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Far Cry 4 Review

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» October 8, 2014 04:00PM

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Gaming News (780)

Ubisoft Giving Customers Assassin's Creed Unity DLC and More

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 28, 2014 06:23AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Everybody likely knows about the state of Assassin's Creed Unity at launch, including Ubisoft. They have been working on patches to fix many of the game's problems, but because of the many there were and many there still are, the company has decided to give all customers the Dead Kings DLC free. For those who purchased the Season Pass, that included the DLC, they will be offered a choice of one of Ubisoft's other titles, for free. These titles are:

  • The Crew
  • Far Cry 4
  • Watch Dogs
  • Assassin's Creed Black Flag
  • Rayman Legends
  • Just Dance 2015

As the process for selecting and receiving a free game does not exist currently, the company is working on setting up.

The sales of the Season Pass have also been discontinued and Ubisoft makes no mention of when or if it will be offered again in the future.

Source: Ubisoft



Ubisoft Announces Patches For Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed: Unity

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 26, 2014 04:18PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Ubisoft has announced patches for its latest two games, Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed: Unity, that address a number of gameplay issues. The update for Assassin's Creed: Unity will address "more than 90 crashes, dozens of bugs and some specific frame rate drops in the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC game." The game has been plagued by numerous issues since it was launched and this is already the third patch to address those issues. Some of the areas that the patch will address include frame rates, gameplay, matchmaking, and AI. Far Cry 4 patch 1.4.0 is mild in comparison and will address the "problem causing users to encounter a black screen upon attempting to launch the game, as well as providing a remedy to those who saw a grey screen when reaching the end of an Outpost Master Mission."

Source: Polygon and Ubisoft



Ubisoft Explains The Crew Review Embargo

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 26, 2014 07:41AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Anyone following the latest gaming news has likely seen a number of pieces about troubles with Ubisoft titles, especially Assassin's Creed Unity. In just under a week, The Crew, an MMO CaRPG, is going to be released, but this week Ubisoft put out a blog post concerning the upcoming reviews.

The post states that the media will not be given copies to review prior to the game's launch, and that no embargo will be in place. It may seem odd or a bad omen for the game that reviewers will not have early access to the finished product, but that is actually the point Ubisoft attempts to make. Being an MMO with a focus on social gaming, the post explains that the optimal experience is had when playing with "thousands and thousands and thousands" of players, and not just the press and the developers. Some features, like Faction Wars rely on having large numbers of players, but also the game was built to be a "living playground full of driving fans." Further it points out that the developers used the four closed betas the game, and the current open beta on xBox One and PS4, to gather feedback to improve the experience, so the beta experience also may not reflect the game's release form.

Now I would like to do a little editorializing here, as someone with review and pre-release game experience. I have played games and game content prior to release and have seen major features changed and removed very shortly before release. If indeed The Crew is undergoing significant changes leading up to its release, then it would be an easy argument to make that it is irresponsible to review a pre-release version. Some games also see significant changes after release, which is one of the reasons I do the Years-Later Reviews. It may not be the case that twelfth-hour changes to The Crew are that significant, but they might be. Only a comparison between pre-release and the release versions would reveal this, just as only a released MMO can have the number of players in it as a released MMO. The people at Ubisoft always want their games seen and played at their best, and have certainly made these decisions with that motivation. One may disagree with these decisions, but one should still appreciate the motives and reasons behind them, which is no doubt why the blog post was made.

Source: UbiBlog



Valve Updates Early Access Guidelines

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 24, 2014 04:47PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Valve has issued new rules and guidelines to developers that take part in the Early Access program for Steam, confirmed by several developers to Giantbomb. The first rule is that developers must clearly indicate that a game is Early Access when selling Steam keys through other means. Developers must also release on Steam at the same time as other platforms and must also charge the same price across platforms. The guidelines are more recommendations than concrete rules and include "don't launch in Early Access if you can't afford to develop with very few or no sales, make sure you set expectations properly everywhere you talk about your game, and don't launch in Early Access if you are done with development." Hopefully this new guidance from Valve will provide a better Early Access experience for developers and gamers.

Source: Giantbomb



Battlefield Will Become More Military-Focused After Hardline Release

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 24, 2014 05:23AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Battlefield Hardline, which is slated to launch on March 17, 2015, is more of a cops-and-robbers title that falls away from its military roots that the franchise is known for. According to Blake Jorgensen, the CFO at EA, the Battlefield title that will be released in 2016 is expected to be more of a military-style game, with more details to be released in the future. Jorgensen also noted that after seeing the game, the new Battlefield that will launch over a year after Battlefield Hardline is made available to the public is already shaping up to be both fun and new.

Source: GameSpot



Steam Fall Sale Kicks Off November 26

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 24, 2014 04:50AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although Valve has yet to officially announce its Steam Fall Sale for this year, it looks like it will be kicking off in just two days, according to a PayPal email that was sent to various PayPal members. The Steam Fall Sale is expected to begin on November 26 and last until December 1, allowing gamers to pick up various products for Windows, Mac, and Linux for incredibly low prices. Some of the best deals will likely take place on Black Friday, but no matter the day gamers have the opportunity to save on thousands of video game titles during the Steam Fall Sale. PayPal customers can even order Steam Wallet Codes through its online gift store in preparation for the sale.

Source: VG247



Turtle Rock Will Release All Evolve DLC Maps For Free

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 23, 2014 04:45PM
Author: ClayMeow


In an interview with IGN, Turtle Rock Studios' Creative Director Phil Robb revealed that all DLC maps for Evolve will be free for all players. The reasoning is actually rather simple – Turtle Rock doesn't want to fracture its community. Robb explained that the studio "never want[s] anyone to get booted off a server because they haven't bought something." This reasoning trickles down to the planned monster and hunter DLC as well. Players who choose to not purchase those DLC packs will still be able to join games with those DLC monsters and hunters, they just won't be able to play as them.

Evolve is scheduled to arrive on February 10, 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: IGN



Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms' First Book, Devourer of Souls, Now Fully Released

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 23, 2014 02:54PM
Author: ClayMeow

While it didn't leave Steam Early Access until a week after originally scheduled, Book I of Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms is now officially available as a complete product. The release version adds in Chapter III, along with two new playable characters: Wood Elemental and Thorn Wasp. Of course, now that the game is officially launched, we get to enjoy this new Release Trailer:

Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms is available for purchase on Steam with a 20% discount dropping the price down to $23.99 until November 27. Purchasing the game entitles you to Book II free of charge when it becomes available for release.

Source: Press Release and Steam



Ori and the Blind Forest Pushed Back to Early 2015

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 23, 2014 02:32PM
Author: ClayMeow


Originally scheduled to arrive Holiday 2014 for PC and Xbox One, the gorgeous 2.5D Metroidvania platformer Ori and the Blind Forest has been pushed back "to add a final layer of polish." The new release window for those two platforms is Early 2015. No mention of whether the Xbox 360 version is still planned for Early 2015, or even if it's still planned at all. The exact wording of Moon Studios' statement is that the studio will "be releasing Ori and the Blind Forest Early 2015 exclusively for Xbox One and PC."

Source: Official Site




Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes PC Specs and Details Revealed

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 23, 2014 01:15PM
Author: ClayMeow


Roughly a month ahead of its PC debut, the PC specs and details for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes have been unveiled. Unsurprisingly, the PC version will be the definitive version of the game, featuring a slew of graphical enhancements:

  • 60 FPS frame rate
  • Additional deferred lights per scene
  • Additional shadows per scene
  • Higher-resolution render targets
  • Higher-resolution shadows
  • Increased detail over distances
  • NVIDIA SLI Multi-GPU support
  • Options to adjust seven graphics features (Effects, Lighting, Screen Filtering, Shadows, Texture Filtering, Textures)
  • Resolution support up to and including 3840x2160 (4K)
  • Screen Space Reflections

While that's an impressive list on paper, it's equally impressive in action. NVIDIA has posted two exclusive screenshots along with a handy comparison tool, allowing you to directly compare the PC and PlayStation 4 versions. The first screenshot shows improved lighting, enhanced shadows, higher textures, and greater draw distance. The second screenshot highlights the Screen Space Reflections. As for what you'll need to actually run all this extra eye-candy, check out the official system requirements:

Minimum Specifications

  • OS: Windows Vista 64-Bit or later
  • Processor: Core i5 Sandy Bridge 4 Core (4 Thread) 2.7GHz or above
  • Memory: 4GB RAM or above
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 650 or above
  • DirectX: Version 11 or above

Recommended Specifications

  • Processor: Core i5 Sandy Bridge 4 Core (4 Thread) 2.7GHz or above
  • Memory: 8GB RAM or above
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 760 or above

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be arriving via Steam on December 18.

Source: NVIDIA



Giant Mechs Invade Zombies Monsters Robots in 'Steel Corps' Update

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 23, 2014 01:08PM
Author: ClayMeow


Free-to-play, third-person shooter Zombies Monsters Robots has been invaded by giant mechs. The "Steel Corps" update has added three classes of playable mechs (Light, Medium, and Heavy) alongside nine new maps. Each class includes two base models and two Limited Edition variants. Players can pilot the mechs in an all-new PvP mode creatively entitled Team Mech Match, but the nine new maps are also playable in PvE and other PvP modes.

Zombies Monsters Robots can be downloaded for free via Steam.

Source: Press Release




Nearly 20 Minutes of Lost Ark Gameplay

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 22, 2014 02:22PM
Author: ClayMeow


South Korea's SmileGate took the Internet by storm when it unveiled its isometric, hack-and-slash MMORPG Lost Ark last week, with its high production values, amazing skill effects, and a whopping 18 playable characters. While the eight-minute Debut Trailer was quite impressive, now we get a new 19-minute "G-star Trailer", showing off even more of the game and its characters. Sadly, the narration is in Korean, but it's still a visual treat to watch.

Lost Ark is expected to enter Closed Beta next year, but a Western release is still up in the air.

Source: Official Site



Warlords of Draenor Helps World of Warcraft Once Again Top Ten Million Subscribers

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 22, 2014 02:19PM
Author: ClayMeow


At its peak, World of Warcraft had a whopping 12 million subscribers, making it the most popular MMORPG in history. While Blizzard has still enjoyed great success with the game, its subscriber base has unsurprisingly declined over the years, dropping to a still respectable, roughly 7.5 million last year. But with the release of the Warlords of Draenor expansion, World of Warcraft has once again surpassed the 10-million mark as of November 13, the date of the launch. More than 3.3 million copies of the expansion were sold within the first 24 hours.

Blizzard qualifies active subscribers as the following:

World of Warcraft subscribers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or have an active prepaid card to play World of Warcraft, as well as those who have purchased the game and are within their free month of access. Internet game room players who have accessed the game over the last thirty days are also counted as subscribers. The above definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or cancelled subscriptions, and expired prepaid cards. Subscribers in licensees' territories are defined along the same rules.

Source: Press Release



New The Crew "101 Trailer" Breaks Down the Game's Various Features

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 21, 2014 09:18PM
Author: ClayMeow


Ubisoft has released another "101 Trailer", this time for its MMO-CarPG The Crew. The trailer is broken up into nine parts: Intro, World, Crew Up, Factions, Skills, Missions, Rewards, Customization, and Outro. You can skip around to whatever section you'd like, or just sit back and watch the full eight-minute video. While the whole video is certainly worth a watch, Factions is particularly interesting, as I don't recall Ubisoft touching upon that much in the past.

The Crew is set to arrive on December 2 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. An Open Beta will be available from November 25 to November 27 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog



With the Map Editor, Far Cry 4 is Your Anecdote Factory

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 21, 2014 09:06PM
Author: ClayMeow


Far Cry 4 launched on Tuesday to fairly high critical acclaim. While the launch was accompanied by two trailers – a CGI Launch Trailer and a Story Trailer – Ubisoft has a new trailer for us to enjoy. This time around it's all about the Map Editor. "Using assets from the world of Far Cry 4, you’ll be able to add everything from vehicles to elephants to AI soldiers to weapons – even a golden effigy of Pagan Min."

Source: Press Release



First Look at Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 21, 2014 08:48PM
Author: ClayMeow

Well now we know where those leaked Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series screenshots came from – it came from the Teaser Trailer. Check out the first official look at the six-part episodic game series based on HBO's mega-hit Game of Thrones:

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is coming soon to PC (Windows & Mac), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and iOS.

Source: Press Release



Titanfall Deluxe Edition Now Available on PC; XBO November 25

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 19, 2014 08:30PM
Author: ClayMeow


As a pure action FPS, I thoroughly enjoyed Titanfall when it first came out. Titanfall falls somewhere between a realistic military shooter and a run-n-gun arcade shooter, with arguably the best mobility of any shooter. And of course, what's not to love about jumping into or onto a giant mech? If you passed on the game at launch, now's your chance to hop into the action at a fraction of the cost with all content.

Respawn Entertainment has revealed the Titanfall Deluxe Edition, which is now available for PC via Origin for just $39.99. The Xbox One version will be available digitally on November 25 for $49.99. The Deluxe Edition not only contains the base game and the eight major updates along the way, but also all three DLC packs: Expedition, Frontier's Edge, and IMC Rising. With Respawn adding a co-op wave defense mode called Frontier Defense last month, now's a great time to get into the fray. Check out the "New Gameplay Updates and Features" video to learn more:

Source: Press Release and Official Site



Colorful Platform Adventure Game JUJU Arriving December 9

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 19, 2014 07:44PM
Author: ClayMeow


Flying Wild Hog, the studio behind hardcore first-person shooters Hard Reset and Shadow Warrior, is back with a ... kid-friendly, side-scrolling platformer. Say what?! JUJU is an extremely vibrant and colorful 2.5D platformer featuring a pink shaman panda named Juju and his lizard sidekick named Peyo. Watching gameplay, I'm immediately reminded of the recent Rayman games, but JUJU seems a lot more accessible for younger gamers, making it the perfect parent-and-child co-op game, especially with the drop-in/drop-out nature.

JUJU will feature 40 beautiful stages and nine massive, multi-stage boss battles. Single-player and co-op play are both supported, with the second player taking control of Peyo, who was specifically designed to be an easier entry point for new gamers. "Armed with an extra tongue attack and reduced chance to be targeted by bosses, Peyo has been created specifically for new players to get their feet wet in gaming." There are also time challenges, hardcore modes, secret areas, achievements, and leaderboards. It certainly seems like a game any age can enjoy.

JUJU is coming to PC (Steam), PlayStation 3 (PSN), and Xbox 360 (XBLA) on December 9.

Source: Press Release




EA Shares Some Unique Dragon Age: Inquisition Artwork

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 18, 2014 09:36PM
Author: ClayMeow


Dragon Age: Inquisition officially launched today, but with the official Launch Trailer unveiled yesterday, I guess Electronic Arts wanted to do something a bit different for launch day. Enter some wonderful pieces of artwork. The ten pieces of "inquisitive artwork", as EA calls it, is indescribable... in a good way. They're the kind of artwork that fans probably wish had super high-res versions to print out and hang on their walls. Check them out below for yourself and see if you agree!

Source: Press Release




The Resident Evil Re-remaster Gets Some 'Next Gen Screens'

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 18, 2014 09:07PM
Author: ClayMeow


Capcom has released 19 new screenshots for the Resident Evil re-remaster that was announced back in August. The screenshots are apparently from the PlayStation 4 version of the game, so expect the same or (hopefully) better visuals on PC. Check them out below!

Resident Evil is planned for Early 2015 release for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Press Release




New Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Dev Diary Explores Puzzles

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 18, 2014 08:44PM
Author: ClayMeow


Isometric puzzle platforming action game Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is three weeks from release, so Square Enix has published a new developer diary video discussing the puzzle design. Entitled "Puzzles 101", the trailer features developer commentary by Executive Producer Scot Amos and Lead Level Designer Jeff Wajcs, who discuss how puzzles are designed to challenge players in both single-player and co-op.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris will be arriving December 9 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One for $19.99, with Steam featuring a 10% discount, dropping the price to $17.99. A Season Pass is also available, along with a four-pack.

Source: Press Release and Steam




Far Cry 4 Celebrates Launch Day with Two New Trailers

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 18, 2014 08:28PM
Author: ClayMeow


Yet another major launch is upon us. Far Cry 4 released today for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. While we got a Season Pass Trailer yesterday, and technically already got a Launch Trailer last week, Ubisoft decided to grace us with not one, but two new trailers: a CGI Launch Trailer and a Story Trailer.

Source: Press Release



Valve Details Next Dota 2 Update

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 18, 2014 04:24PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The latest update for the popular MOBA Dota 2 is entitled The Foreseer's Contract and brings with it a number of rewards from The International 4 Compendium and more importantly, a new hero. The latest hero is known as Oracle and he "has come to let you seize the fates of both friend and foe." Phantom Assassin will receive a new Arcana set and it will be 20% off until December 7. Also added in the update will be new mega creep models, heroic effigies, and compendium gems and emoticons. A new event, Nemesis Assassin, will be added to the update and detailed before its release this week.

Source: Dota 2 Blog



LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Gets a Season Pass Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 17, 2014 08:30PM
Author: ClayMeow


LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham launched last week with the Season Pass immediately providing three add-on packs: The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, and Batman 75th. Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) released an official Season Pass Trailer, along with unveiling one of the three remaining packs: Arrow. "Become the Green Arrow, voiced by Stephen Amell, from the hit TV show Arrow on The CW. Explore Starling City and interact with new characters, including Diggle, Felicity Smoak, Huntress, Slade Wilson, Black Canary and more."

The Arrow Add-On Pack is simply listed as "coming soon", while the remaining two packs are still being kept secret. The Season Pass is currently available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 for $14.99 / £11.99, with each pack available individually at $2.99 / £2.50 apiece.

Source: Press Release



Bad Juju Games Has Acquired Digital Distributor Desura

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 17, 2014 08:24PM
Author: ClayMeow


Desura is a digital distribution service for PC that officially launched back in 2009. While it may not have the same popularity as Steam, it's a site for the little guys, providing a variety of tools for indie developers to bring their games to the masses. The site features more than 2600 games and over a million monthly active users. Earlier in the month, indie game and middleware tools developer Bad Juju Games announced that it acquired Desura from its former owner and operator Linden Lab, which will be focusing its efforts on Second Life and Blocksworld.

Founded in 2010, Bad Juju Games has worked with a variety of developers, both big and small, providing tools, technology, and interactive solutions for several AAA games. Working with the likes of Bandai Namco, EA, Activision, and more, it'll be interesting to see if Bad Juju tries to encourage those publishers to add its library to Desura. Regardless, Bad Juju has several improvements in mind. Leaderboards, Achievements, Cloud Storage, Player Stats and Profiles, and its Business Intelligence will all be made available to developers at no additional cost. For consumers, Bad Juju promises "major price savings, rewards, an expanded game title catalog, and a fully native cross-platform game management client application."

Source: Press Release



Cooperative Mode Added to NeocoreGames' Deathtrap Early Access

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 17, 2014 07:31PM
Author: ClayMeow


Tower-defense, action-RPG hybrid Deathtrap entered Steam Early Access back on October 22, and while its had its fair share of updates over the weeks, one of its biggest ones arrived today. Alongside a new class, Mercenary, today's update has added Cooperative Mode, allowing you to join up to three friends to save the world together. Check out the Co-Op Gameplay Trailer to learn more:

Deathtrap is available via Steam Early Access for $19.99. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will come at a later, undisclosed date.

Source: Press Release




Far Cry 4's Season Pass Packs a Punch... and a Yeti

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 17, 2014 07:10PM
Author: ClayMeow


Far Cry 4 launches tomorrow, but before we get an official launch trailer, Ubisoft has provided us with the full trailer for the Season Pass, expanding upon the teaser we got a little over a week ago. While the teaser merely gave us a glimpse of a yeti, the full trailer provides a look at each of the four DLC packs, though sadly nothing more on the yeti front.

Far Cry 4 will launch tomorrow for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog



Enter the Wonderful World of Dragon Age: Inquisition with the Launch Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 17, 2014 02:50PM
Author: bp9801

The time is nearly here, when we take up the mantle of the Inquisitor and protect the world of Thedas. Dragon Age: Inquisition arrives tomorrow in North America, and today we have the launch trailer for it, which gives us a glimpse of the wonderful world BioWare has crafted. It actually is set to a fairly haunting rendition of "It's a Wonderful World," one that perfectly sets the stage for what Inquisition has to offer. Everything in the trailer looks outstanding, from the immense vistas and fortresses, to the companions, enemies, monsters, demons, and of course, those dragons. The dragon battles look to be truly epic and potentially terrifying, as you'll no doubt have to plan your strategy of attack to suceed against them. There is plenty more to offer in the trailer, including a glimpse at the Elder One, who we'll have to find a way to stop.

Dragon Age: Inquisition arrives on the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 tomorrow in North America, although you can preload it now and begin playing once it launches at 12am Eastern. It's already available in South Korea, arrives on Thursday in Europe and Australia, and Friday in the United Kingdom.

Source: BioWare



Hack-and-Slash MMORPG Lost Ark Gets Debut Trailer, as Developer Considers Global Market

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 16, 2014 07:42PM
Author: ClayMeow


South Korean studio SmileGate has unveiled its new upcoming title, Lost Ark. Previously known as Project T, Lost Ark is an isometric, hack-and-slash MMORPG built using Unreal Engine 3 and co-developed by Tripod Studio, and its debut trailer is already generating quite the buzz with its striking visuals. Lost Ark will feature a whopping 18 playable characters, with four revealed thus far: Fighter, Warrior, Magician, and Gunner. Already the skills look quite unique, with amazing special effects and weaponry ranging from giant swords to magic to guns. Oh, and there are various mounts as well, including a dragon and giant mech.

With its isometric view and hack-and-slash gameplay, Lost Ark will certainly garner comparisons to Diablo 3 and Path of Exile. But from what is shown in the trailer, Lost Ark may not only be able to compete with the likes of those games, but also stand on its own. The production value appears awfully high, especially for a game that will likely be free-to-play based on SmileGate's biggest title, CrossFire. If the game's future publisher can keep the microtransactions at a purely aesthetic level like Grinding Gear Games has done with Path of Exile, Lost Ark could be a major success.

Of course the burning question is whether Lost Ark will actually make its way to Western markets. Fortunately, it seems that SmileGate is creating the game with a global mindset. Ji Won-gil, who heads both Tripod Studio and the SmileGate Group's affiliate SmileGate RPG, told Koreatimes that "the game is designed to target both domestic and overseas markets." That being said, nothing's set in stone, with him going on to say that the company still needs to "think over how to localize detailed parts of the game to attract foreign users."

Lost Ark has been in development for more than three years, with more than 150 members on the development team. Closed Beta is expected to begin next year, though that will likely be for South Korea only.

Source: Steparu [1] & [2] and Koreatimes and Official Site




Leaked Screenshots of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series Reveal Some Familiar Faces

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 16, 2014 03:30PM
Author: ClayMeow


While Telltale Games revealed that the focus of its upcoming Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series would be the lesser known House Forrester, there will certainly be a lot of familiar faces present in the game to anyone who has watched the HBO series. At least, that's if the eight leaked screenshots that have been spread all over social media are indeed legit. Kotaku claims that XBLA-focused Twitter account lifelower was the first to release the screenshots, but whatever the source, they should certainly be taken with a grain of salt.

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is coming soon to PC (Windows & Mac), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and iOS.

Source: Kotaku




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