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Destiny 2 hits the almighty reset button

Destiny 2 tells a brand-new story. What happens when a world full of superheroes loses their powers, their history, and their home?”

The big almighty reset button is coming to the Destiny franchise with its sequel, and in a new gameplay video, the devs show off snippets of the title while setting the scene for the story to come. A new villain, Dominus Gal, arrives in the solar system with his Red Legion, looking to take the Light away from Guardians. Players begin the game stumbling, shorn of their abilities, and without a friendly base to protect them.

Reclaiming your powers and taking back the City is the overarching goal of Destiny 2. “It’s a fresh start for all players,” promised the team.

Check it out after the break!

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Rockstar delays Red Dead Redemption 2 to 2018

Rockstar Games announced last night that it’s delayed Red Dead Redemption 2 to spring 2018 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, a result of the fact that it’ll be Rockstar’s first rodeo on this generation of consoles and “some extra time is necessary.”

“We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready,” writes the studio.

It’s an interesting time for the game to be making headlines again. Rockstar began teasing the title last autumn, originally setting a fall 2017 date, releasing a trailer, talking up the “online multiplayer experience,” and leaving PC fans to fret they’d been forgotten. In just the past few weeks, it’s seen the rise of a challenger in the previously barren American West MMO subgenre in the form of Wild West Online, which is embracing both its MMO nature and the PC platform.

Take-Two’s stock closed 9% down yesterday; its quarterly earnings report from this morning, however, shows the parent company has little to worry about, thanks to net revenue increasing by 26% over the period.

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LawBreakers announces $29.99 PlayStation 4 edition with new Blur trailer

With the resumption of LawBreakers development chatter last week and the recent NDA-free closed beta round last weekend, you might have guessed that Nexon and Boss Key had more planned, and if so, you were right: The studios announced this morning that LawBreakers is coming to the PlayStation 4, launching “simultaneously” there and on Steam for PC users later in 2017.

LawBreakers will be enhanced for PS4™Pro and promises to challenge even the best players to bring their skills, get off the ground and deliver death from every angle as they experience thrilling fast-paced, omni-directional gunplay with innovative movement systems and combat abilities. From the mind of [Cliff] Bleszinski, LawBreakers is set in a brand new futuristic world where the laws of gravity have been turned upside down. A war between the Law and the Breakers rages across a variety of iconic locations such as the boiling oceans of the Santa Monica coastline to the gravity-ravaged Grand Canyon and beyond.”

We’ve also gotten our first peek at the game’s proposed business model, with a $29.99 sticker price on the base game.

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Watch the winning video from Elite Dangerous’ CTRL+ALT+SPACE 2017 short film competition

Last night, Elite Dangerous studio Frontier announced the winner of its second CTRL+ALT+SPACE short film competition. Participants were tasked with creating a video under four minutes using Elite’s camera suite; whether the entry was a trailer or film, the devs were “looking to be dazzled” and were judging on “creativity, originality, ingenuity, […] editing, narrative, and scene composition.”

And now they’ve got a winner: Turjan Starstone and his video dubbed Stardust, created as a tribute to his mother.

“I wrote this to honour the memory of my mother who passed away in March 2015,” he says. “Sadly my mother never got to see the misadventures of Cmdr Turjan. I know she would have been proud of them though. She would have been proud of ‘Stardust’ too, though I suspect she might have tutted at me for being sentimental, because like I say in the video, my mother was indeed a formidable lady.”

He’ll take home in-game rewards along with a video capture card, headset, keyboard, and gaming mousepad. Beautiful work, Turjan. Enjoy it, everyone.

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Emil Chronicle Online closes its last server

It’s the end of the line for one long-running Japanese MMORPG.

Emil Chronicle Online, also abbreviated ECO (no relation), is closing down its very last server in August, MMO Culture reports. The anime MMO first launched in Japan back in 2005 and was gradually licensed out to other countries and regions over successive years. However, most of those other versions were subsequently shuttered (such as the English version back in 2010), leaving the Japanese server as the sole survivor.

The game went free-to-play back in 2009 and included some pretty wacky stuff, including the ability to morph into a marionette and the opportunity to roll as a machine race called (we kid you not) Deus Ex Machina. Check out a trailer below for a sample of Emil Chronicle Online’s flavor.

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Overwatch celebrates first birthday with free-play weekend and GOTY edition

Overwatch is turning one year this month, so bust out your hipster camera and baby confections for a cake smash! Just kidding. Actually Blizzard is kicking off a huge promotion next week starting with a free play period over Memorial Day weekend and ending with the conclusion of season 4:

“In addition to Overwatch Anniversary, we will be holding another free-weekend from May 26th-29th. For this free weekend, we’re making Overwatch’s full roster of heroes and maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the latest Weekly Brawl. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options. If players decide to purchase a copy of Overwatch after the free-weekend they will get to keep any progress made during the weekend.”

Wanna buy it after that? Maybe hold out for the GOTY edition, which launches the same day as the promo event for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. In it, you’ll find 10 loot boxes, plus Overwatch skins, Tracer in Heroes of the Storm, Baby Winston in World of Warcraft, Mercy’s Wings in Diablo III, new portraits in StarCraft II, and a special card in Hearthstone. ALL the cross-promotions. The new anniversary trailer’s down below.

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Black Desert Online’s Striker class is coming next week

With fists of fury and palms of power, the Striker is kick-punching his way into Black Desert Online next week.

The fantasy sandbox’s newest class will finally make the jump to the west on May 24th after gracing Korean servers for a while now. Black Desert Online’s 14th class is a martial artist who mixes in a little street fighting style for flavor, offering a fast-paced, agile experience to players who want to be in the thick of the fight.

Black Desert is selling an additional character slot in the game store for only a single point of loyalty to those who have already maxed out their roster. Check out the Striker in his class trailer after the break!

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Mars survival sandbox ROKH has launched into early access

We first heard about Mars-themed survival sandbox ROKH back in 2015 when it released its teaser to the world, and then in 2016 developer Darewise Entertainment launched a Kickstarter for the game seeking over $100,000, but that crowdfunding attempt was canceled when it achieved only about a fifth of its goal. Since then, the early access launch has been kicked around a few times — first to September 2016, then January 2017, and now to… today.

Yes, the game has officially launched its early access today, with the finished version planned for a year from now. The devs have posted a number of guides to help newbies get started, but know that you’ll be shelling out $24.99 for the product in its current state. Check out the launch trailer down below!

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SMITE Tactics has been renamed Hand of the Gods – enter to win a beta key to check it out!

If SMITE Tactics didn’t quite grab you before, maybe Hand of the Gods will. No, it’s not a new game — it’s a new name. Hi-Rez Studios‘ turn-based strategy game based on the gods of  SMITE has been rebranded to Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics, complete with a shiny new site and a new reveal trailer.

However, the name isn’t the only change as the game has been developing. We’ve added the trailer here so you can watch snippets of the newest gameplay, including the new pantheons and the summoning stones. If you are intrigued by what you see and want to try your hand at Hand of the Gods, you can sign up for a chance to get into the currently closed beta on the official site, or buy a founders pack for $20.00 that grants immediate entry (along with other goodies).

We also have beta keys to give away to five lucky readers — read on for your chance to win!

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Twin Saga’s released a new trailer as part of its ‘visual re-branding’

Twin Saga released a new trailer over the weekend, as near as we can tell not promoting any specific new update, apart from the game’s formal launch back in April. The patch that coincided with the launch added a new class, new maps, a level cap bump, a “couples” system, and freeform character building. Aeria was talking up its “visual re-branding and a stronger focus on the captivating background story about the twin goddesses Marisa and Amaris” at the time, and that’s what the new trailer is doing as well. Check it out below — anybody playing?

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Paragon enters a new ‘Phase’ with its latest update

If it’s a fictional girl with purple hair, you just know you’re in for some carefully supervised rebelliousness and attitude! Last week, Paragon introduced its newest hero to the lineup, the periwinkle-haired Phase. She’s a very group-friendly player who can link up with allies to boost their abilities and help them fight longer.

The Age of Intellect update brought more than just another playable character, however. Several heroes were reworked with kit updates, 36 of Paragon’s cards were overhauled, and monthly vault rewards were added to encourage loyal play. The website also introduced a news and community tab to help players keep up to date with the latest news.

Paragon is currently in open beta for PC and PS4. Check out Phase’s reveal trailer after the break!

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One man, one MMORTS, one early access release

After seven years of development by a man named Robert Basler, The Imperial Realm: Miranda has finally released into early access.

Miranda was inspired by Command & Conquer and offers real-time strategy base building and battles between hordes of players. The game has been made on a shoestring budget and is charging $25 for those who want to participate in the early access period. If you like the game, that fee is a good deal, as it offers unlimited play from now until the end of time (or the game’s lifespan). Miranda is aiming to launch in May 2018.

“”When World of Warcraft came out in 2004, I was amazed by its huge world and immediately thought how fun it would be to play an RTS in a giant open world like that,” Basler said in a press release. “I never imagined it would take 13 years for someone to make that game, or that I’d be the one to do it.”

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Absolver demonstrates its flexible combat system, plans August 29 debut

“Combat is your art. And mastering the medium is essential to becoming an Absolver.”

Multiplayer action RPG Absolver is putting great stock in its flexbile combat system, making it the be-all and end-all of your character’s purpose. To wit, the team posted a combat overview to show the three initial melee forms that can be learned and how players might choose to mix-and-match abilities to create their own unique fighting style.

The Forsaken style allows players to parry attacks, Windfall users avoid hits altogether, and the Kahlt Method allows for damage absorption. While fighting, players will move to one of four stances, in which there are different attacks available. By picking favorite attacks, players can slot them into a combat deck and create a sequence of moves for each of the stances.

See how the combat flows in the video below, and don’t miss the last couple of slides of the video, which confirm an August 29th launch on PC and PS4.

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