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Posted: April 27, 2017 07:53AM
Today Codemasters and Deep Silver have released the first gameplay trailer for DiRT 4, showing some of what players can expect on June 6. The music for this trailer is the track 'Instigators' by Grace Potter, one of the over 40 licensed tracks that will appear in the game. The soundtrack has been crafted to match DiRT's style and tone with tracks from The Chemical Brothers, Disclosure, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Bastille, along with exclusive tracks from The Amazons, Sigma, Freak and Pretty Vicious.
DiRT 4 launches on June 6 for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 and will features over 50 off-road cars to take on five rally locations with millions of routes.
Posted: April 26, 2017 01:33PM
First announced back in February with the Galactic Civilizations III v2.0 patch, the game's Crusade expansion at last has had its release date announced. On May 4, GalCiv III players will get to experience this significant expansion.
Since the announcement there have been a number of Dev Diaries detailing some of the changes that Crusade is bringing with it, along with the reasons behind them. These changes include a new espionage system, interactive planetary invasions, the addition of Galactic Citizens, and several balance changes to resolve late game grind. Crusade is also bringing with it an updated graphics engine.
Posted: April 24, 2017 09:16AM
On Wednesday Introversion Software, the BAFTA-winning developer behind Prison Architect, is releasing its next game, Scanner Sombre. It is a "total departure" for the studio, in times of visual style and tone, according to Chris Delay, Introversion's Creative Director, while Mark Morris, Managing Director, describes it as being "a more involved, claustrophobic game distilling a deep sense of unease into a single play session." In the game you use a LIDAR scanner to explore the dark cave you have found yourself in, with the neon lights the scanner produces being your guide as you try to find your way around. Introversion lists Gone Home, Dead Esther, and Proteus as inspiration for this latest title.
For anyone curious about the game, it will be launching April 26, as in two days from now. It will cost $11.99, but have a 20% launch discount on Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store.
Source: Scanner Sombre
Posted: April 24, 2017 08:49AM
Avalanche Studios, the developer behind the Just Cause franchise (Just Cause 2 and Just Cause 3 reviews) and the Mad Max game released in 2015, has partnered with Nordisk Film, a leading Nordic entertainment company. As part of this partnership, Nordisk Film will invest $10 million dollars into the game developer for a minority ownership share.
Nordisk Film is a film producer, distributor, and cinema operator in the Nordic region and has founded Nordisk Film Games to invest in Nordic gaming studios, such as Avalanche. With this investment, the hope is for Avalanche Studio to accelerate its growth in the international gaming market by developing and self-publishing more high quality games.
Source: Nordisk Film
Posted: April 19, 2017 10:34AM
Back in January it was announced that the Micro Machines franchise is coming back with Micro Machines World Series. Today we have gotten the first gameplay trailer, showing off the kind of mayhem these tiny cars can create with their collection of weapons in the new Battle Arenas. Up to 12 players can face off in the competitive games, fighting for territory or flags, or have a 6v6 deathmatch in the 15 battle arenas. These arenas include The Laser Lab, Buzzsaw Battle and a Hungry Hungry Hippos board. At your disposal will be NERF Blasters, a Dynamite Launcher, Tidal Wave, and Cobra Turret.
Micro Machines World Series is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on June 23.
Posted: April 15, 2017 06:08PM
Earlier today EA and Lucasfilm announced Star Wars Battlefront II is coming with a release date of November 17, 2017. DICE, Motive, and Criterion are teaming up to develop this game that will span all three Star Wars eras and allow us to play as ground troops, get into dog fights in First Order TIE Fighters, as well as heroes and villains like Yoda and Darth Maul. Motive has been working with the story group at Lucasfilm and the result is a new story for its single plyer campaign, following an Imperial elite special forces soldier. Galactic-scale space combat is also coming to Battlefront II, and Criterion is behind it so you can fly between asteroid fields and imperial dockyards in some of the universe's most iconic ships, all with refined handling, weapons, and customization options.
While the release is still months away, pre-order bonuses are already being described as content inspired by the upcoming film, including Kylo Ren and Rey themed looks, epic ability upgrades in multiplayer, and players will be able to upgrade to the Star Wars: The Last Jedia Millennium Falcon and a new First Order ship. Those who purchase the Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition will also get upgrades for your trooper classes.
Star Wars Battlefront II is releasing November 17, 2017 on PC (via Origin), Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
Posted: April 12, 2017 09:58AM
Offworld Trading Company, the strategy game based on achieving economic dominance instead of military dominance, has had its first major expansion announced, titled Jupiter's Forge. With this expansion players will be able to leave Mars and Ceres for Io, one of Jupiter's moons, where you will face new challenges, find new resources, and encounter new competition. Radiations storms, sulfur frosts, landslides, and tremors are new map events you will need to deal with as you try to outcompete the Penrose Collective and the Diadem Trust, but with the resources of Io being finite, you can expect the fight to be all the more difficult.
Also coming with Jupiter's Forge is the 1000 map challenge, for those players wanting to place on leaderboards. As you beat a map, the next one becomes harder and an overall score will show you where you stand, but each map also has its own leaderboard. The expansion will release in late Spring 2017.
Source: Press Release
Posted: April 11, 2017 07:38AM
Recently we have seen Serious Sam news featuring VR versions releasing and the new Serious Sam Fusion 2017 platform for enjoying these Croteam games, and this latest announcement is a bit different. Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is a retro-styled take on the first-person series developed by Crackshell, the developer of Hammerwatch. It will allow players to dominate, or detonate as the case me be, Mediterranean locations, biological weapons labs, and high-tech moon bases alone or in four-player online co-op. If the campaign is not enough for you, there will be Survival and Versus modes, and if those cannot satisfy your Serious tastes, the included game editor can be used to make new mods, modes, and total conversions. It is expected to release early this Summer.
Serious Sam's Bogus Detour is the latest in the Serious Sam Indie Series that already includes Serious Sam: The Random Encounter from Vlambeer, and Serious Sam Double D from Mommy's Best Games. The Indie Series lets the franchise return to its and Croteam's indie roots, as Serious Sam came from a tech demo built by childhood friends in a garage.
Posted: April 10, 2017 04:06PM
Author: Nick Harezga
A trailer was leaked to the French PlayStation YouTube channel, before being taken down, that gave a preview of the Overwatch event that was hinted at with the release of the latest comic last week. The event is called Insurrection and will allow players to "take control of four of Overwatch's early members—Reinhardt, Tracer, Torbjörn, and Mercy—and battle the Omnic insurgency known as Null Sector on the streets of King's Row." The event is also expected to bring a number of new skins and other unlocks with it. Insurrection will run from tomorrow until May 1.
Source: PC Gamer
Posted: April 6, 2017 10:15AM
The v2.2 update for Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation has already been available to players comfortable using Steam's beta feature for games (the Beta tab when you bring up a game's Properties in the Steam Library) but today it has released for everyone. This update brings with it some requested features and a good amount of rebalancing. On the feature side, players are finally able to keep Replays of game to review later. Replays will remove the fog of war, so you can see what everyone was up to as you try to refine your strategies. Modders have also gotten some attention as they can now mod game files, add maps and scenarios, and enable or disable mods.
To help with the game rebalances, Callum McCole of General's Gentlemen joined the team, and the overview video below is from that YouTube channel. The balance changes include refining the counter system, opening up late game tach, making the Substrate less radioactives-intensive, and weakening 'cheese' strategies. Increasing strategic diversity and improving game flow were also focuses of this patch. You can find more information on these changes in a Dev Journal from mid-March.
This patch also adds three new maps: Manannan for 12 players; Aenghus for 10 players; and Brighid for eight players.
Source: Press Release
Posted: April 5, 2017 01:12PM
Back in 2013 I was first introduced to Marvel Heroes while reviewing the games featured in the second NVIDIA Free-to-Play bundle and it is now my most played game according to Steam (and by a rather large margin). The game is a free to play MMOARPG with access to the Marvel Comics Universe, so you can play as a variety of heroes, including Daredevil, Captain America, and Deadpool, and fight a number of villains, such as Kingpin, Loki, and Dr. Doom. Today it was announced that the game will be coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this Spring as Marvel Heroes Omega. The releases for the two consoles will be staggered with the PlayStation 4 closed beta starting soon.
Naturally there are going to be some differences between this and the current Marvel Heroes 2016 PC experience, including the interface, items, and heroes, at least initially. Currently just 38 heroes will be available at launch, while the PC has 62 heroes, but regular additions and updates are planned. A good chunk of the content will be in Omega though, including chapters 1-9 of the campaign, the Midtown Patrol mode, and the Danger Room. Console and PC players will not be able to play together though, and there are no plans for any transfers from PC to console either.
Posted: April 4, 2017 03:59PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Users of the Nintendo Switch are beginning to report that after leaving their consoles in docked mode for extended periods of time the device begins to warp from heat. The damage is rather noticeable and could be an indication of a design flaw, although it may still be too early to tell and Nintendo hasn't yet said that was the case. Some users have reported that they were able to get Nintendo "to send a pre-paid shipping label, with the company stating that they would either repair the unit or transfer all of its data to a new console and then ship it back." If you have a Switch, be sure to keep an eye on your console to check if you are having this problem.
Posted: April 4, 2017 11:22AM
Back in December Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter entered Early-Access on Steam and today Croteam has officially launched it, but because the company could, Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter has also launched today. Both titles are on sale at 25% off during their launch window, so for those of you with HTC Vives or Oculus Rifts, you can visit ancient Egypt, South America, medieval Europe, and Mesopotamia as Sam ' Serious' Stone, trying to stop the forces of Mental. You will have a variety of weapons to use, including the Chainsaw, Cannon, and Minigun, and you can dual-wield them if you wish (and why would you not?).
If you are looking for a Serious multiplayer experience, you can play with up to 15 friends, so 16 total players can be together in cooperative and competitive modes. As both VR games are also coming to the Serious Sam Fusion 2017 (beta), VR and 'flat' players will be able to play together as well, for some cross-platform fights. Fusion 2017 also brings with it Steam Workshop support.
Source: Croteam and Press Release
Posted: April 4, 2017 10:49AM
It was five years ago that the real time 4X Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion released, so to mark the occasion, Stardock and Ironclad Games have released the version 1.9 update. This update brings with it several optimizations, such as doubling the amount of memory the game can access, which will have performance impacts across the board and help with mods, and improved rendering for 4K systems with extreme textures, shadows, and the ability to scale the UI for that higher resolution. The AI has also been refined to make them even more challenging, so all around the update is to improve the player's experience.
Current owners of Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion will get the v1.9 update for free and for anyone without a copy yet, it is on sale at 75% off from now until April 6.
Source: Stardock and Press Release
Posted: April 3, 2017 10:02AM
Agents of Mayhem, the next game from Volition, will be releasing on August 15, 2017 to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. In this title, the player will be battling against the League of Evil Gentlemen Intent on Obliterating Nations (L.E.G.I.O.N.) as the agents of the Multinational Agency for Hunting Evil Masterminds (M.A.Y.H.E.M.). The thing is these agents are not exactly heroes but a group of unstable misfits with a collection of crazy weapons. There are twelve agents that can be interchanged, though each has their own personality, weapons, and skillset, and you assemble them into squads of three. You can have Daisy's mini-gun out there with Rama's energy-arrow firing bow as you explore the open-world of Seoul.
Source: Deep Silver
Posted: April 1, 2017 09:38AM
Blizzard has announced that cross-platform play will be coming to its critically acclaimed, award-winning, mega-hit Overwatch by the end of the month, allowing PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One gamers to play together for the first time. In order to not disrupt the current competitive season, cross-platform play will only exist for Quick Play, Arcade, and Custom games when it launches, but will come to competitive mode when Season 5 kicks off.
"Blizzard Entertainment has always been a PC games company first and foremost," explained Game Director Jeff Kaplan. "By implementing cross-platform play, our console players will see first-hand just how inferior they are to their PC counterparts. There will be no aim-assist for controller users; no handicaps." It's generally known that keyboard-and-mouse provides greater accuracy and response times compared to gamepads, which is why developers tend to shy away from cross-platform play in competitive shooters, but it sounds like Blizzard no longer cares about hurting the egos of console gamers.
To go alongside the launch of cross-platform play, Competitive Season 5 will introduce a new rank below Bronze called 'Scrub', which Kaplan "fully expect[s] will be the majority of console gamers."
Overwatch will be celebrating its one-year anniversary next month.
Source: Press Release
Posted: March 30, 2017 12:18PM
Back in 2014, Bungie released Destiny, its latest IP, to consoles. After some official teasing and some leaks, the sequel, Destiny 2, has been revealed, along with a September 8 release date. There is not much information in the post on Bungie.net about the game, but the plan is to share details over the course of the Summer. For anyone interested in trying and testing the game prior to its release, there will be an Open Beta and those who pre-order will be the first to enter it. The pre-order page is where one interesting bit of information is hiding, as PC is listed along with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It looks like we PC gamers will get to share in the experience this time around.
Posted: March 28, 2017 08:16AM
Mafia III launched last October and if you are considering getting it, but have not yet decided, 2K and Hangar 13 have made a playable demo of it available. This demo covers the first act of the game, allowing you to experience the bank heist gone wrong that sets Lincoln Clay on his path to take down the Italian mob in New Bordeaux. The demo is available on PC through Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Conveniently the download sizes have also been provided for these platforms, so if you want to try it on PC it will be a 24 GB download, 25 GB on Xbox One, and 27 GB on the PS4. Like demos for other games, your progress will be carried over if you choose to purchase the main game, which is currently 50% off until April 17.
Today also marks the release of the Faster Baby! DLC, the first of the game's three paid DLC. It adds a new narrative and the Sinclair Parish to explore as Lincoln works with Roxy Laveau against the corrupt Sherriff "Slim" Beaumont. The DLC also adds new weapons and vehicles to Lincoln's collection along with new driving and combat mechanics. The DLC can be purchased individually or comes with the Season Pass, along with the Stones Unturned and Sign of the Times DLC that will be launching in the Summer.
Posted: March 27, 2017 08:20AM
In 1998 Blizzard released StarCraft, a game that has unquestionably left its mark on the world with how it changed the RTS genre and laid the foundation for modern esports. Now the company has announced StarCraft Remastered, an overhaul of the classic and StarCraft: Brood Wars expansion. It will update the graphics and audio but preserve the original gameplay while adding new features such as advanced matchmaking, cloud saves for the campaign, custom maps, replays, and keybinds. Multiplayer over LAN remains, so you will be able to enjoy the game and its new visuals on your 4K monitor at a LAN party.
StarCraft Remastered is to launch this Summer for Windows and Mac, though the exact date and pricing will be revealed at a later date.
Posted: March 23, 2017 08:01AM
Since the announcement last month for the Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade expansion, Stardock has been releasing Dev Diaries covering some of the changes that will be coming with this apparently quite large and significant expansion. So far the Civilization Builder, Galactic Citizens, changes to the 4X experience to resolve the late game grind, the new espionage system, and the new choices players will face have been covered. If you want to do more than just read about Crusade but actually see it, Stardock will be previewing it on its Twitch channel at 1 PM ET today with Stardock CEO Brad Wardell, who has also been authoring the Dev Diaries. This is the start of weekly Crusade streams.
If you are interested in the current state of Galactic Civilizations III, I reviewed it following its v2.0 patch. Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade is to release this Spring.
Source: Press Release
Posted: March 22, 2017 10:23AM
While Steam may be the dominate client for purchasing, downloading, and managing PC games, DRM-free competitor GOG.com launched a beta of its vision of such a client called GOG Galaxy. Earlier today it was announced that version 1.2 will take the client out of beta, and if anyone wants to try it they can install the current GOG Galaxy beta and enable preview updates. Update 1.2 brings with it several new features, including Universal Cloud Saves, so your saves can be synced and stored to a cloud backup, which you are free to download whenever you wish. Not all games currently support this feature, but several new and old titles do, including some that have never had this functionality before. The settings window has also been redesigned and there is a new hibernation mode to reduce CPU usage when you are not using the client.
Other features coming with Update 1.2 are bandwidth limiting, download scheduling, an in-game overlay, an FPS counter in the overlay, screenshots for games that support the overlay, achievement rarity, a new notification system, and more. Not bad addition to features such as rolling back to previous versions of a game or stopping auto-updates, without preventing you from playing your game. As always though, GOG Galaxy is an optional tool, so you can enjoy the games you have through GOG.com with or without it.
Posted: March 21, 2017 08:33AM
Some of you may have noticed a new item appear in your Steam library: Serious Sam Fusion 2017 (beta). The reason we got this is because Croteam is unifying multiple Serious Sam games into this central hub, which has some interesting benefits. For now it only has Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter included, and if you have a copy of that already, you got Fusion 2017, but eventually it will be getting The Second Encounter and Serious Sam 3: BFE along with the VR versions of all of the games. By having all of these games together, you will be able go from a level in one game to another without having to leave the application. Also game servers for The First Encounter, The Second Encounter, and Serious Sam 3 will all appear in the same list, and you will even be able to vote for maps across these games. Additionally, VR and 'flat' players will be able to enjoy multiplayer together.
Some other features include support for SteamOS, Linux, and OSX, Split-screen, multi-monitor support, borderless window, 64-bit executables, multithreaded rendering, and Vulkan API support, though this is currently a beta implementation. DirectX 9 support is going away though, so the current options are DirectX 11, OpenGL, and Vulkan (beta). There are some other new features too, which you can find at the Steam store page.
Remember this is currently a beta release, so if you launch it up, you may encounter some bugs.
Posted: March 16, 2017 10:21AM
Last year saw the release of Shadow Warrior2 and today it has received a new piece of free DLC. To mark the release, the game is 25% off on Steam for the weekend. This new DLC is Bounty Hunt Part 1 and adds 14 new missions to the game, two new weapons, and four new perks for Lo Wang to enjoy. The new weapons are the Medusa Ray and EX-GF01 minigun, both of which you can see in action in the trailer embedded below. Among the missions are Plague of the Bunny Lords, 50 Shades of Shade, and Danger Zone on Mt. Akuma.
Source: Press Release
Posted: March 13, 2017 03:43PM
Author: Nick Harezga
The Nintendo Switch has been available for just 10 days, and it has already fallen victim to its' first successful hack. The vulnerability was discovered by iOS hacker qwertyoruiop and is caused by the inclusion of version 9.3 of the iOS WebKit, which contains a known exploit that was fixed in version 9.3.5. It is unclear why this compromised version of the WebKit was used by Nintendo, but it could have had something to do with getting the Switch out before the end of the current fiscal quarter. It is also unclear just how the exploit can impact users as it "hasn't revealed any detailed information on the Switch yet, nor does it hand over full kernel access to hackers."
Source: Mac Rumors
Posted: March 10, 2017 07:47AM
We are fast approaching the latest BioWare RPG, as Mass Effect: Andromeda is less than two weeks away. BioWare is planning a large prescence at PAX East this weekend, with the ability to try out the multiplayer and several panels planned (all of which can be found on its Twitch channel), but there's something else it had for this weekend. Something in the form of a trailer. Oh yes, the Mass Effect: Andromeda launch trailer, which has just dropped for your viewing pleasure. It showcases a bit of everything we can expect to find in MEA and the Andromeda Galaxy, from exploring the many planets in the Heleus Cluster, to getting to know your crew, and figure out just what's happened to the golden worlds we had planned for our new colonies. So sit back, relax, and take in Andromeda.
Mass Effect: Andromeda arrives on March 21 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in North America, and March 23 in Europe. An early access trial on Origin and EA Access begins next Thursday, March 16, for subscribers of the service on either the PC or Xbox One.
Posted: March 9, 2017 01:47PM
Two years ago Stardock released Sorcerer King and then last year it released the stand-alone expansion Sorcerer King: Rivals. With update 2.1 of Rivals a new campaign has been added, with Chris Bucholz as its writer. It begins with the player receiving an artifact that will let them pass through the barriers the Sorcerer King put up on the world he rules. This artifact does not come freely though, so you will need to explore to solve this mystery, but exploration does not come freely either. The Sorcerer King notices every time you unlock a gate to another realm, but he will let you explore provided you leave his minions alone and give up some of your life force to him, from time to time.
There are plans for Rivals past this update and its sizable campaign. Eventually the sovereigns players can choose from will have custom starting units and unique improvements, "and some other things."
Posted: March 9, 2017 10:14AM
Homefront: The Revolution get a few announcements and releases yesterday as part of its Spring Update. First up is that its third and final piece of single player DLC, Beyond The Walls has been released. In this DLC, the occupying KPA forces have almost crushed the revolution and Philadelphia is about to fall. At the final hour, a NATO agent makes contact claiming to have information that could swing this second American Revolution against the Korean forces, defeating them once and for all.
Console players have also gotten some attention with this update as there is not a Trial mode available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The entire first Red Zone of the single player campaign is included in this trial, offering up to four hours of gameplay, along with unlimited access to Resistance Mode, an online co-op mode, and access to all of the missions and character customization content that has been released since launch. The PlayStation 4 Pro version has also received improvements, such as having the game rendered in 1440p with the HUD/UI elements being rendered at 4K, improving image quality on 4K screens and a super-sampled image for HDTVs. Frame rate should also be improved and HDR support has been added to both the PS4 and PS4 Pro.
Source: Press Release
Posted: March 1, 2017 10:45AM
DiRT 4 is slated to launch in June this year for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and for fans of the franchise, two special editions of have announced for the title. The Day One Edition features an exclusive Hyundai R5 rally car, a unique event, and Founder Icon. The event will take place only on June 9, 10, and 11. The Special Edition includes everything the Day One Edition does, but also comes with Team Booster Pack, giving you a unique team offer, staff and facilities bonuses. You can also get the Special Edition in a limited edition Steelbook box.
Also being shared today is a new video showcasing rally driver Kris Meeke and Petter Solberg, double FIA World Rallycross Champion, who have both been involved in DiRT 4's development. In this video they discuss the Your Stage system that allows the player to produce almost unlimited, unique stages to race on and challenge friends with. You can select one of the five rally locations in the game and set options such as time of day, weather, length, and complexity to generate a new race.
Source: Press Release
Posted: February 27, 2017 12:20PM
For those with the season pass for Tom Clancy's The Division or purchased the DLC separately, the third expansion, Last Stand is launching tomorrow for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Along with the expansion is Update 1.6 that all players will be able to enjoy. In Last Stand parts of the Dark Zone the Joint Task Force was forced to withdraw from are open again for the recovery of tactical terminals containing operational information. Rogue agents are going after these terminals and teams of up to eight players will need to go in and stop them. Last Stand also has a new incursion, Stolen Signal.
Along with the expansion and update, Ubisoft is making a free trial available for The Division, so anyone on all platforms can put some time in if they wish. While trial players have full access to the main game, the trial ends when they reach level 8 or complete six hours of playtime. Naturally any progress made during the trial will be carried over to the full game, when purchased.
Source: Press Release
Posted: February 27, 2017 11:26AM
Last week there appeared to be a leak that a sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was coming, and today Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions, the publisher and developer respectively, have officially announced Middle-earth: Shadow of War is coming. I really enjoyed the first game, making it very easy to recommend when I reviewed it, so personally I am quite excited. Making the announcement even better is that we already have a release date too, of August 22, 2017 and it is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It is also going to be part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program, so you can get it through Steam or the Windows Store.
Like the first game, Shadow of War tells an original story within the Lord of the Rings world, and you will be playing as Talion and Celebrimbor, the murdered ranger and elven-wraith bound together with Sauron as a common, reviled enemy. This time Sauron will have the Nazgul on his side though, and there are other, deadly enemies to contend with. Also returning is the Nemesis system, which strengthened enemies that survived an encounter with you, so the next time you might not be so lucky. This time Nemesis is going to cover the entire open-world, with the environment and characters being affected by your actions and decisions. Now, along with procedurally generated enemies with varied strengths and weaknesses, there will also be Nemesis Fortresses, dynamic strongholds with their own Orc armies. We will have to see how well they hold up against a new Ring of Power.
Source: Monolith Productions