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Conan Exiles looks to be a desolate and demanding, one that requires a bit of mental fortitude in order to summon the strength and very essence of Conan himself. It's an open-world survival game that's as brutal as the story is beautiful.
This isn't the first time that a Conan game has been attempted. The mythos and universe was the subject of Funcom's own Age of Conan, an MMORPG set in the same Hyborian Age as most other fictional works of Conan, that has more traditional RPG elements that we're used to. Conan Exiles takes that universe and adds a dynamic single-player storyline where you get to choose your narrative, and survival elements in a way that surely won't be typical of that sub-genre.
The key elements of the game are to survive, build and to dominate. Take the mindset of Conan himself, who saves you from your own destruction in the beginning cinematic, to tame the harsh mistress that is the barbaric wasteland. It's going to be a violent game, as the developer diary suggests, it'll require you to out-think your opponents with violence, being the most savage of the land. Precisely what Conan is about.
The NPD, the organization that tracks retail sales throughout the United States, is reporting that the PlayStation 4 is off to vigorous start for 2016. January saw it outselling the Xbox One by a decent enough margin.
The market research firm showed that while the sales were lower than the 5.7 million units they pushed out during the holiday months (November and December), Sony was still able to take the lead going into the new year with actual year-over-year growth.
"Thanks to our fans and partners for making PlayStation 4 the top-selling platform and software sales leader in January, according to NPD. PS4 also saw impressive year-over-year growth in both hardware and software sales. We appreciate the support and will continue to deliver on our promise to bring the best entertainment experiences to gamers," Sony said in a statement regarding their sales.
Grand Theft Auto Online is celebrating the Hallmark holiday this weekend by adding in a new Adversary Mode called Death do us Part.
The new mode pits four couples on the "ultimate date" they say. But the catch is that each couple only has one life to live between the both of them. That means that if one person dies, the other person in the pair commits the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love, in true Romeo and Juliet style.
To show how much you love the other person, there're five new locations that are the epitome of romanticism in Grand Theft Auto. This mode might just last beyond Valentine's day as well, though they do plan on having a few bonuses and other cool things happening over this weekend to make it worth your while.
Final Fantasy 14 isn't nearly at the end of the road, as some might have thought with the introduction of Heavesward. Despite that particular story coming to its inevitable end, the game is getting more new content than you can shake a stick at.
The story was never over, not completely. This magical world has a lot of life left to breath into it. The Holy See is on the brink of war, once again, as peace finally washes over the land. Inevitable someone isn't quite happy with the the motives behind that peace and they wish to stand up against that change.
The main story is accompanied by even more side quests that delve deeper into Hildibrand Helidor Maximilian Manderville, a sort of Sherlock Holmes it would seem. Yours is to investigate the case of a missing man, and much more. There are also new beast side quests should you be interested. Aside from that, they're adding in a new raid dungeon that looks incredibly challenging. Certainly not for the lower levels here. And of course the obligatory solo, or group, PvE dungeons. New areas that should test your mettle.
Battlefield: Hardline might not be the most popular of the bunch, but that isn't stopping EA from vehemently supporting it with as much new content as possible to entice the dwindling crowd. Visceral Games is introducing a their Betrayal DLC, the last scheduled DLC which is coming out just next month.
The new update has four new maps that should add some much needed variety. The most significant is the almost perfectly modeled rendition of Alcatraz, giving you a desperate close-quarters fight where you'll likely not escape. To help you fight there'll be seven new weapons and two new vehicles. Though I doubt you'll be driving around in Alcatraz with any of them.
And just in case a knife or baton wasn't quite enough of a melee weapon for you, you'll now be able to wield a mighty sword to slay your enemies. Or be cut down to pieces as you scream your war cry trying to rush someone. I can imagine the sword fights breaking out now though. No more calling for "knives only", but instead having an all out duel.
The CFO of Ubisoft, Alain Martinez, doesn't think that For Honor, their upcoming sword-fighting game, is going to be a huge profit maker for them. Instead it's been described as a "core" game, something that's important but will attract far less gamers than something like Assassin's Creed, the next Far Cry or even The Division.
During the earnings earnings call this week, the comment was made in response to a question that an analyst asked regarding what they estimated the games success would be. Martinez said simply that "For Honor is more of a core game, less mass market." Thus they don't expect to ship many units when it releases.
The reasoning could be due to the type of game that it is, a hack and slash with more technical underpinnings. It won't necessarily appeal to a larger audience despite the new IP and potential for new avenues of gameplay that can be introduced to other games in the future. In other words, the difficulty might be somewhat off-putting.
Bungie has finally shed some light on secret-filled future, revealing a tentative roadmap for the game's sequel and expansion, giving Guardians a much-needed boost of hope for the ailing franchise.
In a recent blog post, Bungie exec DeeJ confirmed in his clipped, no-frills tone that a Destiny sequel is planned to release in 2017. For 2016, Bungie will unleash a large expansion (possibly The Taken King-sized) later this year.
"The team is focused on delivering a large expansion later this year, and a full Destiny sequel in 2017," DeeJ wrote. Bungie's update echoes Activision's latest earnings call, which broke the news beforehand: "Activision Publishing, along with its partners at Bungie, expects to bring a large new expansion to Destiny in 2016 and to release a full game sequel in 2017," investors report.
When Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 finally hits the vegetation filled streets, we'll be able to battle it out across twelve different maps right from the start.
A new video from EA shows off all 12 of the multiplayer maps, which are all very unique, helping to keep you on your toes in each match. The different, and distinct visual styles are all pretty fantastic to look at, and the different layouts are sure to get you to try different tactics in each game.
You'll get to enjoy the mighty Great White North and even try to fend off the horde on two separate lunar levels. Garden Warfare 2 is coming out at the end of the month on the 23rd of February for PC, Xbox One and of course the PlayStation 4. The full list of maps is below.
We're beginning to hear more and more about the Hitman reboot, where we now know that AMD pushing out a press release that teases that Hitman is part of their Gaming Evolved program.
This means that AMD Radeon owners with Windows 10 installed will be able to enjoy luscious DX12 features, with the press release saying: "Hitman will leverage unique DX12 hardware found in only AMD Radeon GPUs-called asynchronous compute engines-to handle heavier workloads and better image quality without compromising performance. PC gamers may have heard of asynchronous compute already, and Hitman demonstrates the best implementation of this exciting technology yet. By unlocking performance in GPUs and processors that couldn't be touched in DirectX 11, gamers can get new performance out of the hardware they already own".
Hitman will also feature support for AMD's multi-monitor technology, Eyefinity, as well as support for Ultrawide monitors with 21:9 aspect ratio resolutions of 2560x1080 and 3440x1440.
Infinity Ward took to Twitter to announce that "COD 2016" is now "official". The developer tweeted: "COD 2016. Now it's official. Can't wait to show you what we've been developing!" - i.e. a fresh mod for the last 51 games that originated with Call of Duty.
Activision did say during its Q4 conference call: "IN Q4 2016, ACTIVISION PUBLISHING PLANS TO RELEASE AN INNOVATIVE NEW CALL OF DUTY GAME FROM ITS STUDIO, INFINITY WARD, THE MAKERS OF THE MODERN WARFARE SERIES".
We should expect Activision and Infinity Ward to unveil the new Call of Duty at either GDC next month, or E3 in June.