Creative Assembly and Wargaming announce a free weekend is underway for Total
, offering the first public access to the multiplayer strategy
game. Here's word on what's happening and where to pick up a copy:
Creative Assembly and Wargaming Alliance announced today the free-to-play
battle game Total War: ARENA has launched a limited-time open weekend. Players
who are not part of the closed beta can join the fray with just a Wargaming.net
account and hit the battlefield from November 3 at 2PM UTC through Monday
November 6 at 6AM UTC.
The open weekend will allow full access to the latest version of Total War:
ARENA, letting new commanders test their mettle in epic scale 10 vs 10
multiplayer battles. Choose a commander from three historical factions: Romans,
Greeks and Barbarians, and fight on ancient battlefields with your own
customized army. This follows on from recent content patch 2.2 that added Lucius
Cornelius Sulla Felix, a new Roman commander and master of defensive and
“We’re really excited to open Total War: ARENA to gamers everywhere for the
weekend,” said Sergei Laptenok, Total War: ARENA Product Director at Wargaming
Alliance. “This is a fantastic opportunity for players, both new and old, to
explore all the awesome features and provide valuable feedback so we can all
make ARENA better together.”
Download Total War: ARENA here:
For more information on Total War: ARENA, visit:
has word that Perfect World has laid off most of the
staff at Motiga, developer of the MOBA Gigantic
. They also report the
Chinese publisher has shut down Torchlight
developer Runic Games, who just released Hob
a puzzle game. The Runic Games website
a farewell note from this developer that formed from the ashes of Flagship
It’s been over nine years since a rag-tag team of 17 developers helped open
Runic Games. We’ve been so lucky for the community that has supported us and
made us successful. Thanks to that support, we have had the chance to meet and
work with the best people in the world. Our team here at Runic has released
three successful games, and over that time we have seen many changes; team
members got married, kids were born, but the most important thing is that we
have become a family.
I’m sorry to say that today will be Runic’s last day open. Our focus is on our
family here, and helping them find a new place to call home. If you are in games
and looking for some of the best talent in the industry, please email
For those that love the Torchlight series, there will be some news coming. And
for all our fans, our community and multiplayer services will keep running even
after the studio's lights go off.
It has been an amazing experience. To my family here at Runic, I know we won’t
be far from each other, and I’ll miss seeing you all every week.
You haven’t heard the last of us,
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment announces the release of .hack//G.U. Last Recode
with the Windows edition of the RPG bundle available
. They note this can be a starting point for newcomers, as along
with a new chapter, it offers remastered versions of the whole trilogy: Here's
Leading interactive entertainment company, BANDAI NAMCO
Entertainment America Inc., today launches .hack//G.U.™ Last Recode for the
PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PC via STEAM®. .hack//G.U. Last
Recode is the ultimate experience for fans and newcomers to the cult classic
series featuring a collection of three remastered .hack//G.U. action-RPG titles
including; Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption, along with a brand new chapter to
the series, Reconnection. The updated trilogy includes 1080p resolution, 16:9
widescreen picture, 60fps frame rate, enhanced battle balance and game pacing, a
new Cheat Mode and numerous additional features.
.hack is a multimedia franchise developed by famed Japanese developer
CyberConnect2, the developers behind the critically acclaimed Naruto® Storm
series of video games. Comprising of video games, anime, novels, and manga, the
world of .hack focuses on the mysterious events surrounding a wildly popular
in-universe massively multiplayer role-playing game called The World.
.hack//G.U. begins after the events of the original .hack series with players
assuming the role of Haseo as he tracks down a powerful Player Killer named
Tri-Edge who killed his friend’s in-game avatar Shino, which put her into a coma
in real life.
.hack//G.U. ™ Vol.4//Reconnection is the long-awaited epilogue to the original
.hack//G.U. trilogy of video games. The new chapter finds Haseo back in The
World one last time before its servers go offline at the end of the month. When
he arrives, he quickly finds himself in the midst of another adventure as he
learns that a long-lost friend has been found alive.
“.hack//G.U. ™ Last Recode brings together three massive RPG experiences to form
one epic compelling story,” said Dennis Lee, Brand Marketing Director at BANDAI
NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “The launch of .hack//G.U. Last Recode also
marks the celebration of the 15 year anniversary of the release of the original
game, which was coincidentally set in the futuristic sci-fi world of
Publisher astragon Entertainment reconfirms the November 9th release date for
, and with Deck13's logistics simulator due next week, they
offer more details on what to expect:
Only a few more days until fans of
business simulations will once more be able to prove the full scope of their
management skills: On November 9, 2017 they will get the unique chance to build
up their very own US logistics empire with TransRoad: USA and become the United
States’ biggest hauler!
Three exciting game modes (campaign, quest and sandbox), up to five
AI-controlled competitors, 37 US-American cities and a potential client base
consisting of 77 businesses from 14 industries await the ambitious entrepreneur
in Deck13 Hamburg’s TransRoad: USA. Other features include seven different
trailer types, hundreds of trucks, lots of drivers and of course a wide range of
interesting challenges such as economic upturns, financial crises, demanding
(and therefore especially lucrative) special orders as well as tricky missions
in the quest and campaign modes.
The game’s freely zoomable 3D map ensures that the virtual manager will always
stay on top of things when it comes to his trucks, contracts, clients and
marketing measures within all the US cities. A little bit of relaxation between
difficult decisions offers the truck camera with which the player can follow
individual trucks on their way across the whole country. 19 famous landmarks
such as the Hoover Dam, the Statue of Liberty or the Golden Gate Bridge can also
be discovered by the player and will create a feeling of really travelling
across the USA.
How about some uplifting tunes to make all this company building go a little bit
smoother? In addition to its own country music inspired soundtrack TransRoad:
USA offers its players an internet radio plug-in that will give them the
opportunity to add their favorite radio stations to the game and thus create the
perfect musical score for their very own trucking adventure.
The Trouble with Trailers - GamesIndustry.biz.
"Worse is the fact that this trailer was dropped without warning into the
middle of a press event that was live-streamed across Europe at around six
in the evening, and filled mostly with kid-friendly games. I roll my eyes at
a fair bit of parental outrage over games (my glib,
obviously-not-a-parent-myself solution to most of it being "try not buying
him a copy of GTAV then?") but I have a hell of a lot of sympathy for a
parent who looks away for a few minutes from their kid watching a video of
the new Spider-Man game, and when they turn back he's gawping at a woman
being held down and having her elbows broken with a hammer."
Blizzard's final BlizzCon reveals are of a new Battle for Azeroth
coming to World of Warcraft
, as well as plans to introduce a World of Warcraft
option for the MMORPG, something many have been expecting/hoping for ever since
Blizzard had a private vanilla server
. This cinematic trailer
and this features video
show off the new expansion, and urges players to hear over to the
World of Warcraft website
opt in to the beta.
details on what to expect, including a new level cap, new dungeons & raids, an
included character boost, and new social options.
World of Warcraft Classic. They say to stay tuned for details. In the meantime,
word is: "We’re pleased to announce the development of a “classic server” option
for World of Warcraft. We’ll have more information to share in the future." Continue here to read the full story
Blizzard unveiled three new Overwatch
videos today at BlizzCon, introducing a
new hero and map. This clip
Moira, the new support character they say is "a Talon geneticist as brilliant as she is
is already online giving details on her kit and her backstory.
Word is: "Moira’s biotic abilities enable her to contribute healing or damage in
any crisis. While Biotic Grasp gives Moira short-range options, her Biotic Orbs
contribute longer-range, hands-off damage and healing; she can also Fade to
escape groups or remain close to allies in need of support. Once she’s charged
Coalescence, Moira can save multiple allies from elimination at once or finish
off weakened enemies."
introduces Blizzard World, a new Hybrid map coming to the
multiplayer shooter. Word on that is: "See your favorite gaming memories come to
life in Overwatch’s new hybrid map as you attack and defend the payload across
Azeroth, Tristram, the Koprulu Sector, and beyond!" Finally,
Honor and Glory
new animated short with a closer look at Reinhardt's history, though you should
have tissues handy when you watch this in case someone starts slicing onions. Continue here to read the full story
has the announcement of Kobolds & Catacombs
, a new
expansion coming to the virtual card game. This kicks off with a free Marin the
Fox card giveaway for logging in on Monday (they tease that a golden version of
this card is only for BlizzCon attendees and
the add-on, and here's word:
Continue here to read the full story
Explore the catacombs, survive deadly
encounters, and unearth wondrous treasures!
Azeroth’s rat-like, candle-loving cave folk—the kobolds—have been digging deep
beneath the surface for millennia. Their catacombs stretch on for miles, wending
through forbidden tombs and breaking through the walls of long-forgotten
treasure vaults. A hoard of glorious loot is there for the taking—if you can
survive the dangers that lurk in those uncharted tunnels!
Secreted away in Kobolds & Catacombs await many wonders, including:
- Dungeon Runs: FREE repeatable single-player
experience where everything you need is provided!
- Legendary weapon collectible cards for ALL nine
- A new keyword: Recruit
- In total, 135 new cards to add to your collection!
Heroes of the Storm website
has details on "Dragons of the Nexus" with the
expected announcement that Alexstrasza and Hanzo are the next heroes coming to
the Nexus. This cinematic
introduces the pair, while
shows off gameplay for each, while also touching on new features
coming in what they are calling a 2018 update for the MOBA. They mention plans
for performance-based matchmaking that departs from MMRs based on wins and
losses, voice chat, a new camera, laning improvements, a stealth rework, and
evolved battleground mechanics. The page has further details on this, and says
it's coming to the PTR later this month:
Continue here to read the full story
We're always looking for ways to
improve Heroes of the Storm, and this year we've been hard at work on a number
of changes designed to improve gameplay at all skill levels. We showed these
changes to professional players and key community members earlier this year, and
now we're opening them up to the public through an extended testing period on
the PTR, beginning on November 20. Let us know what you think!
Blizzard announced today at BlizzCon that StarCraft II
free-to-play, offering unfettered access to their real-time strategy sequel. The
StarCraft II website
has details, saying this begins on November 14th. Here's
an overview trailer
and here are some details:
Continue here to read the full story
November 14, you’ll have free access to the original Wings of Liberty
single-player campaign and every Co-op Commander, and will be able to unlock
access to StarCraft II’s competitive multiplayer content for free. Here is a
specific rundown of everything that will be available to you for free:
- The original Wings of Liberty campaign.
Experience the original epic campaign that kicked off the StarCraft II saga!
If you picked up Wings of Liberty previously but haven’t come back to
StarCraft II in a while, we’ve got good news for you too—if you already own
Wings of Liberty, you’ll receive the second installment in StarCraft II’s
campaign, the zerg-focused Heart of the Swarm, for free. Make sure to log in
between November 8 and December 8 to claim it.
- You will be able to access the ranked
multiplayer ladder to compete with other players to become the best of
the best, complete with all of the multiplayer units from Wings of Liberty,
Heart of the Swarm, and Legacy of the Void. All you have to do to unlock it
permanently is earn 10 First Wins of the Day in Unranked or Versus A.I.
play—our way to preserve the quality and integrity of the ranked experience.
- Current and upcoming Co-op Commanders are
available to play for free up to level five, and the level restriction for
weekly mutations has been removed. You’ll be able to tackle these extra
challenging missions with your friends right away. The Co-op Commanders
Raynor, Kerrigan, and Artanis will remain completely free,
meaning that you can keep leveling them to your heart’s content.
In other words, you can now play all of StarCraft II’s multiplayer, every
Co-op Commander, and the entire first campaign in the single-player story, for
If you play through Wings of Liberty and want to see how the rest of the
epic single-player saga unfolds, all the other single-player campaigns—Heart of
the Swarm, Legacy of the Void, and Nova Covert Ops will be available to purchase
individually for $14.99 or as a bundle for $39.99. We will also continue to
offer premium upgrades like announcer packs, special skins, and new Co-op
Commanders to enhance your StarCraft II experience in a number of different
ways. As with the existing line-up of Co-op Commanders, however, you will be
able to play upcoming new Co-op Commanders who are released for free until they
reach level 5. You can also purchase any of the campaigns or a seasonal War
Chest to gain immediate access to ranked play if you desire.
For those of you who have already purchased any of the three campaigns as of
October 31, we’ll soon be sending you a small thank-you in the form of an
exclusive Ghost skin as well as three new portraits.
the release of Call of Duty: WWII
, a new
installment in the military shooter series that returns to its original World
War II setting. The announcement is lengthy, covering the various SKUs and
details on season pass content as well as the game. No need for a launch trailer
as every moment of the game is depicted in
endless stream of livestreams
. Here are the details in case you want to play
instead of watch:
Call of Duty: WWII is loaded with an incredible amount
of content, and delivers a variety of new ways for all players to connect,
compete, and engage as a community across the unique modes of play. The Call of
Duty: WWII story campaign immerses players into an intense journey filled with
gripping action and epic battles. Players follow the story of Ronald “Red”
Daniels, a member of the US 1st Infantry Division, who joins British forces and
the French Resistance, and battle across the beaches of Normandy, to the
liberation of Paris and ultimately into Germany.
Call of Duty®: WWII multiplayer is a fast-paced, grounded, and action-packed
mode set in some of the most iconic locations in World War II’s European theater
with an arsenal of iconic weapons and equipment to suit different play styles
and innovative ways to experience the mode, including:
- War Mode: Developed in partnership with
Raven Software, allows players to compete against each other as Allies and
Axis forces in team-driven, objective missions.
- Divisions: Redefines create-a-class system
for how players develop their WWII Multiplayer Careers by enlisting in five
iconic divisions, including the first to the fight Airborne Division,
sharpshooting Mountain Division, the versatile Infantry Division,
heavily-equipped Armored Division, and the Expeditionary Division armed with
incendiary rounds and shotguns.
- Headquarters: An evolving, shared social
space for players to connect with fans and friends.
Nazi Zombies is an all-new, cooperative zombies mode that thrusts players
into a dark and terrifying, new and unique storyline set within a mythical and
mystical World War II universe. Players embark on a chilling journey through a
snowy Bavarian village in Germany, which holds a twisted secret to an
unimaginable and monstrous power.
now offers new
version 17.11.1 Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition drivers (thanks Bill).
This is a non-WHQL-certified hotfix released to address a handful of issues.
Here's an outline:
Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.11.1
- Call of Duty®: WWII
- Up to 5% faster performance on Radeon™ RX
Vega64 (8GB) graphics than with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition
17.10.3 at 2560x1440. (1)
- AMD XConnect™ Technology
- Now supported on Radeon RX Vega56 series
graphics products for select eGPU enclosures.
- Radeon Software may intermittently cause an
application crash on limited numbers of DirectX®11 or OpenGL applications on
their first run.
- Some gaming or productivity applications may
experience a random hang or application crash when performing task
- Radeon WattMan reset and restore factory default
options may not reset graphics or memory clocks.
- Radeon WattMan reset and restore factory default
options may not reset graphics or memory clocks.
- Oculus™ Dash may experience a random application
- Bezel compensation in mixed mode Eyefinity cannot
- Radeon Settings may experience overlapping text or
corruption in the Multi GPU profiles page.
- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon®: Wildlands may
experience minor corruption with Anisotropic Filtering (AF) enabled.
- Middle-earth™: Shadow of War™ may experience
ghosting or distortion in gameplay on Multi GPU enabled system
- AMD XConnect™ Technology products may not be
detected/enabled on reconnection if previously disconnected during system
- A limited number of system devices such as
printers may be removed during Radeon Software uninstallation.
Insel Publishing announces a free weekend is underway
for Guardians of Ember
, the new hack-and-slash MMORPG from Runes of
developer Runewaker. The game is subscription-free, but requires a
purchase, and both the base and deluxe editions are on sale for half-off for the
duration of the weekend. Here's the pitch:
Just a few weeks after leaving
Early Access, Insel Games opens up Guardians of Ember to a broader audience,
giving players the opportunity to check out the game before buying. Through the
whole weekend players can try out each of the six different classes, create
unique builds with more than 300 skills and a dual class system at their
disposal. Fans of traditional MMOs will enjoy features like housing, crafting,
fishing and can use the Group Finder to make new friends. More action awaits the
brave heroes of Olyndale as they slash their way through hordes of enemies,
level up, and tackle randomized and instanced dungeons in the new nightmare mode
together with their allies or alone. Now is the time to grab a friend and
explore every corner of Olyndale and not only take part in Public Events but in
special events put on especially for the occasion as well. All progress made
during the free weekend will carry over should players decide to dive in and buy
the game so that they can keep on leveling up their heroes as they continue
their adventures against the Black Army.
a tidbit picked up in
an hour-long stream
gameplay from Nioh: Complete Edition
. Word is the PC edition of the
third-person action game does not have mouse support, and must be played with
the keyboard or a controller. There is no explanation of the omission from
developer Team Ninja, but they do quote a reply they got from The Outerhaven
Productions about their video: "There is no M+K. The game does not support the
mouse at all. It’s either controller or keyboard. No mouse."
BlizzCon gets underway today, so here's a shout out to all the gamers who made
the sojourn to Cali to take part. This still reminds me of an idea my friends
and I came up with when we were busy with Diablo III
. The nature of
the game requires repeatedly playing through the same segments, and our
irritation over unwelcome aspects of the story eventually became so overwhelming
that we vowed to attend BlizzCon as a group of Leahs. The goal would be to
express our hatred of the character with the world's worst cosplay... beards,
potbellies, blathering about Uncle Deckard in deep voices, the whole shebang. Not sure what point this would
actually make, but it still makes me laugh to consider it. "This is about as
exciting as the time Uncle Deckard and I spent the summer in Bramwell. People
are quite boring there."