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StarCraft II puts two well-known community maps up for sale

The StarCraft II map editor offers a lot of power, and there are countless examples of using the basic functions of the editor to make something completely different. For example, there are… well, the two maps being sold to players with the launch of patch 4.3. Both maps run $4.99 to purchase, with a portion of the price going to the map creator and the map going to your collection of maps.

Direct Strike might be more described as a variant of the game’s usual gameplay, as you build units into waves to send out at the opponent’s base in what amounts to a tactical tug-of-war. ARK Star, on the other hand, is an entire tactical turn-based RPG based in the game, including leveling, loot, NPC dialogue trees, and everything else you could expect. You can check out brief trailers for both just below if you’re interested in picking up a StarCraft II map that turns the game into something completely different.

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NTales: Child of Destiny follows up its global launch with a ‘grand launch’

As a wise man once said, if at first you don’t succeed, launch, launch again! Pocket MMO NTales: Child of Destiny has already enjoyed its global launch, but apparently developer RuleMakr thinks that it gets another try at misguided publicity, because now the title is about to roll out its grand launch. Wait, what?

Actually, we’re really talking about is a weirdly labeled content update. The mobile RPG is introducing many new guild features (levels, store, changeable logos), costume upgrades, the PvE coliseum, and in-game events.

“From daily login rewards to free costumes and hot time rewards, players will surely have enough supplies for their mission to save the kingdom,” the team said. Mmm. Hot time rewards.

NTales is a colorful-looking mobile 2-D MMO with a heavy emphasis on pet summons but also keeps players busy with raids and PvP. Android players can go ahead and download it right now or stay tuned for the trailer.

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Dead Rivals infects mobile with its zombie MMOARPG

Need a quick zombie fix on your mobile device but still crave the MMORPG approach? Gameloft, no stranger to whipping up knockoffs of hit video games, may have the answer for you in its newly launched Dead Rivals.

Dead Rivals marries action, a post-apocalyptic landscape, and MMORPG-style quests for an interesting experience. While it only has three classes, the pocket title does offer up base building, PvP, NPC factions, and a whole lot of crafting.

“Gameloft’s new title is the first of its kind, a mobile zombie MMO. It blends fast-paced action and classic MMORPG adventuring to create a thrilling, undead action RPG,” the studio said. “Survival is a constant struggle. So, to increase your chances in both PVP and PVE challenges, you must research, craft, and improve facilities and your character’s unique class weapons.”

The game is available on iOS, Android, and PC. Check out the trailer after the break!

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Conan Exiles begins the countdown to launch with a new trailer

Fourteen months after hitting early access, Funcom is getting ready to launch Conan Exiles for real. Ahead of the May 8th release, the studio has posted up a brand-new teaser trailer to kick off the countdown. It’s just over 24 days, if you’re wondering or bad at math.

“Besides being the first time it’s available on PlayStation 4, the launch of Conan Exiles brings with it a massive expansion of the game world, game-changing new features such as monster invasions known as the purge and an entirely new action-oriented combat system, as well as many other major additions that truly makes this the ultimate vision of Conan Exiles. If you were ever on the fence, or you are just discovering it for the first time, May 8th is the time to join the adventure.”

MOP’s MJ got hands-on with the launch build earlier this month; you can check out her impressions right here! There’s a clipping issue in one of the screenshots – gold star if you find it!

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Destiny 2’s second expansion, Warmind, launches May 8, or whatever

Gone are the days when Bungie would put out teases and trailers for its expansions, apparently. Last night, it practically stealth-announced Destiny 2’s next big thing in the middle of a roadmap.

“On May 8, with the beginning of Season Three, we’re also launching the second expansion to Destiny 2,” Bungie says. “It’s called Warmind, and it will send you to new places to meet new heroes and battle new enemies. You’ll earn new loot and master new activities. Today, we’re naming it and dating it. You’ll learn more in a reveal stream on April 24.”

The rest of the announcement is similarly low-key. Warmind will bring private matches, more vault space, and multiple weapons changes, followed by a summer update with a new seasonal event, bounties, and guild chat on PC, and then season four in September.

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Overwatch’s Archives event is live

It’s time to move along the story of Overwatch in the game itself, which apparently means playing events that took place many years ago. “Forward” is a relative concept. “Blackwatch,” however, is a rather firm concept referring to the strike team formed by Reyes, Genji, McCree, and Moira raiding a Talon facility in the new Retribution mission. You can play with the set grouping of characters or take part in the “All Heroes” mode, which is pretty clearly non-canonical but does allow you to send D. Va against terrorists when she should be, like, four.

You can also take part in the classic Kings Row Uprising event once more and pick up all the associated lockbox skins from that event, as well as several new skins, emotes, and intros. Check out the trailer just below for a slice of the flavor, or just patch up and hop into the game so that you can accomplish your goals before the event goes away on April 30th.

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Worlds Adrift heads into early access next month

Ready to take to the skies? All aboard Worlds Adrift’s custom-made airships, then, because Bossa Studios is bringing its “community-crafted” MMORPG to Steam early access on May 17th.

On that date, Worlds Adrift will become available globally for the price of $25. CEO Henrique Olifiers said that this marks a big transition in the game’s testing cycle: “When we went into closed beta in May last year, we couldn’t have envisioned the sheer amount of quality feedback we would receive from our inspiring community. At times, this completely shifted our production’s scope, and as a result, helped us truly hone Worlds Adrift’s vision.”

The crew behind Worlds Adrift recently posted a public development roadmap for the title. Check out the early access announcement video after the jump!

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PAX East 2018: State of Decay 2 debuts a gory gameplay trailer

Before we had zombies to beat up without remorse in games, what did we used to kill? White dots and angry little mushrooms, mostly. So if you’re looking to go on a good zombie massacre this spring, you’re probably already signed up for State of Decay 2.

The four-player co-op sequel is coming out on May 22nd (with a head start on May 18th), and as such, it is getting some pre-launch publicity going at PAX East this weekend. Undead Labs released a new gameplay video that shows various activities present in the game, including joyriding across the landscape, building up a base, promoting followers, and eliminating zombies with extreme prejudice.

After watching it, the biggest question we are left with is this: Why do the zombies’ eyes glow red? What’s the story behind that?

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Shoot and drive in Grand Theft Auto’s target assault races

Want to drive an assault vehicle? Want to shoot a machine gun from the back of a truck? You can do both in Grand Theft Auto Online, thanks to its new Target Assault Races.

This week’s content update added this special race mode, which pits teams of two against other players in a combination of race and shooting match. Each lap, drivers will navigate a course while the back gunner attempts to hit as many targets as possible. The twist? Drivers and gunners switch places each time they complete a lap.

The action in these races takes place in GTAO’s newest vehicle, the Vapid Caracara. The six-wheeled truck comes in many colors and carries a chain minigun on its back bed. Check out the races in the patch trailer below.

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Hearthstone enters the Witchwood on April 12

Is it Halloween already? In Hearthstone, it might as well be, as Blizzard is about to unleash the game’s creepiest expansion to date in just a week.

The Witchwood is coming out on April 12th, bringing players to the haunted realm of Gilneas, where a nearby witch has cursed the city with all sorts of doom and gloom. The expansion set is to be the first of three that Blizzard will roll out this year and includes 135 new cards, the “echo” card mechanic, and a new solo dungeon run called Monster Hunt.

Don’t forget to log into Hearthstone next week when the expansion launches to get three free card packs. Get caught up on The Witchwood with our extensive GDC preview and the cinematic trailer!

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ArcheAge 4.5 Legends Return launches tonight with new fresh start servers

ArcheAge’s 4.5 update is going live tonight, complete with raise-able dragon battle mounts and shadow invasion content provoked when big world bosses are downed. But what most players are probably looking forward to the most is the introduction of new fresh start servers.

ArcheAge: Legends Return introduces two new progression servers, Nui and Ezi, for North America and Europe respectively. Nui and Ezi will offer time-locked content for the first time in ArcheAge, starting with low caps and systems from the game’s original launch and developing major systems, like Castle Sieges and Hero Elections, over time.”

As we’ve previously covered, some players are already worried about the potential for pay-to-win messes on the fresh start server. But Trion is downplaying that: “Marketplace restrictions will be in place to ensure that as the servers open, players will be placed on even footing through marketplace and gear progress restrictions that will be set over several months, allowing for all players to have the chance to reach the level cap prior to it increasing.”

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Overwatch examines ‘defining moment’ with Retribution event

It was one of the “defining moments” in Overwatch’s history, and now Blizzard is going to take fans back to the past with its new Retribution event.

From April 10th through the 30th, players can fight against Talon in a new PvE game mode as Blackwatch. The mode will feature four heroes (McCree, Reaper, Moira, and Genji), new skins, and a new map called Venice Rialto.

The previous Uprising mission will also be dragged out for this month’s event, and PvP players will get to duke it out on the Venice map as well (can’t let a good map go to waste!). Check out the announcement and trailer for Overwatch Retribution after the break.

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