Captivating "Against the Storm" Immerses Players in City - Building Allure

Polish Devs Claim "Best Design" Honor

At Indie Game Award 2024, the captivating city-builder Against the Storm claimed the coveted "Best Design" honor. This roguelite colony simulation, crafted by the Polish development team Eremite Games in collaboration with publisher Hooded Horse, seamlessly blends dark fantasy elements with addictive city-building gameplay. Since its release, the game has not only maintained an overwhelmingly positive reception on the STEAM but has also garnered playful remarks from numerous fans, who jokingly suggest enabling the in-game "playtime warning" feature is a must – a heartwarming reminder that hints at the developers' confidence: Against the Storm is a game that will undoubtedly keep gamers hooked once they start playing!"




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During Taipei Game Show 2024, the publisher Hooded Horse made a special appearance to represent the developers in receiving the award. They also shared the fascinating backstory of the team, praising Eremite Games not only for their unwavering commitment to quality during development but also for their dedication to addressing gamer feedback and diligently improving pain points, even proactively investigating negative reviews. Hooded Horse commended them as an exemplary team offering exceptional "after-sales service."


Interestingly, Eremite Games was formed by a group of seasoned mobile game developers who maintained close connections while pursuing their respective careers in the industry. Despite their accomplishments, they harbored a smoldering aspiration to develop an engaging PC game. Determinedly turning their dream into action, in November 2019, team member Michał penned the first line of code for Against the Storm, officially marking Eremite Games' transition into full-time inde game developer. The initial planning phase alone spanned nearly three years, but their meticulous efforts paid off, successfully delivered a game that the developers themselves yearned to play.




Intricate Design Fuels Long-Term Against the Storm Allure


As developers who are also avid players themselves, the Eremite Games team understands that while city-building games are undoubtedly engaging initially, gamers often find themselves drifting away after the first 2-3 hours, mirroring a relationship exiting the honeymoon phase when challenges diminish and growth stagnates. Consequently, during development, they relentlessly pursued a diverse array of gameplay elements, seamlessly blending roguelike features into the experience. Their goal was to sustain an enthralling, honeymoon-esque allure that would captivate players’ long-term interest.

 
Despite the plethora of existing city-building titles on the market, Eremite Games sought inspiration from their personal encounters with Blizzard Entertainment games and classic hand-drawn Disney animations during their formative years. This inspired them to forge a distinctive dark fantasy art style, replete with vibrant colors, intricately sculpted species, and imaginative objects. To maintain a harmonious balance amidst the complexity, the team strived for the "perfect fusion of familiarity and novelty." Whenever designing a new species, members would first identify a core concept from various proposals and then expand upon the artistic vision, gradually shaping the foundational outlines encompassing culture, specialties, attire, and architecture. They meticulously ensured each element resonated with the overarching world, ultimately crafting the vast and visually captivating realm of Against the Storm.




"The team is truly elated by this experience!" Eremite Games emphasized that the competition featured numerous exceptional contenders, making their triumph with "Against the Storm" – a project that began as a modest side endeavor – all the more remarkable in the face of such fierce rivalry. To see their humble beginnings blossom into a mature, widely beloved masterpiece, even clinching the prestigious "Best Game Design" award, feels utterly surreal.

 
Looking ahead, the team reveals that during the game's early access period, they maintained a cadence of releasing new content updates every two weeks. However, following the 1.0 release, they plan to moderate the pace slightly, though assuring that Against the Storm will not be abandoned. On the contrary, Eremite Games is actively considering supplementing the continuous free updates with their first paid DLC offering. Tantalizingly, they hint, "This could potentially include brandnew playable species, so players should stay tuned!"
 

 

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Star Wars Outlaws™ Launches August 30

Fans can preorder now, with Gold and Ultimate Edition purchasers enjoying the first-ever open world Star Wars game up to three days early

 

SAN FRANCISCO – April 9, 2024 – Today, Ubisoft, in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games, announced that Star Wars Outlaws, the first open-world Star Wars game, will launch on August 30 on Xbox Series X|S consoles, PlayStation 5, Amazon Luna and PC through Ubisoft Connect. Fans who subscribe to Ubisoft+ or purchase the Gold Edition or Ultimate Edition of the game can enjoy up to three days early access*, and those who preorder before August 30 will receive the "Kessel Runner Bonus Pack" which includes cosmetics for Kay’s speeder and for her ship, the Trailblazer.

 

Ubisoft revealed more details about cunning scoundrel Kay Vess and her companion Nix’s search for an opportunity of a lifetime. During this era, the Empire’s rule is distracted by the rebellion that won’t quit, leading to a golden age for the underworld. As a skilled thief, Kay’s antics catch the attention of Sliro, the leader of a new, foreboding criminal syndicate Zerek Besh. After Sliro places a bounty on Kay’s head, Kay and Nix are offered their one shot at freedom - pull off one of the greatest heists of all time. Kay and Nix will need to navigate the underworld across the galaxy, building their reputation with legendary criminal organizations including the Pyke Syndicate, the Hutt Cartel, the Ashiga Clan** and Crimson Dawn to earn the support they need to finish the job.

In search of true freedom, the resourceful Kay and Nix will journey through the underworld and across the Outer Rim, taking on jobs from syndicates, facing off against intimidating foes, avoiding oppressive Imperial rule and recruiting a skilled outlaw crew in order to pull off one of the greatest heists the galaxy has ever seen,” shared Julian Gerighty, Creative Director.

 

"Star Wars Outlaws invites fans to experience a side of the galaxy that has a treasure trove yet to be explored, the exploits of the scoundrels taking advantage of the golden age of the underworld. We’ve been inspired by Massive Entertainment’s dedication to bringing this aspect of Star Wars to life, including both iconic and new things for fans to explore in an open world," said Douglas Reilly, vice president, Lucasfilm Games.

 

Kay and Nix will travel across the galaxy to gain the right resources and crew for the ultimate heist. In their journey, they’ll travel across distinct locations, both iconic and new: Canto Bight, Kijimi, Tatooine, Akiva, and the windswept savannah of Toshara**. Along the way, Kay will explore bustling cities and cantinas, race across sprawling outdoor landscapes on her speeder, and pilot her ship the Trailblazer through the wilds of space. When things go awry, the Trailblazer will also help them chase, evade and attack to gain the upper hand in thrilling dogfights with the Empire and other foes.

Star Wars Outlaws will be available through the Ubisoft Store and at retail at a suggested price of $69.99 for the base game. By subscribing to Ubisoft+ or purchasing the Gold or Ultimate Edition, players can also access the game up to three days early*.

  • Standard Edition:
    • Base game
  • Gold Edition:
    • Base game
    • Season Pass (Includes 2 DLCs, the "Jabba's Gambit" exclusive mission at launch and the "Kessel Runner Character Pack" cosmetic pack)
    • Up to 3 days early access*
  • Ultimate Edition:
    • Base game
    • Season Pass (Includes 2 DLCs, the "Jabba's Gambit" exclusive mission at launch and the "Kessel Runner Character Pack" cosmetic pack)
    • Sabacc Shark Bundle: includes cosmetics for Kay, her blaster, Nix, Kay’s Speeder and the "Trailblazer" spaceship
    • Rogue Infiltrator Bundle: includes cosmetics for Kay, Nix, Kay’s speeder and the "Trailblazer"
    • Digital art book: A selection of the game's concept art and visuals, including unique cinematic storyboards
    • Up to 3 days early access*

For more information about Star Wars Outlaws, please visit: starwarsoutlaws.com.

 

To preorder the game on the Ubisoft Store, please visit store.ubisoft.com.

 

For the latest news on Star Wars Outlaws and all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit: news.ubisoft.com 

 

*Play the game up to 3 days before the official launch date. Internet connection and Ubisoft account required to redeem the digital content. Please check system requirements and product details/restrictions before purchase and upon game release.


**Created by Massive Entertainment in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games.

About Star Wars Outlaws

With development led by Massive Entertainment*, Star Wars Outlaws will invite players to experience the Star Wars galaxy like never before through an original story set between Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™ and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi™. As the Galactic Empire relentlessly pursues the final defeat of the Rebel Alliance, the criminal underworld thrives. Fans will play as cunning scoundrel, Kay Vess and her loyal companion Nix, as they attempt one of the greatest heists the Outer Rim has ever seen. Seeking the means to start a new life, players will join Kay and Nix as they fight, steal, and outwit their way through the galaxy’s crime syndicates and join the galaxy’s most wanted.

 

Kay and Nix can turn any situation to their advantage: use stealth and gadgets to gain the upper hand, use Nix to distract and draw away enemies, or engage in blaster combat in tense situations throughout their journey. In order to pull off the ultimate heist, Kay and Nix will search for and join forces with a cast of outlaws, including battle-hardened droid ND-5. While stealing valuable goods, infiltrating secret locations, and outwitting enemies, they will need to carefully consider how their choices affect their status with each syndicate, as each move will influence Kay’s ever-changing reputation.

 

*Development partners include Ubisoft Annecy, Bucharest, Chengdu, Milan, Montpellier, Paris, Redlynx, Shanghai, Stockholm, Toronto.

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a creator of worlds, committed to enriching players’ lives with original and memorable entertainment experiences. Ubisoft’s global teams create and develop a deep and diverse portfolio of games, featuring brands such as Assassin’s Creed®, Brawlhalla®, For Honor®, Far Cry®, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon®, Just Dance®, Rabbids®, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six®, The Crew® and Tom Clancy’s The Division®. Through Ubisoft Connect, players can enjoy an ecosystem of services to enhance their gaming experience, get rewards and connect with friends across platforms. With Ubisoft+, the subscription service, they can access a growing catalog of more than 100 Ubisoft games and DLC. For the 2022–23 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated net bookings of €1,739 million. To learn more, please visit: www.ubisoftgroup.com.

 

© 2023 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are registered trademarks in the US and/or other countries.

 

Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM 2024 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.

 

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The Space Age Industrial Revolution Has Arrived, Final Factory is Out Now!

Explore the unexplored with automated mobile space stations, mega structures, and a fleet of spaceships.  

Boulder, CO, April 9th, 2024 - The final frontier is open for business as Final Factory launches into Steam Early Access today! Intergalactic manufacturing and mega factories reign supreme as players explore the vastness of space while building moveable space stations and defending their builds from hostile alien forces in bullet-hell style combat.

 

Final Factory blends factory building and spaceship design with exploring the vast reaches of space. From beautiful star nebulas to the terrifying depths of black holes where light itself can not escape, take your battleships and massive fleets to combat hostile alien life. Unlock secrets of an ancient civilization and receive materials that can take your factory to the next level. 

 

Show hostile alien forces what humans are capable of with a unique blend of RTS, factory management and classic bullet-hell gameplay to combat scenarios. Unlock and upgrade new abilities through a sprawling tech tree to protect your creations from incoming enemies. Reap the rewards from every encounter to bring back to base to improve productivity and continue the path of conquering the unknown. 

 

Final Factory is available now on Steam Early Access for $29.99. For a limited time, players who are eager to be the first to explore the stars can enjoy a 20% launch discount of $23.99. Players can chat with other cosmic factory explorers by joining the official Discord.


Features:

  • Automate Everything: Set up automation to make all aspects of your stations run like clockwork. Design space stations and connect them through careful logistical planning. Automate the production of a massive fleet of ships that will grant you special abilities and help you defend your base against the local aliens.
  • Design Sprawling Space Ships: Every station in Final Factory can move! Slap a rocket onto anything to make it go faster. Design huge battleships that can house their own fleets for battle. Or design and program cargo haulers to carry items to different parts of your factory.
  • Build Massive Scale Mega Structures: Create mega structures like Dyson Spheres and Dark Star Gates to supercharge your factory and delve deeper into the unexplored reaches of space. Scale your structure across an infinite map.
  • Command Your Fleet: The local aliens aren't happy about your presence in the system. Command a great fleet to defend your factory and expand. Gain access to new abilities depending on your fleet composition and take on your enemies in bullet-hell style combat. Or play the game on pacifist mode for a relaxed experience!

About Never Games:

Never Games is an indie development studio based in Boulder, Colorado. The studio aims to create emergent games with community-driven gameplay that allows player creations and builds to dictate how a game unfolds. Never Games began developing its debut title Final Factory in 2018 and plans to release in spring 2024. For more information, please visit: https://www.nevergames.com/#


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The Planet Crafter is available today on PC

Miju Games is Delighted to Announce the Official Release of 
The Planet Crafter, a Captivating Space Adventure 
where Creation and Exploration Meet Survival


(Paris, France) – April 10, 2024 – Miju Games, an independent French video game development studio, is over the moon to announce the official release of The Planet Crafter on PC! This game, available in early access since March 2022, offers a first-person crafting experience in a 3D open world, combining survival and exploration gameplay mechanics. The full version of the game is now available and boasts a new multiplayer mode hosting up to 10 players, several new biomes and the introduction of different animal species.
 

The Planet Crafter introduces a complex and innovative game system where players' actions directly influence the transformation of the world they are living in. By developing technological equipment and optimizing the space and resources at their disposal, players can observe the results of their interventions and gradually see the terraforming index increase, thus unlocking new possibilities and challenges. As they progress, they unveil the mysteries of the planet and bring life to this arid land, transforming it into a living, lush oasis, offering a rewarding experience for players.
 

The game features a complete and diverse immersion experience with over 30 biomes to discover, a storyline with several narrative arcs, various difficulty levels and an all-new multiplayer co-op mode for collaborating together around a common goal. Players can enjoy this epic space adventure in solo mode, or share their exploration with the community. 

 

In The Planet Crafter, players embark on an interstellar adventure where they must terraform a hostile planet to make it inhabitable. By producing oxygen, gathering resources and building their base, they have at their disposal all the elements they need to survive and create a new biosphere while living through the hostile conditions of the environment. The game offers a complex experience where players' actions have a direct influence on the evolution of the world, unlocking new challenges and mysteries as they progress.
 

With over 30 biomes to discover, a planet-wide riddle to solve, the highly expected addition of fauna and a co-operative multiplayer mode, The Planet Crafter is set to deliver immersive gameplay and rewarding progression for players, whether they choose to play solo or with friends.
 

"We're thrilled to finally be able to reveal version 1.0 to our community. This is by far the most content-packed update we've ever made for The Planet Crafter, and we hope players will enjoy it! Rest assured, though: we're not turning our backs on The Planet Crafter, many more updates are planned for the coming weeks and months," say the game's developers.
 

Game Features

  • Survive, Collect and Craft: Gather minerals and resources to survive. Craft all the tools you'll need to fulfil your mission. Explore crashed ships sites and ancient ruins to salvage at will a planet full of mystery.
  • Build your own base: Set up a base from scratch and add complex machinery to achieve your goals.  
  • Terraform the entire planet: Surviving is not enough; you'll have to make the planet habitable for humans. Once your base and machines in order, heat the planet up, create an atmosphere with enough oxygen and eventually geo-engineer the entire planet!

The Planet Crafter is available on PC for $23.99 USD. From April 10 to 24, players will enjoy a 30% discount on the purchase of the game to celebrate its launch. The Planet Crafter is partnering with Lightyear Frontier - released on March 19, 2024 - to offer an additional 10% discount on the combined purchase of the two games via the "Outer Space Homestead Bundle" offer.  

To keep up with the latest news about the game, follow The Planet Crafter on X (Twitter), YouTube and the dedicated Discord server.

 

About Miju Games
Founded in 2019, MIJU GAMES is an independent studio based in the south of France. The team currently consists of six people - programmers and artists - working entirely remotely. In 2020, the studio developed and published Abracadabrew, a co-op memory game, before embarking in 2021 on The Planet Crafter, a space crafting, exploration and survival game whose early access launched in March 2022 is enjoying real success through various updates.  For more information, visit https://mijugames.com/

 

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KICKSTARTER LOVES SCRIBE

2D Open World Adventure RPG SCRIBE tagged as PROJECT WE LOVE

After several hard years of Indie development, Scribe has launched a campaign on Kickstarter. We’re eager to share our ideas, our passion, and the fruits of our labor with our fans and supporters. This campaign is not just about funding our project, it’s about building a community around Scribe, a community that shares our vision and our excitement.

 

We are honored that Kickstarter has recognized Scribe as a standout project, distinguished by its quality, and has chosen to recommend it. For us, being labeled as a ‘Project We Love’ goes beyond mere endorsement. It serves as an affirmation of our chosen path and the high-quality experience we strive to provide to players.
 

About Scribe

Scribe is a unique fusion of retro platformer and side-scrolling action games, masterfully combined with the nostalgic charm of point-and-click adventures. This blend is further enhanced with the incorporation of modern RPG mechanics, creating a gaming experience that is both familiar and innovative. Despite its slow pace, Scribe offers an action-packed adventure and exploration RPG game, meticulously crafted by a dedicated two-person team.

The game seamlessly integrates platformer and action gameplay elements with the immersive narrative depth of point-and-click adventures. This combination places a strong emphasis on exploration, inviting players to delve into the richly detailed game world.

Scribe boasts a variety of engaging mechanics, including branched dialogues, quests, combat, crafting, stealth, archery, and magic. These elements are all presented in stunning handmade pixel art graphics, adding to the game’s visual appeal. The game’s mechanics are designed to provide a comprehensive and immersive gaming experience, ensuring that there’s always something new and exciting for players to discover.

Players step into the shoes of a rebellious Scribe, embarking on a quest to uncover the true history of the Continent. In this world, studying or preserving pieces of true history is a crime punishable by death, adding a layer of danger and intrigue to the player’s journey. The player’s path is accompanied by non-repetitive original art at every turn, further encouraging exploration and interaction with the game world.

Scribe is more than just a game, it’s a journey through a beautifully crafted world, filled with mystery, adventure, and a rich, engaging storyline. It invites players to explore, discover, and ultimately, write their own story.
 

About Rawmeat

Meet the creative duo of indie game development, the Podprocky brothers, Mikulas and Tomas. Their journey began in the year 2020, marking the inception of a team that would soon make waves in the gaming industry.

Mikulas, a veteran in the field, brings to the table a wealth of experience from his time in AAA game development. His portfolio boasts of illustrious titles such as Mafia 2 and Top Spin 4, and he held the esteemed position of Art Director for the critically acclaimed Kingdom Come: Deliverance. At Rawmeat, Mikulas is the creative compass, guiding the artistic vision of their projects.

Tomas, on the other hand, is the technical powerhouse of the team. With a robust technical background, he adeptly handles all the technical aspects of Scribe’s development, ensuring that the game not only looks good but also runs smoothly.

We believe in the power of collective effort and we are confident that with your support, we can make Scribe a reality. So join us, be a part of our story, and let’s make something amazing together. Thank you for your support and belief in Scribe. Let’s make this dream a reality!”

Mikulas and Tomas Podprocky
 

Kickstarter campaign page

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rawmeat/scribe-rpg-an-2d-open-world-action-adventure-rpg?ref=biuj89


Backer Quotes

Oh.. my... god! This was a pleasant surprise. Is like Flashback and some old rpg had a baby. Woah, really promising game. The trailer was awesome. Best project on Kickstarter right now? Probably. Jaime Thorin This game looks amazing. I backed it immediately. Jonathan I love the way this game looks and truly support the project. Jeremy Blum

 

Gameplay Trailer Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDtU8IoKZEc
 

Story Teaser Video
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_qkWGq2DtE
 

Web Page

https://scriberpg.com

 

Platform: PC Steam
 

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/scriberpg

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61552530251263 

 

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Super Fantasy Kingdom bids farewell to MVP original demo

160,000 wishlists later, the roguelite city builder’s original prototype hands in its badge and rides off into the sunset

April 5, 2024 – Hooded Horse and Feryaz Beer today bid farewell to a true hero – the original prototype for roguelite city-building game Super Fantasy Kingdom. It is being retired as the developer shifts focus towards main game development, including a new and improved demo that will debut later this year.

Thrown together as a proof of concept in less than a month, the original demo debuted alongside Super Fantasy Kingdom itself during TactiCon 2023, earning over 85,000 wishlists in the first three months alone. Throughout 2023, the prototype was updated over 100 times with new experimental mechanics such as a faith skill tree, new characters, reworked performance, and more. Super Fantasy Kingdom has earned over 160,000 wishlists to date, all thanks to the prototype that could.

The game is now officially in pre-alpha, with regular playtests and updates that take it in exciting new directions – slowly, the original demo is becoming less representative of the final vision. Players can stay up to date on the game’s development via the official Discord and Twitter accounts.

Super Fantasy Kingdom will be coming to early access on PC via Steam Early Access in 2024.


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About Hooded Horse™
Hooded Horse is a publisher of deep strategic and tactical games with people and partners worldwide. Starting in 2019 with a single title, Hooded Horse’s portfolio has grown to 29 games and counting. Our goal is to empower and support developers in doing what they love so that they can create world-class experiences for their audiences. From the distant past of Manor Lords and the haunted woods of Against the Storm, to the depths of space in Terra Invicta and Falling Frontier.

You can find out more about us on our Steam publisher page, as well as our social channels; Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Discord, and website.

About Feryaz Beer
Feryaz Beer is a solo developer from Hanover, Germany. His debut title is roguelite city builder Super Fantasy Kingdom, which is coming to Steam Early Access. He credits his dog, Mio, as co-developer – with Mio also starring in the game.

You can find out more about the game online via Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Discord.  

 

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Destiny 2: The Final Shape Brings Prismatic Subclass, New Enemy Faction, and More


Two-month content update Destiny 2: Into the Light also launches today


 
Yesterday, during The Final Shape Developer Gameplay Preview, Bungie revealed the latest information on the development of The Final Shape and hinted at what's coming next for Destiny 2. On June 4, Guardians will finally enter The Pale Heart of the Traveler to chase after the Witness, wielding new powers to take on the ultimate enemy. The Developer Gameplay Preview also showed off the Prismatic Subclass—which combines the powers of the Light and Darkness—as well as the first-ever Exotic class items in Destiny 2 and the Dread, the Witness’s new enemy faction.

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Alongside the three new Light Supers previously announced, Guardians will wield the Light and Darkness together for the first time to unleash the Prismatic subclass. This subclass introduces new options to enhance and customize each playstyle with the combination of multiple element types. Also, each class will get a unique grenade that combines multiple subclass elements: Warlocks will have Stasis/Void, Titans will have Strand/Arc, and Hunters will have Solar/Stasis.

Players will be able to equip an Exotic class item, meaning Hunter’s cloaks, Titan’s marks, and Warlock’s bonds will have Exotic-level perks for the first time. These perks will be randomized, taking two features from existing Exotic class items (even some belonging to other classes) to enhance the Guardian’s ability to customize their gameplay.
 
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The Witness is in full force in The Final Shape, introducing the Dread faction, a fierce group of combatants with new abilities to shake up the fight. In addition to the Tormentor introduced in Lightfall and the previously revealed Subjugators, the Witness will unleash the new Grim, Husk, Attendant, and Weaver units:
  • Grim: A highly mobile flying enemy that slows and suppresses a Guardian’s abilities if they get too close.
  • Husk: An acrobatic melee bruiser that sends a deployable geist enemy toward you unless you hit their weak spot with a final blow.
  • Attendant and Weaver: By wielding Stasis and Strand, respectively, these units can instantly change the flow of the encounter and force Guardians to pay attention to their positioning on the battlefield.
Destiny 2: Into the Light is now available to all players at no additional cost. This new two-month content update issues in a rollout of exciting content, including the new wave-defense Onslaught activity; iconic fan-favorite weapons with standard and limited-edition variants; the new Hall of Champions social space; reprised The Whisper and Zero Hour Exotic missions; a new raid boss gauntlet called Pantheon; fresh rewards; and more.
 

 

About Destiny 2

Destiny 2 is one of the world’s most popular first-person shooter video games and action MMOs. Developed and published by Bungie — the iconic studio behind the Halo franchise and classic titles Myth, Oni, and Marathon Destiny 2 tasks players with defending humanity and exploring the mysteries of the solar system. Players embody Guardians, who wield powerful elemental abilities. Players can select from multiple classes, upgrade and swap elemental subclasses, as well as outfit themselves with a variety of customizable weapons and gear to suit their aesthetic and playstyle. 

Destiny 2 features responsive first-person shooter combat, an engrossing cinematic story, challenging co-op quests, and a variety of PvP and PvE modes playable solo or with friends — with cross-platform play also supported.

Since its launch in 2017, Destiny 2 has received yearly expansions that progress the story forward, add a wealth of additional content, and further refine the gameplay experience for its passionate community of players. Quarterly Seasons introduce additional objectives and challenges for players to best, including dungeons and raids that offer powerful rewards. The Final Shape, the conclusion of Destiny 2's Light and Darkness saga, releases on June 4, 2024.

Destiny 2 is available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, and Windows PC via Steam, the Epic Games Store, and the Microsoft Store. For more information, please visit destinythegame.com.  

 

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Coriolis: The Great Dark Roleplaying Game on Kickstarter - 2 Days Left!

Free League’s Original Science Fiction RPG Returns.

Join expeditions to faraway stars and delve deep into ancient ruins in the QuickStart available at the campaign page and on DriveThruRPG.

 
You are an explorer in a dangerous universe. Don your delver suit, step aboard a mighty Greatship and venture down the Slipstream towards the unknown.


Your creed: explore or perish.

 
Three days remain for the Coriolis: The Great Dark Roleplaying Game crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The highly anticipated RPG is the second edition of Coriolis – The Third Horizon, Free League’s first science fiction roleplaying game. The RPG was funded in just 7 minutes and has raised $600 000 USD when three days remain of the campaign.


Explore the game in the Coriolis: The Great Dark RPG Quickstart that has been added to the campaign page and to DriveThruRPG to give all brave space adventurers a chance to try out the game for free.


Inspired by 19th century expeditions, deep sea diving and pulp archeology, Coriolis: The Great Dark offers you to join dangerous expeditions, navigate the Byzantine schemes of Ship City, and hunt for the keys that unlock the mystery of the Lost Horizon.

 
Explore Coriolis: The Great Dark Roleplaying Game on Kickstarter


All backers will get the PDF versions of the game months ahead of the official release. 

 
The Kickstarter campaign has unlocked 12 stretch goals so far, including Solo Mode, a full-color map of the Lost Horizon and a Greatship Map, custom dice, Alchemy Virtual Tabletop Module, Initiative Cards, Blueprint for the Grasshopper Shuttle and Terrain Rover, an extra Archetype: Esotheric, a digital art book and a soundtrack with ambient music. The stretch goals Map of the Charted Sphere, Armor and Weapon Cards and the Explorer's Cookbook still remains to be unlocked.

A boxed campaign set entitled The Flowers of Algorab is also part of the Kickstarter and will be delivered alongside the core game.


The League Lounge: Video Q&A for Coriolis: The Great Dark Kickstarter
 



THE GAME WORLD
 
Coriolis: The Great Dark launches you into a desolate part of space – The Lost Horizon. Here, a fledgling human civilization who fled war tries to stake out a new life in a harsh environment. 

You live in the meandering asteroid-metropolis of Ship City and you are employed by the Explorers Guild to undertake dangerous expeditions. In Ship City, you will take on missions and investigations to help your guild and build your crew’s reputation with the other major players of the city – the Navigators, the Machinists, and the Gardeners.

Delving into the ruins on desolated moons or other star systems in search of resources and artifacts will bring out the best of you and your crew. Together, you will need to overcome physical obstacles, face creatures from the Dark and endure the ubiquitous Blight. 


YEAR ZERO ENGINE

 
The rules of Coriolis: The Great Dark are based on the latest iteration of acclaimed Year Zero Engine, used in award-winning games such as ALIEN The Roleplaying Game, Blade Runner The Roleplaying Game, Tales From the Loop RPG, and The Walking Dead Universe Roleplaying Game, but specifically tailored for this new game.

Coriolis: The Great Dark is the second edition of Coriolis – The Third Horizon. The rules have been updated and further developed, the setting is new and advances the timeline of the universe.


 
THIRD PARTY LICENCE
 
As part of the release, Free League will create a new free and open license for third party content for Coriolis: The Great Dark, as well as a new open licence for Coriolis - The Third Horizon so that fans of the previous game will be able to create and publish new modules. Using these licenses, all creators will have an irrevocable, worldwide, and royalty-free right to freely create, produce and sell content and expansions for both games and their settings.

Free League Publishing

Free League Publishing is a game studio and publisher dedicated to speculative fiction based in Stockholm, Sweden. Voted Fan Favorite Publisher at the ENNIES in 2020, 2021 and 2023, Free League has published a wide range of award-winning tabletop roleplaying games and acclaimed art books set in strange and wondrous worlds.

 
Our upcoming games include Mutant: Year Zero – Zone Wars and The Electric State Roleplaying Game.


Our game portfolio includes the acclaimed fantasy RPG Dragonbane, the official Blade Runner RPG (winner of two Gold ENNIE Awards 2023), The One Ring™ RPG (Gold ENNIE winner 2022), the official ALIEN RPG (Gold ENNIE for Best Game 2020), the Gothic horror game Vaesen (winner of three ENNIE Awards 2021), the pitch-black fantasy RPG MÖRK BORG (winner of four ENNIE Awards 2020) and its two spin-offs CY_BORG and PIRATE BORG, the alternate '80s Tales from the Loop (winner of five ENNIE Awards 2017, including Best Game), the retro-fantasy Forbidden Lands (winner of four ENNIE Awards 2019), the post-apocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero (Silver ENNIE for Best Rules 2015), the science fiction games Coriolis - The Third Horizon (Judge's Spotlight Award 2017) and Death in Space, the dark fantasy game Symbaroum, the weird-fantasy game Into the Odd Remastered, the new edition of the RPG classic Twilight: 2000 (Judges Award for Best RPG at UK Games Expo 2022), and the official The Walking Dead Universe RPG.


We have also published the art books Tales From the Loop, Things From the Flood, The Electric State, and The Labyrinth by the acclaimed visual storyteller Simon Stålenhag, as well as the illustrated editions of the Lovecraft classics The Call of Cthulhu, At the Mountains of Madness, and The Dunwich Horror by the praised artist François Baranger.

 

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KASHKOOL GAMES’ SHEBA: A NEW DAWN WEAVES CLASSIC METROIDVANIA PLAY

AVAILABLE TODAY, WITH TACTICAL COMBAT, ANCIENT KINGDOMS & JINN MYSTICISM 

UAE-Based Indie Studio Kashkool Creates Games to Share the Rich Stories and Heritage of the Middle East, Hoping to Bridge Cultures and Foster Understanding

APRIL 8, 2024 – Indie game development studio Kashkool Games announced that its inaugural game, Sheba: A New Dawn, will launch later today. The game is one of the first indie titles to come out of Abu Dhabi that has garnered international attention and a strong following on the Steam platform, serving as another example of the potential and exponential growth of the emerging MENA games market.

Sheba: A New Dawn is a Metroidvania Action-RPG that follows Enar, a humble shepherd, who encounters Mirah, an escaped Jinn prisoner who upends his world and triggers a chain of events. Together they must traverse interconnected realms while facing legendary monsters and unraveling ancient mysteries to set things right and uncover his true fate.

Kashkool, the game’s developers, is a team comprised of the three Almansoori brothers – Omran, Haroon, and Edrees -- who grew up obsessed with playing games on the family computer. They eventually created their own games to challenge one another, then decided to start their own studio. But first, they had to learn everything they could about game development and running a studio, which was challenging in a region with no game curriculum or even a business license category for such endeavors. 


Growing up, we never saw game characters or stories that authentically represented our country’s people and culture,” said Omran Almansoori, Kashkool’s co-founder and CEO. “The Middle East has amazing stories, deep history, and rich heritage that we want to share with the rest of the games industry and the world. We wish to build game experiences that bridge that gap and feel great responsibility to highlight the region’s talent and potential.”


Key game features
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  • Classic Metroidvania gameplay with heavily populated levels that encourage exploration and keep the player in motion;

  • Combo-based combat: 45+ combo skills and elemental finishers that make each encounter feel like an action fight;

  • Semi-tactical combat with customizable fighting styles with RPG attributes and level-ups;

  • 67+ unique Jinn, monsters, and bosses with their own strategic fighting styles, and collectible rewards; 

  • A variety of puzzles to solve, and power-ups and abilities to collect;

  • An authentic Arabic setting & story and voice. 

Sheba: A New Dawn will be available starting at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT today or 5 AM GST Tuesday, April 9th for PC on Steam for $18.99 USD with additional platforms to follow. For additional information, please visit KashkoolGames.com, join our Discord, or follow us on Twitter/X, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.


About KashKool Games

Kashkool Games is an independent games studio focused on creating engaging games that authentically showcase the rich stories and heritage of the Middle East to serve as a cultural bridge to shared experiences and mutual understanding. Founding in 2016 by the Almansoori brothers, Kashkool is the first game studio in Abu Dhabi to receive global recognition for its first title, the Metroidvania Action-RPG Sheba: A New Dawn, slated for release in Spring 2024 for PC and leading consoles.

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Order Up! Nightdive Studios Announces PO'ed: Definitive Edition

No fools allowed! Yesterday, Nightdive Studios surprise announced PO'ed: Definitive Edition, an updated version of the classic 1995 adrenaline-pumping first-person space shooter coming soon to PC and consoles.  



 
🤌YES, IT’S REAL. DON'T JUST GET MAD, GET PO'ED! 👊

Inspired by generational powerhouses DOOM and QUAKE, the original PO'ed pushed first-person action games to new heights with its over-the-top, action-packed, fast-paced, explosive, ridiculous, bloody, smelly, scrumptious, adjective-filled, ultra-violent 3D gameplay. You play as a chef who crashes on an alien planet infested with extraterrestrial foes, using a menu of “household” weapons to deliver a dish best served cold (by dish, I mean revenge, just in case you were confused).

 

Nightdive Studios’ PO’ed: Definitive Edition spices up the classic 1995 shooter with updated visuals, antialiasing, increased framerate, redefined controls, and up to 4K 144 FPS performance. 

Your ship has been overrun by aliens. Your comrades-in-arms have been annihilated, and your soufflé has been ruined! What do you do? Grab your jetpack and rocket launcher, and fry those suckers! PO'ed features 16 of the baddest, maddest, and most unattractive monsters in the galaxy. Rock-throwing ogres, plasma-shooting robots, giant bats ... and walking butts! 


 
🍳BON APPÉTIT, *****! 💣

PO’ed: Definitive Edition Key Features:

  • A plate full of quality-of-life features to enhance the gameplay and fix bugs present in the original game (which can be toggled off)
  • Wet your whistle with widescreen support for the HUD and other on-screen graphics
  • A new delicious difficulty mode has been added for hardcore players
  • 15 appetizing achievements
  • A dash of localization support for English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish
  • Total freedom! Cruise on foot or fly with your jetpack through 25 wild 3D environments


PO'ed: Definitive Edition release for Windows PC via Steam and GOG, PlayStation 4|5, Xbox One and Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch in the very near future. Chefs can wishlist the game on Steam today at https://store.steampowered.com/app/2697470/POed_Definitive_Edition.

 

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