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Weird West Review - Gamebanshee
While Weird West can't hold a candle to the likes of Deus Ex, and it sure does have plenty of questionable design decisions, at the end of the day, the immersive sim market is not exactly oversaturated. And with that in mind, I did enjoy my time with the game. It may not be great, but it's still a perfectly decent way to spend 20-40 hours of your time.
What We Want From the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake - CBR
When the Knights of the Old Republic remake was announced last year, fans were ecstatic to hear that one of the best games in the Star Wars franchise was going to get a modern update. Since the announcement, though, there have been very few updates on the development of the game. This has left fans to speculate and wonder about what Aspyr is going to change or add for the remake.
What Techland's Fantasy RPG Could Learn From Dying Light 2 - Gamerant
Dying Light 2 showed much promise when it released, and Techland's deviation into the fantasy genre could learn a lot from it.
 

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Superfuse Gameplay Interview

In terms of what sort of game Superfuse is, it's a hack-and-slash Action RPG that can be played solo or with up to 4 other players and boasts a ton of customization options. Not to mention, a nice assortment of enemies to and bosses to fight.
Falcom on The Legend of Heroes Bringing New Trails Games West -Pushsquare
With Japanese RPG series The Legend of Heroes more popular than ever before here in the West, we wanted to get in touch with developer Falcom to find out more about the franchise and its future. Luckily, we landed an interview with Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo himself, and he was happy to answer some of our most prominent questions.

We asked Kondo-san about upcoming titles Trails from Zero and Trails to Azure, the current state of the series, bringing more Trails games West, and what's next for The Legend of Heroes. Read on to find out what he had to say.
Jehanne Rousseau Interview: Steelrising & Greedfall 2 - Screenrant
Jehanne Rousseau recently spoke to Screen Rant during the Nacon's Bigben week event about Greedfall 2: The Dying World, which was announced during the event, and the upcoming Steelrising, about the game's inspirations, the additions to the game based on the player feedback received so far, and what players can expect to face on the blood-stained streets of Paris.
 
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oceandriveLost Eidolons Gameplay First Look

Lost Eidolons is a turn-based tactical RPG with a gripping cinematic narrative, set in a waning empire riven by civil war. Take on the role of a charming mercenary captain, Eden, and lead his band of allies through epic encounters on a classic turn-based battlefield.
Thank You For Joining Lost Eidolons In Steam Next Fest - Oceandrive
We'd like to say a big thank-you for enjoying Steam Next Fest with us! We had a blast as you joined us in various ways by playing Lost Eidolons demo, watching our streams, giving us feedback, and recommending other notable demos to us!
 
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Fallout London Details the 7 Factions That Will Be Featured in the Mod - Gamerant

This past week has seen a flood of information be revealed for Bethesda Software's next major game release, Starfield. During interviews with game director Todd Howard, he drew attention to the importance of mods and how they will continue to be supported in Starfield. It's no surprise that Howard feels this way, as mod support for both The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim and Fallout 4 remain strong. As a perfect example, a new video has been released for the upcoming Fallout 4 mod Fallout London.
Starfield Release Window Proves You Should Read the Small Print - Techradar
Starfield IS expected early 2023 , according to the small print written at the bottom of an Xbox Game Pass subscription plan page. The expected release window was spotted by a Reddit user, who snapped a picture (opens in new tab) of their screen before posting it in the Starfield subreddit.

Early 2023 is a narrower release window than what;s been previously shared. When developer Bethesda announced Starfield's delay earlier this year, it said it expected the game to launch in the first half of 2023, along with Arkane's upcoming vampiric co-op shooter Redfall.
Seamless Starfield spaceflight is important to me, Todd Howard - PCGamesN
Well, it's important to me, Todd. I do understand that the engineering behind it would be immense and I have no idea the developmental hurdles Bethesda would have to go through “ especially if it's still based on the Creation engine, which still has loading screens for interior locations. I fully respect, and don't want to downplay, the effort it would take to accomplish this feat.
 

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Path of Exile Game Mechanic Q&A Answers - Grinding Gear Games
A few weeks ago, we asked for your questions about game mechanics to help the community understand some of the intricacies of Path of Exile! We've collected some of your questions and have asked Mark to answer them below!
Time to accept Final Fantasy VII Remake trilogy isn't a tweaked Retelling - RPGSite
For some people, this is inevitably going to be crushingly disappointing. Many wanted a straight-up remake of Final Fantasy VII. Equally, however, many didn't - I was one of the people who argued that I'd rather all that Triple-A development talent, time and cash went into new Final Fantasy games instead. To someone like me, this is the next best thing - taking a familiar universe and deconstructing it to do something new.
25 Years of Final Fantasy Tactics - Siliconera
Final Fantasy Tactics launched in Japan on June 20, 1997. To celebrate the sub-franchise's 25th anniversary, we're sharing our Final Fantasy Tactics memories.
I tried playing Diablo Immortal on PC, and it was a Mistake - Digitaltrends
It seems obvious to me that Blizzard intended on releasing a PC port of Diablo Immortal to appease the core PC fan base, but it hurts the game overall. A bad PC port means that people like me, who don't use their phones for gaming, are completely disinterested in engaging with the game.

A better approach would have been to release the mobile version and work on an updated PC port. In its current state, it's better to hook your phone up to a monitor than to play Diablo Immortal's PC port.
Diablo Immortal proves public doesn;t care about video games - Metro
Diablo Immortal has been downloaded 10 million times and if only 1% of players spend large amounts of money on it that’s still 100,000 ‘whales’ feeding Blizzard’s coffers for absolutely no additional work on their behalf.

The fight against microtransactions and lootboxes has been going on for years now and while there have been a number of victories none of them have come about because of a popular uprising against the concepts. Hardcore gamers might hate them but by definition they’re a small minority and when you’ve got 10 million people lining up to play your game what does it matter if a tiny percentage are unhappy?

Time and again we see that the general public do not care about these issues. They’re probably not interested in paying for microtransactions either, at least not at first, but the insidious nature of the games will inevitably draw in many.
 

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What I'd Like To See Improved In Dragon's Dogma 2

Talking about some points from the original title I'd like to see improved upon or changed after the announcement of Dragon's Dogma 2
Rogue-lite ARPG The Unliving coming to Steam Early Access on October 31st

Raise the dead as a fearsome Necromancer in the dark world of The Unliving! Lead your undead armies into the endless fight in this rogue-lite action RPG game. Burn cities to ash with devastating magic spells, slay epic bosses and turn your enemies into morbid servants.
Outriders is free to play this week - MMOHaven
Players on Steam can experience the full original OUTRIDERS game with no restrictions during this time, including cross-play with other platforms. Any progress players make as part of the Free Play Days will be waiting for them when they purchase OUTRIDERS on the same platform. Additionally, anyone who played the OUTRIDERS demo previously will be able to continue their progress from where they left off.
Dragon's Dogma Highest Player Count in 6 Years Following Sequel News - VGS
According to Steam DB (as spotted by Benji-Sales), the game, which was first released in January 2016, hit a peak concurrent player count of 6,582 on Sunday, a number which it has only ever surpassed during the release month of the game. This number is similar to that of recent releases such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, which managed 6,599 concurrent players on Steam during the same 24-hour period.
 

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Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader - How Do You Play As Explorers?

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader is the first ever CRPG set in the Grimdark of the 41st millenia, with that comes the opportunity to explore parts of the Warhammer franchise that no other game has touched on. What is there in 40k beyond war? How will characters and player choices play a part in roleplay and exploration?
5 BIG Ways Starfield is Different Than No Mans Sky?

The claims are out there that procedural generation and 1000 planets has killed starfield before it even began. Is it true? Does starfield have a couple secrets to beat it. Here are 5 categories and reasons within them that Starfield really is doing things differently.
Starfield - Everything to Know

Announced back in 2018, Starfield is Bethesda's first new intellectual property in 25 years, and as such, there is a lot of hype surrounding the upcoming project--and perhaps just as many questions. In an attempt to answer at least a few of them and help you keep up to date with what's going on with Starfield, we've compiled everything we know about the game so far.
 

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Anvil Saga Released on Early Access - Steam

Anvil Saga is a management sim with RPG elements where you take control of a blacksmith shop amidst the Hundred Years' War. Each decision you make impacts the story and gameplay.
Alaloth: Champions of The Four Kingdoms - AMA Yesterday
We will be live for around 2 hours at 9AM PST/6PM CEST and whether it is a question about the roadmap, the gameplay or what is our fav junk food to eat while doing stuff fine! No question will be avoided! We are collecting questions both from this topic here on our Steam board and from the AMA dedicated channel on our Discord server.
Sucker Punch is hiring for Ghost of Tsushima 2 - VG247
It makes sense that Sucker Punch would want to make a series out of Ghost of Tsushima, a game that has sold over 8 million copies to date. So when job ads crop up, hiring for an unannounced open world stealth game, our minds automatically turn to Ghost of Tsushima 2.
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands & New DLC on Steam Thursday - 2K, Steam, & DLC
On Steam, you have the choice between the Standard Edition or the Chaotic Great Edition, which includes the Dragon Lord Pack of bonus content plus an extra class, all four Mirrors of Mystery, and the Butt Stallion cosmetic pack via the Season Pass. This additional content features challenging new dungeons such as Coiled Captors, Glutton's Gamble, and the newly revealed Molten Mirrors, giving you new ways to hunt for loot and cosmetics on your way to defeat the Dragon Lord.

The fourth mirror of mystery also comes with an additional class: the Blightcaller. This shamanic elementalist channels spirits and summons storms to wear down foes with poison and elemental damage.
 

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Shadowrun Trilogy: Console Edition Available - Paradox


Conan Exiles: Age of Sorcery Announced


Today we're incredibly excited to announce the Age of Sorcery, the biggest free update to Conan Exiles since launch and a fundamental change to how we introduce new content to the game.

Put your feet up, grab a drink, and feast your eyes on our introduction to all the major changes coming with Age of Sorcery. Between now and the update, we'll post several in-depth articles detailing these.

With Age of Sorcery, Conan Exiles fulfills the Sword & Sorcery promise that lies at the heart of Conan the Barbarian, and thrusts a choice into the hands of every Exile: What manner of power do you choose, and how far will you go to secure it?
Bannerlord Coming To Consoles October 25th & Leaving EA? - TheGamer
TaleWorlds Entertainment has revealed that Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord will finally launch on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on October 25. Most likely, on that day the game will also leave Steam Early Access, where Bannerlord has been available since March 2020.
 

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Yep with the success of Dark souls and Elden Ring it was inevitable we'd see the rise of more clones. The problem with many of them though is they cant compare.

I'm reminded of Diablo and the sub-genre that game spawned for thirty years.:biggrin:

Yeah, right. It overwhelmed everything and outright killed creativity.
 

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Rune Factory 5 gets a Steam release on July 13th - Steam

As the newest ranger of a peacekeeping organization known as SEED, protect your community by rounding up rowdy monsters and going on special missions. Cultivate your farm and friendships alike while unravelling rune-related mysteries!
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition Releases Tomorrow - Steam
Westwood Studios, the company that brought Real-Time to strategy games with Command & Conquer, brings Real-Time to adventure games with the science fiction classic, Blade Runner.
Elder Scrolls-like The Wayward Realms will Change RPG Games - PCGamesN
The creators of the Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall talk AI procedural generation and fast travel in their massively ambitious open-world RPG game.
Everything You Need to Know About Bethesda's Sci-Fi RPG - Wccftech
After decades of work in the fantasy and post-apocalyptic settings, Bethesda Game Studios is finally tackling sci-fi with Starfield, their upcoming roleplaying game that also happens to be the first new IP made by the team in over twenty-five years.
Pentiment: Everything We Know About Obsidian's New RPG - Dualshockers
Details about this intriguing new Xbox exclusive have been spreading around since its reveal a few days ago. Here are the most interesting and relevant bits of information wrapped up in a nice bow for you.
New interviews with Naoki Yoshida about Final Fantasy XVI

 

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Behind the Scenes of Pentiment - Xbox Games Showcase Extended 2022

Go behind the scenes of Pentiment with Obsidian Entertainment. Led by game director Josh Sawyer, this game is brought to life by a talented team inspired by illuminated manuscripts, woodcut prints, and history itself.
Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition Released - Steam

Armed with your investigative skills and the tools of the Blade Runner trade, you'll be immersed in a world that lives and breathes around you with breakthrough lighting and visual effects. Your ability to survive will be put to the test in the richest game environment ever created.
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak - Official Demo Overview Trailer

Here's a look at the Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak demo, from handy tutorials for beginners to hunts for powerful monsters including the Great Izuchi, Tetranadon, and Astalos.
 

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Square Enix wants to develop story-focused NFTs - VGS
According to the company’s 2022 Shareholders’ Meeting Report (as reported by michsuzuki,) it plans to continue to integrate blockchain technology into game development. As revealed in the report, the company’s medium-term goals include the “development of blockchain games and entertainment products”. However, when discussing how the blockchain would impact the company’s biggest franchises, Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda said: “It’s still too early to consider making Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy blockchain games.”
Bloodlines 2 screenshots Show What the RPG could Have Been - Theloadout
Paradox Interactive has been fairly quiet ever since it delayed Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 and replaced the original development team, Hardsuit Labs. We've not seen or heard much about the development of the game for a while now, but new screenshots shared by the old developers have shed light on the role-playing game/s systems and mechanics for the first time.
 
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Weird West: The Miners and the Restless Update Now Live - Steam

Put your boots on and grab your trustworthy pickaxe, for Weird West latest free update The Miners and the Restless (Patch 1.03) is now live on all platforms and storefronts!
Classic-inspired ARPG Airoheart launches September 30th - Steam

Our story begins in the land of Engard, where our beloved hero Airoheart sets out on a journey to stop his brother's diabolical plan to unleash an ancient evil that has been sealed in the shadows for generations, and to trigger a war using the power of the Draoidh Stone.
The Insane Starfield Leak That May Actually Be True

Today we take a look back at some of the Starfield leaks and rumors that may have actually been true.
 

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From Software's next game in the final stages of development - VGS
In a new interview with Japanese site 4Gamer, Miyazaki was asked about a previous comment he had made in a 2018 interview about having multiple games in development. Asked if one of those games was still on the way, Miyazki confirmed: "Yes, it is. We are in the final stages of development."�
Next week's free game from Epic is an undead Darkest Dungeon-like - PCGamesN
Iratus: Lord of the Dead will be free on the Epic Games Store starting next week, and it's billed as a kinder, more necromantic spin on Darkest Dungeon.
Why Final Fantasy moved away from command and turn-based combat-Gamesradar
GamesRadar+ recently spoke with Final Fantasy 16 producer Naoki Yoshida, and he had a clear message for those of you longing for a return to command-based combat. "I understand that there are a lot of fans out there that do wish for a return to the turn-based battle system but and it pains me to say this I'm really sorry that we're not going to be doing that for this iteration of the series. As someone who was raised on turn-based, command-based role-playing games, I fully understand their appeal and understand what's great about them. "But" There is, of course, a but.
This Cyberpunk 2077 mod boosts performance on lower-spec PCs - PCGamesN
A modder is making a homemade implementation of AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution 2.0 for Cyberpunk 2077 to replace the game's native Nvidia DLSS.
Star Ocean: The Divine Force Will Receive New Details on June 29th - GamingBolt
After promising some new information on Star Ocean: The Divine Force in late June, developer tri-Ace has announced a “Star Ocean Program Special Edition� for June 29th at 4 AM PST. It will be broadcast live on YouTube.
 

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7 Reasons Starfield is going to be GREAT!!!

The Starfield gameplay reveal has proven to be pretty divisive. And while I agree with some of the criticism, I do think this new game from Bethesda Game Studios is looking pretty great. So here are 7 reasons I think you should be excited for Starfield, one of the most anticipated sci-fi RPGs in years.
A Plague Tale: Requiem - Hands On Impressions

Jean-Luc had the chance to check out the Tribeca demo for A Plague Tale: Requiem. While a lot of the new gameplay additions feel familiar, the story seems to be moving in an interesting direction. The group comes together to talk about his hands on impressions of A Plague Tale: Requiem.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Nintendo Direct Full Presentation

Check out the full presentation for Xenoblade Chronicles 3. You'll learn more about the world, its characters (Noah, Eunie, Lanz, Mio, Taion, and Sena) and what to expect. Additionally get a look at a new trailer for the game as well.
Monomyth Beta Details Update - Kickstarter
You are probably wondering where your beta invitation is. Unfortunately, there will be a slight delay of a few days. There are still a couple of things I would like to fix before getting the first test version into the hands of backers. Perhaps a few details about the beta content itself.
 

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Alaloth - Champions of The Four Kingdoms Gameplay Sneak Peek Dwarven Champion

Check out 12 minutes of Alaloth - Champions of The Four Kingdoms gameplay. This video covers the first minutes of the game, playing a dwarven champion from Karak-Hohn, showing combat, world map, environments and some fun stuff
Into the Breach: Advanced Edition releases next month - Steam

We are excited to announce the free Advanced Edition update for Into the Breach, coming out on July 19th! Nearly every aspect of the game will be expanded with new content, including:

  • New Mechs and Weapons: Five new mech squads and nearly forty new weapons.
  • New Challenges: More enemies, more bosses, and more mission objectives that add additional challenge and variety to any run.
  • New Pilot Abilities: The expanded roster includes four new pilots and triple the amount of skills any pilot can earn through promotions.
We’ll be elaborating on all of this new content over the coming weeks before launch and can’t wait for everyone to check it out.
Steam Summer Sale 2022: RPGs, Soulslikes, Metroidvanias To Buy

In this Steam Summer Sale 2022: Top RPGs, Soulslikes, Metroidvanias, And Survival Games To Buy special, I’m going to cover the best deals for old and new outstanding games that continue to have a huge impact on the community at large, for months or even years after their releases.
Digimancy Entertainment - June 2022 Company Update
It’s 2022… two and a half years after Digimancy first came into being… and I probably should have written something like this sooner.

Since this is our first news update for Digimancy Entertainment, I thought I’d talk about the origins of the studio and what our team is trying to build.

The seeds for what would become Digimancy Entertainment were planted back in 2017. At the time, I had been in the games industry for about sixteen years and had gotten to know Kevin Saunders while working together on Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer and again on Torment: Tides of Numenera. We were joined on Torment by our fellow co-founder, Steve Dobos, who was Torment’s lead engineer and had worked with Kevin years before.
 

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Footage Shows Main Quest Cut Content From Fallout 3 - Exputer

In a large appendix of RPG titles, Fallout 3 is considered one of the better Fallout games. Only second to Fallout: New Vegas, it is a very beloved game in the community. Even Bethesda knows that Fallout 3 would have been a hit. this made the number of revisions that the game received at an all-time high.

Recently, a channel on YouTube, TriangleCity, uploaded a new video showcasing all the major cut content from the main questline in Fallout 3. The highlights of this video are many. Questline changed throughout development, including cut characters, quests, items, and dialogue coupled with a lot of inaccessible areas, many forgotten notes and unused maps from early development.
Meet Jennifer Hale the KotOR Voice Actor And World Record Holder - Cracked
The news of a Knights of the Old Republic (or KOTOR if you're nasty) came as a surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. Bioware's remake to the 2003 classic Star Wars RPG is going to be a must play title when we eventually get our hands on it. A good action adventure RPG almost always owes much of the gravity and emotional impact of its story to the stellar (intergalactic pun intended) voice acting. Fans were delighted to hear that one of the best characters from KOTOR, Bastila, will be reprised by the actor who originally voiced her, none other than Jennifer Hale.
Colony Ship: A Post-Earth Role-playing Game Discount & Price Increase - Steam
Now that the second chapter of the game is completed, the price will be increased to $29.99 after the summer sale is over. It's the first price increase out of 3 planned:

Early Access launch (3 locations) - $24.99 ($19.99 on sale right now)
Chapter 2 completed (7 locations) - $29.99
Chapter 3 completed (all 12 locations) - $34.99
Chapter 4 (the endgame), full release - $39.99

Since Colony Ship is now on sale with 20% off, the effective discount (after the price increase) is $10 or its regional equivalent. Now, here's the million twenty-dollar question.
SpellForce: Conquest of Eo Preview - Rock Paper Shotgun
Ahead of the announcement, developers Owned By Gravity invited me to take a sneaky peek, and I was treated to a hands-off demonstration from producer Jan Wagner. While the game was in a pre-alpha state, it was already looking pretty swish, especially the rather lovely (and lovingly hand-crafted, I later discovered) world map. It all looks very 4X-like, and all four of the exes are present and correct in varying amounts - but there is one significant departure from the formula that Wagner was keen to emphasise.

SpellForce veterans will be pleased to hear that the game is in good hands. Wagner himself served as a producer on the first two SpellForce titles, so Conquest of Eo is something of a homecoming for him. Even though it represents a shift in genre, he's also insistent that it isn't a spin-off of the numbered games, instead presenting a different take on the world. Taking place roughly 100 years after the original game, it serves as a direct sequel to the first two titles in the series, as SpellForce 3 was a prequel.
MythForce Content Update 3: Rebalancing the Scales Available -Beamdog
Happy Wednesday, friends! It’s your friendly neighborhood MythForce Project Director, Luke, here again with content update number 3. This time, we’ve focused on taking care of a few quality-of-life features that the community has been asking for. We’re also giving you a new challenge in the form of the brand-new Elite monster, the Lizardman Warchief!
 

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KOTOR PS5 Remake News Coming in the Next Several Months - Pushsquare
The Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake for PlayStation 5 and PC will have updates to share "in the next several months", it's been confirmed. Speaking during the Q4 Embracer Group report (the owner of developer Aspyr Media), board member Matthew Karch explained how Saber Interactive is also lending a hand with development as the game is "basically" being remade from scratch.
KOTOR Remake May Not Be in the Most Experienced Hands - Gamerant
Some fans have shared concerns over the KOTOR Remake since the initial announcement, but recent events make it even more worrisome. Aspyr got its start porting games to Mac, and over time, became known as a porting developer. It has released original IP before like Stubbs the Zombie and remasters, but ports have always been its bread and butter. It has ported a ton of Star Wars games, including recently The Force Unleashed and KOTOR 2 to Switch.

The problem is that neither of its latest games is a great port. The first one does not translate well to the Switch and is something that, perhaps, the world didn’t need, but KOTOR 2 is a different story. It translates well to the Switch when it does work, but Knights of the Old Republic 2 has tons of bugs, including one big game-breaking one. It was released in an unbeatable state, and so this isn’t exactly a vote of confidence. Beyond that, Aspyr has never made anything to the level of a Knights of the Old Republic Remake.

It’s worth noting if there are KOTOR Remake combat changes or anything like that remains to be seen, but a remake has to do a lot of work from the ground up, rewrite or revise certain elements, and all of that to really be a remade with high detail. If nothing else, all of that goes doubly so for such a high-profile project. It’s bold, and it’s a proving ground for Aspyr—that’s a good thing—but that’s also a concern.
Final Fantasy 16 uses ‘British English only’ and no American accents - VGC
Speaking to Japanese publication Dengeki Online, Naoki Yoshida said that all of the game’s voice and motion capture work was performed by European actors, so as not to break expectations from American players that the setting’s characters should have British accents. “This is especially true for our generation, but there is an image that ‘Medieval fantasy = Europe’ made popular by The Lord of the Rings,” he said.
 
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