Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Crafting

New The Long Dark update adds new region, wildlife, and more

The Long Dark (PC) Feb Update Announcement - Screenshot 1

Hinterland Studio has updated the Early Access version of their exploration- and survival-themed sandbox sim The Long Dark. The latest patch adds the rural mountain region Pleasant Valley, new wildlife (unspecified until discovered by players), harvestable plants, a new inventory interface, the ability to use torches to scare off wolves, and improved wildlife AI. Some of the general improvements include predators being attracted to the smell of blood, wind speed and direction affecting scent, and smoke wafting in the direction of the wind. The full list of additions, changes, and fixes can be found here. And for current players, the studio has found that previous saves are compatible with version 192.

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PC News

Grab your canteen and ammo, H1Z1 added to Steam Early Access

H1Z1 (PC) Steam Early Access Launch Announcement - Screenshot 4

Sony Online has announced that their zombie-themed survival title H1Z1 has launched on Steam Early Access. Available in two packages, digital survivalists can download the standard edition for $19.99 or the premium edition for $39.99. The standard edition includes early access, three event tickets, two crates, and one crate key, while the premium edition includes 25 Event Tickets, three Airdrop Tickets, six Crates, four Crate Keys, and an exclusive Aviator Hat Crafting Recipe.

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PC News

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate New 3DS XL bundle, story trailer revealed

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS) 3DS XL Announcement - System

Capcom announced that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will launch alongside the upcoming New Nintendo 3DS XL on February 13. There will also be a special 3DS XL bundle that includes a customized handheld, with a theme based around the game’s artwork, and a copy of the game. The bundle will also be available on launch day. A demo is also slated to go live “soon” for 3DS that will include portions of both the single-player and multiplayer modes. To hold players over until then, Capcom also released a story trailer, which is available below.

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3DS

Minecraft: Pocket Edition now available for Windows Phone 8.1

Minecraft Pocket Edition (Windows Phone) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Microsoft has released Minecraft for Windows Phone 8.1. Minecraft: Pocket Edition includes creative mode, survival mode, and multiplayer over local wi-fi. This version also sports new biodomes, caves, mobs, and villages.

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Handheld

Festivals, marriage, and more in Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley trailer

Natsume has released a new trailer for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. The video is focused on the festivals in which players can participate, including an Egg Hunt and a Horse Race, as well as glimpses of a variety of other events. Players will be able to spy married life and parenthood, a few of the animal types that can be raised, and the Harvest God and Goddess.

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3DS

How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition announced for PS4, Xbox One

How to Survive (PS4, Xbox One) Storm Warning Edition Announcement - Screenshot 1

505 Games has announced that they will be releasing a complete, all-in-one version of Eko Software’s zombie-bashing action title How to Survive for PS4 and Xbox One. Due out this fall, the Storm Warning Edition will include the original game as well as all six DLC packs, detailed below, which add new abilities, characters, and islands, plus a new mode and randomized scenario.

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DLC, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite now on App Store for iOS

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (iOS) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, the iOS re-release of Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G, has hit the App Store. The $14.99 action role-playing game is based around the series’ traditional hunting-and-crafting system, with players taking down beasts of all sizes in order to harvest their hide and bone. The iOS version features higher resolution graphics, supporting up to 2048×1536 on iPad, optimized touch-screen controls, a more responsive camera, four-player co-op support over WiFi, and support for MFi controllers.

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Apple Handheld

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate announced for 3DS, Freedom Unite for iOS

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (iOS) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Capcom has announced two new entries in the Monster Hunter franchise: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for 3DS and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS. Ultimate continues the series’ traditional formula of hunting, gathering, and crafting as a hunter traveling the world in a caravan. A first for the series, handheld gamers will be able to link up both locally and through the Internet by using the Nintendo Network. Other additions include an expanded moveset for greater vertical and lateral range, two new weapon classes, new monsters and locations, refined climbing motions, and the ability to ride monsters.

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3DS, Apple Handheld

11 bit studios announces new grim survival sim, This War of Mine

11 bit studios, creators of the Anomaly tower-offense series, has announced their next title: This War of Mine. Currently in development for PC and mobile devices, This War of Mine will require that players “make life-and-death decisions based on their conscience” as they attempt to survive in a makeshift shelter during an ongoing war. Described as a “dark survival game,” players will lead a handful of survivors as they scavenge during the night and spend their days upgrading their shelter, crafting items, and trading with other survivors. Additional details will be revealed at this year’s Game Developers Conference.

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Android, Apple Handheld, PC News

Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky ships for PS3

Atelier Escha & Logy Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PS3) Release Announcement - Screenshot 1

Grab your mortar and pestle, it’s time to get back to work. The Atelier series continues today with the release of Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky for PS3. Players will once again gather ingredients and craft items and potions, take on assignments, and battle monsters. This time around, there will be two storylines that focus on different gameplay elements, with Escha’s portion replete with crafting and synthesizing, while Logy’s sections are geared towards action, exploration, and customization. Other changes include the bump from three party members to six, a streamlined synthesis system, and a new alchemist ability that increases item effectiveness when used successively.

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PlayStation 3 News