Bound by Flame, the new RPG developed by Spiders studios, is set for release on PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, Xbox 360® and PC on May 9, and a series of exclusive images now provides another tantalizing glimpse of what’s in store! The game hero takes center stage in these screenshots, and players can create and play him before launching into an epic quest in pursuit of the Ice Lords. All your choices in Bound by Flame will therefore impact on your adventure and also on your hero’s appearance!
You therefore play a mercenary of the Freeborn Blades, who is possessed by a flame demon at the start of the adventure. When you start a new game, you are free to choose your character’s look: gender (which will affect some of the dialog, particularly with companions and potential romances), facial features, ethnicity and hairstyles.
But your character customization doesn’t end there; you will find and create new items of armor during your quest using the ingenious in-game crafting system. Not only will this have an impact on your combat tactics using the bonuses you have been granted but it will also alter your appearance, because each armor item can be customized with various extras, i.e. shoulder pads, knee pads and a range of other protective features, each having a particular style. The combinations are infinite, so each character will be unique!
Last but not least, you will be faced with many choices and dilemmas during your adventure. Depending on your decisions, you can perform heroic actions to reject the demon’s influence or be consumed by the power of the flame by allowing yourself to be controlled by the demon’s will. This demonic influence will be shown in the different stages of your transformation, and you will become increasingly demonic and less human! These screenshots illustrate all this using a selection of characters you can create and play in Bound by Flame!
GameSpot is reporting on the latest NPD sales data, which has revealed the release of Titanfall was not enough to help the Xbox One (5 million sold-in to retailers) close the gap on PlayStation 4 (7 million sold).
NPD released their monthly sales data today, and for the third month in a row, the PlayStation 4 has come out on top.
In a press release, the NPD wrote, "PS4 and Xbox One continue to see success with cumulative sales of the two consoles through the first five month currently totaling more than double that of their predecessors, the PS3 and Xbox 360."
But the more interesting fact is that: "In March 2014, Sony’s PS4 led hardware sales for the third month in a row."
That's an especially surprising statistic since the Xbox One/PC exclusive Titanfall was the top-selling game in the US for March. Overall, the Xbox One sold 311,000 units, and the Xbox 360 sold 111,000. But Sony recently announced, that they had sold 7 million consoles worldwide.
Microsoft's corporate VP of marketing, strategy, and Business for Xbox, Yusuf Mehdi, wrote in a press release, "We’re also happy to share today that more than 5 million Xbox One consoles have been sold-in to retailers since our launch. The new generation is off to a strong start, with global Xbox One sales outpacing Xbox 360 by more than 60 percent at the same point in time, a true testament to your love of console gaming."
ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, has filed three trademarks for "Nuka Cola" with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The three filings of the "Nuka Cola" mark pertain to games and computer software, clothing or apparel, and electronic services -- specifically, "relating to electronic computer games via the Internet."
For the uninitiated, Nuka-Cola is a staple of the Fallout series, found in vending machines or as solitary bottles scattered throughout the wasteland. As the chief soft drink before The Great War, surviving servings of the beverage continue to provide refreshment even after the bombs dropped.
While these trademark filings could be solely to protect the brand--trademarks are filed all the time to prevent infringement--it's not unreasonable to consider something bigger could be in the works. Two of the trademarks relate to video games, and one specifically covers entertainment services related to online games.
In the third installment of the Risen franchise, Risen 3: Titan Lords pulls players into a hand-crafted role-playing world full of rugged charm where every decision changes the course of the story and your fate, and the fate of the world is up for the taking.
A true classic European RPG, Risen 3 refuses to hold your hand. It gives players the freedom to explore the vast and beautiful world at their own pace. Engaging combat will test the player's skills and with a visually stunning environment, Risen 3: Titan Lords is a must-have title for RPG fans looking for a challenge. This hardcore RPG is coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC this August.
Hunters in the darkest…and all other corners of the world! Get your swords and pistols ready, because The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II has just opened its pre-orders on Steam. Early adopters can purchase the game with 10% off the $14.99 price and get an exclusive in-game gift only available via pre-ordering the game. Created by NeocoreGames, this steampunk action RPG is coming to PC and Mac on May 22 and will challenge you to fight twisted monsters of weird science again in the gothic-noir world of Borgovia.
Kalypso Media has announced the Limited Special Edition of Tropico 5 and the availability of pre-purchase on Steam.
If you want to forge your own rich and powerful empire just like El Presidente in Tropico 5, then you’ll want to make sure you pre-order your copy of the Tropico 5 Limited Special Edition. This edition of Tropico 5 is automatically available to anyone who pre-orders or buys the retail boxed version of the game at launch and includes a snazzy avatar costume for your El Presidente, as well as the unique ‘Bayo del Olfato’ map for Sandbox mode at no extra cost. In addition, the Tropico 5 Limited Special Edition contains an authentic Tropico passport and Tropico island postcard designed by master illustrator Penultimo himself all in the box.
If you prefer to get your games digitally, then Steam Pre-Purchase is available from today (April 17th) with a 10% discount. The Pre-Purchase deal will offer aspiring rulers a new alternative ‘Businessman’ avatar costume and ‘Isla de Vapor’ sandbox map available exclusively for digital players. Plus, there will be additional pre-order bonuses depending on the overall number of Steam pre-orders for Tropico 5 - check out the Steam store page for more details. You can also pre-purchase Tropico 5 via the Kalypso Launcher and get a 15% discount.
Click on the headline to watch the Tropico 5 "The Eras" trailer.
Today, Ubisoft announced the ebook Watch_Dogs //n/Dark Clouds, inspired by the highly anticipated video game Watch Dogs™. Authored by John Shirley, the ebook is a direct sequel to the events of the game and will allow fans to further explore the world of Watch Dogs with an all new story. The ebook is a first for Ubisoft, as it was conceived inhouse and will be released exclusively via digital channels.
John Shirley, prolific author of over 30 books and short stories such as A Song Called Youth, is a known figure in the hacker community and is a pioneer of the cyberpunk movement, and therefore is a natural fit to author the Watch Dogs™ ebook. Having unprecedented access to our Montreal studio dev team and writers, he has recreated the atmosphere of Watch Dogs™, into his thriller, that combines high-tech crimes with both new and known characters.
“Working on Watch Dogs was enormously interesting to me because its world offers the convergence of cyberpunk and the edgy tech reality of our times; it all plays out with action and energy against the inner city backdrop that I thrive in” said John Shirley. “With hack tech in one hand and gun in the other, Aiden Pearce is a believable fusion of hacker and action hero who deliberately slips between the cracks of society to relentlessly pursue his agenda. The novel introduces Mick Wolfe, an ex-military, who get caught in a dangerous game in Chicago’s hyper connected and violent underground. Working with Thomas Geffroyd and Kevin Shortt at Ubisoft to develop the book was a rocking experience – Ubisoft is right out there on the frontier of videogame development. I couldn’t ask for more inspiration”.
Focus Home Interactive has released four new screenshots from Cyanide Studio's upcoming infiltration game, Styx: Master of Shadows.
Styx, the goblin anti-hero, is again giving us a brief glimpse of his numerous talents that will help you climb the vast Tower of Akenash. A master assassin and part-time thief, Styx can remove any objects that hamper his progress: but make sure you don’t leave any clues behind that could alert the guards to your presence, like a lifeless body in a walkway! As these images show, Styx can move his victims’ corpses and hide them where no one will accidentally stumble across them.
But not only humans and elves inhabit the Tower of Akenash; other fantastic creatures also roam the gloomy halls and passages of this immense tower, and it’s usually wise to avoid them… if you don’t want to end up as dinner for a hungry Orc!
Defense Grid 2, the sequel to the 2008 tower defense critical hit, will be playable on Xbox One for the first time at PAX East in Boston.
The game will also be playable for PC players to experience at the show. Representatives from developer Hidden Path Entertainment will be on hand to demo a single-player map from the game at the 505 Games booth, giving attendees a taste of the new standard in tower defense.
Defense Grid 2, DG2, is the highly-anticipated sequel to Hidden Path Entertainment's 2008 Defense Grid: The Awakening. Along with single player mode, DG2 will expand with cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes.
Sony will introduce SHAREfactory in its upcoming 1.70 update:
With SHAREfactory, you can now easily combine your captured video clips for editing, personalize them with special effects using filters, transitions, and themes, as well as share them with your friends and social networks. SHAREfactory also allows you to personalize your videos by adding text, stickers, and a set of included audio tracks, as well as video commentary with picture-in-picture capability with PlayStation Camera. It also allows you to import your original music to add to the custom soundtrack for your video.
Looks like a nice video editing feature. Lack of Youtube upload is a bit of bummer though.
Sony announced today that global sales of the the PlayStation 4 have exceeded 7 million units as of April 6, 2014.
Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment wrote in a press release: "The response from the global gaming community for PS4 has been overwhelming and we are truly humbled that gamers are selecting PS4 as their next generation console of choice. The PS4 journey has just begun, and although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers, and surpassing the wildest expectations of gamers by delivering new user experiences that inspire and engage. We look forward to unveiling many of these experiences to our fans in the coming months."
The press release also stated that global software sales for PS4 have passed 20.5 million copies for digital and physical media.
An incredibly interesting study done by Ars Technica has revealed that 36.9% of games owned by users on Steam have never been played. 17% have only been played for less than an hour, so that means that more than half (53.9%) of the games sold on Steam aren't played by anyone. These numbers may be a bit off as the "hours played" metric was only added in 2009, so games purchased over 5 years ago that have not been played since are among that 36.9%.
The PlayStation 4 may be leading home console sales, but that doesn't mean Sony's bank account is in the black. The company has made a minor habit of garnishing its quarterly earnings reports with notable losses, and it's been selling off assets (including its own headquarters) to help balance its budget. Its latest liquidation is the company's 8.25 percent stake in Square-Enix, the outfit behind jRPG hits like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. The ¥4.8 billion ($46.9 million) Sony expects to pocket from the sale is only a dent in the $1.1 billion it estimates it lost last year, which leaves the sale of Sony's other headquarters and its VAIO PC business to help make up the difference. This might mark the end of Sony's financial support for Square-Enix, but gamers shouldn't be worried: The game developer has a long, loyal history with the PlayStation brand.
I'm surprised Square-Enix was still worth that much.
London, UK — April 16, 2014 — Today, Ubisoft® announced that Trials Fusion™, the highly anticipated sequel to the massively popular platform racer Trials Evolution®, is now available for download on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Sony PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. Trials Fusion™ will be available on April 24 for Windows PC.
Trials Fusion™ is available digitally for £15.99 on Xbox One and Xbox 360 from the Xbox Live Games Store and on PlayStation®4 system. A physical retail version including a Season Pass and bonus unlockable items is also available on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 system. This retail version will also be available on Windows PC on April 24.
Wargame Red Dragon, the latest episode in the spectacular RTS series created by Eugen Systems, will be available tomorrow in stores and to download! To celebrate this event, we are pleased to unveil the game's explosive launch trailer!
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from "X-Men: First Class," in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future.
Michael Ancel, director of Ubisoft's Beyond Good & Evil 2, teased new concept art for the game's main character Jade during a livestream of Rayman Legends. While the sequel to this original Xbox title first had a trailer released five years ago, word since has been scarce. However, it appears that the title is finally in production as the developer has revealed that it will be released on PC, Playstation 4, Wii-U, and Xbox One.
I love the Rayman games, but would love to see this title get made even more.
With Watch Dogs launching across current-gen and next-gen consoles, as well as PC next month, Ubisoft is ramping up the promotion. That includes holding press events to show off the game to journalists, many of whom will end up reviewing Watch Dogs.
One such event was held last week in Paris, and it has been revealed by attendees that Ubisoft decided to give everyone who turned up a Nexus 7 tablet. Why? That hasn’t been explained officially yet, but you can see how this can be viewed negatively. After all, these are the individuals who will give Watch Dogs a review score, which many gamers rely on to help them make a purchasing decision.
Many of the journalists who attended and came away with a Nexus 7 are stating it is going to a charity. Keeping it, of course, could also be viewed negatively, especially if that person or their publication ends up giving the game a high review score. We’re waiting to hear if there is some tie-in the game that would make this whole thing make some sense — such as giving people a chance to test out the game’s tablet integration — but so far we’ve heard nothing about it.
One rider's custom track is another rider's opportunity to experience a whole new, crazy world. While Officer Ray doesn't concern himself with what you do in these worlds, he is absolutely appalled that no boundaries or laws of responsible riding are being followed even in these foreign places. Welcome to Biker Beat, a show where the goal is to nip this trip to crazy-town in the bud.
The much-anticipated Trials game for the next-generation will be here on April 16th, 2014 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 and on April 24th, 2014 for the PC. Pre-purchase the standard or deluxe edition of the PC version now and get access into the playable Beta program today. Take on an unlimited array of platform-racing challenges in the unreal world of Trials Fusion!
Take your battle to the wild west with the new Zomboss Down downloadable Game Pack -- available starting today, April 15, for FREE!
The plants just blasted down the Zomboss blimp! The zombies are now roaming the desert and battling their way to a local golf course, which may just be a secret facility housing a Cactus army. It can all be found in the free Zomboss Down downloadable game pack, featuring the new Cactus Canyon Gardens & Graveyards Map, 8 new playable characters, over 200 wild customization items, an increased Level cap for each character, and all-new challenges to accomplish. Available for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Paradox Interactive, the fearsome digital warriors of Northern Europe, have today unleashed War of The Vikings, their all-new skill-based multiplayer combat game, on to digital retail portals across the world in three variants.
Developed by Fatshark, War of The Vikings is the next generation of close-quarter combat games as players design and customize a personalized warrior and take them in to glorious battle online with other warriors from all over the world. Choose from the Standard Edition ($24.99), the Blood Eagle Edition ($34.99) or the mythic Valhalla Edition ($174.99) that includes the lifetime Viking pass where all future content released for the game is automatically unlocked, a digital art book, digital strategy guide, deluxe soundtrack, and the brand new ‘Berserker King’ digital novel.
Click on the headline to watch the trailer.
$175 for the Valhalla Edition? Who thought that was a good idea?
Bohemia Interactive has announced the release of the first Expedition One content update for its space sim, Take On Mars. Space cadets can now launch a manned mission to the Red Planet and set up camp.
Bohemia Interactive, the creators of the award-winning Arma™ series and DayZ™, today released the first portion of their Expedition One content update for Take On™ Mars. Serving as the codename for Take On Mars’ manned mission to Mars, Expedition One enables people to explore the Red Planet, and establish a self-sufficient human habitat.
Today’s update lands the first human marsonauts to Take On Mars. With access to a manned science buggy, featuring an interactive 3D GUI, one of their first objectives will be to explore the huge new Cydonia Mensae location, which spans 8x8 kilometer of Martian terrain. A 3D printer enables marsonauts to construct various parts, which can be put together via the Habitat Construction System to form buildings and installations (changelog).
The next portion of Take On Mars’ Expedition One content update will include resource extraction/transfer, habitat pressurization, and marsonaut vitals - and is scheduled for release in May 2014.
Orcs and Humans compete in the very first match of Blood Bowl 2!
Blood Bowl 2, published by Focus Home Interactive, is the sequel to Blood Bowl, the video game developed by Cyanide studios based on the famous board game created by Games Workshop that combines American football with the fantasy world of Warhammer. The latest series of screenshots unveiled the first game stadiums, but we can now present the frenetic action of the very first ingame match of Blood Bowl 2 on video!
Newport Beach, CA – April 14 2014 – The Wasteland 2 beta has been out for several months now, and players from 181 countries have put in 26 million minutes or almost 50 years of gameplay time. Based on beta testing metrics and feedback, inXile Entertainment estimates the game will take about 50 hours to complete for a regular playthrough.
Less than half of the game is currently available in beta form on Steam Early Access, with an update coming next week that will add another major area. After that update the beta will include most of the Arizona portion of the game. Many of the game's zones have completely different states based on the choices you make.
“I felt it was important for us to exceed our Kickstarter backers' expectations and deliver a truly deep RPG,” says Brian Fargo, CEO. "There is a tremendous amount of gameplay that is either easy to miss or mutually exclusive, so while those 50 hours will suffice for a single play-through, there are plenty of reasons to go back for a second one.”
inXile Entertainment is also unveiling more of the second half of the game, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. Where Arizona contains many areas from the original and is defined by its arid desert-scape, Los Angeles features the ruins of familiar landmarks overgrown with wild plant life, crawling with weird creatures, and dangerous mad cults. There are hints of a threat from this region to not just the Desert Rangers, but all of humanity. Will Ranger Team Echo be able to find and halt this threat?
The fielding is better in MLB 14 The Show with the all new dynamic catch position indicator. Revamped from MLB 13, the new fielding mechanism will change the way you roam the outfield in The Show. Baseball is Better.
So while you're all breathlessly waiting to see who won that Dragon Age novel that went up for grabs on EvAv last Friday, here's some DA content to serve as a reminder of why you fell in love with the world of Thedas and its inhabitants the first go round.
Expressing her enthusiasm via physical violence, MJR! guest host Brittney gives her rundown of why teh Dragon Age still makes her fires rage. Check out Miss Blondenerd's top 5 reasons below while the Metal Jesus checks his homeowner's policy to see if it covers wanton acts of chipper destruction.
WARNING: Mildly NSFW, but awesomely FTW (Fun To Watch).
Travel with Aurora in the World of Lemuria, where amazing adventures await! Discover fairytale landscapes in a magical world. Following Aurora in her quest to save the kingdom of Lemuria by bringing back the three sources of Light.
Gamespot reports that Eve Online creator, CCP Games, has regretfully cancelled their World of Darkness MMO and shutdown the studio that was working on the project in Atlanta.
The studio says it was "falling regretfully short" in its goals of creating an vampire-themed MMO. Following the cancellation, 56 employees at the Atlanta, Georgia studio have been laid off. Some of the team are said to have been offered other roles within the company, with the remaining staff at the studio now working on games set in the EVE universe.
Employees who have lost their jobs were given severance packages and assistance in securing new work, the company says.
"The decision to end the World of Darkness MMO project is one of the hardest I’ve ever had to make," said CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson in a statement. "I have always loved and valued the idea of a sandbox experience set in that universe, and over the years I’ve watched the team passionately strive to make that possible."
One of the best tabletop games I've enjoyed was in this setting, and I love the old Vampire: The Masquerade game. I'd love to see someone do something good with this IP, though I'd like an open-world single-player RPG like Skryim more than an MMO.
While the developers at Bioware are definitely not announcing the fine details of the next Mass Effect game at this point (an official announcement is more likely at E3 coming up in early June), fans were able to get a few minor details out of them at the PAX East conference. Specifically, the next Mass Effect will likely come to the Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles and will continue to include same-sex romance options.
Asked if the next Mass Effect will allow for same-sex and inter-species relationships, Rootsaert said, "We can't divulge that. But, I'll just say that inclusivity is part of the BioWare mandate. So, we do our best."
Another fan asked about what platforms BioWare is considering for the next Mass Effect game. MacMillan offered a tantalizing tease that we could see the game come to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but he wouldn't confirm one way or the other.
"It's kind of tricky to officially comment on that, but I mean, gen4 [being Xbox One and PlayStation 4] looks pretty awesome and Mass Effect's an awesome-looking game," McMillen said. This comment drew a rousing round of laughter from the audience.
Predictable, but I love this series so much, I'm just glad to hear it's coming along.
The big news coming out of PAX East, details concerning Gearbox's remaster of one the greatest games ever made. IGN has all the details.
Those of you with an intense PC gaming rig should take note: Homeworld will be capable of running in 4K resolution. During Gearbox’s panel at PAX East 2014, company founder Randy Pitchford confirmed that Homeworld Remastered will support in high resolution for those with a PC capable of it ... Gearbox also showcased the Homeworld Remastered Collector’s Edition, which will come with an incredibly detailed 12-inch model of the ship from the original game.
I never go in for collector's editions but I may be tempted to buy one of these statues.
Some shaky cam footage of Turtle Rock Studios' shooter Evolve, along with a look at what's going on at Pax East.
Hello from PAX East 2014, and the 2K booth! Join Chloe Dykstra and Michele Morrow as they show you around the booth, get hands-on time with Evolve, talk with fans... and sample the best Goliath roars our ears can take.
In the spirit of charging a lot of money and not getting much in return, Respawn Entertainment has announced the first 3-map pack for Titanfall, the $DLC$ coming out in May for a whopping $9.99.
Today during our panel at PAX East, we revealed details on Expedition, the first DLC map pack for Titanfall. Coming this May, Expedition will introduce three new maps to the Frontier including Runoff, Swamplands and Wargames.
In the wake of the Battle of Demeter, IMC Expeditionary Forces travel deep into Frontier space to recover from their recent defeat. On an uncharted world, the IMC begin construction of a new fleet operations base, using newly acquired water collection and filtration plants to support the new base. When drainage operations reveal ancient ruins and artifacts of an unknown origin in a nearby swamp, Spyglass activates an archaeological team to investigate the site. To maintain battle readiness at the new base, IMC Pilots use simulation pods to train for anticipated Militia raids, based on lessons learned in Angel City and IMC Airbase Sierra.
Titanfall Expedition is the first of three new content packs with each pack available for $9.99. For fans looking to get all three content packs while saving a few bucks, the Titanfall Season Pass is the way to go. Available for a one-time price of $24.99, the Titanfall Season Pass is available for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC and delivers all three content packs as soon as they become available.
"Ars reports on a panel at PAX East which delved into the strength of the PC as a platform for games, and what its future looks like. The outlook is positive: 'Even as major computer OEMs produce numbers showing falling sales, the PC as a platform (and especially a gaming platform) actually shows strong aggregate growth.' The panelists said that while consoles get a lot of the headlines, the PC platform remains the only and/or best option for a lot of developers and gamers. They briefly addressed piracy, as well: 'Piracy, [Matt Higby] said, is an availability and distribution problem. The more games are crowdfunded and digitally delivered and the less a "store" figures into buying games, the less of a problem piracy becomes. [Chris Roberts] was quick to agree, and he noted that the shift to digital distribution also helps the developers make more money — they ostensibly don't have everyone along the way from retailers to publishers to distributors taking their cut from the sale.'"
"Today at PAX East, Firaxis announced Civilization: Beyond Earth. It's a new Civ game inspired by their sci-fi strategy classic Alpha Centauri. Beyond Earth is currently planned to launch this year on the PC. According to Game Informer: 'Beyond Earth presents an opportunity for Firaxis to throw off the shackles of human history and give players the chance to sculpt their own destinies. Civilization games typically have a set endpoint at humanities modern age, but Beyond Earth has given Firaxis the opportunity and the challenge of creating a greater sense of freedom. ... The five different victory conditions that represent that next major event in human history are tied to the new technology web. At the start of the game, players will choose leaders and factions (no longer bundled with one another) and choose colonists and equipment to settle the land. Once descending from orbit, the technology web allows players to move in a number of directions.'"
Thanks to lockwoodx for this news submission. He adds: Just as I was posting pics for this in the PC section, official news broke so here you go!