Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Free-to-Play

Ace Combat Infinity update adds new crafts, missions, and parts

Ace Combat Infinity (PS3) Update Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

A new patch has gone live for Ace Combat Infinity. The free-to-play title is being expanded with five new aircraft, an increased level cap for 15 craft, nine new aircraft parts, seven new campaign missions, new special raid missions for Stonehenge and another limited-time mission, and the ability to view rankings for allies and rivals. Full details can be found below.

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Sign-up begins for Rise of Incarnates closed beta

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Upcoming PC free-to-play fighter Rise of Incarnates is scheduled to enter closed beta on August 8. Gamers interested in signing up to access the beta, which will run until 11:50 p.m. (PDT) on August 17, can go here. At launch, the closed beta will include characters Ares, Grim Reaper, Lilith, and Mephistopheles, with Brynhildr set to be added on August 13, as well as two battlegrounds, New York City and Paris. A few purchasable items will be made available for testing out the character-customization system.

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Ace Combat Infinity, Soulcalibur Lost Swords pass 1-million mark

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Ace Combat Infinity, the series’ first free-to-play entry, passed the one-million-download mark during May, according to Bandai Namco. To celebrate, Project Aces will gift every player who checks their notification about the commemoration before August 18 a free special aircraft, the Mirage 2000-5 -White Tiger-. The studio’s other free-to-play title, Soulcalibur Lost Swords, also surpassed one million downloads. A One Million Download Campaign was kicked off in honor of the milestone, and from July 9 to 23, players will be able to battle through a new campaign as well as take on special quests to unlock Ivy, Astaroth, and gift items.

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Free-to-play Ace Combat Infinity takes off, now on PSN for PS3

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Ace Combat Infinity, the first free-to-play entry in the series, has gone live for PS3. Available on PSN, the Project Ace-developed Infinity includes a single-player campaign, where players take on the role of a mercenary in the near future, and co-op missions. Alongside up to three other pilots, players will face off against another team to take down the most enemies. Progress opens up customization rewards for virtual pilots to tailor their craft in both single player and multiplayer. A series of special launch events were also announced, and details for each are available below.

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PlayStation 3 News

Bandai Namco announces Grid Autosport, Tales of Hearts R, more

Tales of Hearts R (PS Vita)

Bandai Namco has announced a slew of new titles across all platforms. Some of the highlights include the development of Grid Autosport for 360, PC, and PS3, the localization of both Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment and Tales of Hearts R for PS Vita, and details about Tales of Xillia 2’s $130 Collector’s Edition. Additional info about each of those, and more, can be found below. We’ve also posted some new screenshots from the free-to-play PSN release Ace Combat Infinity, the PC version of Dark Souls II, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle for PS3.

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New Soulcalibur Lost Swords screens reveal the return of Hilde

Soulcalibur Lost Swords (PS3) Hilde Announcement - Screenshot 1

Hilde, the embattled heir to the Kingdom of Wolfkrone, will be returning to Soulcalibur this spring with the launch of the free-to-play Lost Swords. Last seen in Soulcalibur V, a handful of new screenshots were released showing her in action as she continues on her quest to destroy Soul Edge and secure her realm.

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PlayStation 3 News

The Banner Saga to set out into the wilds next January

The Banner Saga, one of the more notable Kickstarter successes of last year, now has an official release date: January 14. A launch trailer was also released to celebrate the announcement, giving gamers a peak at the lovely visuals and turn-based combat that await them as one of the leaders of a Viking caravan making their way through harsh lands.

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First screenshots released from Soulcalibur Lost Swords

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Namco Bandia has released the first round of screenshots from their upcoming free-to-play fighter Soulcalibur Lost Swords. The singleplayer-only download will feature a handful of new abilities, and the shots show a few of these in action: the Soul Break moves that can break armor, the powerful Weapon Arts attacks, and the Character Support system, which allows players to call in friends’ characters to give them a hand.

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New corporate offices and more added in Dust 514: Uprising 1.5

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Massively multiplayer first-person shooter Dust 514 received a new update today, Uprising 1.5. CCP’s latest patch features revised tutorials, which are now designed around a reward- and task-given structure; a new Squad Finder that lists all available squads awaiting players, a brief description, and a latency indicator; new War Points; and new Corporation Roles, allowing CEOs and directors to assign additional offices to other corporation members (Accountant, Personnel Director, Terrestrial Combat Officer, and Terrestrial Logistics Officer). For more information on all of the tweaks, as well as what each new corporate position entails, check out the official blog and patch notes.

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Death to the Titans! Ascend: Hand of Kul launches for 360

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Microsoft has released a new free-to-play action-RPG for 360, Signal Studios’ Ascend: Hand of Kul. As creations and servants of the gods, players control the massive mighty warriors known as Caos to do battle against the immortal Titans. Not a good spot to find oneself in. But in addition to battling the Titans, players must also defend against attacks from other players to establish themselves in the wider battle that takes place on multiple planes. Caos troops can interfere in the worlds of their rivals with Crusade Spells, and even sacrifice themselves to create a new, stronger character.

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Xbox 360 News