Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will have premium currency and loot boxes

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The innovative Nemesis System created unique personal stories through procedurally-generated enemies who remember every encounter and are differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses. Middle-earth: Shadow of War expands this innovation with the introduction of followers who bring about entirely new stories of loyalty, betrayal and revenge. The Nemesis System is also expanded to create a unique personal world through Nemesis fortresses, which allows players to utilize different strategies to conquer dynamic strongholds and create personalized worlds with their unique Orc army.

An important aspect of the Nemesis System now comes in forging, customizing and leading your own army of unique Orc followers against the fortresses of Mordor. There are different ways to do this, including dominating Orcs by exploring the vast open-world and encountering them as part of Orc society, or players can acquire Orcs and other items through the Market (in-game store).

Through the Market, players can purchase Loot Chests, War Chests, XP Boosts and Bundles (accessed only with an internet connection).

• Loot Chests contain Gear (weapons and armor) of varying rarity. Equipping and upgrading these weapons and armor enhance Talion’s character abilities. Loot Chests can also contain XP Boosts that help level up Talion faster.

• War Chests provide Orc followers of varying rarity to help forge a strong army. They can also contain Training Orders to level up and customize Orc followers.

• XP Boosts are consumables that help level up Talion faster.

• Bundles package up Loot Chests, War Chests and Boosts together at a great value.

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To purchase these items, players can spend Mirian or Gold throughout the game as one progresses. Mirian is a type of in-game currency that can be acquired by:

• Defeating Treasure Orcs
• Destroying Gear for Mirian
• Destroying Orc followers for Gear (which can be destroyed for Mirian)
• Finding Mirian stashes throughout the game

Gold is another form of in-game currency that can be used to get higher level Loot Chests, War Chests, Boosts and Bundles of the aforementioned content. Gold can be acquired by:

• Purchasing through the PlayStation Store, Xbox Store or by adding to your Steam Wallet using real money.
• Awarded in small amounts at specific milestones.
• Awarded for participating in community challenges.

Viking Survival Adventure Game ‘Valnir Rok’ Announced

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Independent game developer Encurio and indie games partner Reverb Triple XP officially announced today that Valnir Rok, an epic online Viking survival roleplaying adventure, will launch on Steam’s Early Access program this September. Set on a mystical Nordic island, gamers will fight for their life in the harsh, hostile environment where dangerous beasts of legend dwell, ruins of forgotten deities hold untold riches, and thriving villages of great clans can be joined or conquered. Valnir Rok will make its playable debut at gamescom 2017.


Battles cries, blood-soaked fields, and monsters of legend – that is what’s best in Valnir Rok life.

“It’s the dream of every passionate gamer to make games and we take our first big step in making the dream into reality with the announcement of Valnir Rok,” states Sebastian Rahmel, Game Director at Encurio GmbH. “We love Vikings and survival games so it was natural for us to pursue our vision of a Viking survival roleplaying game. Our development team is very passionate about the project and we’re all looking forward to debuting the game at gamescom 2017.”

Valnir Rok is an online sandbox survival roleplaying game inspired by Norse mythology. Players will awaken to find themselves on Valnir Island and must do whatever it takes to survive in a land of wild animals, mythical beasts, and violent men. As a hardened Viking warrior, butcher your enemies in bloody combat, build and improve village structures, and form a clan to expand your power and reputation. Battle against opposing clans, place bounties on hated enemies, and discover ruin artifacts to gain favor with the gods with great deeds and holy sacrifices. Might makes right in the Viking world of Valnir Rok.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Coming West in 2018

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Fans of great stories, captivating art and alluring music are certain to rejoice with today’s announcement from Square Enix that Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age will be coming to the West next year.

The highly anticipated latest entry to the beloved Dragon Quest video game franchise follows the adventure of a hero who must solve the mystery of his fate with the aid of a charming cast of supporting characters. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age will offer a world of adventure, exploration and instances of heroism— all brought to life by the character art of famed manga artist Akira Toriyama and the memorable music of composer Koichi Sugiyama.

In an accompanying video, Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii introduces an overview of the game and offers an update on the game’s localization process.

Photo Mode Announced for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

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Photo Mode will be available in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice when the game launches on PlayStation 4 and PC on August 8th.

You can easily capture Senua in action and the breathtaking scenery of the Viking wildlands, like the images above which were taken using the in-game Photo Mode. We’ve included various filters and tools such as camera pan and roll, focal distance, colour grading, and more.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is available for pre-order now. Those pre-ordering on PlayStation 4 will receive an exclusive Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Dynamic Theme that depicts the iconic burning tree scene from the game. Those pre-ordering on PC will receive an exclusive digital comic short, Hellblade: Senua’s Song.

Final Fantasy XV: Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades closed online test announced

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Square Enix today announced that Final Fantasy XV fans can look forward to an exclusive preview of the upcoming Final Fantasy XV: Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades with a closed online test on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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Available from Thursday 3rd to Tuesday 8th August 2017, the closed online test for Final Fantasy XV – Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades will be carried out simultaneously across all regions worldwide, allowing players to create their own custom avatars and join together with up to 3 others to participate in exciting multiplayer quests to bring the Light back to Lucis.

.hack//G.U. Last Recode PS4 Physical Edition Announced for North America

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Bandai Namco Entertainment America today confirms that .hack//G.U. Last Recode will receive a physical edition for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system. This is in addition to the previously announced digital versions for the PlayStation 4 system and Steam. Pre-orders for the physical edition of .hack//G.U. Last Recode will begin today at participating retailers. .hack//G.U. Last Recode will be available throughout the Americas in 2017.

hack//G.U. Last Recode collects the three .hack//G.U. action-RPG titles; Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption with updated 1080p resolution, 16:9 widescreen picture, and 60fps frame rate, gameplay balance changes, and additional features to be announced at a later date making this collection the definitive .hack//G.U. experience for fans and newcomers alike.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel PC Launches on August 2

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XSEED Games, the independent-minded console publishing brand of Marvelous USA, today announced that The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, the start of a new story arc in developer Nihon Falcom’s acclaimed series of role-playing games, is headed to Windows PC on August 2, 2017 via Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Store by Humble Bundle with a launch week discount of 10% off the regular price of $39.99, €39.99, and £29.99. Originally released in North America to wide acclaim in 2015 for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel will make its debut on Windows PC with visual enhancements and over 5,000 new lines of English voiceover dialogue (approximately a 50% increase).

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel builds on Nihon Falcom’s beloved Trails franchise, improving on the series’ formula while delivering an expertly told, standalone narrative that both series fans and newcomers alike will enjoy. Taking place on the same continent as fan-favorite Trails in the Sky, Trails of Cold Steel further explores Erebonia and gives players a chance to delve deep into the inner political conflicts of this oft-mentioned and powerful empire. Players take on the role of elite military students at a time of great turmoil, who enjoy school life as they bond with fellow students to earn new abilities in battle, and then utilize those abilities via tactical turn-based combat. In between skirmishes, players can upgrade their party members with the “ARCUS” system – a streamlined version of the classic “Orbment” magic system from previous titles – allowing for greater access to abilities and quicker customization.

Let the jamming begin: Windjammers arrives August 29 on PS4 & PSVita!

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DotEmu, developer and publisher specializing in modern releases of beloved retro games, is thrilled to announce that Windjammers will be available on August 29th on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita!

Thanks to the participation of thousands of gamers in our closed beta last June, and the invaluable assistance provided by the pro players in the French Windjammers community, Windjammers returns to the gaming scene August 29 on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita!


Starting August 29, gamers can play as one of six unique characters and compete against their friends in local or online multiplayer matches in an arcade-like experience. Or, thanks to an improved GGPO netcode, gamers can climb the “Ranked Mode” ladder and challenge the world’s best Windjammers players!

Ys Seven for PC First Details, Trailer and Screens

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XSEED Games, the independent-minded console publishing brand of Marvelous USA, today announced that Ys Seven, developer Nihon Falcom’s first entry in a new generation of its beloved series of action RPGs, is headed to Windows PC via Steam, GOG, and The Humble Store by Humble Bundle this summer. Originally released for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld system in 2010, Ys Seven will arrive on Windows PC with all the features of a modern PC release, including full HD, a smooth 60fps framerate, plug-and-play controller compatibility, and achievements on applicable platforms such as Steamworks and GOG Galaxy.

Offering satisfyingly fast-paced, real-time action, Ys Seven features a combat system that involves a three-member battle party with the ability to swap among characters at will. Series veterans and newcomers alike can expect to be immersed in a rich, vibrant world containing over 30 hours of action-packed gameplay and an epic storyline wherein players must reunite the estranged five tribes who serve and protect the Five Great Dragons – deified beings who may well be the world’s last hope. Ys Seven was the first title in the long-running action RPG franchise to reach a wide mainstream audience in the West, and the first title in this historically PC-centric series to be developed from the ground up for a console or handheld system since the mid-‘90s.

Warframe is Going Open-World with ‘Plains of Eidolon’ Expansion

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For the first time in Warframe history, Tenno will have the freedom to explore, fight, journey and fly through the open Landscapes – Warframe’s first Open Zone – of Planet Earth in their own time, in their own way. Stepping into the rolling Plains of Eidolon, players will experience a rich landscape populated with both familiar and never-before seen creatures, enemies, a new Warframe, stunning vistas lit with a day/night cycle, and a gripping story told through interactive NPC characters who inhabit the bustling scavenger city of Cetus. In Plains of the Eidolon, players will set foot in a natural landscape with the freedom to explore it on their own terms.

With the first introduction of Landscapes in Warframe, Plains of Eidolon enables players to discover a bustling town full of NPCs with their own stories to tell, motives, quirks, and quests to offer. Cetus, a makeshift basecamp for scavengers known as Ostrons who’ve made The Bleeding Tower their home, is filled with activity and surprise. In this immense and gorgeous new landscape, players are challenged to attain a new Warframe and new weapons, engage in new story elements, and soar over the plains using Archwing – mechanical wings previously only used in space or under water. But beware — when night falls, even the invading Grineer flee the Spectral Sentients that haunt their colossal remains on the Plains of Eidolon.

“We have announced big things for Warframe at TennoCon before but nothing like this. Adding Landscapes is a huge leap that we’ve been working on for some time,” said Steve Sinclair, creative director of Warframe. “Plains of Eidolon is our first step in adding a new kind of player freedom to the game. We wanted to give our players something new, something dramatic, and that meant taking risks and evolving the game in a fresh, new direction. For veteran players, we’re always trying to give them a living, evolving game. Landscapes is a great example of how we do that. If you bounced off Warframe a while ago, this is a very different feel for the game that warrants a second look. We can’t wait to see how people react to this!”

Key Features include:

• Landscapes (Open Zones) – Until now, Warframe missions have taken place in relatively closed environments. With the Plains of the Eidolon expansion, players will set foot in a vast natural landscape free to explore on their own terms.

• Meet the Inhabitants of Cetus – Never before have Tenno encountered the faceless people whose lives they have saved, until now. Meet the Ostrons, a makeshift group of scavengers whose culture revolves around the grotesque harvesting of biomechanical tissue from long dormant Orokin Towers.

• Different Kind of Mission – In addition to discovering and exploring, players will engage in an assortment of missions to find and assemble new Warframes and weapons, items and more. Expect to strap on Archwing for air travel and battle, and experiment with customizing and modding a Warframe like never before.

• Discover and Explore – Plains of the Eidolon offers a sense of discovery, variety, and mystery that mixes several different environments and tones to create a deep sense of place. Experience a bristling new world in where the wind rustles across your Syandana and the age and size of giant Orokin structures ominously looms in the background. Earth will be more alive than ever before.