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» Warhammer: Chaosbane - Bestiary Trailer - May 20, 2019, 02:52 pm
» ColonyShip-4: Survivors - Early Access June - May 20, 2019, 02:42 am
» Black Geyser - New Video - May 19, 2019, 02:32 pm
» Druidstone - IndieGameWebsite Review - May 19, 2019, 08:23 am
» Shane Plays - Matt Barton Interview - May 19, 2019, 08:23 am
» Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Releasing May 29th - May 19, 2019, 08:23 am
» Phantom Brigade - New Combat System - May 19, 2019, 08:23 am
» System Shock 3 - Self Publishing an Option - May 19, 2019, 08:23 am
» Death end re;Quest - Released - May 19, 2019, 02:12 am
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Between the Stars - Early Access on May 28
Posted: May 20, 2019, 08:52 pm by RPGWatch

[​IMG]The space RPG Between the Stars will be released as Early Access game on May 28:

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Between the Stars

Between the Stars is a space action game with RPG growth and real time combat that places you at the helm of an interstellar cruiser. Your mission will be to protect the civilized world from the Children of the Sun, a faction that dominates border planets in the known universe. In order to undertake your mission you must cross the galaxy, face new challenges at each warp jump, and make difficult decisions that affect your ship, crew and the world that surrounds you while upgrading your ship's equipment and fighting in battles to survive.
  • Fight in intense space battles in real time.
  • Use special abilities on your ship in the right moment to mark the difference on the battlefield.
  • Unlock, upgrade, personalize and buy different playable ships and their systems in order to conquer the galaxy.
  • Create a captain and develop them throughout the adventure. Level them up and acquire different attributes depending on your decisions.
  • Explore the stellar map and its events generated in a procedural universe.
  • Visit space stations and planets across different sectors that make up the galaxy.
  • Hire and upgrade your crew in order to face the dangers of the universe. Ensure their safety and cover your casualties, as well as level them up.
  • Hundreds of text based events that will pit your capacity as well as your crews against countless dangers.
  • Craft, salvage, and investigate new weaponry in order to augment your offensive capabilities.
  • Decisions made in one event could change the evolution of the entire playthrough.
  • Enjoy a standard difficulty mode or play with permadeath on for a challenge.
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Sunless Skies - Free Story Expansion Vagabond
Posted: May 20, 2019, 02:52 pm by RPGWatch

[​IMG]PC Gamer reports that Sunless Skies will be getting a free story expansion called Vagabond.

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Sunless Skies' Vagabond update, which adds a new officer, new locations, and a new chunk of story, will be out on June 12, Failbetter Games has announced.

Your new officer is the Amiable Vagabond, who will take you to meet the skylarks, a "community of ragged wanderers who rove the heavens". You're trying to help them find the Sugarspun Garden, "a place surely too good to be true...".

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Elder Scrolls Online - Elsweyr Interview
Posted: May 20, 2019, 02:52 pm by RPGWatch

[​IMG]AusGamers interviewed the Rich Lambert, Creative Director at Zenimax Online Studios, about Elsweyr for The Elder Scrolls Online.

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Alongside dragons and getting to see the homeland de los gatos, Elsewyr is also introducing a new playable class - the Necromancer. Something that, no matter the fantasy setting, fans always seem to be asking for. In the world of The Elder Scrolls, Necromancy has been a major presence throughout the history of Tamriel. "Necromancy is a really big thing in Elder Scrolls lore," Rich confirms. "It's kind of the precursor to the Mages Guild. The Mages Guild was started because there was infighting in the Psijic Order, around whether Necromancy was good or bad. One of the Daedric Lords is all about Necromancy. It's something we've always wanted to do and something that our players have always wanted us to do. Even during the initial beta, they were asking, 'Where's the Necromancer class?'"

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The Executioner - Coming to Steam July 17th
Posted: May 20, 2019, 02:52 pm by RPGWatch

[​IMG]TheGG reports that The Executioner is coming to Steam July 17th. The game is described as a dark RPG about a torturer.

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Press release:
13 MAY 2019 - Lesser Evil Games today announce that the first chapter of their dark RPG "The Executioner", which thrusts players into the shoes of a torturer, will be released via Steam on July 17th.

Fusing a unique blend of medieval storytelling, sanity management, and the brutal moral conundrums only an executioner could face - this harrowing tale of a man who tortures people for a living will challenge you to face the monster that lives inside of all of us. The decisions are yours, and so are the consequences.

As shown in the new teaser trailer, the predominantly text-based adventure promises a dark and unsettling atmosphere in a world filled with moral ambiguity.

The Executioner will be a multipart epic adventure into the cruel and unforgiving political sphere of medieval times. Starting with Chapter One, this brutal tale will follow the newly appointed Royal Executioner on a journey to retain his sanity in the darkest of times.

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Warhammer: Chaosbane - Bestiary Trailer
Posted: May 20, 2019, 02:52 pm by RPGWatch

[​IMG]Worthplaying report on a new Bestiary trailer for Warhammer: Chaosbane.

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Find out more about the daemons you'll be slaying on your journey in Warhammer: Chaosbane.

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ColonyShip-4: Survivors - Early Access June
Posted: May 20, 2019, 02:42 am by RPGWatch

[​IMG]ColonyShip-4: Survivors is a turn-based science fiction RPG where you must establish a base of operations on an alien planet and find a way home. The game will release onto Steam Early Access this June.

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Instead of finding an uninhabited planet to survey and begin colonization on, CS4 experienced catastrophic system failure and crashed on a strange planet. Now crashed on an alien planet, you will have to secure a base of operations, search for crew, confront unknown enemies, and survive long enough to find a way home.

Current Features
  • Turn-Based Tactical Action
  • Open-world campaign
  • RPG-style character progression
  • Weapon and Equipment Research and Customization
  • Multiple Endings
  • Squad Chemistry
  • Soldier Stress
  • Soldier Conversations
Challenging Enemy AI
  • Uses Cover
  • Flanks
  • Runs Away
  • AI Battlefield Commander considers the whole battle when reacting to your actions
Planned Features
  • MacOS/Linux support
  • Multiple Controllable Races
  • Varied Cast of Opponents
  • Multiple Unique Factions
  • Gene Modifications
  • Moral and Ethical Impact to Decisions


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Black Geyser - New Video
Posted: May 19, 2019, 02:32 pm by RPGWatch

[​IMG]A new update on Black Geyser: Couriers of Darkness. The video focuses on dialog and story aspects.

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New gameplay video is live!

For this update, we want to address more specific dates relating to our delays, while at the same time giving our backers a much better idea of what to expect. For this gameplay video, we will be focusing on the dialogue and story aspects of Black Geyser, and the systems throughout the game by which players will be able to influence their surroundings while interacting with NPCs. All of the footage you will see in this video is part of the Black Geyser Backer Beta; backers who have pledged for a tier that includes this reward will be able to play through the same sequence of events that we choose in the video, as well as a lot of content before and after what you will see here. The options that go unselected are things our beta backers can choose in the Beta, as they are possible routes in the conversation and may lead to very different results than those you see in this quest.

The Cult of Zoria quest presented here ties in directly to the main story quest of the game. Your character has been hired by a mysterious figure in Isilbright (the capital city of the kingdom of Isilmerald) to flush out the cult dedicated to the worship of Zoria, Demigoddess of Night. Strange things have been happening in the countryside west of Isilbright, along with the disappearances of important political and religious figures. It's up to you to root out the truth and discover what the demigoddess' recent resurgence of followers might mean. But in the course of your investigation you find other adventurers, sent before you to investigate the same happenings. Will you help them, or claim the glory for yourself alone? Can you discover what the cultists are up to before it's too late?

Just as a reminder, for a short while longer our late backing is still available. If you are interested in what you see in this update and want to be a first-time backer, visit our Backer portal here. If you are an existing backer who has not yet pledged for a tier including the rewards which grant you access to our Backer Beta, you still have a chance to upgrade your pledge on BackerKit; follow the link in your email that we sent you after you first pledged to access our pledge manager, and update it to a higher tier if you want to join the beta!


Current status

As discussed in our previous Kickstarter update, delays were expected due to the combination of external and internal causes. To be brief, we faced more unpredictable bugs than we assumed we would in our initial project plan. After fixing them, we decided to rewrite a part of our Unity-based game engine to make it more robust in order to reduce the risk of similar bugs in the future. This refactor is now complete. Other bugs were completely out of our control (for example, the Unity core engine and editor have their own issues as well, and we have very little influence on those).

Additionally, for several months it looked like our negotiations with the investor who proposed a change in funding milestones might have finished at any moment, but talks only ended a few days ago - with success. The good news is that the game will have all the features that we originally planned for (as well as those promised due to successfully-reached Kickstarter stretch goals), but there will be a delay of 8-9 months in the release of the Backer Beta as well as in the launch of the finished game from the dates we originally planned. Therefore, the Backer Beta is expected to be accessible in November 2019, while the release of the game is expected to be ready by April 2020.

Our next Kickstarter update is planned at the end of June. Stay tuned!

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Druidstone - IndieGameWebsite Review
Posted: May 19, 2019, 08:23 am by RPGWatch

[​IMG]Druidstone: The Secret of the Menhir Forest was reviewed by IndieGameWebsite.

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Characters each have their own progression of levels, gear, and abilities. Equipment and abilities can be customized and upgraded in-between missions. Gold buys you shiny new gear, whilst abilities are acquired as you level up. Upgrades may feel minor at first, but they make a big difference. There's a satisfying power curve throughout the story, making you genuinely feel stronger and more capable the more you play.

Gems are the most important part of your customization, however. Gems earned during missions allow you to enhance abilities and equipment. They're a finite resource, and each one is a valuable prize, so where you choose to slot them is critical. They're also shared across your party, so you'll want to be sure to spread them out evenly.

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Shane Plays - Matt Barton Interview
Posted: May 19, 2019, 08:23 am by RPGWatch

[​IMG]Shane Plays interviewed Matt Barton about RPGs and talked about their new book release Dungeons & Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition.

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Shane and Matt Barton of Matt Chat celebrate the release of their book Dungeons & Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition by, what else, talking CRPGs as they break down their favorite CRPGs, their biggest disappointments in the genre and their most anticipated upcoming game! Plus: when did Bioware first disappoint Shane, trolleys vs. buggies, how do you say renaissance, and Survivor: Westeros update. (Podcast version has extra content not included in radio broadcast)

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Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls - Releasing May 29th
Posted: May 19, 2019, 08:23 am by RPGWatch

[​IMG]Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls will release on Steam May 29th.

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An old-school challenge in a crisp and colorful package, Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls revitalizes the time-honored formula of the original dungeon crawler series with modernized visuals and sound.

Choose each of your six team members' class, race, gender, and moral alignment, then delve into one of several dungeons near the central town hub. Advance with caution - monsters are vicious, deadly, and attack in packs. Plan each expedition carefully, stay focused on your objectives, and know when to retreat to the surface.

In between expeditions, chat with the locals, pick up new quests, pray for guidance at the temple, go bargain-hunting for new/rare equipment, and more. With patience, skill, and careful planning, your party will rise from a gang of paupers to a mighty force.

The magic torches are lit, the monsters are ravenous, and the kingdom is waiting for a new hero. Enter the world of Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls and experience a classic adventure reborn.

KEY FEATURES
Your Party, Your Way
Choose from eight classes and five races to build a six-person team with diverse but complimentary skill sets. Change their classes in mid-adventure to fit your needs, or focus on leveling up their primary class to earn bonus skills for the party's benefit.

So Beautiful and So Dangerous
Tangle with a menagerie of over 100 distinctive monsters, from the traditional to the bizarre, all drawn by famed series illustrator Jun Suemi. The game also features character illustrations by renowned commercial artist Yuki Hayabusa.

Conquer the Dungeons
Every step through the underworld is fraught with danger, and one wrong move can end your adventure. But if you have the grit to withstand what the dungeons throw at you, both you and your party will gain enough experience to stroll through them like you own them.

Wizardry's Rebirth on PC
The PC remaster of this classic originally released for PlayStation 3 features English and Japanese text with the original Japanese voiceovers, high-resolution graphics, and a brand new Turbo Mode to make exploring the game's massive dungeons a breeze. All story DLC is included, and players can download the Growth Fruit DLC for free to give themselves a boost when creating characters.

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Phantom Brigade - New Combat System
Posted: May 19, 2019, 08:23 am by RPGWatch

[​IMG]PC Gamer reports that Phantom Brigade has a new combat system that lets you peer into the future.

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The timeline is a neat system and extremely helpful for someone like me, who isn't great at strategy games because I lack the ability to really think ahead. It's also worth noting that being able to see into the future in Phantom Brigade is a prediction and not necessarily what will actually happen once bullets start flying. There's friendly fire and even collision turned on for your mechs, so it's possible they may damage each other or get in each others' way if you try to move them through the same space at the same time. Your mech isn't going to be able reach the end of its move action if he bonks directly into your other mech halfway through it.

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System Shock 3 - Self Publishing an Option
Posted: May 19, 2019, 08:23 am by RPGWatch

[​IMG]PC Gamer reports that Otherside Entertainment will self publish System Shock 3 if it has to.

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OtherSide could, and will, publish the new System Shock itself if it has to, but Spector said doing so would be "a huge distraction," and require hiring new staff with expertise in the field.

"The reality is, OtherSide is a company of developers who want to develop games," he said. "We don't particularly want to be a publisher. [OtherSide founder] Paul Neurath and I have worked with publishers before, Origin self-published when I was there, and we don't want to get into the market of distributing stuff."

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Death end re;Quest - Released
Posted: May 19, 2019, 02:12 am by RPGWatch

[​IMG]The adventure J-RPG Death end re;Quest has been released:

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Death end re;Quest

Story
Arata Mizunashi, a video game programmer, receives a notification from an email sent to him by Shina Ninomiya, a colleague of his who went missing nearly one year ago. Together, they worked to create World's Odyssey (W.O.D.), an immersive virtual landscape powered by breathtaking, state-of-the-art technology. That is, until Shina's sudden disappearance put a swift halt to production. Arata discovers the startling revelation that Shina Ninomiya was stuck inside of "W.O.D." the whole time. When Arata delves hurriedly back into the lines of code haunting his forsaken project, he realizes that his game is now ravaged by an infestation of bugs, and that Shina is its only active player.

Arata soon learns that a nefarious force prevents him from extracting Shina out of the game. Her only way out? She must complete the game to unlock the perfect ending-an outcome with a success rate of 1%. On their journey, they encounter a slew of NPC characters that blur perceptions of humanity and A.I.-technology, setting into a motion a thrilling narrative that calls into question the differences between the virtual world and ours.

Little do they know what horrors await them on both sides of the screen...


Key Features
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction? - Jump between reality and in-game modes, as players will need to investigate in the real world view to solve the mysterious inner-workings of the World Odyssey, and switch to an in-game view mode to battle against glitched-out monsters. Choose options wisely, as your decision can change the game's ending!

Turn-Based RPGs Flipped Upside Down - In this turn-based command battle system, you can roam freely and duke it out with fearsome monsters. During battle, players can change the game's genre from a first-person shooter to even a fighting game!

You're Buggin' Out - While exploring, players will need to activate character-specific dungeon skills to access hard-to-reach areas and hidden treasures!

Follow the White Rabbit and Discover a Bug Infested World - In this hyper-realistic game world, players must help out Shina escape a game universe filled with infected bosses and mesmerizing environments!

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Cyberpunk 2077 - Development More Humane
Posted: May 19, 2019, 02:12 am by RPGWatch

[​IMG]CD Project Red promises in an interview with Kotaku to be more humane to the devs in crunch-time:

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As Cyberpunk 2077 Development Intensifies, CD Projekt Red Pledges To Be 'More Humane' To Its Workers

Footage of the upcoming role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077 has blown away fans so far, but coupled with that hype is a burning question: Are workers at CD Projekt Red, the Polish studio behind the game, ruining their lives to make it? The developer best known for The Witcher series has cultivated a reputation for crunch-asking its employees to work nights and weekends for weeks or months at a time-but studio management now tells Kotaku they want to improve their work-life balance, even if they continue to feel that crunch is a necessity.

"We're known-let me be humble for a moment here-we are known for treating gamers with respect," said Marcin Iwiński, the company's co-founder, in an interview with Kotaku this week. "This is what we've been working hard toward. And I actually would [like] for us to also be known for treating developers with respect."
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Talisman: Origins - Released
Posted: May 19, 2019, 02:12 am by RPGWatch

[​IMG]The strategy RPG Talisman: Origins is out now:

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Talisman: Origins

This new adaptation of the Talisman board game focuses on solo play as you adventure through many epic quests using the full rule-set of the Revised 4th Edition.

Experience the origins of historic events in the world of Talisman, such as the creation of the Crown of Command, the return of the dragons, the Ifrit war and the rise of the guilds.


Take control of 12 Talisman characters, including the new Great Wizard exclusive to this game, as they battle to save the land from dragon invasions, double-crossing devils, mysterious guilds and more. OR, play as the bad guy! Bring on the dragon invasion! Destroy sacred chapels! Protect the dungeon from heroic invaders!
  • Exciting stories set in the Talisman world
  • 20 quests spread across 4 campaigns covering many dramatic events
  • 100 Challenges to be completed
  • Detailed interactive tutorial
  • Achievements track your progress through the stories


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