Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action-RPG

Deck13 talks all about The Surge in behind-the-scenes video

Gamers looking forward to The Surge can get a look at the game’s development with a new behind-the-scenes trailer. The video runs nearly seven minutes long and features members of Deck13 chatting about the science-fiction-themed action-RPG. Topics covered include the protagonist, storyline, and character customization via enemy dismemberment. New gameplay footage is spliced throughout showing more of the world and combat system.

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Nier: Automata adds costumes, sidequests, boss fights with CEOs

Nier: Automata’s first round of downloadable content has gone live. The drop, titled 3C3C1D119440927, costs $13.99 and includes three colosseums along with extra sidequests. The latter bestow costume rewards, with several from Nier: Replicant (Revealing Outfit for 2B, Young Man’s Outfit for 9S and Destroyer Outfit for A2), records for the jukebox, equipment and cosmetic accessories (color-changing hairspray for 2B and A2), stat-boosting masks, and special bullets that alter the enemy’s appearance. To cap it off, the colosseum battles will pit players against Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda and PlatinumGames CEO Kenichi Sato.

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Bandai Namco debuts action-RPG Code Vein with screenshots, trailer

An announcement trailer and batch of screenshots have gone live for Code Vein. The action role-playing game is set in a near future that has been devastated by a disease that has caused the collapse of mankind. A remaining group of Revenants known as Vein continue to fight, but their powers come at the expensive of their memories and a desire for blood. Players who succumb to their bloodlust will forsake what’s left of their humanity to become one of the Lost. The trailer features some of the weapon-based combat as well as a look at the companion system, which will allow players to team up with an AI partner.

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Dragon Quest Heroes II now in stores, online for PS4 and PC

Square Enix has released Dragon Quest Heroes II. The action role-playing game, developed by Koei Tecmo, follows up on but isn’t connected to the 2015 original. In the new adventure, players set out, alone or with friends in multiplayer, to save the Seven Realms. Along with online support, the sequel also features an interconnected single-player world, the ability to play as monsters, 15 playable characters, eight extra characters in multiplayer, more customization options, and Dimensional Dungeons as well as story-driven War Zones in multiplayer.

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Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom now available for PC, PS4, Xbox One

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom has officially launched for console and PC. The action role-playing game sends players on a journey through the fragmented world of Mahera, guiding Chado and four of his friends. The group finds themselves caught between warring kingdoms, and they must make their way through hordes of enemies by harnessing magic and engaging in a fighting-game-style combat system. The title was initially funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign, but was eventually expanded with assistance from Focus Home Interactive.

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Nier: Automata to get challenge, costume, and sub-quest DLC

Nier: Automata will soon be receiving its first round of downloadable content. Appropriately titled 3C3C1D119440927, the drop will add three colosseums, sub-quests, and rewards that add costumes from the Japan-only release Nier: Replicant. The additions include music tracks to the player’s jukebox, bullets that change enemy appearance, effect-inducing masks, and equipment and cosmetics to adjust A2’s and 2B’s hair color.

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The Surge goes goooold, day-one PS4 Pro updates detailed

Deck13 has sent word that their upcoming action role-playing game The Surge has gone gold for console and PC. The studio also announced that they have PS4 Pro updates scheduled for release, which will offer Dynamic 4K at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps. A subsequent update will add HDR support at a later, unspecified date.

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Learn the ropes in Cladun Returns: This Is Sengoku! intro trailer

A new trailer has gone live for Cladun Returns: This Is Sengoku! NIS’ upcoming retro-styled action role-playing game tasks players with helping the souls of the deceased right the wrongs of their lives before they reincarnate. The video offers an introduction to the combat system, world, and lingering denizens.

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Learn about the cast of Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom in new trailer

A new character trailer has gone live for Shiness. Enigami’s action-heavy role-playing game is fast approaching its ship date, so to get players ready, Focus Home has released a trailer to introduce the cast. Five characters band together to explore the world of Mahera, including the mercenary Askel and engineer Poky. Players control the party when navigating the world but engage in combat one on one, in the style of a traditional fighter, though their allies can cast spells from the side and get tagged in to lend a hand.

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Dragon Quest Heroes II demo now live on PSN for PS4

Players can get an early start in restoring peace to the Seven Realms today with the release of a demo for Dragon Quest Heroes II. The trial allows players to try four of the 15 playable characters in unique quests that require them to defend Greena Pastures from an invading army of monsters and a giant boss. To grab the demo, head to the PlayStation Store.

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