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Swordhaven: Iron Conspiracy

2024-04-03

Swordhaven: Iron Conspiracy Interview

Couchpotato interviewed Alexander from Atom Team about their latest game, Swordhaven: Iron Conspiracy. A Kickstarter campaign for the game has already reached 2/3 of the funding goal.


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2024-01-07

Game of the Year Awards 2023 - Most Promising RPG

What is the most promising RPG of 2024? Like every year, you had your say. Check out the details to find out what games our visitors and editors think are most promising.


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Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory
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Poll Watch

Are you concerned about the use of generative AI by game developers?
Yes, it will decrease the quality of games
16.44%

Yes, it will impact people's jobs / shift the industry
23.29%

Yes, but it is too early to say whether the net result will be negative
30.14%

No, it will increase the quality of games
12.33%

No, it will improve people's jobs
4.11%

No, it won't substantially change anything
4.11%

I don't have any opinion for or against it / don't know enough about generative AI to say
9.59%

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Thursday - May 23, 2024

Crown Wars: The Black Prince - Released

by Hiddenx, 17:53

The strategy RPG Crown Wars: The Black Prince has been released:

Crown Wars | Launch Trailer

Fortify your domain, triumph in the most formidable battles with sword and wit!

Crown Wars: The Black Prince

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

Details

Wednesday - May 22, 2024

Covert Crew - Overview

by Hiddenx, 18:05

The Turn Based Lovers checked out the retro RPG Covert Crew:

SUPERHEROES AND FIRE EMBLEM COLLIDE IN SRPG COVERT CREW – OVERVIEW

Covert Crew SRPG With super Heroes
Two keywords that pique curiosity no matter what: Super Heroes and Fire Emblem. Covert Crew merges these two words to create what is described as a superpowered SRPG championing a tactical, turn-based approach that harkens back to genre classics while weaving in modern nuances.

Developed and published by indie studio TYB Games, this 2D strategy RPG put players into a near-futuristic universe brimming with individuals endowed with extraordinary powers, following the narrative of Solitude, a once-shamed hero. He assembles the Covert Crew to thwart a shadowy new syndicate that’s stirring trouble.

Covert Crew SRPG
The game’s mechanics are rooted in classic 2D turn-based tactical combat, enhanced by strategic grid-based battles that introduce inventive win conditions and challenging boss fights. With over 20 diverse playable units, each offering unique abilities, players can recruit and synergize their squad to maximize their effectiveness in combat.

The in-game interactions, termed quips, further enrich this dynamic, fostering deeper bonds between characters that unlock new scenes and provide crucial in-battle bonuses. Additionally, the game allows players to equip power modulators, tailoring attacks with modifications that can alter power levels and speed and even introduce status effects.

[...]

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Covert Crew

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Capes - Mercurial Overview Trailer

by Hiddenx, 17:53

Learn more about Mercurial - a teammate in Capes:

Capes - Meet the Team: Mercurial

Thanks Couchpotato!

Capes

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Technofantasy
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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King Arthur: Legion IX - Review @ TBL

by Hiddenx, 17:47

The Turn Based Lovers reviewed King Arthur: Legion IX:

KING ARTHUR: LEGION IX REVIEW

Set in the same dark fantasy universe as King Arthur: Knight’s Tale, this is the latest game from NeocoreGames. King Arthur: Legion IX is a turn-based tactical game mixed with a character-centric RPG. I had the opportunity to take a look. Let’s see if the Ninth Legion is good enough to rise from the dead or if they should stay fallen in Tartarus.

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CONCLUSION
So, with all that being said, does the Ninth Legion in King Arthur: Legion IX deserve to rise up from Tarturas? I certainly think so. If you are a fan of the first game, King Arthur: Knight’s Tale, then I am sure you are happy to see the developers made another game in the same dark universe. If you have never played the first one, don’t be afraid to jump into the universe with this game. Play the other one later if you want.

There weren’t a whole lot of things that I could find to complain about. I think the biggest thing that kind of stood out as odd was the fact that the voice of Gaius Julius Mento during the game was not the same as the voice in the opening cinematic. That was kind of off-putting for me. Gaius sounds a lot more metallic in the game. I actually thought there was something wrong with my audio during the first mission. Other than that, the voice acting was really good.

The only other thing that might be a downfall for some people is the fact that the game is so linear. Now, I’m not saying that every game has to be open-world. However, as I mentioned in the map section, there is only one mission per level and every level after each mission. Even if there are multiple missions available at one time. There really is no point in doing them out of order. That just feels a little limiting to me. Almost like there is no point to having more than one unlocked at a time. 

With only two things to complain about, I would say there really isn’t any reason not to check this one out. If you are a fan of turn-based tactical games or RPGs, then I would say this is going to be a good one to dive into. I really enjoyed the setting and the combat. Hopefully, this review will help you decide whether the game is right for you. The game is available on Steam here.

Thanks Couchpotato!

King Arthur: Legion IX

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Witcher 3 - REDkit Q&A

by Hiddenx, 17:41

Couchpotato spotted The Witcher 3 REDkit Q&A on Wccftech:

The Witcher 3 REDkit Q&A – CDPR and Yigsoft Confirm Steam Workshop Support; Further Improvements Planned

Today, as promised earlier this month, CD Projekt RED has released The Witcher 3 REDkit to the public. It is now available for free download on PC across GOG, Epic Games Store, and Steam.

The modding tool, created with the help of Hungarian co-development company Yigsoft, was successfully tested with over 18K users before the public release. The goal is to unleash the creativity of modders with a much more robust modding tool than what was previously available for the game.

Ahead of the launch, we reached out to CD Projekt RED's Global Community Director Marcin Momot and Yigsoft's Lead Bence Hambalko to discuss the feature set of The Witcher 3 REDkit (there's full controller support, surprisingly) and what's coming after launch.

The REDkit for The Witcher 2 was released only two years after its launch, whereas nine years have now passed for The Witcher 3. Why the delay?

Marcin Momot: The truth is that, initially, we planned to release it much sooner, but, as usual, reality altered our plans. As we fully transitioned to working on Cyberpunk 2077, we had to adjust our production timeline. After its release, we began reevaluating some of the projects we had in the pipeline beforehand. Around that time, we started forming a closer partnership with Yigsoft, who have been helping us with certain elements of Cyberpunk 2077. As the old saying goes, better late than never, and here we are, releasing The Witcher 3 editor into the hands of players in 2024.

Why did you deem it worthy to release it after all these years?

MM: The Witcher 3 is one of those games that, even nine years later, is still thriving in the modding scene. Every week, new mods keep popping up as people tinker with various aspects of the game. After releasing the next-gen version in December 2022 and all subsequent updates, we offer this as a sort of parting gift — the final touch, if you will. We hope that now, with everyone having access to an editor that’s as close to being on par with what the game’s developers used to make it as can be, the game can continue to live on for years to come, with even more content being added by the community.

[...]

 

Witcher 3

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Timothy Cain - New Videos

by Hiddenx, 17:36

Tim continues his video series:

Using Mechanics For Storytelling

Games As Actions

Timothy Cain

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Enotria: The Last Song - Preview

by Hiddenx, 17:32

Mortismal Gaming checked out Enotra: The Last Song:

Check Out - Enotria: The Last Song

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Enotria: The Last Song

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

Details

Tuesday - May 21, 2024

Sovereign Syndicate - Review

by Hiddenx, 20:11

Ye Old Entertainment reviewed Sovereign Syndicate:

Sovereign Syndicate Review: Half point and click adventure game, half RPG, all Disco Elysium copycat

Sovereign Syndicate

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Steampunk
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Rogue Trader - Skulls 2024 Announcement

by Hiddenx, 17:22

The annual event Warhammer Skulls 2024 has been announced for May 23:

Warhammer Skulls 2024 - Announcement

Greetings, Lord Captain!

We report that no incidents were registered on your voidship, and all systems and mechanisms are operating within normal parameters. However, the ship's crew has gathered on the bridge - they have something intriguing to tell you, Lord Captain!

Your loyal crew is proud to announce that we’ll be a part of the grand annual event, Warhammer Skulls 2024 (https://www.twitch.tv/warhammer), which will be held on May 23, 2024, 5 PM BST. We’re preparing a report with some long-anticipated news, so make sure not to miss it!

The crew remains silent and refuses to spoil the surprise or reveal any details ahead of time, so you’ll have to be patient and wait for the big event! What possible news could they be keeping?

ICYMI, you still have a chance to get your Collector’s Edition with a stunning Cassia figurine on our website, https://roguetrader.owlcat.games/. Don’t wait too long, the offer is limited!

May the Omnissiah’s blessing be with you, we await your presence at Warhammer Skulls 2024, Lord Captain!

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Rogue Trader

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Reynatis - New Trailer

by Hiddenx, 17:12

Learn more about the factions of Reynatis in the new trailer:

REYNATIS - Release Date Announcement Trailer (Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Steam)

Liberate your world when REYNATIS launches on September 27, 2024 for Nintendo Switch™, PS4®, PS5®, and Steam®. REYNATIS is an atmospheric urban fantasy set in a realistic recreation of Shibuya, Tokyo, where the ultimate clash between magic and order is about to unfold.

Conceal your magic to explore the city as a regular civilian and shop or take on quests, or use your explosive powers to reach new locations and battle those who stand in your way. Fight for what you believe in in this stylish, spellbinding RPG from director TAKUMI and featuring music by Yoko Shimomura!

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Reynatis

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Capes - Preview @ PC Gamer

by Hiddenx, 17:01

PC Gamer checked out the tactical RPG Capes:

Capes is a superhero game about the legacy its heroes inherit, but also the legacy of turn-based tactics as a genre

"X-Men meets XCOM" may be a glib summary, but it's not totally inaccurate.

Irrational's Freedom Force games celebrated the Silver Age of comics in all its goofy glory, with a cast of characters including a time-traveling robot called Microwave and a witch named Alchemiss. Capes evokes a later, more serious era: the Bronze Age of the 1970s and '80s, after Stan Lee ditched the Comics Code Authority's seal of approval to publish a Spider-Man story about drugs. It was a time when superhero stories became grittier, more political, and often dystopian.

Different as they are, Freedom Force and Capes share the influence of Morgan Jaffit. A writer on Capes, Jaffit was part of Ken Levine's Irrational Games during the Freedom Force era, and it's no coincidence that Capes references the period in comics history immediately following the one Freedom Force does. 

[...]

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Capes

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Technofantasy
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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RPG General News - Kingdom Hearts Series on Steam

by Hiddenx, 16:55

The action RPG series Kindom Hearts is coming to Steam on June 13:

Kingdom Hearts

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RPG General News

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Unknown
Genre: RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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Witcher 3 - REDkit Trailer

by Hiddenx, 16:48

The Witcher 3 REDkit is available now for free for all owners of the game on PC:

The Witcher 3 REDkit - Official Trailer

Thanks Couchpotato!

Source: IGN

Witcher 3

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Elden Ring - Shadow of the Erdtree Story Trailer

by Hiddenx, 16:37

Couchpotato spotted a new trailer for Elden Ring - Shadow of the Erdtree:

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree - Official Story Trailer

Source: IGN

Elden Ring

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Kickstarter Games - Pathfinder: The Dragon's Demand

by Hiddenx, 16:34

Ossian Studios is planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign for a new Pathfinder RPG called Pathfinder: The Dragon's Demand:

Pathfinder: The Dragon's Demand

Experience the magic of digital tabletop with miniatures in this single-player, turn-based RPG video game set in the Pathfinder world!

Thanks daveyd!

 

Kickstarter Games

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Unknown
Genre: Unknown
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance II - Tom McKay Interview

by Hiddenx, 16:28

Insider Gaming talked with with actor Tom McKay, who plays Henry in Kingdom Come: Deliverance II:

INTERVIEW: Actor Tom McKay Talks Kingdom Come: Deliverance 2

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance II

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Historical
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Songs of Conquest - Impressions @ Mortismal Gaming

by Hiddenx, 11:28

Mortismal Gaming checked out Songs of Conquest:

Check Out: Songs Of Conquest

Songs of Conquest

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

Details

Monday - May 20, 2024

Wuthering Waves - Reveal Livestream

by Hiddenx, 15:33

The Gacha RPG Wuthering Waves will be released on May 23:

Wuthering Waves Reveal Livestream

Wuthering Waves

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Songs of Conquest - Release Day

by Hiddenx, 14:55

The strategy RPG Songs of Conquest will leave Early Access today:

Songs of Conquest - 1.0 Launch Trailer

Songs of Conquest

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Larian Studios - New Poland Studio

by Hiddenx, 14:00

The Gamer Social Club reports that Larian is opening a new studio in Poland:

Baldurs Gate 3 Developer Larian Announces Opening Of New Poland Studio

The RPG developer continues to grow on the backs of Baldurs Gate 3

It would appear Activision isn’t the only company headed to Poland as today Larian Studios, the acclaimed developer behind the 2023 Game Of The Year Baldurs Gate 3 has opened a new studio in Warsaw, Poland.

The studio in Warsaw will be Larian's 7th studio joining teams in Quebec, Dublin, Guildford, Barcelona, Ghent, and Kuala Lumpur with the goal of adding to their 24 hour development cycle.

“The decision to open a permanent studio in Warsaw shows how serious we are about encouraging creativity, collaboration, and innovation in the heart of Poland’s lively gaming scene,” said Ula Jach, Head of Studio. “We’re thrilled for the opportunity to collaborate with the abundant talent and expertise of the region, especially considering Poland’s strong reputation as a hub for RPG and gaming enthusiasts.”

Swen Vincke, CEO of Larian Studios, said, “Visiting the Game Industry Conference last year confirmed what I'd been thinking for a while – there’s a lot of talent here and a lot of devs who think like us. On top of that, many of them want to work on RPGs, so it’s a match made in heaven.

[...]

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Larian Studios

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Wildsilver - Patch 0.9.7

by Hiddenx, 08:40

The J-RPG Wildsilver is nearly finished:

Patch 0.9.7

  • Raze: Now can’t be countered or evaded anymore.
  • Brace: Now only targets Gilbert and heroes with 20 or more CP.
  • Mirror: Now only targets Gilbert and heroes with Guard.
  • Regen ★: Can’t be removed by Raze anymore.
  • Toad: Now uses attacks that poison and Hurl instead of Clog.
  • Gigantula: Fixed the enrage-by-minion-damage animation.
  • Forest: There are now fish living in the water.
  • Swamp: Added flower and vines to another map.
  • Crypt: Changed some EXP orb and urn positions.
  • Mila: Added a battle tip concerning the Raze change.
  • Save status: Optimised graphic.
  • Major save statues no longer nullify CP.
  • Fixed narration texts being cut off.
  • Made some minor fixes and optimisations.

Here's the dev-thread on RPGWatch.

Wildsilver

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: J-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Flint - Treasure of Oblivion - Preview

by Hiddenx, 08:28

Couchpotato spotted some artwork for Flint - Treasure of Oblivion:

Captain Flint needs YOU

Ahoy there!

Flint - Treasure of Oblivion will embark you on a perilous journey across the world later this year! Do you think you have what it takes to join Captain Flint’s crew?

[...]

Flint - Treasure of Oblivion

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Historical
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Atelier - What the Series offers

by Hiddenx, 08:20

Couchpotato spotted an Atelier article on RPGamer:

What the Atelier Series Offers That Isn’t Readily Apparent

Nowadays, thanks to the convenient and various sources of information at our disposal, it’s not too hard to find out about a video game franchise without playing it. Depending on what one learns or hears about this franchise, they might elect to stay away from it. However, unbeknown to some players, such a choice may prevent them from trying titles that have much more to offer than it first appears. One such series is the Atelier series, and I hope to use this opportunity to highlight some of its hidden positives.

For those who don’t have any prior knowledge about the Atelier series, it is developed by Gust, nowadays a subsidiary of Koei Tecmo, with the first game released back in 1997. The series is currently comprised of twenty-five mainline entries and many spin-offs. The term “Atelier”, which is shared in almost every title in the series, emphasizes most of the protagonists are in charge of an atelier, or workshop, which serves for their practice of alchemy. This naming choice reflects how alchemy tends to be central for both story and gameplay in nearly every game of the franchise.

Most of the Atelier titles have this type of cover. While convenient to identify the female lead, this presentation tells little about alchemy altogether or how relatable the plot is independently of the gender.

Besides being about alchemy, the Atelier titles are notorious for featuring primarily female protagonists. In addition, the glamorous cover of the games show beautiful ladies smiling like they haven’t any care in the world. Considering this first impression, some gamers, particularly those more interested in the ins and outs of complex gameplay systems, could feel these titles are probably too simplistic to provide them what they are looking for, based on such carefree imagery. However, the series is full of gameplay depth. In many of these games, the major focus is on the mastery of the rich alchemy system and time management, with some games offering different spins on combat mechanics.

[...]

Atelier

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Turn Based Lovers - Weekly RPG News

by Hiddenx, 08:07

Everyting turn-based:

EVERYTHING TURN-BASED – WEEKLY RPG NEWS AND RELEASES – 19 MAY 2024

TURN-BASED RPGS AND STRATEGY GAMES OF THE LAST WEEK PLUS SOME TBL WEBSITE UPDATES

Welcome to a new Weekly RPG Recap! Before diving into the latest news and releases from the past week, I’d like to share a quick update. Over the last few days, I’ve been working on refreshing the site and updating various sections with new descriptions and photos. It’s a slow process that I fit into my spare moments. Regarding the content, I’ve decided to dedicate as much time as possible to overviews because Turn Based Lovers started with them and should continue in that direction. I believe this content is the best way to highlight titles that often go unnoticed, and it’s also what I enjoy doing the most.

I commit to releasing at least one list per week and covering any last-minute news, followed by this weekly recap to ensure nothing slips through the cracks. Reviews will keep coming, courtesy of TBL contributors. That said, if anyone is interested in contributing to articles (reviews, lists, interviews, and more), feel free to contact me at info@turnbasedlovers.com.

  • ALZARA – A Tribute To JRPG Classics
  • 4X Ice-Age Strategy Game The Ancients
  • One-Inch Tactics Launching In A Few Days
  • Comedic Deckbuilder SerialWorld Announced
  • Electrifying New VR Tactics Experience
  • Tactical Roguelite Monster Catching Arrives On Nintendo Switch
  • Don’t Miss This Acclaimed 4X Strategy….For Free
  • Story-Driven RPG Wildermyth Launches Its New DLC
  • Unique RPG Athenian Rhapsody Available On PC And Consoles
  • Card-Based Rogue-Lite Spellcats Available
  • Tactical RPG Wantless Now In Its 1.0 VersionTactical Roguelite Revelatio Now On PCCrazy Colorful Roguelite Break 
  • The Loop Available
  • Legendary Strategy Games Now Available On Steam
  • SCP Operations Now On PCTraditional Roguelike The Land Beneath Us Available On PC And Consoles
  • First-Person Dungeon Crawler StarCrawlers Chimera Now Out Of Early Access

[...]

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Turn Based Lovers

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Black Myth: Wukong - WeGame Event Trailer

by Hiddenx, 07:55

Couchpotato spotted a new trailer for Black Myth: Wukong:

Black Myth: WuKong - Official WeGame Event Trailer

Source: IGN

Black Myth: Wukong

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Action-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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RPG General News - Jake Solomon Interview

by Hiddenx, 07:51

MinnMax interviewed Jake Solomon:

Why XCOM's Creative Director Jake Solomon Left Firaxis

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RPG General News

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Unknown
Genre: RPG
Platform: Unknown
Release: In development

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Matt Chat - #528 - Jess Morrissette, Stair Quest

by Hiddenx, 07:47

Matt is talking with political science professor Jess Morrissette about his Adventure games and more:

MC528: Jess Morrissette, Stair Quest

Matt Chat

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Sunday - May 19, 2024

Archaelund - Update 0.8 released

by Hiddenx, 16:13

The Early Access title Archaelund got a new update:

Update 0.8 is out

The last incremental update that completes the 0.8 roadmap list has just been released
The first development stage of Archaelund Early Access has just been completed with the release of update 0.8. Here is the summary of the changes in today's update:

Content changes & adjustments

  • Added a new cave dungeon in the western coast of the Peninsula, with a new associated quest(talk to Icanos the Loreseeker after completing Three Wanderers quest).
  • XP cap raised to 9,900 (maximum level remains at 4).

Features & Improvements

  • Skill Charisma now reduces buying prices in most vendors by 2% per rank(certain factions are not affected).

Bugfixes

  • Talent Hardiness is once more working as per description.
  • Scrolls and other limited usage items will now only be spent (and cause an AP spending in combat) after a valid target has been selected. You can safely cancel a target without spending the item.
  • Prone enemies were sometimes not counting as flanked. Fixed.
  • Party members that ended a fight prone, will no longer show the incorrect prone animation on the next fight.

However, if you haven't played since release in January, it's more important to see the changes as a whole. You can read through the whole changelog, but here's a summary of the most relevant changes:

  • Two new dungeons in the Peninsula are now accessible.
  • Four new quests were added (from 17 to 21).
  • One extra companion available (from 2 to 3).
  • Skills have been implemented: Survival, Disarm Traps, Charisma, Alchemy, Crafting. Only the Maps & Charts skill remains, since it requires a larger available map to be relevant. Meditation skill was reworked.
  • Three new spells added, and many others revised or adjusted.
  • More diversified loot, and 20 new items added.
  • Many "Quality of Life" improvements made to the UI: selling stacks, browsing talent list, browsing discipline spells, and more.
  • Essential UI/Controls features added, such as key mapping, axis inversion, ultra-wide support, framerate limit, etc.
  • Almost a hundred bugs were squished!

The Road Ahead

The Peninsula has been a great start, but it's time to move forward! You can read our development roadmap here.

Version 0.9 will be in development for the remaining of the year (maybe a little longer) but it will also come in smaller incremental updates, not in a single big one.

The priority now, with all the game elements in place, is to expand both the game world, and character development. More areas, and more character levels and careers. More details will come in time, until then I hope you enjoy the game so far.

Thanks Couchpotato!

Archaelund

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Capes - Cade Morgan Interview

by Hiddenx, 15:58

Gameranx interviewed Creative Director Cade Morgan about Capes:

Capes Interview – Combat, Inspirations, Post-Launch Plans & More

We had the chance to speak with Creative Director Cade Morgan.

Are you ready to step into some new shoes and potentially a cape? Prepare those spandex costumes as a new hero-focused turn-based strategy game is flying our way with Capes. This title comes from a newly established Australian studio named Spitfire Interactive. Players will find themselves in a dystopian city that was a stronghold by supervillains using their iron fists and powers to keep their citizens in check. Still, their once prominent control is headed toward its downfall. So prepare to assemble your team and fight for this city’s freedom. 

Capes is set to hit the market this month, so you’ll soon be able to immerse yourself fully into this world filled with heroes and villains. We had the privilege to speak with Cade Morgan, Spitfire Interactive’s Creative Director. During our interview, Cade shared some exciting details about their upcoming debut title. 

Gameranx: For someone who is just finding out about Capes, how would you describe the game?

Cade: Capes is a turn-based superhero tactics game set in a world where the supervillains have already won, and possessing superpowers has since been outlawed. The player recruits a team of young superheroes who have to learn to work together to fight back against this injustice and right the wrongs of the past. Capes is the debut title from newly formed Australian developer Spitfire Interactive.

Gameranx: Could you elaborate on the story?

Cade: The game offers action-packed turn-based combat, team management between missions, and a unique superhero storyline. As the player assembles their team of heroes they fight back to reclaim their city, which the villains now control. Play across the dark and gritty campaign and patrol assignments, push the story forward, and reveal the truth behind the horrific Enhancement program of The Company that is pulling the strings behind the scenes.

[...]

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Capes

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Technofantasy
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Fextralife - Gaming News

by Hiddenx, 15:49

Fextralife summarizes this week's gaming news:

Gaming News - Shadow of the Erdtree NEW Enemy, EA Plans to Add Ads in Games, GoW Ragnarok to PC?

Timestamp
0:00 - Top RPG News of the Week
0:02 - Dragon Age Dreadwolf Set to Release By Next March
1:04 - Possible DLC for Lies of P
2:02 - EA Plans to Add Ads in AAA Games
3:41 - Square Enix Multiplatform Strategy
5:27 - God of War Ragnarok Might be coming to PC
6:32 - Shadow of the Erdtree new enemy
8:13 - Monster Hunter Sage 100 Million Milestone
9:15 - Greedfall 2 The Dying World Roadmap
10:22 - Enotria the Last Song Release Date and Demo

Fextralife

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FRONT MISSION 2: Remake - Remakes as Business Model

by Hiddenx, 15:29

Gamesindustry talked with Forever Entertainment about their remakes:

Forever Entertainment on making what was old new again

The publisher talks about how and why remakes such as Front Mission 2 are a part of its business model

Remaking games is not easy. You have to consider how retro titles will play on modern consoles and for today's audiences. You also have to work on the finer details, such as the clarity of dialogue, balancing gameplay, and quality-of-life changes. The list goes on.

However, when remakes become a part of your business model, you have it figured out. Forever Entertainment has proven itself in this field with the remakes of Panzer Dragoon, The House of The Dead, Front Mission 1st, and Front Mission 2. In 2018, it announced that it is also developing the Panzer Dragoon 2: Zwei remake.

Communications and marketing manager Monika Ginter tells GamesIndustry.biz that the firm's focus on retro titles spans from genuine interest from the team.

"We are currently working on both announced and unannounced titles. Remakes are one of the pillars of our operations"
She says, "We are fans of old games - they had a big impact on our lives, and we wanted a modern-day player to be able to experience the classics of our childhood, too. We think this is still a niche in the market that will gain more and more interest over time. Every year, we try to release an increasing number of remakes, and we are currently working on both announced and unannounced titles. Remakes are one of the pillars of our operations."

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FRONT MISSION 2: Remake

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Sci-Fi
Genre: Tactical RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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Dread Delusion - Review @ RPG Site

by Hiddenx, 07:03

RPG Site reviewed Dread Delusion:

Dread Delusion Review

I fell in love with Dread Delusion when I came across the journal of an explorer, detailing his trek to the Underlands. It would be easy to cast Lovely Hellplace's writing as sardonic, but the heart of Dread Delusion's world is that of hope, even when it might seem hopeless; even if those hopes might be indistinquishable from delusions. 

To put things as simply as possible; Dread Delusion is an open-world RPG, wearing its inspirations - games like Morrowind and King's Field - proudly on its sleeve, while also still maintaining its own identity. There's an otherworldly aura to the floating isles and the kingdoms that inhabit them, as players explore the fringes of a society still struggling to come to grips with a world that has long since ended. Whether it's the Wikkans and their traditional worship of the gods being called upon by those who have forgotten the consequences, or the Union's frenzied actions to stamp such practices out that begs the question if the cure might just have been worse than the disease - not to mention the challenges facing the realm of the Endless, or the slow and undeniable decline of the Clockwork Kingdom.

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Finally - the game is plagued with a number of bugs, especially in the late game. Admittedly these are being patched relatively quickly, but in the first few days following the 1.0 launch level geometry has failed to spawn, preventing the completion of vital sidequests, Truth Potions were completely unusable, and certain lifts for proceeding the main story have been almost completely blocked by misplaced assets. Controlling your airship once unlocked is especially finnicky; the camera has an absurdly low sensitivity, completely independent of your settings for on-foot. These will likely be fixed in due time, though it's hard to say exactly how long that might take. It's just such a shame that many of these bugs are present right at the finish line, diminishing what is absolutely a strong conclusion for what is already one of the best RPGs I've played this year.

Dread Delusion succeeds where it counts, even if bits and pieces still have some polishing left to do. For a crowded year for RPGs, Dread Delusion can still stand out from the crowd.

Score: 8/10

Dread Delusion

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Adventure-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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V Rising - Review @ COG

by Hiddenx, 06:59

COG reviewed the Vampire RPG V Rising:

V Rising 1.0 Review

I’m more or less burnt out when it comes to survival crafting RPGs. I can only punch so many trees and collect so many rocks before a hard limit is hit. You need a proper hook to keep me coming back. V Rising has vampires and a highly refined combat system. Those are pretty good hooks! There’s also a robust multiplayer environment. I don’t care about such things, but I recognize when they’re done well. Honestly, ‘vampires’ was enough to sell me on this game. Thankfully, it’s also quite good.

You play as a vampire looking to rebuild their empire. There’s very little story beyond this simple premise, and that’s totally fine. What else do you really need to know? Humans and monsters all want you dead, and it’s your job to frustrate their desires. Also, do your best to extend your unholy dominion over every corner of the world. And if you can do these things while building a gigantic castle? Even better. Though there is no proper story, the progression hums along quite smoothly. Your goals are clearly laid out, with the required steps making perfect sense. Admittedly, your goals are either ‘murder’ or ‘make things’ for the most part. But the building and murder are also really fun. I don’t mind simple tasks, so long as I’m enjoying myself.

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While I’ve mostly left survival crafting sims behind, V Rising feels different. The vampire hook is part of it, but the game’s design is a big factor. Building and murdering all tie together in one big progression tree. Moving from one path to the other feels perfectly smooth and seamless. Plus, both activities are pretty fun. I don’t love the traversal at times, and the game sometimes feels too big for a single player. But the core gameplay loop is a delight. Sure, a game boiled down to ‘build’ and ‘murder’ is a simple one. But there’s elegance in simplicity. V Rising is an excellent survival crafting RPG that I highly recommend.

Score: 86/100

V Rising

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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RPG Crawler - RPG News Roundup

by Hiddenx, 06:31

Like every week the RPG Crawler sums up the computer and tabletop RPG news:

RPG News Roundup (5-18-2024)

RPG Crawler

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Saturday - May 18, 2024

The Wayward Realms - Kickstarter Launch Date

by Hiddenx, 17:28

The Kickstarter for The Wayward Realms will launch on May 30:

Kickstarter Launch Date Reveal

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The Wayward Realms

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: In development

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Fallout: London - Hosted on GOG

by Hiddenx, 17:24

The Gamer reports that GOG will host the Fallout: London mod:

Report: Fallout London's Delay, And The Move To GOG

GOG tells us about its partnership with Fallout: London, a game that's "overflowing" with love for the series.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • GOG will host Fallout: London, a fan-made expansion for Fallout 4.
  • Fallout: London is too big to launch on the usual site, Nexus Mods.
  • GOG is working to make Fallout: London playable for Fallout 4 players, regardless of where they bought the game.

Whenever we cover Fallout: London, we get a few readers who, understandably, believe that it’s an official Bethesda release that escaped their notice. It’s easy to see why - the various screenshots and trailers certainly look the part, with a team of passionate devs using Fallout 4 as the foundation for a unique story, complete with new characters, items, textures, voice acting, and much more.

Now, the lines between mod and game blur even further, with GOG set to host Fallout: London. This is among the first releases of its kind, with previous ambitious fan projects like Fallout: The Frontier and New California both launching via Nexus Mods, not long-running gaming storefronts. The problem is that Fallout: London was just too big for Nexus, so it needed a much larger site to rush in and save the day.

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Fallout 4

SP/MP: Single-player
Setting: Post-Apoc
Genre: RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released

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