Thursday, Apr 23
In the spirit of competition, Sony has temporarily marked down the price of its PlayStation 4 console in the UK. For the next week until April 28, numerous major retailers will be honoring the £50 discount, putting the console at £300. Okay, so it's actually £299.99 to be exact.
The announcement was made earlier via the official PlayStation UK Twitter, as seen below, and included the list of participating retailers.
Interestingly, this limited-time offer comes shortly after Microsoft dropped the price on the Xbox One in the UK, putting it at £299.99 after a £30 price cut. Both promotions are, sadly, regional and exclusive to the UK.
If you happen to be across the pond, however, consider this your chance to finally play Bloodborne. Just remember that only certain retailers will offer the discount, which ends this coming Tuesday.
Will it take Desilets' smallest team to create his most meaningful game yet?
In 2013 Patrice Desilets, the man behind Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Assassin's Creed, left Ubisoft for a second time. With it, he left his control of amsterdam:1666, the project he's been fighting for in the legal system since. Unwilling to wait to find out if he'll ever get his game back, in 2014 Desilets started his own studio. In 2015, as he gave the keynote to the Reboot Develop 2015 conference, Desilets revealed what would come next -- Ancestors: A Humankind Odyssey.
Throughout Desilets' keynote he would return to the idea of time, of lessons learned. The keynote itself was simply Desilets jumping from event to event in his life -- the stepping stones which brought him to this moment. The brief teaser with which Desilets unveiled Ancestors mirrored this in reverse, beginning at the present and taking steps backwards through time.
The events which the teaser stopped on were legion, detailing humanity's progress from year to year. Many of the modern events focused on DNA and genetics, but as the years fell away the events grew in importance -- agriculture, cave paintings, fire, tools, and even the missing link. Ancestors is certain to explore this idea of where humanity began, where humanity has been, and hopefully where it's going.
Desilets also mentioned, almost off-handedly, that his studio will be focusing on episodic content. Digital, episodic content, to be specific. Seeing how Desilets introduced his game with many different events throughout history, I'd say he has a very clear vision of what he wants to create. Or at least that he's very passionate about what he's creating. For a studio that currently has only 6 developers, I suppose we -- and probably Desilets himself -- need a bit more time to figure out exactly what to expect from Ancestors.
Expect more details on Ancestors: A Humankind Odyssey in the months ahead, though don't be surprised if it's kept on ice for a while yet. Still, it was great to see what Patrice Desilets is working on, and how meaningful it clearly is to him. Hopefully the keynote will be available to watch later today.
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Wednesday, Apr 22
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Getting Ascendant and Radiant Shards will be easier too
Guardians should have a much easier time upgrading old Legendary and Exotic gear once Destiny's Expansion II: House of Wolves hits. Bungie is implementing a new and improved system with the upcoming add-on, one that no longer requires resetting your old gear just to meet the new cap.
This morning's House of Wolves reveal stream offered an in-depth look at how the new system will work, once the expansion goes live on May 19. Ascending weapons will bring old Legendary and Exotic gear up to the new level 34 standard, which for weapons means the difference between 331 and 365 damage. Item progression no longer resets with the ascension process.
So if you have a Legendary to upgrade, all you'll need are some common resources like Spinmetal or Helium, plus Glimmer and one Etheric Light. What the heck is an "Etheric Light?" That would be the new endgame resource in House of Wolves, earned through the Prison of Elders arena and Trials of Osiris PVP. Players who don't own the expansion can still earn Etheric Light for their upgrades, since the new resource can occasionally be earned via Nightfall and Iron Banner events.
Interestingly, new Legendary weapons acquired through the House of Wolves xpac can be Reforged at the Gunsmith NPC, Banshee. Yes, now high-level players will actually have a reason to go visit him again, ammo synths not withstanding. Should you find yourself dissatisfied with the perks on your Legendary, he can actually reforge the weapon with Banshee to randomly change them.
As for Exotic stuff, these top tear items will require an Exotic Shard and other common resources. Xur will no longer offer Exotic Shards come May 19, so it'll likely be made into a drop or some other reward.
My personal favorite change is the availability of Ascendant and Radiant Shards for armor upgrades. Previously your means of earning either relied heavily on RNG, which means many players wound up sitting on way more Ascendant/Radiant Energy than Shards. Well, once House of Wolves hits, the Speaker NPC will begin offering Shards for Motes fo Light, as well as exchang Energy for Shards -- or Shards for Energy.
Bungie said they would be taking lessons from Expansion I: The Dark Below, and it looks like the devs meant it. The entire House of Wolves livestream is available below.
Total War: Warhammer was officially revealed today with a cinematic trailer from development studio Creative Assembly. This will be the first game in the Total War series set in a fantasy world. Players will be able to choose from four factions: the Empire, Goblins and Orcs, the Dwarves and the Vampire Counts.
Developers are collaborating with Games Workshop to combine the rich fantasy setting of Warhammer with Total War's real-time battles and turn-based strategy management. Project lead Ian Roxburgh said in the announcement that he believes Creative Assembly can bring the Warhammer universe to life "in a way that nobody's attemped before."
Along with Total War: Warhammer, Creative Assembly also announced two standalone expansions that they say will combine to make the largest Total War experience yet, whle also turning the Warhammer spinoff into a full trilogy. The first in said trilogy is expected to deliver hundreds of hours of gameplay alone.
No release date has been announced but the trailer concludes with the words "coming soon."
Update: Creative Assembly confirmed that Orks and Goblins (same faction), Dwarves, and Vampire Counts will all be playable as factions. It's more than likely the human-centric Empire will be as well.
Overlord, the minion-mastery action-adventure series from the past ten years, is coming back. Today publisher Codemasters released a teaser trailer titled "Previously on Overlord" which recapped the events of the original two games, while also promising a new announcement tomorrow. The implication being that we're now just a day away from seeing Overlord 3 be announced.
The cinematic trailer does a great job of going through basic structure of both Overlord and Overlord 2, establishing the personality of the franchise and how it doesn't take itself particularly seriously. It's also a lot of fun to see the world unfold over a period of time, whereas the series up to this point never felt particularly cohesive. It's exactly what the series needs, creating a direct sequel so many years after the second game was released.
As for hints as to what exactly fans can expect from Overlord 3, there are a few. Note that the full reveal will come tomorrow, I'd expect, so speculation here isn't necessarily very valuable. It's still fun though. First off is that in the credits for the trailer, the upcoming is references as "Developed and Published by Codemasters." Triumph Studios, the developers of the first two Overlords titles, are currently busy working on the Age of Wonders franchise. It's possible they'd come back to Overlord, but more likely that Codemasters is taking over the series for internal development.
There's also the big teaser saying that, "Evil has a new face, well, four actually." This is corroborated by a short clip at the end of the trailer which looks more like a four-player co-op ARPG than a standard Overlord game. A teaser image released by Codemasters gives a better look at these four "protagonists." This all but confirms a shift in direction for the franchise. The question now becomes just how different Overlord 3, or whatever is announced tomorrow, is from its predecessors.
Expect an official announcement from Codemasters regarding the future of Overlord tomorrow. For now, take a stroll down memory lane
The subtitle of "Maiden Heaven" really says it all, doesn't it?
The team behind Rune Factory and Story of Seasons, now comfortable in their new home as part of Marvelous, has a new 3DS RPG that everyone can look forward to coming out soon. Today Marvelous and the localization team at XSEED Games announced that Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven will be released on June 2. With anime-styled characters, a unique combat system where enemies can be flung into their allies, and hours and hours of play, Lord of Magna might be worth looking into.
At the same time, while Lord of Magna is supposed to be an RPG, XSEED hasn't really shown us how epic of a storyline we should expect yet. I think it has something to do with the player being an innkeeper and suddenly becoming the master of five fairy girls. Oh, Japan. What sort of epic adventures the party can look forward to will hopefully be further explored between now and June.
As expected from the awesome folk at XSEED, Lord of Magna's first run will be bundled with a CD holding a selection of 28 songs from the game. XSEED is basically the only team that does this, which may be why they're the best at this sort of thing. Once the first run of copies has sold out the soundtrack will not be bundled with the game again, so make sure to pick that up early if you want the bonus.
Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven will launch on 3DS starting June 2 for the price of $39.99 in both retail and digital form. Europeans and Australians can also look forward to the game starting June 4, though only in digital form.
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Does a livestream need a teaser? When that livestream pertains to an upcoming Destiny expansion, then yes, it does. In advance of Bungie's Expansion II: House of Wolves Twitch reveal on Wednesday (that's April 22), the developer dropped a short teaser trailer for the upcoming content.
The video is a brief 33 seconds and shows three Guardians being invited to the Reef. We get a few quick shots of the new social hub within the Queen's domain, as well as some of the new characters and gear in the expansion. Although the Queen's Fallen subjects wound up turning on the Awoken, a few of them remain friendly -- or neutral -- and are found in the new social hub as NPCs.
It looks like the Reef will feature many female NPCs as well, likely because the Queen runs a matriarchal operation out there in the ship graveyard.
Expansion II: House of Wolves launches for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on May 19. Tune into the Bungie Twitch channel at 11:00 AM Pacific later today to see more of the Reef and new upgrade paths. Again, that's April 22, in a few hours.
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League of Legends now has a new Arclight skin, this time in the form of Arclight Vayne. The new skin is now available through the in-game store for a decent 975 RP.
Significantly reducing the edge factor for Vayne, her new Arclight skin is now the third one available to players, joining Arclight Varus and Vel'Koz. Her splash art is, of course, quite nice, putting the focus on more on action than the champion's cleavage. Thank you, Riot.
Granted, the skin itself does have a very low cut, but I'll let it slide this time, given that Arclight Varus shows plenty of skin as well. Vel'Koz is just Vel'koz, tentacles and all.
A pair of golden wings speed her through the air as she slings bolts of light from a heavenly crossbow, smiting the fools who question her supremacy. True warriors dream of testing their skills against her divine power.
The lucky ones wake up before they do.
Now if only the powers that be acknowledged what a great idea Arclight Thresh is, we'll be golden. In the meantime, check out the preview shot for Arclight Vayne below.
Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku... is he Super enough?
Okay, to be totally honest I'm not really sure if this is newsworthy or not. I can't say for certain whether Dragon Ball Xenoverse's DLC packs have had their contents confirmed, or really who is already on the roster or not with any confidence. I do know, however, that being able to write Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku in a headline isn't an opportunity that will come again, and so I'm take it.
The third DLC pack for Dragon Ball Xenoverse was confirmed for release in the month of May today, packing a ton of content together and themed after the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F movie. The final date is still in the works, but we do know every bit of content that will be included in the DLC. For fans of the fighting game, it doesn't get much sweeter than this.
- 4 Playable Characters
- Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku
- Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta
- Golden Frieza
- Jaco the Galactic Patroller
- 5 Quests
- 2 Masters
- Jaco the Galactic Patroller
- Elder Kai
- 13 Moves
- 2 Costumes
- Turtle Hermit's Aloha Shirt
- Gohan's Jersey (Move Version)
- 2 Accessories
- Tagoma's Scouter
- Turtle Helmet Set
- 7 Z-Souls
Dragon Ball Xenoverse is a 3D fighting game which, unlike its predecessors, has an entirely unique story unto itself. It's the most glorious of fanservice, featuring all of the characters Dragon Ball fans adore while also providing a robust character creation system which lets players apprentice themselves to heroes of their choice. As far as Dragon Ball video games go, this is the definitive fighter. Whether it's actually a great fighting game, well, that probably doesn't matter to the true Dragon Ball faithful.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse's third DLC is the final announced post-launch content for the fighting game. Expect the development team to move onto their next title, likely to be released later in 2015, afterwards. The DLC can be purchased individually for $9.99 or as a bundle with the other two packs for $24.99 via Season Pass. And yes, the DLC will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 at the same time -- in May.
Okay, just one more time if that's okay. Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku! Still fun.
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Are we sure that a PC can handle both 90's and Hollywood Hulk Hogan?
For the first time in, err, has this even happened before? For the first time, the WWE is coming to PC. World Wrestling Entertainment has announced that their latest console multi-platform title, WWE 2K15, is going to be arriving on the platform within a number of weeks. The port is said to "mirror" the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game, though what kind of scaling options will be included aren't clear just yet. I'd say you can probably expect to pay full price for a new game on it too, despite it being some month old.
That's because the PC release of WWE 2K15 is said to include the console DLC content entirely for free. This includes all three Showcases: One More Match with Christian and Randy Orton, Hall of Pain with Mark Henry, and Path of Warrior with The Ultimate Warrior. And I guess that's just the tip of the DLC iceberg. Here's, erm, John Cena talking about what to expect:
"One of the great bonuses of getting the game on PC is that you get nearly all of the downloadable content that was released after WWE 2K15 launched in October free, as part of the package. That’s an incredible amount of content: 36 extra characters, 4 new managers, 26 matches, 46 entire single player stories and cut scenes in 2K Showcase, and a whole lot more. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that that’s a pretty awesome deal."
DLC included, the game will retain all the features fans expect -- MyCareer and Showcase modes -- and all of the faces and heels expected, too -- two versions of Hulk Hogan! Content aside though, because everyone knows what to expect from a wrestling games these days, what matters is that this is 2K doing good for their community. PC gamers can be wrestling fans too, and for whatever reason the WWE hasn't allowed for their games to come to the platform in a while. That changes soon.
WWE 2K15 will be coming to PC, with the release "only weeks away."
- Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon announced, super-sized dungeon crawling starts this winter 
- M. Bison joins the Street Fighter V roster, Psycho Power has turned an aging Bison's hair white 
- Nintendo's mobile focus to avoid games designed for a 'limited number of generous consumers' 
- Need for Speed returns Fall 2015, teaser cinematic and screenshots definitely feels like Underground 
- 'Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer' coming to 3DS this fall alongside scannable 'amiibo Cards' 
- Assassin's Creed Syndicate comes October 23, see the first screenshots and gameplay walkthrough 
- Heroes of the Storm video walks through Muradin's talent system in Blizzard's all-stars MOBA 
- League of Legends has artwork for Order of the Lotus Irelia, Knockout Lee Sin, Nightmare Tryndamere