Monthly Archives: January 2014

EverQuest Next Landmark alpha launching tonight for early adopters

EverQuest Next Landmark (PC) Alpha Announcement - Screenshot 1

According to SOE, EverQuest Next Landmark will enter alpha testing sometime this evening. Players who purchased the Founder’s Pack at Explorer or Trailblazer level will be able to sign on later today and join developers in testing and refining the game’s mechanics. The group’s input will be used as work progresses to the final release, according to franchise director of development Dave Georgeson: “For the first time, our players can join alongside us as part of the development team. They will have a significant voice in how the final game takes shape.”

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PC News

Forza Motorsport 5: The Smoking Tire Car Pack going live Tuesday

Forza Motorsport 5 (Xbox One) The Smoking Tire Car Pack Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Ten new cars will be added to Forza 5’s roster next Tuesday, according to MS and Turn 10 Studios. The latest downloadable drop, the Smoking Tire Car Pack, will run $10 and count among its roster the 2000 BMW Z8, the 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, the 1994 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo, and the 2011 Ferrari FF. Additional details on all of the new rides can be found below. The cars can be purchased as a set or individually using either tokens or in-game credits.

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Xbox One News

Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle bringing the clash for Quarton to 3DS

Tenkai Knights Brave Battle (360, PS3) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Namco Bandai will be adding another entry to their 3DS line-up later this year, Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle. Scheduled to launch this summer, the action title, based off the animated series airing on Cartoon Network, will allow players to control the Tenkai Knights in their battle against Vilius and his minions for the world of Quarton. The game will feature 2D combat, character customization, a story mode, and a four-player versus mode.

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3DS

Halo: Spartan Assault deploying tomorrow on Live for 360

Halo Spartan Assault (360, PC, Windows Phone) 360 Announcement - Screenshot 1

Microsoft announced that they will be releasing Halo: Spartan Assault for 360 tomorrow. Gamers who purchased the Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 version before December 15 will be able to download the game for $4.99, while new players will be able to purchase the title for $14.99. The 360 version will feature over 30 missions, including the Operation Hydra expansion, and online co-op play (not supported with Xbox One multiplayer). Spartan Assault, set between Halo 3 and 4, is a top-down shooter that tasks players with battling the Covenant as part of the newly formed Spartan Ops program.

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Xbox 360 News

Kalypso announces Tropico 5 for PlayStation 4

Tropico 5 (360, PC) August Screenshots - Screenshot 6

El Presidente has surveyed the next-gen landscape, and he likes what he sees. To further the glory of his reign and of his island, the benevolent one has decided to share his city-management title Tropico 5 with PS4 players. Kalypso Media has announced that Haemimont Studios is currently working on the series’ PS debut, in addition to versions for 360 and PC, which will introduce a new dynasty feature to the long-running series. Tropico 5 will also add new research trees, new technology, improved trading mechanics, exploration, and both co-op and competitive multiplayer for up to four players.

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PlayStation 4 News

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle to get physical release

JoJos Bizarre Adventure (PS3) Physical North America Announcement - Screenshot 1

Namco Bandai has some good news for fans of fighting games, and that’s a retail release and new mode for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle. The CyberConnect2-developed fighter, released last August in Japan, will be launching later this year online for download and to purchase on disc. The PS3 exclusive will be available to download through PSN and also in limited availability in physical format through Amazon.com and ClubNamco.com. The Western release will include not only post-release balance tweaks but also a new mode, Arcade, which adds an eight-player tournament.

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PlayStation 3 News

Call of Duty: Ghosts – Onslaught DLC debuts today for 360, Xbox One

Call of Duty Ghosts (360, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Onslaught Screenshots - Screenshot 8

Call of Duty: Ghosts’ first download pack, Onslaught, is now available for 360 and Xbox One. The drop includes four new small- to medium-sized maps, detailed below, the new Maverick Assault Rifle/Sniper Rifle combo weapon, and the first installment of a four-part series for Extinction mode, Nightfall. Nightfall sets up the first contact between humans and Cryptids, and features new characters, two new alien species, and a hulking three-story-tall boss.

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Xbox 360 News, Xbox One News

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PS4 beta, release dates revealed

Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn (PC, PS3, PS4) PS4 Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Square Enix has released some new details regarding the PS4 version of their MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. First off, the game will be available in stores on April 14, the same day when “official service” begins. For those looking to preorder, beginning today, money can be put down on a Standard Edition or a Collector’s Edition, which will also include two in-game items (a Mog Cap and a Cait Sith Doll minion) and Early Access on April 11. The Collector’s Edition will be packed with an art book, a music CD, art cards, a themed security token, and a few exclusive in-game items. Additionally, existing players who have registered FFXIV Collector’s Edition, FFXIV: A Realm Reborn Collector’s Edition, or digitally upgraded will receive two new in-game items (Fat Chocobo Mount and Wind-up Moogle minion).

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News

Square Enix Collective pilot goes live, three candidates up for vote

Square Enix Collective (Platform) Announcement - Screenshot 1 (Game of Glens)

Square Enix is getting more involved in the community-driven development scene with a new pilot program, Square Enix Collective. Similar to Steam Early Access, players will vote on which game interests them most, but unlike Early Access, gamers are voting on concepts. Winners will be put up on Indiegogo for funding, with funded titles being supported by Square Enix throughout development and assistance with distribution on digital outlets at release. According to Collective project lead Phil Elliott, “It’s up to the teams how much or little help they want from Square Enix and it’s our opportunity to help some fantastic games become a reality and uncover the development stars of the future.”

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PC News

Kingdom Come: Deliverance Kickstarter goal met, funding secured

Warhorse Deliverance (Linux, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One) Kickstarter Announcement - Screenshot 1

Warhorse Studios’ decision to go the Kickstarter route with their upcoming Medieval-era action-adventure RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance has paid off. In just two days, the campaign has managed to not only meet its goal of $500,000 but surpass it, and with room to spare. The studio announced that, with the success of the campaign, the game has been funded through completion. The ambitious titles is free of fantasy elements, leaving gamers to explore an open, dynamic world filled with branching dialog trees, period-specific combat, sieges, and crafting. There will also be role-playing elements for character leveling, and requirements that adventurers eat and sleep.

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