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

Free-to-play Orcs Must Die! Unchained now available for PS4

Robot Entertainment has released their free-to-play tower-defense-style title Orcs Must Die! Unchained for PS4. As the defender of a fortress, players must set out a variety of traps in order to fend off millions of orc invaders. As one of a dozen-plus heroes, they can also use special abilities in direct combat. Up to teams of three can participate in several different modes, including Sabotage, Survival, and Versus. PS Plus members who install the game automatically receive an exclusive pack of in-game currency, skins, consumables, and other extras worth over $20.

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends launches for PC, add-ons, dates revealed

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.

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Free-to-play card battler Elder Scrolls: Legends adds Chaos Arena

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.

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RPG Creator game-creation kit launching for iOS on September 25

Degica has announced that they will be expanding their role-playing creation kits to mobiles with RPG Creator for iOS. The app will allow users to craft their own handheld adventures, with options to create castles, caves, villages, and world maps, as well as access behavioral databases to control enemy actions and events. Assets can be imported to customize the quest, or users can utilize pre-made items provided in the download. Games will also be uploadable and downloadable, allowing for players to share their creations.

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Epic Games’ MOBA Paragon enters open beta for PC, PS4

Epic has kicked off the open beta for its free-to-play console and PC MOBA Paragon. The five-versus-five, third-person action title features an increasing roster of Heroes, with one slated to be added every three weeks, and crossplay between PC and PS4. The game is said to be designed for players to “win without ever spending money,” with cards only accessible by playing. The studio is currently holding a livestream event on their Twitch channel and Youtube channel to discuss game design, demonstrate gameplay, and offer a look at what they have planned for updates.

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Gwent: The Witcher Card Game closed beta bumped back to Oct. 25

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.

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Free-to-play mech shooter Hawken launches on PSN for PS4

Reloaded Games’ free-to-play team-based shooter Hawken has launched for PS4. Already available for PC and Xbox One, the first-person action title features over 30 mechs, multiple classes, nine environments, six game modes, and an emphasis on customization. The PS4 version launches with support for Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Missile Assault, Siege, Co-op Bot Destruction, and Co-op vs AI Team Deathmatch. For those looking to get a jump on the competition, a for-cash Founder’s Bundle is also available at a discount during release week. Details are below.

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Mecha action shooter Hawken to be released for PS4, Xbox One

This summer, Reloaded Games will be releasing the mech-based free-to-play team-based shooter Hawken for PS4 and Xbox One. Available for PC on Steam, the console versions are set to go live in late June or early July. At release, the game will feature 30-plus mechs, multiple classes, functional and cosmetic customization options, nine environments that range from jungles to wastelands, and six game modes. The modes include co-op, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Missile Assault, Siege, Co-op Bot Destruction, and Co-op vs AI Team Deathmatch. E3 attendees can head to Microsoft’s booth or meeting room #505 in the West Hall for some hands-on time with a playable demo.

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Gwent: The Witcher Card Game announced for console, PC

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.

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MechWarrior Online launches on Steam, gets new Faction Play mode

Steam has added Piranha Games’ MechWarrior Online to its catalog. Also, starting today, players can access Faction Play to battle for the Inner Sphere in Clan Invasions. But that’s not all, robot jox, as more announcements will be made tomorrow during a livestream from Piranha’s HQ in Vancouver, set to run from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. (CST). On top of news on upcoming developments, 100 players will be on-site for streamed matches.

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