Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: RPG

Drakengard 3 info galore – pre-order, Collector’s Edition details, more

Drakengard 3 (PS3) Preorder and Release Details Announcement - Screenshot 1

Drakengard 3 has been officially dated for May 20. Square Enix is offering the game digitally over PSN but physically exclusively through their online store in a standard form and as a Collector’s Edition. Both versions come with pre-order extras, but which players get depends on when they put in their order. The pre-order system consists of three tiers, and only those who order before March 3 will be eligible for all of the extras. So far, the only known bonus is the Japanese voiceover DLC pack, which is part of the first tier along with two other bonuses. The next tier window is from March 4 to April 8, which include two bonuses, and the last is from April 8 until launch, which includes one bonus. The Collector’s Edition is limited to 5,000 copies and includes the game, a novella, a soundtrack CD sampler, a poster, and three pieces of DLC. The packs include a new prequel mission as Zero’s sister, One; the Giant Baby Hat item for the dragon; and a costume based off the original Drakengard’s Caim.

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PlayStation 3 News

EverQuest Next Landmark alpha launching tonight for early adopters

EverQuest Next Landmark (PC) Alpha Announcement - Screenshot 1

According to SOE, EverQuest Next Landmark will enter alpha testing sometime this evening. Players who purchased the Founder’s Pack at Explorer or Trailblazer level will be able to sign on later today and join developers in testing and refining the game’s mechanics. The group’s input will be used as work progresses to the final release, according to franchise director of development Dave Georgeson: “For the first time, our players can join alongside us as part of the development team. They will have a significant voice in how the final game takes shape.”

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PC News

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PS4 beta, release dates revealed

Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn (PC, PS3, PS4) PS4 Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Square Enix has released some new details regarding the PS4 version of their MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. First off, the game will be available in stores on April 14, the same day when “official service” begins. For those looking to preorder, beginning today, money can be put down on a Standard Edition or a Collector’s Edition, which will also include two in-game items (a Mog Cap and a Cait Sith Doll minion) and Early Access on April 11. The Collector’s Edition will be packed with an art book, a music CD, art cards, a themed security token, and a few exclusive in-game items. Additionally, existing players who have registered FFXIV Collector’s Edition, FFXIV: A Realm Reborn Collector’s Edition, or digitally upgraded will receive two new in-game items (Fat Chocobo Mount and Wind-up Moogle minion).

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News

Kingdom Come: Deliverance Kickstarter goal met, funding secured

Warhorse Deliverance (Linux, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One) Kickstarter Announcement - Screenshot 1

Warhorse Studios’ decision to go the Kickstarter route with their upcoming Medieval-era action-adventure RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance has paid off. In just two days, the campaign has managed to not only meet its goal of $500,000 but surpass it, and with room to spare. The studio announced that, with the success of the campaign, the game has been funded through completion. The ambitious titles is free of fantasy elements, leaving gamers to explore an open, dynamic world filled with branching dialog trees, period-specific combat, sieges, and crafting. There will also be role-playing elements for character leveling, and requirements that adventurers eat and sleep.

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Might & Magic X – Legacy journeys forth, final version now on Steam

Might and Magic X (PC) Steam Early Access Announcement - Screenshot 4

Might & Magic X – Legacy has graduated from Early Access to full release today. The Open Development phase began in August with the first act, and now gamers can trek through the single-player campaign in its entirety. In keeping with the series, players will form a party and venture in and around Karthal, meeting non-playable characters, taking on quests, and battling in turn-based combat.

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PC News

The Elder Scrolls Online voice cast revealed, interviewed

Bethesda is looking to bring a bit of Hollywood to Tamriel. The studio has released a video detailed the lineup of actors who are lending their voices to the upcoming MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online. Some of the cast includes John Cleese as the mad lost soul Cadwell, Bill Nighy as High King Emeric, Kate Beckinsale as Queen Ayrenn, and Malcolm McDowell as the Daedric god Molag Bal. The 17-minute video shows the in-studio recording process and features interviews with the cast, with an excellent performance by Cleese kicking things off.

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Idea Factory releases statement about Monster Monpiece’s changes

Monster Monpiece (PS Vita) IF Statement - Screenshot 1

Following their announcement yesterday that Monster Monpiece will be coming to North America later this year with a few alterations, Idea Factory has released a statement to address concerns regarding the changes. The full statement is available below, plus a few new screens.

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PlayStation Vita News

Blackguards makes a break for it on GOG, Steam for Mac and PC

Blackguards (PC) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Blackguards, adventure-gaming maven Daedalic’s foray into the role-playing world, is now available on GOG and Steam for Mac and Windows PC. A new entry in The Dark Eye universe, Blackguards has players take on the role of a convicted murderer and lead a group of criminals and outcasts against a new sinister power that threatens the land. Players must not only fight against these forces of evil but also wild beasts and monsters as well as the law—they are criminals, after all. The action-heavy title features over 180 battle maps and a turn-based combat system.

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PC News

Idea Factory bringing Monster Monpiece to North America

Monster Monpiece (PS Vita) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Idea Factory has announced that they will be bringing their first PS Vita title to North America, Monster Monpiece. Set for a PSN release this spring, the game is a mixture of card battling and light role-playing elements that tasks players with tracking down a friend who has become “Lost” and leader to a group of creatures known as “monster girls.” As her best friend, May, players must stop Elza and her gang from stealing the protective quartz housed within the world’s cities. The cards are represented by 3D chibi characters, and there are over 100 monster girls to call upon during battle. Each monster has their own skills and weaknesses, and they can be fused for new combinations as well as powered by rubbing the touch screen (it seems even monsters have hearts). The game will also support ad hoc and network modes for multiplayer.

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PlayStation Vita News

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII demo, pre-order bonus go live

Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII (360, PS3) Demo Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Lightning returns today, literally. Square Enix has announced that the first playable demo for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will launch later today for PS3 and is available now for 360 Live Gold members. Live Silver members will have to wait until January 28. The demo features a battle-heavy trip through the Yusnaa palace alongside Snow. For players that activate the Outworld feature and submit their score for the final fight against Zaltys, the Siegfried outfit will be unlocked in the full version. As an extra bonus, the PSN version will include the Utsusemi Garb DLC in the demo and full version, which includes the Heavenly Fan weapon and the Kaminari shield.

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PlayStation 3 News, Xbox 360 News