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Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019

Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards Announced

Digiart Interactive announces Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards an action/RPG coming next year to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. This is centered on Aluna, a comic book heroine who was also a character in Heroes of Newerth, S2 Games' MOBA. A first look at the concept can be seen in this "pre teaser" trailer which includes some gameplay. Here's more on the plan:
Developed by N-Fusion Interactive and Digiart Interactive, Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards follows the exploits of Aluna, the warrior daughter of a Spanish conquistador and South American nature goddess Pachamama. Raised in early 16th century Spain, Aluna escaped to the New World only to realize it was her true homeland. Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards sets our heroine on a quest through Inca mythology as she strives to restore the amulet her goddess mother entrusted to her... and fulfill her true destiny.

Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards combines the deep action-RPG mechanics of Diablo with the revisionist mythology of God of War. Based around Inca lore, Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards features mythological gods, beasts, and tales that formed the backbone of 16th century Colombian culture. Venture from the Sanctuary seaside cliffs through the massive jungles of the New World, all the way to Nagaric’s Temple in the Volcanic Canyons in this epic historical adventure.
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Insurgency: Sandstorm Gets New Mode and Map

Publisher Focus Home Interactive and developer New World Interactive offer a new update called Frontline for Insurgency: Sandstorm, their tactical first-person shooter. This post has screenshots, details, and full patch notes for the update, which brings the game to version 1.4. Here's a summary:
Insurgency: Sandstorm, the smash-hit indie FPS from New World Interactive, officially releases its Frontline update, bringing a host of new features dedicated to streamlining matchmaking and offering fresh content on a weekly basis. The two defining features of this update are Frontline, an intense tug-of-war style PvP mode, and Hillside, a reimagining of the classic Insurgency map ‘Sinjar’.

In the new PvP mode, Frontline, teams must capture all enemy objectives one by one, before destroying the final weapon cache objective to win, whilst at the same time protecting their own objectives. Each match becomes a large-scale, simultaneous attack-and-defend battle, with fire support, vehicles, and teams battling it out for objectives that award respawns for their team.

Hillside is the latest map, a reimagining of the classic Insurgency: Source and Insurgency mod map ‘Sinjar’, this time taking place in a new snow environment. The wide, open spaces for attackers and high elevation positions for defenders is a callback to the classic storm-the-beach D-Day FPS experience of old. Hillside is joined by two Galil LMG-variant assault rifles, a new 3x scope for the QBZ-03, and a batch of winter cosmetics for both Insurgents and Security factions. All this content and much more is playable across all maps and game modes!

The new map and game mode arrive with numerous bug fixes and quality of life changes, including a complete overhaul of the Play menu and official matchmaking, and the introduction of limited time weekly playlists featuring “mutated” game modes with tweaked gameplay with everything from bolt-action rifles only to health stealing.

Sea of Thieves Pirate Emporium Update

The new Pirate Emporium update is now live in Sea of Thieves, bringing new voyages to Rare's seafaring action/adventure. This also adds the new Black Market with a whole new microtransaction system. Here's a new video developer update on what's new. This post has all the details, explaining that there are no pay-to-win elements to this, and that all purchases are strictly cosmetic, even the puking monkeys. Word is:
It’s a big release and contains a lot of content including new Voyages, Duke’s Black Market cosmetic shop where players can spend Doubloons and gold, more aggressive Skeleton Ships and even roaming Skeleton Sloops!

We’re also very pleased to finally launch the Pirate Emporium, our new premium store selling a range of items such as pets, emotes and ship liveries including some that celebrate Rare’s rich heritage.
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Control Expansions and More Content Plans Announced

Publisher 505 Games and developer Remedy announce plans for upcoming post-launch content for Control, their recently released action/adventure. This will begin this autumn with the release of a free Photo Mode, which will be followed in December with the launch of a new Expeditions game mode, which will likewise be free for all players. They also offer details on two paid expansions coming next year. The Foundation will be the game's first expansion and AWE will be the second, and these will be available individually or as part of a season pass. Here's the roadmap:
Global videogame publisher 505 Games and its partner, internationally renowned developer Remedy Entertainment, Plc. today announced a host of upcoming post-launch content for the award-winning Control. Critics are calling Control, which launched globally on Aug. 27, “one of the best games of 2019” (TIME Magazine) and “a game we’ll be talking about for generations” (GamesRadar); the “visually stunning” (Entertainment Weekly) Control is “Remedy at the peak of its game” (VG247).

Upcoming content for the renowned supernatural action-adventure game includes:

  • Photo Mode: Remedy is working on the much-desired Photo Mode, arriving this fall free to all players, which will enable players to take awesome snapshots of Jesse in the Oldest House.
  • New Game Mode: In December, the Expeditions game mode will be released, offering challenging new end-game content in which Jesse must help Security Chief Arish explore the mysterious Formation and its strange surroundings. Here you will face some of the greatest challenges the Oldest House has to throw at you. Expeditions will be free to all players.
  • Expansions: In 2020, two full, paid Expansions will be released, The Foundation and AWE. Both will offer new story missions, teams, enemies and game mechanics, and will take place in new locations within the Oldest House.
    • The Foundation will delve into the history of the Oldest House. At the request of the ever-mysterious Board, Jesse must explore what lies beneath the Bureau as she returns order to the Foundation and the Oldest House itself.
    • The second Expansion, AWE, will take Jesse into a new area of the Oldest House, the Investigations Sector, where the Bureau closely examines Altered World Events.

The PlayStation 4 Digital Deluxe Edition (£64.99) includes both Expansions, as well as an extra side mission, “Isolation” and an additional exclusive outfit, Jesse’s Urban Response Gear. For players who have already purchased the main game for PS4, the Season Pass is now available for pre-order, and also includes both expansions (upon release).

Each Expansion will also be available to purchase individually at release, and the Season Pass and individual Expansions will be available for purchase on Xbox One and PC, following the PlayStation 4 Expansion 1 “The Foundation” release. The AWE expansion will release on all platforms on the same date.

Anthology of Fear Announced

Indie Polish developer RG Crew announces Anthology of Fear, a first-person psychological horror game for PC and Switch. They say the PC edition (OSes are not specified) will be released in Q1 of next year, offering what they call "a fresh approach to the genre." The game already has a Steam Listing, and a first trailer is online with a look at gameplay. Here's word on the game and the three distinct stories it will offer:
Anthology of Fear will cover three different stories. The first of them was set in the 20th century in a remote area of Siberia, where there will be a struggle for survival and elements of hunting. The next is contemporary history, in which creative act and alienation play first fiddle. The last story is set in an unspecified place and time, and the main theme will be memories.

RG Crew studio announces that in each of the episodes you can count on a different style of gameplay.

“In Anthology of Fear we took a broad perspective and that will translate into the gameplay itself. Thus, each episode will also be different in this respect. Depending on the episode, there will be plenty of exploration, sneaking, escaping, fighting and hunting” – explains RG Crew’s chief programmer, Piotr Rycąbel.

The main features of Anthology of Fear:

  • Three unique stories;
  • Multidimensional fear;
  • Ambiguous reality;
  • Diversified gameplay;
  • Stylish graphic design;
  • Original soundtrack.

The release date for Anthology of Fear is set for the first quarter of 2020. In the following months, the game will also be released on Nintendo Switch.

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RUNE II in November; Open Beta This Month

Human Head Studios announce a November 12th global release date on the Epic Games Store for RUNE II. But players eager to check out the Viking action/RPG sequel don't have to wait that long, as they also unveil plans for open beta testing of RUNE II deathmatch from September 20-22. They celebrate the news with a new Gods Interaction Trailer. Here's word:
Ragnarok approaches! Human Head Studios announced today that its upcoming Viking action RPG RUNE II will be launching worldwide November 12 onto the Epic Games Store. Pre-orders are now live for this intense Viking-inspired saga, where only the bravest warriors will choose to gain access to exclusive weapons, armor, maps, and the game’s soundtrack.

Begin this epic quest by selecting a god with which to align. In the RUNE II 'God Interaction' trailer released today, players can learn more about the gods to choose from and the powers they bestow. Will you choose to align with the mighty Thor and call forth the power of his lightning hammer? Or will you pledge your allegiance to the dark Hel to cast a wave of ice spikes to impale your foes? Perhaps summoning a swarm of ravens blessed by Odin to attack and antagonize enemies on the battlefield suits you best? Watch the trailer and decide which deity you will choose.

RUNE II will also begin open beta testing Deathmatch Modes on September 20 through September 22. Join both Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch games where 16 players will battle to see who truly deserves to be in Valhalla. For instant access to the Deathmatch Beta, visit the Epic Games Store RUNE II page to download the Deathmatch demo and follow the official RUNE II Twitter for more information.
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Queen's Wish: The Conqueror Released

Queen's Wish: The Conqueror is now available for Windows and macOS, offering the latest throwback fantasy RPG from Spiderweb Software. You can pick this up through GOG.com, itch.io, or Steam, and there's also a version coming to iOS later this year. Cast your eyes on this previously released trailer for a look at the game, and read on for the details:
You are royalty of the mighty empire of Haven! Your mother the Queen rules, while you enjoy a life of sheltered luxury. Then, one morning, you wake up to find yourself banished to your Empire’s lost colony. You mother has declared your childhood at an end. Your mission? Prove yourself by reconquering Haven’s rebellious vassals, or don’t bother to come home.

At last, you have been given wealth, magic, soldiers. The Queen thinks you will submit and join the family business. Now that you have freedom and power, you might have other ideas ...

Explore an enormous outdoors and a multitude of towns and dungeons. Fight clever, carefully designed turn-based battles. Meet three different fierce nations and deal with them with bribery, diplomacy, or (if you choose) violence. Build new forts and customize them, choosing among upgrades that give your adventurers powerful bonuses.

To win the Queen's favor, you must rebuild your lost colony. Will you be a diplomat or a warrior of Empire? Obedient or rebellious child? It will be up to you. But beware ... Whatever path you try to take, the temptations to turn away from it will be cunning and constant.
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The Sims 4 Realm of Magic Appears

The Sims 4 Realm of Magic is now available for Windows and macOS, on Origin. This expansion will give you the chance to rekindle the magic for your itsy-bitsy avatars in the lifestyle simulation. Here's a recent trailer showing off the pack, and here's an outline of what it offers:
Explore a supernatural world and master the art of wizardry in The Sims™ 4 Realm of Magic.* This countryside town may look and feel like other neighborhoods, but once the secret portal is unlocked, the true magic begins. Potions, wands, and even a floating world will charm your Sim, but beware of spells gone wrong! Learn the craft of wizardry, summon a familiar for protection, and immerse yourself in this spellbinding realm.

KEY FEATURES

  • Discover the Neighborhood – An unreal world awaits your Sim, and when you stumble upon the secret portal, there are mystical discoveries at every turn. Interact with familiars, cast spells on Sims around you, and concoct potions for friends and enemies.
  • Learn the Craft – Study up on classic teachings, get sorcerous experts to train your Sim, and become a Spellcaster by completing a quest. Collect and cast spells to make Sims fight, conjure food, or even turn others into objects. Create drinkable potions to make Sims fall in love, remove unwanted curses, or live forever!
  • Get Real Familiar – An ethereal familiar – or protector -- will help your Sim become the Spellcaster they were destined to be. Summon a dragon, fairy, or the familiar that best suits your Sim’s personality as a personal guard and give it a creative name.
  • Dress for Supernatural Success – Get in the spirit of sorcery with outfits that suit your Sim. Over-the-top attire is cauldron-ready, while a subdued ensemble is perfect for casting new spells. Collect wands and brooms to finish the look, then decorate rooms with enchanting objects.

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System Shock 3 Trailer

Otherside Entertainment offers a new trailer showing off System Shock 3, their upcoming continuation of the action/RPG series. They call this footage "pre-alpha," but it features gameplay as well as cutscenes, which seems pretty alpha to us. There's a post about this on IGN that also offers a few exclusive screenshots from the game. If you're going to venture into this don't forget your monkey wrench! Continue here to read the full story.

Apex Legends Physical Editions Next Month

EA announces Apex Legends Lifeline Edition and Apex Legends Bloodhound Edition, physical editions of Apex Legends they plan to release on October 18th. The digital version of Respawn's battle royale game is free-to-play, so they're bundling the commercial edition with skins and other perks to justify selling it. Oddly, both editions are the same price, but each includes exclusive content, so completionists will have to struggle with whether to buy both:
Descend on your enemies as an angel of death or a diabolical demon with two physical editions of Apex Legends! Apex Legends Lifeline Edition and Apex Legends Bloodhound Edition each come with an exclusive Legend skin, other themed cosmetics, and a stash of Apex Coins to spend however you want.

Both editions are available October 18 for Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and Origin on PC from your favorite retailer for $19.99*. Check out everything that comes in each edition below!

The Lifeline Edition

  • Legendary Guardian Angel Lifeline skin
  • Legendary Chooser of the Slain Flatline skin
  • Exclusive Winged Guardian Banner
  • Exclusive Angel Struck Badge
  • 1,000 Apex Coins

The Bloodhound Edition

  • Legendary The Intimidator Bloodhound skin
  • Legendary Wrath Bringer Prowler skin
  • Exclusive Feeling Impish Banner
  • Exclusive Tormentor Badge
  • 1,000 Apex Coins

Are you an angel or a devil? Or both? Grab one (or both!) of these new editions and show the world what you choose.

Wreckfest Retro Rammers Car Pack Released

A new Retro Rammers Car Pack is now available on Steam for the Windows edition of Wreckfest, Bugbear's reckless but not wreckless motorsports game. This is also included in the game's Season Pass, which is also now available on Steam. Here's an outline of the retro rides included in the new DLC:
Expand the World of Wreckfest with these 3 classic vehicles!

Wingman: The huge American classic Tailfin car from the late 1950s is the perfect choice for derbies and figure 8 tracks!

Buggy: This classic European design with a rear engine feels right at home on twisty tracks!

Bumper Car: Carnage at the Carnival! The world's fastest bumper car makes your dreams come true - Ram hard!

This DLC pack is also part of the Season Pass.

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