Space strategy sandbox game Galactic Civilizations III will be getting a new expansion pack this winter titled Retribution. A host of new features are included ranging from powerful artifacts to hypergates in addition to the return of the Drath and Korath civilizations. The new artifacts are described as providing civilizations powerful new capabilities such as instant access to new abilities while hypergates allow your fleets to rapidly travel across the galaxy.
More details can be found on the expansion pack's Steam page. Galactic Civilizations III: Retribution will retail for $19.99 when it launches this winter.
Tossing up to 50 players in the ever increasingly tightening quarters of a Battle Royale mode, Black Desert Online's Shadow Arena is entering into Early Access. The new mode is open to anyone who has purchased Black Desert Online or anyone who wants to take advantage of the free 7 day trial.
Form the press release:
Shadow Arena is a new mode that pits up to 50 players against each other in a struggle for survival. Gather supplies and outwit your opponents to become the last person standing. Players will start the match as a ‘Black Spirit’, a small flying specter that can then possess the bodies of one of the playable classes in Black Desert Online.
For the Early Access version, the Warrior, Sorceress, Berserker, Tamer, Valkyrie, Wizard, Witch, Dark Knight and Mystic will be available allowing participants to pick from nine different playstyles.
By roaming the arena after finding their preferred class, players can gather skills, weapons, armor, accessories and special items such as flares, potions, traps and more. It will be essential for victory that players strategically acquire their skills and items to deal with the opposition.
More info about the new mode or the 7 day trial can be found on the official site.
Days Gone, the upcoming, quite epic-looking zombie game from SIE Bend Studio, got another trailer recently, this time featuring the game's diverse and dangerous world. The narrator intones its beauty, at the same time as warning us of the dangers that lie within. Marauders, Freakers (the game's term for zombies), wolves, and even the Northwest region's infamous rain will impact the gameplay. It all looks very fun and very deadly.
See for yourself, Days Gone releases April 26th, 2019.
Total War: Three Kingdoms, the ambitious upcoming historical RTS from Creative Assembly, gets a new bit of info courtesy of the game's YouTube channel. In it, we see how the game's intricate warmaking gameplay is influenced by its spy mechanic.
In the video, which you can watch below, the dev controls Cao Cao, one of many characters players can control in their quest to rule China. The campaign sees the dev in the middle of dismantling the tyrannical grip of Dong Zhuo. The dev takes a look at a world map, and can flip through eight filters which show things like overall control, regions controlled by allies and enemies, and others. Each faction leader, Cao Cao included, have their own special skills that can assist in the quest for control.
In the video, the spies work by players relinquishing control of them in order to infiltrate rival factions in undercover fashion. Generally, this is by sitting in a rival faction's recruitment pool, with players choosing a number of options therein: including Infiltrate Army, Leak Marching Orders, Deny Military Supplies, Falsify Marching Orders or Poison Military Provisions, and that was just under general actions. But just because a spy begins work for one faction leader, doesn't mean that they will stay that way. They can break off, forming their own faction, or betray their liege and side with the rival. This is one among many ways in which player quests can play out.
Total War: Three Kingdoms releases March 7th, 2019.
Call of Duty's approach to the battle royale genre, Blackout, is now available for everyone to try out for free. Running now until January 24, players can download the free trial on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Progress and items earned in-game during the trial is saved for players that purchase the full game.
The developers have just added a new Blackout mode called "Down But Not Out" that's changes the gameplay in that downed players can rejoin their four-person team during each new collapse of the circle (except for the final). However, at least one member of the team must survive to ensure the others can revive. This mode is reason enough for me to jump back in and spend more time with Blackout.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
The latest video for the upcoming Gathering Storm expansion for Civilization VI introduces us to Kristina who will be leading Sweden. Kristina was one of the most educated women of the 17th century and can help lead Sweden to a Culture or Diplomatic victory. To help with this, players can full up Great Work slots, settle cities on as many varied terrain types as possible, and build Open Air Museums in every city (but only one per city) to provide Loyalty, as well as Culture and Tourism for each different terrain type they're built in. More info on Sweden and Kristina can be found in the official trailer below.
Looks like Bethesda's issues with The Elder Scrolls Online connectivity has spread to the Fallout 76 servers. Apparently they have been having log in issues across all platforms for almost two hours now even though they tweeted out that the issues have been resolved.
It looks like the rumors were true.
For weeks there has been an email or so floating around the internet saying that Ronda Rousey would be playing Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat 11. At the Mortal Kombat 11 reveal event, it was confirmed that the baddest woman on the planet, Ronda Rousey herself will be voicing the character of Sonya Blade.
I was pretty apprehensive about this but it looks like Ronda is really excited to be playing the character and it seems like she is a real fan of the series and character, so good for her!
Amazon's Alexa devices can now talk to you about The Sims series by just saying, "Alexa, play The Sims". The Alexa enabled features include:
How about some tunes? We’ve queued up over seven hours of music from The Sims’ franchise for your listening pleasure. That’s 140 songs! And let us be the first to say, yes, that does include the ever-popular music from The Sims 3.
Let's talk trivia. Nothing says “I’m addicted to my favorite video game” like schooling all of your loved ones in a friendly game of over 200 Sim-related, brain-busting questions. You can play solo or with up to four players in beginning, casual, or challenge mode.
You can also learn fun facts about The Sims. Do you know when the first The Sims game was published, or what inspired the original game? Alexa will teach you!
I'm excited about the included Sims music tracks, which sounds like the perfect way to rewind after a long day. Along with the Alexa features is the addition of a digital personal assistant called Lin-Z to The Sims 4 on PC and Mac. The Lin-Z can perform the following actions:
Play Music Lin-Z mimics a stereo system. Embarrassing dance solo not included.
Play Trivia Sims can choose to test their knowledge. The higher their Logic skill, the more likely your Sim will be to answer trivia questions correctly.
Order Stuff Pizza, maid service, gardening service, or repair service. Yay, stuff!
Tell Jokes Sims can ask for a joke and Sims near Lin-Z will react to it. Lolz.
Adjust Lighting You know, turning lights on, turning lights off. It’s not rocket science, folks.
It's clear that developer Askiisoft understands that best part of the Prince of Persia series was the time travel mechanic. It made everything better: stylish slow-mo combat, or rewinding to save yourself from a fatal mistake. Askiisoft has taken that to heart in its upcoming actioner Katana Zero. The time travel aspect looks like it's been cranked up to eleven. You can slow time just enough so that you have the reaction time to reflect bullets with your sword. You can also rewind after getting killed, but it looks like it sets you back at least several seconds, so your punishment for death is dealing with the last several enemies you killed.
Askiisoft and Devolver Digital are slating Katana Zero for a March release on PC and as-yet unannounced consoles. Just look at this freaking trailer; I can't wait.