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The Secret World to relaunch as free-to-play Secret World Legends

Despite praising its "innovation, atmosphere and charm", Phil felt Funcom's The Secret World was hamstrung by its weak combat and genre-typical MMO padding in his 2012 review. Later that year the developer's then new CEO Ole Schreiner suggested it "definitely had the tools" for a free-to-play-styled Secret World, and now it appears this will be realised: The Secret World is relaunching as Secret World Legends this spring and will be free-to-play. And here's a teaser:Despite Phil's relative reser

By | March 29th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

6 things Destiny 2 needs to be a success on PC

Now, with the sequel potentially under six months away, I want to talk about what it needs to ensure success on PC. The leaked poster mentions the beta will take place on PS4, implying similar deals can be expected for Destiny 2. Note also that this year’s Resident Evil 7 was a ‘Play Anywhere’ title, meaning saves transferred automatically between PC and XB1. As mentioned above, The Vault of Glass raid is brilliant, and arguably the thing that persuaded players to stick with Destiny. It goes wit

By | March 28th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

Final Fantasy 14’s latest update removes the two-week trial time limit

Today's release of the latest patch to the Square Enix MMO Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, taking it to version 3.56, means players can now "experience the conclusion of the Heavensward main scenario." And for those of you who aren't currently players, the news is potentially even better, as the update also removes the 14-day time limit on the trial. #FFXIV free trial has been revamped! Now you can play the free trial without a time limit! The full patch notes are available here, and you can d

By | March 28th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

MLG to experiment with banning Peacekeeper in For Honor tournaments

Ubisoft's medieval beatdown game For Honor has a Peacekeeper problem. However, when PK [Peacekeeper] is used these tactics are not needed as simply spamming light attacks can usually guarantee hits, even against experienced players," he wrote. The purpose of the message was to call for a ban on the use of the Peacekeeper class in MLG tournaments, and MLG, reflecting the seriousness of the complaint, agreed. "For online tournaments, we will try running a tournament with peacekeeper banned, and th

By | March 28th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

Divinity: Original Sin 2 demos new Summoning and Polymorphing skills

During Larian Studios' hugely successful Divinity: Original Sin 2 Kickstarter campaign, backers were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite skill schools that'd be introduced as Stretch Goals at a later date. To this end, as part of the project's 35th Update, the early accessible role-player has now added Summoning and Polymorphing to its sorcery-endowed bounds. As detailed via the game's Kickstarter campaign page, the Summoning school lets players conjure personal elementals which ma

By | March 28th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

Have the Majors been good for the Dota 2 scene?

In a month, the top Dota 2 teams will descend upon Kiev, Ukraine, for the next in Valve’s series of official tournaments, the Majors. Namely, there are questions about how these Valve tournaments, regarded by the community as extremely important, have interfered with third-party events. In the 2014-2015 season, excluding Valve events there were 24 ‘premier’ and 38 ‘professional’ events, per Valve’s ticketing system, for a total of 62. Valve clearly wanted to make a tournament system that added l

By | March 28th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

What we want from Star Wars Battlefront 2

Star Wars Battlefront, for all the weight behind its titanic namesake, has largely floundered against the competition. It trades nuance for reference; it feels like a friend articulating a hypothetical Star Wars matchup (“What if Han Solo and Darth Vader dueled on top of the Millennium Falcon?”) while glossing over the finer details. With a new Battlefront arriving sometime this year , DICE holds the potential to deliver a sequel with the same brimming Star Wars excitement but of more ambitious

By | March 27th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire sets sail for frontiers beyond mere tradition

Amid the Skyrims and Witcher 3s of the world, players hungered for a return to the classic roleplaying games of yesteryear. The first game saved Obsidian from drowning, and Pillars of Eternity 2 is ready to sail to a new world. “We had talked about it going all the way back to Pillars of Eternity,” Sawyer confesses almost shamefully. I begin to realise that, to Urquhart and Sawyer, Pillars of Eternity 2 is as much about the little things as it is the big. “I think a lot of people, whether consci

By | March 27th, 2017|companies|0 Comments

Quake Champions will be free-to-play, with an option to buy it outright

Id Software creative director Tim Willits told Polygon today that the upcoming arena shooter Quake Champions, which id and Bethesda have recently been showing off, will offer players both free-to-play and paid options. Access to Ranger, the lead character of the original Quake and a prominent face in Quake 3: Arena, will be free for everyone. With him, you'll earn the in-game currency called "favor" that can be used to gain access to other Champions for as-yet-undetermined periods of time. If yo

By | March 10th, 2017|companies|0 Comments
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