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

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

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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.


PlayStation 4 News

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

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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.


PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game announced for console, PC

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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.


PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

MechWarrior Online launches on Steam, gets new Faction Play mode

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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.


PC News

E3 2015: Bethesda – Fallout 4, Doom, Dishonored 2, and more

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Bethesda had a number of surprises at their E3 presentation. Not only is Fallout 4 coming out this November, less than four months away, but a new Fallout game is also out for iOS. Additionally, Dishonored Definitive Edition and Dishonored 2 were revealed, and more was shown from their upcoming free-to-play PC arena action title BattleCry and id’s latest efforts on Doom. Check below for details and extra media on each title.


Apple Handheld, Articles, PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox One News

Fable Legends to be free-to-play for Xbox One, Windows 10 PC

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Lionhead’s Fable Legends will be a free-to-play release for Xbox One (Xbox Live Gold required) and Windows 10 PC, according to Microsoft. The game will feature regular rotation of heroes (four-character sets, with saved stats and heroes permanently attainable through progression or by purchase), earnable in-game silver but purchasable gold, the ability to lay traps, and the option of purchasing the allegiance of creatures. A FAQ was posted with additional details, and for the especially curious, a video with the game’s director, David Eckelberry, explains the development team’s design philosophy.


PC News, Xbox One News

Strike Suit Zero vets form new studio, announce Fractured Space

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Edge Case Games, a new studio formed from veterans of the Strike Suit Zero development team, have announced their first tile: Fractured Space. Unlike the fast-paced mech action of Strike Suit Zero, Fractured Space will be an online-only, team-based strategy title centered on large-scale combat with capital ships. Both teamwork and scale are important aspects of the game, as noted by CEO James Brooksby: “we want to transmit a sense of scale to the player – the feeling of participating in a massive space battle inside their own titanic capital ship, blasting apart enemy ships and working together with other players to achieve a common objective.” Founding community members are also lending a hand during development, an approach the team hopes to continue when the game is added on Steam Early Access next year.


PC News

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

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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.


PlayStation 3 News

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.


PC News

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.


PlayStation 3 News