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Divinity: Original Sin’s expansive follow-up will be released before the summer is out. Larian Studios has revealed that Divinity: Original Sin 2 launch online and in stores on September 14. The sequel will feature Game Master and player-versus-player modes at release, allowing players to create tabletop-style adventures or battle against one another in an arena. To celebrate the announcement, Larian has released a patch for the Steam Early Access version. Early buyers can now access two additional areas, try out a new companion relationship system, and experiment with updated character-creation and item-crafting mechanics. A trailer highlighting the changes can be found below.
It’s time to take a trip back to 2004 today with the release of Star Ocean: Till the End of Time for PS4. The PS2 role-playing game has been updated with support for trophies, share functionality, and remote play. Players once again guide Fayt in his search for his family and childhood friend Sophia after being separated during a military invasion while on vacation. An intro video from the game’s producer, Shuichi Kobayashi, as well as the launch trailer can be found below.
Star Ocean will be taking a trip to the past for the next installment, a re-release of Till the End of Time. The 2002 PlayStation 2 entry is receiving a sprucing up with support for trophies, share functionality, and remote play. Till the End of Time follows childhood friends Fayt Leingod and Sophia Esteed “as they discover the greatest secret in the Star Ocean universe.”
Deck13’s gritty action role-playing game The Surge has been released in stores and online. As CREO’s latest new hire, the everyman Warren, players find themselves in a world where robots have gone crazy. Donning an exosuit, Warren can go for all-in attacks or target specific limbs with the chance of a clean cut providing a new piece of kit to attach to his suit. Gear can also be crafted from salvaged parts, allowing for those less precise (or skilled) to still enhance get some swanky upgrades.
A week out from release, and Deck13 has a new launch trailer prepped and ready to go for The Surge. Players get another look at Warren, an unfortunate new hire at the megacorporation CREO who finds himself fighting for survival against killer robots. The upside is that those same robots can be repurposed to his benefit, as their severed limbs serve as upgrades to his exosuit.
Bethesda has released a trailer highlighting the down-and-dirty politics that dominate Morrowind in The Elder Scrolls Online. In Assassins and Great Houses, players get a look at the intrigue that takes place throughout Vvardenfell, which will require them to work with several factions. In particular, they will have to balance their relationships with the three houses that dominate the realm: House Hlaalu, House Redoran, and House Telvanni.
Gamers looking forward to The Surge can get a look at the game’s development with a new behind-the-scenes trailer. The video runs nearly seven minutes long and features members of Deck13 chatting about the science-fiction-themed action-RPG. Topics covered include the protagonist, storyline, and character customization via enemy dismemberment. New gameplay footage is spliced throughout showing more of the world and combat system.
It’s time for players to break free of the virtual-world prison of Mobius with the launch of The Caligula Effect. As a student at Kishimai High School, players uncover a world that isn’t as it seems in a story penned by Persona 2 scribe Tadashi Satomi. As part of the Go-Home Club, they will join a group of fellow students in an effort to break free of the virtual world that has them trapped. Getting back to reality requires battling Digiheads, those students who have succumbed to the charms of the world’s master and are willing to defend her at all costs.
Nier: Automata’s first round of downloadable content has gone live. The drop, titled 3C3C1D119440927, costs $13.99 and includes three colosseums along with extra sidequests. The latter bestow costume rewards, with several from Nier: Replicant (Revealing Outfit for 2B, Young Man’s Outfit for 9S and Destroyer Outfit for A2), records for the jukebox, equipment and cosmetic accessories (color-changing hairspray for 2B and A2), stat-boosting masks, and special bullets that alter the enemy’s appearance. To cap it off, the colosseum battles will pit players against Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda and PlatinumGames CEO Kenichi Sato.