Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action-RPG

Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel announced, launching early 2017

Dark Souls III Ashes of Ariandel (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Bandai Namco has detailed the first downloadable add-on for Dark Souls III, Ashes of Ariandel. The first of two expansions, Ashes of Ariandel will send players to the frozen realm of Ariandel to uncover the evil behind the land’s woes. The journey will feature new armor sets, enemies, magic, weapons, and (undetailed) multiplayer features. Events will also expand on the overarching storyline. A batch of screenshots, along with a trailer, were released to offer an early look at the new quest.


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Dynamic RPG Zombasite launches in full for Linux, Mac, and Windows

Zombasite (PC) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Soldak’s latest open-world action role-playing game, Zombasite, is now available for PC. The full version has left early access and can be purchased for 25% off during launch week for Linux, Mac, and Windows. As the leader of a struggling group of survivors, players must navigate a dynamic land that is succumbing to the Zombasite parasite. They will have to make sure their clan is fed, protected, and happy. Clan members will also need to be heavily armed, in the event that negotiations with nearby factions devolve into open warfare. The game features eight main classes, hybrid classes, 24 specialties, co-op multiplayer, and numerous options to customize sessions.


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Learn the story behind Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom in new trailer

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Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom’s Gamescom trailer has gone live. The video highlights the story of Enigami’s upcoming action role-playing game. In it, players take on the role of Chado, a young Waki who goes on a quest to find the Land of Life as a war rages between the kingdoms of Adorya and Adorn. Along the way, he learns how to interact with a mysterious, magical spirit named Shiness.


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Nier: Automata to launch simultaneously in 2017 for PC via Steam

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Square Enix has announced that their upcoming action role-playing game Nier: Automata will be released for PC. The computer version is slated to launch on Steam alongside the PS4 version in early 2017. A batch of new screens were also released, and can be found down below. In Automata, players will follow the droids 2B, 9S, and A2 as they attempt to free future-Earth from alien ‘machine lifeforms’ that have forced mankind to the moon. 2B is a sword-wielding battle droid built for the infantry squad YoRHa, and the main character, but she is backed by a Pod support system offering options for long-range combat.


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MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune vs Zombies hitting Steam this fall

MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune vs Zombies (PS Vita) Steam Announcement - Screenshot 1

Neputinia’s horror-themed spin-off, MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune vs Zombies, will be launching this fall on Steam. An undead horde has invaded Gamicademi Academy after Blanc’s attempt to spark interest in the school by filming a zombie movie on campus ends up attracting real zombies. As these things tend to go. Players can clear the grounds solo or with up to three others online, and online crews can also take on daily multiplayer quests.


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Updated Zombasite launches on site, Steam with over 600 changes

Zombasite (PC) Media Announcement - Screenshot 1

Soldak has released an updated demo of their dynamic open-world action role-playing game Zombasite. The trial, available through Steam and the studio’s official site, is playable for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. The latest version weighs in at 250 MB and is significantly different than the previous release, with an estimated 600-plus changes. As the leader of a clan, players must guide their people through a resource-starved world ravaged by a zombie parasite by negotiating, trading, and fighting other clans and monsters.


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Vikings – Wolves of Midgard gets new teaser, pre-order discount

Vikings - Wolves of Midgard (PC, Xbox One) Trailer Announcement - Screenshot 1

Kalypso has released a new trailer for their upcoming action role-playing game Vikings – Wolves of Midgard. The footage highlights the combat system, including hand-to-hand melee and magic, along with a few of the locations and some of the enemies. Players will need to protect and rebuild their village from a variety of beasts as a warrior or shieldmaiden, solo or with a friend in online co-op. Balheim, Midgard, and Niflheim will open for exploration, while the gods can be swayed by blood sacrifices. Kalypso has also kicked off a pre-order promo on Steam offering a 15% discount as well as an exclusive customization pack, a digital art book, and a digital soundtrack.


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Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 1, 2 out for PC, PS4, Thursday for Xbox One*

Marvel Ultimate Alliance Bundle (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Activision has released action role-playing games Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 for console and PC. The digital-only releases debuted in 2006 and 2009 respectively, and are now available separately for $39.99 or as a bundle for $59.99. For PC and PS4, that is, Xbox One owners will need to wait until Thursday. As mentioned on, the re-releases feature improved performance, support for local and online co-op, and “some” interface as well as graphic enhancements. The inclusion of the downloadable character packs is up in the air.


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Nier: Automata to launch in early 2017, gets new E3 trailer

Nier Automata (PS4) E3 Trailer Announcement - Screenshot 1

During E3, Square Enix released a new trailer for Nier: Automata alongside news that it will be launching in early 2017. Currently in co-development with Platinum Games, Automata will take place in the far future after alien ‘machine lifeforms’ have overrun the world, forcing mankind to escape to the moon. Players will follow the androids 2B, 9S, and A2 in their quest to destroy the machines. 2B is the main character, a sword-wielding battle droid built for the infantry squad YoRHa that is backed by a Pod support system for long-range combat. (Aside: *Squeeeeeee* Nier!)


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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Breach, Go revealed with screens, trailers

Deus Ex Mankind Divided (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Breach and Go Announcement - Screenshot 1

The Deus Ex Universe is expanding by two new titles, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Breach and Deus Ex Go. Breach is a new mode that will be in Mankind Divided that will offer an arcade-style mini-game where players take on the role of a Ripper. As a digital thief, players must break into servers to steal classified corporate info to sell for cash and experience. It will also be a live mode with new challenges and features being added after release. Deus Ex Go is a turn-based puzzle game for phones and tablets that centers on infiltration. As Adam Jensen, players will hack, fight, and use augments to solve puzzles of the Go series to learn more about a terrorist plot. Trailers and screens for both have been posted below, along with some new shots from the recently streamed Mankind Divided demo.


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