has a first
look at what to expect from Season 10 for Diablo III
. They say this will
begin on March 31st, and for the first time will come to consoles as well as
PCs. Here are the sets being offered through Haedrig's Gift this season:
In addition, the set you receive will depend on the Class of the
character you’re playing when you open each Haedrig’s Gift. To collect a full
Class Set, you’ll need to open all three on the same character.
Here are the sets granted by Haedrig’s Gift in Season 10:
- Barbarian – The Legacy of Raekor
- Crusader – Armor of Akkhan
- Demon Hunter – Embodiment of the Marauder
- Monk – Inna’s Mantra
- Witch Doctor – Zunimassa’s Haunt
- Wizard – Delsere’s Magnum Opus
IO Interactive celebrates the first anniversary of their episodic HITMAN
game with the release of a
one year of HITMAN
. This includes all sorts of tidbits and factoids, such as how
there is more words in the game's AI dialogue than in the entire Lord of the
Rings trilogy. Here's their concluding message:
By the way if you haven’t
tried out Contracts mode in a while, there have been a few changes. There is a
search and share system plus there are now tags so you can quickly select the
type of contract you want to play - so if you love Sapienza and sniper rifles,
then you can quickly find a Contract to your liking and with over 250,000
Contracts available to play today that’s a good thing.
We are having a blast making this game, and we hope you are enjoying playing it,
whether you joined us a year ago, more recently with the launch of the box or
you’ve just joined today..! The HITMAN community is continuing to grow bigger
and more awesome every day.
release of a new patch for Dota 2
update on the Dota 2 blog
has more on what this adds to Valve's MOBA:
Today the Juggernaut receives a new ‘Origins’ style for his Bladeform
Legacy Arcana. Score ten kills with Omnislash to unlock this second form. With a
new gem counter and overhead effect that track your total Omnislash kills, you
can watch your tally increase in each battle as the Juggernaut’s mask burns with
the energy of the fallen.
This update includes the release of Player Cards for The Kiev Major. Head into
the Compendium section of your Battle Pass to unwrap your cards and start
planning Fantasy Challenge rosters. You can also add Player Cards to your Dota 2
profile to show off your favorites.
- The Great American Cross-Country Road Race (Atari 8-Bit, Commodore 64,
Apple II) on Retro
Was a quiet evening here at the BlueTower, here's hoping that if you were
celebrating St. Paddy's that you didn't suffer too badly this morning. Speaking
of suffering, it sounds like we're being spared some here today. There was
another dumping of snow in the forecast, but its approach has been met by
repeated downgrades to the projected accumulation. At this point it sounds like
this probably won't require shoveling at all, which is certainly a relief to
those of us who already had to dig out once or twice this week.
release of NieR:Automata
for Windows, or as the announcement reads, "NieR:Automataâ„¢," the new
action/RPG from Square Enix.
This news post
has some details of interest to those using older Radeon
drivers and on how to run in 4K resolution, even though this is not official
supported. Here's the deal on the game:
NieR: Automata tells the story of
androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim the machine-driven dystopia
overrun by powerful machines.
Humanity has been driven from the Earth by mechanical beings from another world.
In a final effort to take back the planet, the human resistance sends a force of
android soldiers to destroy the invaders. Now, a war between machines and
androids rages on... A war that could soon unveil a long-forgotten truth of the
- Action-Packed Battles – Players will switch
between using melee and ranged attacks in battle against hordes of enemies
and challenging bosses across a variety of open field maps. The tight
controls and incredibly fluid combat are simple to learn for newcomers while
offering plenty of depth for more experienced action gamers. Players can
perform high-speed battle actions—combining light and heavy attacks—and
switch through an arsenal of weaponry while evading enemies with speed and
- Beautifully Desolate Open-World – The game
seamlessly joins together hauntingly beautiful vistas and locations with no
area loading. The environments are rendered in 60fps and contain a wealth of
sub-events in addition to the main storyline.
- Masterfully Crafted Story and Characters – NieR:
Automata tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their ferocious
battle to reclaim a machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful weapons
known as machine lifeforms.
- Elements of an RPG – Players will obtain a variety
of weapon types, level up in battle, learn new combat skills, and customise
a loadout that caters to their playstyle.
- Utilise the Pod Support System to Assist In and
Outside of Battle – Pods can attack the enemy in both manual and lock-on
modes. They can also assist outside of battle, such as allowing the player
to glide through the air. Pods can be enhanced throughout the game, with
upgrades including new attack methods and variations.
- “Auto Mode” Available for Beginners – Novice
players can elect “Auto Mode” for easy attacks and evasions.
Ravenscourt and Parabole announce the release of KONA
, following a year
of early access for this survival/horror
adventure for Windows, OS X, and Linux. This can be found through various
digital distributors, including
Here's a launch trailer
along with a bit on the game:
Continue here to read the full story
Northern Canada, 1970. A strange blizzard
ravages Atamipek Lake. Step into the shoes of private detective Carl Fauberet to
explore the eerie village, investigate surreal events, and battle the elements
KONA is a game submerged in mystery and intrigue, one with a spine tingling
narrative and unflinching drama that unfolds building the tension throughout.
Step into a surreal interactive tale of mystery and investigate the perplexing
quietness in the entire town
- Explore a vast, frigid Northern environment and
battle the elements to survive
- Complete the first of four chapters, each offering
two to eight hours of compelling gameplay
- Enjoy the atmospheric soundtrack featuring music
by Quebec folk band Curé Label
- Experience the tale through the omniscient,
- Go back in time with a vintage look and feel
reminiscent of 1970s rural community
Early access to WARTILE
is now available
, offering the
chance to try out this Windows strategy game that simulates a tabletop
shows off how this looks, and here are some details:
Continue here to read the full story
is a single player and multiplayer real time tabletop inspired game for PC with
a strong turn based flavor. The game replicates the feeling of playing a
tabletop game but with a tactical edge and more immediate combat. Each Battle
Board is an intricately realised digital diorama complete with tiles that allow
players to strategize their tactical moves and attack in real time. Units are
fully customizable with armor, weapons and new stat tokens that players can pick
up throughout the game by completing special challenges. Stat tokens provide
points that players can add to their characters’ stats which unlock when players
level up and are found in each of the various Battle Boards in the game. Players
can add a tactical slant to their close quarter and ranged combat moves by
utilizing Ability cards and Godly cards as their figurines gain more experience
and by completing special Battle Board objectives. Godly cards and abilities can
be assembled by the player before engaging in battle and used during combat.
These cards can easily change the course of the fight should the odds be stacked
against their favor.
The game eventually plans to include a wide range of detailed environments,
including Norwegian mountains, murky swamps, rocky English coastlines, dark
dungeons and sweeping grasslands. Wartile also allows players to unlock and
collect an array of different characters, all with different combat abilities to
provide a choice of tactical options before they embark on each quest.
Wartile’s beautifully realised digital dioramas and innovative game mechanics
aim to bring a wholly unique and refreshing perspective to the RTS genre.
Players will be challenged to utilise their Viking figurines carefully in both
ranged and hand to hand combat as they navigate each Battle Board toward their
objective. Wartile will also be making an eagerly awaited appearance at EGX
Rezzed in London’s Tobacco Dock in the Unreal Showcase Zone from the 30th March
through to 1st April.
now features a
look at Mass Effect: Andromeda
in 4K with HDR enabled. With that in mind, they warn you need
the right setup to see how the game looks with the right setup:
Continue here to read the full story
NVIDIA GeForce exclusive Mass Effect: Andromeda Tech Trailer featuring exclusive
gameplay and developer interviews, shot in glorious 4K HDR at BioWare Edmonton.
Please note that this video is best experienced on a 4K HDR
The SMITE website
announces plans to celebrate the upcoming third anniversary of SMITE
next week. Hi-Rez promises a week of festivities starting next Tuesday:
turning 3 this year! (that’s right, we’re almost out of our toddler years!)
To celebrate, we’ve got tons of stuff going on during SMITE’s Birthday Week.
Starting Tuesday, March 21st to Monday, March 27th, earn Double Login Bonuses by
logging in each day AND unlock the Birthday Global Emote for FREE by completing
1 First Win of the Week during the Birthday week.
We’re also going to be holding another Community Skin Contest (last year, the
community voted on Fallen Lord Chronos)! We’ll be posting more information on
There’s also something unique going on every day in SMITE:
- Tuesday, March 21st
- 3x Worshipers
- 25% off the Roman Pantheon Chest
- Wednesday, March 22nd
- 50% off all Voice Packs
- 25% off Hindu Pantheon Chest
- Thursday, March 23rd
- 50% off all purchasable Ward Skins and Avatars
- 25% off Greek Pantheon Chest
- Friday, March 24th
- Unlock a free Enigma Chest roll for each First
Win of the Day (9 max!)
- 25% off Chinese Pantheon Chest
- Saturday, March 25th
- 2x Everything
- 25% off Mayan Pantheon Chest
- Sunday, March 26th
- Earn 90 Gems for completing 3 First Wins of
- 25% off Norse Pantheon Chest
- Monday, March 27th
- Earn a Cutesy Avatar Chest Roll after 1 First
Win of the Day (only on first win)
- All Pantheon Chests 25% off
We’ll be announcing more surprises closer to the Birthday week, so stay
- Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter on
Steam. Save 55%.
- SXSW Sale on
Save up to 75%.
- Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs on
Steam. Save 20%.
- Snake Pass on
A free-to-play edition of Warhammer 40,000 - Eternal Crusade
, allowing wider
access to this sci-fi third-person shooter. BANDAI NAMCO says this does not make
it a free-to-play game, apparently trying to avoid the stigma this carries.
There are now
three different versions
of the game, the free one, a $19.99 USD Squadron
, and a $49.99 Imperium Edition
explains the changes:
We didn't put in a bunch of pay
walls. There is only one. Upgrade to Premium. And when you purchase more than
20,000 RTC, you get to spend the 20,000 RTC, it's not used to upgrade. It's a
threshold you have to pass, nothing else.
As always, you don't have to buy a single thing in the in-game store to get the
best stuff, that all comes from playing and we'll continue to keep it that way.
gives us an
idea of what to expect from the version 2.5.0 patch for Diablo III
they say is "just around the corner" for the action/RPG sequel. Among other
things, this adds the ability to store up to five complete builds for each
character to be able to switch easily. This is a quality-of-life improvement so
convenient that may generate agita that it's taken this long to get it
implemented (though that it will not redistribute Paragon points is
disappointing). The patch will also include a new crafting materials UI,
Adventure Mode updates, and a new class of very rare ancient items that come
with literally perfect rolls. Here's word on these Primal Ancients:
Ancients are Ancient items with perfectly rolled affixes. This means every affix
including Primary, Secondary, and Legendary are at their ideal value, whether
that means the maximum or minimum value. While the items don’t try to guess what
kind of affixes are perfect for your build, you can be certain that they will
roll with a couple specific rules. First, they will always drop with the
appropriate main stat for your class (Strength for Barbarian/Crusader, Dexterity
for Demon Hunter/Monk, and Intelligence for Witch Doctor/Wizard). Second, they
will always have the ideal number of sockets for that item. For pants, chest,
and jewelry, this means the maximum number of sockets. Since ideally you will
want to use a Ramaladni's Gift on your weapon, Primal weapons will roll with no
Deck13 offers a new
for The Surge
, celebrating their announcement of a May 16th
release date for the action/RPG. They are also accepting
overwhelmed by a surge of desire for a few bonus items and faith in the
developer. The Windows version is coming through
has further details on the trailer and pre-purchases. Here's a
rundown on the game:
Continue here to read the full story
Set in a heavily dystopian future as Earth nears the
end of its life, those who remain in the overpopulated cities must work to
survive as social programs become saturated by an ageing population and
increasing environmental diseases. As the intelligence of technology
incrementally increased over the years, many jobs for the human race had been
made redundant, forcing Earth's citizens to head out into the suburbs seeking
labor, aided by exoskeletons to improve their efficiency. The world of The Surge
offers a very grim vision of the future, where the evolution of our technology,
our society and our relation with the environment led to a decadent state of the
Human civilization. The Surge features innovative combat mechanics and an
original character progression system based on modular upgrades gained through
tight, visceral combat.
Rebellion tells us to expect the first chapter of Deathstorm
Sniper Elite 4
on March 21st for the Windows and console editions of the
sharpshooting sequel. This brings new content, but also comes along with
additional multiplayer content that is free to all owners of the game, even
without the DLC. Here's word on the DLC and the free multiplayer game mode and
map that are coming next week:
DEATHSTORM PART 1: INCEPTION is the
opening chapter and mission in the three-part campaign, playable from start to
finish for 1-2 players. Set after the events of the main game, the first chapter
takes players to the colder terrain of northern Italy, and a Nazi naval base
recently targeted in a bombing run.
With imposing scaffolding, a German destroyer and myriad Kriegsmarine soldiers
to negotiate, Karl Fairburne must help finish what the bombing run started. But
his primary mission concerns the secret Manhattan Project: To retrieve a
critical, mysterious package codenamed Deathstorm...
The new SNIPER ELITE®4 content doesn't end there; The NIGHT FIGHTER EXPANSION
PACK also arrives on March 21st, It includes three new weapons, night-time camo
rifle skins for eight weapons and new male and female characters skins.
Multiplayer fans, meanwhile, can look forward to ELIMINATION, a brand new mode
that also drops on March 21st, and it's FREE.
This two-team mode for up to 12 players is all about trying to whittle down your
opponent's numbers. If you kill an enemy player, they're forced to sit out on
the sidelines. But if their team kills one of your teammates, they tag back in
one of their sidelined comrades. In Elimination, all is not lost, even when
you're 1 v 6.
SNIPER ELITE®4 players are getting their first FREE multiplayer map on March
21st too, called NIGHT WOODS. As previously pledged by Rebellion, ALL additional
multiplayer maps and modes for the game will be FREE.
notes for a new update 35 that's now live in Dungeons & Dragons Online
the D&D MMORPG (thanks Dave). This includes a new Dragonborn class (we suggest
Skyrim as your character's name), a new Adventure Pack, and enhanced
Reincarnation. Here's word on all three:
The Dragonborn come to the shores of Xen’drik, for The Prophecy demands it. The
Dragons of Argonnessen send their bravest, boldest, and strongest to fulfill
their legacy. Be one that takes up this challenge, to fulfill The Prophecy, and
show the world of Eberron what it means to have fire in your heart. Start off
with bonuses in Strength and Charisma and perfect your build in millions of
ways! Free to VIPs, and available in the DDO Store.
New Adventure Pack
Tests arise for all adventurers in Dragonblood Prophecy. Creatures and beasts of
all kinds have rallied to help the Dragons who are wreaking havoc through-out
Stormreach. Two new dungeons and one raid come to life, The Newcomers and Black
and Blue. Both adventures are available in the new Adventure Pack: Dragonblood
Prophecy. Add a run in Reaper Mode, for either dungeon, for an extra challenge.
Enjoy the new Raid: Riding the Storm Out, with Guildmates and Friends! Kor-Kaza
has taken control of an ancient giant site with immense power, enough to wash
Stormreach into the sea. You must stop this! Breach the site of the ancient
people, stop the raging storm, and smite the dragon where it stands. Free to
VIPs, and available in the DDO Store.
Reincarnation has now expanded! Get Racial Past Life Feats when you reincarnate
to add additional flavor and customization to your vault of heroes. Want to get
started? Find the Heroic Heart of Blood, available now in the DDO Store and via
Tokens of the Twelve in-game.
Responding to a post on the Overwatch Forums
, Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan agrees
with the sentiment of the post complaining about draws in Overwatch
says testing of changes meant to reduce their frequency will begin soon in the
multiplayer shooter: "We have changes coming to the PTR very soon. These changes
will greatly diminish the number of draws. More details inc. extremely soon." In
he makes a finer distinction about what game modes he's
discussing: "We're also working on reducing Capture the Flag draws and
elimination draws but those changes are further out."
STARFIGHTER INC by Impeller Studios — Kickstarter. "Starfighter Inc.
puts you in the cockpit of the future in a hard science-fiction based
multiplayer space combat simulator, featuring hardcore shooter gameplay in
the spirit of X-Wing vs. TIE-Fighter, but with unprecedented depth and
sophistication. Starfighter Inc. combines the lethality and permadeath of
Counter-Strike with the technical depth and customization of World of
Warships. The key difference is that players operate a variety of
nuclear-powered single and multi-crew fighters, reconnaissance ships, strike
craft, and support ships, with weapons ranging from lasers, railguns, and
missiles, to electronic and cyber warfare capabilities."
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! The occasion is well-timed this year, as
overindulgers will have an entire weekend to recover. I'm probably going to
play designated driver tonight, and we don't even plan on going anywhere, so
that give my outlook on the situation. With all the amateur drinking that will
be going on tonight, please be careful on the roads. That said, enjoy!