A big update is coming to Kiwi ARPG Path of Exile next month.
Update 1.3.0 hits on December 12, and will add two new Challenge Leagues: Torment and Bloodlines.
Each league has a self-contained economy and contain eight difficult challenges.
The update will rebalance the game’s player versus player mode, add user interface improvements, and an Events screen that shows upcoming events in the game itself.
◆ Free on Games With Gold this month: artillery strategy title Worms Battlegrounds (Xbox One, all month), The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief (Xbox 360, December 1-15), and classic snowboarding title SSX (Xbox 360, Dec. 16-31).
◆ Free on PlayStation Plus this month: the Ultimate Edition of Injustice: Gods Among Us (PS4), new competitive isometric shooter Secret Ponchos (PS4),
tower defence title Final Horizon (Vita), 2D space shooter Titan Attacks! (Vita), Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut (PS3), and Hitman Trilogy HD (PS3).
◆ This War of Mine recouped its development costs in two days, developer 11 bit Studios has announced. It’s currently 10 percent off on Steam.
Renowned historical novel The Pillars of the Earth is getting the adventure game treatment courtesy of Blackguards and Deponia series developer Daedalic Entertainment.
The novel was written by Ken Follett in 1989, and takes place in medieval England in the fictitious town of Kingsbridge, tracing disputes between the clergy, nobility, and the exploited classes.
The Pillars of the Earth was showered in praise at release, with the New York Daily News calling it, “A towering tale… a ripping read… there’s murder, arson, treachery, torture, love, and lust.”
The Witcher Adventure Game is now available in both board and digital format, CD Projekt Red has announced.
Designed by Polish game designer and long-time role-playing game writer Ignacy Trzewiczek, The Witcher Adventure Game promises to take players on a journey across the world of The Witcher as they assume the roles of four beloved characters from the books and computer games: Geralt of Rivia, monster slayer; Dandelion, roguish bard; Triss Merigold, cunning sorceress; and Yarpen Zigrin, dwarven warrior.
Steam isn’t the only games outlet having a sale right now. Here’s a rundown of where to get some great deals:
◆ Amazon is having a sale across all platforms
◆ The Paradox sale has games like Crusader Kings II at 80 percent off (US$8), the Magicka series at 75 percent off, Europa Universalis IV at 75 percent off, and more.
Sony will compensate some Vita customers following complaints that early advertisements for the handheld were misleading.
The Federal Trade Commission represented consumers who complained that ads for the device shown in 2012 touted features that are either absent or only partially-implemented.
As part of that settlement, Sony will offer Vita customers who bought the system before June 1, 2012 a US$25 rebate or a US$50 voucher "for select games and services".
Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, the latest third-person fantasy RPG from Ultima creator Richard Garriott, is now available on Steam Early Access.
Shroud of the Avatar gathered almost US$2m via Kickstarter last year by promising to expand upon all the best ideas from the Ultima series.
According to developer Portalarium, it will combine a single player narrative with a sandbox MMO created by a team that includes Garriott, Ultima Online director Starr Long, and Dragonlance author Tracy Hickman.
Blizzard has joined just about every other digital distributor in offering substantial discounts over the biggest shopping weekend on the US calendar.
Blizzard's sale slashes prices on big entries in its StarCraft, Diablo and Warcraft franchises. The sale will continue until December 2.
◆ Diablo 3 – AU$27.48 / US$19.99
◆ Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls – AU$22.48 / US$19.99
◆ Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty – AU$12.48 / US$9.99
◆ Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm – AU$12.48 / US$9.99
◆ World of Warcraft – AU$6.24 / US$4.99
Critically acclaimed puzzle-platformer Teslagrad is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Vita on December 3, Norwegian developer Rain has announced.
It will also get a Wii U release early next year.
Teslagrad is often compared to Braid and Limbo, and has the player take on the role of a Teslamancer who is on a quest to reveal why he is the last of his kind.
“Grand Theft Auto V for new-gen consoles is by far the most rigorous and sweeping cross-generational update we’ve seen – and at this point in the lifecycles of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, we're unlikely to see such a move again.”
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