Earlier today we heard the news of Rend servers consolidating, and that definitely raised a few eyebrows. In fact, we noted, “It’s not exactly a good sign that the game is already downsizing before it’s even left early access.” So about that… Rend isn’t an early access game anymore! I just sat down this afternoon with Frostkeep Studios’ Jeremy Wood and Michele Cagle to talk about the survival game, and the first thing they told me is that it launches today, which is obviously going to come as a big surprise since it’s not really that common for games to surprise-launch on a Friday afternoon. But when the servers come back online after today’s big update, Rend will be a live, launched game. To celebrate launch, the game will be on sale for $9.99 on Steam until April 26th, 2019. That’s 20 bucks off. If either price or early access has kept you out of the game, there is no better time than now to dive in and give the … [Read more...] about The Survivalist: Surprise! Rend launches today with a $9.99 sale as Frostkeep teases new game
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There’s a new trend in reveal-to-launch-time ratio, and we can’t say that’s a bad thin: Having less wait between learning of a game and getting to play it is a welcome shift. Nexon joined that bandwagon with its new mobile MMO AxE: Alliance vs Empire, which was just introduced to the western market last week and launches today. AxE pits the individualistic Alliance’s Titans, Archers, and Blademasters against the order-driven Empire’s Warriors, Valyries, and Mages in skirmishes across multiple world maps that culminate in 75v75 battles. Did we mention that a giant golden dragon is also participating in said battle? And all this can be played in the palm of your hand on your phone or (with really big palms) your tablet. Nexon M General Manager Tommy Lee stated, “Nexon RED has tapped the power of modern mobile devices to provide a PC and console-quality MMO experience in AxE featuring a breadth of single-player, cooperative and competitive gameplay … [Read more...] about Mobile MMO AxE: Alliance vs Empire launches today
With the lack of fanfare leading up to today, you might have thought that Studio WildCard delayed the launch of ARK’s third expansion, Extinction. Technically you’d be right, but only by hours (instead of weeks or months). Even though it has hit a few snags, Extinction is still slated to release sometime today. The launch trailer, seen below, has already been released. WildCard took to Twitter to inform players that launch was still happening despite no ETA. If you aren’t sure you want to jump in and play, or if it is worth the money, you’ve got a few options this week. One, ARK itself is free to play right now and until November 11th. There’s also an Extinction launch trailer below to catch a glimpse at what to expect. You can also watch OPTV this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. EST for a tour of live expansion gameplay. Then if you do want to play, there are sales happening. For those who were waiting to buy their copy of the expansion hoping for a sale, your … [Read more...] about ARK: Extinction launching today with free week of Survival Evolved
Darkfall New Dawn formally launches today as one of two officially licensed spinoffs of Aventurine’s classic hardcore sandbox, which went belly-up a few years ago. As we’ve previously noted, the game has multiple packages ranging from €19.99 with a €9.99 per month sub up to €74.99 with a €6.25 per month sub, so that ought to make old-school gamers happy. If you’re confused over what this version of the game has in store for you, and you probably are because this is really very much not a one-to-won remake, you should definitely zip through the new launch trailer, which Ub3rgames put together as an explainer. We’ve got that trailer below, along with our hands-on with the game, a bunch of screenies in a gallery, and a quick flip through all our coverage of New Dawn along the way. Happy launch day! The Stream Team: Peek into Darkfall New Dawn during free trial Darkfall: New Dawn tacks on titles and opens local banks … [Read more...] about Hardcore sandbox Darkfall New Dawn launches today – here’s the trailer!
[Source: Pixabay] Even just one year ago, if you’d told me that we’d be playing console games on our smartphones and tablets, I wouldn’t have believed you. Or, if I had, I would have assumed it to be some sort of streaming service. But, here we are, playing Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on devices small enough to fit into our pockets, whilst consoles like Nintendo’s wildly popular portable Switch console become the fastest selling console in US history. It’s a fundamental shift for a business which has always been home-hardware first, with manufacturers putting their best efforts into home consoles and considering mobile hardware second. I mean, Microsoft has never released a portable console, leaving Nintendo to absolutely dominate the space for decades with only a little competition from Sony. But what got us to a point of gaming going mobile at an increasingly rapid rate? Well, there are two major forces: [Source: Pixabay] … [Read more...] about What Created Today’s Mobile Gaming Revolution?