CD Projekt RED have a reputation for massaging their games into even better shape after launch. There’ll be a break in the run of free Witcher 3 DLC this week, but that’s because they’re finishing up work on a big patch for their biggest game. Expect altered inventory tetris, optional movement changes for Geralt, and better-behaved horses.
Square Enix have stopped selling the new Mac version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the MMO we found so delectable on Windows. Buyers have complained that it’s been running rather badly on their systems, and the publisher agrees - offering refunds and apologies.
A perfect storm of pre-release mishaps is reportedly to blame.
There are hexes (on the ground) and hexes (muttered under the breath of steely-eyed sorcerers) and Chaos Reborn nails both. The turn-based mage-biffing simulator from Julian Gollop has been ace in Early Access for, oo, a good six months now. What it hasn’t had is a comprehensive single player mode, with overworld exploration and encounters.
It’s all ups and downs for Cloud Imperium and Star Citizen at the moment. The FPS module, which seems to have been the source of lots of problems, has been delayed. But the team now has a brand spanking new office in Frankfurt. And now the executive producer, Alex Mayberry, has left the company.
Mayberry’s departure was rumoured earlier this week, and has since been confirmed by Cloud Imperium. He left in June for “personal reasons”.
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Magic the Gathering’s Duels of the Planeswalker game is changing, forever. The yearly reiteration that has been the core of its existence has been pushed aside for a new model: persistent, expandable, and more importantly, free-to-play.
Now just named Magic Duels, Wizard of the Coast and Stainless Steel Games are beginning this new endeavor with a brand new card set called Magic Origins, which explores five of the most iconic Planeswalkers, their pasts, and their rise to power. In the future, the game will simply be updated to include new card sets as they’re released, rather than creating an entirely new game.
I sat down with Wizards of the Coast community manager Dan Barrett to discuss why Magic Duels: Origins is going to be better than ever - with the brand new Deck Wizard and Skill Quest system, as well as the return of community-favourite multiplayer mode: Two-headed Giant.
Something unusual is happening in NA LCS: Cloud9 have fielded a bad team. In fact, the former North American champions and spring runners-up have fallen so far and so fast that they’re going to be very lucky if they manage to avoid relegation this season, and now the desperation moves have started.
Despite hopes that the return of Cloud9’s long-time leader and charter member Hai Lam would restore the team’s fading fortunes, Cloud9 had a winless weekend against Team Liquid and the struggling Team8. Now, at 3W-9L and only three more weeks in the summer split, Cloud9 have to start playing for 2016.
As prize pools for eSports tournaments grow ever larger (The Dota 2 International is already over $15 million, and that’s only a small portion of what Valve’s earned through the Compendium), Hi-Rez has decided to cap the Smite World Championship prize pool at a still large $1 million.
Hi-Rez wants to allow more eSports players to earn a living through the game, so it’s spreading the mostly crowd-funded prize across multiple events, creating more opportunities for more professionals to make a buck.
It’s strange how Consortium has stuck around in my noggin for so long. It was a mess of a game when I reviewed it last year, barely playable at times and overflowing with bugs. But it was ambitious and clever, and I probably think about it a lot more than some games I’ve given more favourable reviews to.
So I find myself intrigued by the second part of the trilogy, which Interdimensional Games is working on right now, though I’m cautious after the first game. The sequel, Consortium: The Tower Prophecy, is certainly looking flashier than it’s predecessor, and the Unreal Engine 4 is probably a better choice of engine than Source, which ended up being quite limiting. Take a gander at the teaser, below.
What are the best horror games? The horror theme manifests itself in gaming as something rather interesting, with games that turn traditional action concepts on their heads and force you to instead run and hide from your enemies. They're scary games that leave you feeling vulnerable rather than empowered, and more than most they're the games that haunt you long after you play.
Here, for your sphincter-loosening pleasure, are the 16 best horror games available on PC. And remember, as Roosevelt once said, "we have nothing to fear but that bit in FEAR where you're going up a ladder and Alma suddenly pops out and you're all like argh".
Forget the mail drones. Somebody - let’s call them Amazoogle - has invented the ultimate parcel service: self-delivering cardboard boxes. Physics-enabled cubes, capable of hurling themselves across long distances, devastating the destructible environments around them. Cardboard boxes with uselessly flailing legs, propelling themselves around oil rigs and tropical islands and arctic tundra.
That’s Unbox: a local multiplayer party game in the spirit of Mario Kart, Goldeneye and the like.
When it comes to games not living up to their lofty promises, Watch Dogs is going to stay in the history books forever. Its reveal at E3 2012 showed off a stunning virtual Chicago with fancy weather effects and billowing winter coats. The actual game released in 2014 was a fair distance away from being as jawdropping.
But Ubisoft has learnt from that experience, and vow not to make the same mistake again. “[We will] make sure the games are playable, that they’re running on the target machines,” said CEO Yves Guillemot about showing off games at E3.
Cloud Imperium Games, the developer of Chris Roberts’ Star Citizen, has opened up a new studio in Frankfurt, Germany. Housing a 21-person team, the office will be base for engineers, artists, and designers working with CryEngine to build Star Citizen’s FPS sections and Squadron 42 campaign.
This week at PCGamesN we’re doing something big. We have 750 games to giveaway over the next five days, and it all starts today with Tuk Ruk. A 2D jungle-set puzzle game, it could be yours for free. All you need to do is type an email address in and click a button. Not a bad trade for a free game, eh?
Despite taking to the stage to announce Ion at Microsoft’s E3 press conference, DayZ creator Dean Hall revealed almost nothing about his new project. Other than it being set in space and being isometric perspective, we’re still blind to Ion’s design.
However, in interviews Hall has been a little looser with the details. Ion is inspired by Space Station 13, a favourite of 4chan and Reddit users. There’s also influence from EVE Online and Minecraft in there, along with one very important element: a solid road map of planned features.
CCP is considering an interesting new way for players creating new characters to start their life in EVE Online’s universe. The developer is proposing that all new characters start with 2 million skill points to sink into core skills, to help give them a boost and a quicker start to their new galaxy-faring life.
Fallout 4, like Skyrim and Bethesda’s other Fallout games, will support and embrace modding when it releases in November this year. But that’s just too far away for some members of the modding community. Already players have announced their intentions to mod, and shown off what’s already in the works.
Vermintide - the Warhammer game that’s Left 4 Dead with Skaven rat men - will have a robust set of classes for co-op players to control when it releases later this year. Developer Fatshark has offered a few details on the mage class, which will be represented by Sienna Fuegonasus.
Ukrainian developer Flying Cafe for Semianimals have announced a release date for their long-awaited first-person sci-fi game, Cradle. Players are put on a quest to explore a neglected entertainment park in efforts to repair the mechanical body of a mysterious girl companion.
At this year’s Minecon, Microsoft have announced the next version of Mojang’s cult block classic: Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition. As the name suggests, the game is built with Windows 10 in mind, and will take advantage of many new features that the new OS brings.
Also, all current PC owners will receive a free copy of the new edition, and the beta starts on July 29th.