sword coast legends

Official Site: Sword Coast Legends
Studio: N-Space and Digital Extremes
Launch Date: October 20, 2015
Genre: Fantasy dungeon crawler with GM tools
Business Model: B2P
Platform: PC, Mac

Sword Coast Legends is available today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Players who have been eagerly anticipating the console launch of Sword Coast Legends will no longer be able to anticipate that launch. It’s happening today, you see. You can’t anticipate what is already happening. You can, however, take advantage of this fact to actually play Sword Coast Legends on your PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which should be a great advantage to anyone trying to run “dungeon adventures” on the console by just decorating it and dropping it in the middle of a miniatures layout.

Hey, everyone uses different props for tabletop.

The console release of the game comes with the Rage of Demons DLC included, but it does not include the DM Campaign Creation mode of the game. If that’s something you can live without but the rest of the game is an urgent part of your console gaming life, you can pick the game up for $19.99 on the PlayStation Store today. Check out some screenshots and a trailer just below.

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Sword Coast Legends launches Rage of Demons DLC, delays console ports

Sword Coast Legends is launching new free DLC for its players today. Called Rage of Demons, the update includes a new Drizzt-themed campaign, the new tiefling race, and the warlock class.

“Dungeon Masters can also look forward to fresh and exciting campaigns, as the world of Sword Coast Legends just got larger,” says Digital Extremes. “New dungeon and town areas, creatures, decorations, and tilesets from the all-new Rage of Demons campaign promise to bring custom adventures and campaigns to life like never before.”

The update will be comforting to anyone still worried about the fate of the game after one of its partner studios, n-Space, shuttered. At the time, Digital Extremes told Massively OP that it was still working on Sword Coast Legends but did not expound on whether it would be directly impacted.

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Sword Coast Legends lands on consoles this spring

Sword Coast Legends has just announced that it’s launching on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this spring.

“Sword Coast Legends will be available for purchase via the PlayStation®Store and Xbox Live at $19.99 USD for the Standard Edition and will come with all new content added to the game following its PC debut. Some new features include: the drow as a new playable sub-race, additional character skill trees, hundreds of new placeable objects for DMs, new areas, new visual effects, hardcore gameplay options for the most rugged of adventurers, and much more.

The Standard Edition also includes special in-game items, such as: Tome of Knowledge, an Order of the Burning Dawn Cloak, Armor and Weapons, Beholder, Lost Mines dungeon tile set, and Wisps (DM use cursors).

Console and PC players can also look forward to the Rage of Demons DLC for free when it ships later this year.”

The modular multiplayer title launched for PC on Steam last October. Last month, it postponed its planned freebie update in favor of the Rage of Demons expansion mentioned above.

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Sword Coast Legends postpones free update in favor of Rage of Demons expansions

Development schedules are tricky things. From the outside it’s easy to look at them as promises, contracts made between players and developers, but in reality they’re more like educated guesses wherein the developers are simply stating their plans and hoping that everything works. This is all a roundabout way of saying that the development plans for Sword Coast Legends changed, and players waiting for the third community pack should probably stop waiting, as the free update has been put on the back burner in favor of the upcoming Rage of Demons expansion.

The expansion will feature a new playable race (tieflings), a new class (warlock), new objects, new creatures, new spells, new WASD controls, and a variety of other additions that can be prefaced with the word “new.” What this means for the community pack in the long run remains to be seen, although it has been confirmed that some of the features which would have been in that pack are now being rolled into the expansion. Players will need to keep their eyes peeled for future developments.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Midgetsnowman for the tip!

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The best Massively OP MMORPG streams of 2015

The number of games our wee little Stream Team covers in the span of a year is staggering. If you ever wanted to know what an MMORPG looks like and how it plays before you shell out money or download a mega-client, the Stream Team is your best bet.

We’ve put together some of our favorite streams from the year, from launches to first-looks and beta deep-dives.

Honorable mention to the 12+ streams that Larry and MJ put together for their Twelve Days of TOR extravaganza, during which they played all the way through the SWTOR Agent’s storyline under your direction!
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The best MMO deals in the Steam winter 2015 sale

It’s the holiday season! A time for cuddling up before a cozy fire, enjoying loved ones, sharing memories, and… just kidding. It’s time to raid Steam’s sales and get some vidya games dirt cheap!

Here’s some of the stuff most useful for MMO players this round.

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Sword Coast Legends invites players to a free weekend

Sword Coast Legends had a bumpy start earlier this fall, with delays and mixed reviews upon release. However, the title has been patching in content and fixes fairly regularly since then, and the developers are hoping that the larger community will come give it a second look to see how far it’s come.

Thus, this weekend anyone can play Sword Coast Legends for free from the 17th through the 22nd. N-Space said that right after the free weekend is over, the game will go on sale for $20.

Sword Coast Legends has racked up over 1,500 player-made modules so far.

Source: Steam

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Sword Coast Legends adds fire, death, and deception just in time for the holidays

Most updates to a game around this time of year follow a rather predictable course, and we all know it. There’s some snow, there’s some presents, there’s putting hats on snowmen. It’s predictable. So praise is due to Sword Coast Legends not just for having a whole lot of new features in its second free community pack for players and content creators, but also for not having it all be holiday-themed. Frankly, it’s more themed around fire, destruction, and agony.

See, one of the marquee additions with this community pack is the Drow sub-race, which of course means subterranean evil and the blessings of the spider queen Lolth. Creators can also now add environmental effects like fire to maps, thus doubling down on the destruction. There are also new hardcore options that make stabilizing far more difficult in combat. Sure, there are also plenty of other improvements, like a new village map and quest engine improvements, but it’s still a boldly destructive update for the time of year. You can check out a full rundown of the features in the video just below.

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Sword Coast Legends adds companion skill trees, nature set

Sword Coast Legends continues to make good on its promise to provide free DLC patches to shore up the core game. The D&D title released its first community pack last week that includes several new “enhancements” that should enrich players’ experiences.

Last week, the update adds companion skill trees which are accessed through special quests, more monster abilities, a nature-themed dungeon master set, the option to respec abilities, bug fixes, and (drumroll please) a player stash.

The good news about the player stash is that the 100-slot vault is shared across one’s account, allowing for gamers to transfer goods between characters with ease.

Source: Patch notes

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Sword Coast Legends releases soundtrack by Inon Zur

Sword Coast Legends is not without some muscle in the soundtrack department, as the game was scored by industry legend Inon Zur. And today the soundtrack is available to purchase on both iTunes and Amazon, although players who purchased one of the deluxe versions of the game will receive it for free.

Zur said that the soundtrack is steeped in feels: “In music, it’s all about feeling, describing something you cannot really describe in words. You try to be open to a world that has no explanation, just feeling, just emotion. Sword Coast Legends has a lot of that emotion. The story, the visuals, the whole set-up was very inspirational for me because I came from this world. My first few games were mainly RPGs, and composing the soundtrack for Sword Coast Legends felt like a natural return to form.”

You can listen to one track of the game, “The Path of Destiny,” after the break.

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The Stream Team: The story in Sword Coast Legends

MassivelyOP’s MJ has already poked around a bit in a dev-made adventure in Sword Coast Legends during the head-start. But now that the D&D-style game has launched, she wants to play through the story. What adventures will her little rogue have as she helps guard a traveling caravan on its trek between Neverwinter and Luskan? Tune in live at 7:00 p.m. to see.

What: Sword Coast Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 7:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

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Sword Coast Legends team promises free DLC to expand the game’s core

If you want to play Sword Coast Legends right now, you can do so. It’s out and available! And the initial reception of its launch has been rather mixed, with middling review scores and criticism over what it lacks rather than what it has. Director Dan Trudge has penned a letter to the community promising that the developers are listening to the complaints and are bringing more to the game in the form of free DLC for everyone.

The first pack is due today, adding in various Halloween-themed features as well as bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements such as further control options. Subsequent updates will include options for skill and ability rolls, the addition of the Drow as a playable sub-race, and the introduction of mod support. Take a look at the full rundown of upcoming content; if you own the game, it should be a series of welcome additions, whether you were satisfied with the game at launch or not.

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