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In Pillars of Eternity 3.0, it's Story Time (or not)

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In Pillars of Eternity 3.0, it's Story Time (or not)

Obsidian Entertainment has revealed a significant feature boost that will come with Pillars of Eternity's 3.0 update.

In addition to new stories and quests, a new difficulty level called Story Time, aimed at players only interested in the game's narrative, will lower the difficulty of combat and reduce the need to specialise squad members.

For more hardcore players, a new difficulty feature called Knockout Injuries will impair characters who have been knocked down until their next rest, while the game's third act will be made more difficult, with fewer "trash mobs."

Athletics and Survival skills now give access to abilities like mid-encounter healing and wilderness resting bonuses, respectively.

Finally, the in-game Bestiary and Action Bar have also been updated and re-organised.

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Epic heard devs liked VR, so it put VR in their VR

Epic heard devs liked VR, so it put VR in their VR

Unreal Engine 4 will soon support the creation of games from within a virtual reality environment.

The popular development suite, built by Epic Games, has supported VR output since the early days of the medium, but the Unreal Editor itself has only functioned on traditional screens.

"The industry's dirty little secret with VR development is we're developing these VR experiences while we're sitting at a PC using a mouse and keyboard," said Epic founder Tim Sweeney.

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Mirror's Edge Catalyst closed beta opens signups

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Mirror's Edge Catalyst closed beta opens signups

DICE will run a closed beta of anticipated sequel Mirror's Edge Catalyst, the studio announced today.

Signups are open now for the beta, which will run on all platforms at some point before the game's release date.

Publisher EA Games also debuted a new trailer, outlining the game's – and its protagonist Faith's – story.

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NZ-made sci-fi racer Breakneck blasts onto Steam

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NZ-made sci-fi racer Breakneck blasts onto Steam

PikPok Games' sci-fi racer Breakneck has made the leap to PC and Mac via Steam Early Access.

The Wellington-based development studio released the game for iOS and Android last year, and says it wishes to use Early Access to provide the game on desktop while adding new features.

Breakneck has players race a hovering vessel endlessly through a stark, alien-occupied Earth, skimming past obstacles, avoiding enemies, and collecting resources.

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Bethesda announces Doom's day with new trailer

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Bethesda announces Doom's day with new trailer

Doom will release on May 13th, Bethesda Softworks announced today.

The anticipated sequel will also be available in a US$120 collector's edition featuring a steelbook and a statue of the Revenant demon on an LED-lit, rotating base.

A new trailer, shown below, claims to be a look at the game's story but is mostly noteworthy for its litany of cinematic finishing moves.

2016's Doom is certainly the first in the series to feature a Cacodemon's eye being torn out of its socket; going by the trailer, the game is centred around eyeball violence in general.

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Dust 514 shutting down; new EVE shooter in the works

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Dust 514 shutting down; new EVE shooter in the works

CCP's online shooter Dust 514 will be shut down on May 30th, with its development team moving to a wholly new shooter set in the same universe.

Purchases and packs for the EVE Online spinoff have been removed from the PlayStation and in-game stores in advance of the closure, while players with in-game currency can still use Dust's marketplace.

The planned 1.3 update to the game has also been cancelled.

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Hitman has multiple plotlines, and one is PS4-only

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Hitman has multiple plotlines, and one is PS4-only

A few details have emerged about the upcoming Hitman's episodic structure, beta, and PlayStation-exclusive content.

The stealth assassination game's structure is "inspired by contemporary TV series," according to developer Io-Interactive, and can be purchased as a US$60 season or as individual episodes ($15 for the first and $10 each from there).

Io-Interactive says the fully episodic structure will let the game tell both compartmentalised assassination stories as well as weave a larger narrative involving multiple characters.

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Ark devs want an early access programme from Sony

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Ark devs want an early access programme from Sony

The developers of multiplayer dinosaur survival game Ark: Survival Evolved say Sony needs to start an early access programme for PlayStation.

"We're pretty excited about PS4. We wish Sony had an early access program, and a lot of people have been asking us for it," said Jesse Rapczak, the game's creative director.

"Ark is in the state where at present time unless it's finished, it's not coming out on PS4 until they have some other program that allows us to do that."

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Xbox, mobile ports possible as The Witness sells big

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Xbox, mobile ports possible as The Witness sells big

Jonathan Blow has released rough figures for the first week of sales of The Witness.

So far, the well-reviewed open world exploration and puzzle game has made over US$5 million in revenue, off "substantially more than 100,000" units sold.

Though The Witness is priced higher than Braid, it still sold over twice as many units in its first week than Blow's previous game, which was itself considered a major indie success.

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Peter Molyneux emerges from exile with Godus Wars

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Peter Molyneux emerges from exile with Godus Wars

Peter Molyneux returned to gaming today after an absence from the spotlight, announcing Godus Wars, which adds combat to god game Godus.

The game combines real-time strategy with Godus' land sculpting gameplay, with players taking the role of one of four deities against the others.

Players can use traditional RTS units, a range of "God Powers," and card-based powerups in combat.

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Hearthstone is about to go Wild (and also Standard)

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Hearthstone is about to go Wild (and also Standard)

Activision Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will receive a major update this coming season, changing deck management and adding a new gameplay mode.

The biggest change is the addition of a "Standard" gameplay mode, which restricts usable cards to only those released in the past two calendar years.

It is intended to give regular variation to the card pool, and to keep Hearthstone balanced and accessible for new players.

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Ultraviolent survival game The Culling drops next month

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Ultraviolent survival game The Culling drops next month

Xaviant today announced The Culling, an ultraviolent competitive survival game set for early access next month.

Taking cues from films like Battle Royale and The Hunger Games, as well as survival games like DayZ and Rust, The Culling pits 16 players against one another on a remote island.

Players seek to be the last one standing, using exploration, scavenging, crafting, and violence to get one up on their competitors.

Unlike the sprawling, persistent open world of DayZ, the Lichdom: Battle Mage developer's game is designed around more focused experiences lasting 20 minutes.

Its trailer shows off many ways to wreak victory upon opponents, including hatchets, tasers, bows, guns, and chainsaws.

News Index


Epic heard devs liked VR, so it put VR in their VR
Epic heard devs liked VR, so it put VR in their VR
NEWS Designers in the machine.
Mirror's Edge Catalyst closed beta opens signups
Mirror's Edge Catalyst closed beta opens signups
NEWS Beta mail runner.
PC, XO, PS4
4
In Pillars of Eternity 3.0, it's Story Time (or not)
In Pillars of Eternity 3.0, it's Story Time (or not)
NEWS Obsidian details new features.
PC, Mac
6
Bethesda announces Doom's day with new trailer
Bethesda announces Doom's day with new trailer
NEWS Releasing May 13th.
PC, XO, PS4
6
NZ-made sci-fi racer Breakneck blasts onto Steam
NZ-made sci-fi racer Breakneck blasts onto Steam
NEWS Go speed racer.
8
Dust 514 shutting down; new EVE shooter in the works
Dust 514 shutting down; new EVE shooter in the works
NEWS A new era dawns.
PS3
1
Arkham Knight's Mac and Linux ports have been cancelled
SNIPPET Siiiiiigh.
PC, XO, PS4
1
Hitman has multiple plotlines, and one is PS4-only
Hitman has multiple plotlines, and one is PS4-only
NEWS Going fully episodic.
PC, XO, PS4
1
Ultraviolent survival game The Culling drops next month
Ultraviolent survival game The Culling drops next month
NEWS Who volunteers as tribute?
2
Ark devs want an early access programme from Sony
Ark devs want an early access programme from Sony
NEWS Til then, no dinos for PS4 users.
4
Peter Molyneux emerges from exile with Godus Wars
Peter Molyneux emerges from exile with Godus Wars
NEWS "It was tempting to retire..."
PC
Strategy: God Game
2
Xbox, mobile ports possible as The Witness sells big
Xbox, mobile ports possible as The Witness sells big
NEWS Gold at the centre of the maze.
PS4
2
Hearthstone is about to go Wild (and also Standard)
Hearthstone is about to go Wild (and also Standard)
NEWS Big changes a-comin'.
PC, Mac, iOS, Android
1
Ant Simulator cancelled as conflicting accusations fly
Ant Simulator cancelled as conflicting accusations fly
NEWS Colony collapse.
Nintendo's profits down despite decent software sales
Nintendo's profits down despite decent software sales
NEWS It's also working on VR.
1
Congresswoman sponsoring anti-swatting bill swatted
Congresswoman sponsoring anti-swatting bill swatted
NEWS Probably a bad idea.
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Lego bricking up Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Lego bricking up Star Wars: The Force Awakens
NEWS Chewie, we're plastic.
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NZ government to "claw back" $3m from Gameloft
NZ government to "claw back" $3m from Gameloft
NEWS R&D grant cancelled.
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The Witness will be patched to prevent motion sickness
The Witness will be patched to prevent motion sickness
NEWS It's not supposed to be THAT hard.
PS4
Ubisoft and EA clash over the word "ghost"
Ubisoft and EA clash over the word "ghost"
NEWS Studio vs franchise: fight.
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Superhot gets a super-soon release date
Superhot gets a super-soon release date
NEWS You'll be bullet-timing in no time.
Bethesda will run an E3 conference again
Bethesda will run an E3 conference again
NEWS Save the date.
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Xbox Italy may have leaked The Division open beta dates
Xbox Italy may have leaked The Division open beta dates
NEWS Coming this month, maybe.
PC, XO, PS4
Vote To Play returns with bros, butts, and 'bots
Vote To Play returns with bros, butts, and 'bots
NEWS Get voting, PS+ users.
New Titanfall and Mass Effect will be out by March 2017
New Titanfall and Mass Effect will be out by March 2017
NEWS EA has a fiscal year deadline.
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Cliff Bleszinski: "campaigns cost the most money"
Cliff Bleszinski: "campaigns cost the most money"
NEWS Multiplayer dominates for a reason.
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Barbie goes into game development in latest toy line
Barbie goes into game development in latest toy line
NEWS Wearing the Gamedev Uniform, no less.
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The Witness outselling Braid, despite piracy
The Witness outselling Braid, despite piracy
NEWS Plenty of people playing puzzles.
PS4
3
The Division post-launch plan and story details announced
The Division post-launch plan and story details announced
NEWS Ubisoft's grand plan.
PC, XO, PS4
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Activision allegedly developing new Ghostbusters game
Activision allegedly developing new Ghostbusters game
NEWS Tying in with the film reboot.
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