Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire has received a new free DLC titled Rum Runner's Pack. Obsidian Entertainment and Versus Evil, the developers and publisher behind the title have announced the debut of the free content update with many more in the pipeline.
According to the press release from Obsidian Entertainment and Versus Evil there is more than just one DLC in the works for Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire. The next free DLC titled Beard and Hair Pack will be featuring a new ability that allows players to change their characters appearance at any given moment.
For the DLC that was just released, The Rum Runner's DLC pack adds Mirke, a new female partner and also six new alcohol-themed items have been added to the merchant in Deadfire. If you are interested in downloading the new DLC visit the official Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Rum Runner's Pack Steam page here.
Stunlock Studios has released yet another batch of Battlerite Royale screenshots, this time they have revealed more gameplay as well as the new modes user interface (UI).
Stunlock Studios' Battlerite currently has over 4 million players and those players will be receiving a new battle royale mode that is planned for release July 2018. The first batch of screenshots that was released at the start of this month showcased some brief gameplay snippets, the second batch that has now been released reveals the games UI as well as shows some more gameplay.
Just like every other battle royale title, players will begin the game with nothing at all and in this case Battlerite Royale players will begin with no items or abilities. Players will be required to traverse the map and find their abilities, equipment and consumables. The fastest way to do this would be to kill other players, steal their loot/abilities from their dead bodies and power-up yourself so much that you are the last one standing on the battlefield. If you missed out on Battlerite Royale's map concept art that was released by Stunlock Studios definitely check it out.
Phoenix Labs has announced that their monster hunting title Dauntless will be debuting its open beta today. The developer has also released open beta trailer for everyone to enjoy.
Phoenix Labs is an independent developer that harbors former developers from massive studios such as Riot Games, BioWare and Capcom. Players that choose to participate in the open beta for Dauntless will be put into the role of the Slayer. The slayers sole role in the game is to defend humanity against the invading monsters known as the Behemoth's.
Jess Houston, CEO and Co-founder of Phoenix Labs has commented on the titles open-beta debut, here is what he had to say: "Open Beta is an exciting next step for us, but it is just the beginning for what we have planned for Dauntless. For the past four years we've been dedicated to creating the next, great online game for players to share together, and Open Beta is the next huge step in fulfilling our promise. We will be continually adding content and updates to Dauntless and incorporating feedback from our passionate community. We are committed to providing more and more reasons for players to come back to Dauntless for years to come."
FromSoftware, the developers behind the critically acclaimed franchise Dark Souls, have released Dark Souls Remastered a whole day early for Steam users.
For those that are not aware, Dark Souls Remastered does feature some slight changes even though it is mostly a graphical/performance improvement. Players will be glad to know that multiplayer now supports up to six participants as well as the title now runs at a smooth 60FPS instead of the measly 30FPS that it was originally running at.
Graphical wise, Dark Souls Remastered features improved lighting and texture work and for those that have already purchased the original and now de-listed Prepare to Die Edition on Steam, will receive a 50% discount on Dark Souls Remastered. Dark Souls Remastered launched a day early for Steam users, console fans will have to wait a whole day longer to get their hands-on the famously difficult title. Dark Souls Remastered is $39.99 USD on the Steam Store.
Gearbox has taken to their Twitter to announce that their title Borderlands 2 is now 75% off on the Steam store as well as completely free-to-play for the remainder of the weekend.
Attention Vault Hunters: Borderlands 2 is free to play this weekend on Steam. Recruit a friend to share in the loot!— Borderlands (@Borderlands) May 24, 2018
Players that wish to jump into the Borderlands 2 action with a few friends or solo can pick up the title from the official Steam Store page here.
Gearbox has decided to run the discount deal for the remainder of the weekend and more specifically until May 29th.
Gamers all around the world were excited for the future of mobile gaming on their smartphones and tablets with Valve's touted Steam Link app, but Apple being the courageous company they are have rejected the app on iOS over "business conflicts".
Valve has since released a statement where the Half-Life developer said that Apple approved Steam Link for release on May 7, but in the end rejected the app because there were conflicts that the iPhone maker didn't see in their first review of Steam Link.
Valve said: "On Monday, May 7th, Apple approved the Steam Link app for release. On Weds, May 9th, Valve released news of the app. The following morning, Apple revoked its approval citing business conflicts with app guidelines that had allegedly not been realized by the original review team".
They continued: "Valve appealed, explaining the Steam Link app simply functions as a LAN-based remote desktop similar to numerous remote desktop applications already available on the App Store. Ultimately, that appeal was denied leaving the Steam Link app for iOS blocked from release. The team here spent many hours on this project and the approval process, so we're clearly disappointed. But we hope Apple will reconsider in the future".
Fortnite is in a constant state of flux for all the right reasons, with developer Epic Games planning some huge changes for the game on all platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, and iOS.
Epic has said that its fifth State of Development is a tease into future content, with changes to be made to controllers, quality of life improvements, more Limited Time modes, and a new Playground mode that will lets players respawn on the way. Starting with Playground, which is a new Limited Time mode that will load you into the Battle Royale map with more time to explore.
There are more resources, all treasure chests and ammo crates are on offer, and gulp... friendly fire is enabled, with immediate respawns. As for the controllers, Epic is taking the feedback about Builder Pro being inconsistent to heart, making huge improvements along the way.
Big publishers are keen on tapping the battle royale trend in their own ways--just look at Activision with Call of Duty Black Ops 4--and apparently EA is no different.
Although pre-reveal Battlefield V rumors attached a battle royale mode to the upcoming WWII shooter, DICE didn't unveil their own unique spin on the popular gametype. The Battlefield V reveal event had no mention of a battle royale mode of any sort. Instead DICE opted to announce Tides of War, a huge new engagement-driven series of live events that rotate and take place in various theaters of war during WWII. But that doesn't mean the developers aren't actively experimenting and attempting to innovate the explosive sub-genre.
According to senior DICE producer Andreas Morrel, battle royale and the Battlefield series are natural mates.
"It's hard to miss the battle royale frenzy that's ongoing. We're all very much fans of it, back at DICE, and we're definitely looking to see how Battlefield can explore the Battle Royale genre," Morrel said in an interview with Gamespot. "We've got the sandbox, we've got the vehicles, we've got the epic scale--it is a natural fit for us."
Ubisoft will have a retinue of high-priority games in tow at their E3 2018 event.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 has been in development for quite some time. Following the game's triumphant unveiling at E3 2017, fans are eager to know more about the huge sprawling online-based prequel, especially given the massive ambition Ubisoft Montpelier envisions. The publisher will indeed showcase the sequel-that's-actually-a-prequel at their E3 venue along with a number of other big titles like The Division 2.
Here's Ubisoft's Michel Ancel on Beyond Good and Evil 2:
"We've been working very hard just on the technology across three years time. Today we have a seamless online playground where we can travel across space at the speed of light. We can explore mysterious cities and discover unknown lands by ourselves or with friends. We want you to participate in the making of this great adventure," Beyond Good and Evil 2 designer Michel Ancel said.
Sony has confirmed its new PlayStation 5 console is at least three years away.
The PS4 has had an amazing lifecycle so far with 79.4 million shipments worldwide, and the system will continue its long-standing run through 2021, Sony corporate recently said. In its new three-year play the company announced future plans for the PlayStation gaming division which are pretty much the same: hardware and software sales with stronger emphasis on subscriptions and engagement. But what about the PlayStation 5? Don't expect it any time soon.
We know Sony is working on the next console and that it may feature discrete graphics instead of an APU design. There's also a strong chance the PS5 will play existing PS4 games, too. Analysts predict the system could be out in 2020 or thereabouts but not any time sooner--there's really no rush, the experts say.
Now PlayStation head John Kodera affirms that new hardware won't launch during the company's three-year plan, which ends on March 31, 2021. "We will use the next three years to prepare the next step, to crouch down so that we can jump higher in the future," Sony Interactive President John Kodera said in a recent press briefing in Japan.