling possibilities of our medium. We look forward to
honoring Todd and celebrating his achievements and contributions to the video
The 2017 Hall of Fame Award will be presented to Howard during the 20th D.I.C.E.
Awards ceremony on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the Mandalay Convention
Center in Las Vegas by his long-time colleague, Pete Hines, Vice President of
Public Relations and Marketing, Bethesda Softworks.
Age of Empires website
announces Rise of the Rajas
, a new DLC pack
coming on December 19th to
Age of Empires II HD
, the RTS remake, offering the first new content for the
game is an age or two. This is coming to
, though it is not
available yet for preorder as they say it is. They promise more details on the
new content in the short time before its release, and in the meantime offer the
following on the DLC as well as a new performance patch for the base game:
That’s only six days away, but we’re not going to make you wait that long
to get a taste of the new greatness in store; we’re celebrating RIGHT NOW, and
you can join in! Here’s a breakdown of this week-long party:
- ZeroEmpires and the rest of the crew at Escape
Gaming are putting on the Battle for Angkor tournament on December 17–18!
This tournament, featuring some of the world’s top Age of Empires II
players, will be streamed live for all to see right here on the brand-new
Escape Twitch channel! More details coming soon.
- The devs at Forgotten Empires will be publishing a
new sneak peek each day until release. There are four new civs, a new map
type, and much, much more to discover, so head over to their blog each day
to get the inside scoop straight from the developers!
- We’ll have our own countdown-to-launch stream
featuring special guests, including devs from Skybox Labs and Forgotten
Empires, on our official Twitch and Beam channels on December 19. More
details coming soon!
Performance Upgrades and Balance Fixes!
This awesome expansion is set in southeast Asia, and brings tons of new content
as well as some serious upgrades to the quality of life for our Age of Empires
II HD. We’ve had an open beta over the past few months to identify and correct a
few performance issues, and with your help we’ve managed to reduce desyncs by
90%! With today’s announcement of Rise of the Rajas, we’re also pushing these
performance upgrades live to all of our players for free. Among other things,
this makes multiplayer matches much more stable, AND we’ve added multiplayer
restore back in, so if you ever DO lose a match in progress to a desync, you can
get it back and pick up where you left off!
Descent: Underground is currently in early access
, offering an
early crack at this 6DoF shooter revival. This beta version became available
there over a year ago
, so Swiss
contacted the developers at Descendent Studios to ask when early
access would give way to a full release. Their question was in German, but the
answer is English, and they offer a vague timeline that indicates this will come
some time after March of next year:
Our current plan is to complete
development of our single-player campaign around March of 2017 and to release
out of Early Access shortly thereafter. We are a small, independent team, so of
course that timeline is subject to change.
Focus Home Interactive offers a
off gameplay from The Surge
, Deck13's upcoming action/RPG. The clip runs four
minutes and features unedited footage of the game's mechanized combat. The clip
is accompanied by an explanation of what we're seeing:
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Deck 13's new
hardcore action-RPG The Surge today unveils a few minutes of unedited gameplay,
showing the visceral, uncompromising combat, the limb-cutting system, and a few
of the brutal enemies prowling the dysfunctional CREO Complex.
While some of the earlier enemies encountered while exploring the complex -
namely, your former fellow workers - have erratic behavior and may be defeated
easily if you are not reckless, others are much more "combat-ready", and will
hunt you down relentlessly.
Result of unspoken experiments, volatile prototypes built from secret nano-technology,
or simply efficient death machines built for maintaining security in high-risk
environments, these enemies leave no room for mistakes during combat. The
slightest misstep, or moment of hesitation, will certainly mean death for you.
However, these enemies wear some of the best equipment, weapons and implants you
can claim for your own use. You'll have to decide if you wish to secure a
victory, attacking their weak spots, or make your life a bit harder and aim for
their armored parts, hoping to recover this precious equipment that will make
you stronger, faster, tougher.
Balance the need for better equipment versus your own survival... but remember,
you'll definitely need to power yourself up when you inevitably face the world's
bosses, that will put your skill to the test!
- A4Tech Bloody B840 Optic Switch Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on
- Alienware 15 R3 Laptop on
- Corsair Dominator ROG 3200C16 RAM on
- EpicGear DeFiant EG MMS Mechanical Keyboard Kit on
- ID-COOLING FrostFlow 240L AIO CPU Cooler on
- Plextor M8Pe (512GB) SSD on
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- Rosewill RMS-16003 Dual Arm Monitor Desk Mount on
- SilverStone ST45SF 450W Power Supply on
- Scythe Kabuto 3 CPU Cooler on
I've sort of been ignoring this for the most part of the year, but the trailers
and other publicity for Rogue One
have served their intended purpose, and
I am now pretty hyped for the movie. I know... the Force can have a strong
influence on the weak-minded.
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