- Gundam Versus debuting stateside this fall for PS4
- Forza Horizon 3 – Hot Wheels to be available on May 9
- Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception’s healer, Nekone, in the spotlight
- Call of Duty returns to 1940s this November with Call of Duty: WWII
- Dragon Quest Heroes II now in stores, online for PS4 and PC
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The Elder Scrolls: Legends has left beta and officially launched for PC. The strategy card game, a free download through the Bethesda.net launcher, features single and multiplayer content. The first player-versus-environment add-on was also revealed, The Fall of The Dark Brotherhood. Scheduled to go live on April 5, the expansion has players take on the role of a double agent whose mission is to infiltrate the gang. Decisions made will affect not only how missions play out but also the ending. The add-on will feature three maps, 25-plus missions, 40 new cards, exclusive cards, and the Doom Wolf Mount for Elder Scrolls Online. Each map can be purchased in-game separately or as a bundle for $19.99 or in-game gold. Legends will also be launching on March 23 for iPad, and next month for Android tablets. May will also bring the mini-tournament Gauntlet Mode, Spectator Mode, and Twitch integration. Players who prefer the phone will get a chance to play this summer, while Mac gamers will get to try Legends this spring.
The Elder Scrolls’ Daedric Prince of Madness, Sheogorath, is spreading his influence to The Elder Scrolls: Legends next week. A time-limited event is set to kick off on December 14 that will add an alternate PVP Arena mode, Chaos Arena. The optional mode will randomly introduce special scenarios or lane rules to matches. Some games will have extra Magicka, swap players’ decks, begin with cards in the lanes, and more. Lane rules changes can result in cards changing lanes randomly throughout, buffs and bonuses from casting cards in certain lanes, and items being randomly attached to cards. Previously, lane conditions were only in PvE matches. A new set of special cards, the Madhouse Collection, are also being added, and their purchase will come with three copies of each card and an Arena Ticket to enter the Chaos Arena. Full rules can be found here and Madhouse card descriptions here.
CD Projekt has pushed back the closed beta for the upcoming free-to-play Witcher 3 card-based spin-off Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. The studio released a letter, posted below, noting that “a good game is more important to us than keeping a deadline” and that the beta is now scheduled to kick off on October 25.
CD Projekt Red knows a good thing when they have one, and that’s why they are currently working on a standalone version of Gwent. The card game found popularity within the taverns of The Witcher 3, and now console and PC gamers are getting Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. Players can currently register for a beta set to go live this September. The standalone version will feature five factions (Nilfgaardian Empire, Skellige, Monsters, Northern Realms, and Scoia’tael), card crafting and collecting, friendly matches, ranked matches, and a story campaign.
Square Enix and Capcom are teaming up for a collaborative special for Deadman’s Cross. The zombie-themed CCG RPG recently passed three million downloads for Android and iOS, and now, players will be able to battle some of the monsters from Resident Evil. Raccoon City has been added as a limited hunting area that includes exclusive cards, and is accessible by completing collaboration quests that begin today and run through July 27.
Following their announcement yesterday that Monster Monpiece will be coming to North America later this year with a few alterations, Idea Factory has released a statement to address concerns regarding the changes. The full statement is available below, plus a few new screens.
Idea Factory has announced that they will be bringing their first PS Vita title to North America, Monster Monpiece. Set for a PSN release this spring, the game is a mixture of card battling and light role-playing elements that tasks players with tracking down a friend who has become “Lost” and leader to a group of creatures known as “monster girls.” As her best friend, May, players must stop Elza and her gang from stealing the protective quartz housed within the world’s cities. The cards are represented by 3D chibi characters, and there are over 100 monster girls to call upon during battle. Each monster has their own skills and weaknesses, and they can be fused for new combinations as well as powered by rubbing the touch screen (it seems even monsters have hearts). The game will also support ad hoc and network modes for multiplayer.
Square Enix’s free-to-play card battle title Guardian Cross is now available for Android. In Guardian Cross, players face off against fellow Guardians in a Coliseum with a team of some of the over 120 different beasts that can be captured and trained. Originally released for iOS, the Android version features all of the updates and tweaks made to the original since its launch, as well as new card artwork. New guardians, hunting grounds, and quests are also planned in future updates.
Akaneiro: Demon Hunters isn’t slowing Spicy Horse down. The American McGee-lead studio has announced a new hybrid collectible card game/real-time strategy game, Hell Invaders. Currently scheduled for Linux, Mac, Windows, and tablets, Hell Invaders—working title, note—will feature creatures battling it out in 3D using upgrade and skill cards. A single-player campaign, player-versus-player arenas, and a social aspect with card management and trading are also planned.