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On-disc debate keeps DLC characters out of Dragon Age: Inquisition

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On-disc debate keeps DLC characters out of Dragon Age: Inquisition

BioWare won't be offering up any DLC characters for Dragon Age: Inquisition because it doesn’t want to get tangled up in the on-disc DLC debate.

The game’s creative director Mike Laidlaw told OXM that technical reasons meant some parts of DLC characters would have to be included on the game’s disc, and that riled some fans.

"Because of how deeply enmeshed in the system companion characters are, we can't just add them on the fly; part of them has to be shipped on the disc, which has led to criticism that we're forcing people to pay for content they already own,” said Laidlaw.

"It's not the case, but we've decided this time to not go that route. There will be no DLC party members."

There will be nine party members in Inquisition, including Cassandra Pentaghast, Varric, Vivienne, Sera, Iron Bull, and Solas.

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Elder Scrolls Online gets quest bug fixes, loot patch incoming

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Elder Scrolls Online gets quest bug fixes, loot patch incoming

The latest patch for The Elder Scrolls Online fixes a number of the game’s buggy quest events, while an upcoming one will distribute loot found in chests more evenly, says Zenimax.

Many playing the game have discovered that some quest givers simply stop responding to the player at certain points, preventing them from completing tasks and reaping the subsequent rewards.

According to Zenimax, this bug has now been squashed in 30 quests across 15 of the game’s zones.

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RedLynx back to the drawing board with Trials online modes

RedLynx back to the drawing board with Trials online modes

Trials Fusion is out tomorrow on console, but the game’s competitive online mode won’t be available for a few months, says Ubisoft.

An Ubisoft spokesperson told Gamesbeat that players generally avoided the four-player online races in Trials Evolution, so developer RedLynx wanted to take some extra time to come up with something different.

“Trials Fusion will support a type of online multiplayer experience as, based on the metrics from Trials Evolution, RedLynx saw that online multiplayer wasn’t a popular feature among players,” said the spokesperson.

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Trials Fusion on Xbox One needs a patch to hit 900p

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Trials Fusion on Xbox One needs a patch to hit 900p

The Xbox One version of Trials Fusion will require a patch to raise its resolution to 900p, Ubisoft has confirmed.

The publisher told Eurogamer that without the patch, the game will run at 800p and 60 frames per second.

By contrast, the PlayStation 4 version runs at a native 1080p 60 frames per second, no patching necessary.

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Next Orcs Must Die title is a free-to-play MOBA with CCG elements

Next Orcs Must Die title is a free-to-play MOBA with CCG elements

The Orcs Must Die! series is getting the MOBA treatment in the just-announced Orcs Must Die! Unchained from Robot Entertainment.

According to the developer, the game will contain MOBA as well as CCG elements, while hanging on to the third-person action strategy template that made it famous.

Two teams of five heroes will clash, armed with traps, spells, and abilities.

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Unofficial TESO auction house has Zenimax approval

Unofficial TESO auction house has Zenimax approval

A ZeniMax-endorsed auction house has sprung up for The Elder Scrolls Online.

The TESO Elite forums allow listings for the buying, selling, and trading of both goods and services within The Elder Scrolls Online.

To get the process started, players simply list an item; whether they want to sell it, trade it, or buy it; the platform and server they are playing on; and their in-game username. There is even a feedback system in place, so dishonest traders can be easily identified.

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Firaxis unveils Civilization: Beyond Earth, an Alpha Centauri spiritual successor

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Firaxis unveils Civilization: Beyond Earth, an Alpha Centauri spiritual successor

A new Civilization game that will serve as a spiritual successor to 1999 4X classic Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is on the way from Firaxis.

Civilization: Beyond Earth was unveiled at PAX East over the weekend, and it takes the classic turn-based strategy series into space for the first time since the aforementioned title.

In Beyond Earth, the player must guide the expansion of a human colony that has landed on a planet occupied by a number of alien species. Diplomatic and technological choices will influence the evolution of the colony.

A Harmony player will look to adapt to the new environment and see humans crossed with other species that changes their looks, the structures they can build, and more. By contrast, a Supremacy player will rely on technology like robotics to be the salvation of mankind, while a Purity player will attempt to keep the human genome “pure” by force.

Planets will be procedurally generated, and range from arid to aquatic.

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Star Citizen extended gameplay video shows dogfights, crashes and more

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Star Citizen extended gameplay video shows dogfights, crashes and more

An extended sequence of gameplay footage of space MMO Star Citizen has made its way on to the net.

The footage was shown at shown at PAX East over the weekend, and demonstrates ship take-off, dogfighting, pilot blackout, and more.

Cloud Imperium Games has raised US$41.9 million to spend on the game so far, the majority of which came through its official website.

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Singleplayer campaign Curse of Naxxramas adds new cards and challenges to Hearthstone

Singleplayer campaign Curse of Naxxramas adds new cards and challenges to Hearthstone

A singleplayer campaign called Curse of Naxxramas is coming to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard has announced.

The inspiration for the adventure is Naxxramas, a dungeon in World of Warcraft that is the floating necropolis for the powerful archlich Kel’Thuzad. It has five wings, each with bosses that have unique cards and hero abilities.

The expansion adds 30 new cards to the game that are earned by defeating these bosses, with completion of each wing guaranteeing the player a new Legendary class card.

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There Came an Echo allows players to control units using voice commands

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There Came an Echo allows players to control units using voice commands

A squad-based RTS wherein players have the option of controlling their units simply by speaking is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

Iridium Studios’ There Came an Echo puts players in the jackboots of a squad commander and allows them the option to give orders to their troops via a headset, the PlayStation Camera, or Kinect sensor, rather than using a controller or mouse and keyboard.

Those who opt for the voice route can substitute their own custom words or phrases in for standard commands like “fire” or “shields up”.

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Epic Games details Fortnite classes, gameplay mechanics

Epic Games details Fortnite classes, gameplay mechanics

The latest issue of Game Informer has a heap of info regarding Epic Games’ upcoming Unreal Engine 4-powered multiplayer sandbox survival title Fortnite.

There are three campaigns in the game so far, which stretch for 10, 20, and 50 hours in length respectively. Each stage is procedurally-generated with destructible elements, and players must work together to scavenge crafting material to build up and repair their forts before nightfall.

The enemy in Fortnite are demons that spawn from portals in storm clouds that can be closed using a device called Atlas. Gameplay-wise, comparisons have been made to Gears of War’s over-the-shoulder perspective and horde mode mechanics.

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Goat Sim dev: "The value of free content updates is often overlooked"

Goat Sim dev: "The value of free content updates is often overlooked"

Coffee Stain Studios decided to make all DLC for Goat Simulator free after learning some harsh lessons with its previous DLC releases, says designer and PR manager Armin Ibrisagic.

In a post on Gamasutra, Ibrisagic laid out an argument free DLC, and noted that money could still be made with free content.

“Having a good relationship with players is the best long-term investment you can make,” he wrote.

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Bastion creator's new ARPG Transistor is out next month

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Bastion creator's new ARPG Transistor is out next month

Sci-fi action-RPG Transistor is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC on May 21, Supergiant Games has announced.

On PC, game will be available from Steam as well as the Bastion creator’s website.

Transistor invites players to wield an extraordinary weapon of unknown origin as they fight through a futuristic city.

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Sony announces free-to-play zombie survival MMO H1Z1

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Sony announces free-to-play zombie survival MMO H1Z1

Sony has announced a new free-to-play massively multiplayer zombie survival title called H1Z1 for PC and PlayStation 4.

The name is a reference to 2009’s "swine flu" virus, and the game is set 15 years after it appeared, in a world where it transforms people into zombies.

“Humanity has been reduced to hiding in the shadows, searching desperately for food and water and anything that can help to survive even for another day,” wrote Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley on the game’s official subreddit.

“But the Infected aren’t the only dangers in the world. Everyday life in the Apocalypse means dealing with all kinds of wild animals and the brutality of other survivors, as well as finding your next meal and a safe place to sleep.”

News Index


Elder Scrolls Online gets quest bug fixes, loot patch incoming
Elder Scrolls Online gets quest bug fixes, loot patch incoming
NEWS Solving the case of the disappearing chests.
PC, XO, PS4
RPG: MMO
1
RedLynx back to the drawing board with Trials online modes
RedLynx back to the drawing board with Trials online modes
NEWS Coming for free in a few months.
PC, 360, XO, PS4
Trials Fusion on Xbox One needs a patch to hit 900p
Trials Fusion on Xbox One needs a patch to hit 900p
NEWS PS4 is full HD, of course.
PC, 360, XO, PS4
9
On-disc debate keeps DLC characters out of Dragon Age: Inquisition
On-disc debate keeps DLC characters out of Dragon Age: Inquisition
NEWS Nine party members total.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
16
Next Orcs Must Die title is a free-to-play MOBA with CCG elements
Next Orcs Must Die title is a free-to-play MOBA with CCG elements
NEWS Everyone wants a piece.
PC
Firaxis unveils Civilization: Beyond Earth, an Alpha Centauri spiritual successor
Firaxis unveils Civilization: Beyond Earth, an Alpha Centauri spiritual successor
NEWS Go galactic.
PC, Mac
24
Star Citizen extended gameplay video shows dogfights, crashes and more
Star Citizen extended gameplay video shows dogfights, crashes and more
NEWS Straight outta PAX.
PC
1
Unofficial TESO auction house has Zenimax approval
Unofficial TESO auction house has Zenimax approval
NEWS Comes complete with feedback system.
PC, XO, PS4
RPG: MMO
Singleplayer campaign Curse of Naxxramas adds new cards and challenges to Hearthstone
Singleplayer campaign Curse of Naxxramas adds new cards and challenges to Hearthstone
NEWS First of five episodes will be free.
PC, Mac, iOS, Android
There Came an Echo allows players to control units using voice commands
There Came an Echo allows players to control units using voice commands
NEWS Influences include XCOM, EndWar.
PC, XO, PS4
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Goat Sim dev: "The value of free content updates is often overlooked"
Goat Sim dev: "The value of free content updates is often overlooked"
NEWS How free DLC can make money.
PC
Sony announces free-to-play zombie survival MMO H1Z1
Sony announces free-to-play zombie survival MMO H1Z1
NEWS For PC and PS4.
PC, PS4
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Epic Games details Fortnite classes, gameplay mechanics
Epic Games details Fortnite classes, gameplay mechanics
NEWS Three distinct campaigns, four classes, storm clouds.
PC
Bastion creator's new ARPG Transistor is out next month
Bastion creator's new ARPG Transistor is out next month
NEWS The next game from Supergiant.
PC, PS4
Strategy: Turn Based
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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! confirmed, no plans for new-gen versions
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! confirmed, no plans for new-gen versions
NEWS New characters, oxygen and low gravity mechanics.
PC, 360, PS3
7
Epic Games' Fortnite will be free-to-play, alpha sign-ups open now
Epic Games' Fortnite will be free-to-play, alpha sign-ups open now
NEWS Team up against the Storm.
PC
Borderlands 2 hits Vita next month, includes six DLC packs
Borderlands 2 hits Vita next month, includes six DLC packs
NEWS Bring your PS3 save over.
PC, 360, PS3, Vita
Adventure & RPG
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First adventure zone coming to Elder Scrolls Online this month
First adventure zone coming to Elder Scrolls Online this month
NEWS A rock expanse known as Craglorn.
PC, XO, PS4
RPG: MMO
1
Watch Dogs and Shadow of Mordor recommended PC specs revealed
Watch Dogs and Shadow of Mordor recommended PC specs revealed
NEWS Read and weep?
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
1
The Elder Scrolls Online launches today, Bethesda celebrates with infographic
The Elder Scrolls Online launches today, Bethesda celebrates with infographic
NEWS 162,784 cups of coffee consumed.
PC, XO, PS4
RPG: MMO
ANZ Champs take top 5 spot at 2014 Call of Duty Championship
ANZ Champs take top 5 spot at 2014 Call of Duty Championship
NEWS "Koala Duty" take home $75,000.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4, WiiU
Action: First-Person
1
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls sells 2.7m copies
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls sells 2.7m copies
NEWS Death stopped 1.5m times.
PC, PS4
1
Third episode of The Wolf Among Us coming next week
Third episode of The Wolf Among Us coming next week
NEWS Promises "a shocking revelation".
PC, 360, PS3, Mac
Adventure
Don't Starve's Reign of Giants available now via Early Access
Don't Starve's Reign of Giants available now via Early Access
NEWS Adds seasons, characters, biomes, and giants.
PC, PS4
Tropico 5 gets a release date, eight new screens
Tropico 5 gets a release date, eight new screens
NEWS Get ready to mismanage your country.
PC, 360, PS4, Mac
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor now has a release date
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor now has a release date
NEWS And a second screen app.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
2
Hearthstone now available on iPad, Android and Windows tablet versions in the works
Hearthstone now available on iPad, Android and Windows tablet versions in the works
NEWS Cross-platform compatible, too.
PC, Mac, iOS, Android
4
Free-to-play transitions the fault of content not business model – Bethesda
Free-to-play transitions the fault of content not business model – Bethesda
NEWS Subscription model still viable.
PC, XO, PS4
RPG: MMO
2
Could Blood Dragon III Vietnam War 2 actually be a thing?
Could Blood Dragon III Vietnam War 2 actually be a thing?
NEWS Fingers crossed!
PC, 360, PS3
Action: First-Person
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Worms developer Team 17 details Flockers, a Lemmings-style title for PC
Worms developer Team 17 details Flockers, a Lemmings-style title for PC
NEWS Yes, there are worms.
PC